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Questions tagged [running]

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

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How to select running shoes for performance?

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'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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Double play sac fly. Does the run count? [duplicate]

Runners on 1st and 3rd, 1 out. Batter hits ball to center fielder, runner from 3rd tags up, but the runner on 1st was doubled off after the runner crossed the plate. Does the run score? I'm under the ...
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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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Is is feasible to walk/run an average of 90,000 steps a day?

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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What are some good strength exercises for marathon runners?

I, like most runners, tend to focus more on training and forget that some strength exercises are required to reach your performance peak. What are some good exercises that you can do at home without ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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increasing heartrate [closed]

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 I had ...
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What is the simplest way to transfer data between online running logs? [closed]

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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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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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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Cross-training to increasing pace for a beginner [closed]

I'm fairly new at running. I really enjoy it but definitely wouldn't consider myself very serious about it. I ran a couple 5k races and a 10k race last year. I'd like to increase both my 5k and my ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Which Marathons to run? [closed]

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 standards"...
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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 ran ...
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New bike = new pain. Solution: Training or bike fitting [closed]

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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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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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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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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Why was the marathon World Record not 2:03:02 in 2011?

Why exactly was Geoffrey Mutai's 2:03:02 in Boston (2011) not deemed the marathon World Record at the time?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the most popular running (and fitness) application for mobile devices? [closed]

I have used runtastic and Daily Mile and of course there is Garmin, but what mobile applications besides these are most popular for running and/or fitness and why? I'm looking to see what other ...
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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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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 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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What is the difference between trail running shoes and normal running shoes?

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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Running in strong wind [closed]

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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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 ...