“When the horn sounded for the start of the 2017 Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, Joyciline Jepkosgei went out hard. So hard in fact that she wound up running what most of us would consider a dismal set of positive splits.
In percentage terms, her speeds for each successive 1km were 100.0% (the fastest 1000m pace) 98.0%, 95.7%, 94.2%, and (for the final 1.0975 km), 94.7%. That’s not what most of us would want – until you look at the raw numbers.
Her first two splits over 10kms added up to a 30:04, breaking Paula Radcliffe’s 14-year-old 10km road-race mark by 17 seconds! The next 5kms yielded a 15km world record (this one by 37 sec) and the fourth was good enough to chop 15 seconds off the 20km mark. All of it en-route to the fastest women’s half-marathon in history (64:52).“
It got me thinking – would her half marathon time have been even faster had she paced it more traditionally?
In this month’s Issue of Peak Performance, join me as we explore the latest research and best practice for endurance athletes. In this edition, we explore Race Strategy, Sports Conditioning, Injury Psychology and more…
In June’s Issue of Peak performance:
Join me as we delve further into Richard Lovett’s article on the physiology of pacing and explore how your mind can play a major role in determining your ideal pacing strategy.
Why runners need flexible hamstrings – Alicia Filley reviews and analyses the function and relationship between hamstrings and performance whilst providing you with suggested protocol for your hamstrings.
Adam Nicholls provides you with a number of psychological strategies to make your return to sport less daunting. In this second chapter of Peak Performance, Adam takes you through a case study involving former Great Britain International Endurance Athlete, Mary Wilkinson, revealing her tips for physical conditioning following injury.
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