Ryan Miller
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Is there a recommended running technique if you're overweight?
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There are many options to try out. Please don't stop - you're on the right track. Before each run session, prepare your body a little bit through some dynamic stretching to prime your muscles and ...

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Should I eat before my run?
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Simple answer is no. For short runs of less than an hour, you certainly do not need to fuel. On longer runs - even ultra marathons - you do not want to eat immediately before running. Instead, on ...

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What is the proper way to run?
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It depends on how you mean by "Proper". To me, the proper way to run is in a way that prevents injury so you can enjoy running for either long durations of time and/or uninterrupted calendar periods ...

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Can I use my running shoes' seventh eyelets to fix heel slipping?
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You can... But in my experience, it's better to use that 7th eyelet slightly differently to prevent heel slipping. It is shown in this video starting around 1:47: To the video Steps (images from ...

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How to count laps while swimming?
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Count Yards/Meters, not Laps I suffered from losing count so many times. Then, I started counting yards (or meters). I typically swim in a 25 yard pool so I'll use yards to describe. But if you ...

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As long as I do enough exercise, can the effects of junk food intake be offset?
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Unfortunately, it's not always simple arithmetic. Yes, losing weight is essentially burning more calories than you consume. But, this simplistic view doesn't account for the complex happenings of ...

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When is the best time of day to accurately weigh yourself?
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Consistency, consistency, consistency. It probably doesn't matter what time of day you weigh yourself as long as you weigh yourself the same time every day to track progress. You may find that you ...

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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts
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I have a new enemy and its name is CHEESE Believe it or not, this is some what common. It frustrated me for quite some time before I found the cause. DAIRY. I used to have a cup of greek yogurt ...

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Will we hurt our body if we eat lunch/dinner after a workout?
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Check out the last paragraph to my answer to this question. And I would absolutely recommend fueling with 20 minutes AFTER running. This is the time that your body will be best at absorbing fuel to ...

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What is the correct posture to support my weight with my arms while biking?
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You definitely do NOT want to be supporting your weight with your arms on the bike for normal riding. One exception would be while on a time trial or triathlon bike, where it is best to support your ...

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Best warm up for running
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Neuromuscular Activation and Dynamic Stretching Here is an excellent video on a dynamic stretching routine for running. It demonstrates 9 dynamic stretches. I've been using this routine several ...

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What's an appropriate recovery period after a summit event?
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A good rule of thumb, is one day of rest or active recovery for every one hour of your event. Active recovery is low intensity, low effort, low impact. A very easy swim would be great active ...

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Finding the correct Marathon Pace
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Interesting conversation and results. I like to use what is known as the Yasso 800 method named after Bart Yasso. Instead of using your half marathon time, base it off of repeated 800 meter efforts. ...

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How to prevent calf cramps while swimming?
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Other than the obvious causes of cramps (lack of electrolytes and/or hydration), I think time will help you out. I used to experience calf cramps frequently while swimming, albeit a few 100 yards in ...

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Alternative sources of potassium to the banana?
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From http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=90: What foods provide potassium? Potassium is found in abundance in many foods, and is especially easy to obtain in fruits ...

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Using a Foam Roller
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Think of it as a gentle meat tenderizer. But instead of weakening the muscle by pulverizing it, the added pressure and use simply promotes blood flow to massaged areas. Foam rollers are great ...

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What can cause knee pain just below kneecap during a run, and how do I strengthen it?
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A common condition that matches your description is patellar tendonitis. It certainly could be other ailments as well. You can try taking a NSAID for a few days. I will typically take the maximum ...

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How do I prevent chafing?
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Check out products like Body Glide, Assos cream, or plain old vaseline. Each has specific uses or uses that are better than others. For instance, Body glide is great for feet to prevent blisters on ...

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Exercises/training techniques to improve back posture during deadlifts, cleans, etc
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One thing you could try is improving your ability to stay in a "Third-World Squat". I do not have any experience in how this helps with the specific movements that you are looking to improve. ...

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Fat and protein breakdown
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On average, a person has more than 80,000 calories in fat storage. You'd need to burn through this first before your body targets protein for fat storage.

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What is the best source of renewed energy on longer runs?
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Actually, Sustained Energy and Perpetuem from Hammer Nutrition can be concentrated into a paste. With this, you don't really need to drink a ton of water. But, if you are running for a few hours, ...

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Is standing for long hours harmful to your knees and feet?
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Here's an interesting article from the New York Times about standing while working. Over the last 2-3 months, this topic as been showing up quite frequently in fitness magazines, blogs, and tweets. ...

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Why do distance running training programs tell you to do long runs so slowly?
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The simple reason for a LSD is to get you comfortable with being on your feet for a long period of time. The reason for doing LSD runs at a much slower pace is because running at pace is very ...

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Can I do "Couch to 5k" twice per week instead of 3 times?
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I think you could do a running program consisting of 2 runs a weeks and still achieve "good results". One run should focus on a shorter and faster effort after a nice brisk warm up walk. And the ...

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Should I use observed max heart rate from workouts for zone training?
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You can use max heart rate to determine training zones assuming you can get an accurate max heart rate. There are several calculations you can use to guess a max heart rate zone. However, max heart ...

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How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?
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Step away from the cable machines. Try free weights. Add an aspect of balance with free weights.

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Unusual heart rates and fitness
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No worries Having a resting heart rate around 55 bpm is not unusual. Frequently experiencing a heart rate over 200 bpm is not unusual. And neither are really an indication of overall fitness. And ...

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When is it time to buy new running shoes
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Simple answer: Every 6 months or 500 miles whichever comes FIRST. Also, if you run every day, or most days, I'd recommend two pairs of shoes and alternate between them to give them ample time to ...

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Kettlebell weight for one handed exercises
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Go smaller. Don't risk injury. And I suspect, although, I have no proof, that a one-handed 8kg bell will be harder to do than a two-handed 16kg bell.

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How to recognize a Runner's Knee?
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Could be runner's knee (chondromalacia) or a bit of tendonitis. Rest and Naproxen (Aleve) will do the trick. Always ease into running longer or faster. Don't increase mileage or effort by more than ...

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