Questions about rules, equipment and training related to competitive running.

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Finished first Marathon training. Now what?

This weekend I'll be running my first marathon. So, what comes next? I know I shouldn't stop running (and don't want to). I followed a very detailed training plan, but haven't found a post-race plan. ...
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Arm mount for GPS Watch

I am a moderately fast runner and really do not want to add 55+ grams to my wrist. Arm is OK. Anyone have experience mounting the GPS watch on the arm - a la' iPod armband?
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Effects of altitude on athletic performance

It is well known that the performance of athletes who suddenly move to a location at a higher altitude than they are used to will suffer; when sports events such as the Olympics are held in a high ...
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What is the weight difference between ASICS GEL-KAYANO 20 and ASICS GEL-KAYANO 20 LITE-SHOW?

Google all around the web and cant find exact information, it only says the second model is more lightweight, but no precise grams or oz's.
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Why do training plans having you running many days of the week?

I noticed that a lot of training plans have you running most every day with a day or 2 off at different intervals. Why is this? I am currently training for a half marathon. If I run on Sunday (6.5) ...
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Developing fast twitch muscle fibers in kids?

What are suggestions for starting training for fast twitch development with kids of young ages? I am a big sports fan and I've had my experiences as professional athlete, right now I am training a ...
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Running in strong wind

I ran an extremely windy half-marathon yesterday, and this got me thinking. In medium- to long-distance races (say 10km to a marathon), what are good strategies for dealing with strong headwind and ...
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How to improve blocks start in athletics

I'm try to improve my blocks start but for some reason I'm finding it hard. I'm quite tall but I good with jumping and improving my weights. Is there any drills I can try to improve this?
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Calves muscles pain when running [closed]

Recently when I run I always get my calves muscles rigid like stones. If I run 10 minutes, I don't stop because I go out of breath, rather because I feel pain. I tried to rest some days, but it ...
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Difference between stances in training acceleration for soccer

To train acceleration for (American) football, I would start in the usual wide receiver stance and do 10, 20 yard runs, and up to perhaps 1 or 2 30 yard runs at the end. However, for soccer, we don't ...
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When is best for the extra recover day?

I am training to reduce my 10K run performance, aiming to go under 6m/k. My program is built of 3 runs a week, 1 is an interval run, 1 is an LSD (Long Slow Distance at 75% HR) and the other is a ...
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Why do long distance triathlon (ironman) races have the running course through paved roads?

After looking through a number of ironman (*) running race courses, it seems all of them are laid out to run through cities, which implies paved/asphalt roads. Is that because this way it makes it ...
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What happen when two players touch the finish rope at same time in running?

I don't know whether it would happen or not. My question is, What happen if two athletes touched the finish rope at the same time in running(irrespective of distance either it may be 100m or long ...
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increasing heartrate [closed]

Yesterday I had been running and wasn't able to bring up my heart rate. Everything else was fine: I had slept well, eat enough, drink enough. I just couldn't get my heartbeat and -pressure up so that ...
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How to manage wear in long-distance running?

The skin can get broken. The skin can get too dry and then broken. Blisters may develop with certain shoes. Pain in tibial tendon may be more regular with fore-foot training. Pain in knees may be more ...
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How to select watch able to sustain sprinting and heavy sporty usage 24/7?

I have broken far too many watches: their knobs, their hinges, their internal metallic support, scratched the glass, etc. I have scaled back to very cheap watches because so fed up to breaking ...
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Muscle pain when i do racewalking [closed]

On the spotted zone marked in red below, I get pain after 4-5 days of race-walking. Sometimes it hurts only while walking or racewalking. But today I can`t even run. I got a problem there before ...
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What does it mean by “Hitting the wall” in marathon run?

I heard some people say it few times - "He hit the wall and couldn't finish the race...". What does it mean? what happens to the body in this situation? How can this be avoided?
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Question on legs/body size for women runners

I have a female friend who is training for a 5km race. She's 1.6m tall and complains that her short legs (83cm long) penalize her. I was looking at the women 5km world record holders and noticed that ...
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What are the side effects/drawbacks of compression apparel?

I've been running for some time now and every now and then some friend tells me about the benefits of compression apparel. They say it prevents premature fatigue by smartly, well, compressing the ...
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Best workout for obstacle race

What do you think is the best workout(s) for obstacle race that you can do on a daily/weekly basis? There are many obstacle races with different obstacles, but what will be good workouts to be ...
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What kind of shoes are suitable for a Novice/Sprint triathlon?

Next year in summer I want to take part in my first triathlon. The distances will be 400m-750m swimming / 20km cycling / 2-5km running. Are there shoes that work for cycling (with click system) and ...
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What's the best way to start the 100m sprint?

I'm trying to figure out whether starting the 100m sprint crouched like they do in the olympics is better than starting it standing. I thought maybe that's just a "sport rule", not something that ...
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What is the simplest way to transfer data between online running logs?

I'm disillusioned with Nike+, where I've been logging runs for over a year, and ready to try something new (in this case, Strava). How can I export my data from Nike+ so I'm not losing it all?
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What happens if there is a tie during an olympic race?

Recently during the USA Track and Field Olympic trials, there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh. It appears that there was previously no tiebreaker rule in place for ...
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New bike = new pain. Solution: Training or bike fitting

I've never been much of a bicyclist, but recently I finally broke down and bought a new road bicycle (Specialized Allez model). The sales tech sized me with the bike, made a few adjustments at time ...
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Should there be no foot sound when jogging?

I heard that when jogging/running that there should be no foot thud sounds when landing. Is it true?
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How to keep legs volume when becoming a runner?

I've got into running and I love it! but the size of my legs ( the muscles that is ) is reducing every month. What can I do to increase the muscle mass and at the same time keep running. I run ...
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Help Recover During Long Runs

Obviously, longer runs require longer recovery. Besides using something like gels and drinking water when running, is there anything else I can do to help my body from being depleated as much during ...
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What is the best age to start running distances longer than 15k / halfmarathon

I have a friend that is 16 and wants to do a half marathon this year. From what i know its not recommended to run great distances as a half marathon under the age of 18. Are there any scientifical ...
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Using a Heart-rate monitor during race

I've read all about the benefits of using a heart-rate monitor during training to make sure you are in the correct zone for the given type of exercise, i.e. Zone 3 for regular distance training. My ...
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Is there any good website to view running trails in the Bellevue, WA area? [closed]

I'm in Bellevue, WA this week and am trying to find some good places to run. I'm sure I can just find a park and do many loops, but I'm looking for some mapped runs of 7-10 miles. I'm sure if a ...
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Stressful preparation of half-marathon

I go running once or twice per week (30 minutes and around 5 km). I never measure time, or anything else, since that will stress me out. Now I would like to prepare for a half-marathon. I guess I ...
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Early Adoption Program for Running Shoes

Is there any sort of early adoption program that vendors offer for running shoes? The reason I ask is that in my case, I'm running a marathon at the end of May. Saucony is releasing the Kinvara 3 just ...
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How can I tell if I'm running properly [closed]

I have about 6 months running regularly, about 1–2 times per week. Today I ran 14 km (about 8 miles) — a milestone for me! I feel great and I don't want to stop, but I don't know if I'm doing ...
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Which Marathons to run?

For many years, one of my major "running" dreams have been to run the New York Marathon - the bridges, the people and the grand background. But I recently found out that the "qualifying time ...
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Forefoot landing at certain pace

I have run several with traditional heel landings. Then I started experimenting with a more forefoot strike. In the beginning I did it all wrong and my legs was on the edge of getting a bone membran ...
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Any suggestions on the best way to improve raw speed on the field?

Any ideas on workouts or exercises for improving speed on the field? I say "on the field" because targeting a specified distance (40yd, 100m, etc) can lead to an emphasis on a particular start or ...
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What is the purpose of a Brick workout?

For triathlon, it is often recommended to do a Brick workout. Bike, Run, Ick. That is run right after finishing a distance bike ride. What benefit does this provide?
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How does having a pacesetter help set a record?

Often pacesetters are used to set the correct pace to help break a record. For cyclists there is an obvious physical advantage in running in a group, as those in the middle/back of the group have ...
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Is one Marathon per season more unhealthy than three Marathon per season?

Although it seems rather counter-intuitive to me, I have heard multiple times that running just a single Marathon per season is more unhealthy than 3-4 Marathons per season. The reasoning seems to be ...
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What is a good way to run during the winter? [closed]

What is a good way to run during the winter in cold countries with snow? How can you maintain your training without having to run on a treadmill, which I don't enjoy? Should I look for other shoes and ...
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During a race, how often should I drink water?

I've run a number of races, and there are almost always a number of water stations. I don't usually stop for water on the short races, but I'm not sure how long of a race I should do that for - when ...
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Pace strategy for Marathons

Very short: what is the best pace strategy for a Marathon? A little longer: usually when I participate in a race (10 km, 15 km or HM), I tend to run the first part of the race at a pace that is 5-10 ...
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Gel packs: to use or not to use? When?

I've heard that gel packs can help performance on long runs. How should I use them? How long of a run should I use them on, and how often during the run? Should I take them with water at a water ...
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Is running uphill harder or easier than running downhill?

Which is harder, running uphill or running downhill? I have done the Salt Lake City, Utah marathon and it has a huge chunk of descending. I think circa 5000 feet vertical the route of the year I do ...
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Cross-training for increasing pace [closed]

What are some of the more effective types of cross-training for increasing running pace? EDIT: I was hoping to make the question broader for greater appeal, but since more context has been ...
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10% Rule for Increasing Pace [closed]

I've heard of the "10 Percent" rule for increasing distance when running - something like "don't increase your distance for a single run or for the entire week by more than 10 percent per week". Is ...
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How to start running [closed]

I didn't run many years. I swim in a pool. Now I am feeling I need to start running. Have someone suggest me how to start running from scratch? I am 35 years old. PS. The strength and spirit, I have ...
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What is best for hydration during a run?

I'm a less experienced runner, training for a half marathon. Up until now I only ran a maximum of 10 miles and I never felt the need to hydrate, but I read it's better to hydrate during the run. ...