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Various tests to adjust your running rhythms

We propose several tests to do it on your own

The stress tests they are the best option for evaluate performance and career evolution, However, if we want to do it ourselves and adjust our training rhythms, we propose several tests to do it on your own.

2.000 meter test

One of the simplest tests, logistically speaking, to assess VAM (Maximum Aerobic Speed ) is the 2.000m Test.

It is carried out on track or flat terrain, carried out at the highest possible speed and increasing in the last 400m until a perception of maximum effort is reached.

You must write down the total time (minutes and seconds) and the heart rate at the end of the test. Various calculators will allow you to calculate your training zones.

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5 minute test

If the level of physical condition and the athlete's experience are low, it will be difficult to maintain a high effort for so long, so we have the option of the 5-minute test.

This test has a similar protocol, perform it at the maximum maintained speed, record distance traveled and heart rate at the end.

Subsequently, the VAM (km / h) is calculated by multiplying the distance traveled (in km) by 12 (since 1h = 5min * 12) and use the following table to establish your training zones.



Maximum% FC


Active or regenerative recovery




Aerobic threshold




Anaerobic threshold




Maximum oxygen consumption




Anaerobic capacity




Anaerobic power




Alactic anaerobic power



> 140%

Adapted from Pallarés and Morán-Navarro (2012)

Conconi Test: Anaerobic threshold

The objective of the Conconi test is the determination of the anaerobic threshold through the relationship between speed and heart rate.

The heart rate increases as the intensity of the exercise increases until it reaches a point of stabilization despite continuing to increase the intensity. This point is the one that corresponds to the anaerobic threshold (Conconi et al., 1982).

To do this, you must run on an approved athletic track, with an increase in speed of 0.5Km / h every 200 meters and until exhaustion and have a watch that allows you to record your speed and heart rate.

Once you graph the speed in relation to the heart rate, you will be able to observe the deflection (fall or plateau) of the heart rate to establish the anaerobic threshold (Conconi et al., 1982).

Do them several times in the season

When you repeat it during the season, you will be able to understand the improvement in your performance as long as the heart rate is below the reference test at the same speed and the threshold point has improved.

To see real results, it is advisable to carry out evaluation tests once trained between 3 and 4 weeks of preseason and repeat throughout the season depending on the content and training objectives carried out.


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Conconi, Francesco; M. Ferrare; et al. (1982). "Determination of the anaerobic threshold by a non-invasive field test in runners". Journal of Applied Physiology. 52 (4): 869–73. Pallarés, JG; Morán-Navarro, R. (2012). Methodological proposal for cardiorespiratory endurance training. Journal of Sport and Health Research. 4 (2): 119-136.

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Laura García Cervantes

Laura García Cervantes
Laura García Cervantes.
Dra. Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

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