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Exercise acts as fountain of youth for seniors

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, July 08, 2004 - 04:06 AM 1188 Reads

Fighting fit

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 05:14 AM 1060 Reads

Fighting fit

Jul 5 2004

By Paul Mort
The Evening Chronicle

Welcome to the final article to prepare you for the Sunshine Fund Fun Run with Paul Mort of Greens Health and Fitness Gosforth.

Of course, you've trained solidly over the past eight weeks, following the training plan, practised your race pace, kept hydrated all weekend, had an early night and a good, tried-and-trusted breakfast. Here's what to do next to ensure race-day bliss.

1. Arrive early. Racing is meant to be enjoyable even though it's tough. So don't stress yourself by arriving late on the big day. Aim to turn up an hour before the race start: this will give you plenty of time to collect your number, warm up, stretch and find out last-minute details about the course. Rushing is a waste of valuable energy, and missing the start gun wastes all the training you've done for the race.

Ultimate race provides maximum drama

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 05:09 AM 969 Reads

Ultimate race provides maximum drama

John Mehaffey

July 06, 2004

The ultimate Olympic race, celebrating an event of doubtful authenticity over a distance chosen to accommodate the British royal family, captured the popular imagination from the outset.

Won by Greek Spiridon Louis, the first Olympic marathon in 1896, raced over roughly 40 kms from Marathon in Attica to Athens, was the brainchild of French linguist and historian Michel Breal.

It was inspired by the tale of Phidippides, who was said to have run from the plain of Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to convey the news that the Athenians had defeated the Persians.

"Be joyful, we win," Phidippides was reported to have gasped before dropping dead of exhaustion.

One problem with a story inspired by the first land victory by Athens over Persia is that Greek historian Herodotus, writing some 60 years later, makes no reference to the epic run.

Stretching is currently a hot topic, though it's still highly beneficial

Posted by: pshields on Monday, July 05, 2004 - 05:15 AM 1070 Reads

Stretching is currently a hot topic, though it's still highly beneficial


For the Monitor

Stretching has been promoted for years as a key element of fitness. Trainers and coaches have advocated that stretching prior to activity and/or after activity would prevent injuries.

New evidence suggests that stretching before exercise does not prevent injuries nor does it decrease muscle soreness. Stretching may even cause more problems, say a growing number of researchers. Stretching prior to activity may make the muscle so pliable that it may even cause injuries to occur. One study showed that marathon runners who stretched prior to a race had a higher rate of injuries compared to those who didn't stretch.

Weekly Brick Workout

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, July 04, 2004 - 04:15 AM 994 Reads

Weekly Brick Workout

Coach Cherilyn Suiter,

DC Suiter Coaching

My 6-week brick sessions at Green Lake started this morning, and I thought it would be nice to post the workouts for those of you who were not able to come. The brick series is for bike to run and transition work. This week, we worked on pacing. The idea of this session was not only to work on the bike to run portion and the transition, but also to work on keeping an even pace throughout the workout. The workout below is designed for intermediate triathletes. Advanced can add to it and beginners can subtract. The best way to run this workout is to bring your bike trainer to the track. Logistically, it is hard to do this workout unless you have someone who is willing to take care of your bike while you are running. If you do not own a trainer, you can set up your transition at a track. This way, you can keep an eye on your bike and only leave your running shoes behind.

Marathon training no walk in the park

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, July 03, 2004 - 04:28 AM 989 Reads

Marathon training no walk in the park

Wednesday, 30, 2004

Although much of the racing season has passed, there are still several long-distance events to entice would-be marathoners.

But don't expect to hop off the couch and slug through a 26.2-mile race on guts alone. There is a reason that task goes on life-long "to do" lists instead of with the monthly chores. Preparing for a marathon takes months of gradually increasing mileage. As the miles pile up, so does stress on feet, joints and muscles. To compensate, adjustments have to be made in everything from footwear to hours of sleep.

Proper shoes, a stretching program, strength training, adequate nutrition and plenty of time for sleep are integral components in any marathon training program. But the most important aspect is building a base of miles. Former Olympic runner Monica Joyce stresses the importance of starting to train long before entering a race.

Paying the price for years of neglect

Posted by: pshields on Friday, July 02, 2004 - 04:08 AM 1036 Reads

Paying the price for years of neglect



News reporter Bucky Gleason began an effort to overcome years as a couch potato June 14. He is attempting to get into shape to run the St. John Vianney 5K on July 22. This is the first report on his progress. One thing I learned quickly in this running business is that when you ask for advice, people can't wait to enlighten you. I've heard just about everything in the past two weeks, since I decided to accept a challenge from my friend to run a 5K for charity next month. My intentions were to prove that even a fatso like me could get off the couch and run 5,000 meters if given enough time and proper training. Anyway, it's not like the St. John Vianney 5K is a marathon. Many people run twice that far and more every day. I thought maybe I would lose a few pounds and get into shape while making a point. I took an Internet fat test and found, at 5-foot-8 and 222 pounds, that I fit the definition of obese.

Gee, what a shocker. Well, now I'm paying the price.

Speed, weight training key for long-distance

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 01:38 PM 927 Reads

Speed, weight training key for long-distance

By Johnnie Walters

The Daily News
Published July 01, 2004

Distance runners should benefit from speed, strength and weight training.

Most distance runners think that a workout schedule that is based around building up as many miles per week as their time or body will allow them will improve their performance. But that is not always true.

There will be days when you breeze through a workout like it is a piece of cake. The workout could signify that you are getting stronger, and it may mean that a particular workout is suited to your running needs at the moment.

But do not assume that this workout means that you can jump to a more difficult schedule. It takes a little more than mileage and one good workout to justify a big move.

Runners must incorporate speed and weight training in their workouts to be successful.

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Marathon Training Schedules

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 04:03 AM 1259 Reads

Marathon Training Schedules

Ray Zwocker

The basic principles of marathon training are the same for everyone: You build sufficient endurance to get yourself through 26.2 miles of walking by gradually increasing the distance of a weekly or bi-weekly long easy walk. Then closer to the marathon you do a certain amount of training at your marathon pace or faster to get yourself ready to walk that 26.2 miles at a solid pace.

The long easy walks are what get you through the race safely. They build the muscle and joint strength that keep you injury-free, and they provide the capillaries and higher blood hemoglobin concentration that supply your walking muscles with more oxygen. The more oxygen you can get to those working muscles, the higher the percentage of fat you'll burn during your marathon. And that's the key to breaking through or eliminating "the wall."

Regular workouts keep weight off

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 04:47 AM 1735 Reads

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