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# VO2 Max? (Read 1495 times)

mrsmatt0511

I just noticed on my training log it will tell me the VO2 max for that run entry. Could someone explain this to me? How do they figure it out? It has to do with your body's ability to carry oxygen to muscles, right? Thanks from a newbie runner!

TRIing to beat the heat!

In addition... I've also been trying to figure out how the RA blog calculates this. A lot of my numbers seem terribly low compared to averages I've read about on the net. I'm quite certain that I'm not 'that' unfit. Anyone with more knowledge on the RA VO2 max numbers?

2012 Goals

Sub-1:42 for half marathon √ (1:41 at Disney, Jan '12)

Sub-22 for 5k √ (21:51 in Sept '12)

BQ for marathon- FAIL

12 Monkeys

VO2max is an estimate of the maximum rate at which your body carries oxygen to your muscles. It is largely genetically predetermined, although years of consistent work can budge yours. RunningAHEAD does NOT provide a VO2max estimate, but rather it provides a VO2 estimate for the given activity. If your activity is an all out effort, such as a 5k PR attempt, then the VO2 will approach your true VO2max. But for all your activities performed at a submax effort, the VO2 will also be submax. The only way to know your true VO2max, as with your calorie burn rate, is to have metabolic testing performed.
(didn't see the previous post before posting, its much clearer than mine) I'm totally new to running and everything related, so my naive guess is that it is the minimum Vo2max. Kind of "If you ran (distance) in (time) then your VO2 max can't be under (Vo2 max.)" My uneducated 'lower back' imagined that to find one's maximum VO2max would require to run at true vo2max speeds for a set distance, so I guessed that the site simply indicates a "at minimum".

12 Monkeys

Right. Also, the 2 should be a subtitle, not a supertitle
Lots of good information on VO2Max, VDOT, vVO2Max and related topics. Plug any of those terms into the search box (upper-right corner of the screen) and you'll have lots of reading fodder.

How To Run a Marathon: Step 1 - start running. There is no Step 2.