A Mortal Trained For a Marathon With Elite Athletes: Here Are Five Things He Learned

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Scale Properly

Scale Properly

While there’s much that amateurs can adopt from the pros, Fitzgerald points out that unless they scale it to their own level, it will be too much to handle. “Few amateur runners can or should run 100 miles per week, for example,” he says. “but they can and should run a good deal relative to their personal limits if they want to get the most out of their God-given ability.” That said, Fitzgerald reminds every-day runners that some pros take risks that shouldn’t be emulated. “They might train or compete injured — risks you shouldn’t take if your livelihood doesn’t depend on your performance.”

Few runners will ever have the chance to train with the elites as Fitzgerald did, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two from their training. “There are plenty of ways to get lazy or cut corners with training,” he says. “But with a little effort, there’s plenty you can do to make improvements.”

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