Volume 94, Issue 52
Thursday, November 30, 2000
Running for your life - Tips on how not to hit the wall
By Sean Maraj
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Treadmills versus running outdoors is also a matter of contention, as many people prefer one over the other.
"Treadmills provide a little more cushion than the pavement. [But] the intensity isn't as high as running outside," Wesch said as being the biggest differences between the two approaches.
Another important aspect of running, especially for beginners, is stretching, which is a very important part of any kind of cardiovascular exercise.
"Muscles have to be warm, that's when you need to stretch," Wesch said. "Start jogging easy, to increase your core temperature, then you can stop and stretch. Stretching [after your run] is something you must do."
From beginners to experienced runners, anyone who hits the pavement knows the inevitable pain felt during a run, one of the most common being the stitch cramp.
"Stitches are something we haven't really figured out. Even highly fit runners get stitches," Vigars said.
Kicis approached stitches as something to work through as she was running and not something that was not hard to overcome.
"I usually run through it some people like to stretch it out," she said.
Wesch recommended that in the situation of a stitch, perhaps the best approach is to stretch the muscle out.
"Usually a stitch is a muscle cramp, basically stretch it out," she said.
For those still daunted by the task of going out in the cold and running the distance. Kicis was quick to give words of comfort for those willing to keep running.
"I think you get to a point where you're still working hard, but you don't feel it," she said.
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