"It's a question of spreading the available energy, aerobic and anaerobic, evenly over four minutes. If you run one part too fast, you pay a price. If you run another part more slowly your overall time is slower"
- Roger Bannister
About this Quote
This quote by Roger Bannister is describing the importance of pacing oneself when running a race. He is recommending that one must spread their energy evenly over the period of the race, instead of running too quickly at the beginning and paying the rate in the future. He is highlighting the value of pacing oneself, as running too quick at the beginning will result in a slower general time. This is due to the fact that the body will not be able to sustain the same level of energy throughout the race, and will eventually tire out. For that reason, it is necessary to spread out the readily available energy, both aerobic and anaerobic, equally over the duration of the race in order to accomplish the best possible time.
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