Leveraging the inconveniences of Ciara and Dennis into successful and advantageous run training

Leveraging the inconveniences of Ciara and Dennis into successful and advantageous run training

After the last few weekend’s of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara, it might be Ellen’s turn next weekend. In Europe it is new that storms get names. They are only named when the wind force is high. If the storm gets a name, it could just be that a running event is canceled. Very annoying but not unwise.

While a race may be cancelled, you can still train in stormy weather!

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An analysis of the Dubai Marathon

An analysis of the Dubai Marathon

The winning time of 20-year-old Ethiopian Olika Adugna Bikila was not a record for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. Usually the elite athletes run a lot faster than 2:06:15 here.

Still, Dubai is one of the fastest marathons in the world and 11 athletes ran faster than 2:07, which is a record for this race!

There were only 19 seconds between the first place finisher and the eleventh finisher. The marathon was decided in the final sprint of the top 11 finishers. 10 out of 11 ran or matched a personal best.

What spurred these great results?

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The importance of power-driven interval training

The importance of power-driven interval training

We regularly receive interesting practical questions from our readers. We are happy to answer them, so don’t hesitate to contact us at www.thesecretofrunning.com. Last week, Marcel van Boxtel e-mailed that his track coach designs the pace of his interval sessions based on his 10-K time. This is very common. Depending on the interval distance, the coach will indicate the pace by the number of seconds per 100 meters. Marcel prefers to switch from pace-based to power-based interval training. Because that is better and more scientific, Marcel rightly says. We agree with him, also because the power (in Watts) is immediately visible. You don’t have to wait until the first 100 meter mark to check if you are on schedule.

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