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Houston’s speedy times prove it’s possible to run a good race on harder terrain, but preparing for it can be difficult. “I remember getting a woman ready for Houston for the [2012] Olympic trials,” says Bob Williams, a coach from Portland, Oregon, where trails abound and concrete is rare. “She really struggled over the last 5 or 6 miles.” Amanda Rice, a Navy lieutenant, had similar problems in Houston. She finished in the top 50, but spent much of the next year struggling with hip injuries. “To this day, I avoid concrete,” she says. The problem is that concrete is 10 times harder, by one engineering measure, than asphalt. And there’s a prevalent belief that running on hard surfaces gets you injured. That causes people to avoid such surfaces in training—magnifying the shock when they hit a race. But the scientific literature has never found a connection between training sur...

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