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9/13/09 3:14 P

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I told my friend who is a physical therapist that my right hip was starting to hurt. She asked if I usually ran in a clockwise direction and I said yes. She said that was the problem. So now I try to mix it up.

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9/11/09 8:35 A

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Dear E_JUST_E,

I am very far from sprinter runner and I will never be one. Bumping onto others!!! Funny!!! But true, although I go for training very early in the morning, about 07.00 and there are not many runners at that time.

This morning I run half of my time clockwise to see how it it. Well, it made no difference for me, it was as easy or as difficult as the normal counterclockwise.

Maybe I will repeat this from time to time just for a change.

Uhura

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9/10/09 10:09 P

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All track and field events are being run counterclockwise in a stadium, that's probably the reason you were told that... On the other hand, unless you are a sprinter who does max 1 mile fartleks while training in a stadium, there is no reason to run counterclockwise when training, other than maybe not bumping onto other runners.

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9/8/09 3:41 P

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It's the same as running on the shoulder of the road - there are slopes in the road (and on the track) that are invisible to the eye - but your body sure feels them!! You can build up a strong imbalance across your body which could lead to injury. It's always a good idea to change things up as much as possible to balance out your muscle groups.

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9/8/09 10:22 A

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I have heard that when you run that you should change the route sometime because your body gets use to it.

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9/8/09 10:19 A

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because of that slope suggested by Anthony - you may find more wear on one of your legs than the other (or one leg is becoming stronger than the other). . . because of that it may be a good idea to run in both directions :)

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9/8/09 10:16 A

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usually there is a slope toward the middle, so that you don't continuously run slanted you should run counter sometimes.

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9/8/09 10:13 A

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Hello dear Spark friends,

I am a new runner (right now I am in a ''from 5k to 10k'' training program) but I have many friends who are serious runners or marathon runners.

I am training in a stadium and I often hear those other runners say that I should not always run anticlockwise around the stadium but I should run clockwise sometimes too.

Does anybody have to make a comment on this? Is this correct and if yes, why?

Does it have to do with the inclination of the body towards the centre of the stadium? Or with the left foot near the centre of the stadium? Or what?

Waiting for your answers.

Uhura

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