Questions discussing workouts, technique, or cross-training for specific running goals.

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Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?

I am just getting into doing cardio and there is one question where I see a lot of conflicting information on the internet. What is better for losing fat and general health (more endurance, etc.)? ...
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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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At what point does the improvement from increasing weekly mileage become marginal?

Firstly, I understand that different runners react in different ways to training, and so a specific case cannot be made to each runner. When starting out running, there is a lot to be gained from ...
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Why include sprint workouts in a training program focused on long distance?

I never did a set of sprints for a running routine/workout until this week. The workout didn't kick my butt as much as the recovery which is still going on, so I'm really looking for reasons to keep ...
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Very overweight person trying to get fit

I'm very overweight, 6'1, 142 kgs (313 pounds) 36 years of age. I had a work accident a few years ago and never really got active after and then I felt too "big" to exercise but I want to fight that ...
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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 running 20km or more each weekend too much?

I'm preparing for running a 30 km road race (18/19 miles) in two months. For the moment I have achieved 21 km, twice last year and once this year (last week end). I have been advised not to increase ...
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How to design a running program and diet plan for losing fat in a healthy manner?

I have a specific fitness goal that I want to achieve, and I wanted to take the opinion of some Fitness.SE members to ensure that I'm going in the right direction, and if not, what steps should I take ...
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What is a suitable post-marathon training plan?

I've just completed the London Marathon and am now at a stage where I want to keep running and bring down my mileage gradually rather than just stop. Are there any plans to follow for this?
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Optimizing 10k finishing time until April 3rd

Today, I won a ticket to a local 10k (6.2 miles) event and now I would like to participate. I've been casually running for ~5 years in regular intervals (~2x/week), but didn't run for at least 3 ...
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Training running speed going faster at 95-98% or longer at 80%

TL;DR.: For speed training, is it better to run longer at 80% of the max HR, or faster at 95% of the max HR? Long rant: I'm able to run 6Km in 50min if I control my speed based on the HR, by not ...
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What current race distance and time should I use for creating a workout plan?

In 2015, I ran four races of three different distances - 2 5ks (9:20/mile and 9:04/mile), a 10k (11:15/mile), and a half marathon (11:50/mile). In 2016, I'm planning on running 2-4 5ks, 1-2 10ks, a ...
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Marathon training plan for my level of fitness?

I ran 12.5 miles at 1:40. I swim and gym regularly, and go for a 6 mile jog 4 times a week. I've got all the free time in the world. What should i use?
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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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Training schedule for 10KM running

I've running for a year target for 10km, however, I never able to run 10km without taking many breaks. Usually I need to break on every 1km or 2km, I don't follow any schedule but I know there is ...
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Trying to run 10km, should I work on my lower legs?

I'm starting to train for a 10km run. My running plan starts with walking really fast and then gradually start to jog. However, doing so burns my front lower leg muscles which then makes it really ...
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First marathon down. Now what? How to train over the next few months?

Last week I ran my first marathon. I had trained for months, eaten and rested well, and read Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running the week before the race. Consequently, I was ...
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Underpronator Runners

I have started this Running Plan http://www.runnersworld.com/getting-started/the-8-week-beginners-program. I am comfortably in the 4th of it. Since beginning I have been running with these "Fila ...
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Speed, Endurance, Pace off the Mark

My main sport is field hockey. I really want to become a faster runner as well as improve my endurance and my pace off the mark. What are some exercises/things I must do to achieve this? If anyone ...
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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 training?...
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What type of walking for the breaks in C25K?

A friend and I are training for a 10K race, using a slightly modified version of C25K (running slightly longer, doing more repetitions in one run etc). We're doing about the same thing, but during a ...
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Could I do a 1-series split exercise workout routine?

All of my friends who workout tell me that I they do a 1 muscle group a week training routine in the gym and that I should do the same. My problem is that I hate that and I don't want to go to gym for ...
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Should I change my workout as I get closer to a 5k (or any other short-term goal) when I have a routine that's helping me meet my long-term goals?

I've been working out with the goal of weight loss for about a month and a half now (after falling apart due to circumstances beyond my control for a couple of months) and specifically my first 5k for ...
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How can I fit 7 weeks of C25K training into two weeks?

I signed up for a 5k mud run a few weeks ago, and started a C25K program.... at which point I realized it's a 10 week program and I only had 4 weeks to train! So I've got two weeks left, and I ...
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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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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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How should I proceed with my runnings?

Since August, I've started running. I never did much of sports before with lots of movement because of my blister forming condition (luckily I have the mild, simplex, variant), but it seems that the ...
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Workout plan for fitness-studio

I recently started to visit a gym 2-3 times a week, because, as a programmer, I need some movement. Additionally, I have very low blood pressure which causes me nearly to faint sometimes when doing ...
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How do I find exercise / jogging trail difficulty?

I'm interested in starting out jogging. I live in California (northern CA and occasionally southern CA). Are there any resources / websites that will identify and categorize local exercise and ...
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Is it possible to qualify for Boston or break 3 hours in a marathon with only weekend training?

Is it possible to qualify for Boston or break 3 hours in a marathon with only weekend training? Currently running +10 miles twice a week on the weekend and I am wondering how far that might take me ...
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Why are the first workouts of C25K are much harder than those in C10K?

Inspired by Nathan Wheeler's If I can run, so can you!, I started the C25K program today. Things went well, but I realized one thing: the first workouts of the C25K program consist of much more ...
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Sub 1:30 Half Marathon in 36 Weeks

I'll try to keep this as short as possible but if this exceeds the limit then please bear with me. I'm 29 y/o Indian male and I was a serious (if not professional) body builder when I was younger. I ...
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How much can i improve for a marathon in 2 months?

I can run 10K in 50 minutes if i try hard but normally one hour and i used to run 10K everyday morning.This is my longest distance covered and i never tried to go farther than that. I am ...
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Sprinter but now want to take part in marathon

I was a sprinter who used to run 100, 200 metres races, but now I'm training myself to improve my stamina and run long distance races. I run on a treadmill 1 km everyday. Will a treadmill help me ...
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Is a mainly cardio based schedule any good?

Currently I run every morning before work and follow that run up with some Chin-ups, Muscle-ups and Push-ups. I'm not trying to build muscle with these exercises but I just want to make sure I don't ...
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How to prepare for trekking/hiking in one month?

Next month I'll be having a one week vacation in Bieszczady Montains. We plan to spend the time actively, trekking/hiking up to 40km/day, but I've never been trekking in the mountains before, and I'm ...
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How far to run at the beginning?

I would like to start running because someone told me that I can minimize my belly by running. I am not very trained so I am asking how far I should start running in the beginning. Thanks for ...
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What is a good training program for a beginner/intermediate mountaineer/rock climber?

My goal is to use the gym to get in shape for mountaineering and rock climbing on my vacations. I don't have access to rock walls or mountains so I try and use what I have: a gym, and running routes. ...
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XC Skiing as Cross Training for Running

I would like to Cross Country Ski this winter as cross training for my next Marathon. My question is if I can ski for a number of hours and will this impact my normal run training? My last marathon I ...
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How does one get past mental running barriers?

I used to be a competitive runner -- my best 5k is 17:10. For years, I was able to train hard, push myself, and rarely felt like running was ever "too hard". In recent years, running has become ...
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Training for 1.5 mile run

What is the best training programme to improve 1.5 mile run times? For reference, my starting point is about 9:30, aiming for 8:30.
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Does exists a table of effort needed when running uphill and downhill?

I'm training running trails, there is a lot of uphill and downhills in my routes, so I would like to split a route in sections, those section would have similar slope, then I would to calculate a pace ...
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Training on small/medium hills for a trail race with large hills

I live in an area with small hills. How do I make the most of these hills when training for a trail race with much larger hills? One of my favorite races is a 15-mile trail race with 3000+ ft (900+ m)...
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Making stamina for running

It's been 6-7 months since I am trying to make stamina to run, but I can only run for 1 min and rest I walk. I force myself by my ankle hurts. What is the exercise I should do to make stamina? I been ...
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How can I get used to running above my lactate threshold and get better at middle distance running?

I'm a long distance runner and I mostly compete in road races 6 miles to 13 miles but I want to get much better at middle distance races and racing in the 2-5 mile range. I've been trying to train for ...
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Whats the real impact on running while training due to weather?

I've been looking into the impact of heat, humidity, and solar radiation on running times, but most data is on actual race results. See this example of research. For calculations see this example. ...
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Is it safe to run with thunder storms overhead in an overcast sky when you live near saltwater? [closed]

I want to run and need to know this to be able to get some runs in to keep on schedule. I haven't grown up near the gulf or ocean, so I dont know how close to the truth this is. Sometimes when there ...
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Training for Pro-Soccer Tryouts

I'm in a 1-year long journey to hopefully prepare myself to try-out for a pro-soccer team. I was hoping to get some guidance from the community, as to training workouts that I can use to prepare. ...
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Is it possible to maintain or improve as a runner doing mostly races?

Is it possible to improve or maintain your speed at any distance by doing the following: Hard workouts 1-3 times every two weeks where 75% or more are races and the rest are race pace workouts. Easy ...
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Cardio at training days or not?

So at the moment, i'm working out in 3 splits: Split: Leg + Shoulder, Tuesday Split: Chest + Biceps, Thursday Split: Back + Triceps, Saturday This is just for building up muscles, but now i ...