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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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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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Running - should it be done when you're hungry?

What is the recommended time for running, in respect to meal time and hungriness (amount of sugar on your blood)? If the answer depends on the goal of the exercise, please explain for weight-loss.
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What is the correct/best way to increase distance when running

I've been running for a little bit now. Every time I seem to try to increase my distance I get hurt. What is the correct way to do this to avoid injuries?
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Natural Running - less injuries or not

In context of running, one of the most discussed subjects over the last many years probably have been whether "Natural Running" will prevent injuries or actually be the source of injuries. I have ...
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How to avoid developing callus wearing vibrams with no socks?

I have been jogging in Vibrams for over 8 months. I used to only do 2-3 miles in them, but have recently started doing 5 miles about 4 times a week. The forefoot of my right foot started developing ...
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I can run better after swimming, how come?

I found out that when I go swimming in the evening (from 5:30 - 6:30), that my running (from 8:30 - 9:30) seems to go a lot better. (Eg. I'm less tired, I have less need for stretching - I stretch to ...
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I want to run but have a bad knee. How should I deal with it?

After the previous post, I ran for 2 more times and then I stopped running because I felt that I needed to let the knee rest. And then there is the feeling of discomfort in my knees, especially the ...
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What is better for my body running every day or every other day?

Currently I run about 7 km every day. I feel that this is too much for me, as I also do some fitness every other day. It is just too time consuming with my new job. I just want to stay in shape and I ...
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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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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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What running quests and achievements are available on Fitocracy?

I'm a beginner when it comes to running and I found Fitocracy to be a great way to motivate myself. I'm wondering - what Achievements and Quests are there available on the site to provide goals for a ...
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Is it feasible to use a treadmill and maintain the sanity of your downstairs neighbors?

I live on the second floor and while I like running it'd be nice to not have to go out in the cold sometimes. I'm afraid using a treadmill wouldn't sit well with the downstairs neighbors. Does anyone ...
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How to improve half marathon pace?

I am a slow runner averaging about 7 min/km. I run 2-3 times every week with a weekly mileage of 20-24 kms. I plan to sign up for a few HMs this summer and I am targeting a sub 2:30 hours finish time. ...
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How to Alternate Starting Strength and Running/Jogging

I R overweight dude with main focus on running... with many many failed attempts in the past to stick to the gym due to DOMS and ** getting too tough to progress... I understand weight training helps ...
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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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Knees are sore when running for the first 10 minutes but fine after?

I am training for a half marathon in October and have started my training two weeks ago. I used to run as part of my boxing training but gave it up 7 years ago as I broke my arm. I never ran far ...
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How hard should my warm-up be?

Kortuk and I were reading a blog post from Sweat Science that argues we should do harder warm-ups, because they increase our performance. It turns out there’s plenty of physiology behind this. If ...
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Best way to train for a 200m race

I have just won my school's 200m race, which means I qualify for the Athletics in a month's time. At the moment, my time for 200m is 36.37 secs. I am 12 years old and this is my first race over 200. ...
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Effects of altitude on athletic performance

It is well known that the performance of athletes who suddenly move to a location at a higher altitude than they are used to will suffer; when sports events such as the Olympics are held in a high ...
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Looking for an Android app other than Runkeeper which lets me create custom interval training

I've been using Runkeeper for Android for about a month, and really love the ability to create custom workouts. I'm doing the couch to 5k training program, and Runkeeper lets me create a set of ...
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How do you equate a “stair run” to traditional running in terms of Power?

I want to be able to convert the power required to do one exercise, specifically running down then up four flights of stairs, into terms of a run of distance x in time y. I've found several work and ...
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How often does running or weight lifting cause capillary bursts?

I exercise every alternate day - which means 7 times a fortnight. I mix it up ever so often, but I generally do a mixture of about 45 minutes of cardio (either a run at >10.5 or intervals on the ...
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Best way of doing a Negative Split

Last weekend, I ran a 13K competition and repeated an old mistake, starting out too fast and getting hit with the hammer after 5km, making the last 8km very slow and painful. At the time, I felt like ...
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Marathon - How to train for a marathon in 12 weeks?

I will be participating in a marathon in next 12 weeks. I want to know how can I improve my stamina so that I can run for longer distances. Also, I want to know what diet plans should I follow in ...
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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 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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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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I run one hour without a break everyday. Am I over training?

Normally I run 1 hour every day without taking breaks. After reading posts about overtraining, I am worried that I am doing that. How long can we run without over training?
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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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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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How significant is the difference between running on a sidewalk vs a paved road?

I've been running somewhat regularly for about 5 years now. I have always run on the road. For the last 4 weeks I have a new route that requires I run on a sidewalk. During this time I have ...
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How many extra calories do I burn when running with a jogging stroller?

I'm curious how to figure out how much extra work I'm doing pushing a jogging stroller while running? I have a 20 lb baby sitting in an otherwise empty Bob Evolution stroller.
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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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Why do I get blisters from wearing Vibrams?

So today I had my first run with my Vibram Bikila's, but strangely enough I ended up with blisters: I checked the inside of the Vibrams and saw there were some stitching's on the place where ...
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Training for Half/Full Marathon on Treadmill

I am going to be starting to train for either a half or full marathon. The problem I have is I live in the desert, it's hot...all the time, even in the early mornings it is in the mid-upper 80s to ...
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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 ...
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Bad to run in the smoke?

I live in Northern California and there are a bunch of wild fires up here right now. The skies are a bit hazy and I can smell smoke in the air. Should I avoid running in this weather?
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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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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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Why don't my thighs hurt?

I have been running for almost 2 years now, after pretty much never running before in my life. I have had the usual injuries (shin splints, sprained ankle, etc.), but nothing serious. I've always ...
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How can I adapt my running technique to accommodate pushing a stroller?

Since having children, I have taken up running because I can push them along. Sometimes I push one kid in a running stroller, other times I push two kids in a small-wheeled stroller that offers much ...
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Heart Rate for a Half Marathon

I've just completed the Newport Half Marathon and had an pretty steady heart rate of 88% of my max. My details are here. Is this good? Generally speaking, what should the heart rate be for a half ...
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Does shortening stride length (and running for a longer time) require the same effort as a longer stride (for a shorter time)?

I'm currently training for a 10k with my girlfriend: the goal is to complete the race without stopping rather than any specific time. However, I'm a foot taller than she is so when we do runs, I ...
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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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Benefits on running completely soaked?

Are there any benefits on running soaked in water? I've been to a half-marathon length race recently. Temperature was high, above 25 ºC. There were runners who, in the provisioning sites (I'm not ...
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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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Can you take in too many electrolytes during endurance events?

I know I can become subjected to hyponatremia by drinking too much water and not replenishing my electrolytes. But is the opposite possible? Can I put too MANY electrolytes into my body (while still ...
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Running in boots comfortably down mountain trails

Once a week, I run down a small mountain (3 km, 450 m denivelation). 1/3 is asphalt, but 2/3 of it is a trail consisting of rocks and roots poking through mud, covered with dead leaves and the ...
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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- ...