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It's All in the Hips Watch a video of Kenenisa Bekele winning a 5,000m or 10,000m, and it is quickly apparent that he and the rest of the world-class pack with him are doing something different from what most of us do every day. They float around the track, hardly seeming to touch it. They accelerate smoothly and effortlessly. Their legs seem to spin beneath weightless bodies.

11 Training Tips for Running Your First Half-Marathon Photo: Getty Images Running a half-marathon is all the rage these days, especially among women. In fact, a recent Running USA Report revealed that 13.1 is the fastest-growing race distance. Newswire Welcome back, {* welcomeName *}! {* loginWidget *} Welcome back! {* #signInForm *} {* signInEmailAddress *} {* currentPassword *} {* /signInForm *} Marathon mantra(s) If all goes as planned, I’ll be running a marathon when this post goes out. This will be the first one. While training, I tried to keep in mind a few things to maintain the best running form possible. I experimented with a few running chants, but eventually boiled it down to seven items of three syllables each. Sprint (running) Usain Bolt, world record holder in 100 m and 200 m sprints Sprinting is the act of running over a short distance at (or near) top speed. It is used in many sports that incorporate running, typically as a way of quickly reaching a target or goal, or avoiding or catching an opponent. Human physiology dictates that a runner's near-top speed cannot be maintained for more than 30–35 seconds due to the depletion of Phosphocreatine stores in muscles, and perhaps secondarily to excessive Metabolic acidosis as a result of Anaerobic glycolysis.[1] At the professional level, sprinters begin the race by assuming a crouching position in the starting blocks before leaning forward and gradually moving into an upright position as the race progresses and momentum is gained.

High School cross country, track, training & racing Welcome back, {* welcomeName *}! {* loginWidget *} Welcome back! {* #signInForm *} {* signInEmailAddress *} {* currentPassword *} {* /signInForm *} Your account has been deactivated. Running On Air: Breathing Technique This article was adapted from Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter, by Budd Coates, M.S., and Claire Kowalchik (Rodale, 2013). The book teaches how to use the principles and methods of rhythmic breathing across all levels of effort. It includes training plans for distances from 5-K to the marathon, as well as strength-training programs and stretching workouts. In my early days as a runner, I, like most, didn't give any thought to my breathing. I took up the sport in high school—back in the '70s—and as a senior on the cross-country team, I won the individual league championship, a good but not great accomplishment. I continued to run at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where I majored in physical education.

Track and field Track and field is a sport which combines various athletic contests based on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing.[1] The name is derived from the sport's typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and jumping events take place. It is one of the oldest sports. In ancient times, it was an event held in conjunction with festivals and sports meets such as the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Records are kept of the best performances in specific events, at world and national levels, right down to a personal level. However, if athletes are deemed to have violated the event's rules or regulations, they are disqualified from the competition and their marks are erased.

Advanced Welcome back, {* welcomeName *}! {* loginWidget *} Welcome back! {* #signInForm *} {* signInEmailAddress *} {* currentPassword *} Chi running: can a habitual heel striker learn to land midfoot in one day? A nice mid-to-forefoot strike, which drastically reduces impact on the body compared with a heel-strike. Photograph: Joe Wigdahl/Alamy "Shoulders back" "Stand tall" "Shoulders down" "Chin in" "Fall forwards" "Kick back" … Trying to follow snippets of advice gleaned from magazines and blogs on how to stop heel striking and start landing on my mid or forefoot had left me confused.