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Add uncertainty to your workouts to help your racing:

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 race situation. A February 2014 paper in Sports Medicine that focuses on the decision-making process in self-paced endurance competitions says it is during periods of uncertainty that we are most susceptible to giving in to pain and slowing down. When our bodies face an unknown, they are more likely to err on the side of caution. If you are running at a steady pace, your brain can have a decent understanding of how the fatigue is going to build up. When you suddenly have to throw in a strong surge to stay with the pack, your brain goes through a period of uncertainty and has to re-evaluate your ability to continue. We can train to handle periods of anxiet...

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

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