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Progression runs: a #Kenyan secret everyone can use #StartSlowFinishFast

Progression runs: a #Kenyan secret everyone can use #StartSlowFinishFast

Progression runs come in a variety of flavors and colors, spanning the duration, frequency, and intensity spectra. As fluid as their particulars may be, however, their benefits are solidly established. 2004 Olympian Dan Browne, a member of the Nike Oregon Project who has spent time in Europe and Kenya training with elite African distance runners, sees progressively faster runs not only as a critical ingredient in his improvement over the past several years, but as the key difference between American and Kenyan training regimens—and as a necessary element in maximizing potential. "In a tight race, you obviously have to speed up at the end," says Browne, "and you have to do it when you’re at your most tired. The same thing applies to progression runs." He notes that a typical elite American male might run 6:00 pace out the door en route to a 10 miler that takes an hour, but ...

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