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I walk 2 - 3 miles on treadmill. Wearing Fitbit it calculates only about half of that. Returned because there is no way I am going to count the steps and input manually on computer. This is very accurate when walking outdoors, but living in the North I need to use treadmill. Not worth it.


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There is a concept known as "training stress". When you put stress on your system and then give your body time to recover, you will improve. When you started, it was easy for you to put stress on your system, but over time, your body adapted, and now you only put enough stress on your system to stay where you are. The solution is to change up what you are ...


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A few thoughts... Dehydration is a common trigger, and it's easy for that to happen if you work out for long periods. Milk of magnesia is your friend. It works by changing the osmotic balance of your intestines and keeping more water in the intestinal tract, making things softer. Great when you are having issues. I cycled regularly with hemmorhoids and not ...


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I did some quick research, and it appears your best bet is the Zephyr HxM monitor. Most of the apps which it lists as compatible should work with your version of android, as should the Bluetooth connection. To be sure about compatibility, I recommend calling or emailing Zephyr before you purchase, as I could not find specific requirements listed anywhere, ...


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Importance of Equal Hip Strength Bilaterally This Clinical Review found weaknesses in hip abductors, external rotators and hip flexors on the involved side as compared to the uninvolved side in runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) and iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). So an important factor is the strength of one hip relative to the other, ...


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Based on your description this sounds like a very common side stitch (see the wiki entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_stitch). As explained in the article (which was informative for me even though I have experienced these off and on when exercising for as long as I can remember) there can be a few factors causing this. For me, it generally ...


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As for the number of sets and reps, that depends on what your goal is, and what part of periodization you are in. If you are aiming at increasing strength and speed in running i suggest you do 1-4 reps at above 85% for all exercises. I am a sprinter and this is what I do. It will increase your speed potential, so that you exert less force when you run at X ...


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If you've seen benefits from it, keep doing it. Regardless of how it compares to other sorts of exercises, if it is working for you, then it is most definitely "valuable exercise". The only point I could attempt to make in support of your friend would be to say that running in place likely will not be as beneficial if you're trying to build up endurance ...


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Bicycling can easily quantify this with modern power meters. This site has a calculator that lets you see the loss in power and speed as altitude increases. And you can compare acclimatized versus non-acclimatized athletes. http://www.cyclingpowerlab.com/effectsofaltitude.aspx As you can see by the chart, the change is fairly insignificant at 500m or ...


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You have the right idea for the first couple weeks, especially if you have never done much running previously. It will take a little while for running to feel smooth and natural in a manner which allows for longer time and distance runs. Depending on your fitness level, it may make sense to break these early runs into parts, e.g. do 3x5 minutes, as a way of ...


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Sounds possible that you have shin splits http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_splints They will go away with some time off. This is common with individuals who are new to the level of training that are taking on. My recommendation is to rest for 3 days and start again (rest means you don't have to stop training, just don't do what you have been) As ...


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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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"I've read somewhere that ultra running is bad for your body" From where? Is the source credible? Generally speaking, I think there's a perception that long distance running is bad for you. However, I've never seen any credible science backing this up - and I keep an eye on the science. Bear in mind that there's solid evidence that running long distance ...


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Running and Ankle Pain Diagnosis - You really should have your ankle pain diagnosed by your doctor so you know what the problem is and how to correct it. Alternatives to running on a treadmill - You said on another question that you are learning to swim so you have access to a pool. Since your ankle hurts when on the treadmill, you may want to try running ...


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Probably the best and easiest beginners running plan is Couch to 5k (or more commonly Couch25k). Its a well tested plan for taking you from no running at all to running a continuous 5 kilometers (or about 3 mile). There are numerous official and unofficial apps for your phone that help you keep pace with the plan. If you are looking at building running ...


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Stretches - Here are two q/a about stretching your calves: Gastroc and Soleus with links and Gastroc Soleus with pictures. Note that you have to put the gastrocnemius on slack to stretch the soleus. Also, make sure to keep your heal in line with your forefoot to avoid pronating or collapsing the arch instead of isolating the stretch. Massage and ...


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I have exactly the same issue, but without the pain. Essentially my lower leg is slightly rotated meaning that if i align my legs so my knees are pointing directly forward my feet, particularly my left foot, points slightly out. Its a physical deformity that cannot be "corrected". However, i discovered that running in stability shoes improves my gait and ...


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Personally I sprint the last 100m. During the race, I run at the pace I'm comfortable with. When the race is in the last third, I try to keep up and run faster than an opponent running at my pace because beating him would mean an increase in my PR. However the big picture is there is no one else to race with but yourself.



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