Marathon Pacing Ability: Training Characteristics and Previous Experience

Swain, Patrick and Biggins, Joe and Gordon, Dan (2020) Marathon Pacing Ability: Training Characteristics and Previous Experience. European Journal of Sport Science, 20 (7). pp. 880-886. ISSN 1536-7290

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Even pacing within the marathon has been associated with faster marathon performance times, however, little literature has investigated the association between pacing ability during a marathon and a recreational marathoner's training characteristics and previous experiences. N = 139 participants completed an online questionnaire concerning training history in relation to a 2017 marathon and previous long-distance running experiences. Online databases were used to collect split times of the participants after successfully completing a 2017 marathon, identifying the percentage slowdown in pace between the first half and second half of the marathon, used for correlational analyses. The strongest correlates for pacing ability were marathon finishing time and previous distance race personal best finishing times (i.e. marathon, half-marathon, 10 km and 5 km). There were many weaker, however significant correlates for training history characteristics and previous long-distance running experience. The current findings demonstrate that greater accrued long-distance running experiences and higher weekly training volumes are strongly associated smaller declines in pace during the second half of the marathon in comparison to the first half and less variability in pace during the marathon.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: endurance, pace, regulation, training history
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 11:01
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 16:37

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