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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 04:09 AM 1955 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 04:18 AM 1697 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 04:27 AM 1525 Reads
What To Do On A Bad Day
By Owen Anderson, Ph. D.
September 2, 2005
It's a question as old as training itself: What should one do on a high-quality training day when the scheduled workout starts very badly'
Is it best to knock out the planned intervals as well as possible, even though the pace maintained is significantly slower than expected' Would it be better to cancel the entire-day's proceedings, postponing the high-intensity work until some later date' Is the answer perhaps to run for close to the desired volume, without making any attempt to elevate intensity of effort' Should one do half the number of scheduled intervals' One-third'
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 04:13 AM 1159 Reads
Keeping ageing brains on top form
By Olivia Johnson
There is plenty to do to keep an agile mind Older people should get out there and get the heart pumping if they want to stay sharp of mind, scientists say.
Studies of the ageing brain have shown mental decline is not inevitable and there are plenty of activities people can do to keep it together "up top".
A healthy diet, aerobic exercise and mental stimulation all helped to keep the mind young, researchers emphasised at a conference in Dublin.
In contrast, prolonged stress and social isolation act to age the brain.
"Neuroscience researchers have made important discoveries that will help keep our brains functioning optimally," Professor Ian Robertson told the British Association's Festival of Science which this year is being held in the Irish capital.
Professor Robertson, dean of research at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, highlighted aerobic exercise as a vital contributor to maintaining brain function as the body ages.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 06:38 AM 1639 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 06:51 AM 1602 Reads
Running on sand has challenges, rewards
Sept. 7, 2005
For nearly 40 years, Ron Lawrence ran on sandy beaches as part of his marathon training. He loved inhaling the salty air and listening to the sounds of crashing waves as he got in shape.
Now 80, Lawrence still runs once a week in ritzy Broad Beach in Malibu at low tide when the sand is hard-packed.
"There's nothing like running on the beach," said Lawrence, a retired doctor and 13-time Boston Marathon competitor. "It's a wonderful sensation." advertisement
With more than 100 miles of sun-kissed beaches, Southern California has always been a runner's paradise. Many hard-core runners flock to the Pacific coastline to leave their footprints in the sand, jogging and sprinting under a dawning sky or setting sun.
But beach running can be a challenging workout.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 05:27 AM 1441 Reads
Fat-Burning Tune Up Debate Lively Over Attempts to Boost Metabolism
By Gary White
September 6, 2005
If you want proof of life's unfairness, just look at the matter of metabolism. Some people seem born with supercharged metabolic rates, allowing them to subsist entirely on fettucine alfredo and chocolate without ever gaining an ounce. Others seem born with sluggish metabolic rates that keep them from losing weight despite earnest attempts at exercise and healthy eating.
"There is a great deal of variability in resting metabolic rate between individuals," says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. "There is truth to the statement you'll hear people say: `It seems like if I look at a donut I gain weight,' vs. a person who can eat a dozen donuts and seemingly not gain an ounce."
But does that mean we are all predestined to our physiological fates? Or is it possible for a metabolic tortoise to transform itself into a hare?
The good news from fitness professionals is that exercise can positively affect metabolism -- the rate at which the body burns calories. The bad news is the effect has definite limits.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 05:04 PM 1992 Reads
Time to get ready for half marathon
Don Burgalio and Mike Dove
Sep. 01, 2005
Local runners are privileged to have one of the most scenic and well-organized half marathons in the country right here on the Monterey Peninsula. If you are thinking of running, the time to prepare is right now, because the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is only nine weeks away, on Nov. 6. There is also an untimed, noncompetitive 10-mile walk for those who prefer enjoying the scenery at a more leisurely pace.
A half-marathon offers something for every type of runner. It presents novice runners a difficult yet attainable goal to test the waters of distance running. For recreational runners, it is a good test of overall fitness and stamina that does not require the months of disciplined training that the marathon requires.
For advanced runners, it is an excellent test of their ability to perform at a high level for an extended period of time. Marathon runners use the half-marathon to work on their speed and practice race pace, while 5K and 10K runners use it to build their endurance.
Here are some basic guidelines for your half marathon preparation, whether you are a beginner just trying to complete the distance, or an experienced runner looking to improve your race time.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 08:43 AM 1194 Reads
Experts explain what it takes to run a marathon
By Mason Kelley
During the final 5 or 6 miles of a marathon, strange things start to happen. One minute, the sense of euphoria becomes overwhelming. It's as if the road becomes a runner's personal sanctuary. But within minutes, those feelings change. Finishing the race doesn't seem like an option, because you don't want to go another step.
Until a runner crosses the finish line, those feelings fade in and out more often than a radio signal in Nebraska.
"The final few miles is quite different than any other feeling you've ever had," said Tom Cotner, who coaches marathoners in Seattle and is an administrator for USA track and field.
For many, the sense of euphoria is what drives them to keep participating. The sensation only gets better after reaching the finish line. It is a feeling that will be abundant during the Pocatello Marathon, sponsored by the Idaho State Journal, Saturday.
"You almost always feel extremely satisfied because it is such a hard endeavour," Cotner said.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 04:08 AM 1936 Reads
Finding the Perfect Shoe
By T.J. Murphy
Pearl Izumi SyncroShift XCR
A supportive, highly durable training shoe that will handle all the weather you can. A firm, responsive midsole encased in a rearfoot bracing 'syncroframe' keeps things under control, and a web of plastic reinforces the toe of the shoe for the mud and rock of the trail. The feel can best be described as snug with a nice, cushioned pop off the footstrike. $120, www.pearliaumi.com
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