Question of the Day

Can you explain the term ‘run’? When a cox says “more run” it’s referring to the length and lay back of the recovery and such, correct?

No. “Run” refers to the distance your boat travels per stroke, so if your coach or coxswain is calling for “more run” they want to see the boat travel farther between strokes. If you’re rowing really fast, rushing the slides, etc. you’re essentially burning your wheels. A lot of energy is being wasted because you’re not moving very far with each stroke you take. Your boat will travel the farthest per stroke when your slide and body move at the same speed coming into the catch and when your strokes are clean and powerful. A coxswain might tell you to lengthen out the stroke to increase the amount of run you’re getting since shortening it up will limit how far you travel but the run is all about the boat, not the bodies.

Related: There’s a lot of like, I don’t know how to describe this really, lurching in the boat? Because I think the girls slide forward to fast and that makes us go back instead of forward if that makes sense. how would you correct this? Thanks!

Examples of good run can be seen below. The first video is the USA Women’s 8+ from this year practicing in Lucerne and the second video is from the same practice except it’s in slow motion. Watch from the time they get to the finish to when they get back to the catch and see how far the boat travels.

For coxswains (and rowers too, but mostly coxswains), a good way to judge the amount of run your boat is getting is to look at the distance between your 2-seat’s last puddle and the stroke’s catch. If you’re getting good run, 2-seat’s puddle should pass the stroke seat before they take a stroke. If you’re not getting good run (or generating a lot of power) then the stroke will have already started their stroke or be very close to the catch before 2-seat’s puddle reaches them.

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