Category: Training

Jogging for Fitness

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By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Most runners should train the same way that competitive runners do, even if they jog only for fitness. Here’s a program that you can follow even if you do not plan to compete. First get a physical exam to assure that you are healthy. Then start out by running every other… more

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Tips for withstanding winter

Keep on running: tips for withstanding winter Dark mornings, icy pavements, gusting winds and sub-zero temperatures … there are so many reasons to stop running at this time of year. Sam Murphy explains how to take the pain out of winter exercise  Read more…… Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related posts: 3 Great Tips for Running… more

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Basic Tips for Runners – No.6

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Hills During the Long Run Hills that crop up during a steady run are tackled in different ways according to the mind of the individual runner. Some runners push hard into a hill in their effort to reach the top and feel triumphant at the completion. Some runners kid themselves into the hill run by… more

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Using the Hamstrings and Glutes

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Your hamstrings in the back of your upper legs and glutes in your backside are mighty powerful muscles. However, many distance runners do not use them to their full potential. If these muscles are weak then running is likely to cause injury. Weakness here can cause the muscles of the upper thigh to over compensate.… more

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Basic Tips for Runners – No.5

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Forget Speed Before thinking about speed sessions it is necessary to have a good running base. For the beginner it will be enough to run for any distance at a sensible pace. Many new runners run too fast and then have to walk. So the first thing to do is to slow down. Find your… more

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Fartlek

Fartlek is a Swedish word used to describe a particular type of training. It actually means “speed play” and that is what a session is all about. If you want to try it then it goes as follows: Have a warm up jog for 5-10 minutes. Then spot a tree on the route and decide… more

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Basic Tips for Runners – No.4

Be consistent If you are going to make your training pay off you must be consistent. First decide how many times a week you are going to run. This decision will be based on how fit you are and what goals you have in mind. If you are a beginner three times a week will… more

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Optimum Stride Length

There has been much said about over striding but what does this mean? What is the best stride length? These are questions which have many answers all of which come down to the individual runner. Let’s have a look at some points here so that you can decide for yourself. Much, of course, will depend… more

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Running Smoothly

Do you bounce along when you run? If so you are using much too much energy plus you are not moving along as fast as you could. Running is about moving forward. That means only forward. If you bounce then you are moving up as well as forward. Imagine if you didn’t bounce. All that… more

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Basic Tips for Runners – No.3

Motivating Yourself Decide on an attainable goal, say a 10K race in ten weeks time. Then choose a schedule which suits the stage you are at and which builds up in the required time. Now enter the race. Know the race date and paying for it will help focus the mind. Print out the chosen… more

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