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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 01:41 PM 1180 Reads
Pulse watches and electronic jogging shirts changing training methods
By Florian Oertel
August 30, 2006
Technological innovations are slowly changing simple recreational sports like jogging. In the past, going for a jog just meant simply pulling on a pair of sneakers. Today, amateur sports enthusiasts can draw on a range of gadgets to help them get fitter, faster.
Pulse watches and high-tech training shoes are now a firm part of a jogger's armoury. Experts agree these products are useful, but that they also have their limits.
Is fitness getting more technical? "Definitely," says Professor Ingo Froboese of the German High School for Sport in Cologne. "And it's mainly amateur sports people who are taking to modern technology."
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 02:49 PM 1112 Reads
Brain Farts:-Mental Hang-Ups That Hold Triathletes Back
August 29, 2006
Almost every triathlete has a funny (in retrospect) story about a bonehead rookie mistake they made in their first triathlon. But as you become a veteran of the sport, are you still making mistakes that are holding you back- Let's look at common mental hang-ups that hold triathletes back and how to free yourself of them-increasing your success going forward.
Fear of Resting
You have probably heard it a million times: It is not your workouts that make you better. Workouts only provide a specific stress to your body. While resting, your body adapts to this stress and grows stronger. It is the combination of workout stress and rest that results in improvement.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 02:42 PM 901 Reads
By Bob Cooper
Tune up for your next big event with a shorter one--and you may even PR twice.
Three weeks before Deena Kastor became the first U.S. woman to crash the 2:20 barrier, at the 2006 London Marathon, she ran an American record (1:07:34) at the Berlin Half-Marathon. Three weeks before winning the Chicago Marathon last October, she won the Philadelphia half.
Notice a pattern? Kastor used the half-marathons three weeks out from her main events as a "tune-up"--a shorter distance to prepare mentally and physically for the marathon. Tune-up races are as important to Kastor and other elite runners as dress rehearsals are to professional stage actors. "With all the time I spend on monotonous training," says Kastor, "I tend to lose some of my competitiveness. Tune-up races give me that fire back. Plus, they let me practice the eating, drinking, and thinking before a race." The shorter races let you sharpen your pacing, fine-tune your fueling, and rehearse the mental strategies you need to propel you to success. And they prepare your body for the hard effort. "Tune-up races push your aerobic system and teach your muscles to clear out lactic acid," says Zika Palmer, an exercise physiologist and a 2:41 marathoner.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 12:01 PM 895 Reads
The best way to get into gear
By Steve Bond
August 24, 2006
Now that we can imagine cooler days coming in these final days of August, with fall on the way, it's less daunting to consider starting to run as a form of exercise.
But where can one go to get the information necessary to do it "right" and have the best chance of achieving the goals set?
Bits and pieces can be found here and there, such as in this column or online.
For someone interested in getting into running, a great place to find information on many aspects of beginning running is in a book by Jeff Galloway, titled Running - Getting Started, which is available in softcover, priced at $17.95.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 12:44 AM 891 Reads
By Amby Burfoot
27th Aug 06
You can predict your marathon time based on how long it takes you to run 800 meters. Don't believe it? The secret lies in Yasso 800s.
When physicists discover a new subatomic particle, they claim the right to name it. Same with astronomers. Locate a new star out there in the way beyond, and you can name it anything you want: Clarence, Sarah, Mork or even Mindy.
I think runners, coaches and writers should be able to do the same. And I'm going to take this opportunity to invoke the privilege.
Last fall I discovered an amazing new marathon workout. Amazing, because it's the simplest marathon workout you've ever heard. (And simplicity in marathon training, as in physics and astronomy, is much to be prized.) Amazing, because I'm convinced it actually works.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 04:04 AM 981 Reads
Weights give you new dimension
By Tara Pipia
August 24, 2006
"If you don't cross-train, you'll get injured." That's the warning Jean Halahan gave a crowd of runners at a recent meeting of the Orange Runners Club. Halahan, a physical education teacher and tennis instructor, knows her stuff. She's currently ranked second in the world for age 35-and-over singles and mixed doubles in the International Racquetball Federation.
The Middletown resident knows what it's like to excel in one sport, but she also realizes the dangers of focusing on a single activity. She's experienced a variety of racquetball-related injures ranging from shoulder and elbow pain, to recent wrist problems.
Weight training, says Halahan, is a great supplemental activity for runners. "You'd be surprised how weight training can improve your running," she said.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 04:14 AM 1147 Reads
By T.C. MITCHELL
August 23, 2006
Anthony Orot had a tendency to spill the contents of his belly on the trail while competing in cross-country running last year. He came up with a simple solution.
"I hate puking, and I puked during all the races last year," he said after practice last week at East High School. "So I stopped eating."
Sure enough, the puking stopped. And so did his progress. His 5-kilometer times got worse.
Now the 16-year-old eats cups of noodles.
It's a start.
"He just hasn't figured it out yet," said his coach, Lisa Keller.
"I've worked with him since he was a freshman. We've been going through a number of things to figure out what keeps him fueled."
Getting teenagers to eat usually isn't that much of a task. The task for Keller and all high school coaches is making the athletes understand what to eat and, maybe as important, when to eat.
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 04:01 AM 973 Reads
Races give incentive to recreational runners
by DANIELLE AUSTEN
22nd Aug 2006
What: Outdoor race training for general exercisers.
Whom it is for: Running a local short distance race is a good opportunity for general exercisers who enjoy running to set a goal, stick with a training routine and enjoy the benefits of training and the thrill of finishing a race.
Why compete: Training for a race is a way to challenge yourself and push for maximum performance as you strengthen your body and build endurance.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 04:01 AM 1045 Reads
Guide for the rookie runner / Don't walk, run. Always
By Yossi Melman
As promised, this week the column is dedicated to a training program for people who have no ambitions of running a marathon and are satisfied with a distance of 15 kilometers. Just to jog (as it were) your memory - marathon runners have already embarked on a different, more intensive program. You, the short-distance runners, have thus far completed a two-week basic training program, running two or three times a week for up to half an hour and covering about four kilometers on every run. The program is aimed at becoming accustomed to a pace, becoming acquainted with your body and suiting your breathing to your movement. In effect, you have done what is recommended for every machine before putting it to regular use: breaking it in.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 01:05 PM 1461 Reads
Registered Dietician Offers Nutrition Advice for Successful Marathon Training
21st Aug 06
Any runner will tell you the key to successfully completing a marathon is training - which involves more than miles and muscles.
"Consuming enough fluids and carbohydrates is one aspect of training but following other proper nutrition tips can be a key to marathon success," said registered dietician and American Dietetic Association spokesperson Lisa Dorfman.
Dorfman, who has competed for more than two decades in running and triathlon events, will be one of the thousands of runners expected to participate in the Maui Marathon on Sunday, September 17. She also will be one of nearly 10,000 registered dieticians and other nutrition professionals who are attending the American Dietetic Association's 2006 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, being held September 16-19 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
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