Q: I'm 16 years old, 5'7", weight 175 lb. I'm a swimmer, go to gym every day...run about 2 miles minimum, 2 times a week. I run for 30 minutes nonstop. I would like to know a good distance to practice so I could improve my running. I would like to run longer distances but seems I get tired in 3 miles. Plz help me. Thank you - D., 11/12/04

A: You are a very active person! Great job. The benefits you will have will help you when you get as old as I am (I am 48). I have talked to a lot of athletes who do a variety of fitness activities and all seem to agree that running is one of the most difficult. It gets easier the longer you condition yourself, so be patient. I suggest that you buy a good running book and learn everything you can do to help your running. There are several you can get, but one of my favorites is Jeff Galloway's "Book on Running." I liked the first edition better, but it's out of print. But the second edition is o.k., too. The one thing that I would suggest is to try to learn more about your Body Mass Index or BMI to find the ideal weight for you in relation to your height which will help you in all of the activities you are pursuing. This will help improve your running and address the tiredness that you feel. I did a quick Google search and found the link below. I hope it helps. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm

Good luck to you! The Rage

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