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100 yard sprints (outside of a track)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2011 at 3:09 AM

Anyone do 100 yard sprints? I want to start but a.) I live in Manhattan, with no tracks available, and b.) I'm completely inept at estimating distance :)

I need an idiot proof way to setup a 100 yard area to do my sprints. Probably a weird/off topic question but if anyone has advice please chime in...

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on November 13, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Yeah 100 yards if farther than it sounds, that's an entire football field, even NFL running backs run out of gas when they near the goal line. I shoot for 50 yards.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 13, 2012
at 12:52 PM

Google earth is not nearly accurate enough to do 100 yard sprints.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:48 PM

With people chasing you, you tend to run faster.

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:34 PM

Didn't even think of google earth trick. Smart. Thanks!

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Thanks, might try timed sprints at first before distance

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:31 PM

im right in midtown so Central Park is ideal. Might try the mall when it's not packed with tourists...

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:18 PM

I run New York City blocks too. They're 80 metres long (inc one crossing). Between-the-avenues blocks are 240 metres long. Very easy to measure your distance.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:08 AM

What's so magical about joining a soccer team?

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Yeah. Even if you are a midget, your shorter 100 paces will be like a normal person running 100m anyhow ;)

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F9ee7fb7302c49126c94c85d3ddd36d2

on December 21, 2011
at 06:52 AM

I think the sprinting for about 15s is the ticket.

Or measure out a space using a Google Earth path.

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

(368)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:34 PM

Didn't even think of google earth trick. Smart. Thanks!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 13, 2012
at 12:52 PM

Google earth is not nearly accurate enough to do 100 yard sprints.

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:49 AM

You can sprint for about 12-15 seconds and it should do the trick. Probably not a coincidence thatt it's about the same length of time to deplete your ATP/CP system

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:30 AM

Had a similar problem when I was living in Paris, though I was making a bit longer sprints.

If you don't want to waste time, just sprint on the sidewalk of a long block - they are not that busy with people most of the time (they are about 200 meters long). Not the greatest fun to watch out for people popping up, but might be enough.

I also recall it's never more than about a kilometer from any point to the eastern or western shore promenade, where you have continous pedestrian area.

By the way, still waiting for a question to be posted, "Is Manhattan Paleo?"

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:18 PM

I run New York City blocks too. They're 80 metres long (inc one crossing). Between-the-avenues blocks are 240 metres long. Very easy to measure your distance.

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on December 21, 2011
at 08:12 AM

Go to central park, jog along the road there for ten minutes or so to warm up, and then just take off sprinting, saying in your head "one chimpanzee, two chimpanzee, three chimpanzee..." All the way up to 15 chimpanzee. Stop, bend over for a minute in agony, then walk or jog for a minute or two. repeat as desired, ideally turning around when you think you're halfway through so you end up close to where you started.

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Thanks, might try timed sprints at first before distance

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1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

on December 21, 2011
at 02:32 PM

IMHO, your not really going to do 100 yard sprints, at least, not for long. Shoot for shorter sprints, like 40 yards or even 20. And unless your super cardio man already, don't run up stairs, you'll stop to catch your breath, faint, and fall backwards and get found in 3 weeks by a maintenance guy.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on November 13, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Yeah 100 yards if farther than it sounds, that's an entire football field, even NFL running backs run out of gas when they near the goal line. I shoot for 50 yards.

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25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on December 21, 2011
at 06:16 AM

Why not run up stairs for 15 seconds or so?

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:06 AM

Not sure where in Manhattan you live, but there are some tracks in Brooklyn that might be easily accessible to you.

McCarren Park (outdoor) Redhook Ball Fields (outdoor) Park Slope Armory (indoor)

There are some spots in Manhattan listed in this thread: http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/Forum10/HTML/003488.shtml

Never been to any of them, but they are all obviously somewhat inconveniently located b/c of the space constraints ;)

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

(368)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:31 PM

im right in midtown so Central Park is ideal. Might try the mall when it's not packed with tourists...

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 21, 2011
at 04:03 AM

What's so magical about going exactly 100 yards?

Join a soccer team and you can sprint 100 yards several times every minute.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:08 AM

What's so magical about joining a soccer team?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 21, 2011
at 04:48 PM

With people chasing you, you tend to run faster.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 13, 2012
at 12:56 PM

The 15s rule is a good one, some other ideas:

You can also do block to block, sprint a block, jog a block...

Find a park. Soccer and Football fields are around 100 yards (close enough).

Baseball fields are typically around 100m from home base to the outfield fence, also it's 360 feet (just over 100M) to round the bases (gives the added benefit of planting)

Basketball court is about 85 feet, so run it four times.

Tennis court is 80 feet, run it four times

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8816fbd3f7158e132a5aa82452db3bd6

on November 13, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I would measure it out on google earth (as suggested above) and/or do telephone pole sprints. In the town I used to live in, two poles were 50 meters, 4 was 100. Also, aren't the long crosstown blocks in Manhattan longer than 100m?

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Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:12 AM

u can always sprint in place, cmon this isn't a predicament

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Well just walk 100 paces and you'll have a rough idea.

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Yeah. Even if you are a midget, your shorter 100 paces will be like a normal person running 100m anyhow ;)

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:13 AM

find out what width parking spaces must be in your area and use an empty parking lot or find a street with light standards. you could also walk 20 paces and measure how far you walked; do it a couple of times and average it out.

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