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Episode 47 is entitled “800 Meters To 100 Miles”.
Running, as but one endurance sport example, has a social and coaching culture that would have you believe that very diverse methods are required to train for different events. Running events upward of 100 miles now exist.Most coaches and athletes would assume that training for the 800 meters on the track would be in complete opposition to training for a 100 mile trail run. One is 200 times longer than the other.
The currently-held beliefs in the running community – and the traditional training methods employed by most - make some faulty assumptions. This session discusses training principles, and how they apply to both ends of the running (and endurance sports) spectrum.
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Episode 47 Notes: 800 Meters To 100 Miles
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Today's episode 47 is entitled "800 Meters To 100 Miles".
The Summer Olympics are upon us, and with that we will be exposed to a wide variety of running events - as short as 100 meters, and as long as the marathon. But those in the running community know that runners don't just stop at the marathon distance any more - they go far beyond this. Events upwards of 100 miles now exist, with a fine example being the Western States 100 Mile endurance run that was held just a couple of weeks ago.
Historically, running has a social and coaching culture that would have you believe that very diverse methods are required to train for different events. For example, most would assume that training for the 800 meters on the track would be in complete opposition to training for a 100 mile trail run. One is 200 times longer than the other.
If you go online and search for training programs for these diverse distances, you will find some very different results. The currently-held beliefs in the running community would tell us that these events utilize different “energy systems”, that one event is anaerobic while the other is aerobic, that one event is for those with lots of fast twitch muscle fibers while the other is only for those with a predominance of slow twitch fibers, that perhaps a specific periodization or structure of training is required, or even more commonly, that perhaps a certain number of miles of training are necessary.
These traditional methods make some faulty assumptions.
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