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When is it too cold to run outside? Is it possible to stretch too much? Is all that running gear really necessary?

Expert Dave Scott-Thomas, the running coach to Canada's top marathoners and Amberly McAteer, a web editor who needs help sorting out her love/hate relationship with running, took your questions.

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When is it too cold to run outside? Is it possible to stretch too much? Is all that running gear really necessary?



Expert Dave Scott-Thomas, the running coach to Canada's top marathoners and Amberly McAteer, a web editor who needs help sorting out her love/hate relationship with running, took your questions.

Below is the transcribed text from the live discussion

Amberly McAteer: Welcome to today's running discussion! Joining is Dave Scott Thomas, runner extraordinaire and trainer to some of Canada's top marathoners



Dave Scott-Thomas: Hi from Guelph everyone!



Amberly McAteer: I came out with a rather embarrassing fact in Monday's paper - I've signed up, but haven't showed up, for three 10K races..



Dave - any psychological advice off the bat for runners who need some motivation?



Dave Scott-Thomas: This is part of your love/hate relationship I guess, Amber. Why haven't you shown up for your races?



Amberly McAteer: Everyday stuff gets in the way of the training sked that I'm so determined to keep up with at the beginning.. I lose motivation quite easily when time is already so limited



Jason: I'm training for a 10k. Is it better to work towards running that distance - and then work on improving my time?



Matt_OMX: Amberly - what I like to do (when possible) is pick up the bib, swag bag, timing chip etc the day before the event. That way you're committed to showing up!



Dave Scott-Thomas: sorry, had to reboot.



Dave Scott-Thomas: Amberly, I suggest you try to make it more social. Find a group and bring in some support. Have friends who can keep you accountable to your goals.



Dave Scott-Thomas: Jason, I'd suggest you gently try to bring you distance up so you know you can handle 10km, and then look at bringing your times down. Consistency of training is more important than intensity.



Amberly McAteer: Thing is, I sort of hate running with people - strangers for sure, but friends most of all. no one ever runs my exact pace, and I find it really difficult not to get caught up in the comparison game.. (more on this in a column coming in a few weeks!).. But I digress.



Steph Steph: I frequently get shin splints (in my left leg). Is it better to stop and stretch or "run it out"?

Dave Scott-Thomas: Comparison's are tough for sure. So....even if you don't run with friends (but the pace does not matter so much, fyi, you'll get a benefit from a wide range) rbing them into your loop in terms of goals.



Miguel: Hello, I heard many things about stretching before running and would like to know your thoughts on that.



Dave Scott-Thomas: Steph, you wont be able to stretch shin splints out. If you have persistent discomfort, I'd suggest you see a physio, and take a few days of cross-training. Some ice and a mild anit-inflam should help.



Dave Scott-Thomas: Good q Miguel,



Amberly McAteer: @Miguel - we have a great piece on when to stretch (the coach says to always stretch warm muscles) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/running/expert-advice/ive-just-started-jogging-whens-the-best-time-to-stretch/article1913694/



Dave Scott-Thomas: I don;t think you need to stretch a ton before running. Most of us begin our runs fairly gently and that is gentle dynamic strecthing in itself. I generally advocate such dynamic stretching using legs swings and then use static stretching post-run.



Dave Scott-Thomas: Agreed, Amberly. There are more benefits from flexibility work on warm muscles.



Amberly McAteer: Jason - we have a bunch of training programs for a 10K, depending on your skill level.. (i'm braving the intermediate - it's no picnic) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/running/six-10k-training-programs/article1480068/



Ryan: Hi Dave, I'm a beginner and was just wondering if you would recommend a plan of some sort or just maybe run unitl you get tired and then try and stretch it out each time out?

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