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It’s not just how fast you start, it’s who you run with. https://t.co/Gqizq4Cpcn

A couple of things stand out. First, check out the difference between the men’s pacing patterns and the women’s pacing patterns. Here’s the men’s data, broken down into medalists, non-medalists who finished with 5 percent of the winning time, 6 to 10 percent, and so on: Image courtesy of Journal of Sports Sciences And here’s the comparable women’s data: Advertisement Advertisement Image courtesy of Journal of Sports Sciences After 20 miles, the men get steadily slower at all levels. But the top women (on average) are able to accelerate after 20 miles, and women at all levels are able to sharply accelerate in the final mile or two. This observation matches earlier data from big-city mass-participation marathons, which showed that women appeared to pace themselves more conservatively than men and consequently slowed less in the second half of the race. As I discussed in a pr...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/marathon-pacing...

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