Tall v Short

12 messages
04/07/2013 at 22:58

When running I see loads of tall people running really fast with a long stride.

Then there is me at 5 foot 5 who is trying to keep up.

Does being tall making running faster easier or not?

04/07/2013 at 23:08
Why not ask the bloke who won the London Marathon this yr?

If you train harder you will get faster.
04/07/2013 at 23:09

I like to claim it is easier for tall people because I am only 5'4. But sadly if you look at elite runners it turns out lots of them are quite short. For example, Haile Gebrselassie is 5'5. So we can't use that as an excuse.

04/07/2013 at 23:16

At 5ft2 I've always had to run to keep up with people!

04/07/2013 at 23:20

Damn I need to find another excuse then. Watch out for my next reason as to why i am so slow, i just need to think of it first of all.

Edited: 04/07/2013 at 23:21
05/07/2013 at 11:07

Jenny Meadows is about 5ft nothing and she seems to do alright

05/07/2013 at 11:18
John Jenkins 8 wrote (see)

Damn I need to find another excuse then. Watch out for my next reason as to why i am so slow, i just need to think of it first of all.

fat v. thin?

05/07/2013 at 11:55

Body Size and Performance

If you CBA reading it all this graph is a reasonable summary:

http://s3.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/596170/gallery/f2.medium.gif?width=350

 

Helps (a bit) to be tall if you're a sprinter, but long distance runners are around average height.

05/07/2013 at 12:59

But the very fastest distance runners happen to be 5' 6" or less.

One reason is that smaller runners can usually handle the heat better.

 

05/07/2013 at 13:06

Bit further away from the sun, Ric? 

05/07/2013 at 14:00

But we can get nearer to the sink as we have smaller feet! 

05/07/2013 at 14:48
Smaller feet = smaller shoes so less weight to carry.

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