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How are pacemakers selected in athletics events?

In some athletics running programs, there are pacemakers who set the pace for the opening stages of the race, and then drop out after having set the pace they were asked for. What are the rules on the ...
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How can I know whether I'm over-striding on my first step acceleration?

I am training my first step to be quicker for basketball and was wondering if anyone has advice on my form? Video seen here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Uj1HweNgUhWoGabk9
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Optimal training advice for 800 meter runner?

Background: Last year, I ran a 17:30 XC 5k, a 4:53 mile, a 2:08 800m and a 58s 400m. Using an age graded calculator, it appears my performance increases relatively up to the 800, and then drops off at ...
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Sprint running record with non-null initial speed (100 m)

The 100 m sprint competition starts from standing still. I was wondering, are there records of people running 100 m with starting speed different from zero? I would imagine sprinters might be able to ...
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What do GC and SSC mean in the context of sprinting?

I was reading the article Speed Play in Techniques magazine Volume 15, number 3 (February 2022) and encountered the following quote: This explositivity is underpinned by a collection of neuromuscular ...
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How good is a 6 minute mile for a 12 year old boy?

How presentable is a 6 minute - 6:30 mile for a 12 year old boy? What ranking or percentile does that put him under?
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Why is running faster more tiring, per kilometer? [closed]

Clearly, running fast is harder than running slow. If I run a 5k in 30 minutes, I will be panting harder and feel more uncomfortable by the end of it than if I jog it in 45 minutes. Why is this? How ...
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What is the purpose of running shoe lacing from bottom to top?

I use New Balance 840v4 shoes to do runs between 4 - 13 miles and reorder them as needed. For the first time a pair came with a new lace material and lacing style: laced across bottom to top (picture ...
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How to attempt a quarter pipe at an obstacle course?

Twice in my life I ran an obstacle course (the shortest distance available) and twice I was completely helpless at the quarter pipe. I wasn’t able to convince myself to try even once, the quarter pipe ...
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Why is the Edinburgh Half Marathon world record eligible?

In order for times set in a road race to be eligible for a world record, the course needs to satisfy some rules, two of which are: The start and finish points of a course, measured along a ...
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Is it legal to run with your athlete during an Ironman?

I will be cheering on a family member at an Ironman race later this year and as an amateur runner myself, I think it would be fun to run a few miles with him and cheer him on. I would not take ...
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Is the 4-minute mile still the "highest" standard?

When I ran track in high school, many years ago now, we learned that the 4-minute mile was the ultimate dream goal for many mile runners. Is the 4-minute mile still the "highest" standard? Has the ...
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Is is feasible to walk/run an average of 90,000 steps a day? [closed]

I use the Samsung S-Health app which has a global step challenge with a public leaderboard. To complete the challenge, you need to walk 200,000 steps in the month. Looking over the leaderboard though,...
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Under what circumstances the half race passing time in a marathon qualifies for a half marathon competition?

Few months ago, a track and field runner Carles Castillejo was involved in something quite interesting: he wanted to qualify to the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship 2018 in Valencia, Spain, to be ...
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How does the Western States 100 choose the qualifying time for 100Ks?

The Western States 100 race has a qualifying cutoff time for its 100K qualifying races (https://www.wser.org/qualifying-races/) and none for 100 mile races. For 100K races, how do they determine what ...
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Most runners under 10s in a single 100m race?

What is the greatest number of runners ever to have gone below 10s in a single 100m race? Has there ever been an instance of all runners getting below 10s? Just found that at the 2012 Olympics it ...
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Is there any link between Scoliosis and sprinting?

The fastest man ever, Usain Bolt, world record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprints suffers from Scoliosis. This is a condition which causes curvature to the spine. The curvature in his spine has ...
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Why 110-hurdles for men and 100-hurdles for women?

I was watching IAAF World Championship at London 2017 and I notice that men will run 110-metres hurdles while women women the 100-metres hurdles. What is the meaning of this difference? The longest ...
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How to select running shoes for performance? [closed]

For the running shoe illiterate, there are so many different varieties of running shoes and so many different brand choices that it becomes overwhelming when looking for the right fit. Even reading ...
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What is considered a 'good' running time for short running distances for a normal fit person? [closed]

I have been exercising to improve my time for distances from 100m to 1km for the past two months, and I feel that I have made a decent amount of progress. However, I get a feeling that even my new ...
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Why was Eliud Kipchoge's time from Nike's Breaking2 not a world record?

This is similar to Why was the marathon World Record not 2:03:02 in 2011? but the circumstances are different. In 2017 Nike launched an effort to run a sub-2-hour marathon, which they billed ...
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Gun at start of run

When I see track athletics on TV, for example at the Olympics, I see a gun is used to start a race. Why is a gun is used instead of, for example, a whistle?
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Why does Saint Silvestre get so many road races?

I'm thinking specifically of two classic races, San Silvestre de Vallecana and the Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre, but those are far from the only such races. What is it about this saint that ...
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What are the marathons with the largest number of participants?

In my opinion, this is a great topic but it does not fit on this website. So I think that an objective criteria to compare marathons could be the number of participants. So what are the city ...
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Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

After the mens 4x100 relay final races in Rio on August the 19th the commentators said they exchanged the baton outside the box. What does that mean?
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Leaning at the end of a running race?

I currently run the 400m and 800m with good times. I am still a little confused about how to end these races by leaning. I'm not a 100 or 200m runner, but how would I lean at the end of those races ...
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100m sprint: is there evidence for some lanes being better than others?

There is an apparent consensus that when the track begins to curve during longer races, lanes 1 and 8 are marginally worse to run in. But for a 100m sprint, is there any reason (whether psychological ...
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Is it true that a sprinter ran the 100m in 21.73 seconds in a World Championship?

In many websites (especially in Spanish), it is mentioned that the worst performance in Men's 100m is that of Kim Collins, 21.73 seconds at Athens World Championship in 1997. To make things more ...
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What happens when two athletes fall down in a 100m dash?

What happened if an athlete stumbles in a 100m event and trips the athlete in the adjacent lane too? Are both of them disqualified or what?
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What is the record for greatest number of athletes with the same finish time in one event?

On Sunday 10 July 2016 at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, three athletes in the men's 5000m final finished with exactly the same time of 13:40:85 (a fourth arrived only a hundredth ...
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How do competitive runners with asthma handle Doping tests?

Many asthmatic medications such as pseudoefedrine (in DUACT) and different inhalers are performance-enhancing-performance drugs. I have heard cases where athletes have forgotten to inform officials ...
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What is the difference between trail running shoes and normal running shoes? [closed]

What is the difference between trail running shoes and normal running shoes? I want to know in terms of construction (heel to toe drop etc) of the shoe and the cushioning. Is the cushioning in trail ...
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How do you master the hang technique?

Im a high school long jumper. I have my best of 6.34 meters and I did it with a runway of 24 meters. Now I increased my runway to 40 meters and increased my running speed. My technique is the hang ...
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How much do starting-blocks affect the 60m sprint?

My previous PB in the 60m was 7.21, with blocks. That was about 18 months ago, the other day I ran 60m in 7.47. I've read the blocks can effect the 100m anywhere from .2 - .4, how much will my time ...
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Sprinter but now want to take part in marathon [closed]

I was a sprinter who used to run 100, 200 metres races, but now I'm training myself to improve my stamina and run long distance races. I run on a treadmill 1 km everyday. Will a treadmill help me ...
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Send MapMyRun data to Runkeeper [closed]

I've been using MapMyRun for a few years now, generally it's ok stats wise but is pretty horrible to use. So looking to move all my data from it to Runkeeper, is there a way this can be done? Ideally ...
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Why don't all sprinters shave their heads clean?

Hair may increase the air resistance and weight and hinder running; given this, why do some sprinters keep their hair?
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How to keep accelerating in 100m race?

How do I keep accelerating in a 100m race? Does holding my breath work, or is it a good start that matters? I'm a 15 year old sprinter.
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How to efficiently prepare for a 2km run [closed]

so I run quite a lot, in the past 3 months I also started working out, so I reduced the number of my runs to 3-4 a week, but it's usually distances ranging from 5 to 20 km. There is this local ...
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Why was Canada's Mens 4x100 relay team DQed in the London Olympics?

http://t.thestar.com/#/article/sports/olympics/2012/08/11/london_2012_canada_disqualified_in_mens_4x100_relay.html says that Canada was on the podium... until the judges saw that Connaughton, ...
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Why are pace-setters allowed to go ahead with the race?

Pace-setters: Pacemakers may be used to avoid the tactics of deception that are possible in competition by those who, for example, race away from the start line (and are likely to subsequently ...
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Unexpected increase in running ability

At my school, I participate in an annual 1.6km "Fall Classic" run. In my first year, I landed a rough 42nd with 5m 48s. But in my second year, I jumped up to a 25th (5m 16s), despite my sedentary ...
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Shin pain while running on pavement only? [closed]

I can comfortably run about 13-14 miles on a trail without any problems whatsoever. However, yesterday I ran on a paved surface, and after about 1 mile, I started feeling a lot of pain in my shins. I ...
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Fueling strategy while running a marathon in warm weather [closed]

I'm going to be running in the London Marathon in two weeks. Initially my target time was to run sub 4 hours. Its my first marathon and my training had been going quite well until the last two weeks. ...
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What is the fastest ASSISTED human running speed ever attained?

I'm trying to find records/history of assisted running speeds, e.g. using cheetah boots/the things Oscar Pistorious wore, bionics, etc. (I have tried searching Google to no avail.) What is the ...
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Finished first Marathon training. Now what? [closed]

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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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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