There was a thread about running economy that was going somewhere until the POSE guys hijacked it. Can we hear some ideas about improving running economy? Here are some thoughts:
--Performance in almost all distance races is determined by aerobic work and capacity. (Current models show that even the 800 is more aerobic than anaerobic).
--One measure of aerobic capacity is relative VO2max. All aerobic training improves VO2max to some degree but it responds best to 3-5 minute bouts @ approx. 3k pace as well as long runs at aerobic threshold.
--However, other factors like LT and economy are extremely important especially in determing actual performance.
--Many runners and coaches (c.f. Wejo's recent comments, everything Lydiard wrote, Vigil, Chapman) speak about the need to learn to run "relaxed." There seems to be a corollary here.
All that said (and if we define running economy as "the aerobic demand of running), are there specific ways to train for running economy. Obviously, improving gait and biomechanics are important but are there specific types of workouts which improve economy. Or, does running economy simply improve by running? In other words, is economy a result of good training or training goal?