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The Shortest Path

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The Shortest Path

With more and more runners using GPS watches at races, plenty of folks are asking why the race distance and pace on their watch don’t agree with the official distance and pace. For a math-obsessed coach who constantly preaches to his runners that they shouldn’t waste energy, the answers conveniently point out a couple of things.

First of all, running a serpentine pattern works well if you’re under enemy fire, but it’s not great if you want a fast race time.