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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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How to warm up for sprinting

I have never sprinted before, so I have never done any warm ups or know of proper form for sprinting. I am asking for advice as I want to minimise the possibility of injury.
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Will building up running reduce knee pain

I've been working on strength/cardio for 4 months now and I'm getting pretty fit. Due to a bad hand injury I was avoiding running and instead used the stationary bike and eliptical for cardio. The ...
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General regime to increase running stamina and avoid aggravating back injury

Some time ago I injured my lower back, I believe at the time the physiotherapist I saw referred to it as a "l4/l5 disc bulge" and also seems to have caused a bit of sciatica. The injury slowly ...
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Walking vs. Running Shoes

Everyday, I walk at a minimum 4-5 miles (because I don't drive). With this much walking, I feel there is a significant potential to injure my legs if I don't use proper support. Since my current ...
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What can I do to rehabilitate my knee pain from running?

I have been running a lot for 2 months, about 42 mins per session, 5 days per week. Recently, I have been feeling pain in my left knee sometimes. I probably should stop running now. Any advices ...
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Pulsometer that can export pulse vs time information

I want to train high intensity interval in running and would like to buy a pulsometer that can export later pulse recording to the computer (preferably in mac os x), do you know any?
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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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Is it possible to gain weight while training for marathon

I'm training 4 days a week to gain weight; some mass. But i'm also running 3 days a week to prepare for a marathon. Will I be able to gain some weight while running. I eat a lot of calories, carbs ...
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Would a Bulgarian Bag help my conditioning or long-distance running?

I am looking at different types of conditioning to boost my long-distance running speed and I've heard about the Bulgarian Bag which aims to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance while also ...
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How do I know how much running in football is safe for me?

Football can require quite a lot of running. Sometimes after exceptionally intense moments I find myself briefly unable to satiate the need for breathing, at which point I wonder if I’m doing ...
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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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Is there a recommended running technique if you're overweight?

I started running about 3 weeks ago (3 x a week) in an effort to get in better shape and lose weight. I have noticed my stamina improving but my joints still hurt (knees & ankles) after I run. I ...
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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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Where can I try minimalist running shoes? [closed]

What actual physical stores carry them? Is there anywhere online that I could buy then return without problems if they didn't fit my foot? I have heard Zappos is good about it.
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What workout should I do if I want to prepare my condition?

During weekends I'm doing a lot of sports, e.g. snowshoeing in the winter and biking and hiking during summer. I personally think, my condition is slightly above average, but the problem is, I now ...
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Looking for alternatives to Nike Free for general fitness - not specifically running

I have a pair of Five Fingers, so this is not an alternative to that. I'm wondering if there are shoes out there for general fitness (including lifting) similar to Nike Free. I really wanted them, but ...
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When do I dispose my running shoes?

How many kilometers does a typical running shoes last? What signs do I look for to see if is time to replace them?
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Is aqua sprinting a good replacement for track sessions whilst injured?

Last year I slightly tore a ligament and damaged the cartiledge in my left knee. I have since recovered and began sprinting again but recently hurt the LCL in both knees during a training session. I ...
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My knee is clicking when I do squats - should I worry?

I remember that I have always, even back in primary school, avoided anything similar to squats as my knees would do an audible 'click' every time I got low enough. It's not painful, or even ...
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How do I overcome this muscle / knee pain?

I'm a 24 year old software engineer that basically sits at a desk all day. Obviously, this isn't a healthy lifestyle, so I decided to start running in order to get in shape. I'm not an athlete by any ...
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Building and gaining muscle while losing weight

While I have started running, I have also been trying to loose weight. My issue being that I am 18st and running on the pavement for 3 miles isn't good for my knee! I have been controlling my diet. I ...
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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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Can old running shoes be used as walking shoes?

Once I've made the decision to get new running, is it okay to use my old running shoes as walking shoes (to and from the workplace / around the neighbourhood) or is the only appropriate place for old ...
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Knees hurt after running a few days in a row. Injury possible?

I don't have any pain if I walk for an hour or so. I walk to work every day (2 x 20 mins). I take long walks on weekends, but no knee pain after that. I started running. Small distances at first (2.5 ...
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Post running meal

I wonder what you recommend as a post-running meal. I've read that you're supposed to eat something right after the training to prevent your body storing your next big meal's calories as fat. I use ...
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When selecting running trousers what should be considered?

I'm starting to run more and more and think It's time to invest in good running trousers. So I think you should consider the outside temperature and weather conditions ( If you run outside of course ...
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Worthwhile to cross-train while preparing for half-marathon

I will be running a half-marathon in two and a half months. This will be the third half marathon I've run. I hope to run it in under two hours; my previous best is just under 2:08. My resting heart ...
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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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How to practice for a half-marathon in three months while weight-lifting?

I'm not much of a runner currently, but can probably run 10 km in 55 min. I weight-lift three days a week and don't want to cut it down. How should I design my running schedule so as to optimise my ...
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What Are Practical Guidelines for Effective Interval Training

What are effective guidelines for using interval training to improve distance running performance and/or maintain physical fitness? My high school cross-country coach used to have the team run ...
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What are the main types of running shoes and which should I select?

I have heard there are really three main classes of running shoe types: Neutral Motion Control Stability How would I decide which kind I should purchase?
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Is running on treadmills easier than running outdoors because the ground is pulled beneath the runner?

I know the smooth ground and no wind resistance make it easier. But does the ground being pulled beneath you make it easier too?
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Is this heart rate too high for a beginner runner?

I am a 38 year-old male beginner runner with a history of sport in my earlier years (but hated running by itself), I started the C25K program in mid-december to try to get some fitness back in after ...
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Power while swimming?

Here is a scatterplot matrix of elapsed times for the overall, swim, bike, and run legs of the 2009 Ironman Championship in Kona. Obviously, while the correlation is imperfect, it is still ...
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What style earphone is most appropriate for jogging and running?

I've seen 3 type of sport earphones so far, there are: Neckband styles that wrap around the back of your head (such as the Sennheiser PMX 680i) Earclip styles that hang over your ear (like the ...
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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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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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Pain at back of knee when running

I've had this issue for over a year now... after running about a mile, I feel an ache in the "back" of my right knee (the side away from my knee cap). It seems to get worse whenever I take a step, ...
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What is the difference between swimming and running?

I'm 25 years old. For the past years, I've been running every day. I dont like running. I like swimming. Which one is good for maintaining your body and reducing your belly? What is the main ...
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Need to run every day - best way to stop?

I'm a 25-yr-old, healthy male. For the past 7 years or so I've been running every day (except 1-4 times / year when health or other things got in the way) If I don't run on a certain day: I feel ...
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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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Can wearing tights while running cause pain in my knees?

A couple of weeks ago I got myself a pair of Nike tights to keep me warm while running during winter. And since I've been running in them, my right knee is hurting, to the point where even simple ...
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lower back pain after running

I started a program to run 30' after 8 weeks. I am in week 2. I am overweight in 20 kilograms The problem that I have is a pain in my lower back. Is not shortly after the training, I feel the pain ...
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What can I do to prevent cramps after 19 km?

The last 3-4 times I have run half-marathon or similar distances, I have experienced the preliminary symptoms of cramps around the 19 km mark. It comes as a suddenly "bite" in the upper part of my ...
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Barefoot running in cold weather

I've recently moved to a new city where I've been told the temperature usually settles around -20 deg C in the mid-winter. I either run in Merrell Pace gloves or VFFs, and I've found that when the ...
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Multi stage fitness test indoors training?

In a few months, I will need to score as high as I can on a Multi-stage fitness test, or "beep test". I'm a 20 year old male weighting 165 pounds and measuring 6 feet 3 inches. I've never really been ...
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Does the ease of downhill running cancel out the extra work of uphill running?

Running uphill is obviously more challenging than running on a flat surface, but on a hilly course, there is also an equal amount of downhill. If my goal is to have the hardest workout, burn the most ...
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Is an elliptical trainer good for rehab after metatarsal fracture?

I fractured my third metatarsal 4 weeks ago and am looking for alternatives to spinning and swimming for cardio work until I can sensibly re-start a running schedule. Would using an elliptical ...
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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 ...