2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Estimation of Running Critical Velocity from 5,000 and 10,000 Meter Times

Alison M. Mathes*, Ally Ward, and Avery Ward
Dr. James A. Padfield, Faculty Mentor

Maximum lactate steady state is defined as the intensity of exercise at which lactate clearance (removal) is both maximal and equal to lactate production.  It is the highest workload, in other words, which can be sustained without the excess accumulation of lactic acid.  As a training variable, the running speed at which this occurs is often identified as the runner's "critical velocity."  Times for both 5,000 Meter and 10,000 Meter events in the 2022 Track season were obtained for 89 male and 66 female collegiate runners.  The runners' average velocity for 10,000 Meters was 5.27 M/ sec (STDEV 0.49) and their average velocity for 5,000 Meters was 5.48 M/ sec (STDEV 0.51).   These data can be extrapolated to describe a relationship between velocity and distance which can be used to estimate an individual runner's critical velocity.

Keywords: Critical Velocity, Track, Lactate

Topic(s):Exercise Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 401-4
Location: Alumni Room
Time: 2:45

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