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Marathoners Warned About Too Much Water

Posted by: pshields on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 02:53 PM 1273 Reads

Marathoners Warned About Too Much Water

October 20, 2005

Correction Appended

Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, the medical director for the New York City Marathon and marathons in San Diego, Phoenix, Nashville and Virginia Beach, said he was taking every opportunity this year to educate runners about the biggest threat to their lives on race day - drinking too much water.

He knows the danger: in their zeal to avoid becoming dehydrated, runners may end up drinking so much that they dilute their blood. Water rushes into cells, including cells of the brain. The swollen brain cells press against the skull, and the result can be fatal. The resulting condition is known as hyponatremia - too much water.

"There are no reported cases of dehydration causing death in the history of world running," Maharam said. "But there are plenty of cases of people dying of hyponatremia."

Do training groups for marathon runners work?

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 04:02 AM 1063 Reads

Do training groups for marathon runners work?

Oct 19, 2005

by Doug Cutter

With the SunTrust Richmond Marathon coming Nov. 12, it's a good time to focus on the advantages and disadvantages of marathon preparation groups.

Not too many years ago, marathons were primarily made up of runners with many years and miles of running under their belts. Now, there are a number of first- or second-time marathoners.

Many novice runners have joined training groups. They're coached by experienced runners who guide them through the proper progression of mileage increments, expose them to similar race conditions, and offer information on nutrition and injury prevention and treatment.

This support is a huge advantage. in preparing for a marathon. However, despite this training, quite a few novice runners get injured.

Speed work boosts efficiency, burns fat and improves form

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 04:08 AM 932 Reads

Speed work boosts efficiency, burns fat and improves form

Mary Beth Faller

Oct. 18, 2005
Running fast makes you faster.

Well, yes, of course. But running fast, or "speed work," as it's known among running geeks, is a good marathon-training tool for several reasons.

"It improves our form," says Melissa Pearce, a coach for the First Marathon training program in Gilbert. "Your body has to become effective. You learn not to overswing your arms." advertisement

Also, speed work boosts your body's ability to use oxygen efficiently.

Shin splints may signal need for a break

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 02:16 AM 876 Reads

Shin splints may signal need for a break

By Linda Buch

Q: I started running as a teenager. Shin splints were an occasional problem. Now I am in my 50s and just a fast-walker, but still suffer from shin splints if I increase my mileage. Can shin splints be avoided or remedied?

-J. Sprinter, Denver

Tactics just as crucial as stamina in the long run

Posted by: pshields on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 12:57 PM 1078 Reads

Tactics just as crucial as stamina in the long run


In three weeks, Evan Jager likely will run the biggest race of his high school career.

The Jacobs junior will step to the starting line at the IHSA State Cross Country Meet as one of the favorites in the Class AA boys race.

The whole morning in Peoria might seem like some out-of-body experience.

The nervous energy might make it difficult for Jager to eat, his stomach churning like a load of laundry.

The anticipation will become almost unbearable, as over and over and over again Jager will think about everything: The Detweiller Park course, his race plan and the other contenders (who are poring over the same things in their minds).

Then, the starters' pistol will ring out with a bang, releasing all that pressure as if a pin pricked a balloon.

"When the gun goes off, all the nervousness goes away, and you're just running," Jager said.

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Get Active, Get Fit: A Program for Success

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 04:49 AM 923 Reads

Get Active, Get Fit: A Program for Success

By Daniel Taverne

October 11, 2005

How many times have you flipped through the channels on your TV and run across some energetic young man or woman hollering at you, 'Come on! You can do it! Keep it up!. And 2 and 3, and 1'' I know I run across them all the time. Watching the performance of people such as these makes the exercises they are doing look quite easy. However, when I try to mimic what I see on the television, I usually end up with my legs tied up in a knot, my shoulder dislocated, and whip-lash! It's no wonder that I get discouraged while attempting to keep up, and since many people feel the same way I do about the subject, I feel compelled to share the knowledge I used to implement my own 'easy' military type master fitness training' regimen with anyone who wants to listen.

When I was in the Army, I attended a master fitness trainer workshop. This workshop taught us the fundamentals of exercise, the knowledge of which can be used to help you create your own work out. Note: Always consult your doctor prior to beginning any exercise regimen.

An important principle to consider when exercising is the F.I.T.T. principle. Each letter in 'FITT' stands for an element of the principle.

Mentors and tormentors

Posted by: pshields on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 04:06 AM 970 Reads

Mentors and tormentors

by Dr Lindsay Weight 

10 October 2005

A while ago I heard a female athlete say somewhat fervently in a TV interview that 'whatever her coach was telling her, it must be working'. This athlete had just run two marathons within a fortnight, both to within a minute or so of her personal best time.

However her main goal was an ultramarathon three weeks hence. Any reasonably competent advisor of athletes would know that two raced marathons in a close succession is not part of a winning formula. Any experienced athlete would know that too.

We've been talking about coaches and coaching for the past few weeks, and more particularly why good coaches have an important role in the development of athletes at levels. However, an unanswered question is whether male coaches are the best option of female runners. As sports psychologist Prof Helgo Schomer says "does a man's world inform a woman's".

After marathon, give yourself lots of time to recover

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 07:22 AM 951 Reads

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What Do You Mean, Running Incorrectly?

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 01:44 PM 974 Reads

What Do You Mean, Running Incorrectly?

By Rob Mason

October 11, 2005

C.L. (Cliff) Trule has been a personal trainer at Lifestyle Family Fitness Centers for the past three years. During a recent workout, I overheard him telling his student that 80 percent of runners don't run correctly.

Needless to say this sparked my interest and I had to inquire. First, I wanted to know his background.

Trule said that when he was in high school, at Lakeland and Lake Gibson, he wanted to be a boxer. But he got into an incident where he took a shot in the chest. That changed his plans.

"That's exactly what led me into fitness," Trule said. "I got into massage therapy. Then my instructor suggested that I learn more about fitness to help myself.

Study shows brisk walking is a good way to stay fit

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 02:47 PM 952 Reads

Study shows brisk walking is a good way to stay fit


Oct 10, 2005
No pain but some gain?

It's possible, say Duke University Medical Center exercise scientists who got 133 area "couch potatoes" to participate in what may be an internationally important research study.

Using carefully measured data, such as changes in the body's oxygen-use efficiency, the researchers showed that walking briskly for 12 miles a week is enough for fitness. The study was published Monday in the online medical journal Chest.

Increasing the mileage and/or increasing the effort, however, give even greater health benefits, even without any weight loss.

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