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Poster: Sasha Pachev
Subject: RE: Informal Study of the Role of Flexibility in Distance Running
I have read those studies and understand the above, but it is too general. What I have not seen is something like this: we took N guys that were fast, and they were so fast that there is no way they could have been this fast just because they run 100 miles a week and are aerobic animals, so they had something else. We measured their ranges of motion, and we found this. Then we took N guys that were 30 or even 60 seconds per mile slower than them on every distance, even though they trained the same. We measured their ranges of motion and we found this. If you are aware of any such studies, please post a link or some other reference.
Intuitively, if you look at a pack that is running 14:00 in the 5000, then 15:00, 16:00, and 17:00, you will find a general digression of the smoothness and fluidity of the stride as the ability of the runner decreases. In the 17:00 pack you will find the most runners that look like they are working against themselves, while the 14:00 pack compared to them will look like a herd of antelopes. But those are the visual perceptions. I would like to get a more detailed understanding of that smoothness or the lack of it. Obviously the "antelope" runner has a certain freedom of movement that is not available to the "elephant" runner. Here are the questions I am trying to answer:
- Can that freedom of movement be explained merely by having a certain level of flexibility in particular ranges of motion, or possibly by some balance of those that is easy to identify?
- Can you train the "elephant" runner to progress at least half-way to the level of the "antelope" by working on flexibility with particular targets in mind?
- If yes, what ranges of motion are important?
- If it is not flexibility, then what is it and how do we improve it?
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