The Economy of Running

German runner Sabrina Mockenhaupt was one of t...

German runner Sabrina Mockenhaupt was one of the favourites for the women’s title. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What can you do to become a more efficient and economical runner?

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Drills to Improve Running Economy

Specific hip strengthening exercises can maximize your running performance. Hip strengthening is an important component to improving your running economy as a distance runner, or sprinter.

Running economy can be defined as the maximal oxygen consumption at a given speed. Therefore, a runner with greater running economy (efficiency) can out perform an individual with a higher maximal oxygen capacity. There are specific measures for the running economy of a long sprinter (400m) compared to a distance runner (3200m). These differences are specific to the energy system predominantly used for the event.

Drills to Improve Running Economy

  • Running Technique: Form running over short, controlled distances.
  • Learn efficient stride mechanics: Cadence and stride length.
  • Mobility exercises to maximize range of motion: This emphasizes dynamic and functional based stretching that will improve strength throughout the range of motion in your stride.
  • Strength and…

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