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Shorter legs may result in better "gearing" for going uphill, while longer legs are geared better to go downhill.
If the taller runner took shorter strides they would have the advantage.
Quote from: JnA on 08/05/2009 01:51:24If the taller runner took shorter strides they would have the advantage. Why? Bringing your legs back at the end of a stride is a waste of energy. That could, in fact, represent an absloute advantage for long legged runners, I suppose as they need fewer strides per km.
If you then look at Olympic sprinters, they tend to not be overly tall.
when you are running uphill you aren't 'bringing your legs back' at all. you are using the muscle to 'step up' as it were.
He said he had nuggets for breakfast, is that a codename for steriods? Mind you, they probably all juice themselves up so the advantage is cancelled.