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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 08:13 AM 1799 Reads
Exercise habits that irritate fitness professionals
By Rick Polito
IN FITNESS, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. But a lot of knowledge can be downright aggravating.
Anybody who acquires any level of expertise in any pursuit of fitness soon learns one fundamental truth: Nobody's doing it right. Too many people are flubbing their form, tripping over their technique.
For the accomplished expert, it can be painful to watch.
We asked some of Marin's fitness professionals what mistakes they see every day, what bit of bad biomechanics causes them to cringe.
Here is some of what they had to say.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 04:20 AM 1353 Reads
An ounce of prevention
Monday, April 25, 2005
By LISA ANN WILLIAMSON
Strength and flexibility are the keys to running injury-free
Clicking is not the sound you want to hear coming from your knee.
Just ask Tracie Fitzpatrick of Great Kills.
As one of the members of Advance Team 25, Ms. Fitzpatrick was pleased to increase her running time and join a core group of runners recently out at Great Kills Park.
The sense of accomplishment had felt so good, in fact, that she went out the next three days, despite a nagging ache in both knees, especially in the right one.
"I did three days kind of hard and then I was limping," said Ms. Fitzpatrick, recalling her injury. "I had been clicking for some time."
First she self-diagnosed and purchased knees braces at CVS Pharmacy and then at Modell's Sports. When she got little relief, Ms. Fitzpatrick called her orthopedist for a consult.
"He said I probably did too much, too soon," she said. "It could be arthritis or tendonitis."
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 05:06 AM 2587 Reads
To blast calories, running is a winner
April 29, 2005
Want to lose that winter weight?
"As far as minute for minute of exercise, if your goal is to burn calories, running is going to be your best choice," says Ronnie Carda, a charter member of the UW-Madison Running Club, for which he serves as workout adviser. He's also coordinator of the physical education activity program at the UW-Madison department of kinesiology (the study of body motions and the forces acting on them).
Jogging is an easier and safer activity than exercise myths would have you believe. The benefits of running have been well known for some time, and many of us would indeed take it up if only there were something to run to. Or away from. Anything but doing indoor laps like a hamster on a wheel. Fortunately, we're not only well into the outdoor jogging season, it's time for the annual Crazylegs Classic.
Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 05:06 AM 1003 Reads
Runners must hydrate properly
Published: Wednesday, 27-Apr-2005
Seeking to clarify complex issues involving hydration for athletes, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) today reiterated its statements on hyponatremia and dehydration for athletes during endurance events.
Hyponatremia is a dangerous condition that may arise when athletes consume too much water or sports drinks, diluting or disrupting the body's sodium levels. ACSM experts in sports medicine and exercise science point out that while hyponatremia is a serious concern, excessive fluid consumption resulting in hyponatremia is unlikely to occur in most athletes, and hydration is important for all active people. Water and sports drinks, when consumed as recommended, are not dangerous to athletes.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 02:44 PM 941 Reads
Ups and downs on training regime
For many people, taking on the challenge of a long-distance run is a major aspiration, for personal or perhaps fund-raising reasons.
The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on 4 September will provide thousands with the stage to fulfil that aspiration - but the training begins now, if it hasn't already done so.
One of those people is Yana Thandrayen, a 32-year-old television producer, who is writing regular updates for BBC Scotland's news website on her progress in the run-up to the event.
It hurt at first but now I'm getting used to it.
The first few weeks of training had been going pretty well.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 07:10 AM 1050 Reads
Tips for Runners - Your Best Marathon
'Runner's World magazine has 26 tips for running your best marathon on its Web site. Here are seven. (For the complete list, go to runnersworld.com, click on "training," then on "marathoning."
Eat breakfast -- Even if you have to get up very early, eat two to three hours before the start. Go for a few hundred calories such as a bagel and banana.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 02:42 PM 2049 Reads
Half-marathon training tip: Gradual work avoids injury
BY KIM SWINT
For The Tennessean
Before you know it, the big day will be here - the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon are scheduled for April 30.
It would be difficult for an inexperienced runner to decide to tackle the 26.2-mile race, but the half marathon is another story.
The event is 10 weeks away. If one starts this week, even a novice runner can run and enjoy the 13.1-mile event.
It may be half the distance, but possibly twice as fun.
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 04:03 AM 775 Reads
For runners, every age is an age of reason
April 25, 2005
We all had our reasons to run the Runner's World Half Marathon on Sunday.
Rolando David is diabetic. He wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day. His doctor told him exercise would help control his sugar levels, so, after a bout of denial, he started running five years ago.
''Every diabetic faces challenges,'' said the 37-year-old from Pemberton, N.J. ''They could lose eyes, have heart problems, kidney disease and all these complications. But the more physical and active you are, the better it is.''
Recently, David's 7-year-old daughter, Oksana, was diagnosed with diabetes. Now, he runs for both of them.
''It's motivation to keep the family healthy,'' he said. ''Encourage them to keep their health and improve their quality of life.''
(David's time: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 30 seconds)
Posted by: pshields on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 04:05 AM 1166 Reads
Awesome Habit No. 7: Time-trial runs
April 23, 2005
You have been training for six weeks, but how can you measure your success now? Is your training making you stronger?
If you feel better as you run or you're able to run farther than you normally do in the same amount of time, then you have good reasons to be proud of yourself.
Another way to determine your progress is to do a time trial. A time trial is a shorter, timed run that gives you a chance to measure your fitness and help you get an indication of how effective your training has been to this point. A time trial allows your body a chance to get acclimated to conditions well before your real run, which is the Awesome 3000 two weeks from today on May 7.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, April 24, 2005 - 09:43 AM 3444 Reads
Wrong footwear exacts heavy toll on runners
By David Smith and Denis Campbell
The 35,000 runners who lined up for last weekend's London Marathon probably believed that, after months of gruelling training, they were at the peak of fitness.
From the moment the starter's gun was fired, however, they risked an array of injuries and illnesses to which the average couch potato is immune. And for all of those who have taken up jogging as a way of keeping fit, similar problems may be ahead, mainly because they have the wrong footwear.
Stress fractures, twisted knees, torn Achilles tendons, ruptured hamstrings and "runner's nipple" - where the rubbing of a sweat-soaked vest can draw blood - were among the hazards which faced those tackling the 42km course. The marathon, one of sport's great challenges, also exacts a heavy toll in blisters, broken toenails and chafing.
According to Britain's Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, up to 60 per cent of sports injuries are caused by worn-out or unsuitable footwear.
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