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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 06:36 AM 3823 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Friday, August 12, 2005 - 05:24 AM 2772 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 04:15 AM 9728 Reads
Why do I get flu-like symptoms after a run?
By Kay Quinn
Anyone training for a 3-K, 5-K or even a marathon, probably loves the level of fitness they're achieving. But many long distance runners also have to deal with the discomfort of unwanted pit stops.
An estimated 20 to 50 percent of runners are bothered by flu-like symptoms during and after a run. Experts say it goes by the nickname "runner's trot."
Many runners say there's nothing like the rush of endorphins that comes with a run. But it's also not unusual for them to be bothered by leg cramps, fatigue and diarrhea.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 02:33 PM 1365 Reads
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 03:30 AM 1563 Reads
Is running a marathon healthful?
By Michele Munz
Susan Darcy had a good friend who had just turned 50 and did one. And then all her friends in her running and walking group did it, too.
She and her husband, Mike, were running only about 10 miles a week, but they figured if others could do one, they could do it too.
So this spring, they joined the increasing number of people running marathons as they finished the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.
"I think it was just to prove to myself that I could do it," said Darcy, 51, of Webster Groves.
The grueling 26.2-mile race used to be for the fittest of the fit, the seasoned athletes with mega miles of running under their belts.
But now, people of all sizes, ages and skills are taking on the challenge.
"Everybody and their grandma wants to run a marathon," said Ryan Llamppa with Running USA, a professional association devoted to improving the status of road racing and long-distance running.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, August 07, 2005 - 01:16 AM 1252 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 07:05 AM 1422 Reads
Running isn't just for fun
5 April 2005
by Alan Buckingham
A long-distance runner on how events like the London Marathon are being sanitised and slowed down.
It might seem that British distance running has much to celebrate on 17 April; it's the twenty-fifth London Marathon, and the world's top female distance runner - Paula Radcliffe - will be running the course in an attempt to break her world's best time. The popularity of distance running cannot be in doubt either. More than 98,000 people entered the ballot to secure one of the 25,000 places in this year's Flora London Marathon, and many running clubs have seen their membership swell over the past few years.
Yet in real terms there has been a precipitous decline in the standards of British elite and club runners since the 1980s. One cause of the decline is that distance running - an activity which involves endurance, struggle and pain - rests at odds with the current popular discourse of the attenuated self: the vulnerable individual who needs to be protected by an overbearing state. The second cause is that running is being choked by charity raising and the anti-competitive ethos that goes with it.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 03:50 AM 1712 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 04:34 AM 1485 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 02:36 PM 1590 Reads
Athletes Feel the Burn, Digitally With Devices That Track Exercise Rates
Web Coaches Are Just an Upload Away
The world of exercise is increasingly being shaped by data: Heart- rate monitors for the masses came out years ago; then there were bicycle computers, little devices that track speed, average speed, distance, time and revolutions per minute. The latest gadget for the data-driven workout, at least for cyclists, is the power meter. Power meters use sensors in the hub of the rear wheel to calculate how many watts of power are being generated. They also give all the other data a cyclist might want heart rate, maximum heart rate, average heart rate, revolutions per minute, time, speed and average speed. After a ride, you can upload the data to a computer and see color-coded graphs of your performance.
Cyclists have perhaps the most tools to monitor themselves. But there are gadgets for every type of activity. Runners time themselves and monitor their heart rates, of course, but they also can use global positioning sensors to measure speed and distance. Moderate exercisers can clip pedometers onto their belts to measure the number of steps they take each day.
Now companies are offering Web-based tools to make it even easier for people to track their efforts.
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