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Evidence proves elastic in the workout debate

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 04:53 AM 1258 Reads
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Evidence proves elastic in the workout debate

By Clare Neve

(Filed: 30/07/2003)

Last year I was lucky enough to be selected to represent England in the pole vault. I love the sport as it combines agility, power and a huge adrenaline rush. There is one slight downside, however: the interminable stretching as one waits between each attempt at the bar.

Can stretching really help you improve your flexibility, lower your risk of injury and improve your performances, as many stretching advocates claim? If so, should you stretch before or after your workouts? New research makes it clear that, in terms of improving your flexibility, it's probably best to stretch during or after your workout, not before.





Shoe Care

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, August 09, 2003 - 06:40 AM 1309 Reads
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Shoe Care

Runner's World shoe expert, Bob Wischnia, offers advice on getting the most mileage out of your running shoes

Q: What can I do to extend the life of my running shoes?

A: Take good care of them. Don't store shoes in cold areas (like an unheated garage or porch) during the winter or in direct sunlight during the summer. And don't wear running shoes for other sports such as tennis, soccer or basketball. After running in wet weather, be sure to dry your running shoes (including the insoles) thoroughly by placing them near a heat source. But don't dry them in a dryer.

Q: Will my shoes last longer if I alternate two pairs? 





Progress - new runners finish with a jog to cars

Posted by: pshields on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 04:04 AM 1285 Reads
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Progress - new runners finish with a jog to cars

By Cindy Wolff

August 4, 2003

Editor's note: Reporter Cindy Wolff is participating in the Women & Running program sponsored by the Memphis Runners Track Club. The program aims to train women to run a 5K in September. She is keeping a journal of her progress.

It's amazing what the voices in my head tell me while I'm trying my best to adopt the healthful habit of running.

It's hard enough when just about every muscle in my body is screaming for more oxygen, but when my mind starts its campaign to get me back on the sofa, it makes the battle even more difficult.

The good news is that my mind isn't the only one possessed. Even seasoned runners have to battle their mind and override the voices that are telling them to stop.





STILL ON THE RUN AT 69

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:13 AM 1265 Reads
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STILL ON THE RUN AT 69

By Brian Quinlan - The Sun Staff

NORTH STONINGTON

Colburn Graves will be covering a lot of ground in the next six days.

A 69-year-old retiree, Graves will be participating in six races over the six days and is expected to cover more than 29 miles. The busy week began with the Blessing of the Fleet race Friday night in Narragansett, where Graves ran 10 miles.





Techno Gym

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 04:03 AM 1392 Reads
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Techno Gym

by Ian Cuthbertson

JULY 29, 2003

THE geek is dead, long live the uber-geek.

Computer users long ago left the nerd thing in the dust, and today are more likely to be individuals who incorporate technology into an active life, harnessing it for personal growth and productivity, rather than the mythical, sweaty-palmed propeller-heads of old, who lived vicariously through their machines, abandoning the screen just long enough to answer calls of nature, and occasionally, to sleep. No, today's computer guys and gals are real men and women on the go. If you want proof, look no further than the hi-tech applications currently deployed by athletes and sports men and women, from archers to weightlifters, bowlers to yachties, and cyclists to synchronised swimmers.





THE EXTRA MILE: Take it easy in the heat

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 04:01 AM 1237 Reads
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THE EXTRA MILE: Take it easy in the heat

Posted on July 29, 2003

Summers in the Ark-La-Tex are always hot and humid.

No matter how physically fit and strong you are, the heat of summertime should never be underestimated. As the body's cooling system is stressed to the max, it can literally shut you down completely if warning signs of heat exhaustion are not taken seriously.

Heat strokes and death are possible. Athletes such as runners must be extra careful, as they have a tolerance for pain that is unusually high. This tolerance for discomfort can sometimes be very deceiving to a runner by making the symptoms less noticeable.





Follow Your Heart

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 04:07 AM 1244 Reads
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Follow Your Heart

by Dagny Scott-Barrios

Want to take the guesswork out of training? Then you need a heart-rate monitor. Here's how to use it

Fern Oliner had been a runner for more than 25 years when she experienced a breakthrough in her performance. It happened at age 59, during a challenging half-marathon.

"For the very first time, I felt like a true runner," she recalls. "There I was on the uphill, passing people and feeling totally in control. I absolutely loved it."

Her secret? Oliner was wearing a heart-rate monitor.





After first weeks of 5K training, bargain shoes seem like bad deal

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 05:46 AM 1391 Reads
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After first weeks of 5K training, bargain shoes seem like bad deal

By Cindy Wolff

July 28, 2003

On a scale of one to four, with one being the best, it's hard to admit you're a three.

The trainers divided the beginning runners into four groups based on speed. As much as I want to be a one or a two, I am definitely a three. That is, I'm not bringing up the rear, but they're hot on my trail.

During the third week of training, we got a bit of a reprieve, no increase in the run time (we're running two minutes/walking three) but we added five more minutes on the trek, bringing it to 30 minutes.

I've learned a couple of things in the past three weeks.





Invest in your Running Economy

Posted by: pshields on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 04:21 AM 1142 Reads
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Invest in your Running Economy

by Owen Anderson, Ph.D.

These training tips will help you run faster and more efficiently

Running economy. It sounds important, but what exactly does it mean? Is it finding a pair of high-tech running shoes for $5 at a yard sale? No. Running economy refers to how much oxygen you use when you run. When you improve your economy, you can run at a smaller percentage of max VO2 (your maximum rate of oxygen utilization), so runs feel easier.

What's more, improving running economy by even 1 percent can shave at least 20 seconds from your 10-K time. Here are five proven ways to become more economical:





Training: How To Win

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 04:07 AM 1405 Reads
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Training: How To Win

Want to be a winner in your sport? Here are the five critical tasks:





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