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Running Tracker and Online Running Journal

Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:43 pm MST

Female RunnerAn online running journal is a site that allows you to log your running, aerobic, and other cross-training activities. You can log your activities, including details such as duration, pace, splits, or repetitions. In addition, you can make notes on each day according to your preference. Not only this, but everyday you can input health information such as weight, body fat %, and sleep so that you can track your progress in these categories at any time. A report including minimum, maximum, and average of all of these variables is available. In addition, you can create custom reports to track progress of anything you choose. This is great for tracking the number of times you have run a specific course or with a specific person, and what your times were during these.

 

If you choose, you can allow others to view your running log. Using features such as teams, you can even give them access to leave your friends notes on your log. Get some friends to sign up for an online running journal site and you can track each others’ progress and leave them notes of encouragement or even a slap on the wrist if they haven’t been working out as much as they should!  It is a great resource and there are several sites that provide these journals now.

Running Tracker

Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:05 am MST
Running is more than just putting on a pair of running shoes and hitting the road. Get information about stretching, strength-training, cross-training, and proper running form, plus check out useful fitness calculators.  For many competitive runners, the 30-minute effort/pace workout is one of the most critical quality workouts of their training plan.

When it's too hot and humid to run outside, the treadmill is a great alternative. If you're finding that you're suffering from extreme treadmill running boredom, try some of these tips.

I've thought for a long time that running is addicting, and I know that a lot of other runners agree with me. Well, now it seems that a bunch of rats are proving this running addiction theory to be correct.

Researchers at Tufts University gave naloxone, a medicine for heroin overdose that produces immediate withdrawal symptoms, to rats that ran in exercise wheels. The rats showed withdrawal symptoms like those seen in narcotics addicts. And the rodents that ran the hardest had the most severe withdrawal symptoms.

The scientists found that the rats showed similar behaviors to rats addicted to drugs. "Exercise, like drugs of abuse, leads to the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and dopamine, which are involved with a sense of reward," noted lead author Robin Kanarek, PhD.

But don't let a potential addiction be another excuse to not run. "As with food intake and other parts of life, moderation seems to be the key. Exercise, as long as it doesn't interfere with other aspects of one's life, is a good thing with respect to both physical and mental health," said Kanarek.

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