Technical developments have revolutionized running training time and time again in the past. In the early days, people trained exclusively by feel, but over time pulse and pace values were added as further training aids. With the watt values, a new measured value is taking over the running scene.
Advantages of training according to power data
What has long been established among cyclists and triathletes is slowly but surely finding its way into running training. Training with the help of power measurement. The common parameters pulse, pace and effort are quite meaningful in most cases, but are not suitable in all situations. Pace has its weaknesses in hilly terrain or in strong winds, pulse is also dependent on external influences and “effort” is a very subjective “value”.
This is where power measurement comes into play as an objective measurement. Power is defined as the quotient of work done/energy expended and time taken and is therefore also suitable, for example, on routes that are not flat.
How are the power values measured?
The wattage values can be calculated with the help of various sensors. This is important to know, because the calculations differ between the systems and it results accordingly also different values. However, this is not a problem, because when training according to watt values, only the trend within one of the systems is of interest. running.COACH has decided to adapt the system of the market leader “Stryd”. So in order to use the running.COACH watt presets, you should run with a Stryd sensor.
How do I activate the watt presets in running.COACH?
- Click on “My Account” in the upper right corner → Select “My Profile”.
- On the next page, click on “Watt controlled training”.
- Activate the checkbox and enter your weight (IMPORTANT!)
After completing these steps, you will also see the wattage values for the individual running workouts in the training plan. This is both in the heading in the calendar, as well as in the detailed training description (information below the pace in the image below).
Of course, the wattage settings are also calculated for competitions, which can be very advantageous, especially for hilly courses.