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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

Your answer lies in your own question: I'm a bit of a couch potato with a sedentary job, who normally gets out of breath walking up a few flights of stairs. Recently I saw an article on TV about an ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

If you are really interested in the biology behind fitness then I'd suggest reading Dr. Jack Daniel's "Daniel's Running Formula". I'll paraphrase a few of the points you would read there. The goal ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

Cardiovascular endurance and general conditioning. Simply put, the body will adapt to whatever your regular activities are. The fuel that you provide your body with also plays a part, but your ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

I'm curious to know what makes him (and the walkers I saw) "fit" - where does his stamina comes from? He was stick thin like me, so I guess muscles don't play a huge role in it. I can only assume it's ...
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What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?

Good morning. I work as an athletic therapist for the US Army currently and was with the USMC for 4 years prior to that in the same capacity. Anterior tibialis pain/tightening is usually caused by ...
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Feeling bad after a long run

So you went for a long run for your current training level and felt tired for a few days afterwards? That would be expected and rather the point. You're trying to stress your body so that it will ...
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Does exercises other than running help in improving the distance or speed of running?

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 (...
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What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall?

What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall during a run or a bike ride? In endurance sports such as cycling and running, "hitting the wall" or the "bonk" is a condition of sudden ...
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Fitness plan for an achieving high school freshman

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 ...
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Should I stay away from racing long distances if my main concern is health?

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 ...
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Why include sprint workouts in a training program focused on long distance?

With the exception of a track event, most everything else will have hills. I've heard hill repeats referred to as "speed work in disguise". What they have in common is rather than the steady-state ...
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After a successful 3 month training, what could it be that made my legs refuse to finish a marathon?

I think your question is extremely broad, but there are some commonalities to this situation that are applicable across a wide range of endurance events, so I will hit the high points of the things ...
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How can I lose muscle mass in my quads and ham strings (thighs?)

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 ...
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Is there a table of effort needed when running uphill and downhill?

The page Teemu found links to http://jap.physiology.org/content/93/3/1039. Here is what I get by eyeballing Figure 1, Metabolic energy cost of walking or running as a function of the gradient, figure ...
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How far can you get in an ultra before you go from jogging to running?

The amount of milage your run every week is dependant on your age, fitness level, trail vs road, goals and finally the definition of "Run vs Jog". The hard part is that as humans we are all different ...
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Why include sprint workouts in a training program focused on long distance?

Nowadays, most training plans for Marathons, includes both lots of LSR and later a fair bit of speed work. The common idea is to first build up your ability to run long distances on fat and later add ...
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Is it bad to run on a (relatively) full stomach?

There are no known physiological reasons that drinking water before running is bad. Some people can't handle water juggling around in their stomach while they're running. It can cause a lot of ...
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Stop sweating - viable physical goal?

I don't believe that "stop sweating" is a good goal simply because, as it stands, it isn't a SMART goal. You can absolutely train to reduce fat, lower your resting heart rate, and get better and ...
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Is there a table of effort needed when running uphill and downhill?

Take a look of a "Constant Effort" table of Calories burned running and walking page at FellRnr.com. That site is a treasure trove of all kind of running related data
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Steady state interval vs high intensity interval for running endurance

Most of my answer is already contained in this answer, although the questions are not really duplicates. A couple things that I will reiterate: The biggest mistake that the vast majority of runners ...
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Is it helpful in losing weight when running with jackets on in summer

No. There is a history of athletes training in sweat suits for weight loss, and in some very limited capacities it makes sense. As a fighter, you want to be as big and strong as possible for your ...
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How and why should I use walking breaks for running long distances?

You have to build economy in the tecnique of run. This means you want to increase your speed as much as you can but without going above the 4 mmol threshold of lactic acid in the blood. For the ...
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How to run long distances safely in the sun?

Sun screen lasts for two hours. Spritzing more on at the two-hour mark (or simply setting up your run to be back at your car at the two hour mark and taking a quick break to reapply if you're not ...
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Is it bad to run on a (relatively) full stomach?

It's not bad for you but it's not optimal either. It's not bad for you to drink this much and go workout instantly after, but it takes some time for your body to actually absorb all of the water and ...
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Can I finish a marathon without finishing training?

Yes, I think that if you can run a 1/2 marathon, you should be able to at least complete a marathon. The method that I am going to suggest is called the Galloway Run/Walk program. There is a good PDF ...
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Stop sweating - viable physical goal?

This might not be the answer to the question you've actually asked, but there's too much to put in a comment, so I'm going to risk the downvotes. Your question suggests that you believe the sweating ...
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Muscle spasms in legs during long distance running

First, there are two things that you note in your comments that are the most likely culprits. The race being hillier than your training area is the first indicator, as hill running is an entirely ...
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