About proper training, equipment and diet for running sessions covering distances of at least 30km where mid-race nutrition due to depleted glycogen becomes a factor in training and race regimes.

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Why does cardio/aerobic exercise lead to muscle loss?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about how cardio reduces muscle mass and strength. The following is an excerpt from crossfit.com that seems to sum up what I've been reading: Aerobic training ...
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Best way to breathe for long-distance running

What is the best way to breathe while running long-distance? One can breathe in through the nose only, the mouth only, or both nose and mouth. The same applies to breathing out. Are there studies ...
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Can I get sugar and electrolytes from natural sources, as opposed to goo, during a race?

I'm a long distance runner thats not really a fan of all the goo type products. I'm curious if there are any natural sources of concentrated sugars with the right balance of electrolytes for long ...
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Are there any benefits to running in the heat?

I live in Texas and with the summer coming up, my lunch time runs are becoming less enjoyable. I have goal races that will occur in September (Olympic Triathlon) and November (Marathon) where the ...
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Methods for self-assessing running technique

One of the first suggestions when looking at improving a running pace is to examine your technique. However, I prefer to run alone and if I didn't I don't know any experienced runners. I most ...
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Dealing with jet lag when travelling internationally for a marathon?

I live in Europe and will be travelling to the US for the Chicago marathon. I would like to stay a week in the US. How do you minimize the effects of jet lag for the day of the race? Is it best to ...
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Finding the correct Marathon Pace

Last Sunday on the weekly LSR, I got to talk with a follow runner that was about to run his first Marathon in 2 months time. The subject was how to find the correct Marathon pace, and it turned out ...
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What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?

My shins (specifically the Tibialis Anterior muscle - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tibialis_anterior_2.png) often tighten up while I'm running. This has happened my whole life when running ...
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Proper running form - landing on balls of feet?

I've had trouble with shin splints, my IT band, and extremely sore ankles / knees before from long runs before. In order to try preventing this, I've switched landing on my heel while running to ...
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How long do I have to train to be a Ultra Trail Runner?

If someone would like to be a Ultra Runner from zero, for how long would have to train for the body to get in perfect shape of an 80k ultra race... 6 months? 1 year? 2-3 years?
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How can runners carry water?

Well, most obvious solution would be something like a drinkers helmet: But jokes aside, what is an effective way to carry water when training for a marathon or just casually running long-distance? ...
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Does running in Vibrams (or some other minimalist shoes) make you run faster?

I have been running for about 20 years, mostly 10-21 km over the past few years. This past year I've transitioned into running in Vibrams - in the simplest model I found - and about two month ago I ...
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Fitness plan for an achieving high school freshman

About myself: I am a high school freshman and in the past months it has dawned on me that exercise is way to important to ignore as I did for the ~8 months prior when I was struggling with anxiety ...
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How to choose “Neutral shoes” for long distance endurance running?

This answer here mention that "neutral shoes" are better for long distance running. I have used Adidas Supernova for a very long time with inversion support (ofc changed them every year or so, tried ...
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Do the calves/achilles muscles become especially sensitive when barefoot running?

I've been running in vibrams for around a year, gradually increasing speed and distance (to about 12 km)(a longer description of how I moved into vibrams is in this question). A few days ago I felt a ...
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How can I learn running barefoot on asphalt without having blisters?

I have been running for years for fun. Since last year I am interested in marathons. I attended 2 marathons and currently getting prepared for Munich marathon. I run 4 times a week. And I would like ...
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Is there any way to keep your knee problem free in the long run for a distance runner?

I found on the internet that people who are runners and run long distances surmount knee problems in their later life. I am a runner too and I don't want any kind of problems with my legs anytime in ...
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Bodyweight exercises for improving long distance running

I'm looking for bodyweight exercise for improving long distance running, because winter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere. I can still running outside, but sometimes weather is really bad. Do you ...
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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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Is long distance running harmful for women?

I was considering taking part in marathon, but recently I came across this article. To summarize, the author claims that long distance running, and actually any cardio done for hours at or above 65 ...
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Pain on the top of my foot

I was hoping someone could shed some light on some minor pain I've been experiencing. I run long distance. I train about half of the year and usually run one marathon each year. The problem started ...
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Army Run - Train for long and heavy run

How can I train to run/jog/march while carrying 50 to 100 pounds. Such as training to do take the Fan Dance (SAS March) Fan Dance On my first attempt to train, I putted two 10 pounds ankle weights ...
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What material of underwear should I use for running?

I have had this doubt for quiet some time now. The place where I live is quite hot & humid. So, I wear cotton briefs always, including while running. While I run the half marathons or while I go ...
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What could be a training for a just Saturdays and Sundays?

I don't have much time to do my trainings, I just do my long run on Sundays mornings, but I would like training on Saturdays too, but maybe the training of Saturday could affect my long run of ...
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Do “barefoot” runners need a different warm-up?

I normally run 10-15 km training runs. My warm-up has always been nothing more than starting very slowly- I run the first 3 km at a crawl, really. A few months ago I switched to "barefoot" running, ...
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Strength Training for Running Books - Strength without Mass

I'm a middle-distance endurance runner (58kg BM) and I'm a fan of physiology books such as Lore Of Running by Tim Noakes and De Castella on Running. Can anybody suggest books related to building lean ...
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Is running with hand weights a bad idea?

I've heard that running with weights is a bad idea. Most of what I've read online (for example, this) seems to suggest unequivocally that weights on your legs are a serious health risk, but there ...
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Training for an ultramarathon without hills

I am training for my first mountain ultramarathon :-) Unfortunately, I live in a completely flat location --- the biggest hill is about 20 meters. I use the hill extensively during my runs, but I am ...
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How do I keep my running form up with a broken toe?

I broke my fourth toe (minor fracture). Doctor's orders prevent me from running for about a month. Swimming hurts and is not really an option for a while. My running base is about 40 kilometers per ...
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Sprint training for long distance

I am going to participate in a half marathon in the 1st week of July and 3/4 Ironman in the 2nd week of July. I am training 11 sessions a week. 8 sessions of swimming with lot of floor exercises ...
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Adverse effects of NSAIDs during training?

I know that NSAIDs can worsen the healing process of certain tissues in body such as bones. It is the irony of the history that they are now so popular (they do have side-effects). I think this is ...
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Will the pain from running in Vibrams on roads go away?

I have been running in Vibrams now for quite a while (up to 8 miles at a time, at a 8:20 pace). It is almost completely painless when I don't run on roads. However, when I do, my feet hurt as though I ...
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How to run faster every time without injuries ?

How to run faster ? I am trying to improve my running speed... my fastest time for 400 m is 1 minute 30 seconds... I am trying to break this time since 1 month but I cant... What technique I ...
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Reduce water consumption during race

I carry a lot of water on my bike, when I cycle. A camelback with a 3liter reservoir and 2 bottles of 0.7liters. When running dehydration is not yet an issue, as I run half an hour maximum at the ...
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Technique or strategy for un-runnable steep climbs

A trail race may have hills that are too steep to run up easily. Or, one may choose a strategy to hike all significant climbs early on in a long distance race. When choosing to hike up a hill in a ...
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Should I run a marathon without training for it if I'm training for half-marathon?

In a few weeks I'm going to run my first half-marathon. I ran a lot of 10K races, but never a marathon. Should I run a marathon a couple of months later my half-marathon, without a specific ...
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Why doesn't my stamina seem to improve?

I am a Tennis player. 23 M USTA 4.0. I am pretty much well in shape (height:6'00" weight:170 pounds). I want to improve my stamina. I run 3 miles(at speed about 9 minutes/mile) thrice a week. I can ...
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Why are women still slower than men over long distances?

I understand that on speed races such as 100m, 200m, up to 10000m men have a physical advantage because of their bigger muscles. But over longer distances that shouldn't matter and women, seems to ...
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Should I stay away from racing long distances if my main concern is health?

I've read somewhere that ultra running is bad for your body, and that even marathons take their toll. Does this mean that if I don't care about the glory of finishing marathons and ultramarathons I ...
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Ammonia smell when running?

In my long runs (about 25k) when I finnish the smell of my body is like ammonia, I have read in internet thats because of converting my muscles into energy, so Could I say that my body is not burning ...
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Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
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Is it better to engage or relax your “core” during long distance running?

I'm currently in marathon training mode and trying to improve my running form and speed in a number of ways. Mostly by trial and error. At the moment, I'm running between 5 and 14km in training ...
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How to avoid blisters while running barefoot?

I have started to run barefoot because no shoe suits my feet perfectly. I ran a half marathon yesterday and made my PB too, I am happy. But during the course of running I developed blisters. I enjoy ...
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Is hypoventilation training bad for health?

Hypoventilation training, pioneered by Emil Zátopek, is a training method by which one first inhale, then exhale normally, then hold his breathe. Wikipedia notes that hypoventilation training delays ...
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How to mimic hills running on treadmill?

I am thinking about following one of Hal Higdon's programs, which includes hills. Unfortunately, Hal's definition of "hill" is very vague. Because there are no hills where I currently live, I am using ...
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Resume training for a marathon after forced break, one month left, recommend a plan

I have trained for Kuala Lumpur 2013 marathon since April. The marathon is on 30th June. I have injured my heel in the training and I was out for 4 weeks in May. I have started training again last ...
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Calf Muscle - Stiffness in calf muscle after running for long distance

I ran for a long distance and developed stiffness in my calf muscles. I have tried stretching out and hydrating myself. Also I'm giving proper rest to my body. Now the stiffness is easing out a bit. ...
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How well do severe under pronators cope with barefoot shoes?

Has anyone with a high arch switched to barefoot shoes? If so, how far are you able to run in them? Have you felt pain in your knees? Does the arch of your foot feel like it has been over-stretched? ...
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What should i do to run 6 miles in 1 hour

I am fat, overweight (85 kg, 28 Years, 5ft 9in). I usually eat lots of rice. I am vegetarian, do not take alcohol, sleeps at least 8 hrs daily. I want to run 1 hr to cover 6 miles ( in order to ...
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Does exercises other than running help in improving the distance or speed of running?

I could normally do a 10 kilometer in one hour but when i try hard i can do it in 50 minutes. Can excercises like swimming, pushups and other body weight exercises,doing excercise with ab roller,doing ...