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More Support for Aggresive Pre-Race Warm-Up

By Scott Douglas We've written recently about how doing more than just running easily better prepares you for a hard workout or race. A new British study adds more support to the idea, showing that what might seem like an overly aggressive warm-up can improve race performance. In the study , highly trained middle-distance runners did 800-meter time trials on two occasions. Before both they first jogged for 10 minutes, then did a routine of mobility drills. So far, pretty standard for experienced runners. The difference between the two time trials came in what they did next. Before one, they did two 50-meter striders, or accelerations up to race pace. That, too, is fairly typical for top racers. Before the other time trial, however, they did two 50-meter striders, and then 200 meters at race pace. Did running so far so fast soon before the time trial tire them out? On the c...

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