27 Sep '13, 2am

New research reveals that if you really want that PR, you have to train your brain—hard:

I spring out of bed, pull on my shorts and trainers, slather on sunscreen, and sit down at my computer. It's 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning in mid-May, two weeks before the start of my first marathon, and time for my final big test. On the screen, an empty road disappears into a blue sky dotted with drifting clouds, rendered in simple '80s-video-game graphics. With a sigh, I empty my mind and click a blue button marked "start," bracing myself for the drudgery ahead. Shapes begin flashing, sometimes to the left of the road and sometimes to the right. When it's a triangle, I hit a button corresponding to its position on the screen, and I do it as quickly as possible, usually within a few hundred milliseconds. When it's a circle, I do nothing. If I fail to respond within two seconds or I respond incorrectly, the screen flashes red and the computer emits an angry buzz. And that's ...

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