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Should I have a physical before I run a marathon?

Should I have a physical before I run a marathon?

Of course: Make sure you are visiting your doctor before running even the half marathon. Moreover, if you are 40 or above, you should have an exercise echo stress test to prevent CVD. ...Read more

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Should I run a marathon after pharyngitis?

Should I run a marathon after pharyngitis?

With Dr. blessing: If you are recovered and feeling good, start your training, but do so slowly to work back into condition and help your immune system build back up ...Read more

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Do you think I should get my heart checked out before i start training for a marathon?

Do you think I should get my heart checked out before i start training for a marathon?

Good idea: Suggest to see your regular md for s complete cardio vascular examination. ...Read more

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After a long run of 18 miles i started to feel a lite pain on back of knee. Should i be worry? I have a marathon in 3 weeks.

After a long run of 18 miles i started to feel a lite pain on back of  knee.  Should i be worry? I have a marathon in 3 weeks.

Back off: You should be starting your taper next week, so add a little recovery time now and test it out during shorter runs. Try to determine what you might have done differently that particular run ---terrain, speed, shoes, hydration, stride length, intervals, hills, sloped surface, etc. May be a one time thing, but this close to event, caution is best. Rest and recovery is critical at this time.Good Luck ...Read more

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I HAVE to be able to run a mile in just a few days and I can barley run two laps! Any advice?

I HAVE to be able to run a mile in just a few days and I can barley run two laps! Any advice?

Don't run: For some reason you are deconditioned. Skip this race and resume training on Monday- there is always another race to run. ...Read more

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Do you think I could run a half marathon?

Do you think I could run a half marathon?

Most likely: I have run for my entire life. I've run four marathons and two half marathons. I believe that if you can run 15-20 miles per week, you can ramp up your training to run a half or full marathon within four months ...Read more

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Do you think I could run a half marathon if breastfeeding?

Do you think I could run a half marathon if breastfeeding?

Trick Question: I know your question if probably serious but it is a set up for a snappy comeback.... It would really be hard to breastfeed while running. But seriously if you are motivated to run you should be able to. If you could time your feeding before the race so that you are not too engorged, and wear a well supporting bra and make sure to hydrate well before during and after the run, you sould be ok. ...Read more

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I haven't been running for a while but if I start again I run like 4 miles a day would it delay my period?

I haven't been running for a while but if I start again I run like 4 miles a day would it delay my period?

Running and Menses: Yes long distance running can effect your periods although it is unlikely if you are running 4 miles a day. Usually this happens in long distance runners particularly in woman who have very low body fat. If it does occur with you see your doctor who can help. ...Read more

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I have a strained/sprained ACL and a family ski trip next week. Can i ski? Should i ski? Thanks

I have a strained/sprained ACL and a family ski trip next week.  Can i ski?  Should i ski?  Thanks

Baf idea: Great way to turn a sprain strain into complete tear is to ski on ligament injury i would skip the ski trip if i were you or go and lounge fireside. ...Read more

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I had a week full of football and Walking. Now I have a stiff calf when I walk, what should I do to recover?

I had a week full of football and Walking. Now I have a stiff calf when I walk, what should I do to recover?

May have: Strained your one of the muscles that makes up your calf. I would try to do some basic stretching exercises, see: http://www.runnersworld.com/stretching/how-stretch-your-calf-muscles. Otherwise, take it easy over the next week at least, exercise wise. If you develop progressive pain or ankle swelling seek an inperson evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had fatigue and a general body ache for a week an half now, what do you think I should do?

I have had fatigue and a general body ache for a week an half now, what do you think I should do?

See your doctor: Nonspecific symptoms such as you describe are associated with many types of illness, some of which require treatment. Viral illness usually get better in a week or so, but not always, and other infections like Lyme disease don't. Also there are metabolic problems that could be considered. Bottom line: you have waited long enough forthis to just get better; you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do you think I should see a doctor after twisting my ankle over a month ago?

Do you think I should see a doctor after twisting my ankle over a month ago?

Yes if still hurting: If you still have persistent pain, swelling and difficulty ambulation, then most definitely. ...Read more

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I want to run a half marathon at some point this year but I should I train for the half marathon?

I want to run a half marathon at some point this year but I should I train for the half marathon?

Training: There are many training regimens for a half-marathon. They take into account the level of experience, age, health, availability of time to train as well as the goals of each individual runner. Check some out at: www.Coolrunning.Com. ...Read more

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I have had an injury on my knee from doing step ups with a heavy weight. I don't run and walking s a problem still after so long. Why?

I have had an injury on my knee from doing step ups with a heavy weight. I don't run and walking s a problem still after so long. Why?

Impossible to: Tell without adequate examination. But meniscus or ligament injury is possible. It will probably not improve with time. So get to an orthopedic surgeon for proper evaluation. ...Read more