BOSTON - When going for a run, I am definitely not among the finicky population. When preparing for a 5K, I do the necessary preparation, train a little bit, and then run the race after getting a good night's sleep. But there are many runners out there who devote their lives to finding the best methods of training and will try any practice to get even the slightest edge over the competition. One of the newest studies about athleticism might be one of these newfound edges that runners are going to harp on. For us casual runners, however, we'll have to stick to the basics.

According to a study that was recently published in Nature Medicine, athletes actually possess a bacteria that is crucial for the retooling, recovery, and improvement of athleticism when it comes to running. This bacteria was said to help take runners' abilities to the next level and can often be found in the runners after they endure intense bouts of exercise. Furthermore, the study took this bacteria and implanted it into mice. As a result, the mice were able to run with much more athleticism when they tested the abilities of the animals on treadmills.

Who was used for this study, though? Why, it was some of our own Bostonians, of course! Participants in the Boston Marathon were tested before and after running the race and they were then compared to people who do not tend to exercise at all. It was through them that this bacteria was better understood than it was before.

The people in charge of the study were Jonathan Scheiman, who spent time as a researcher at Harvard Medical School, and Aleksandar Kostic, a scientist who is also affiliated with Harvard. The two also founded FitBiomics.

Thanks to the intelligence and athleticism (or lack thereof) of many varying Bostonians, there might soon be a way to naturally increase the athleticism of runners while also helping boost the energy of those who are not Boston Marathon-level athletes.