Representation of Running Training
One factor that has often hindered the interpreting 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 conventional 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.
It means two repetitions of 600 metres, with the first 400m being run in 68 seconds and the final 200 metres at maximum effort, with an 8-minute recovery between each repetition and a 15 minutes recovery after the two repetitions of 600m. It is followed by eight repetitions of 200 metres to be run in 35 seconds with a 1-minute recovery between each repetition.
It means two sets of 1 repetition of 500 metres to be run in 80 seconds, a recovery of 2 minutes, one repetition of 700 metres to be run in 1 minute 52 seconds, 30 seconds recovery, and one repetition of 300 metres at maximum effort, with a 12-minute recovery between each set.
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