The aim of this thesis was to advance the methods of assessing laboratory based
running performance and study the influence of carbohydrate-electrolyte( CHO-E)
solutionso n self-selectedr unning speeds.
The first study (Chapter 4) attempted to improve the methods used for treadmill timetrials
by using an automated treadmill system that allows runners to rapidly change
their running speed without engaging with the treadmill control panel. To this end, the
study examined the repeatability of a1h running time-trial, in which the aim was to
achieve the greatest distance in the set time. The coefficient of variation (CV),
estimated using ANOVA with subject and trial as main effects, was 1.4%. Therefore,
it was concluded that asking runners to cover as much distance as possible in 1 h,
using an automated treadmill system is a reliable method of assessing endurance
performance in endurance trained runners...
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.