04 Jun '16, 12am

How tough weeks can make you a faster and stronger runner.

When Australian researchers conducted a study on high-altitude training, the results surprised them: Half the elite runners ran hard workouts at 6,000 feet and improved their race times by an impressive seven percent; the other half did the same workouts at sea level and improved by almost the same amount. Turns out, the benefits have as much to do with harder training as with thin air. Short bouts of ramped-up volume and intensity, or "killer weeks," push your body into a state of "functional overreaching" that stimulates big jumps in fitness—if you can survive them. Be Prepared to Push I attended my first training camp as a young university runner in Britain. Intimidated by the idea of ramping up my mileage by as much as 50 percent, I skipped or cut short some of the sessions. But once I saw that my older teammates survived the boost, and—after taking a recovery week—gai...

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