The Treadmill Runner

Treadmill – check

Running gear – check

Headphones – check

Drums – check… wait… what?????

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Cooper test (aka12 min test)

Have you ever tried the Cooper test?

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Yesterday I did my second Cooper test. I ran 2340 m (so close to the 6th lap!). Well, I am happy that it was much better than my first one (1960 m) but I wish I had reached the 2400 m.

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Some background information: the cooper test was designed to access physical fitness and was designed by Kenneth H. Cooper in 1968 for US military use. One has to run as far as possible within 12 min. The results correlate with VO2 max (here you can find the formula: Cooper test – Wiki).

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My result was “good” (in between “very good” and “average”), not bad huh?

Runner’s World | What Will It Take to Run A 2-Hour Marathon

Amazing info graphic by Alex Hutchinson on the sub 2-hour marathon dream to the Runners World:

Runner’s World | What Will It Take to Run A 2-Hour Marathon

Alex presents brilliantly the barriers and hopes to achieve the so dreamed sub 2-hour marathon world record.

Basically, nine factors must converge for this mythic barrier to be broken.

So, what do you guys think? Is it possible? How close are we? And what will come next?

Race day checklist

A pre/on/after race day checklist by Brooks (just mentioning the credits: I receive no money for this). My most humble opinion: I think it is too much, specially if you are alone and using public transportation. Anyway, I’d like to add one item: a small roll of toilet paper (you never know what bad surprises a chemical toilet may reserve you).

Race day checklist.