Running Training Helpline

Running training is not an exact science. There are many opinions about what good and bad running training is. As you are developing your running training knowledge your head is full of questions, like:

  • Should I run fast or slow ?


  • What should I do to finish a 5K in a certain time?


  • What types of running training should I do?


  • Can I improve my running times?


  • You can find answers to quite a few of your questions in the articles in the running training section of this website.

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    Ask a question and you can get an answer from me. Well worth it if you have got a running training question to ask!

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    Instead of just asking "I want to shave off 1 minute of my current 10k time. Can you help?" it is better if you tell me how much running you currently do, results in recent races, how long you have been running, etc.

    The better the question, the better the answer!

    I get plenty of questions. Answering a question in detail takes time, sometimes upto an hour. And I'd like to think that I provide useful answers. Some tangible stuff that helps to make you a better runner. So, please respect that I will not respond to one-liners. Questions or statements like "I want to run 1500m in 6min. Suggestions?" or "I need to shave time of my 5k." will be deleted. I simply can't help you if you don't provide details.

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    Thank you.


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    Calories Burned While Running 
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    Smoking Runner Wants to Quit Smoking 
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    Distance Running for Children 
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    Getting Slower Instead of Faster 
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    Intense Running 
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    Leg Cramps While Running 
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    Sickness and Running 
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