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3 ways to crank up your training runs: #RWPerformWeek

When researchers at France's National Institute of Sport asked a group of triathletes to ramp up their training by 40 percent and maintain that volume for three weeks, the results were predictable—at first. By the end of week one, the athletes showed signs of overtraining, like excessive fatigue and an inability to get their heart rate up to its max, and they began to run more and more slowly. But after the three weeks and a week of easy training to recover, their performance rebounded. They ended up running faster than the athletes in the control group, who had trained at their usual levels. Pushing yourself beyond your limits for a few weeks—a tactic coaches call "functional overreaching"—can force your body to adapt and build fitness more quickly than the usual slow-and-steady approach. Be warned: Training through heavy fatigue is a high-risk approach that can progress ...

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