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Endurance is the Key to Running

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 01:18 PM 1172 Reads

Endurance is the Key to Running

Angie Young

September 20, 2006

What do a brain surgeon, a mother of twins, UCLA graduate, an Oscar-winning actor or runner have in common? You got it. Commitment.

Of course this isn't restricted to those disciplines, but you get the idea. It takes time; patience, pain, joy and good old fashion mile-by-mile rain-or-shine commitment to succeed in any distance running.

I found this by trial and error and by training with seasoned athletes who learned this a long time ago.

The high toll of overtraining

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 02:18 PM 1667 Reads

The high toll of overtraining

Sept 2006

Health 24

The death of two-time Comrades winner and sports scientist Dr Lindsay Weight sent shock waves through South Africa's running community.

An investigation into the cause of her death is currently underway, and post-mortem results should be available later this week.  Die Burger reports that Prof Tim Noakes, director of the UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science & Sports Medicine and former colleague of Weight, was well aware of the fact that she had a history of overtraining. In fact, in his book Lore of Running (2001), Noakes uses Weight as an example in a chapter on the subject.

Weight was training for the Iron Man Competition when she died.

Health24 investigates the risks of overtraining:

Build base first, follow plan later

Posted by: pshields on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 11:05 PM 2823 Reads

Build base first, follow plan later

Leo Babauta

19th Sept 2006

I'll let my fellow beginner runners in on a secret that the more experienced runners never tell us: No matter how sexy a training plan may sound, you can't just start on it the next day and hope to be able to follow it without problems.

The reason? You may not have the "base" needed to successfully complete the program. Building a solid base is one of the basic things any running coach or book will tell you, and yet it's often ignored by runners, beginners or otherwise. That's because we're in too much of a hurry to rush into a training program, while building a base can take months of less sexy easy-pace runs.

Marathon training growing stale? Then take some time off

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 02:41 PM 2573 Reads

Marathon training growing stale? Then take some time off

September 15, 2006

Roy Pirung

Have you ever asked the question, "Why don't I feel like getting out and running my scheduled marathon-training miles?"

During marathon training, as weekly mileage increases and the length of a run may be in the 18- to 20-mile range, muscle damage takes place at the cellular level.

At first, you may think it is just the body's complete loss of carbohydrate stores.

If you replace these depleted carbohydrates, take 24- to 48-hours off from training, then you will know if this is the reason, as you will once again feel fresh and eager to run.

However, if you still feel like staying in bed the morning of your scheduled training, you may be experiencing what has become known as overtraining syndrome. This may also happen to those who are not training for a marathon.

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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 04:57 PM 1182 Reads


Sep 16, 2006

Paul Donohue

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I'm a beginner marathon runner. I have run one, and that was last year. About halfway through the race, I began to have stomach cramps -- not so bad that I had to stop, but bad enough that I had to slow down for about 15 minutes. I plan to run another marathon this year, and I'd like to do it without cramps. How do I go about that? -- R.N.

Mindful Chi Running

Posted by: pshields on Friday, September 15, 2006 - 08:29 AM 1250 Reads

Mindful Chi Running

By Jeanie Lerche Davis

To run without injury, take a lesson from the Far East. Get focused, loosen up - and get out there. 

To begin running, you don't need buns of steel. You don't need iron muscles. You don't even need a masochistic mindset.

It may surprise you, but even the most sports-challenged of us can become runners, and do it without sustaining injuries.

How? Learn to run using your mind-body connection, drawing from traditional Chinese medicine, explains Danny Dreyer, a nationally ranked ultra-marathon runner in the San Francisco Bay area. He lays out his plan in his book Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running.

Giving triathlons a try

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 10:06 AM 999 Reads

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Walk like a Russian, train like a star

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 09:44 AM 1219 Reads

Walk like a Russian, train like a star

11 Sep 2006

Recreational 10K runners seldom benefit from their exercise regime. Guy Mostyn puts them right

It may be the most popular type of race in the country but the chances are that you're training for it the wrong way. Forget leisurely 30-minute runs around the park. If you want to improve your time for a 10k, you need to sprint for your life.

In order to run a decent 10k, you have to train like an athlete. The first priority is to establish a basic level of fitness over a period of two months or so by exercising two to three times a week. Any aerobic activity will do, not necessarily running.

How to train for your first 5K

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 10:31 PM 2297 Reads

How to train for your first 5K

By Amanda Schuldt

September 12, 2006

The happy medium of races: the 5K. It's not long enough to require endless stamina or endurance, and it's not short enough to be considered a sprint. Just 3.1 miles between the start and finish lines.

Runners look to the plentiful 5K offerings to get a slow introduction to the world of running (both competitive and casual). We've compiled the top 5 categories of tips to help you get started in achieving your goal - from training ideas to local races you'll want to check out.

And just like most hobbies, this is one that's even more fun with a partner. Find someone with a similar fitness level and get running.

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Tapering necessary part of marathon training

Posted by: pshields on Monday, September 11, 2006 - 08:29 AM 2220 Reads

Tapering necessary part of marathon training

September 8, 2006

Roy Pirrung

With nearly 60 marathons scheduled in the month of October you can see why it is sometimes called "marathon month."

It has not reached the point where it is recognized as the "national month of marathon running," but perhaps someday it will.

With more and more people taking on the challenge of running a 26.2-mile race, there are things to be learned from those that have made the mistakes.

One of the biggest mistakes any runner, doing any distance race, can make is to not taper for an all-out effort.

For some, that all-out effort is just finishing a particular distance race.

Tapering has become a science, regarded by the experts as a necessary part of training.

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