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Snapping hip syndrome and running

I'm into week 7 of couch25k program. For a while now (years) I have what appears to be Snapping Hip Syndrome. My hip is fine 90% of the time, but there's always an exact motion I can make to make it ...
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How to convert difference in elevation into distance?

When you're running up a slope, you're running slower. Down the hill you may run faster, if your knees allow it. But how much? In German, there is the notion of "Leistungskilometer", which is ...
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Achilles issues and foot numbness

I frequently get a sense of tightness in my lower legs most often about a mile into a run, sometimes in one foot other times in both. I've spoken to a doctor about it and my achilles is fine. The ...
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Can I gain weight using diet, running and resistance training?

I am setting a goal to gain ~8kg in 3 months. I have an average body build. I know that to gain weight I need to increase daily Calorie intake and do exercise. I don't want to hire a personal trainer ...
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How much sodium after hard exercise?

After (or during) an hour or three of hard, sweaty running and/or biking, how much salt do I need beyond my normal diet?
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How to avoid stomach cramps after running?

I'm an active and fit person, but whenever I go for a run, afterwards I typically get bad stomach cramps. Anything over 20 minutes or more than 3 miles long is my threshold where I'll get a stomach ...
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10 days to a 5K run

I am in decent physical condition, but I have not been running for 2-3 months. I have signed up for a 5K in ten days. What training can I do in this short time for the best performance in the 5K? How ...
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Should I “deal” with my blisters?

Fellow runners, I am starting to enter the business end of my marathon training. My long runs are around 20-22 miles and they are starting to take their toll on my feet. I have a particularly angry ...
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How do I find new long-distance running routes? [closed]

I'm training for a January marathon but I've just moved across country for graduate school. My immediate neighborhood is not exactly set up for long distance runs (a luxury I left back home, it ...
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I'm a casual runner & active human. Do I need to work out my legs + lower body?

I'm 27 and I'm in pretty good shape. I'm getting in even better shape, having signed up for a gym membership a couple months ago for the first time in my life. I've been hitting some free weights, pec ...
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Impact of irregular eating schedule on running training

I'm planning to train for longer distance races (first a 10k, then a half-marathon), and I was wondering about the detrimental effects of eating at irregular intervals during the day. Having just ...
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Why do runners immediately stop after a run? Does opening your mouth more while running affect oxygen intake?

Hello all. I've got two questions regarding the way runners run. Firstly, what I've always thought is that stopping immediately after completing the run (1k / 2k / 3k / 5k) is bad and we should like ...
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Is it bad that my feet turn outward when I run?

I recently started going to a personal trainer and he noticed that my feet turn out to the sides when I run. He said that I should try to correct this, but I'm not sure how to do it. Is it bad that I ...
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Isn't it true that all types of spikes will fit on all types of running spike shoes?

Initially, I'd thought that all types of spikes will fit on all types of spike shoes, but after reading this article If you are buying track shoes with spikes, check the size of the spikes. ...
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Knee pain when running

After a run (cross country, mixed terrain, ~4 miles) I sometimes get knee pain. The pain is located beneath the knee cap. It goes away after a while, but sometimes resurfaces if I'm walking. I've ...
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Post-Running Foot Pain

I've been running high-school cross-country for about a month now, and I'm just starting to have pain on the side of my left foot. When I put pressure on my left mid-foot, then there is a sharp pain ...
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Are there permanent spikes that are not rubber?

I'm aware that there are spike shoes (for running) with permanent spikes. But often most that I've seen are rubber spikes. So basically I was wondering is there such a thing as non-rubber permanent ...
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Get rid of running shoe stank?

I live in an incredibly wet climate so there is absolutely no way for me to go on a run (or outside for that matter) without getting my running shoes soaked (and generally myself as well). Despite ...
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Flat feet running

I'm a beginning runner and have only done a 5K, but I probably run about 3-4 times per week. I'm have pretty seriously flat feet and wear orthopedics in my shoes that were fitted by a foot doc. I ...
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ITBS recovery methods, techniques, advice

I got into triathlon about 2 years ago and developed ITBS last year. It was severely debilitating. After seeing a specialist, taking the specialists advice, which consisted of: a 6-8 month break, a ...
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Running the same day as lifting weights?

I am interesed in getting prepared for a 10km race, and also increase the muscles size of my shoulders and arms. For this, I am working at home with weights to work shoulders and triceps one day, ...
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Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?

How much gap should there be between weight training and cardio? Usually I work out 5 days a week in the morning and sometimes do cardio and some days do weights, but I have been thinking about going ...
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How do I minimize calf muscle pain as I get back into running?

I just started running again, all last week and again today. I start off slow, then increase the speed gradually. Very shortly into it my calves start to hurt incredibly. It starts after about 2 ...
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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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Is it possible to ever recover from Chronic IT (iliotibial) Band Problems?

I have been a runner for nearly 20 years now. In high school, I suffered the occasional IT (ilio-tibial) band injury where it got so tight that even if I tried to run through the pain my speed was ...
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What are the pros and cons of running versus walking?

I enjoy going for long -- I mean, ten mile -- walks. Part of this is because I was training for the Susan B. Komen 3-Day Walk about a year ago, and I got into the habit of taking very long walks ...
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Having sharp, pulsating stinging pain in upper left foot. [closed]

I borrowed the picture from someone else's foot problem that, when I read further, didn't seem to be what I'm going through. Edit: (>_<) Scratch the picture, because I'm a new user I can't use ...
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What's the best way for an intermediate-level runner to improve?

For a mid-level runner (7m - 7m30s per mile over distance) with a couple of marathons under their belt, what's the best way to improve their running? Should they simply be doing more running or ...
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What to do before a 5k? Race day advice

What recommendations (fact-based, if possible) do you have for pre-race to ensure optimal performance? Warm up is a given so no need to mention that. But what about nutrition, hydration, rest, etc. ...
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I have varicose veins - should I be running? [closed]

I have varicose veins on one of my legs (lower left leg). I have been told, more than once, that I should avoid running (or other high-impact exercises) as that might make them worse. I heard this not ...
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What to do against a burning sensation in my feet during long runs?

During long runs - usually everything 17 km and longer - the forepart of the sole of my feet very often gets a burning sensation. This makes it almost impossible to run and it really bother me as I ...
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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts

I have a bit of an odd question, whenever I do cardio workouts that get my heart rate up and breathing hard I get phlegm buildup in my throat and my nose starts running. It's not a huge amount but ...
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What is the best source of renewed energy on longer runs?

I like running longer runs (e.g. half marathons), but after 15-17 km I ofter need some sort of energizer apart from the water you get along the route. The question is then what exactly to take, as ...
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Should I eat before my run?

I have heard conflicting advice about whether to eat before running. Some have advised that it's better to do the cardio in a fasted state. This usually involves running in the morning without ...
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What to do against side stitch?

Who am I I started running about two months ago. Before that I occasionally played football/soccer so one can say that I was out of shape but not to a very high degree. As a teenager though I played ...
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What are the best ways to deal with headphone cords while exercising?

I'm looking to buy a new set of headphones; I don't care much about audio quality, so I use the same pair of headphones for running and normal use, and prefer the kind of earbuds that slip over the ...
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How to recognize a Runner's Knee?

I started my exercise routine back up in June and recently started getting into walking/running around my neighborhood on my off days from lifting weights. Last week I pushed myself a little harder ...
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Why does my collarbone hurt while jogging?

I'm a newbie when it comes to running. I usually run for about 2-3 miles 3x a week for the past 6 months. If I've skipped too many workouts (i.e. haven't ran in a month), I experience pain in my ...
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Running, muscle soreness, what to do ?

I've started running a again a few weeks ago, the first three weeks I kept to a strict 30 minutes (5 km) run. I run 3 times a week. Now after 3 weeks I upped from 30 to 40 minutes, which seemed ok, ...
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Should I be running with aching legs?

I'm currently training for a marathon with a training program consisting of 5-6 workouts for week. It's also varied workouts including pilates, football (read: soccer) and a weights session. During ...
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Running with a backpack

I carpool to work in the mornings but I run home after work. I have tried running with a regular backpack and that didnt work. It bounced up and down too much and wore out my shoulders. I am now ...
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Alternatives to Vibram Five Fingers

I'd like to wear VFFs for running, but unfortunately I have odd shaped/length toes and feet that make these almost impossible to wear. Are there any reasonably priced alternatives that I could look ...
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What's a good running goal for getting started?

I used to be fit and have started at the gym to get fit once again. I've never really been a runner but have started on the treadmill (along with bikes) to improve my cardio fitness. I want to set ...
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Why do distance running training programs tell you to do long runs so slowly?

I'm trying to improve my times in the half marathon and the marathon, so I've been reading a lot of training plans for races at those distances. One thing I've noticed is that most of these programs ...
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Running the day after a long run.

Several marathon training plans that I have read would have me running a gentle 5 mile run the day after my weekly long (15-20 mile) run. My uneducated opinion is that should be the most important ...
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Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)

I am 27. I have a bad knee from doing dead lifts. Its osteoarthritis the doctor says, so not only did I give up deads but also am refraining from running or other such activities that take a toll on ...
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Shins hurt when running

I have been slowly getting back into shape. Started with my diet and have since added walking for half an hour most days. I haven't been tracking my weight because I am not so concerned by weight as ...
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Should I wear running shoes to go running if I'm training for sports

I've started running lately. This is mainly to build up my stamina when I play sports like soccer, tennis etc. So far, I'm running my cross trainers. When I get to about 5km or more, my feet start to ...
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What are the best ways for a beginner to ease into running?

I have never been able to run even a quarter of a mile straight. Even now, I have to stop and catch my breath. I'd like to take up running. What are the best ways to ease into it?
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Running wearing a jumper vs. running without

Does running with a jumper (i.e. causing yourself to sweat more during a workout) increase the effect of a workout? If the answer is no, then what does running in a jumper do? I've read it doesn't ...