Traci Watt

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Memphis Grizzlies Enter Elite Club of Ugly NBA Powerhouses

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 88-84 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. And in typical "grit 'n grind" fashion, the Grizz notched their win with a style that was far from aesthetically appealing, but still damned effective.<p>Link to …

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How Can I Breathe Easier When I Run?

The side stitch is a common complaint among runners.<p><i>Whenever I run I have mild epigastric pain. I think it’s how I am breathing. Can you give me some tips to stop this? - Amber</i><p>Dear Amber-<p>Pain in the abdominal region is a common complaint among runners. Please remember that it is always best to …

How Can I Pick Up My Speed?

Taking too many off days can slow you down.<p>I am a 53-year-old, overweight female who has never been a runner. I am four weeks into training for a 5K, using the Couch to 5K program. I developed shin splints and have been to a sports podiatrist who is treating them and fitting me with custom …

What's the Difference Between Fartlek, Tempo, and Interval Runs?

Here's a quick breakdown of these three major types of speed workouts.<p><i>Hi Jenny, I just read your article,</i> <i>'</i><i>What Should I Do During the Off Season</i><i>?'. Very helpful, thanks! Could you briefly explain to me the difference between fartlek, tempo, and interval runs? Thanks! Mary</i><p>Hi, Mary. Thanks for the …

How Can I Train with a Heart-Rate Monitor?

Use it as a tool to help you run by effort instead of pace.<p><i>I recently got a heart-rate monitor, to help set goals and be more purposeful. Any tips on how to get started and how to best use it? Thanks. –Joshua</i><p>I love that you’re on a journey to running more purposefully, Joshua. Using a heart rate …

How Can I Open My Stride Length?

Running on a treadmill affects stride length differently than running outdoors.<p>Hi there,<p>I just started some running recently- doing running sprints in the gym and my trainer showed me how to run/jog on the treadmill. <br>Monday was my first time alone running on the treadmill. I did it in sprints, as I …

How Do I Train Based on Heart Rate?

Once you figure out your zones, here's where you should be for easy runs, long runs, tempo runs, and intervals.<p><i>I just read your column “</i><i>How to Train with a Heart Rate Monitor</i><i>” and see you discuss heart rate and how to find your zones, but how do I use this knowledge to train? Thanks.</i> —<i>Forrest</i><p>Great …

Should I Stretch Before My Runs?

The Sports Doc says warming up pre-run is better than stretching.<p><i>Hey Doc,</i><p><i>I'm a 35-year-old male running an average of 20-30 miles/week (between 6-10 miles each run). I don't stretch prior to any of my runs...never have. Do you foresee any future issues? Should I be concerned about anything?</i><p><i>Thank</i> …

On Running and Ibuprofen Use

And an additional factor to consider when examining the latest "excessive endurance exercise" studies.<p>Over at The New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds has written a nice update about the potential dangers of ibuprofen use by runners and other athletes. This is something I've warned against before, but …

How Can I Keep My Hands Warm During Winter Runs?

Stick to wicking fabrics, and layer if it gets really cold.<p><i>Jeff asks: I just moved to the Midwest from Florida, and I’m determined to keep running outdoors. I’ve figured out the apparel for my body but still struggle to keep my hands warm on long runs. Do you have any magic formula you can …

Risk Factors for Injury in New Runners

Study identifies an easygoing personality as a leading risk factor.<p>If you're a new runner who is easygoing, overweight and 55 years old, you might get injured more easily than a fellow new runner who is an uptight, lean, 35-year-old, according to a study published in the <i>Orthopaedic Journal of</i> …

Better Phys Ed

Not all school programs produce the same health results.<p>My column this week in the <i>Globe and Mail</i> takes a closer look at the study I blogged about last month looking at the impact of school phys ed on health outcomes:<p><i>Give kids more physical-education classes in school, and they’ll be healthier and</i> …

Should I Eat Breakfast on Race Morning?

I usually run on an empty stomach in the early morning.<p><i>Hello,</i><p><i>I am 42 years old and just started running about three months ago. I try to train at least two or three times a week with a half-hour run. I ran my first 5K in December and finished in 26:29. I only have time to train when I get up at</i> …

How Can I Train for an 8K?

I’m just beginning to run and want to run an 8K.<p><i>My name is Steffany and I was cruising the Internet looking for tips on how to train for an 8K. The first race I'm interested in will take place in about 9 weeks. I've decided recently to get back into the gym and have only been gyming it for 10 days</i> …