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Best Running Advice For Runners

Looking at an elite athlete running you will be impressed by his/her ability to run at a high speed. They make it seem very easy! They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.

But is it easy for the elite runners than it is for the regular Joe?

A New York Times article examined this issue and experts interviewed gave running  advise on How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do.

Best Running Advice from the article

Even elite runners feel the pain the secret is that they push through the pain rather than stop or slow down.

On How to deal with pain when running?

  • Focus intensely on your running, don’t let your mind drift away because you start slowing down.
  • Athletes must resist the feeling that they are too tired and have to slow down. Instead, they have to concentrate on increasing the intensity of their effort.

To add my own idea on the subject

Don’t focus on your burning chest instead feel your legs. Every time I find myself slowing down I ask myself how my legs are feeling. Most times the answer is the legs are feeling strong. And I step up a gear.

To Read the full article go to New York Time Fitness Page

Supplements To Build Muscle : How Creatine Works

For some people just eating a balanced diet and doing resistance training is not enough to bulk up, they need a nutritional supplement to provide a lift.

Consuming a Creatine supplement can give a person 2 to 3 times the amount that could be obtained from a very-high-protein diet.

Some personal trainers recommend nutritional supplements to their clients. In this New York Times article a personal trainer explains how Creatine works.

If you’re looking to bust through a plateau, taking five grams of creatine before your workout might help you do that,” said Steve Hoffman, a trainer in Cherry Hill, N.J. “It adds water weight to your muscle and helps you lift more.

Shortcut Routes at New York City Marathon

In a New York Times article it was reported that in 2008 NYC marathon 46 runners were disqualified for having taking a short cut to the finish line and an untold number of runners escape detection, marathon officials said.

Mary Wittenberg, the race director, called the number of cheats shocking.

Shortcuts methods at NYC marathon

According to the organisers the two most common form of cheating are

  1. Stepping off the course and rejoining it closer to the finish, often sneaking into Central Park once they enter Manhattan near Mile 16.
  2. Participants running with someone else bib. According to 2008 records, a 19-year-old in the field gave his bib to someone five years older, and that person posted the best time in the 18-19 division.

The biggest reason or motivation of taking a short cut is to secure a coveted qualification time for the Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi Marathon Training : Altitude Training

Meb Keflezighi won the 2009 New York Marathon. Meb Keflezighi became the first US man to win the New York City Marathon since 1982. Meb has come a long way from being just a good runner to a great runner.

In 2000 summer Olympic games in Sydney he finished a disappointing 12th at 10,000 metres, a race that was won by Haile Gebrselassie.

After Sydney his coach, Bob Larsen realised if Meb is to compete with the East African runners he had to change his training tactics.

The Training Regimen That Boosted Running Speed and Power

According to an old New York times article of Meb Keflezighi, In 2001, Larsen persuaded Keflezighi to begin training at the 7,550-foot altitude of Mammoth Lakes to increase his oxygen-carrying capacity. Shortly after his first training regimen here, he set the American record of 27:13.98 at 10,000 meters.

Training at altitude took Meb from a good athlete to a great athlete

Why Poor People Are Fat

Statistics in the developed world indicate higher incidences of obese / fat people among the poor, the low income earners and the unemployed.

The answer to why poor people are fat  can be found from a New York Times article profiling the life of recently layed off lady.

From the article : The confident young woman who had once sold expensive cosmetics had become a middle-aged woman bulging out of sweat pants, her face sagging with exhaustion, her hair matted for lack of access to a shower. Each rejection intensified her fears that she might never work again.

“Is it my age?” she asked. “Is it because I’ve gained weight?” She had been visiting a nearby food bank. “They give us cakes and cookies,” she said. “Then you wonder why poor people are fat! They’re not giving us fruits and vegetables.”