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How to train to run 2.5 km from scratch?

Context: I am a 50-year-old man, out of shape and somehow overweight (by European standards). I would like to prepare for a µ-baby-family triathlon (300 m / 330 yards swimming + 8 km / 5 mi bike + 2.5 ...
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What running routine will have best effect on long distance walking performance?

So I want to improve my performance for long distance hikes. In particular, im trying to improve my time for completing 4 day marches, a Dutch event where participants walk 50 km daily for 4 days. I, ...
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Building up to distance at required speed

I need to be able to run 2.4k in about 12.5 minutes, which means I can basically do the whole run at 12kmh. I can't do anywhere near that. I can just about run about half of that at 8kmh with a 12kmh ...
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How do I get a correct Running Threshold Power with Garmin

I normal run based on my heart rate or feeling. With my new Watch(Garmin Forerunner 955) I got access to training based on power. But my Running Threshold Power seems wrong(to high) or at least barely ...
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Is increasing cadence beneficial

OK, so I have just gotten back into running and am aiming for a quicker 5km pace. My current time per km is at 5:28, and I am aiming towards getting below a 5 minute pace as soon as possible. So what ...
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Does optimal posture change depending on the speed of a run?

So for some time I had incorporated approximately 1 hour run into my workout during which I covered 10~12 km. Since I was running on a threadmill with a constant elevation (2~2.5) I was adviced to run ...
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Do the "big 5" barbell exercises lead to injuries in runners?

The background I am training for running and sport climbing; I also have a good barbell rack in the basement and have good technique for the "big 5" barbell exercises (squat, deadlift, bench ...
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Discomfort but not pain in joints

This is easier to explain with a specific example: let's say you've had jumper's knee (Patellar tendinitis) in the past caused by running. Pain underneath the knee that comes on during a run and ...
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What level of seasonal variation in VO2 Max should I expect

I recently tried 80:20 training,but after two months my VO2 max went down by a couple of points (and my zone 2 pace got much worse). But I wondered if that might not be due to the 80:20 training, but ...
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Does a straight and very slightly turned out trail of footsteps indicate a problem?

Obviously your feet shouldn't be turned out a lot while running (question about it), but I've been thinking about whether mine are turned out too much or not. Also my foot steps are pretty much in a ...
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Addressing leg discrepancy with orthotics in tight running shoes

I've got a leg length discrepancy (left leg is 14 mm shorter), and I've been advised to use orthotics. The thing is, I love my Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 3, and they fit snugly. Wondering how to ...
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Why does my pace improve during a low heart rate (HRR zone 2) 10k?

Note: This doesn't seem to be a warm-up issue, see the updates at the bottom. I've recently incorporated 80:20 training into my routine and try to keep within heart rate (reserve) zone 2 for a lot of ...
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How much weight do I lose when I run a mile?

How much weight do I lose when I run a mile in 15 to 17 minutes? I am 82 yearls old, 154lbs, 5 ft 7.5 inches tall and medium build.
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Running after leg day - good or bad idea? [duplicate]

After I've done a leg day going heavy with squats and/or leg press, is it OK to do a 5-7k run? I find that it's good for my mental health to have a run mixed into my routine, but I wonder if that ...
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Does Walking Count as "80" in 80/20 training?

I've decided to give 80/20 training a go for a few months† (at least) and was wondering if I should count walking as part of the low-intensity component. Strava tells me I walk about 20km a week, but ...
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How difficult is a stair climbing (tower running) race for a regular runner?

In two weeks I'm going to take part in a stair climbing (tower running) race. It involves climbing 35 floors / 700 stairs. I've never done something like this and I'm not sure on what to expect in ...
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Calf Pain From Running [closed]

I should start by saying that I’m relatively new to running. I have dabbled in the past but I started semi-seriously about 6 months ago to improve my cardio for boxing. I started from about 500m ...
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Isn't the lactate threshold pace estimation from Friel's test wrong?

The direct definition of lactate threshold (the point when the lactate concentration spikes above the body's capacity to remove it) isn't very useful without a measuring device. Instead, the lactate ...
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New Lactate Threshold after interval training?

I understand what lactate threshold is, and the "normal" procedure for guesstimating it (short of a lab trial with actual measurements) seems to be to run a private 20 minute race after ...
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What is a fair distance for a top of the line sprinter and marathoner to compete on? [closed]

Consider Eliud Kipchoge and Usain Bolt in their prime. Both amazing runners with vastly different trained areas of experience. Bolt has an amazing anaerobic system for short distances and weights ~...
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I am trying to get back into long distance running again, any tips?

I use to only do calisthenics, and running for my fitness health. Usually running 2 5ks, and several single mile runs ending around 10-12 miles a week. I did not have any help doing so, and after ...
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Running medium distances with vs. without hydrating

For runs up to 10 km, I find I can go without drinking water without significant discomfort. I drink about 750ml beforehand. After coming back, I'll drink up a good amount of fluids. Is there an ...
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Which Heart Rate Zone Formula for People with a Low Resting Heart Rate?

The fundamental problem I have is that I seem to be incapable of running in zone 2 according to my (Garmin) watch. My maximum (observed) heart rate (MHR) is 175 bpm, and Garmin appears to be just ...
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Hi I'm Rouzbeh Karimkhani, Help me lose body fat without working out

My question is what is the best way to lose belly fat without actually working out. I recently bought a gym membership maybe two months ago and I just have no motivation to work out. My name is ...
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Ideal distance for a begginer at running?

I'm pretty fit, but I train for strength, not stamina. I'm and intermediate-advanced lifter, I've been training for years and I can bench 115kg but I can struggle to hit 30 pushups because my ...
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more aches and pains when I run less

This isn't a "something's broken/hurts please give me medical advice" question, but a "this is weird, is it a known phenomena or do others have similar anecdotal experiences?" ...
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Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good macro split to loose weight but gain muscle?

Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good ma to split to loose weight but gain/retain muscle? I’m 5 foot 6 inches (or 167cm) tall male with a body weight of 80kg. During my last ‘weight in’ my ...
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glycogen and fat burn in low intensity aerobic exercise

I've heard two seemingly inconsistent claims about low intensity aerobic exercise (walking / zone 2 running) - During low intensity activities the primary energy source is glycogen in muscles and ATP ...
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Should I change my eating schedule after a run?

I run 12km into work two or three times a week. I don't eat beforehand. I finish at 9am and shower and immediately eat about 30g of cheese and 80g of chicken breast (and two crackerbreads). I then ...
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How much weight can realistically be gained from running?

I started jogging about 18 months ago. My intention wasn't to lose weight but to get some kind of regular activity in for general fitness now that I work mostly from home. However I knew that my ...
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Occasional half-marathon distance

I've been running for about six months and have done a few easy 15k runs lately. I find them too boring to be enjoyable, but otherwise not particularly challenging. However, I'd like to be able to ...
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Are my easy runs “too easy” (Heart Rate Zones)

Are my easy runs “too easy”? (Heart Rate Zones) My wife bought me an Apple Watch earlier this week, and I’ve been experimenting with using the heart rate zones it measures during my runs. The majority ...
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What type of spikes should I look for in running shoes?

I have a track meet coming up in a few weeks and the coach is asking us to buy running shoes with shoe spikes. I'm currently wondering what shoe spikes go well with what. For example, how does the: ...
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How does fartlek vary from HIIT?

I tend to do HIIT runs, meaning sprinting for X seconds then jogging for Y seconds and repeating Z times. I've come across a discipline called Fartlek that seems to achieve the same thing. How does ...
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Optimal training advice for 800 meter runner?

Background: Last year, I ran a 17:30 XC 5k, a 4:53 mile, a 2:08 800m and a 58s 400m. Using an age graded calculator, it appears my performance increases relatively up to the 800, and then drops off at ...
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Is it better to run 1 mile every day or 2 miles every other day or n miles every n days? [closed]

By better I mean for cardiovascular health.
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How often should someone run to maintain ability?

I spent my summer running a lot more than I had in the past, getting up to distances of 7 miles. I am not a fast runner and it took quite a while to get myself to get to the point where I could run ...
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Running: Etiquette for shared-use paths during a race?

I've been a runner for some time, but this weekend I encountered a situation that hasn't come up yet. Most of the races I've ever done have sole use of the path or cordoned off portions of the path ...
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Science behind Beta Alanine for Running

Is anyone familiar with good research on beta alanine supplementation for improving running performance? I am trying to determine if this is a supplement worth taking and I have only found minimal ...
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Do races increase or hinder physical ability?

Just did my first race (half marathon) and I'm extremely sore afterwards. Feel great, loved it, want to do more to test my limits. It got me thinking though: are races an exercise that helps you? ...
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help on supplementary exercise for cycling

so my question is pretty simple basically im a relative beginner at biking and was wondering what some good form of exercise would be on the days im not cycling thats not too taxing so i can still ...
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How often the longest run need to be repeated in order to keep the form?

I've read a lot about preparations for long runs, and all articles were accenting weekly mileage as the most important factor to keep form. You could almost get an impression, that all you need is ...
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Should I stop my clock at traffic lights?

What is the best practice for street runners when it comes to stopping or not stopping the clock at traffic lights? When I go running on the street I ask myself if I should keep the clock running when ...
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Running without calorie deficit

Is running beneficial if I cannot achieve a calorie deficit, meaning my calorie intake minus burn remains the same? I have a difficult time being hungry. My current workout regimen is running 3 mi 3x ...
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What are the best strength routines for runners?

I am moving to a house and finally have the space to build a home gym. I run 10-15km daily and would like to use the gym for strength training, specifically for my hip flexors, quads and hamstrings ...
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How to reduce weight around my abdominal area when I have liver cirrhosis? [closed]

I have advanced liver disease and weight loss is suggested to me Need to reduce 20 kgs , most of my body fat is around abdominal region What diets I need to follow along with exercises . I am also ...
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Running etiquette when catching up/passing a slower runner

I often find myself catching slower runners/walkers up when out exercising and occasionally give people a shock if they don't hear me approaching. What is a polite way to alert someone that you are ...
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Why did I run faster after I was tired and took a break?

I went out for a 5K run. I jogged for 5 minutes as a warm-up. Then started running. After about 2.5 kilometers, I got really tired and had to stop. So I then walked for about 1 kilometer. Then I ...
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Humidity rashes and bumps between legs and upper tighs [closed]

I live in Florida and it is very humid throughout the year. I wear loose clothes like shorts etc but even with that I get humidity rashes/bumps on my inner upper thighs. I am failing to understand ...
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Does Active Flexibility Reduce Speed and Quickness?

I am training for basketball/football to get Faster with Speed. Currently exercising in "Dynamic Flexibility" and believe this can help extend leg range, and obtain faster strides to a ...
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