Q: Ate there bad side effects to running? After he runs SK's or lOK's, my boyfriend often gets sick to his stomach. Is this psychological or physical? Lisa Ring, Uvonla, Mich. George: One thing for sure: Get the best athletes in the world together and you have a collection of the worst doctors on the planet. We athletes think we know everything, and we'd each offer a different answer to your question. But believe me, the answer you want must come from a doctor. Experts say it's possible for exercise to interfere with digestion. And if your boyfriend is drinking fluids when he runs, he might not be absorbing food well and might get nauseated — especially if he doesn't drink the same amount of fluid while training for the race. Sometimes for a race we go that extra mile and put extra stress on our bodies. Your boyfriend should get a checkup. It might be tough to persuade him to go, because athletes think they know it all. They'll say something quirky like, "Oh, this is caused by eating orange slices." I've had things go wrong with me and thought, "I'm in boxing; these doctors would never know about boxing ..." Then I found they knew more than my trainers. For example, many athletes foolishly practice dehydration. They might get dizzy and a trainer might suggest, "Well, eat a couple of raw eggs." Put it takes a doctor to say, "Hey, drink some water!" I'm one athlete who believes in a lot of water — and doctor checkups. 10 _. Q&A Fitness By GEORGE FOREMAN AND MIA HAMM Q: How can I run faster for soccer? I'm 13 and love soccer. But every time I run the mile, my time is the same. How can I lower it? Erica Frechman, Chatsworth, Calif. Mia: Try to break down the mile into smaller increments and first improve your times in those increments. Say you are on a track that has four laps to a mile. Take one lap at a time. Don't look at it as a four-lap run; look at it lap by lap. This is exactly how I work on increasing my own speed. If I can improve my times in shorter distances, I almost always run a faster mile. Also try 200-meter and 400-meter runs to improve both speed and endurance. If you run regularly, and train consistently — say, three to four times a week — your times will improve. My ideas work for me, but the key thing is you are out there exercising and enjoying the activity and improving your stamina all the time. That is what's most important, ca Mia Ha^pm and brother Gamtt -'who died last April at a& 28 -with . Garretfs son, Dillon, In tribute to a brother ... ; Mia Jfamm wi|l lead .somejof her U.S, Natipnal and Olympic gold medal-winning :, soccer teammates : April 5^in a, second 1 annual benefit match .against college all/stare at Milwaukee's Arena, TdeGarrett Garn^wa^ established jb February Jp97 but >. Marrow Foundation fjojrjjnlnfirity patient services aad a bone ipaw transplant prpg^rp at Children's 044 Fftnm Is an exclusive column that answers your questions on getting and staying In shape. There are now four ways to write to our fitness experts, George Foreman and Mia Hajnm. By mall: *Q&A: Fitness," 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229. By fax: 703-276-5518. By e-mail: fitness8usaweekend.com. Or on the Web at www.UHWWtwnd.com.
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