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Coaching runners to new PRs! Fascinated by & obsessed with the science behind the improvement.


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Oct
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comment Realistic best time for 5k?
Yes, I do mean 90 minutes at one time! But there are lots of ways to get there. Without knowing you, your history, etc., I would recommend either of these 2 variations. 1) add 5 minutes a week to your run for 2 weeks and then go back to where you started in week 3. Begin week 4 with 5 more minutes. ex. 30, 35, 30, 40, 45, 30, 50, 55, 30, etc. OR 2) do a split run where you do 15 easy, walk 5 minutes, 15 easy. Add 5 minutes to one of the easy each week until you get up to 90 minutes total. Good luck.
Oct
17
comment General malaise after workout for the whole day or sometimes 2 days. Is it normal?
Can you give us more details? Age, are you overweight, what types of workouts are you doing, any other health issues? Could be too much too soon. Could be a million things.
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answered Realistic best time for 5k?
Sep
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comment Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?
Yes, oops. Corrected now. Thanks for the catch.
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answered Achilles issues and foot numbness
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revised Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?
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comment Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?
Ha ha. Ok, true that. I guess you are always burning fat when the intensity is lower but your burn MORE fat after the glycogen stores are depleted. So the 60 minute threshold is more accurately when glycogen stores are depleted and more fat is burned. Again, not a hard, fast rule but guideline
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comment Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?
No worries. Fat is 60% of the fuel source when exercising at 60-70% of max. Fat becomes the primary fuel source when glycogen stores are depleted. Again, depends on the runner, but most runners become glycogen depleted around 60 minutes. Training can change this so it isn't a hard, fast rule but a general guideline. Here is some support. livestrong.com/article/…
Jul
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comment Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?
Thanks for the lashing John. #1)if time permits i will find support for the 60 min comment. There isn't a "switch" that says glucose off, fat on but generally speaking 60 minutes is where fat stores are tapped. This is with well trained athletes (Olympic, Elite) so perhaps there is some difference with average joes. #2)as stated, "that is a post in itself" but I will concede that beginners would be served with 20 minutes of activity (walk/run). #3)arm movement comes from leg movement. Fix the stride, fix the arms. In my experience, short fast uphill repeats usually clean up the stride.
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answered Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?
Jun
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answered What marathon program should I use to prepare for a race in 4 months?
Jun
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answered Does running in Vibrams (or some other minimalist shoes) make you run faster?
Jun
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answered Stiffness in the calf after running?
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answered Running and hypertrophy at the same time: is it possible?