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A good baseline run test can be a great way to retest your fitness every couple months to make sure you are improving.  There are also a few other benefits that go without saying.  Especially for the all out 5k test.

You can look at and improve:

  • Biomechanics (form)-  The faster we run the less wasted movement there is.  Running faster sometimes helps us identify those inefficiencies.
  • It’s fairly accurate in predicting longer efforts.  Use this calculator to find out what your 5k time predict for other distances up to the marathon.
  • It’s an aerobic test.  Important for the type of running ultra runners are doing.
  • It’s easy to retest.  Just logging the time it took and your HR gives you the data you need.
  • Mental toughness. It ain’t fun for most, but it’ll make you tougher.  That is measurable too!

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Scott is the founder of Becoming Ultra and spends most of his time with his family and ideas to get people moving!