written by runnergirl training
There are many forms of energy involved in running. It may seem that once you lace up your running shoes the energy needed magically appears. It’s an interesting process and once you read about it you’ll be energized to dash out the door!
The following information is assumed for working at least 90% effort.
Time: Type: From: How To Train:
1-30 sec Anaerobic ATP & Creatine Phosphate Sprints 5-15 sec
(stored in muscles) (rest 3-5 min)
30 sec – Anaerobic ATP, CP & Muscle Gylcogen Intervals 30 sec-2 min
2 min (stored in blood sugar, (1:2 then 1:1, work:rest)
muscle & liver)
3+ min Aerobic Muscle Glycogen & Intervals 2-5+ min
Lactic Acid (1:1, work:rest)
(stored in muscle,
liver & fat)
Hopefully you will have now expanded your knowledge on the energy pathways of running and know how to train them. If you run the 400 meter distance race you will be focused on training different energy systems than a half marathoner. Energy pathways are dependent on correctly setting up your training program and nutrition to support them.
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