Running economy during a simulated 60-km trial

Federico Schena, Barbara Pellegrini, Cantor Tarperi, Elisa Calabria, Gian Luca Salvagno, Carlo Capelli

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The effect of a prolonged running trial on the energy cost of running (Cr) during a 60-km ultramarathon simulation at the pace of a 100-km competition was investigated in 13 men (40.8 ± 5.6 y, 70.7 ± 5.5 kg, 177.5 ± 4.5 cm) and 5 women (40.4 ± 2.3 y, 53.7 ± 4.4 kg, 162.4 ± 4.8 cm) who participated in a 60-km trial consisting of 3 consecutive 20-km laps. Oxygen uptake (VO2) at steady state was determined at constant speed before the test and at the end of each lap; stride length (SL) and frequency and contact time were measured at the same time points; serum creatine kinase (S-CPK) was measured before and at the end of the test. Cr in J · kg-1 · m-1, as calculated from VO2ss and respiratory-exchange ratio, did not increase with distance. SL significantly decreased with distance. The net increase in S-CPK was linearly related with the percentage increase of C r observed during the trial. It is concluded that, in spite of increased S-CPK, this effort was not able to elicit any peripheral or central fatigue or biomechanical adaptation leading to any modification of C r.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-609
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Energy cost of running
  • Oxygen uptake
  • S-CPK
  • Ultraendurance running

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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