03 Jul '15, 12pm

How uncertainty in your workouts can help your racing:

How uncertainty in your workouts can help your racing:

When we prepare for a workout on a track, we typically know the details, down to how many intervals we are going to run, how fast they will be and how much recovery we will take between each one. Even with a coach, we have some say over these variables if the workout starts to go awry. Our control of the entire situation is high. When we show up at a race, however, all that we know is how far it will be and that we have to finish. We don't know what our competitors will do, how they will impact our pacing strategy, what the conditions will feel like or what we will do if we feel subpar. We have less control and experience a higher degree of uncertainty. And while we are really good at preparing for the physical demands of competition--and even some of the psychological demands, such as dealing with pain or fatigue--we are often really bad at preparing for the stress of a r...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/how-uncertainty...

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