Effects of Marathon Running on Aerobic Fitness and Performance in Recreational Runners One Week after a Race

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Takayama, Fuminori ; Aoyagi, Atsushi ; Shimazu, Wataru ; Nabekura, Yoshiharu (2017)
  • Publisher: Hindawi
  • Journal: Journal of Sports Medicine, volume 2,017 (issn: 2356-7651, eissn: 2314-6176)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1155/2017/9402386, pmc: PMC5613699
  • Subject: Research Article | Sports medicine | RC1200-1245 | Article Subject
    mesheuropmc: human activities

It is not clear whether or not recreational runners can recover aerobic fitness and performance within one week after marathon running. This study aimed to investigate the effects of running a marathon race on aerobic fitness and performance one week later. Eleven recreational runners (six men, five women) completed the race in 3 h 36 min 20 s ± 41 min 34 s (mean ± standard deviation). Before and 7 days after the race, they performed a treadmill running test. Perceived muscle soreness was assessed before the race and for the following 7 days. The magnitude of changes in the treadmill running test was considered possibly trivial for maximal oxygen uptake (V˙O2max) (mean difference −1.2 ml/kg/min; ±90% confidence limits 2 ml/kg/min), unclear for %V˙O2max at anaerobic threshold (AT) (−0.5; ±4.1%) and RE (0.2; ±3.5 ml/kg/km), and likely trivial for both velocity at AT and peak (−0.2; ±0.49 km/h and −0.3; ±0.28 km/h). Perceived muscle soreness increased until 3 days after the race, but there were no clear differences between the values before the race and 4–7 days after it. These results show that physiological capacity associated with marathon running performance is recovered within 7 days after a marathon run.
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