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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 01:40 PM 4436 Reads
Comrades training for beginners and regular runners alike
* Why you should be running during July.
The arrival of July signifies the start of a new running year. We now start a brand new training programme designed especially for the beginner, which will detail all the training necessary to partake in next year's Comrades marathon, Comrades 2007!
We also start a new separate training programme for regular Comrades runners, detailing the training they would need for next year's Comrades marathon as well.
I would also like to look at why it is so important to start your training now, in the month of July, in the middle of winter.
Lets first, lets take a look at the training programmes for July 2006:
Posted by: pshields on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 11:36 PM 1233 Reads
Strength and Stability Training for Distance Runners
Posted: June 5, 2006
By Ben Wisbey
Strength training is one of the most commonly discussed topics amongst distance runners, generating great debates with many strong opinions. Should distance runners undertake regular strength training programs?
Strength training is generally associated with hypertrophy, or the increase of muscle mass. This perception turns many runners away from ever undertaking weight training. Runners often fear bulking up, and this dictates opinions and training practices. Obviously increased muscle mass would require the runner to carry this extra weight during both training and racing, and as running does not require high force production, this extra muscle mass would be of little value in terms of performance.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 01:05 PM 1218 Reads
Don't let heat wear you down
BY VIC DORR JR.
June 25, 2006
Take precautions and be prepared when it comes to training runs
Don't feel compelled to burn up the pavement once the summer sun begins to sizzle.
That, in essence, is the advice offered to fledgling marathon runners by Don Garber, the head coach of the Sports Backers' Marathon Training Team. Garber said prudence should - indeed, must - outweigh performance as June melts into July.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 23, 2006 - 02:27 PM 7531 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 11:05 PM 5174 Reads
The Definition of Steady-State Pace Training
June 21, 2006
My definition of steady pace training is relatively slow, continuous long distance running where the aerobic system remains in a steady state with energy demands.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 03:18 PM 3440 Reads
New Power Pouch Helps Runners Stuff Their Bras
June 20, 2006
By SAMANTHA THOMPSON SMITH
If you run, you know the issues: What do I do with my keys? Where can I put my iPod? The power gel? The asthma inhaler? Lauren Grace Updyke knew it so well, she decided to do something about it.
Earlier this year, Updyke, a fitness trainer who lives in Apex, N.C., created a new sports bra called the Power Pouch, which has an easy-access, zippered storage pocket with three compartments on the front, designed to comfortably carry all the workout essentials.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 10:06 AM 1606 Reads
Motivation matters: Reason to run predicts persistence
By Jeannine Stein
June 20, 2006
Some people sign up for marathons for the physical challenge. Others want that shiny medal. And some want to lose weight or draw kudos from their peers. Don't bet on this last group to complete the race.
Those runners tend to drop out even before they reach the starting line, new research on first-time marathoners shows. Lead author Jacob Havenar, a doctoral candidate in the physical activity, nutrition and wellness program at Arizona State University, said his first marathon six years ago made him curious about other runners.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 08:30 AM 7498 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 01:16 PM 1713 Reads
Rookie marathon runners often finish last, researcher discovers
June 15, 2006
Research shows people who run for the wrong reasons often drop out of race before reaching line.
Some people sign up for marathons for the grueling physical challenge. Others want that shiny medal. And some just want to lose weight or draw kudos from their peers. Don't bet on this last group to complete the race.
Those runners tend to drop out even before they reach the starting line, according to new research on first-time marathoners.
Lead author Jacob Havenar, a doctoral candidate in the physical activity, nutrition and wellness program at Arizona State University, says his first marathon six years ago made him curious about other runners.
"I wanted to learn what people's motivations were going into the race," he says. "We see a lot of feel-good stories in running magazines about success stories," but less about the people who never make it to the end.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 08:56 AM 1727 Reads
How To Run Safely
By Beth Cline
June 15, 2006
Tips for running safety, whether preparing for a marathon or just jogging around the neighborhood.
Right now, at least 34,000 runners from across Northern Virginia and around the world are in training for the 2006 Marine Corps Marathon. Thousands more are lacing up their running shoes to meet other personal goals. Some meet on evenings and weekends as part of local training groups. Others are venturing out alone. Proper stretching, footwear and apparel are only part of the necessary preparation to ensure a runner's safety. "Try to run with a partner,"said Mary Kate Bailey, former Marine and 2004 Marine Corps Marathon female winner. "Not only can they encourage you through training, but even on the safest trail, you just never know when you might have an accidental injury or who you might unexpectedly encounter.
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