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I run 7 miles in an hour, how can i make it 10 miles in an hour?

I go running twice a week, 7 miles each time and it takes exactly an hour. I have kept this routine for a while (like 5 months). I was expecting that by time I would get faster but it seems I am not ...
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Calf muscle recovery time when adapting to forefoot/barefoot running?

I've been adjusting to forefoot/barefoot running for a couple months now. I keep extending my distance or increasing my speed or improving my form. Consequently, my calves have been staying sore for ...
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Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running

I've primarily been a long distance runner, but I have recently started incorporating swimming and upper body exercises into my weekly exercise program. My latest addition is compound exercises like ...
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What are the detrimental effects of over exercising?

I am doing the lchf diet and have been increasing my runs everyday to the point that I run about 2 hours plus daily at a 9 minute / km pace. I noticed that my heart rate was a bit elevated in daily ...
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179bpm Average on 5k [duplicate]

I am a former in shape-now out of shape male weighing 227lbs. Recently I bought a heart rate monitor and took off for a 5k run; At an average pace of 6:27/km it felt challenging. I would not have ...
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What's the proper tension for the belt on a treadmill?

I suspect mine is too loose as it will occasionally slip mid-stride causing my landing to slip forward a bit. Details would be helpful. Update: If it's relevant, it's a Life Fitness T5-0 treadmill.
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Best remedies for Anterior shin splints? [duplicate]

I work on doing toe taps to strengthen the front of the shin and calf stretches - admittedly, and obviously, I need to do more. What else can I do to help fight off Anterior shin splints? ...
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Is it necessary to stretch legs after jogging if I walk before and after?

so I'm asking this because I'm out jogging every other day on a hill near my house, but to get to the hill I walk about 30 minutes and I try to walk fast (to go home I walk another 30 minutes), so I ...
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Why does running make you have to poop?

So I've always wondered what about running makes you have to go to the bathroom? Why is it that it seems to accelerate the downward progress of any ... you know ... Or maybe I'm the only one this ...
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What might happen if I get very low blood sugar during a run and continue running?

During a recent run, due to low blood sugar, I developed double vision. Otherwise, I felt great. Out of prudence, I quit and decided to walk home. I had eaten nothing for 14 hours before the run, so I ...
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How far is a good length of running for children?

My daughter is 12 years old, she plays soccer competitively, and she runs four miles every day. She has been known to stress her body by exercising too much. Lately, she has been wanting to run ...
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Minimizing Stomach Discomfort During Race with Caffeine

I know if I have coffee or a caffeinated drink before a hard workout or running race that there's a clear benefit. I can tell - I can push faster with less effort. The problem is my stomach. I have ...
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Should we do running and lifting on the same day or on different days?

While putting dishes from dish washer into the cabinets my arms got tired! So time to go back to gym and exercise! If I want to start for the first few weeks with moderate running in target heart zone ...
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Is it necessary to stretch arms after jogging?

The title says it all, a friend told me that after jogging is necessary to stretch arms and legs, But is this true?, I don't find that the muscles of the arms work enough to need stretching.
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Felt dizziness half an hour after running for 7 minutes [closed]

I exercise occasionally once in 4-5 days for half an hour. Today I ran for 5 minutes on the treadmill inside a room not too well ventilated. Afterwards I walked at brisk pace for about 500 meters. 10 ...
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What happened to the quality of the inner backside of running shoes?

I'm an occasional runner (2-3 times/week, 10+ km each run). In 2007 I bought ASICS Gel Kayano 12 (TN600) to run with until 2013 (between 3000 and 4000 kilometers). They started to fall apart and I got ...
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Which calorie count for exercise should I trust?

I've been working out by running around the neighborhood lately, and I've been tracking my runs on two running sites, as well as keeping track of the calories on MyFitnessPal. However, I've been ...
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Exercises to improve speed and running ability

My eight-year old daughter is playing soccer. She's not terrible but she is just slow compared to all the other girls. Any ideas on exercises or drills that can help her run faster? Never been much ...
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How to strengthen calf muscles?

I run regularly for about 6 KM. I have completed multiple 10 K runs. I am targeting a half marathon this September. But when I run distances like 10 K + i get pain in my left calf muscle. I believe I ...
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How to replenish only electrolytes during long distance running

As an endurance runner, I have long runs both on Saturdays and Sundays. So far I drink either water or Gatorade. If I drink only water on a 2-4 hour run, that is supposed to burn some fat. However, I ...
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How should I train for multiple running races simultaneously?

This year, I'm planning on running a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon in 2015. The dates of the races other than the 5k haven't been announced yet. However, based on last year's dates, there will be ...
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How can I adjust my cadence?

To increase my cadence, I flex my hamstrings downward so as to prevent my feet from rising too much. Less vertical motion increases cadence, but my hamstring muscles sure feel funky when I do this. ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

I've recently started running and I'm having a hard time distinguishing warm-up from stretching exercises. I've read that I should do warm-up before running and stretch after running. Is that correct? ...
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do runners think that each leg plays a different role? do they run with asymmetry?

For forever, I've been an "on again" / "off again" runner. I never stayed with a schedule for more than 2 weeks because of sloth. Starting 2 months ago, I started running 3 miles 6 time per week. I'm ...
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How does running style impact health and performance?

I want to be able to run and I can however I suffer from severe shin splints whenever I do so, it has been suggested to me in the past that this could be prevented by one of two main reasons. Reason ...
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Should I have run faster during the race, or was I just more motivated than the others

Last Friday I did my first running race: 6.2km I ran 35.58min (35.10 netto time), which is my personal best. What I found rather strange is, that although I was already running faster than I ever did ...
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Why can't I sprint anymore? Why am I heavy?

My name is Dardan. I am 16 years old and I am a good football (soccer) player who has been linked with academies. The main part of my game is my dribbling, and for this, I have always been very fast ...
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Is there any benefit of “real” running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?

I'm a lazy person, so running while staying in the same place appeals to me. Are there any benefits to running outside worth considering, besides aesthetics and feeling the wind in your hair?
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Is it common to have one sore hangstring / IT band?

I've been running for years and only my left IT band has been sore lately. No recent injuries (rolled my last ankle something good 7 months ago) and haven't added any additional mileage lately. I ...
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How can I lose muscle mass in my quads and ham strings (thighs?)

I would really appreciate the help on how to lose muscle mass in the thigh area? Ever since I recovered from weight loss (40kg back up to 46kg, age 20, female, 1.66m), I started taking lysine and ...
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What should my heart rate be while running / working out?

When I run for 8-10 minutes my heart rate goes to 195-200 bpm, I have used several calculators online to determine my maximum heart rate but they all seem to say to my maximum heart rate should be ...
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Beginner Runner. Cannot go any further

I started running for fun in the early-mid summer this year. I am relatively healthy, average BMI, late 20's, healthy eating guy. I generally run on pavements, roads and tracks. I have relatively good ...
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How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?

After more than a month walking at a fast pace everyday, my body seems to be adapting and now I need to walk at a ridiculously forced high speed in order to feel it sort of challenging. So I want to ...
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What are some good strength training routines for runners?

I'm looking for suggestions for a 60-90 minute session, complete with exercises, sets, weight, rep, etc. My primary goal is to build speed for 5k trail races.
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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+ ...
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Running shoes: are EVA soles that bad?

Are modern "barefoot running" or air-cushion running shoes better that the previous EVA-soles of the 80s and 90s? I feel better protected with the EVA, landing solidly on the heel, and have the ...
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Realistic best time for 5k?

I'd like to get some runner's perspectives on this one. I'm wondering what I might reasonably expect my 5K time to be. I currently run it in 28-29 minutes. I'm 31, 6'2, 200lbs, and I run a maximum ...
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How to ease tight soleus

I'm slowly starting to increase my running frequency (average distance of 5-7km) after a sporadic couple of months with injury. I'm noticing that my calves are always sore and very tight/pumped when ...
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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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Having to clear throat constantly while running?

I'm an ex-smoker (for roughly 8 years) and have recently, in the last 4 months, started a fairly intense cardio regimen that I'm doing twice a day. I noticed while running that I'm having to ...
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Does humidity reduce oxygene absorption?

Today I went for a 6 Km run in Tokyo, the temperature was 27 degrees Celsius and the humidity 92%. It was much harder than usual today even though I am used to run the same distance 3 times a week at ...
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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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Is not running inclined forward necessarily bad form?

I have taken a running lesson with a pro and his comment was that I should be running inclined more forward. The way it is now (as I've found after the fact) is that I run pretty much perpendicular to ...
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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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Stride, heart, respiration in sync when running… What's this called?

Background: I wasn't the fittest kid -- still not as an adult -- and I wasn't fond of running, as I'd get exhausted quickly and/or get a side-ache/stitch. In general I avoided exerting myself. On one ...
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Tightness in tendon - what can I do to fix it?

I have been running for about two years now, on and off, and recently I have had a mild - but annoying - pain behind my right knee. I went to an orthopedist, who gave me a cortizone shot, but told me ...
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Can I train for a marathon with just two runs per week?

I am targeting a marathon in 6 months. I have limited time to train and have recently found it easier to drop the number of runs I do a week from 3 or 4 down to 2 - one long and one short/fast. The ...
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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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How many Honey do I need for a UltraMarathon 80K and 4400meters D+? [closed]

I plan to drink Honey as my source of glycogen for a Ultra Marathon of 80 Kilometers and 4400 meters D+, I'm planning to do it between 12 and 14 hours, so my question is How much milliliters of Honey ...
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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 ...