Running long distance

In practice we run long distances. The reasoning for the running is because we need to flush our “lactic” acid. After doing research on my own and looking I’ve found articles that say we do not produce lactic acid after we throw or pitch. Are there coaches who have abandoned the conventional wisdom and moved to a sensible approach to conditioning? Just wondering

Some people argue that long distance running helps get lactic acid out of your arm, especially the day after you pitch. The problem with that is there is very little if any lactic acid in your arm after a pitching performance. For lactic acid to build up, you have to perform at full effort for at least 20 seconds consecutively. Pitchers use one explosive burst for less than one second at a time and then rest for at least 12 seconds. There is no lactic acid build-up. The soreness in your arm is more likely caused from a bunch of micro-tears in your muscles from the repeated explosive movements.

Doing a series of longer sprints will get the blood flowing to these micro-tears just as well as a long distance run.


If you want to do a short 5 minute jog just just to promote blood flow for recovery that is fine. The whole lactic acid thing is incorrect like you stated.

What coach Steven said is great.

Long distance running is bad for your legs.
As a pitcher you want explosive strength and elasticity to be in and get out of the load position. Long distance running trains the opposite.


Let’s be clear here: Running longer distances isn’t bad in moderation a few times a week. We’re not talking about training for a marathon where you’re running 50-60 miles a week. Longer distance running isn’t going to kill you. It’s not going to “de-train” you any more than walking would de-train an Olympic sprinter – it doesn’t.

The point simply is sprinting is more pitcher-specific. That’s all.

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