I only ask as, whilst running at 10.5 kms per hour speed on the treadmill yesterday (which for me feels pretty fast - I'm 5'1") a 6 foot plus lady was running on the treamill next to mine at 11.8 kms per hour with, what appeared to be, far less effort than me! I normally run 10-11 minute miles outside but am trying to increase that with some 'speed' treadmill work.
Anything over 11kms an hour feels like almost sprinting to me, yet there she was gliding along gracefully going much faster! I felt like I needed to take 2-3 steps for her every one! But yet, elite marathon runners aren't especially tall are they?
So, how much does stature affect running ability? Or doesn't it?
the chinese athletes are "children" rather than "child like". i think that was established after Beijing.
Which is actually called Peking. Bloody political correctness gone mad, I tells ya. Who ever heard of crispy beijing duck?
They'll be changing "Bombay" to "Mumbai" next, just to keep some other foreign johnnies happy.
Good Queen Vicky will be spinning in her grave.
Mumbai mix, anyone?
nah, the longer your legs are, the more effort it takes to move them, so it balances out
plus taller people are heavier, so more weight to carry, so it makes a difference
It's not necessarily your stride length that helps, but the cadence and the power of your stride. Like PSC said, longer legs giver th problem of longer levers, cancels out the potential benefits of a longer stride..
I'm 6' tall with an inside leg of 34" and I think its harder for us tall ones to run. I end up taking small steps just so I dont have to lug my leg that little big further each time.
Whilst at school my best friend and I were running the 100m sprint, Me the tallest in the school and she the shortest. When we'd finished the teacher was crying with laughter. She said it looked like I was going in slow motion whilst my friend was a cartoon charater on speed!!!
Think there may be pro's and cons to both short and long legs, but will always blame being a plodder on my height!! Its nothing to do with being unfit!
Smaller people weigh less! I'm not really tall, 5'8", but I've got 10 stone of me to haul round races. I'm sure if I was 8 stone, and the same level of fitness, I'd be much quicker (and if I strapped a 2 stone backpack on, I'd be much slower)
I was on the treadmill tonight next to a short chick, I was running way faster than her (and sweating considerably more) - but that is because I'm fitter than her. Sorry if that sounds like I'm bragging, but that's the crack. My warm up speed was still 3k per hour faster than what she did her 10 minute run for, that speed to me was pretty effortless.
BTW, I don't normally look at how fast people are running on the tready next to me, unless I catch them looking at my speed in which case I look at theirs
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