28 Jan '15, 7am

How frequent racing can make you a better competitor.

Defending champion Shalane Flanagan skipped the national 10,000-meter championships last June because she was preparing for a marathon...in September. Like Flanagan, many top athletes race sparingly, waiting until their fitness is perfect before toeing the line. But it wasn't always that way. In the months leading up to his American best of 2:09:55 at the 1975 Boston Marathon , for example, Bill Rodgers raced everything from two miles on the indoor track to 30K on the roads. He enjoyed racing, but he also used minor races as stepping-stones toward two or three major goal races each year. This approach has benefits that are hard to replicate in workouts: Intermediate goals maintain motivation, and the race atmosphere pushes you to run hard. For those with prerace jitters, familiarity breeds a more relaxed approach and prepares you for adversity, says Camille Herron, a 2:37 ...

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