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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 04:05 AM 1229 Reads
The ultimate goal is to be a runner for life
by Jennifer Duffy
After I shared a sob story Dec. 27 about getting injured, dozens of runners e-mailed with warm wishes, thoughts and advice. Many thanks.
But one runner, Jon Marbry, asked if there's anything I would have done differently, looking back from this vantage point. What, he asked, would I tell a moderately fit person who also wants to run a marathon?
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 04:14 AM 1316 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 08:14 AM 1178 Reads
After the race is a time for more than celebrating
Mary Beth Faller
Jan. 10, 2006
It's hard right now for runners to think much beyond the finish line of Sunday's marathon in Phoenix and Tempe, but there are a few things to keep in mind for those exhilarating hours after it's done (besides celebrating, of course).
Bill Strachan, coach of the AZTECH Training and Racing Club in Phoenix, has advice on what to do immediately after the race, and beyond:
Keep moving. It's the best way to keep blood moving to the leg muscles, which keeps them loose and eases soreness. Walk around after the race, or even take a slow jog. "Muscles will stiffen if you stand still too long, or, even worse, sit or lay down," Strachan says.
Rehydrate and replenish. Drink water and eat something within an hour of finishing, and every two hours thereafter throughout the day. Foods that are easily digested are best, such as bagels and fruit.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 09:28 AM 1058 Reads
Marathon Journal: It's just a lot of running, right?
January 6, 2006
Michael Jannery is a Hopkinton resident
contributing a regular column for the Crier about his experience in training for
the Boston Marathon.
Just to be clear, this column is not a training guide - I'm completely unqualified for that. Rather, it's more of a 'field guide to runners', trying to explain the motivations and actions exhibited by some the crazy athletes you'll see running in snowstorms, ice storms, rain, cold, and dark over the next three to four months.
Posted by: pshields on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 04:03 AM 987 Reads
Garmin's on the run
The Forerunner from Garmin International just keeps getting better.
The newest of the Forerunner line, the 205 and 305 are smaller and more stylish than their predecessors, while adding a better GPS chip and some new functions. The 305, for instance, includes a wireless heart monitor.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 05:04 AM 896 Reads
Words of advice for novice runners
By ANDREA BAILLIE
Running Room founder John Stanton believes in an ongoing lifetime fitness program. (Jeff McIntosh, CP files)
Audacious would-be athletes who plan to add "complete a marathon" to their list of new year's resolutions should exercise caution and common sense, say running experts.
"Goal setting is really important because you don't want to set an unrealistic target and then be disappointed and even hurt yourself," said Bruce Kidd, a former Olympian who is now dean of the faculty of physical education and health at the University of Toronto.
In recent years, marathons have become a matter of course for baby boomers seeking an ultimate fitness experience.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 08:26 AM 953 Reads
Think you can't run a race? Think again
January 03, 2006
In a recent column about a beginning running class at the YMCA, I mentioned that one goal set by some of the participants was to complete a 5K race at the end of our eight-week course. The run we chose was the Grunt Run in Geddes during November.
When the suggestion was made, many let out exclamations of disbelief at the thought of even entering a race, let alone being able to complete it. Discussions during our runs and lectures at times focused on the race. If you think you could never enter a race, think again. Here are five reasons to enter one and some tips for a positive outcome.
Working toward a goal to complete a race, even a short one, may be what you need to reach the next level. Training for a race will give you something to look forward to and make you focus your training to be more specific. It may be the incentive you need to begin running, continue running or stay with it.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 12:36 AM 3164 Reads
Are the Atkins, Zone, and South Beach Diets Slowing you Down??
By Kimberly Mueller-Brown, MS, RD
January 5, 2006
Many runners are jumping on the latest dietary crazes foregoing carbohydrate rich foods such as pasta, bagels, fruits, vegetables, and good ole Cheerios to slim down and enhance their health. Yet are these diets more destructive to their wellbeing? The truth about carbohydrate composition and its effects on running performance are revealed.
Here are the top ten reasons why high carbohydrate diets win the race.
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 11:55 AM 893 Reads
Runners find balance with Chi
by Jennifer Duffy
When Mark Wallis runs, his chin is up, his core is engaged, and his body leans forward from the ankles. But that's not all. His arms swing at a 90-degree angle and when you stand behind him, you can see the bottom of his running shoes with each step. He looks as if gravity is pulling him forward and his body effortlessly follows the natural order.
He practices ChiRunning, a concept developed by Danny Dreyer that incorporates the principles of tai chi into running. Dreyer's book is called "ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running" (Fireside, $14).
Chi, in Chinese philosophy and traditional medicine, is the circulating life energy inherent in all living things. The balance of negative and positive forms in the body is thought to bring good health. ChiRunning teaches runners proper posture and body alignment to propel the body along with less energy and less impact.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 06:59 AM 1272 Reads
Last-minute race day tips
Mary Beth Faller
Jan. 3, 2006
It's "taper" time for those in marathon training - when runners cut back on the miles to allow the body to become fully healed and rested for the big day on Jan. 15.
That leaves more time to think - and get nervous.
Here are last-minute tips to keep your focus for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon: advertisement
This week and next
-It's normal to feel anxious about whether you're prepared, says Richard Stark, coach of the Running Arizona training program. "But don't try to get extra miles in. It won't help, and it could hurt."
-If you haven't practiced visualization, start now. Lisa Schumacher, a sports psychology consultant with Scottsdale Sports Medicine, says: "Break the race up into segments and picture yourself finishing those goals - the next band, the next aid station." You can also tape positive affirmations onto your cubicle or mirror this week, or photos of people finishing a marathon, she suggests.
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