How much can you gain by experimenting with your long run? Ask marathoner Andrew Huebner. After stalling out at 2:27 in his first two attempts, the 26-year-old New Hampshire native turned to local triathlon coach Shawn Crotto for advice while preparing for the 2014 Grandma's Marathon. The training seemed fairly standard until Crotto prescribed a 30-miler and a 32-miler in back-to-back weeks, complete with marathon-pace segments. “It was pretty nuts,” Huebner says.
Bowling! Go bowling, but make a list of conditions that people have to draw out of a hat each time it's their turn. For example, they may have to bowl backwards, with their left hand, blindfolded, with high heels, while kneeling, without separating their knees, without walking, doing a tap dance, on their tip toes, etc.