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More mind, less muscle: a kinder, gentler run

Posted by: pshields on Monday, April 11, 2005 - 12:01 PM 1216 Reads

More mind, less muscle: a kinder, gentler run

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

ChiRunning incorporates principles of martial arts into running and walking for fitness

Runners passionate about their sport know a runner's high, but also the lows: shin splints and knee injuries. For those who run despite pain, give up running or, fearing injury, never even begin, Danny Dreyer proposes a solution. It's steeped in the principles of tai chi, a Chinese martial art form known for its slow, graceful movements and body-mind synergy.

Dreyer, a California running coach and ultramarathon runner, will be in town this weekend for how-to clinics in ChiRunning, his safe running regimen. He will also hold clinics in ChiWalking, a new venture in which he explores some of the same body-mind principles he promotes in ChiRunning. He will show runners and walkers how to use muscles and body mass more efficiently to move with less effort.

Fuel the burn

Posted by: pshields on Monday, April 11, 2005 - 04:21 AM 1216 Reads

Fuel the burn



When Mike Murphy of Pacific decided to run a half-marathon in St. Louis on Sunday, his wife, Jennie, looked for help.

"This is a first-time event for my husband and some of his friends," she said in an e-mail to the Post-Dispatch. "But I have no idea what to serve these runners before and after the race to ensure that their bodies get the right nutrition."

Her husband is geared up for the event. After lowering his cholesterol from 260 to 180, Mike Murphy sees running the 13-mile half marathon as a way to stay motivated.

We passed along Jennie Murphy's query to Connie Diekman, director of nutrition at Washington University and a fellow of the American Dietetic Association. As part of her job, she helps student athletes eat right.

Warming down as important as the warm-up

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, April 10, 2005 - 12:11 PM 1218 Reads

Warming down as important as the warm-up

Sat, Mar 19, 2005

HAVE you ever started a run and all you feel for the first five minutes is pain everywhere?

You're ready to stop and chuck it all in but you keep battling on.

However, halfway through the run you're flying with the legs working well, your breathing is strong and controlled and you're in a nice smooth rhythm.

The reason for this is you probably didn't warm up before starting your run.

Running like you mean it

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, April 10, 2005 - 04:03 AM 1283 Reads

Running like you mean it

By Kyle Neddenriep

A mentally tough runner can overcome the physical challenges and pain of the sport.

Those feet are getting heavy. The burning in your thighs is numbing. Whoosh. Whoosh. The uniformed timing of feet hitting the track and your own heavy breathing are the only sounds audible.

Rounding the turn, you hit the straightaway. Eighty yards down the track, a group of men and women hold stopwatches, awaiting your arrival.

There, motioning with their hands, they tell you the bad news: Four laps to go.

Four laps to go?

Beyond the physical challenge, distance running is also a mental grind. Can you tell your body it's not tired, when it obviously is? Are you of strong enough mind to push yourself past the point of exhaustion?

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Indoor sessions proving the best for motivation

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 09, 2005 - 03:56 AM 1164 Reads

Indoor sessions proving the best for motivation

Sat, Apr 09, 2005

Karens Novice Jogging Program:

LAST week, as Karen wanted, she could alternate the fast walk with intervals of jogging. Of her three sessions, the indoor session is the one she likes most.

Karen told me that in the gymnasium, her time seems to fly, this due mainly to the social interaction with other people all pursuing similar goals.

She likes the intensity of her breathing and the positive stress on her body during the intervals on high gradient settings on the treadmill.

This week Karen will undertake the two endurance sessions, both over sections of the Nail Can Hill course, to build up confidence over the challenging course.

Multisport: Strength and Power Training for Endurance Athletes

Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 09, 2005 - 02:52 AM 1164 Reads

Multisport: Strength and Power Training for Endurance Athletes

Posted: April 8 2005

By Ben Wisbey, Endurance Sports Training

It is a common belief that endurance athletes don't require strength training in order to perform well. Although this may be the case for many talented individuals, the truth is that appropriate strength training can help improve every endurance athlete's performance.

One recent study, which is soon to be published in the US, concluded that 10-km running performance could be predicted from a combination of 300m time trial performance and plyometric leap distance; both of which have explosive power as a determining aspect. Another study done by highly regarded researchers in Finland several years ago showed that 5-km run time could be significantly improved by supplementing run training with explosive power and speed sessions. The full article can be found on the web at The benefits of strength training for some endurance sports such as cycling and swimming have long been evident, and these single sport athletes now carry out regular strength training programs.

Health and Fitness Q&A - Running and Biking

Posted by: pshields on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 04:38 AM 1154 Reads

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Awesome habit No. 2: Eat healthy during training

Posted by: pshields on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 04:27 AM 1253 Reads

Awesome habit No. 2: Eat healthy during training


March 26, 2005

Eating and drinking the right things make you feel better. You and your parents can choose what fuel you put into your body, and making the right choices is very important. Taking time to make good decisions about what you eat also can make a bid difference in your training.

Sometimes it's difficult to figure out what types of food your body needs during training. Here are some tips to help you as you plan your training menu.

Eat Breakfast. Drink a glass of water and eat a healthy breakfast that includes a piece of fruit or juice. Starting your day with nutritious fuel gives your body the energy and strength to focus and train. It may be difficult to get out of bed a few minutes earlier to eat but I assure you that you will feel and run better.

Shake Things Up to Get Past Fitness Plateaus

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 04:04 AM 1340 Reads

Shake Things Up to Get Past Fitness Plateaus

By Gary White

Published Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Laurie Schoepe couldn't figure out what was wrong. An experienced cyclist, she was training as much as ever, yet she found herself falling off the pace on her regular weekend rides with a Lakeland bike group.

"It appeared I had lost my speed and I had lost my ability to keep up, and that's very depressing," the Lakeland resident says.

Schoepe, 48, at first blamed her decline on the unavoidable effects of age. She came to realize instead that she had collided with the dreaded fitness phenomenon known as the plateau.

Athletes and average people with fitness goals apply the topographic term to phases in which they cease making progress or even regress in their performances.

Plateaus can be frustrating and confusing. Fitness professionals say they are an inevitable part of training, which follows the law of diminishing returns, but they say a plateau can usually be overcome.

Scientific Training

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 02:25 AM 1195 Reads

Scientific Training

Keith Anderson

Posted: March 29, 2005

How one former couch potato found a talent and then called on the appliance of science to become an elite performer

This is a personal account of my life as a runner. At the age of 30 I was just an average bloke. I was stuck in a rut with a stressful job that had long, unsociable hours. I was overweight, taking no exercsie and enjoying a smoke and a drink. Then something happened: whatever it was ? an early mid-life crisis or a sudden awakening of an inner competitive spirit ? it eventually changed me into an international athlete. It is an unlikely tale but this is exactly what happened.

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