Track and field for Masters Athletes #2

A group of male runners race on an oval track in front of spectators.
Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Boland competes in the M40 1500m Finals at World Masters Athletics 2018 in Malaga, Spain, where he finished fifth. PHOTO: Submitted

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The age-old question of volume versus intensity rages on today as much as it did during the running boom of the 1970s. So, what is the better approach? A lot of research has been done over the years, which often showed that high-intensity work is best for boosting VO2 max and running economy. While I agree with this, there seems to be a lack of consensus on the subject, especially with regard to longer distances. It appears that the experience of many elite endurance athletes contradicts research findings that high intensity/low volume training is optimal.

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