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More efficient running style

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SPR
Jun 2019
1:50pm, 19 Jun 2019
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SPR
Canute - Agree with what you say about it being a compromise. That's what I've been trying to say, and that compromise will differ for individuals.

I also agree with your last paragraph.
J2R
Jun 2019
4:06pm, 19 Jun 2019
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J2R
Canute, I would say that hill sprints are better than regular sprints for developing the leg strength you're talking about. You're less likely to injure yourself. I do them often and find them very effective (8-10 x 20 seconds, fast, up a reasonably steep incline), and I'm sure they are one of the reasons why I am able to perform well for my age (I hope it is not too immodest of me to say so).
Jun 2019
4:32pm, 19 Jun 2019
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Canute
J2R
I agree that uphill sprints are a very worthwhile element in a training program. They help build several aspects of fitness including leg strength and aerobic capacity. However, in comparison with level sprinting, there is usually less utilization of captured elastic energy. A lesser proportion of the work done by the legs muscle is eccentric, so if you want to build the strength to get airborne and decrease time on stance, I consider both hill sprints and level sprints are worthwhile.
J2R
Jun 2019
4:47pm, 19 Jun 2019
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J2R
Interesting. Yes, hadn't thought about captured elastic energy. I also do lots of 40 second reps at a fast pace (mile pace, though, rather than sprints as such), which may help.
SPR
Jun 2019
5:10pm, 19 Jun 2019
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SPR
My ideal plan has me transitioning from hill sprints in the winter to flat sprints in the summer. Haven't done this as much as I like though.

Agree that hill sprints are fairly risk free way of adding sprinting to training and will help condition for flat sprints if required.
Jun 2019
10:15am, 26 Jun 2019
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SSLHP (Shoes smell like horse piss)
Is that it for another 5 years then? LOL
Jun 2019
10:16am, 26 Jun 2019
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GlennR
We can only hope.
Jun 2019
2:56pm, 26 Jun 2019
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Dvorak
I saw a woman today with what looked like a startlingly inefficient running style, her feet were flicking out in the manner of a cross-country skier going uphill (she was running on the level). Still, she was wearing a shirt from a local half marathon and maintaining a decent pace - I saw her both out and back - so I guess it works for her.
Jun 2019
4:13pm, 26 Jun 2019
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SSLHP (Shoes smell like horse piss)
Dvorak -what works for her? nobody suggests you can't move forward at all unless you have an efficient running technique. She might have completed a half marathon time in 2h 30m, but could improve on that with better technique

Not sure what your point is?

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