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JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (21,896)
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5/13/13 9:13 P

I don't think it matters if you are a little slower in the other direction. You are using more effort to compensate with the change in direction, which in overall benefits will give you more results.

5/13/13 8:33 P

I do not know anything about being hard wired to run anti clockwise but when I was coaching track I had my runners do all there cool downs running clockwise on the infield. I did it to balance out their motion and give them an alternative workout.

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,326
5/13/13 7:11 P

If you run a lot at a track, you can actually cause injury by always running the same direction, since it puts stress on each side of the body differently. I would encourage you to run evenly in both directions.

Coach Jen

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5/13/13 5:48 P

From my college fencing coach:

Because we've all run in counterclockwise circles on a track/for gym class, turning left is hard wired into our brains. Also because we go in that direction so much, our legs have developed asymetrically to handle left turns better. But since almost no one runs a track clockwise, it doesn't really matter in the long run.

I just paraphrased his answer from when we had the same problem in college.

5/13/13 5:18 P

I have noticed an odd phenomena when I run on my regular indoor track. When I run my normal counterclockwise on the 1/8 mile track everything seems good about the run. On occasion I like to change directions and run clockwise around the track. When I do that I lose about 5 seconds per lap and it feels like I am dragging a tire. I just can't seem to make any progress. The only difference is a change in direction.

I guess I am wondering if anyone else has noticed this with their run and if so do you change your workout to address it? Should I increase my clockwise workouts until the phenomena goes away or does it matter? I should say I only do clockwise when there is nobody else on the track as the others always go counterclockwise.

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