Interesting news over at the WaPo on Performance-Enhancing Placebos.
As reported last month by the American Council on Exercise, a study conducted by a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse exercise physiology graduate student "showed that runners clocked faster 5-K times after drinking what they thought was super-oxygenated water, but in fact was tap water."
The study "was designed to determine whether a person's belief that he had used one of the new products might have a placebo effect."
Guess what? "Sure enough, 27 of the 32 people [in the study] ran faster—an average of 83 seconds quicker—after downing the phony pint than after drinking the regular bottled water."
The data suggests that "less-experienced (or at least less-skilled) runners are easier to fool into performing better."
So please, I'm beggin' ya, bring on the magic potions—bottled oxygen, whatever!— to convince me I can and will run faster.