Run with a rival to improve pace

If your running speed is plateauing, running with some competition can shave off some impressive time.
“The study found that runners who competed in a race with at least one rival present cut almost eight seconds per mile off their pace—which would allow them to finish a 5K nearly 25 seconds sooner. “Why the surge in speed? Competing against someone you are used to comparing yourself to increases the psychological stakes of the race’s outcome, says study author Gavin Kilduff, Ph.D. “‘This in turn plays out with a higher motivation to try harder to win,’ he says.”
Read more at Men’s Health.