Although power meters have been mainly directed at bicyclists in the past, runners are now able to utilize them as well. In fact, power meters are about to take over the world of running, according to former professional triathlete Jim Vance.
In his new book, “Run with Power: The Complete Guide to Power Meters for Running,” Vance informs runners specifically on how to employ the features of the power meter, and claims this technology will change the way runners train and race.
“If the stopwatch was equivalent to a typewriter, then today’s GPS wrist units are like a flip-phone,” Vance said in a press release. “The portable power meter for running is the next step, equivalent to the laptop, tablet and smartphone coming into existence all at once.”
In his book, Vance claims that power meters can indeed make runners faster, as long as they use it correctly; if athletes know what the important numbers on the screen mean, their workouts and races should be faster, stronger and more efficient. He encourages competitors to transition to power-based training methods, and provides a smooth conversion in his guide.
“’Run with Power’ demystifies the data and vocabulary so athletes can find and understand their most important numbers,” according to the press release. “Armed with Vance’s guidance, they will train more specifically for races, smooth their running technique, accurately measure fitness, predict a fitness plateau, monitor injuries … and create an unprecedented picture of themselves as athletes.”
Vance also provides eight power-based training plans for 5K, 10K, half marathons and marathons. Through these plans, runners will learn how to compare wattage, heart rate, pace and perceived exertion in order to ensure the most efficient and effective training.
“Run with Power” is now available in bookstores, running shops and online. Additionally, athletes can receive a free copy of Vance’s book with the purchase of a power meter from Stryd and RPM2.