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A Simple Blueprint for Effective Training

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 04:59 AM 1390 Reads

A Simple Blueprint for Effective Training

Posted: November 15, 2004

From: Road Runner Sports

The Four Rules of Running You've probably figured out by now that running isn't like other sports. For one thing there aren't a lot of rules to follow. There are no "out-of-bounds" or "offsides" or "celebrating too much after finishing." But since it's human nature to want at least a few rules, runners have made some up! These "Four Rules of Running" should become the foundation of your running program. They will ensure your continued enjoyment and improvement as a runner and help keep things fun and interesting as well.

Exercise - Increasingly Important With Age

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, November 20, 2004 - 04:05 AM 1039 Reads

Exercise - Increasingly Important With Age

Posted: November 17, 2004


At age 47, Martina Navratilova returned to Wimbledon and represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece

Last September, Ed Whitlock, 73, shattered his own world age-group marathon record and becam the first runner age 70 and older to complete a marathon in under three hours. Whitlock has done it twice.

Jack LaLanne, the "Godfather of Fitness" turned age 90 last September. Still sporting his trademark jumpsuit, LaLanne is trim and strong. He's diet and exercise are the keys to a long, healthy life.

Why is exercise so important as we age?

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Are you ready for the hills?

Posted by: pshields on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 04:02 AM 1047 Reads

Are you ready for the hills?

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


As the Central New York weather descends into the winter, the warm weather running season is soon to be a memory. We had some beautiful fall weather in which to run. Gorgeous leaves provided a stellar backdrop. To help get through the long winter, why not think about the first race of the spring?

In Central New York, the Mountain Goat has long been our season "opener." But it's a really hilly race, right? Yes; and the hills are a challenge - but a challenge like that might be just what you need to shape your training over the winter.

Marathoners should step it up

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 04:05 AM 1099 Reads

Marathoners should step it up

Joelle Babula

The Arizona Republic
Oct. 14, 2004 12:00 AM

Runners in the midst of training for upcoming winter marathons should be kicking up their workouts a notch and experimenting now with whatever they plan to eat, drink or even wear on race day, say local trainers and runners.

And with the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and other events coming fast, running stores and training groups in Ahwatukee Foothills and Chandler are bracing for the big day.

Ahwatukee runner Cristin Van Driel said it's important that people test what they plan to eat for breakfast the day of the race well in advance of the event. Van Driel leads a marathon-training group connected with her running store, Foothills Running Co., in Ahwatukee.

"You never want to try anything new the day of the race," she said. "That means no new clothes, socks or any kind of food. You always want to be training in whatever you plan to use the day of the race."


Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 04:17 AM 913 Reads



November 9, 2004

IF watching 35,000 marathoners crossing the finish line inspired you to strap on your old running shoes, we've got three words for you: Curb your enthusiasm. Too often, new runners want to hit the streets and attempt 10 miles their first time out.

"The morning after the marathon, the phone rings off the hook," says Nike running coach Jonathan Kane. "The most important thing we can do is pull back the reins a bit."

Overdoing it can only lead to painfully sore muscles, which can put a damper on marathon-inspired enthusiasm.

"I don't advise the first goal to be 'run a marathon,' " says Amby Burfoot, the executive editor of Runner's World. (Burfoot has completed about 75 marathons, and he won the Boston Marathon in 1968.)

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Dehydration And Performance

Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 12:43 AM 921 Reads

Dehydration And Performance

Posted: November 14, 2004

Dehydration And Performance: We've said it before and we'll say it again: even on cool days, dehydration can seriously damage your performance. Here's a guide to avoiding it.

Many athletes dehydrate during competitive events, especially long ones, even when it's not particularly hot. You can't rely on feeling thirsty as a reminder to replace fluid lost through sweating - one of nature's dirty tricks is that exercise suppresses thirst. Dehydration impairs both physical and mental performance in all types and levels of sport, yet it can be avoided (or at least minimised) by appropriate drinking strategies. Before we explain what those are, here's a bit of background physiology.

Texas State coach shares speed training tips

Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 12:36 AM 1268 Reads

Texas State coach shares speed training tips


Running Columnist
Posted: Sunday, Nov 14, 2004 - 11:33:45 am CST

Last week Blaine Wiley, sprint and relay coach for the Texas State University track team, gave a very informative talk to the members of the San Marcos Runners club and other interested runners in the community.

Coach Wiley mentioned that speed is a combination of strength, power and relaxation in running. One of the first things he mentioned to the runners who are usually distance runners entering races from 5Ks to marathons is that you should not sacrifices endurance for speed training. He felt that speed training should only comprise about 2-5 percent of your total weeks work.

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - 04:25 AM 7869 Reads

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As race day approaches, relax

Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 08, 2004 - 04:25 AM 992 Reads

As race day approaches, relax


Nov 7, 2004

The physical preparation and training for a marathon is of utmost importance, but in the final week before the race this aspect is no longer important.

Tapering and resting become imperative.

The three key factors in the last week: getting adequate rest, avoiding injury/sickness and the mental preparation.

Getting adequate rest. Travel plans should include one day of recovery for each day of driving, one day of recovery for each three hours of flying, and if crossing time zones, one day of recovery for each time zone. Our body gets used to diurnal rhythms and waking at the same time each day. Rather than trying to get more sleep time by sleeping later, it is better to go to bed early. The critical night to get to bed early is two nights before the race. Excitement level is high the night before a race, and it can be difficult to get an adequate night's sleep.

Four hydration systems

Posted by: pshields on Monday, November 08, 2004 - 02:14 AM 1018 Reads

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