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Run Pacing and Gender

Study compares patterns in world records.

Person run pacing

Gender does not alter run pacing strategy in world-record–breaking events at championship and meet races, according to a study of all-time running world records in 800-meter, 1500-meter and 1-mile distances. Interestingly, world records are more likely to be broken during championship events by women than by men.

The research is presented in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2021; 18 [39], 12589).

See also: Women Pace Better Than Men



Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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