Representation of Running Training
One factor that has often hindered the interpretation of a running training program by athletes and coaches has been the lack of a standardised way to represent a running training session. How do we present, in a simple format, two sets of six repetitions of four hundred metres, each repetition to be completed in seventy-two seconds with three minutes recovery per repetition and ten minutes recovery between each set?
In 1997 the IAAF adopted a standard way of representing training. Examples of the convential format are:
This means ten repetitions of 400 metres, with each repetition to be run in 62 seconds, with a 3-minute recovery between each repetition.
This means 4 sets of 3 repetitions of 400 metres, with each repetition to be run in 56 seconds, with a 3-minute recovery between each repetition and 5 minutes recovery between each set.
This means 2 repetitions of 600 metres, with the first 400m being run in 68 seconds and the final 200 metres at maximum effort, with 8-minute recovery between each repetition and a 15 minutes recovery after the 2 repetitions of 600m. This is followed with 8 repetitions of 200 metres to be run in 35 seconds with a 1-minute recovery between each repetition.
This means two sets of 1 repetition of 500 metres to be run in 80 seconds, a recovery of 2 minutes, 1 repetition of 700 metres to be run in 1 minute 52 seconds, 30 seconds recovery, 1 repetition of 300 metres at maximum effort, with a 12-minute recovery between each set.
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