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tl; dr - Masks are (mostly) gimmicks. They advertise as being able to raise VO2 max, by simulating high altitude training. This would in turn, raise EPO in the body, which then in turn stimulates red blood cell production, increasing oxygen transport. In reality, while they may increase the muscle tone of the breathing muscles (intercostals, etc), they do ...


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The four different treadmills all reacted similarly and have a "stutter" when moving faster than a light jog. It's almost embarrassing for me now thinking my weight is causing this issue but I don't think I'm over the weight limit of the treadmills. It could be a weight problem, because weak motors will hesitate when you apply too much weight to ...


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When you are starting a running program, the goal is to run the number of minutes that your body can tolerate and no more. If you over do it, you will join the ranks of the couch potatoes. Here is a plan that worked for me. Walk thirty minutes. Then run 1 minute. Then walk home. You continue running just one minute until one minute becomes easy for ...


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Jason is correct in that the spikes into the 190's are probably artifacts and errors due to poor readings from the monitor. However, also on longer efforts, you may be seeing the effects of cardiac drift. As you exercise, your body needs more blood to bring oxygen to the muscles and take away waste material. The heart naturally starts working harder to ...


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The heart rate monitor is losing track of your heart rate. I suggest to look at the operating instructions to try and help it function correctly, and check the battery since it may be running low or sweat might be getting into it. Also suggest to look into other devices. I use a chest strap to get a good consistent result. Sometimes I see something like this ...


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It sounds like there are several questions here, I will try to the best of my ability to answer them. "However, today my Garmin has especially bad day. After it took 15 minutes to get GPS signal, it blocked at about 170 bpm for the whole rest of the run. I could have much at the moment of the GPS lock, because it was a slope, but later, it was rather a ...


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Running can conflict with muscle gain if your heart rate remains too elevated. If you want to lose the fat while gaining lean tissue. Cardio should be performed below your first ventilatory threshold. That means you should be able to speak comfortably while performing cardio. And so this for 30 to 60 minutes, as often as you can. I do either fast walking or ...


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There is no “exact formula”, just estimations that generally seem to be more reliable than others. The following formula is one such example. While I don’t possess a peer reviewed study to pair with this formula, I personally trust the source. It comes from researcher Lyle McDonald’s “The Women’s Book Volume 1” (the formula is for males and females). The ...


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Running may reduce the effect of strength training of legs. In order to reduce this interference effect you should (1): keep your running sessions short (< 45 minutes) have as much time as possible between running and strength training (of legs) run slowly or even better walk Walking for cardio is what some bodybuilders do. However for a runner this is ...


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If the heart rates from the smart watches can be trusted, then a short analysis of Strava Leaderboards would suggest a clear no. For the segments I've got a high position, I've seen people above me having higher HR, as well as people below me with much higher HR. The segment leaders have normally high HR, but there's no direct relation between the HR of the ...


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Can I improve running stamina by increasing intensity rather than duration? Yes, increasing intensity rather than duration is a perfectly valid way of training, and is even better under the right circumstances. There are many factors that determine how much endurance you have. Two of the most important factors are the rate at which the athlete's body can ...


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If we assume that energy used by an individual athlete during a run (without elevation changes or wind) is dependent only the distance of the run, then the difference between a fast 5k run and a slow 5k jog, and the explanation for why the former will leave you more out of breath, is the rate of energy expenditure. A 30 minute 5k run requires you to burn ...


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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 get someone else to run your qualifier for you. RunDisney checks your POT but they don't check it was you who set it. I have had someone admit as much to me at ...


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I think that you're running into one of the limitations of an overly simplistic model like "80/20". Note that I'm not saying the idea behind it is bad, but the way it's being conveyed loses much of the nuance. To speak to what I believe to be the spirit of the model, don't stress about the distance or time per se. Rather make 20% of your runs be ...


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Cycling is different for your knees than running. Both runners and cyclists complain of knee pain, though usually for different reasons. Cycling is doing the exact same thing bajillions of time in a row, in a manner that we're good at, but not evolved for. Especially if you use clipless pedals, there can be issues. Running causes more stress on the knees. ...


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The fact which I see in some workout plans is lack of focus on the muscles recovery, your one doesn't seem to be like that, but I believe running long distance without any break will results in increase in the time taken by muscles for recovery. If you're beginner and you're just starting your workout routine then don't try to overuse your muscles which will ...


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Here is what has worked for me, to some extent. (Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that this will work for you!) A physical therapist made me do single leg balance exercises. These exercises reinforce not only the hip adductors and abductors, but also the ankle and the muscle responsible for maintaining the arch under your foot. After a few months of doing ...


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Noah, 235 should not be a problem. You can try out different treadmills at local big box furniture stores to determine which is right for you. I find that hotel and apartment treadmills are usually old and not calibrated. Also mid-grade treadmills are not meant for the type of abuse. My treadmill is a Nautilus T616 and only gets 3-6 miles a day, 5 days a ...


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I am personally a fan of the chi running technique. Here's a question/answer with how to adapt this technique to a stroller. About the arms, this article says to have a relaxed arm swing and avoid crossing arms in front of body. I think it is normal and that running/jogging with a technique takes practice to master recommendations that improve the running/...


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I started a similar programme and also hurt myself in the middle. If running is painful, stop running! Take a break and allow yourself to heal. I tried to keep going and things got worse instead of better. I then took a week off and redid the previous week's programme when I restarted and everything was fine. Eight months later I am running 20k once a ...


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Anything can lead to anxiety, really. One the one hand, running should release hormones that help with stress. On the other hand, you are putting your body through physical stress, and from what I have read your body will not really differentiate between mental and physical stress. However, finding an event stressful has a lot to do with how you view and ...


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Is there a way (or ways) to control the extend to which muscles in general and specifically the calf muscles grow from exercising them? Yes, but nothing I think you'd want to do. How you exercise a muscle affects how it grows (bodybuilders do higher reps & lower weights than power lifters), but not by that much. Power lifters still get pretty big, and ...


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In my experience (and I'm about the same level of runner as you, I'd guess, from what you've put above), speed training can be done in a shorter amount of time without much problem. What you can't do is distance train. 40 minutes is fine to train for a race you can finish in 40 minutes, or maybe enough to be able to do a 10k at the paces you show above - my ...


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After the first 5k i feel like i can't feel my heartbeat because it's beating so fast and my lungs sort of start breathing on their own without me controlling it. Since you are able to achieve 10 kilometers in less than 45 minutes, there is nothing really abnormal here. It looks like you were close to your physical limits so your body reacted accordingly by ...


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Drink more water. Seriously. Dehydration is dangerous, and dry mouth and throat are early symptoms of dehydration.


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I'm to a physician, so there might also be a medical answer to your question. I think, however, that it is not wise to include the 10% increment just to one run. If your are running to become fitter and if you also want to increase your stamina, you should vary your runs. This means, that you should have one tempo run, one long run, a recovery run and an ...


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Given what you're asking, it probably boils down to your specific body, and can't really be answered in the general case. When I was training for my first triathlon, I had the least experience with swimming. When I started swimming, I put on surprising amounts of muscle in my arms and shoulders. It was enough that for longer runs, I felt the weight. The ...


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Yes Olympic Athletes Live Longer Than General Population. But this is probably because they take better care of themself after their athletic careers are over. Being in great shape is an important part of their self image and they will go to great lengths to preserve this. However being olympic medal fit in itself is probably not healthy since this inflicts ...


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There's a lot of confounding variables in your data. The first one I noticed is relevant to world leaders. Survivorship bias You don't typically get to run a country until you're in your 40s at least. The US seems set on mid to late 70s at the moment... Runners typically peak before 30 (marathoners just before 30). So a runner has to make it 70 more ...


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