Cardio-respiratory and perceptual recovery from a marathon run

Bruce J. Noble, Carl M. Maresh, Thomas G. Allison, Allen Drash

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Seven male runners (21-42 years) were examined before and after the 1976 Boston Marathon to provide data concerning the cardio-respiratory and perceptual recovery from the performance. Treadmill runs, 30 min in duration, were administered 1 week prior to the marathon and 2-3, 6-7 and 13-15 days following. Treadmill speed was held constant and based on each runner’s planned race pace. Maximal performance data were collected 1 week before and 2 weeks after the race. Data were analyzed using a 2-way ANOVA (4 thirty min run data collection periods and 3 exercise time points-5,15 and 30 min) and “t" tests. Treatment effects were not observed for either HR or V'e, however, perceived exertion (RPE) was significantly elevated, 2-3 and 6-7 days post-marathon and V02 was significantly lower at 13-15 days. HR and RPE showed significant time effects indicating a non-steady state response. None of the maximal test variables were significantly displaced. All variables were returned to pre-marathon levels by 13-15 days except Vo2 which was lower. Aerobic capacity was not a limiting factor in the recovery from a marathon nin. Muscle soreness and stiffness seem to be related to the increased perceptual ratings following a marathon run.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-243
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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