30 Apr '17, 10pm

How Unstructured Runs Can Make You Faster @MelindaHoward4 @NoelPaine

How Unstructured Runs Can Make You Faster @MelindaHoward4 @NoelPaine

Amby Burfoot , 1968 Boston Marathon champion, RW contributor, and all-around running sage, once revealed the “absolute, no-doubt-in-the-world best running workout you can do.” Run 5 x 1 mile as hard as you can with 400-meter recovery jogs—and then, when you’ve finished, have your coach tell you to do another fast mile. From such workouts, he wrote, “You’ll learn forever that you’re capable of much more than you think. It’s the most powerful lesson you can possibly learn in running.” Burfoot’s workout uses deception as a way of tapping into your hidden reserves. You may think you’re cooked when you finish a hard workout, but scientists have repeatedly shown that people can actually maintain a similar pace for another few reps after completing a prescribed workout. And the benefits can be substantial. In one study, cyclists who were fooled into riding farther than expected w...

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