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First marathon down. Now what? How to train over the next few months?

Last week I ran my first marathon. I had trained for months, eaten and rested well, and read Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running the week before the race. Consequently, I was ...
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My first minimalistic/barefoot shoe

I'm planning to buy my first minimalistic shoe, and I've encountered some attributes of certain shoes that I understand now, but still, I don't know what footbed or drop parameters should I buy in the ...
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Will the pain from running in Vibrams on roads go away?

I have been running in Vibrams now for quite a while (up to 8 miles at a time, at a 8:20 pace). It is almost completely painless when I don't run on roads. However, when I do, my feet hurt as though I ...
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Elliptical trainer vs. running

Say I am looking for a 30 min. cardio workout for 3 times a week. Goal is to reduce resting heart rate and improve general fitness. Which is better: Elliptical trainer (say: max resistance, 90-110 ...
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Do knee pads exist meant to protect your knees from falls?

I've recently taken up trail running, but I know a person who permanently damaged her knee in a momentary fall. Are there any knee pads in existence that are meant to protect your knees from impact ...
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Physical fitness and bronchitis

Background I have bronchitis (both asthmatic and allergic). I'm allergic to pollen (among other things) and live in a place surrounded by lots of trees, plants and flowers. I love being outside: ...
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running with a bad knee

I hurt my knee about a decade ago. I want to run but I find running normally causes my knee to hurt, sometimes for days on end and it can hurt to bend or put weight on it. I saw a doctor about it. He ...
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Underpronator Runners

I have started this Running Plan http://www.runnersworld.com/getting-started/the-8-week-beginners-program. I am comfortably in the 4th of it. Since beginning I have been running with these "Fila ...
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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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To run faster should you concentrate on raising your thighs or keeping them low

I'm doing interval training on a treadmill and I've realized that when I'm running at my peak, I can either raise my thighs to go faster, or try to keep my thighs low and swing my feet forward at a ...
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Running vs Insanity vs P90X

I am 25yo 170cm x 57kg and I like run I started running 3 years ago, because I wanted to lose weight, so after few months I get rid of 25kg~, after that I continued running more seriously, and I ...
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How can I analyze my running gait?

They say there are more than one types of step. Is there any exam that can help me know my foot angle/type/format/etc, so i can buy running shoes that are good for my feet?
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What to do after the R4FL training program?

I am currently following the R4FL training program for running. It trains me to run up to about 60 minutes, but the last two weeks are mostly intervals, sprints and Fartlek runs. where: ...
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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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HRM that shows time-in-zone?

Does anyone know of a heart rate monitor that specifically does this: Say your target HR is a given band or zone, perhaps 115-125. I want a display that shows total elapsed time, inside, that zone. ...
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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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How do I perform a micoach assessment workout?

I have Adidas micoach Pacer and plan to do start a marathon program. But first I want to do an assessment workout, to make sure I have my Pacer uses the right zone settings. However, I've never ...
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Speed, Endurance, Pace off the Mark

My main sport is field hockey. I really want to become a faster runner as well as improve my endurance and my pace off the mark. What are some exercises/things I must do to achieve this? If anyone ...
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How much and why will my muscle mass slow me down in the different running categories?

Assuming that bodyfat% remains low (6-15%), how does having a lot of muscle mass affect performance in sprinting-type events (50m-400m), middle distance runs (800m-5K) and endurance runs (10K-100K)? ...
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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 ...
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Stability shoes causes pain when running

I have flat feet, and I went to a store for shoes recommendation. The guy then recommended Mizuno Wave Rider and I'd been wearing that for a few years. Did a few marathon, weekly runs and so on. As ...
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Custom intervals on treadmills

I have knee and hip problems, so I run intervals. This is just fine when I run outdoors, but it's starting to get cold in Chicago, and within the next month it's going to be dark both before and after ...
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Alternatives to CTL, ATL and TRIMP for running?

I'm an avid runner and like so many other runners, I like to get a measurement or number for my current fitness. I use the measurements for two purposes: to see how the different types of exercises ...
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Running and hypertrophy at the same time: is it possible?

Is it possible to run and do an hypertrophy training at the same time and don't lose weight? I am currently training for 20km: 3 times a week, but since I started, I lost weight.
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Training Plan for High School 3-5km cross-country Run

I've started to see the potential that I have in running after I came third in Division cross country with only 1 week of training beforehand and having no previous sport experience. I want to start ...
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Leg pain after running & jumping

I haven't used to run much, but recently I started working out and it includes running also. I noticed that after I run about 400-500 m, my legs (both) start to hurt in the area of soleus muscle, on ...
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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 ...
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Starting running

I've done plenty of high intensity sports training (kickboxing, circuit trainings etc) but never running. This fall I was bitten by the running bug. I started doing around 10km runs once or twice a ...
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How to train for an Obstacle Run?

In September, I (35 y/old male, 72kg, 1.80m) will attend an organized Obstacle Run (7.5 km) with some friends. We do it for the fun of it, but I want to prepare myself for the best. After a long ...
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Should I run a marathon without training for it if I'm training for half-marathon?

In a few weeks I'm going to run my first half-marathon. I ran a lot of 10K races, but never a marathon. Should I run a marathon a couple of months later my half-marathon, without a specific ...
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What kind of pants can help recovery from running?

Last night, I saw a news on TV. A guy is running from Baltimore to San Francisco. He promotes healthy living style to each hosting family along his way. He said that at night he wears some kind of ...
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Differences between running cross country and track

I wonder about the differences between running on a track and running cross country. I know that it is very dependant on the condition of the x-country course, but I did some research and failed to ...
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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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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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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 do I prepare for a 10K in one week's time?

I need to prepare for a 10K in a week. This is my first 10K and till now I can only run 4K continuously. I have problems of acidity which affects my run every other week once. How do I get ahead of ...
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How do legs change in response to running?

Background Information: I recently began a running/walking regime that lasts for 30 minutes. I think I run about half the journey and walk the other half of the journey. There are 2 very steep ...
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Running continuously or with a break?

I want to know what would be a better way to run 5 km if you want to lose weight. Running non-stop or taking a 10 minute break every 2.5 km, so my heart rate can go back down?
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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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How do I know if I'm fit for triathlon?

I am signed up for a triathlon in June 2016, It goes from 9 AM-9 PM, we must run 30 miles, bike 60 miles, and swim 3. I believe I am fit for it because I can bike 15 mph forever on, but I swam a half ...
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Need a solution to help keep my run training program going!

All the hindrances involved in a training program for running during the summer I've been able to get around to some degree expect for one. A heat index of +90 deg F for nearly every run is taking a ...
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Threshold consistency - how consistent is consistent enough?

I'm running 5 minute repeats on a track, with a rest after each one of a minute, and I've been told to run them consistently, rather than going out fast on the first one and then getting increasingly ...
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Should I stay away from racing long distances if my main concern is health?

I've read somewhere that ultra running is bad for your body, and that even marathons take their toll. Does this mean that if I don't care about the glory of finishing marathons and ultramarathons I ...
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How exactly does one execute an interval training properly?

I'm curious how to best execute the two parts of an interval training session, as mentioned on Wikipedia: Interval training can be described as short periods of work followed by rest. I assume ...
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How much carbs the day before a marathon?

I'm running my first marathon on Sunday. I read on the internet that you should eat 4 grams of carbs per pound the day before the race. At 185 pounds, I would have to eat 740 grams of carbs! Does ...
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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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How many days should I run

I am 34 years old with average fitness. I started running since last year and usually run about 5 kms, 3 to 4 times a week. I would like to know if it seems reasonable. Another question I have is - ...