bass ackwards wrote:
coach d wrote:
lifting heavy weights improves running economy because it causes a more explosive footstrike
Running economy is a result of reduced vertical oscillation and braking. Thus a more explosive footstrike would result reduce the running economy. This is why sprinters have a very poor running economy.
lifting heavy weights for more than 6-8 weeks causes metabolic changes that reduces the stretch shortening cycle, and you don't want to do that if you're a runner
You're always promoting weight lifting for distance runners, and now you admit that doing more than a minimal amount is not good.
Coach d is right, a more explosive footstrike is more economical regardless of whatever else improves economy.
Also, his point is that lifting heavy weights should be done for 6-8 weeks is another good point, that I agree with.