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TALK YOURSELF UP

Source: Shelby Houlihan, 24, loves “the grind” of long tempo runs—which may be why the 800- and 1500- meter specialist took to the 5,000 so naturally. About six months after her first 5,000 finish as a pro (15:06.05 in February 2016), she placed 11th in the Olympics final (15:08.89) in Rio.

the halfway point of a 5K race feeling calm, comfortable, and confident that you can maintain your pace to the finish line, then you’re doing it wrong. Physiologically, 5Ks are short enough to run them faster than your “critical pace,” a demarcation that separates relatively comfortable paces that you can sustain for longer

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