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Listen to your body

When RT Editor Gordon Bakoulis and I discussed “listening to your body” as the topic for this month’s column, I hesitated because it sounded a bit soft for my tastes. After further thought, I agreed and, as usual, searched the scientific literature for supporting information. Not surprisingly, there was no data on the benefits of listening to your body for athletes because those benefits are impossible to measure. Thus, the insight that follows relies on over 30 years of running experience. As a two-time Olympian, you might think I had training figured out right from the start. Au contraire. The mistakes have been plentiful, and, alas, some lessons have had to be learned over and over again.

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