Improve your Running Performance with Run Economy Testing

Understand your running efficiency

Unlock the key to peak performance with Running Economy (RE) testing. At Total Endurance.

Run Economy testing measures your body's efficiency in converting oxygen into mechanical energy while running. Running economy is not just a measure of how effectively you move at a certain pace

Our comprehensive RE testing protocol involves precise intervals designed to assess your efficiency across different running speeds. By measuring oxygen consumption and velocity during intervals below, at, and above your target race pace, we provide invaluable insights into your individual performance metrics.

How does your running economy compare?

If you're looking to understand your physiology better and gain an insight into some of the factors that you can work in improving to become a faster, more efficient runner. Assessing your Running economy can be one of key factors that either helps or hinders your running performance.

If you'd like to learn more about how the variation in running economy can be the key between runners, click the video where Kevin explains some of the running economy data from an Endurance running study we carried out last year.

Combine with VO2 max testing for even greater analysis

You can combine the Running economy testing with our Running VO2 max testing for a complete assessment of your aerobic capacity and oxygen utilisation efficiency at various intensities. When combined together, these insights offer a comprehensive understading of your own unqiue physiology to allow you to make informed training decsions and allow you to optimise your training.

What does the Running Economy Testing involve?

The Running testing involves a total of 20 minutes running as 5 x 4 minutes with starting velocity determined by your current fitness and goals. If the test is combined with a VO2 max test we use the data from the VO2 max test to determine the starting velocity of the running economy testing.

You will be wearing a mask that connects to a machine that continually measures your oxygen consumption.

The aim of the test is to measure the amount of oxygen you are using at each velocity and with the data we can calculate the amount of oxygen needed to run 1km at each velocity which gives us a measure of the amount of oxygen to run 1km (ml O2 / kg / km) which will give us a value usually in the range of 170-270ml (lower is usually better).

Additonal Options for Physiology testing at Total Endurance

Running Economy with Carbohydrate utilisation

Combine Run Economy testing with carbohydrate utilisation testing to understand your running efficiency and fuelling requirements to ensure you are taking on sufficent carbohydrates during your training / endurance events.

Running Economy with VO2 max testing

By combining the VO2 max with Run Economy Testing you will also gain a better understanding of your current fitness and areas you can work on to improve your training and racing. Combining these tests also allow you to see the change in efficiency relative to your maximum oxygen uptake.

Running Economy with Carbohydrate utilisation and VO2 max testing

By combining all of tests you will leave give you a comprehensive understanding of your physiology and will allow you to tailor your training based on the data to ensure you're working on any weaknesses that might inhibit  achieving your fitness goals