For example, suppose you are asked to run at 8:00 per mile as long as you can, and you quit after 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 30 seconds, or 11.68 miles. If you are then asked to run 11.68 miles as fast as you can on another occasion, you will likely be able to sustain a slightly faster pace than 8:00 per mile. This is so because your brain’s anticipatory regulation mechanism requires external anchor pointsthat is, well-defined tasks shaped by specific goalsto make the best calculations regarding how hard you can work without seriously harming yourself. Without such anchor points, your brain will almost always be more conservative.

The brain appears to use anticipated end points to various tasks to determine how much effort and suffering is tolerable in the performance of those tasks. Concrete goals tend to increase the amount of effort and suffering the mind is willing to tolerate. Also, goals tend to enhance the perceived meaningfulness of a task, further increasing the acceptable level of suffering. Every runner has goals in racing, but it is important also to have specific performance goals for important workouts.

Perhaps the most effective way to set goals is to simply aim to beat your own best-performance standards. In Post 7 I will present a system of workout performance goal-setting based on training pace targets that you can use to consistently try a little harder in training and thus get fitter and race faster.


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Easy Exercises to Prevent Runner’s Knee | Shape Ltf

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