TRAINING: RACINGHow can I avoid stitches in shorter races? Why do I struggle in the last mile of a race? Should racing related deaths be a concern? I run 10Ks. How long should training runs be? Why do I always get sick at 18 miles? Why do I retch during races?How should I p...
Can anyone run barefoot? A. If you believe barefoot running is our evolutionary heritage, it certainly follows that anyone can. Or almost anyone. “Certain neuropathies, such as diabetes, makes it inadvisable,” says Daniel Lieberman. If you’re overweight or out of shape? You need ...
Q I started running two years ago and have increased my half-marathon pace from 9:30 miling to 7:30 miling. I have noticed recently that Im using a longer, slower stride for both speedwork and general training, and my times have remained the same
, rather than extra red cells. Some scientists believe training at moderate altitudes (2,000-2,300m) may be detrimental to general health, raising levels of damaging free radicals, and depressing the immune system, but these are not because of raised levels
Q Im a 53-year-old male who races all distances from 5K to the marathon. I train six days a week: four hard sessions, two easy ones, plus a rest day. Do you think this is too much for someone of my age?A The real key to making any training programme successful is to get the rig...
Q My road race performances have remained at a similar standard during the past couple of years, and I feel that Im training pretty aimlessly. How can I change my training programme to get a good result this year?A I recommend you focus on one key race, and based on that, orga...
Q Is there any way I can use cycling to help with my running? Can it replace speedwork, for instance? I already cycle a hilly eight miles to work every day. Im currently training for a half-marathon, and I run three times a week.A Cycling makes excellent cross-training for run...
Q I have an identity crisis. As a keen runner for the last 20 years, I have recently retired, but now I just cannot find the motivation to train properly. I climb into my car rather than my running gear. When I do go out for a run, any uphill stretches are just an excuse to walk...
Q Last year I achieved my marathon PB of 2:53, and immediately started wondering what I should do next. I have run several marathons, but rarely more than two in a season. Id like to do a few shorter runs, but with all the training Im doing it seems a waste not to concentrate ...
Q. In my time as a runner, Ive run seven marathons, and now I want to train for an ultra-distance trail run of 50K (just over 30 miles). How should I modify my marathon training to prepare for the longer race?A Assuming that your seven marathons have gone smoothly, the move up ...
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