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Using a stopwatch for intervals

I have a 30 lap/split memory stopwatch that I got for doing sprints. I thought it would be a little more intuitive, but it doesn't look like stopwatches are really meant to capture what I'm trying to ...
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How does wiggling your fingers activate your fast twitch muscle fibers?

You may remember hurdler Michelle Jenneke's famous dance where she wiggles her fingers to warm up before the race. In this interview (at 01:11), she reveals that wiggling her fingers activates her ...
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Treating a Runner's Knee - Apply Heat or Cold?

I've been suffering from Runner's Knee for the last couple of weeks and I've read in some places to put heat on your knee, and other places to put cold (like the above referenced webmd article). ...
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Does burning calories by running depend only on distance, and not speed?

So it seems burning calories by jogging/running only depends on the distance covered, and not the speed. http://www.runnersworld.com/tools/calories-burned-calculator Is this correct? Even if I ran ...
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Is it normal to crave for lemons after running [closed]

About 1-2 hours after running yesterday evening, I was cooking some salsa in my kitchen. When adding some lemon juice to the salsa I suddenly had a craving for the lemon and basically ate half a ...
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Ammonia smell when running?

In my long runs (about 25k) when I finnish the smell of my body is like ammonia, I have read in internet thats because of converting my muscles into energy, so Could I say that my body is not burning ...
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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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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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Any input on fixing running form with resistance training?

Underwent a gait analysis for a sports conditioning class. We found that my gait is way too long/wide. I'm heel striking like it's going out of style. The rear leg is consistently way too far back. ...
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Arch pain that won't go away

I'm a long distance runner with very high arches. In the past, I've occasionally had arch pains, but they went away when I got good shoes and inserts. A few months ago, I got new shoes and the arch ...
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Stiff muscle recovery after running

After running, sometimes my legs muscles are stiff. What's a way to speed up "recovery" when this happens?
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Can I train for running with a minor finger injury?

I usually just run 1 day per week, I just do my long run for 20k, but now I have a minor injury in my finger, I have a mallet finger (or baseball finger) so I need to use a stack split in my finger ...
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How to loosen up the hamstring?

I have a very hard hamstring. I can stretch my hamstring to a good extent, i.e., touch the floor without bending the knees with my knuckles but not beyond that. At that stretch point, I feel a ...
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Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
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What is the most effective and least time-consuming structured post-running (and post cooldown) stretching routine?

I've been following Tim Noakes' running program for approximately a week-and-half now: nice program. But I have a major quibble-cum-problem / issue: my post-running stretching routine. ... It's ...
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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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Easing the soreness from new exercises

I'm sure we're all familiar with the soreness that comes from a new form of exercise that impacts muscles that haven't been overly stressed (or at least not for a long time). For example, I recently ...
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Time yourself at 100m sprint?

I'd like to time myself at 100m sprint, does anyone know of a bit of kit or app that does this? I'm not a member of a running club, I'd just be curious as to what my time would be. I know that there ...
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Can walking fast help run fast?

In the past I've felt faster after a month or two of marching with a backpack at a fast pace like +4 mph. Now I'm interested in actually being fast in a 5k and quickly expand it to a marathon ...
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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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What are the basics to slowly becoming a runner?

i always say i not a runner, I'm a swimmer! i really am not much of a runner and used to be a competitive swimmer and thinking maybe it is time to slowly get into running. How do i get into running ...
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Is it better to engage or relax your “core” during long distance running?

I'm currently in marathon training mode and trying to improve my running form and speed in a number of ways. Mostly by trial and error. At the moment, I'm running between 5 and 14km in training ...
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How to avoid blisters while running barefoot?

I have started to run barefoot because no shoe suits my feet perfectly. I ran a half marathon yesterday and made my PB too, I am happy. But during the course of running I developed blisters. I enjoy ...
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I have 10 weeks to go from running 12 miles once every few weeks to running a 24 mile race/run. Can anyone advise me on a training plan?

I run approximately 10 - 12 miles every few weekends and then the odd 5 mile run in between. I have misjudged time and agreed to run a 24 mile run in just over 10 weeks. Can anyone advise me on a ...
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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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How to mimic hills running on treadmill?

I am thinking about following one of Hal Higdon's programs, which includes hills. Unfortunately, Hal's definition of "hill" is very vague. Because there are no hills where I currently live, I am using ...
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Best workout time vs eating time

At the beginning of the year, i started my own weight loss plan (eat less, move more), and it was successful in that i lost just over 3 stone (44lbs). It slowed down a lot after 4 months and i more or ...
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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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Will this workout help to reduce my weight?

I am a man weighing 81kg, 6ft 2inch, 25yrs and I've been going to the gym for the last two months. I don't have a gym trainer here (office gyms). My workouts are as follows: Day 1 Warm up: Running on ...
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Running after night shift?

I am working the night shift and I usually go for a run after that at about 6 'o'clock in the morning. I don't feel fresh because of the whole night stretch. But the problem is I desperately want to ...
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What are the optimum foods and supplements for beginning runners?

I plan to start a running routine using the program listed here to improve my overall fitness. What foods and – if applicable – supplements would be recommended for beginning runners? I.e. a ...
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What does the drive phase of running stride mean?

From http://www.runningplanet.com/training/top-ten-characteristics-running-form.html Dorsiflexed Foot What is the first stride key you think about during the drive phase of your running ...
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Calf Muscle - Stiffness in calf muscle after running for long distance

I ran for a long distance and developed stiffness in my calf muscles. I have tried stretching out and hydrating myself. Also I'm giving proper rest to my body. Now the stiffness is easing out a bit. ...
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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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Starting out with running and increasing flexibility

I'm about to start running, I bought myself running shoes for 'over pronators' as I am flat footed(still not too sure what that means when running). But I have a few questions about running. I'll be ...
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Does holding weights allow you to run faster?

I'm not talking about training with weights so that when you run without them you're muscles are used to pushing more weight so with less weight it'll be easier, I'm talking about while actually ...
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why the sides of the waist hurt when running?

I've seen so many people, Including me, that when they start running for a couple of minutes, the sides of their waist hurt. I've heard that it's because they drank water before running and I've also ...
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Running on the spot vs walking

UK health guidelines suggest that adults should aim to take 10,000 "steps" per day, and that less than 5,000 should be considered a sedentary lifestyle. I walk and cycle rather than take the car for ...
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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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Fitness measurement based on pace and average heart rate

I would like an approach to use the data heart rate + pace from a run to give me a factor that will help me see my improvements on different runs. For example, if I have run at a pace of 5:30 with an ...
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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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Maintenance of the Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle for Long-distance Running?

The Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle can be in an intense training during long-distance running, particularly if forefoot running. How do you maintain the Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle for ...
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What is a good routine for running in the evening?

I do racket sports 2 to 3 times a week, but I feel that I need some more exercise. So maybe jogging would be a good thing. The basic things that I need to do in the mornings are: eating shower and ...
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How well do severe under pronators cope with barefoot shoes?

Has anyone with a high arch switched to barefoot shoes? If so, how far are you able to run in them? Have you felt pain in your knees? Does the arch of your foot feel like it has been over-stretched? ...
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Stiffness in the calf after running?

After years without exercise I recently started running 15 minutes each morning. Yesterday I started feeling a sensitivity in the calf, and today it's stronger. I don't actually feel pain but it's a ...
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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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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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How can I determine my recommended daily caloric intake if I know my BMR?

This thread recommends learning what your BMR is. You can estimate your BMR with a BMR Calculator. 1) How do I determine how many calories I burn each day by running and/or walking and how do I ...
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Can I cycle or run with shoulder niggles?

I have developed a slight niggle in my right shoulder. Reason could be because of over workout in swimming. The niggle is light pain when I move my shoulders a bit fast with some weight on it. For ...
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Is stretching more difficult once the muscle mass is bigger?

I was wondering if, assuming one gains lots of muscle while not stretching regularly, the process of stretching is more difficult or at least more painful after. This isn't about the benefits of ...