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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 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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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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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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Do races increase or hinder physical ability?

All physical activity generates some level of fatigue. In "Physiological Basis of Fatigue", Evans and Lambert give us a definition of fatigue (that is used throughout exercise science, ...
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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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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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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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long run pace not stable

Thats normal for me and I think in general its true. Heart rate is really a measure of effort though limited and dependent on many internal and external factors. Note that HR shouldnt necessarily be ...
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Benefits of speedwork during Marathon-training

What speed work can do is make the slower paces easier to maintain at a great distance. So let's say your current LSD pace is 12 min/mi. You can currently run a half marathon at 11 min/mi. If you did ...
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How do I lose muscle and fat in my thighs?

Despite what you may hear or read there is no way (except for surgery) to reduce fat in a specific area of the body. No amount of crunches will remove belly fat. On the other hand lowering your ...
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Why do elite cyclists seem to have higher VO2 max tham elite marathon runners?

I'm not positive about the premise here. There are certainly cases of runners having cyclist like VO2 levels. Also, cyclists are way more testing conscious. The fact of the matter is elite cycling ...
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RunDisney: Inappropriate Corral Management

He even started at the beginning of C, and still passed an obese man walking the marathon. And several other slow runners. How did they get there? Fairly often, people who did not register for the ...
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RunDisney: Inappropriate Corral Management

RunDisney events suffer from balloon lady fear. Nobody wants to get dropped off of the back to get swept up by the "Bus Of Fail". So people cheat in many different ways. A common way is to ...
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How fast should my base runs be?

In short, no, you should not be pushing yourself hard (at all) on your non-workout days. You should ideally strive for an 80/20 balance, in that 80% of your miles are easy, and 20% are hard (i.e. ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

I once saw a Nova documentary -- Marathon Challenge -- in which they trained a group of "average people" to run the Boston marathon, in 40 weeks. One of the characteristics which they ...
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Is there an "optimum level" of HR for conditioning benefit?

By conditioning I assume that you are talking about VO2 max which is approximated nicely by the Cooper test. Interval training is the best way to increase your Cooper score. Here is my heart rate as a ...
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Ultra Marathon Safety (Not Peeing)

You should definitely pee during any race even a quarter of that length. The duration of a couple rounds in a bush is going to be negligible in the bigger picture anyway. One of the main reasons why ...
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Knee Pain, Stopped exercise, Any other way to reduce weight?

Unfortunately, we can't tell you the reason for your knee pain. It may be physical, it may be equipment (poor fitting/worn out shoes, etc) or something else. I would recommend getting with a trainer ...
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I feel heavy when I run and is lacking lower body strength need help

When starting out, we so commonly jump straight into running. This is natural, perhaps, since we all remember running around so effortlessly when we were young children. But it is so easy to forget ...
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Does drinking water during a workout really help me?

There is no doubt that hypohydration negatively affects performance, both independently of thirst and independently of knowledge of our hydration status. Recent blind studies (here, here, here, and ...
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Equation/s used for running training-pace calculators

I don't know anything about running; I haven't gone on a run in 5+ years. However, when inspecting the Calculate button from Runner's World, the site runs a function called runConversion(). A quick ...
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Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good macro split to loose weight but gain muscle?

If you want to lose weight you need to eat (and drink!) less than you use. There is no way around that basic fact. Usage can be direct burning or resources used for structural changes (improved bone ...
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