Why is Aerobic Training Important to Runners?
In one of my earlier posts I discussed the difference between aerobic and anaerobic training and the effect each can have on your performance.
While I made some general claims about the importance of running aerobically, I think it is useful to more thoroughly explain why knowing the difference between aerobic and anaerobic running is so important.
This chart signifies the percentage of aerobic or anaerobic contribution it takes to compete at certain distances. While this chart exemplifies distances that are rather short for the average person reading this post, the implications are nonetheless profound.
As you can see in this chart, even for a “short” event like the mile, over 80% of the energy required to run the race is produced via aerobic metabolism.
Take a look at that again.
For an event distance just three miles long, 84% of your running is aerobic!
For the 10k, this number shoots to 90% for males and 95% for females. In the marathon and half marathon, the aerobic contribution is close to 99% for both men and women.
With this staggering number now so blatantly obvious, the importance of understanding aerobic running from anaerobic running can be fully appreciated.
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How do I know if I am running aerobically?
While you’re running, you should be able to hold a short conversation.
It doesn’t need to be Shakespeare, more like a brief chat with a friend.
If you’re by yourself, try telling yourself what you plan to eat for supper and with whom. If you can’t get the words out without gasping for air, you’re running too fast.
If you are researching aerobic running, there is a good chance you are interested in training for an upcoming race.
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