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So, you're thinking about running a 5K race. If you've never run one before, those 5 kilometers might seem incredibly daunting. But countless others have done it before, and just a little bit of advice can help you get off of the couch and through the finish line.
You bit the bullet. You took the plunge. You signed up for a marathon. Whether it's your first, or your 50th, you've got several months of training ahead of you. Even if you've done it before (perhaps especially if you've done it before!), marathon training can be daunting.
For many runners, finishing the 10K is a true landmark. It designates a dramatic improvement over the beginner-length 5K and represents some serious distance. So how do you become race-ready in just a few short months?
Running can be hard on your feet and legs -- you end up paying for all that impact eventually, right? Most serious runners can't avoid pain, but the key to managing it lies in knowing the kind of pain you're dealing with.
We've all read about the positive health benefits of running. But despite articles, statistics and a pair of shoes right by the door, it's hard for some people to get going. There are a few tricks dedicated runners keep up their sleeves in order to stay focused, and they might work for you, too.
It's not always easy maintaining a regular workout. Sure, you can hit the trails when it's sunny and warm, but if you're tired, busy or sore from spending last night on a lumpy futon, that pair of running shoes gets a little harder to lace up. That's why it's important to mix things up when you lace up.
Even though we know running is a healthy activity, it's still easy to resist. Luckily, seasoned runners have a bunch of tools for maintaining the inspiration to run.
Proper running form not only helps you comfortably boost your speed and endurance -- it also helps you prevent injuries. What does bad form look like, and how you can avoid it?
Being an outstanding athlete is essential for competing in a triathlon, but being good at math doesn't hurt either. It's a needed skill for figuring out where you rank in this competitive sport.
If you read the headlines, a triathlon might seem like a death sentence. Titles like "Sudden Death Risk Looms in Triathlons" might catch your eye, especially if you just unwittingly signed up for the big race. Is it safe to compete in a triathlon, or do you risk horrible accidents, heart failure and drowning?
If you're training for 10K or a marathon, you don't want to halt your preparation because of a nasty cold. Is it OK to run when you're under the weather?
If pain has ever kept you sidelined, maybe you just need to roll with it. Whether your tension requires professional attention or one of those foam rollers you see at the store, getting the body's connective tissue to loosen up could be just what you need.
If you've got the blues, it's highly likely that a jog around the block will cheer you up. Why does running have a therapeutic effect?
There's nothing like pounding the pavement to take the edge off after a bad day at work. Why is running so good at reducing stress?
Gone are the days that strength training was only for bodybuilding. Buff, macho men "maxing out" on free weights have been replaced with health nuts lifting weights to stay fit. But does strength training actually help your heart and lungs?
Running exercises more than just your legs. If your stomach muscles aren't in shape, you won't be able to set your best pace. What kinds of exercises will help you strengthen those abs?
You've mastered the 10K, now you're ready to compete. But running to complete the race is different from running to win it. How do you change your training habits to help you compete?
Out of fear, need for food or fun, humans have been loping long distances since the beginning of time. But we still need to train for a 5K. How's it done?
Although the first marathon was run 2,500 years ago -- and its lone participant died in the process -- long-distance running has never been more popular. AIMS coordinates thousands of races around the world at a variety of distances, from fun runs to marathons.
To your left is a team of Elvises. To your right is Spongebob Squarepants. And up ahead, well, someone is nude. Welcome to San Francisco's infamous 12K race -- the Bay to Breakers.
Whether you're a professional athlete, recreational cyclist or kid on a bike, no one likes riding a bicycle in rain, snow or blistering heat. Stationary bikes don't help with training, so what can you do to keep your cycling skills sharp indoors?
The same material that boings bungee jumpers from bridges is used by runners to increase muscle strength. How will this type of resistance training improve your running performance?
If you easily get bored with workouts, the variety involved in circuit training may appeal to you. What exercises are used in circuit training to spice up the routine?
Late-night infomercials advertising ab-strengthening rockers, loungers and workout DVDs insist that all you need are six-pack abs. But core strength training for runners goes beyond sculpting a washboard stomach. What can a strong core do for you?
Cyclists know more than anyone the importance of efficiency. They strive to make their bike an extension of their own body -- and focusing on cadence, or the speed at which you pedal, is an important factor in performance.