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The peak mean volume the runners were able to sustain for four consecutive weeks in the lead up to their Marathon is a practical indication of their muscular endurance. As running is a weight-bearing activity, covering 42.2km’s requires significant muscular endurance. Four consecutive weeks were

“To best enhance your Marathon performance, it is our belief that focussing on both volume and threshold increases is crucial to successful Marathon performance.”

chosen to ensure the volume was a sustainable peak and not a once-off. Of the 61 Front Runner athletes to have officially broken 3h for the Marathon, objective data was available and collated from 38 of these athletes.The figure below plots the runner’s marathon and 10k pace against their weekly training volume. The two variables showed a moderate correlation, with pace increasing as weekly training volume increasing.

Figure 4.1 Front Runner Sample Set - Marathon and 10km PB 4.4

Pace (min/km)

4.2 4.0

Marathon Pace

3.8

10km Pace

3.6 3.4 3.2 3.0

60

80

100

120

140

160

Weekly Volume (km)

Full Dataset Volume

10km Time

Marathon Time

(km/week)

(minutes)

(hours:minutes)

Minimum: 66

Slowest: 38.10

Slowest 2:59

Maximum: 170

Fastest: 31.10

Fastest: 2:25

Mean: 116

Mean: 35.05

Mean: 2:45 n = 38

Females Volume

10km Time

Marathon Time

(km/week)

(minutes)

(hours:minutes)

Minimum: 77

Slowest: 37.30

Slowest 2:57

Maximum: 135

Fastest: 35.35

Fastest: 2:43

Mean: 114

Mean: 36.49

Mean: 2:51 n=4

Males Volume

10km Time

Marathon Time

(km/week)

(minutes)

(hours:minutes)

Minimum: 66

Slowest: 38.10

Slowest 2:59

Maximum: 170

Fastest: 31.10

Fastest: 2:25

Mean: 117

Mean: 34.53

Mean: 2:45 n = 34

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