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Anything a taller runner needs to know? (Read 1994 times)


just a simple cat

    Don't buy short shorts.

     Now now!  I have to disagree......

     

    I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house


    Doughboy

      I'm 6'1" and have never beaten you in a race, so I'm going with the tall=disadvantage theory.

      +1"


      Hoodoo Guru

        At 6' 3" the only problem I have with being tall is when short people tell me I have an advantage because of my long legs.

        The tangents are moot.

         

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          At 6' 3" the only problem I have with being tall is when short people tell me I have an advantage because of my long legs.

           

          Yes, I often get the comment that I "look like a runner"  I take this to mean two things:

           

          1. The other person thinks I'm tall

          2. The other person assumes I don't have enough coordination to participate in other sports.

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            Are you some freakish human-giraffe hybrid? I'm surprised you can type with your cloven hooves.

             

            Who uses their hooves?!?!  At least I'm not a yeti.

             

              I'm 5' 9" and I regularly get my ass handed to me by taller runners.

               

              +1

               

              actually I'm a tad shy of 5'7"     not many during races shorter than me, so the odds are that I would be beat by more "tall" people than people shorter than me.  to me 5'9" is almost tall. BUT my last race this past Sat.(5k),   another in my age group that was at least 3 feet taller (ok maybe only 1 foot) than me was leading me by 25 yrds at the turnaround .   started gaining on him on the slight uphill (against stiff headwind), caught him at the 2 1/2 mile mark & passed him with 1/4 mile to go & left him far behind!!    winner in my AG was also about 5'7"     I was hoping that I could dart in behind the taller fella & draft for while hoping he would also pick up his pace & then take him towards the end, but he never picked up his pace so just went around & "powered" through the wind to the finish.  So maybe in this case shorter had advantage as the wind affected him more ???


              Am I doing this right?

                 Now now!  I have to disagree......

                 

                 

                You're right, I should specify.  Tall males, stay away from short shorts.

                 

                Tall females, check w/ me first.

                No excuses....


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                  Who uses their hooves?!?!  At least I'm not a yeti.

                   

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                      Just a theoretical answer here - its possible that with longer legs, the torque applied on your ankle is higher as you go through the inverted pendulum motion on each stride, so you would want to make sure your ankles and therefore the supporting calf muscles are in good shape.

                       

                      Like i prefixed, its just a theoretical answer. I am 5'11 FWIW.

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                        I don't know what made me think of this.  Does being tall have any advantaged or disadvantages that I should be aware of?   Ways to use my long legs to my advantage in a race?


                        Anyone?  Anyone?

                         

                        Advantage 

                         

                        Jack Bachelor [2:17 marathon] Olympian = 6'7"  6"5"

                         

                        Easy to spot in a crowd -- tough to find someone to draft off.

                         

                        [BTW -- I'm 6'5" -- so it appears I am quite slow]

                         

                        MTA:

                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Bacheler

                        2012= under-goaled

                        MrH


                          Again from the Science of Support, an article on Chris Solinsky.

                           

                          http://www.sportsscientists.com/2010/05/chris-solinsky-fastest-big-guy-ever.html

                           

                          The discussion is interesting, including the idea that perhaps BMI is a more useful metric than just height or weight.

                           

                          MTA: an unfortunate conclusion though for us taller folks is the impact of body mass on heat dissipation. It seems that taller runners may get greater benefit from being more lean, than their shorter opponents will. And again, doing the strength work so that those longer levers are an asset and not a liability will help too.

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                              Again from the Science of Support, an article on Chris Solinsky.

                               

                              http://www.sportsscientists.com/2010/05/chris-solinsky-fastest-big-guy-ever.html

                               

                              The discussion is interesting, including the idea that perhaps BMI is a more useful metric than just height or weight.

                               

                              MTA: an unfortunate conclusion though for us taller folks is the impact of body mass on heat dissipation. It seems that taller runners may get greater benefit from being more lean, than their shorter opponents will. And again, doing the strength work so that those longer levers are an asset and not a liability will help too.

                              It may already have been said, but I find it odd that a guy who's 6' 0.75" (and 165 pounds) is considered "tall".  (The average US adult male is 5'9", says Wikipedia.)  I"m 6'0.5" and never really thought of myself as tall.  I certainly don't tower over the guys around the office.

                               

                              I'd read somewhere (Pfitzinger?) that one disadvantage to being bigger is that you generate heat by volume but shed it by area (VERY generally speaking).  Which might explain why taller men can be found among elites at middle distances but not as readily at longer distances.

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                                I thought I read somewhere that it's thought of (generally) as a disadvantage in distance running because more height probably means more weight to carry.  But hey, Robert Cheruiyot is 6'3.   At 143 lb, much lighter than most 6'3 runners so that still implies that matters more.  Still, same degree of leanness and a 5'5 runner will be lighter than a 6'5 runner.. and given examples of tall successful runners doesn't change the mode (most often occurring).

                                 

                                 

                                Still, looking to use height as an advantage, you might want to turn to swimming or rowing. Wink

                                 

                                Of course, most of us don't run to be the best, but to be our best; and it's hard to change height. Much easier to add training.   One of my best friends was a very good football player, with a body (6'5 and muscular) that really helped him there... but he stopped that after college and started running; his body worked against him but his drive and focus he still retained led him to a 2:45 marathon.

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