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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 04:02 AM 1415 Reads
Conerly puts runners through rigid training program
By Jeff O'Rear,
Presbyterian Christian High School track and cross-country coach Beverly Conerly has built a dynasty at the school that's had a track program for only seven years.
The PCHS cross-country team has been dominant in MPSA competition. The boys have brought home a state championship every year for the last five years and the girls won the state championship last year.
The team began the season last week in the Jackson Academy Invitational and continues Tuesday at Simpson Academy.
Conerly, in her fourth year at PCHS, discusses the popularity of cross-country running, training methods and her squad this year in a question and answer format.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 04:54 AM 1124 Reads
Five strategies for better time management
by Ashley Kipp
This report filed September 8, 2004
"I don't have enough time!" "I have to work late tonight." "I have to pick up the kids from practice." "I have to go grocery shopping." "I'm too tired to get out of bed that early!" "I'm too exhausted after work." "I think I need another rest day." "I don't have time to take a lunch break."
We've all made these excuses at one time or another in our athletic careers. We can all make these excuses today. But as committed enthusiasts and competitors, we have to find a way to overcome what can become an overwhelming hurdle in what we've been working so hard to achieve.
As athletes, we all face challenges: learning a new technique or sport, training through fatigue, injury, and nasty weather, pushing our bodies to the absolute limit while racing. As competitors, we know how to push ourselves beyond what would be considered "normal" by our non-triathlete/non-competitive compatriots.
And there is one challenge that we all must deal with, no matter who we are or how we're training - the challenge of time management.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 04:19 AM 1376 Reads
RUNNING: Organized practice good for marathon
September 8, 2004
BY DOUG KURTIS
The Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon is just six weeks away. Runners should be building up their mileage and scheduling some longer runs before tackling 26.2 miles.
Runners often ask me if a 20-mile training run is long enough to prepare for the marathon. I don't see a need to run farther. I suggest fewer long runs and instead try two runs on the same day equal to one run of 15 miles or more. I suggest this for two reasons: 1) It enables runners to train at a higher weekly mileage without breaking down. 2) I believe there is a diminishing return to what your body gains from distances more than 15 miles.
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Posted by: pshields on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 04:55 AM 4244 Reads
Which will get me fit faster: spinning or jogging?
By Selene Yeager
Q. Which will get me fit faster: spinning or jogging?--Thom Mustaine, FL
A. Fit for what? Jogging burns more calories than the same amount of time spent spinning on your bike (about 10 calories per minute versus 8 calories per minute for a 150-pound person at a moderate effort).
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 04:10 AM 1089 Reads
Learning from your losses
by Lucy Smith
September 6, 2004
I have just returned from eight hot days in Athens where I witnessed first hand the "greatest sports show on earth." It was a spectacle to watch, from the magnificent venues, to the dramatic unfolding of the men's and women's triathlons, to the strange interloper who held up the front runner of the men's marathon, to the intensity of the mountain bike and the sheer thrill of watching a pole vaulter clear the bar on her final attempt.
Even though I wasn't competing, it was hard not be caught up in the personal stories, the victories and the defeats of the competitors. Watching the Olympics is like looking into a fish bowl on the nature of sport. Most poignant, was the sense of disappointment when it was all over, and the palpable feeling of loss among those whose dreams were not fulfilled this time around.
As I left Athens after the closing ceremonies this ever-present duality between the victors and the defeated in competition played through my mind: If sport is about the journey and the path, how will the athletes who didn't succeed process their individual losses?
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 12:23 AM 1491 Reads
Pick right shoes for comfort, fit
Customers remain loyal to favorites
By Peggy O'Farrell Enquirer staff writer
Nike says its Shox line, which features shoes for walking, running and cross-training on special "platforms," is designed to help shield the feet from pounding the pavement and the track.
The shoes retail for $100. For an extra $10, Nike lovers can visit www.nikeid.com to customize the women's Bella (running) and Energia (cross-training) models, choosing colors and personalized mottos to brighten their workouts.
Dr. Keith Kenter, a sports orthopedist at the University of Cincinnati, says he hasn't seen any research that shows the Shox shoes offer any extra benefit, "but they look really cool, don't they?"
The shoe for you If the shoe fits, wear it. That's the advice most experts give when clients ask how to pick sports-specific shoes. Getting a good fit is important, so try on several brands when shopping for the right shoe, suggests Dr. Keith Kenter, a sports orthopedist at the University of Cincinnati.
Whatever shoe you choose, Kenter and other experts advise trying on several different brands to find the right fit.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 12:16 AM 3613 Reads
Hit the Streets - 5k Training Schedule
By Maya Kroth,
With San Diego's year-round good weather, varied terrain and stunning coastal vistas, it's no surprise the city has become one of the biggest running centers in the nation. With dozens of races each year ranging from fun runs to ultra-marathons, America's Finest City has a road race for aspiring runners from all walks of life.
Types of races
Under 10K: The 8K Union-Tribune Race for Literacy (formerly Dr. Seuss Race for Literacy) is a local favorite. Many larger races, such as the America's Finest City Half-Marathon, also include 5K run/walks.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 10:21 AM 3276 Reads
Principles of pre- and in-season training
By: Ray Shaw
This week we will complete our discussion about the training year and focus on the final two phases-'pre-season' and 'in-season'.
Remember that you must first outline your season of competition or participation, and then divide the year up into training segments called cycles. Last week we discussed the off season, where you are preparing for training that is specific to your sport by building general strength and fitness. It was further divided into sub-cycles where you first evaluate and set goals, outline a training emphasis, and establish core strength and flexibility. Off-season training culminates at a point where you are training at a fairly high intensity, using large muscle groups, high resistance, and shorter sets. We outlined general principles and tools for training that we will continue into this segment.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - 10:36 AM 1247 Reads
Olympics: Size, talent and wealth the key
ATHENS - The spectacle and drama of the Olympics enthralled billions. Television paid handsomely to show it and sponsors spent fortunes to bathe in its reflected glory.
Athletes from 75 countries won medals to cherish for life. Fifty-seven of the record 202 nations won gold - Taiwan, Israel, Dominican Republic and Chile for the first time.
The Games' "return to their birthplace" in Greece sweetened our rhapsodies about the Olympic spirit of pure competition.
Mostly ignored was the fact the ancient Games were neither selfless nor pure as imagined; bribery and cheating occurred back then and today we have a race between dope and detection.
Nationalism, ideology, commercialism and technology have changed sport since the modern Games began in 1896. However, Athens proved again that population, the pool of talent and wealth to develop it strongly influenced the medal count.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 04:01 AM 1058 Reads
In Athens, Gray Matters
By Abigail Trafford
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Something funny happened on the way to the Games. The athletes got older.
In ancient Greece, the adoration of youth was the hallmark of the culture. As Plato put it: "Almost all young persons appear to be beautiful in my eyes." Today, Athens is again a showcase for youth and beauty. U.S. teenage idol Michael Phelps, the 19-year-old swimmer from Maryland, had already won the gold in the celebrity free-for-all before the Games began.
But athletes well beyond their youth are making their mark.
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