As many as 39 per cent of distance runners may experience a cramp in their calves, hamstrings or quadriceps before they finish a race. While many people blame dehydration, Kevin Miller, an exercise scientist at North Dakota State University, US
When you're sidelined by injury your natural reaction should be to cut back on calories until it's time to return to training - and burning energy. But the healing process demands fuel, too. "It's like fixing a house," says sports dietitian Cynthia Sass. "A crack in the foundatio...
Q My quadriceps always cramp up when I run marathons, even though I hydrate well and stretch regularly. Why is this, and what should I do?A Exercise-induced muscle cramps are relatively common among distance runners. Quadricep cramps typically
and legs for at least an hour after the marathon and for 30 minutes a day for the following week. In the days following the race, take ibuprofen or aspirin to calm muscle inflammation and ease pain. Don’t hesitate to rub salicylate anti-inflammatory creams
are bulky creatures and marathon runners are frail waifs. Improving your strength will help to improve your miling, but you need to work on the right muscles. As youll be on your toes more in the mile than in a long-distance race, it will help to strengthen
training with less strain on your running muscles and joints because, while you're using the same muscle groups, they're being worked in a different (non-weight-bearing) way.And if you have reached a plateau, the added workouts can be done at a higher
Standfirst: Author: Owen AndersonPics:Issue date: racing secrets bookletKeywords: uan73--Its vital to warm up thoroughly before a 10K race. A good warm-up enhances the power of your leg muscles, increases the flow of blood to your heart muscles
© Getty Images The two Olympic marathons held last August in Beijing were literally races for the ages. Kenya's Samuel Wanjiru, then 21, broke more than an Olympic record with his 2:06:32 win; he crushed long-held conventional
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