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‘There’ one moment; ‘Gone’ the next !

If you’ve been around the distance running scene for a while, you’ll probably have noted this phenomenon. It is often seen in longer races, or long slow runs, where a reasonably talented athlete is ‘there’ one moment, and ‘gone’ the next. This phenomenon particularly...

How to correctly run your high-aerobic effort runs.

How to correctly run your high-aerobic effort runs.

Training at or near the anaerobic threshold tends to burn up limited glycogen stores, or blood glucose. Training at higher aerobic steady states well below anaerobic threshold tends to burn stored fats, which even the thinnest of us have ample stores of. Enough to ensure we never run out of endurance fuel at aerobic paces, once we become fat-adapted.

Is Running Success based on Talent, or Skill?

Is Running Success based on Talent, or Skill?

There’s a world of difference between talent and skill. Talent implies natural ability. There are plenty of talented athletes who never make it to the level of performance their inherent talent seems to indicate they are capable of. Skill implies a trained ability.

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”

Our body is actually designed to run very efficiently on a TOTAL blood glucose of about a teaspoon of glucose, or 5 mg: downing a small bottle of Gatorade can nearly treble the concentration of glucose in the bloodstream, requiring a big squirt of insulin from the pancreas to normalize blood sugar.

Energy Systems and Muscle Fibre Types for Endurance

Energy Systems and Muscle Fibre Types for Endurance

By far the most important energy system to train for endurance is the vast aerobic fat-burning system. The muscle fibre type most associated with fat-burning ability is the Type I slow-twitch muscle fibre. The Type I muscle fibre is made for continuous lower-power contractions in the presence of fuel and oxygen

What happens in our bodies when we run?

What happens in our bodies when we run?

As we start to jog, and break into a steady state of running, our heart rate rises from its resting pulse rate (zero intensity) to a higher constant pulse rate (or steady state) as the nervous system recruits more and more slow twitch muscle fibres and initially burns fats for energy production.

Aerobic Training

Endurance Potential If you want to reach your endurance potential, you will have to train your aerobic system optimally. This means you will be using your slow twitch muscle fibres and burning mostly fats as fuel. Beyond a certain work rate, an athlete will start to...

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