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Table 1 The content of the running schedule during the 8-week preconditioning period

From: The design of the run Clever randomized trial: running volume, −intensity and running-related injuries

Preconditioning period
Training variables Intensity Volume Frequency Progression
Week km/week/pace km/week km session 1 km session 2 km session 3 prog/week prog/cycle
1 15 easy 15 5 5 5 NA NA
2 15 easy 15 5 5 5 0 %
3 15 easy 15 5 5 5 0 %
4 13,5 easy 13,5 3,5 5 5 −10 %
5 13,5 easy/3 moderate 16,5 5 5 6,5 (3moderate) 23 % 10 %
6 13,5 easy/3 moderate 16,5 5 5 6,5 (3moderate) 0 %
7 13,5 easy/3 moderate 16,5 5 5 6,5 (3moderate) 0 %
8 12 easy/3 moderate 15 5 5 (3 moderate) 5 inc. PPT −10 %
  1. The content is displayed in relation to the four training variables: intensity, volume, frequency and progression and for each of the 8 weeks. The kilometers to be completed in each running session are outlined in the collums of session 1–3. All kilometers are run at an intensity equal to easy pace, except if moderate or hard is specified (easy pace ≈ 50-80 %VO2max, moderate pace ≈ 81-87%VO2max and hard pace ≈ 88–100 %VO2max). The volume outlined in the parenthesis will then be completed in the specified pace. The progression is in total weekly volume. PPT is the abbreviation used for Physical Performance test