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PT365 Run Plans | Marathon race tips: Run it like a hybrid car from Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella

Drmark_150To run your best marathon “is part art, science, guts, faith in yourself and a little luck.”

Those hallmarks of Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella’s advice heading into last year’s Marine Corps Marathon hold true today.

He says you can use this advice as your perennial marathon strategy: Race like a hybrid car.

If you’ve followed the PT365 Run Plans to get to your race, you’ll be glad, Cucuzzella says.

CrossFit vs. unit PT |  Troops will do the training plans in what’s likely the biggest CrossFit study ever

CrossFit vs. unit PT | Troops will do the training plans in what’s likely the biggest CrossFit study ever

Which is better at building at hard bodies: CrossFit or standard Army physical training?

Most CrossFitters will swear they already know the answer, but a new $2.5 million study gearing up to launch at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, aims to settle the question of CrossFit vs. Army PT once and for all.

Researchers with Kansas State University’s kinesiology lab will track 20 groups of soldiers — more than 200 troops in all — over four years. Half of the troops will do by-the-book PT training, and the other half will get trained up in CrossFit.

“We’ll be working with two, or maybe four, groups at once,” says Kansas State kinesiology professor Katie Heinrich, who’s leading the effort. Each pair of groups — one doing CrossFit, one doing regular PT — will get a broad range of fitness testing first, then train for six months, then get tested again.

GearScout | How to gear up for a stage race from a gear pro and 170-mile Grand to Grand finisher

Travis Rolph500Founder of Mayflower Research & Consulting — maker of lightweight tactical nylon for the “military athlete” — and spec-ops veteran Travis Rolph, left, is no stranger to gear. Get a load of his kit from the seven-day, 170-mile unsupported Grand to Grand Ultra starting at the north rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona and finishing at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. He lays out his race plan down to the calorie over on GearScout.

PT365 Run Plans | Ramp down training pre-marathon to be strong on race day

PT365_runplan_logoOK, Run Planners, it’s almost go time.

But be smart. How you spend the last few weeks of marathon training — we’re getting ready for the Marine Corps Marathon — could make or break your race. It’s not the time to squeeze in extra workouts, nor is it time to kick back with the PlayStation.

It’s time to taper — to ramp down the length and intensity of your workouts so you can be as fresh and rested as possible on race day.

[Not racing? Keep these tips in mind in the days before your PT Test.]

12 products called out in fight against workout stimulants

12 products called out in fight against workout stimulants

Researchers have determined that several dietary supplements — some of which are available in GNC stores on military bases — contain a synthetic stimulant never tested in humans.

A report published online Oct. 8 in Drug Testing and Analysis found a compound, DMBA, or 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, also marketed as AMP Citrate or 4-amino-2-methylpentane citrate, in 12 dietary supplements marketed as weight loss supplements or pre-workout boosters, available online and at some GNC and Vitamin Shoppe stores.

But according to the researchers from Harvard Medical School, the Netherlands Health Protection Center and NSF International, DMBA is closely related to the banned stimulant 1,3-dimethylamylamine, DMAA, and has not undergone rigorous scientific testing.