PowerCranks and Long Distance (marathon) Running
Beyond the normal issues of running fast, long distance running (10k, marathon and longer) involves lots of stress on the body and joints. As mentioned on our general running page, the three keys to running fast are good running economy, a good training base, and staying injury free. These issues can be especially troublesome for the distance athlete because they must spend so many hours training. PowerCranks are a real boon to the distance athlete because you can substitute PowerCranks work for actual running, working on your running muscle endurance without getting any additional "pounding". And, at the same time you are reducing the "pounding stress" on your body you are working on muscle coordination patterns that improve running efficiency and form. The only difficulty is the runner must change their mindset that the only way to get better running is to run more or harder in training. Because of PowerCranks this old maxim is no longer true. While, of course, the runner must do some running, by substituting PowerCranks for some run workouts the athlete can:
1. increase the intensity of their workouts
2. reducing the injury risk associated with increasing intensity
3. increase the duration of workouts
4. reduce the injury risk associated with increasing duration
5. work on improving running form
6. and, if you are a triathlete, you are improving your bike at the same time. Check out the cycling page
All this from one simple change to your training regimen.
If you have not seen it yet, we have made a video that tries to explain what is good running form and how the PowerCranks help achieve that.
And, if the distance runner is already injured, PowerCranks is a great rehab tool, allowing them to maintain good muscle endurance and running mechanics in a zero impact environment.
In summary, the secret to running faster, beyond normal improvement that comes from running more and harder (training effect), is specific training that improves running economy, specific training that improves running form, specific training that trains muscle weaknesses and ensures balance, and specific training that helps avoid injury. And, if the athlete is injured, specific rehabilitation training that helps ensure rapid recovery from that injury while not losing any running fitness. PowerCranks can help with all of the above.
Check out some of our video testimonials for running and rehab to better understand what the potential might be for you.