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Doctor insights on: How To Improve Your 3 Mile Running Time

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What are some sprinting games to help me improve my running time?

What are some sprinting games to help me improve my running time?

Interval training,-: -see an AT-C @ a reputable health club that is a runner to get on the proper program that fits your needs & abilities. ...Read more

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Is running 12 miles per hour fast? How can I train to improve my speed?

Is running 12 miles per hour fast? How can I train to improve my speed?

Holy Cow!: That is fast. Consider working with a trainer who has a lot of expertise if you want to be faster than that. ...Read more

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I am running three or more miles everyday for the past six years. I just started receving heart pain like someone on top of me.What should I do?

I am running three or more miles everyday for the past six years. I just started receving heart pain like someone on top of me.What should I do?

Heart pain: Stop the running. Report this pain immediately to your doctor and check check up. This may or may not be related to your heart and only your doctor can help you figure it out. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned with an Urine Creatinine level of 518.5 mg/dL, but I was dehydrated at the time of the test (just finished running 3 miles)?

Should I be concerned with an  Urine Creatinine level of 518.5 mg/dL, but I was dehydrated at the time of the test (just finished running 3 miles)?

Urine creatinine: No - if this was a 24 hour level - expect 14-26 mg per kg for a male fo that would be on the low side. if it was a "spot" urine - its going to be off due to the dehydration from running. I would repeat it if needed when you haven't run and are hydrated. ...Read more

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Could I have stress fractures in my shins, or worse? I have never ran before, but recently have been running 5-7 miles a week. My shins, calves, ankles, and knees are hurting all the time. My shins throb for hours after a small run, and i can barely walk.

Could I have stress fractures in my shins, or worse? I have never ran before, but recently have been running 5-7 miles a week. My shins, calves, ankles, and knees are hurting all the time. My shins throb for hours after a small run, and i can barely walk.

This : This sounds like shin splints. Usually caused by over stress of the medial tibia (shin bone). Stretching the calves will help, having a someone from a running store watch you run may help, sometimes people who over pronate while they run can be at risk for shin splints. A good motion controlling show may help. If you recently increased your mileage it could also be a stress fracture. An x-ray may show this but an MRI may be better. If it is not getting better after some rest then i would go see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I switch to fartlek run if I do constant pace running 3/4 times a week & cover 2.5miles in 22mins?At what time interval should I switch pace?

How can I switch to fartlek run if I do constant pace running 3/4 times a week & cover 2.5miles in 22mins?At what time interval should I switch pace?

intervals, sort of: The idea behind fartlek is to not get too ocd about the times or distance. Try running 880 mile walk 220 and repeat until your goal is reached. Push the pulse to target if you can with each leg. ...Read more

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Will it be hard to start running again if i've been smoking for the last three months?

Will it be hard to start running again if i've been smoking for the last three months?

Yes: Starting running after being away from it for 3 months is always going to be a little tough. Adding the shortness of breath that comes with smoking will make it harder. The solution is stop smoking and take it slow with your speed and distances as you get back to running. :). ...Read more

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How much time should one go running for?

How much time should one go running for?

At least 20 minutes.: Apparently your heart has to be at an appropriately elevated rate for at least 20 minutes to gain cardiovascular benefit. Give yourself a few minutes of running to get your heart rate up to that level, then twenty minutes at least from there. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can improve running endurance?

Can i tell me how i can improve running endurance?

Slowly and over time: The best way to improve running endurance, as defined by your ability to keep going for a half hour, hour, two hours, three hours, and beyond, is to gradually build up at an easy pace from whereever you are at. Run at a pace where you can talk, supplement with gels on longer runs, and aim for 3-4 runs a week. Hal higdon has great programs on his website (free) for runners at all levels. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is my running endurance getting worse over time?

Why is my running endurance getting worse over time?

More Info: If you are fifty and asking this question, you should get the book "Running Past Fifty" by Richard Benyo. Not sure if it is still out there, as it was published in 1998 by Human Kinetics. Is it your speed or time or distance. Only very few keep their speed past 50. Distance and time endurance take longer to achieve and maintain. Rest is critical, recovery takes much longer.(63,Level I USAT coach) ...Read more

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How can I improve running stamina through an injury?

How can I improve running stamina through an injury?

Cross training: There are many ways to take an active approach to rehabbing a running injury while maintaining stamina. Depending on nature of injury, biking, elliptical, or rowing machine are good options. If you have access to a pool, water running or swimming are great ways to maintain stamina and have been proven effective even with elite athletes. ...Read more

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Is their another way to improve cardio besides running and cycling?

Is their another way to improve cardio besides running and cycling?

Swimming: Swimming probably the best, but is a more limiting activity. There are many other types of cardio- some aggressive, some more passive. I would talk to a personal trainer. ...Read more

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Running is my only source of exercise how many times a week should I run?

Running is my only source of exercise how many times a week should I run?

Consult with Dr.: Consider discussing with your Dr. first, and increase gradually. Listen to your body ...Read more

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What are the differences between running in the winter time and running in the summer time?

What are the differences between running in the winter time and running in the summer time?

Temp-related issues: When its cold out, muscles tend to be tighter and stretching is especially important. It takes longer to warm up, but its important to do to avoid injury. Cold air can precipitate asthma and reactive airway disease, so keep your neck warm. When its over 65 degrees our bodies have a harder time not overheating. When its warm stay hydrated, drink plenty of cold fluids, and wear loose clothing. ...Read more

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