30 Sep '14, 9pm

How tweaking your schedule can magically produce fast results.

When Alberto Salazar took over as Dathan Ritzenhein's coach in 2009, Ritz quickly set personal bests over 5000 meters (an American record), 10,000 meters, and the half-marathon . A similar thing happened when Mo Farah joined Salazar's group in 2011. And Jenny Simpson's 1500-meter silver medal at last year's World Championships came after a coaching switch to Mark Wetmore and Heather Burroughs. It's a familiar story: Runner changes coach and lights the world on fire. Does the new coach have "magic" workouts? Not necessarily. Sometimes the magic is the change itself. Every training plan, no matter how well thought out, becomes less effective if you do the same things week after week and year after year. Your body responds most strongly to unfamiliar stimuli, and after prolonged repetition even the toughest workouts suffer from the law of diminishing returns. Making your work...

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