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.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How Running Happens
Sending and Receiving the signal
Muscle Fiber Types
A Recruitment Issue
Chapter 2: Fatigue: Friend or Foe?
How Fatigue manifests itself
How Fatigue occurs
Chapter 3: An Oxygen Problem
The measurement: VO2max
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
Chapter 6: Efficiency
The Measurement: Running Economy
Problems with Running Economy
Chapter 7: The Brain-Muscle Connection
Neuromuscular and Anaerobic factors in performance
Fatigue and the CNS
The Psychology of it all
Chapter 8: The Genetics of Training
Steps of Adaptation
Long Term Adaptation
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
Chapter 11: Periodization
Periodization in Endurance Sport
Chapter 12: Training Models- Example of Integration of Theory and Practice
Chapter 13: Where do we go from here?