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Getting Race Ready, Part 1: Preparing for Race Day

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 10:00 AM 2550 Reads
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All athletic shoes are not alike

Posted by: pshields on Friday, October 10, 2008 - 10:00 AM 1742 Reads
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All athletic shoes are not alike

By BOB CONDOR

October 5, 2008

As a physical therapist who specializes in foot problems, Neil Goldberg watches a lot of videotape. He views his clients running and walking in various shoes and even barefoot.

"Some people have training shoes and racing shoes, or they just have several different pairs of shoes because none of them are quite working," he explains.

Goldberg says "about 75 percent of the time" he can spot problems simply by watching a runner or walker perform in real time on a treadmill. But the other 25 percent is why he relies on videotape.





Can rock music make you run faster?

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, October 09, 2008 - 10:00 AM 3640 Reads
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Can rock music make you run faster?

by Claire Soares

7 October 2008
Would the rhythm make athletes go faster? Claire Soares puts the theory to the test

It's my first half-marathon, and I'm willing to buy into anything that might get me round those 13.1 miles. OK, not the Borat mankini costumes some of my fellow runners were sporting, but I was open to pretty much anything else that would speed the pace and dull the pain.

So, when I heard that London's first half-marathon was going to be a musical one, with 16 live bands along the route playing scientifically selected tracks that would "lift performance to new levels", I knew I'd found my race. I'd also be able to silence the friends who'd been teasing me ever since I let slip that The Human League and Elton John topped my training playlist. My taste in music could no longer be questioned if I had science on my side. And that's how, on Sunday, I found myself taking part in Run To The Beat.

The race was the brainchild of Costas Karageorghis, a sports psychologist at Brunel University. His latest research, due to be published in the US Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, found that when listening to tracks from Madonna to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, most runners found the exercise more pleasurable than usual, even those on the verge of collapsing on the treadmill. In general, they ran further and for longer; some found that their endurance levels were increased by more than 15 per cent.





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Get moving: Guidelines set healthy activity levels

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 04:00 PM 1311 Reads
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Get moving: Guidelines set healthy activity levels

By LAURAN NEERGAARD

7th Oct 08

Get moving: New exercise guidelines released Tuesday set a minimum sweat allotment for good health. For most adults, that's 2 1/2 hours a week. How much physical activity you need depends largely on age and level of fitness.

Moderate exercise adds up for sluggish adults. Rake leaves, take a quick walk around the block or suit up for the neighborhood softball game. More fit adults could pack in their week's requirement in 75 minutes with vigorous exercise, such as jogging, hiking uphill, a bike race or speedy laps in the pool.





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Yoga can build a better runner

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 10:14 AM 1809 Reads
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Yoga can build a better runner

JACKIE MIRON

October 07, 2008

Runners are an achy bunch, and we're always talking about injuries, treatments and prevention. If you have still not signed on to the benefits of yoga as a runner, here are some reminders as to why you should jump on the wagon.

Runners approach yoga with everything from trepidation to fear, boredom and skepticism. It is rare to find a runner excited to try the first class. Many runners are convinced that a workout centered on a mat can top a run.

Shannon Struze, a yoga instructor at the YMCA in Fayetteville and downtown, had some advice.





Boost metabolism

Posted by: pshields on Friday, October 03, 2008 - 10:00 AM 1568 Reads
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Boost metabolism

by Rob Williams

October 01, 2008
Build muscle, eat often to fire up fat furnace

I've been looking forward to this week's column. This aspect of my career is something that I get excited about. Any time I can coach someone to a breakthrough that allows them to feel better about themselves, enjoy their day more or spend more time playing with their kids, I get huge job satisfaction.

I love to hear a client raving about how they're eating more and doing less monotonous cardio exercise, yet still losing fat or maintaining their body weight.

This is the kind of thing that's possible if you give your metabolism a turbo-boost.





Explosive exercises key to shaking up routine

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, October 02, 2008 - 04:00 PM 1429 Reads
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Explosive exercises key to shaking up routine

Helen Vanderburg

October 02, 2008

Convinced that you need someone to kick your butt to get in shape, you sign up for a boot camp class or an athletic conditioning workout.

During the first class, the trainer announces you will be doing plyometrics.

You wonder what that means, but you don't want to be the only person in the room to ask.

So you nod your head and take whatever comes your way.

What Is It?





Loneliness of the long distance runner

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, October 02, 2008 - 10:05 AM 1265 Reads
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Run from the funk

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, October 01, 2008 - 10:00 AM 905 Reads
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Running for your life

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 03:00 PM 813 Reads
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Running for your life

Jill Barker

September 29, 2008
Tips to keep your health and running on course as you age

As runners reach middle age, it becomes increasingly important for them to train responsibly.

Maybe you read the news about runners living longer than those who never hit the pavement.

The study out of Stanford University reported that middle-aged members of a runners' club posted far fewer deaths within the 20-year period of the study than their non-running counterparts.

The 284 runners, who were in their 50s at the start of the study, reported fewer incidences of cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's.

Not only is this good news for runners, it dispels the myth that years of pounding the pavement will result in bum knees and sore hips as the body ages.





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