Look­ing for your next chal­lenge? Stretch your lim­its with en­durance train­ing.

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YYou’re the queen of the tread­mill and you’re crush­ing ev­ery HIIT class like a pro. Now what?

Sim­ply put, hav­ing car­dio strength is dif­fer­ent from build­ing en­durance. Just be­cause you’re reg­u­larly clock­ing in the miles doesn’t mean you have the ca­pa­bil­ity to ex­ert your­self over an ex­tended period of time. Think marathons, ul­tra­ma­rathons, triathlons and ob­sta­cle course races.

“Dur­ing a pro­longed phys­i­cal ef­fort like run­ning a marathon, mus­cu­lar fatigue is one of the rea­sons for ef­fi­ciency loss. The run­ner will lose stride power, which leads to a re­duced pace,” shares Ivan Figueroa, a group in­struc­tor from Pure Fit­ness. “Strength train­ing im­proves the abil­ity to sus­tain ten­sion for longer. In turn, the run­ner will be able to ex­tend the train­ing time be­fore reach­ing fatigue.”

While en­durance train­ing may sound daunt­ing, know that there’s no bar­rier too tough to over­come, with pro­fes­sional help around.

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