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I would suggest at least a few of your longer runs be at night, around the same time as the race will be. Most of the time, the reason for the early morning start times is a combination of it being cooler in the morning, plus there is (usually) less traffic to have to reroute for a half marathon route than during a race that occurs closer to mid-day. Other ...


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I would say 2 consecutive days would be fine, but don't be surprised if the second day feels much harder. If you are doing 30 minutes the first day, do 20 the next. Make sure the following day you rest. I would say the most important thing here is to listen to your body. Beginner runners often get injured in the first 6 months due to over doing it, and ...


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I found that running minimalist/barefoot corrected my running form pretty quickly and naturally without any special effort on my part. You body just won't let you slam your heel into the ground like you can when you're wearing regular shoes. If you do, you'll feel the bone-jolt all the way up your body and it will shake your fillings loose! Also, running ...


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I'm also going to disagree with Kneel-Before-ZOD. There's nothing wrong with running completely barefoot outdoors. You just need to look where you're running, stay relaxed, and run properly. Regardless of whether you're running actually barefoot or with minimal shoes, the keys to remember are: Shorten your stride. Traditional running shoes make it easy to ...


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My guess is they don't quite fit. You might need a slightly bigger shoe, most places recommend a half size larger as your feet tend to swell(which is probably why it hurt after 20 mins). The other general recommendation is to have about a thumbs width between big toe and top of shoe (NYTimes, 2010). If your store has a generous return policy(as you ...


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Presuming that your goal is to eventually run the whole way I would start with a five minute fast walk. Then run for 5 minutes(if that's the most you can currently do). Then walk, then run. Use a stop watch though, and try to be strict with yourself. Start with five minutes walk, 5 minutes jog, on your next run start to reduce the time you walk do 5 ...


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I would recommend against this. When you're just starting out - follow the plan. The issue is that your joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles are not yet adapted to running. The training plan is what does this - most of them are scientifically evaluated to do this with the lowest risk of injury. So, to start with, follow the plan. Once you've got some ...


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As long as your not sore from the exercises from the previous day or days or feel any sort of fatigue, then I really think you should just go ahead. When you move from run/walk to just running and longer distances, then you should begin to take restitution more serious by looking at the training effect or a similar metric. Or just follow one of the many ...


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First of all, I don't use any Nike products and can therefore not verify my answer myself. All information is taken from the Nike+ Support page, though, so I'm pretty confident it's correct. The most likely reason for your differing nikefuel gains is the device type. If you are using the SportsBand and your friend is using the RunningApp, your nikefuel is ...


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This is a WAG, but, if I were you, I'd pay close attention to your symptoms. What you describe may be the onset of Piriformis syndrome which is common in runners. I would include a piriformis stretch in your routine if you are not already doing it.


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There seems to be some good info in Experiences with 'barefoot' running for this. I'm going to disagree with Kneel Before Zod, at least partially. I am agreed that running actually barefooted can be dangerous unless you've put some time into conditioning your feet. That said, the use of minimalist running shoes means the only thing you're losing from ...


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If you're sprinting, breaking the routine into intermittent sprinting and walking is a great idea. It's similar to a High Intensity Interval Training exercise. However, if you're jogging, perform your jog first before walking. Your goal is to increase your endurance so that you can jog all the way without walking. This accomplishes that goal for you. As ...


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Considerations should be for when to eat. You need to be fuelled for the race, but not so full you are uncomfortable to race. YOu will need to see what works best for you. Whether to eat your last meal later or whether to fuel the race with snacks or a carbohydrate drink. The only way to know this is to practise during training. If it was me I could ...


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I googled a bit and stumbled upon the following formula. The source claims it's from Journal of Sports Sciences. Men use the following formula: Calories Burned = [(Age x 0.2017) + (Weight x 0.09036) + (Heart Rate x 0.6309) -- 55.0969] x Time / 4.184. Women use the following formula: Calories Burned = [(Age x 0.074) -- (Weight x 0.05741) ...


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I think the main difference you will find will be in the fabric and the fit. Running pants are usually closer fitting, its more comfortable not to have lots of loose fabric when you run. They are usually made of a quick drying fabric, so you dry quickly if you get caught in a downpour. Training pants would be looser, probably still made of a stretch ...



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