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Got a minute? Fitness that fits your schedule

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 01:32 PM 2169 Reads

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Mini-Review: Garmin Forerunner 301 Wrist-Top GPS/heart rate monitor

Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 12:48 PM 1305 Reads

Mini-Review: Garmin Forerunner 301 Wrist-Top GPS/heart rate monitor

Mon Jun 13 2005

by Morgan Fanberg

I do a bit of running, but was sick for the month I had the Garmin Forerunner 301 to review; so, I had my fitness buff coworker, Morgan Fanberg from the Fanberg Report, give it a go, and he was quite impressed with it.

The Garmin Forerunner 301 on my wrist

The Garmin Forerunner 301 is a runner's dream. It is a small, compact training device that allows the user to monitor pace, heart rate, elevation, distance, and a number of averages. Upon first glance, any runner would love to have this device just for the ability to determine one's distance without having to get in the car to mark miles. Combined with log book software, Garmin has developed what seems like the perfect running companion.

Overcoming stress fractures

Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 04:08 AM 2032 Reads

Overcoming stress fractures

By Dr. Andy Baldwin

Four weeks ago I learned I have a stress fracture of the tibia in my right leg. I am not your typical triathlete: 6'3" and 240 pounds (at the beginning of the season). I am relatively new to triathlons and am training for my third sprint (with hopes of an Olympic distance this fall).

Last season I was heavier and running more and was injury free. This year I am in better shape, running less with new shoes and wham, injury.

Since the stress-fracture diagnosis, I have not run and have been solely focusing on swimming and biking. I miss the convenience and intensity of running. What advice would you recommend to help me get back on the road and avoid re-injury.

Sincerely, Peter Eden Prairie, MN

For fancy feet, take off your shoes

Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 01:31 AM 926 Reads

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It's never too late to start training

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 08:22 AM 870 Reads

It's never too late to start training



This week I'd like to address those of you who, for various reasons (some legitimate) allowed their training to fall by the wayside, or worse, never started.

You may believe that with less than three weeks until race day, your dream of crossing the Run For Your Life finish line is over. Not true. It's still possible to safely train to participate on July 4th. Let's discuss how.

Scenario one. You began the 10K training program and were training regularly up until two to three weeks ago when: Work got too hectic, you moved, the kids had their multiple end-of-the-year concerts/field trips/awards ceremonies and/or soccer season began.

Fitness in 6 Minutes a Week

Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 03:05 AM 1166 Reads

Fitness in 6 Minutes a Week

A Few Intense Sprints as Good as an Hour of Jogging, Study Says

By Daniel DeNoon
Friday, June 03, 2005

If you don't exercise because it takes too long, find another excuse.

Just six minutes of intense exercise a week can keep people as fit as three hour-long jogs, Canadian researchers report in the June issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Is there a catch? Of course. Those six minutes come from four 30-second bursts of all-out effort with four-minute rests in between each sprint. This "sprint interval training" adds up to three 20-minute sessions a week, says Martin J. Gibala, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

"Interval-type training is effective for improving health and fitness in a relatively short period of time," Gibala tells WebMD. "Whether you are already active or just getting into it, you can benefit. People can choose whether they want to exercise faster or exercise longer."

Running is a healthy, reasonably safe way for children to exercise

Posted by: pshields on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 09:53 AM 1006 Reads

Running is a healthy, reasonably safe way for children to exercise


Saturday, Jun 11, 2005

I was given a report of comments to an article in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine about children running marathons.

Most of the standard advice is that the marathon distance of 26.2 miles is to far for a child under the age of 18 to run. There are cases where children of ages 10-to-12 have run marathons and have suffered no injurious affects from running this long distance.

One of the responders was a medical director of the Twin Cities Marathon for 22 years and mentioned that he had not seen any adverse injury patterns with children as young as 10. He did offer several guidelines for younger children running marathons and several of these items included advice for parents or coaches to offer younger runners.

If you suspect your immune system is getting flabby, toughen it up with nutrient

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 04:10 AM 1085 Reads

If you suspect your immune system is getting flabby, toughen it up with nutrients

Posted: May 27, 2005

Janet Pidcock

As regular readers of PEAK PERFORMANCE will be aware, taking part in sport - particularly endurance sport - may be at a cost to your immune system. It seems that highly active sports competitors and athletes are more prone to infectious diseases. You may live longer, but you could suffer more than your fair share of colds and flu in the process.

It was over 20 years ago that people started to suspect that exercise could be damping down the immune system. Medics began to notice a pattern in colleges and schools whereby sports team members and athletes were more likely than their couch-potato colleagues to go down with infectious illnesses. In the mid-80s, a large study based in Washington was published showing that respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal infections and skin complaints were at least twice as common among sports competitors than in the public at large.

Mastering that final mile

Posted by: pshields on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 04:07 AM 1041 Reads

Mastering that final mile

May 28, 2005

Brevard's top road runners talk about how to break third-mile barrier

Melbourne's Doug Butler, the cross country coach at Holy Trinity, traditionally is a contender in any 5K race he runs.

But it's not just about talent, especially as Butler has graduated into masters racing.

Years of trial, error and judgment have brought Butler where he can do this: In late April, two weeks after suffering a torn hamstring, he went ahead and raced in the Flamingo 5K and clicked off a finish of 17:11 to win the masters title.

Mere mortals couldn't run that time with years of training. Butler pulled it off with a severe injury.

How did he do it? By using his head as much as his legs. Going out under control and pacing himself throughout the event rather than blowing it by running too fast, too early.

That's one of the big secrets to running a successful 5K.

FREE to Run

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 05:06 AM 1351 Reads

FREE to Run

By Richard Haddad

Posted: May 26, 2005

One hot summer day in June 2002, senior researcher Jeff Pisciotta set up the Nike Sports Research Lab (NSRL) on a grassy soccer field. Twenty runners, ten men and ten women, taped pressure-measuring pedar insoles to their forty bare feet. Two high-speed cameras took timed images of each foot in motion, while timing gates insured a running velocity of 7:30 minutes per mile.

On that soccer field, Piscotta and the rest of Nike's Innovation kitchen measured what happens when you run barefoot on the grass. They learned that the foot performs at its highest levels when it is uncovered - when it is Free. After two years of work, the results of the experiment culminated in the Nike Free 5.0.

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