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UjENA FIT Club 100 Interesting Running Articles

Best Road Races and the UjENA FIT Club is publishing 100 articles about races, training, diet, shoes and coaching.   If you would like to contribute to this feature, send an email to Bob Anderson at bob@ujena.com .  We are looking for cutting edge material.

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Pleasanton: The Masters of Double Racing
Posted Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
By David Prokop Pleasanton, Calif., may be a quiet, relaxed community across the bay from San Francisco, but where Double... Read Article
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Champions of the Double
Posted Monday, September 15th, 2014
Peter Mullin has taken Double Racing® by storm. He broke the 60-64 age group world record in the first Double... Read Article
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Double Racing Has Truly Arrived!
Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2014
by David Prokop (Editor Best Road Races) Photo: Double 15k top three Double Racing® is a new sport for... Read Article
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Pritz's Honor
Posted Sunday, May 11th, 2014
By David Prokop, editor Best Road Races The world’s most unusual race met the world’s most beautiful place, in the... Read Article

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Understanding the Difference Between Soreness and Injury
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Soreness is to be expected
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by Barry Anderson  There is little doubt that anyone who takes up running to either improve fitness or to become a serious runner and racer will experience some form of soreness and injury. To stay in reach your goals, as either type of runner, it is important for you to develop an understanding of the difference between soreness and injury. You will undoubtedly find that as you continue to run a clearer understanding of your body will develop as you become stronger and improve fitness.

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Photo: at the finish of a race it is hard to know right off the bat if you are feeling an injury or you are just sore and tired.

One of the biggest causes of soreness in your muscles is the accumulation of lactic acid that is created when you run and there is not enough oxygen to break down the glucose that muscles use for energy during exertion. Soreness is to be expected, is usually general and not specifically located, and can usually be tied directly to the level of exertion during your workout. You can help reduce muscle soreness by doing a cool-down of light running or walking and static stretching after your workout. This post-workout process will help flush the accumulated lactic acid from the muscles and ease soreness.

Injuries are generally associated with more acute pain and specifically located. They are most often located at the attachment points of muscles and not in the “belly” of the muscle for distance runners. When you learn these differences you will miss fewer training days and have a more enjoyable running experience.

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