The Running Trick That Makes For More Enjoyable Miles

This is the concept researchers looked at in a study published in 
The Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research. For the study, 22 runners (11 male, 11 female) completed two self-paced runs under two conditions: one with an unknown endpoint, and one with a knowledge of the finish line. Surprise: 
The subjects ran faster when the endpoint was known, but the participants judged the two runs as equally difficult. Although this study was self-paced, researchers note that because it was performed on a treadmill, changing pace required pressing a button, which made participants more conscious of their choice to speed up or slow down.

Consider “teleoanticipation” your vocab word of the day; it means the body will regulate and signal to itself how to adjust the pace of exercise, in hopes of conserving enough energy to finish. When the endpoint is unknown, you’ll slow down and save your resources to prevent fatigue. 

So, runners, set that endpoint and get ready to run — as fast as a leopard. 

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