I once had a cousin, who fell seven times during a cross-country race, and he still was able to win! #1, He was fortunate to be the best athlete in the race, so this aided greatly in his win. #2, He was very fortunate he was not injured or forced to lose training time.
Today we talk of turns. #1 To begin, because of today's weather in the Midwest. # 2, Some upcoming races have some problematic turns. Even the Atlanta Olympic marathon course has some interesting turns. No fear, we're here to help. When facing a problematic hill (up or down) you do not want to be the athlete caught on the nearest point inside. You will eventually be crushed further inside by other athlete's and be forced to stop or walk. Instead, it is wiser, to swing out a few steps before the hill and accelerate and swing in as you near the turn. This allows you to keep stride cadence and if you get good enough, will actually gain cadence as you maneuver through the turn. Thinking fartlek for turns may help you visualize this plan. This remarkably works uphill or down.
When thinking of tangents, I am reminded of an early 90's state track meet, where there was a long delay due to a powerful rain storm. Following the storm during the 3200 m final, the eventual champion built a 200 m lead, and then dodged all the puddles on the track. Her competitors had to race through the puddles in hope of catching the eventual champion. Again, the champion was far more talented to be caught on this day and enjoyed a fairly dry effort. Truth be told though, if you want to run your fastest efforts you must be aware of the tangents, and plan your race strategy around running them as much as possible. The race organizers painted line is not always the best, nor fastest route to race a course. Getting familiar with the course of your goal race and practicing the tangents before your big day, may lead to an easier and faster effort.
To conclude, runners are smart. If you've read through this whole piece you've probably figured out, by running good tangents, you are actually setting yourself up for quality turns. The two play well together and lead to easier and faster efforts.
Here's to healthy and fast running,
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