Factors affecting distance running performance: A literature review

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Free Lit Review on the Science of Running and performance!
I've decided to make my literature review for grad school available to all because I'm too busy to do anything with it at the moment and it's better to allow others to get some useful info out of it then sit on my computer.

This document is a full literature review of all there is to know about the science behind distance running.  Going beyond a literature review, it also contains a critique from my coaching perspective and some insights on how to translate the science to the coaching field. It took more time than I care to remember, so I'd like it be of some use to someone besides me and hope those who decide to read through it find it interesting and thought provoking.  I welcome any comments or questions about anything contained in the document.

It's 130 pages including well over a hundred citations.  The best part is it is free.  I like sharing information and figure that some coaches and athletes might get something out of it and that's good enough for me.  If you find it extremely useful and want to contribute any money, feel free to do so with the donate button.  It is greatly appreciated.

Download and donate at the following link:
http://www.scienceofrunning.com/p/get-science-of-running-literature.html




Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How Running Happens
           Motor Programming
           Sending and Receiving the signal
           Muscle Contraction
           Energy Needed
           Muscle Fiber Types
           A Recruitment Issue
           Passive Mechanics
Chapter 2: Fatigue: Friend or Foe?
           How Fatigue manifests itself
           How Fatigue occurs
           Oxygen’s role
Chapter 3: An Oxygen Problem
           The measurement: VO2max
           Oxygen intake
           Oxygen Transportation
           Oxygen utilization
           The VO2max limiter.
Chapter 4: The Fallacy of VO2max
           How the VO2max concept developed
           Efficacy of basing training paces off of VO2max
           Should we train to improve VO2max?
Chapter 5: Lactate, Acid, and other By-products
Buffering/Dealing with high acidosis
           The Lactate Threshold
Maximum Lactate Steady State
Lactate Testing
Chapter 6: Efficiency
           The Measurement: Running Economy
Biomechanical Efficiency
           Neuromuscular Efficiency
           Metabolic Efficiency
           Problems with Running Economy
Chapter 7: The Brain-Muscle Connection
Neuromuscular and Anaerobic factors in performance
Fatigue and the CNS
Temperature Regulation
The Psychology of it all
Chapter 8:  The Genetics of Training
           Steps of Adaptation
           Long Term Adaptation
           Training Applications
Chapter 9: Theories of Training Adaptation
General Adaptation Syndrome and Dose-Response
Individuality of adaptation
Chapter 10: Volume and Intensity of Training
Volume of Training
Intensity of Training
           Interaction of Volume and Intensity of Training
           Training in the Real World
           Supplemental training
           Training Frequency
Chapter 11: Periodization
Periodization in Endurance Sport
Individualization
 Chapter 12: Training Models- Example of Integration of Theory and Practice
Chapter 13: Where do we go from here?

European Travels- High Speed race video

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While I've been doing this little new job I have which includes bouncing around Europe for a while, I've kind of neglected this blog a little bit.  Before I write anything substantial, I figured I'd fill the gap with some high speed video I took of a couple of professional 800m races that took place in Lignano, Italy.

When i get time, I'll go through a little bit of the process of post-season evaluation that I go through using Tommy Schmitz as an example.  He had a kind of crazy season filled with some rookie mistakes by me and some ups and downs but came away with a nice 3:39 PR and another 2 races under his old PR, so no complaints, but I'll go through what went right, wrong, and how to fix things.

Also, here's a brief interview I did with Runner's World on how my job's going so far:
http://racingnews.runnersworld.com/2011/07/a-brief-chat-with-steve-magness.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RwDailyNews+%28Runner%27s+World+Racing+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Until then, enjoy the videos:

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