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Can You Train Your Breathing Muscles To Get Faster?

A new meta-analysis examines "inspiratory muscle training."<p>When I was a kid preparing for one of my first ever track meets, my family was invited to dinner at the home of a colleague of my dad's who had been an Olympic 800-meter runner for Ghana (he qualified for the 1980 Games but didn't get to …

Muscle

Who Should Use a Run-Walk Program?

Here's how to determine whether a run-walk or continuous running program is right for you.<p>June is Marathon Month! I’ll be answering marathon training program questions all month long to help you get started on the right track this season.<p><i>I’ve signed up for a marathon training program in town for my</i> …

Marathons

Breathing Tips for New Runners

How to breathe while running to avoid exhaustion and side stitches.<p><i>Hi! I'm a new runner and I'm experiencing a problem with controlling my breathing. Though I don't feel any soreness or pain in my legs, in about 200 meters, it gets incredibly hard to breathe. It feels like my lungs are resisting</i> …

Yoga

How Can I Gain Weight While Running?

A cross-country runner's BMI is too low, according to his doctors.<p><i>Dear Runner's World,</i><p><i>I'm a cross-country runner for my high school and I've recently come into a predicament. My doctors have become concerned about my weight, as I am considered underweight and very low on the BMI percentage charts.</i> …

Fitness

Ferritin and Fatigue

"Normal" iron levels may not be enough for endurance athletes.<p>My column in the <i>Globe and Mail</i> this week looks at iron levels for athletes, and in particular at new evidence that you can have normal hemoglobin levels but still be suffering negative effects from iron depletion. Endurance athletes have …

Medical Journals