03 Nov '16, 1pm

What running economy really is and what you can do about yours

What running economy really is and what you can do about yours

But what about RE-boosting workouts? Despite the usual limitations of published data, most physiologists and coaches seem to agree on a few points (see "Workouts to Boost Running Economy"). First, the more you run, the more economical you tend to get—so keep running! Second, RE can be somewhat pace-specific, so training at race paces should help your RE at those paces. Third, as summarized by Daniel McCann and Brian Higginson, a few studies have shown improvement in RE from fast intervals near a velocity that elicits VO2 max (vVO2 max)—i.e., a pace that most people can sustain for a maximum of 1-2 miles. Fourth, a 2008 review article by Linda Yamamoto and colleagues indicates a trend toward improved RE when plyometric exercises are added to an endurance training program. This latter effect has been seen both in moderately trained male runners (with 5K times of ~18:15) and ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/economical-running

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