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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 04:47 AM 1126 Reads
Part of good training is going downhill fast
July 27, 2005
Some folks view downhill running as nothing more than a break from the demands of steep uphills and long, gradual inclines.
But what you may not know is that training fast on the downhill can make you faster on the flats, less sore after a run and more confident at race time.
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 04:35 AM 992 Reads
Knowing When to Stop Your Workouts
Posted: July 10, 2005
I really felt it this morning! I had run very well for 70 minutes, cruising easily on forest trails, soaring up hills, gliding on the downslopes - with no traffic or other runners to thwart my 5:45-A.-M. progress. As I rounded the last corner leading to my house, with just a half-block to go, the urge suddenly became extremely strong: I wanted to keep going! My energy level had soared, and I felt very economical and powerful. I wanted to accelerate down the street, blast across the neighborhood park, and hook up with the nearby river trail for three to four more miles of hard running.
Instead, I fed my dogs, and I'm glad I did it.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 04:21 AM 1244 Reads
Want to have a successful run? Take these tips from the vets
By Jeremy Speer
The end of the race is in sight, but your body is telling you it is over now.
Sweat is dripping from your brow as your tired feet continue to hit the pavement in a synchronized rhythm.
Visions of a strong race dance in your head, but will you be able to gut it out enough to attain your goals?
Hundreds of runners will experience these feelings Saturday morning in Gaylord, as the 29th annual Alpenfest Run returns to the streets of the Alpine Village.
Runners of all ages and ability levels will embark upon the 12-kilometer or five-kilometer courses all with different goals and expectations.
Even the veteran runners know how draining a run can be.
"I've been there," said former Gaylord High School distance standout and current Lake Superior State runner Chris Olds. "You reach that point where your mind is telling you that you don't have anything left but your body does."
A strong mental attitude and proper training and diet are a couple of weapons used in battling this feeling.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, July 25, 2005 - 04:16 AM 1024 Reads
Running: It really is 'fitness made simple'
Posted on Thu, Jul. 21, 2005
Mike Dove and Don Buraglio
The Running Life This week Don Buraglio looks at "Fitness Made Simple," and decides there is even a simpler way.
Running is a true grassroots sport, without need for world-famous professionals or high-profile celebrities to stimulate widespread interest. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for many home-workout programs.
For example, I can't get away from John Basedow. Almost every time my television is on, I see a commercial for one of his home workout videos. He promises that by following the exercise routines and nutritional tips (that he himself practices!), you can sculpt a physique similar to his in just a short period of time.
Posted by: pshields on Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 08:04 PM 1047 Reads
Their workouts go swimmingly
Deep-water running: 'unbelievable' exercise with no jarring stress on joints
By Tom Dunkel
July 22, 2005
Take it into a jog! It's a hard two-minute jog," barks Katie Honaker.
"Every 15 seconds reverse direction. You want to make these reversals as fast as possible. Knees high! ... At the end of this 15 seconds, run it hard to the wall."
Sounds like a track coach putting her team through a tough practice. Only there's not much solid ground in sight, let alone a track.
Honaker, a group instructor at the Maryland Athletic Club in Timonium, is pacing the side of a pool, exhorting 18 members to keep themselves moving and their hearts pumping.
This isn't your basic laid-back aqua aerobics class. It's called "Deep Water Running." Think of it, in the lexicon of water sports, as synchronized sweating.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 03:09 PM 1095 Reads
Crosstraining 101 - How to Use Crosstraining to Become a Better Runner
Who Can Benefit from Crosstraining? Almost every runner can benefit, in some way, from crosstraining.
* New runners * Experienced Runners * Marathoners and Ultramarathoners * Trail Runners * Injured (and Recovering) Runners * Travelling Runners * Runners in Extreme Weather Conditions
For the beginner who is only able to run a couple times a week, crosstraining can build the cardiovascular system and prevent overuse injuries and injuries from muscle imbalances. A new runner could benefit from alternating running days with days of other sports (like swimming or yoga) to extend fitness, minimize injury, and loosen tight muscles. Beginners (and others) who run most days in a week but run for short amounts of time (less than 40 minutes/day) can also receive these same benefits by adding crosstraining to one or two of their shortest runs.
More experienced runners can especially benefit from upper body work (through strength training, swimming, rowing, or some other arm-specific sport).
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 12:01 PM 941 Reads
Summer sports reading
By: BECKY FREEMAN
In case you haven't noticed it's hot ---- and indoor activities are not merely preferred, but are almost necessary when the temperature surges into triple digits.
In response, I started reading more than normal, and thought I would share with you three sports-related books that I found amusing:
'The Perfect Mile'
By: Neal Bascomb
Overview: A documentary of the three men who set out to break the four-minute mile barrier in the 1950s ---- Britain's Roger Bannister, Australia's John Landy, and American Wes Santee. Each man takes a different approach to the goal, each follows a different training regime, and each has other interests and ambitions outside of running.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 03:15 PM 1139 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 01:47 PM 1111 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 09:26 AM 1122 Reads
There's no reason to fear summer
July 12, 2005
BY BILL LAITNER
Allow me to be contrarian: Summer is your friend.
Yes, I've heard of heat stroke.
And heard of exercisers dropping in the sun -- like the 60-year-old man who collapsed while running last month. He was taken to Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, then released after a night of observation.
"He seemed to be properly hydrated," a hospital spokeswoman told me. He received no special advice other than: Next time you feel faint, please stop running! A good rule for anyone, at any time.
But those who use common sense can find that now's a great time to exercise outside.
First, we don't need bulky clothing. We're safer, too, with nothing slippery underfoot and often some company along our path. And all the while, drivers are seeing us clearly in the long hours of daylight. We're also at less injury risk because our muscles are pre-warmed by the heat.
Finally, it's just a lot more relaxing to run now than in the cold, as long as there's water to drink -- before, during and after a workout.
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