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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 07:45 AM 1049 Reads
Lactic acid can be a runner's friend, too
By Brom Hoban
June 12, 2007
Toward the end of a 5K, riding up a steep hill on a bike or churning out those last few laps in the pool, you tend to "feel the burn." Most folks know this as the familiar presence of lactic acid, a virtual companion to hard workouts.
But not many know that lactic acid can be your friend.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 10:07 AM 828 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 11:01 AM 4715 Reads
Getting to the core of overheating
By Anna Gosline and Jeannine Stein
June 7, 2007
As exercise intensifies, so does body heat
Exercising al fresco is one of the great pleasures of summertime. But heat waves and humidity can turn a refreshing long run into a sweat-drenched experiment in heat exhaustion.
Overheating causes fatigue and dizziness. That's annoying enough. As internal temperatures rise above 100 degrees, athletes may experience cramps, headaches, nausea and vomiting. By the time core temperatures reach 104, the body rebels from hyperthermia. If the athlete keeps pushing and internal temperatures pass 104 degrees, the athlete risks "organ failure and death from heat stroke," says Dr. Aurelia Nattiv, professor in UCLA's Department of Family Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 11:01 AM 967 Reads
Fitness myths answered
American College of Sports Medicine
Myth: When you exercise in your target heart rate zone, you burn more fat.
Reality: When we exercise, such as walking, running, or weight training, no matter how hard we exercise, the calories come from carbohydrates and fat stored in the body. It is impossible to exercise at a specific heart rate and get your body to use only fat for fuel. It is more important to focus on total calories burned during exercise than fat calories.
Myth: Stretching will help you prevent sore muscles associated with exercise.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 11:16 AM 1203 Reads
Marathon Training and Performance Strategies Based on New Research
June 1, 2007
Gender, training miles, and weather all play roles
Two studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) 54th Annual Meeting in New Orleans examined marathoners and marathon performance, giving further insight into what makes a great runner. The first study looked at physical and training characteristics of all, not just elite, marathon runners and how these characteristics affected race outcomes.
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 08:57 AM 1057 Reads
Training Smart-Fulfilling Your Potential
by Cory Bank
I hope this article finds each of you healthy and enjoying your fitness activities. I have had the good fortune of coaching many people at www.powerfulathlete.com for over five years now and have enjoyed witnessing their achievements. I have also talked and trained with many people over the years and have learned much from them and hopefully they have gained some small amount of wisdom from me.
The athletes that I work with at www.powerfulathlete.com consistently hear me mention the difference between training hard and training smart. Training hard could include training all out most to all of the time. Initially, you may see great improvements. However, unless you are in this for the short haul, most of us will eventually get physically injured and/or psychologically burned out fairly quickly! I have seen many people begin their triathlon, biking, and running seasons in early spring and go all out seven days a week for a month straight. Before summer even arrives with the majority of the racing season ahead, these people seem to develop those little injuries that prevent them from training and racing well (if at all) for the rest of the season. It is certainly not a fun situation to find one in!
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 02:17 PM 1602 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 09:58 AM 902 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Monday, June 04, 2007 - 10:30 AM 825 Reads
The Right Stuff
By Scott Douglas
Give your running a fresh start by shedding physical and mental clutter
Running, it's said, is the simplest sport-a decent pair of shoes, and you're good to go, anytime, anywhere. Well, a watch doesn't hurt. And it's nice to have technical running gear. While we're at it, why not throw in a specially formulated preworkout drink, a heart-rate monitor, a GPS system, a fuel belt, and an MP3 player with a playlist that's perfectly synchronized for the pace and distance of your run?
Although we runners claim to be minimalists, we're good at making running complicated. It has to be the right time of day, the temperature just so, shoes broken in but not broken down, iPod fully charged, not to mention the pressure of making a time goal. It's a wonder we ever get out the door.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 10:03 AM 1406 Reads
Top 3 Running Stretches
By Brad Walker
May 31, 2007
Learn the top 3 stretching exercises to improve your running and do away with running injuries
Running is a complex, highly coordinated process involving the entire body. While every runner has his or her somewhat unique style, key motions associated with running are common. The human species evolved from ape-like ancestors known as australopithecines, who used the ability to run over considerable distances (in pursuit of, or in flight from other animals), for survival. The evolution of this talent for long distance running has shaped human anatomy, helping to give humans their present-day appearance.
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