Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Fitter and Faster and Further

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 with 4 comments
Please Stand By
I have come across, via one of my “running writing” links (Vanilla of “Half-Fast”), an article from Runners World on the “180 strides per minute” story. Which supports everything I said. Although, they reckon you can increase your stride rate by running some downhill intervals. Well, yes, but you need to do something which increases your stride rate on the flat and uphill as well. Downhill intervals would have a role in teaching the muscles to move faster. But practise up and down hill. They also reckon you should pump your arms a little faster and your legs will follow. That’s dead right! And on the topic of tempo, cadence, 180 steps, please stand by, I will be publishing my “How To Run Faster and Further” article very soon!

Canberra Times Fun Run
Results will be out tomorrow! (Go the Geese!)

Fast Rae

Rae "Are YOU Really 60?" Palmer running the half marathon. Getting FITter and faster, she ran a good Canberra Times Fun Run on Sunday.


  1. I'm not sure, but I recall my coach always asking us to open up strides when going uphill, and increase stride frequency going down.

  2. No problem there, striding out uphill in training might be akin to bounding uphill, which is primarily for building leg strength? As well as for developing good balance and coordination. An excellent session for young sprinters? However I mainly coach old people, [hello out there, old people!], and they are distance runners, and most of them find it difficult to accomplish bounding/hopping/leg strength work with any kind of safe technique; and I regret to say, that includes me.

    I guess there are various kinds of training, designed for a variety of purposes, so one could suggest there is no ONE way to train ALL THE TIME.

    I do find though that, in a 6k race say, it is the uphill sections where it seems most important to focus on maintaining a fast tempo, which may have to be achieved by shortening the stride. Again, a young strong runner will be able to maintain the tempo with little stride shortening. That's all the better; if you can do it.

    Thanks for your comment, Karmin.

  3. I don't think you're at all "old people" :)

    "there is no ONE way to train ALL THE TIME." very true, and that's why I don't know how people can say that running is boring :)

    You're welcome!

  4. Yes k, very true, my tongue was firmly in my cheek when I described us as "old". We are not at all old, we are super fit people who still feel the same as we did when we were teenagers and we avoid mirrors at all times.