09 Jul '15, 6pm

How and why to improve your real speed.

How and why to improve your real speed.

Speed is, at its essence, an issue of coordination between all of the muscle fibers involved in running and your nervous system. Numerous studies have found that, while VO2 max and lactate threshold are important components of running fitness, the key to running faster is improving running economy, the intersection between your metabolic fitness (i.e., your heart, lungs, mitochondria) and your mechanical ability to move over the ground (i.e., muscles, tendons and the nerves that direct them). Many of the latest advances in the world of running, from Pose Running and footwear like the Vibram Five Fingers to stability training on a Bosu and single-leg lunges, have underlying them this concept of improving a runner's mechanical efficiency. Yet most runners focus only on developing their aerobic fitness and anaerobic fitness, the metabolic components of fitness, and neglect th...

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