If you are involved in any sport the blog ‘Sweat Science’ is a must to follow. Alex Hutchison takes a look at the latest findings in science as they apply to sports. Often dispelling commonly held myths. His book ‘Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?’ is a great read (for endurance athletes: cardio).
He recently had a post on round numbers for marathons. Based on a NY times report, it proves what every marathon runner knows: round numbers suck. Just have a look at the spikes in the distribution of times before 3:00, 3:30, 4:00 and 4:30. Why? Because if I’m running a 3:32 I’m going to do all I can to break 3:30, and most recreational marathoners would love to break 4:00 (or 5:00). I know it was true for me during my time running marathons!