The aerobic and cardiovascular systems are put under more strain during quick strides with limited recovery time.
Short-rest strides have a unique adaptation stimulus that can aid improve top-end production and workout and race results when used wisely and moderately. Diagonals, a staple of many training camps in East Africa, are quick strides from one endzone corner to the other, with easy jog recoveries down the goal-line in between each. Mention short-rest strides to any training theory sicko, and the first thing they’ll likely think of will be “diagonals.” Sometimes, athletes will perform diagonals for more than 30 minutes as a secondary workout that focuses on speed endurance and has a low recovery cost.
You get faster with strides.
- A brief break offers a built-in brake on pushing too hard, supporting the biomechanics of endurance running.
- The aerobic and cardiovascular systems are under increased strain, yet unlike workouts, there is no need for days of rehabilitation.
3. Longer sessions serve as low-stress workouts, while shorter sessions are beneficial for supporting workouts and races.