QUESTION TEXT: Although marathons are 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers)…
QUESTION TYPE: Paradox – Exception
PARADOX: Marathon runners who train 90 minutes a day do better than those who train 120 minutes (2 hours) per day. Marathons take over two hours to run for even the most experienced runners.
ANALYSIS: All of the wrong answers explain how running a long time makes things harder. The right answer mentions that long training makes it easier to run different race lengths.
The word easier should be a big tip off. We’re trying to explain why those who train more do worse.
- This could be it. Those who train longer get sick from pollution and underperform.
- CORRECT. This actually shows that longer training makes things easier. Runners who train longer could run a marathon or a shorter race: longer training allows them to adjust between both.
- This shows that those who train longer are more likely to disable themselves.
- You need motivation to finish a marathon. This could explain why those runners who trained longer did worse.
- This also works. If you train too long then you will wreck your energy reserves.
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