>Running 101>So would anyone care to explain VO2...
Please stop saying that. Even if its true.
I've got a fever...
If even a fraction of the stuff you post is true, you are incredibly fortunate and gifted.
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
A Dance with Monkeys
What Trent does not say, though he implies (Trent - refute this if I am wrong.):
Among Elite long distance athletes of equal ability (based on race performance), tested values of V02-max have varied greatly. All are relatively high, but you can't predict race times by vo2-max (actual, tested). So, you don't need to increase your vo2 max to get faster. And it doesn't mean you are fast or slow. But if it was higher, you'd be faster. Make sense?
Also, no one stated the obvious, is that V=volume, and O2 is oxygen. In case there was any confusion. For physiological purposes, it's usually stated as a specific rate (per unit mass per time unit.)
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
Runner92, I wanna believe in you. I really do. So go run a race. A real race, not a low humidity time-trial or some wacky treadmill test.
Go race. Hell, you might even win. Write a race report. Link us to the results.
Do it, dude. Seriously. Make beleivers out of the skeptics. You'll do RA and yourself proud.
If even a fraction of the stuff you post is true, you are incredibly fortunate and gifted. Never let a bitter middle aged "never-been" beat you down. Your fastest days are ahead of you.
Mine are a bittersweet memory
I have a real race scheduled on the 8th of October. The biannual 2 mile that I've been training for. After that's over and I start base, I'll probably start racing a bit more. But right now I prefer to avoid any hard workouts (all out races) that will interfere with my training schedule.
So I guess we'll see how I do at the 2 mile. I really want to go sub 11, like I've said before, but I'm still weak at anything longer than 1 mile, which I'm working hard to correct.
The Logic of Long Distance
I had my VO2 max tested in college in a physiology lab, and it came out to 72--the highest value on the team, even though I was not the top runner. My lactic threshold was a low value, which perhaps accounted for some of the reason I was running slower than some folks who measured in the 60's. At the time of the test, I was running very close to 15:00 for 5k on the track--I could run an 11 minute 2 mile in my sleep.
Translating between race times and VO2max values is a pretty dicey affair, and there is no reason at all to believe that an 11 minute two mile time indicates in any way, shape, or form a 78.9 VO2 max.
you can throw out the 79.8 because it's treadmill-generated
Um. Why so?
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