25 Sep '12, 1pm

End workouts and races faster than you start them for a physical and mental boost:

It's a common mistake with a heartbreaking result. The starting gun sounds and you take off–fast. Inevitably, the swift start takes its toll, and you slow down and miss your goal. Oops. A more effective way to nail a time is to run a negative split–that is, starting conservatively so that you run the second half of the race faster than the first. You'll clock a better time and feel stronger, says Mike McKeeman, assistant coach for the Mammoth Track Club in Mammoth Lakes, California. "It's the most efficient way to run," he says. "Instead of burning all your fuel early, you save energy for the end and gain confidence as you stride past everyone in those last few miles." The rewards of a fast finish are not restricted to races. Learning how to pace yourself in workouts to finish strong reduces your risk of injury, boosts your fitness, and keeps your enthusiasm high, all of w...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267--14...

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