Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sprint Running: 12 x 200 Meters

Pretty sure reading this folks won't be contacting me to break the world record of 19.30 seconds in the 200 meter sprint. Later I read the middle and outer lanes are preferred. I ran the inner lane and always have being a novice on the track.

Which lane do you run your 200s?

Added 400 meter rest after the first to get a break on the wind and bring the total distance to 5000 meters.

200M/Jog (seconds)


  1. Typically the middle lanes are best (so 4 and 5 on an 8-lane track)

    However, since a lot of my training is for 800m, I will use lane-1 for many of my 200m repeats - as that's the lane I'm going to be running in during a race.

    I only move out to lane 5 on the reps where I'm intending to go considerably faster than race pace, (27-29) as these reps are more for speed work. Since my running form is a bit different here than what it will be for an 800m, there's no real benefit to staying in lane-1 on the higher speed reps.

    I'm not sure what the actual time difference is between lane-1 and lane-5, as a lot of that depends on how good a turn runner you are. The better you can run the turns on a track, the less difference it makes. Of course me not being exactly 6' 4", the far inside lanes don't bother me as much as they might less "vertically challenged" individuals. :-)

  2. that's good insight Mike! thanks, never knew you were 6'4" Wow! guys like you standing next to me, 6'1", makes me feel "short"

  3. No No - perhaps I didn't state the joke properly . . .

    I said, me not being "exactly 6' 4" . . . . was a sarcastic way of poking fun at myself for being shall we say, "not so tall". I'm 5'6" - which is probably part of the reason why I don't have as much trouble on the tight turns of the inside lanes!

  4. I normally don't do a fartlek run of 30 sec hard, 1 min easy versus 200s on the track. But when I do do 200s on the track I usually run in the 1st lane.

  5. sorry, i actually meant that I do fartlek runs instead of 200s on the track. forgot to delete the "don't" in the first sentence.