When Gunder Hagg ran 4:01.4 to set a mile world record in 1945, his achievement stood for 3,215 days - almost nine years. Then Roger Bannister ran his historic 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954. Bannister's record lasted just 46 days before John Landy took
still think downhill running is simple. In fact, when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that it would recognise road racing "world records" for the first time in January 2004, it discounted the Boston Marathon
to help them shatter the world records of that era.Lydiard believed even middle-distance runners should begin their seasons with marathon-like training, and then move into what he called "hill circuits." Lydiard first described his programme in the 1978
of endurance programme, based on long, hard runs has been popularised in the last several years by marathon world record holder Khalid Khannouchi. Khannouchi does ferocious long runs – so fast and sustained that he gets nervous for several days before them
In the mid-1970s, Runner's World Medical Editor George Sheehan, M.D., confirmed that he was hardly the only runner beset by injuries: a poll of the magazine's readers revealed that 60 per cent reported chronic problems. To describe himself
? When Einstein runners finish a session, they don't write essays or poems. They record their numbers. How far did I run today? What was the temperature and humidity? My pre- and post-run weight? My average and maximum heart rate? Mission impossible
:40:04, still the Hawaii record, after first swimming 2.4 miles and then cycling 112 miles.Always a strong runner, Allen had a lightbulb moment one year at the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile in Washington, D.C. in the USA. He was warming up, doing some strides, when he
the finish line in the high heat and humidity. In Beijing this summer, both the men’s and women’s marathons will be taking place in average temperatures of 29-31oC, though the city has a record August high of 41.9oC!"It’s a terrible disservice
the final miles of a marathon, you should be able to run faster.This extract is from The Runner's World Complete Book of Running by RW USA Editor Amby Burfoot.
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