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Is Ryan Hall a Victim of Prolonged High Altitude Training?

October 23, 2010

This week Ryan Hall had announced his departure from the Mammoth Lakes Track Club and Coach Terrence Mahon. Hall decided to leave the club and coach due to recent poor performance at the Philadelphia Half-Marathon (14th place) and extreme fatigue. This is very shocking to hear since Hall is a such great runner. He has set the American record for the half-marathon (59:43) and has the second fastest marathon time by and American (2:06:17). But, what could be the actual cause for Hall’s poor performances and fatigue? In July this blog had reported prolonged altitude training could reduce endurance. According to the study: an extended stay at altitude can bring a loss of the muscle’s ability to use oxygen to carry out work. The number of mitochondria, the oxygen-using powerhouses of the cell, falls with a prolonged stay at high altitude. Is Hall a victim of prolonged high altitude training? It’s a possibility. Hall rays he will be spending less time at the high altitude Mammoth Lakes: “Though we do intend to spend time training in our home, Mammoth Lakes, this change will allow us greater flexibility in both our day to day training and in our location. Sara and I will plan to train in a variety of locations at both sea level and at altitude, whatever makes most sense for the time period as I prepare for a spring marathon. We will likely not be training in Mammoth until the spring or summer due to the long winter. I believe this flexibility will give us a greater capacity to maximize our training.” Let’s hope for the best for Ryan Hall. The London 2012 Olympics are right around the corner.

Essential Reading: Running Fast and Injury Free

October 16, 2009

gordonpirieRunning Fast and Injury Free is the book penned by British distance running legend Gordon Pirie before his death in 1991. The book advocates Pirie’s landing on the front of the foot style of running versus the common heel strike running style of his era. Pirie’s running style made him a three-time Olympian (1952, 1956, 1960) and enabled him to brake five world records during his running career.

The book is essential reading for any competitive runner. It gives insight into the views of various aspects of running such as mental preparedness, shoes, training, weight training, and diet from a champion. I have only have had a chance to brush through the book and what I have read so far I have liked.

The book is available for free at Scribd.

1 – Running with correct technique (even in prepared bare feet), on any surface, is injury free.
2 – Running equals springing through the air, landing elastically on the forefoot with a flexed knee (thus producing quiet feet). On landing, the foot should be directly below the body. (Walking is landing on the heels with a straight leg).
3 – Any and all additions to the body damage running skill.
4 – Quality beats quantity; the speed at which you practice the most will be your best speed.
5 – Walking damages running.
6 – The correct running tempo for human beings is between three and five steps per second.
7 – Arm power is directly proportional to leg power.
8 – Good posture is critical to running. (Don’t lean forwards!).
9 – Speed kills endurance; endurance kills speed.
10 – Each individual can only execute one “Program” at any one time; an individual can be identified by his or her idiosyncrasies (i.e. “Program”). An individual can change his or her “Program” only by a determined, educational effort; each individual’s “Program” degenerates unless it is controlled constantly.
11 – Static stretching exercises cause injuries!
12 – Running equals being out of breath, so breathing through the mouth is obligatory (hence the nickname “Puff Puff Pirie”).

New Tuesday Track Workout

August 10, 2009

East River TrackLast Tuesday I had decided to mix things up for my track workout. Instead of running the usual 3×2000 meters, I cut the distance in half to 1000 meters and had run them six times. I would give myself about two or three minutes rest in between each 1000 meter. The workout remained the same overall total distance. But by shortening to 1000 meters, I figured would help me with my overall speed.

Tuesday’s workout
Warm up
Warm down