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For the most part, the science is still unclear on the long term effects of things like long distance running on the body. Some studies have suggested that it can be bad for knee cartilage (in beginners), but goes on to say that their findings were likely not clinically relevant due to experimental error (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24045919). Other ...


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Jim Wendler, a big strong weight lifter, says this: I believe [high schoolers] should be at least to do the following before they even lift weights; 50 push-ups with proper form (no A-Frame or saggy ass) 10 strict pull-ups 100 sit-ups 25 parallel dips Be able to hold various bridging positions for at least 30 seconds. Have some kind of ...


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Yeah you should rarely, if ever, plan on adding more than 10% in either distance or speed per week as a general rule. More to the point of your question is whether you want to increase aerobic speed (how fast can you run 10k) or burst speed (how fast can you run < 1k). If the latter, then yes, bodyweight exercises like squats, one-legged squats, box ...


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While you could blame genetics, biking up enough hills and eating enough food will get you big legs. Nothing to be done about that. So don't do that. If you want less leg muscles, you need to burn them. You want to train longer at a lower intensity. You also want to consume less protein so that your body can't build new muscles and ultimately can't maintain ...


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I want to clarify some points for you, which will help you decide what to do: You've been working to add muscle and mass. You've only been working your legs. Muscle responds to Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands (SAID principle) What is unclear is whether you want to keep a more balanced physique with increased mass, or reduce your mass to where it ...


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EVA is fine in moderation, and as others have said it wears/compresses relatively quickly. For the most part shoes are just tools. There are different types of shoes for different jobs; and any shoe/tool used improperly is going to be less efficient if not destructive. Running is an interesting sport in that everyone assumes they already know how to run. ...


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Human's physical performances usually peak in their prime; this age can range from 18 till 35+. So, biologically speaking, our physical performance best will be a number between that range. However, just like many things in human life, we improve the more we practise and gain experience. As a result, the optimal age doesn't really matter. What matters is ...


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It very much depends on how long you have been running, but for someone who has been running a number of years. Yes I'd agree that early to mid 30's you are likely to see your best performances regarding the marathon. However, you do hear very good performances even in to later 30's. As I said, it very much depends on your running background.


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It could be any number of things causing pain and shin splints. Worn-out/improperly fitted shoes, bad running form, foot-strike, etc. First, I would look into a proper shoe fit at a local and reputable running store. Also, most stores in that category should have a treadmill and video equipment setup that will allow you to review your running ...


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Many different possibilities. Cross train to build up your overall athletic ability since sprinting seems from my view relies on your whole body and it will allow your muscles a break from training while still improving your cardio or other strength. Run intervals and run further to improve speed and your base. Train in different locations so that you are ...


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There are a couple of things I would look at. Firstly, are your trainers suitable for running? If you are running in walking shoes it maybe worth investing in a pair of running trainers, as it maybe ths that this is the cause of the lower leg problem. Go to a proper running shop and they will help you choose the right pair for you. Once that is sorted, I'd ...


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Exercises that require increased cardiovascular activity should all help improve stamina, and exercises that require explosive muscle movements should all help improve power, acceleration and speed. For instance, swimming is a great total-body exercise that can improve both. It's worthwhile to note, however, that other exercises probably can't help you ...


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Baby powder. Blow it in your socks, blow it on your toes, and you will be good for at least a few hours.


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If you want to lose muscle mass or fat, no matter where it is, you need to burn more calories than you take in. I would normally say continue exercising, but reduce the amount of carbohydrates and fats you are eating, and eat more lean protein (fish, white meat chicken) and vegetables. However, you mentioned that you're recovering from weight loss, so may ...


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Brief answer: Don't give up. Full marathons are complex and tough to get right. Think carefully about hydration and nutrition during the race. I used to run competitively. My marathon PR is 2:32 in Chicago. But I've also run some miserable full marathons. Even shorter races like 10K, I've known I was in much better shape than my race. My best advice about ...


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If you're talking about entering ketosis via a ketogenic diet that's pretty interesting that you felt problems lasting for weeks. Most research I've seen, and my own experience, shows ketones consumption happening ~48 hours after carbohydrate restriction. I'm sure there's a huge variety in there, but 7 weeks seems excessively long. In this 2004 study that ...


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Many trail races have un-runnable hills (except for elites - and even for them. Ellie Greenwood (WS100 course record holder, current Comrades champ, etc.) is known for a spectactularly fast speed hiking style. Like most things in running it's down to what works for you. I would consider keeping upright so that your lungs get maximum air. You lean into the ...


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From what you've said I'm assuming the volume in your legs is largely muscle, but also with thighs the size of an olympic cyclists, presumably a somewhat significant level of fat. Achieving this size due purely to muscle is very difficult. (This is however a big assumption, so please correct me if I'm wrong.) The 10lbs gained during training is likely due in ...


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Here is a list of some common reasons that lead to excessive sweating at various sites of the body: Low blood sugar levels, Metabolism related issues, Hyperthyroidism, Any disorder of the nerves or injury to the spinal cord, Stress or paranoia, Panic or anxiety attacks, Disease or infection of the liver, Hot flashes (especially in post menopausal ...


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The best to increase or at least keep your stamina for long distance running would be to make sure you are doing at least one long slow distance run, one medium distance run and 2-3 regular "easy" run in-between them. Don't get me wrong, weight is your enemy and there is a reason why runners are light and small, but there are runner who are 200+ lbs. that ...


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It's possible that it will improve your time, but not because you are getting in better running shape. Rather, you are working on your calf strength and rebound ability. This in turn should result in a slightly more efficient running stride. However, as brent points out, it's not a substitute for running, and any gains that you might make are at best going ...


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As a cross training activity jumping rope is a fantastic activity. It will give you some cardio benefit as well as calf and leg strengthening. However this alone will not get you to the end of a long run. The best way to train for a long run is to run. You should schedule one long run each week at 60-90 slower than you anticipated race pace. The idea behind ...


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Rubbing is generally only a concern when chaffing occurs, so unless you are finding your toes red and sore after a run I wouldn't be too concerned yet. However, if you have noticed chaffing is a problem, rather than a barrier solution like plasters which can move and possibly increasing chaffing, why not aim for a lubrication solution instead. Chaffing ...


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There is no authoritative answer. Science and authority don't mix very well, but you can still have an authoritative answer to some question when the vast majority of scientists have come to the same conclusion. This happens when the known facts leave no room for other answers. In case of nutrition this is certainly not the case. Therefore the best you can ...


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You should eat a normal diet with a normal amount of calories. The weight loss toward an ideal weight should come from gains in physical fitness. Suppose in the future you weigh 70 kg, you are eating 2500 Kcal/day and you are physically very fit. If you then have equilibrium between consumed energy and energy expenditure at 2500 Kcal/day, then why can't such ...


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To be honest it really depends on your goals. Do you want to look a certain way, lift a certain weight, or run a certain distance? You mention that you want to increase your upper body strength in the summer, but also want to run a half marathon before you graduate. Lets start with the running part first! I'm not a runner (in fact I've hated it for as long ...


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First things first, it is possible, though not guaranteed. I did it for my 5KM and 10KM pace, not half and marathon. It comes down to training, and this is a lot of hard training. Lets start off - a 5:30 mile is a strong pace, compare to your average runner, that is 3:25KMs or 17.56KM/h (10.9Miles/h). I managed to build my pace over two years. When I ...


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No. If your fastest pace for 1 mile is 5.30. Unfortunately the further you go the pace will drop off. There's various websites that will predict your race times based on other distances, ie I guess it works out your potential. Here's one http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/4/4_1/96.shtml You can help reduce the drop of pace by interval training and a long run ...


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I think the body will burn more calories (or at least, the same amount) during exhaustion. This is because the body is actually doing more work (thus, expending more energy) while in this state. Although the body might not be moving as fast as it was or as intense, the whole body is firing on all its cinders, the heart is desperately working to keep up ...


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A study on Ironman triathletes found that supplementing sodium during a triathlon had no real effect on blood sodium. (source)



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