Timing matters, we’re all individuals

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

Quite a few interesting things popped up in my reading list this week. So many that I’m considering another post of this style for Thursday so I don’t have to throw out so many interesting things. We’ll see how it goes.

As for now, here are a couple of my favorite from the past week:

Race time matters

More specifically, given that we don’t usually get to choose the time of the day that we race, being a morning person or a night person matters depending on the time of the race you’re running.

Early morning risers (defined here as those who woke around 7:00 on weekdays and 7:30 on weekends) performed best around midday.

Mid-morning risers (8:00 wake up time on weekdays and 9:10 on weekends) performed best in the afternoon.

Late morning risers (9:30 wake up time on weekdays, 11:00 on weekends) performed best in the evening.

Let me pause as you sit in shock and absorb that. Ok, maybe not. We all knew that, right?

What I’d like to use this to point out, though, is what we can do to take advantage of this common knowledge. If you’re going to be running a morning race in the near future, it might be wise to become an early morning riser. If you’re going to be doing an evening race and it’s possible to do so, you might want to consider becoming a late morning riser.

We’re all individuals

Next, a study on individual responses to training. As we know, response to exercise is usually talked about in very general terms. We seem to expect everyone to respond in the same way, even though we should know everyone is an individual and will respond differently.

Basically, this says what we all know. A lot of factors could play into how we respond to training, including but not limited to the stress of the training session (certain types of training sessions can stress one runner harder than another), stress outside of running, sleep, diet and so on.

In conclusion, there are several factors that could contribute to individual variation in response to standardized training. However, more studies are required to help clarify and quantify the role of these factors. Future studies addressing such topics may aid in the early prediction of high or low training responses and provide further insight into the mechanisms of training adaptation.

Honestly, I don’t know if these can be quantified in a general sense. Their effects could be different for different individuals. It’s nice to see the topic addressed, though.

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