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Look closer, sprinters have muscular everything... People tend to lump all different types of running into one category but it's more complicated than that. Marathon runners run long distances, within an aerobic heart range (ex 133 < 152 bpm for a 30yr male), maximizing distance by decreasing load as much as possible. Typically, if you do a dedicated ...


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The main role of the arms in sprinting is to stabilize the torso and provide drive forward, especially in the start (Which is critical in 100/200m races). This stabilization allows power to be transferred through the center of mass in an efficient fashion. Since you've got to be able to oppose a significant driving force from the hips and legs, you need ...


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I've used this illustration in a previous answer, and it really does a good job of demonstrating the idea: The things we care about on the illustration (in relation to your question) are the sarcoplasm and the myofibril. The myofibril is the part of the muscle that actually does the contraction, where the sarcoplasm is the part of the muscle that stores ...


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Any kind of training can produce increases in muscle mass. Aerobic training simply stops doing so very quickly, since it doesn't require much strength to perform. Aerobic training requires a small degree of strength repeated over a relatively long period of time. The body is more stressed by the requirements of repeating the exercise over a period of time ...


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Hold a stopwatch in your hand, press it at the moment when you start sprinting, stop at the finish line, and then add 0.2-0.25s to simulate a reaction time as in a real start. If you are uncomfortable running with a stopwatch in your hand, then have someone else time you; start timing nce the first foot hits the ground, and at the end add about 0.6s. This ...


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With the exception of a track event, most everything else will have hills. I've heard hill repeats referred to as "speed work in disguise". What they have in common is rather than the steady-state output you can build up on the flats, you need the ability to generate a lot more output, and then recover quickly back to your steady-state maintainable race ...


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Nowadays, most training plans for Marathons, includes both lots of LSR and later a fair bit of speed work. The common idea is to first build up your ability to run long distances on fat and later add speed. As the first part will inevitably slow you pace a bit over time, the later part is needed to get the speed back into the run. E.g. the first 8-12 weeks:...


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Tom Kurz' book Science of Sports Training has a good chapter on speed training, with oodles of studies backing it up. One relevant section is on page 191-192: A well-trained athlete must rest 5-8 minutes between sprints of up to 100 meters if the number of repetitions is not excessive. Because these rest intervals are so long, besides passive rest light ...


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The situation is a bit tricky. Every exercise leads to muscle increase, but only in that amount that is needed to handle the situation. Sprinters need a lot of strength in legs, so their leg muscles are growing bigger. So with mountain runners. Marathon runners don't need a lot of strength, they need endurance. In theory, you can have both, marathoner's ...


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Given the above regimen, another sprint workout is the last thing I recommend. On that schedule, in your two sessions you are doing at most, 5 miles (8k). That is pretty meager training for the distances that you are considering. I would make your third run a slow to medium paced 10k run. Running long distance fast is about your base and consistency, and ...


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I've personally never altered my diet for anything shorter than a marathon (my current half PR is 1:29). The purpose of increasing carbs for longer distances (runs longer than 2 hours) is to maximize glycogen stores. I would be skeptical that your body would actually need any extra stores for a run lasting less than 2 hours. A sensible diet of 60-70% carbs ...


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Specifically for speed, plyometric jumps onto something are good (start low and get higher), and doing your 40 yard sprints dragging something like a tire or a weighted sled; that will get your acceleration going. For stamina, probably intervals. Get a round timer for your phone, that way you can listen to music, and get the timer signal as you run. Going ...


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The functionality of most stop watches only contains START/STOP, LAP and RESET. RESET resets the time to zero, START/STOP start/stops the time LAP only freezes the displayed time (until you hit it again), still recording the time in the background. For a watch with these "standard features", there is no other workaround than the one you mentioned. See ...


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If your stopwatch allows review, and you have enough laps, what you do is start when you are ready for your first sprint. Run it out. Lap. Then however long your rest period, let it run until you are ready for your second sprint, and then lap again to start. When your second sprint is done, lap again. And repeat. Upon review, you will have your ...


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My preference would be to do conditioning like sprints on non-lifting days. Tuesday would be a good fit: you won't undercut your lifting efforts by tiring yourself out before a max-effort or volume day. But if I had to do my sprints on a lifting day, I'd make it Friday for the extra recovery time.


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Despite the technical verbiage above, OP is correct to be questioning why a sprinter should have such pronounced upper body musculature. Not only would you naturally have to perform regular and intense hypertrophic exercise to develop such muscles, not the best use of energy for a sprinter, but the intense regime and diet of an Olympic athlete should really ...


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Besides plyometric and dragging, I would also work on reaction speed exercises. For example, lay on the ground, wait for a signal, get up and sprint shorter distances. The reason is that your goal is to use the sprint in a team sport context where reaction speed is important. Typical reaction & sprint drills from basketball (where the distance is ...


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No. If your fastest pace for 1 mile is 5.30. Unfortunately the further you go the pace will drop off. There's various websites that will predict your race times based on other distances, ie I guess it works out your potential. Here's one http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/4/4_1/96.shtml You can help reduce the drop of pace by interval training and a long run ...


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Most tracks are 400m so on the inner lane one lap would be 400m. As you go out the distance is farther There also should be markings on the track for 100,200,300,400 and 1 mile The formula, L = 2S + 2pi(R + (n-1)w) can be used to calculate the distances around the track for the various lanes. In this formula L equals the lane distance, S equals the ...


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Instead of thinking in terms of sets and reps, think instead in terms of groups of exercises and the manner in which you perform them. The weight room is there for both general physical preparedness, and to build more strength. The goal is to build both plain physical strength and explosive strength. The most important principle is Compensatory ...


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Sprinting sessions typically are once to twice a week. When sprinting, you want to work with either low intensity (<75%), or high intensity (>95%). Don't try and skirt the middle, as you won't ream any real benefit from it. Low intensity will be good for development of improved sprinting form, active recovery, and improved endurance. High intensity ...


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Your "steady" pace will get faster : the aim is to run faster for a longer time. It also makes running "slow" easy in comparison. I ran my first half last year and only did 40-90 min steady runs for training. This year I included more intervals and hills, with one long run per week. I definitely feel faster on my long runs ! The important fact is that I ...


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This is non-trivial as the body has 3 different, but connected, metabolic subsystems, see Nutrition for Health, Fitness, & Sport, or How does one train for sports when the three metabolic pathways interact?. So a sprinter will likely only anaerobically consume the ADP present in their muscles, and possibly utilise some energy held in their blood sugar. ...


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I believe you are looking to break down a 10km run into intervals that are suitable for helping you develop anerobic fitness for competing. Hopefully you understand that to improve at X activity, the common advice is to DO X activity A LOT. However, progression through intervals can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. The Main types I am aware of: Heart ...


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To answer your question in the title. No, dont train at what you want to be able to run at. Do a mile, 12 minute, or 2 mile test run at your best then use this to base what your training should be. Look up Jeff Galloway's magic mile table or use McMillian's calculator to figure out what your goal distance time would be using the test run time. This time is ...


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There are several factors that restricts humans to run at very high speed over longer distance. Muscle fatigue, body's ability to consume oxygen and making use of the stored energy are a few. In simple terms, when you move at fast speed, you'd need more fuel. Your body has a limit under which it works. When you do intense workout, you'd need constant supply ...


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tl;dr- Core, everything below the waist, and throw in your arms. A coordinated running stride uses the arms for counterbalance, and the shorter or more intense the speed, you will use them for drive as well. The core keeps your balance, and obviously the legs are used. The primary drivers in the legs will be the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves. ...


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