Tom Cornelius

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All of the Weird Ways That Running Affects Your Body

Answering the “why” behind twitchy legs, black toenails, and an urgent need to find a bathroom.<p>Runners know bodies.<p>We understand what training does for our legs, lungs, and heart. We’re also intimately familiar with the other, less attractive ways running impacts our bodies. But we don’t …

University of Illinois

How Strength Training Makes You Faster

In the wake of Mo Farah’s stunning double gold-medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, running fans were eager to learn the secret. How had he gone from also-ran to champion after joining Alberto Salazar’s Nike training group in Oregon? One answer that soon gained currency: He hit the weight …

9 Foods Athletes Should Eat Every Day

“What should I eat?” It’s a loaded question, one that people have been Googling en masse for more than a decade. The specifics of that answer depend on your goals—if you’re trying to shed a few pounds, for example, you’ll need to eat differently than someone trying to ramp up during a training …

Yep, Pizza Can Be a Recovery Fuel

Pizza is a delicious reward after a tough workout. But we shouldn’t always treat it as an indulgence. Consider the flatbread, pizza’s somewhat healthier cousin. Shawn Hueglin, senior sports dietitian for the U.S. Olympic Committee, says the basic concept here is nutritious and versatile. With the …

Why Caffeine Might Not Make You Faster

Sometimes I feel bad that I’m such a supplement skeptic. “Do you think Pill X will make me a better athlete with healthier skin and more regular bowel movements?” someone will ask, pointing me to a small unblinded study with four subjects, all of whom are employed by the company selling Pill X. …

We Need More Female Leaders in Olympic Sports

On International Women’s Day last week, it became alarmingly clear (once again) that gender parity doesn’t exist at the highest levels of Olympic sports. Take track and field, for example, where the gender split among elite athletes is 50/50 and prize money is largely equal, but women only occupy …

The 7 Best Training Apps

Whether you’re gym-averse, looking to track your latest vert, or trying to perfect your swim form, the right app can help you reach your training goals, says Los Angeles–based personal trainer Mike Donavanik. But with countless options hitting the market every day, it can be hard to find the right …

The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

How Well Do Different Drinks Hydrate You?

A new “hydration index” tests how fast water, juice, beer, milk, coffee and other drinks pass through your system.<p>Not all drinks take the same amount of time to reach your bladder. This fact, a team of researchers write in a recent <i>American Journal of Clinical Nutrition</i> article, “is of real clinical …

Alcohol

5 Steps for Coping With the Psychological Effects of Injuries

Athletes experience brain pain as well as physical symptoms while they’re hurt. Here’s how to deal.<p>In July, Jordan Hasay plans to head to Eugene, Oregon, for the 2016 Olympic Trials. It should be a sweet moment for the 24-year-old distance runner who, just last summer, was forced to withdraw from …

Marathons

Does Running Harden Your Arteries?

New research adds to an ongoing debate.<p>An article in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports on a recent conference presentation that found higher rates of atherosclerosis—hardening and narrowing of the arteries—in competitive masters athletes running more than 35 miles a week or cycling more than 150 …

Running Shoes

Do Running Injuries Run in the Family?

Genes affect the structure of your tendons and ligaments.<p>If you give an identical training program to 10 different runners, you’ll get 10 different results—even if they all start from the same baseline and follow the training program faithfully. This idea of genetic variation in the response to …

Running

A New Approach to Age-Grading Marathon Times

Use this calculator to compare performances across decades.<p>How do you compare Ed Whitlock’s 2:54 marathon at age 73 with Haile Gebrselassie’s 2:03:59 at age 35? Or, closer to home, how do you compare your latest performance to the times you ran five or 10 years ago? There are several different ways …

Marathons

How a Half-Hour Run Boosts Motor Skills

Exercise can improve key brain chemicals, study suggests.<p>By now you’re probably getting a little bored of the steady stream of research showing that running (and exercise in general) makes you smarter, as well as faster. Fair enough. But a slightly different twist is that researchers at Johns …

The Brain

The Proper Way to Fuel Before a Long Run

Once you’re running longer than normal, focus on foods that will energize your run.<p><i>Diane asks: What should I eat for breakfast before a long run? I'm training for my first marathon, and now that I'm up to 16 miles I've realized I need to eat something beforehand, but what?</i><p>Yes, it's a good idea to …

Nutrition

Has a Norwegian Physicist Shown That All Elites Run Wrong?

We can harness gravity to run faster, theory says.<p>Let me start by answering the question in the title: No. No, he hasn’t. You’re welcome to click away to another page, but since theories like this seem to be remarkably persistent, I’ll take a few minutes to look at the claims.<p>A Norwegian physicist …

Physics

Planning the Perfect Peak

Putting the theory of “periodization” to the test.<p>The most interesting training talk at last month’s Endurance Research Conference at the University of Kent was Stephen Seiler’s—and the good news is that it’s now freely available online. (For what it’s worth, so is my talk from the same conference, …

Marathons

What Makes an Ultramarathoner?

To go longer than 26.2, sacrifice efficiency to avoid muscle damage.<p>We all have an idea what the “ideal” marathoner looks like—we’ve seen enough pictures of the lead pack at big races to have an image of the diminutive, smooth-striding, pipe-cleaner-legged bodies that tend to finish at the front. …

Running

Understanding Why You Hit “The Wall”

Training your body to work more efficiently will help you out on race day.<p><i>Beth asks: I'm considering training for my first marathon, but I'm intimidated by the longer miles. More specifically, I'm terrified of hitting “the wall.” Any suggestions for me to get past this sticking point?</i><p>Our fears are …

Marathons

Negative Thinking Boosts Injury Risk

Runners who beat themselves up over bad performances tend to push hard when they should back off.<p>When you have a bad run or fall short of your race goals, what sort of script runs through your mind? If you tend to fault yourself for your failures, you may face a higher risk of injury, a new study …

Marathons

Data vs. Feelings

Which is the better way to monitor training and fatigue?<p>We live in an age of data, so you might imagine that training should be simple. How could anyone get overtrained if they’re diligently monitoring their heart-rate variability, omega-wave brain activity, hormonal profile, blood levels, and …

Heart Rates

Are we witnessing the death of the sixth form college?

My sixth form was transformational for me, and I'm not alone, says Christobel Hastings.<p>Five years ago, in the midday heat of June, I finished my …

How to approach the Teaching Excellence Framework with confidence

There is no magic bullet for teaching excellence, but there are some things you can do to polish your practice<p>The announcement of a proposed Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) has caused a frisson in higher eduction, by suggesting that the quality of teaching in universities is worth careful …

How to handle parents: a survival guide for new teachers

Dreading meeting the parents for the first time? Education coach and mother Nicole Ponsford offers advice on getting off on the right foot<p>One of the greatest challenges for a new teacher is meeting the parents. Getting to know your students’ families and representing your school can be a …

Teaching

How the British School System Fucks You Up

A study released yesterday suggested that the internet was affecting teenage girls' mental health – but what about the pressures we face at school, like exam stress, competitive kids and fear-mongering sex education?<p>"They say your school days are the best days of your life, but the only way that …

Why Should Endurance Athletes Care About Plyometrics?

<i>A:</i><p>It's well known that plyometric exercises—fast, explosive movements that involve jumping, sprinting, and quick direction changes—can improve skills like speed, vertical jump, and muscle power. Walk into any CrossFit box or high-intensity interval fitness class and you're bound to see athletes …

The New Science Behind Low-Carb Training

University of Copenhagen sports physiologists first developed the “train low, compete high” protocol in 2005 for athletes looking for a performance edge. It encouraged the idea of double workouts every second day. In practice, athletes would eat breakfast to fuel their morning session, then skip …

Menstrual Cycle and Athletic Performance

How you store and use carbohydrate depends on your cycle.<p>After British tennis star Heather Watson was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round last month, she blamed her poor play on "girl things." That sparked a series of articles in the British press on a generally neglected topic: …

Menstruation

Are Caffeine Patches Safe for Athletes?

<i>A:</i><p>Caffeine can be a wonderful thing, especially in the world of fitness. It can boost mental acuity, performance, and endurance, and trans-dermal caffeine patches have even been touted as weight-loss aids and general energy sources. But for the first time, they're being marketed specifically to …

Kenya Cracks Down on Athletes Using PEDs

In the wake of Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo’s failed doping tests and doping investigations into dozens of other Kenyan athletes, Athletics Kenya has announced harsher penalties for any athletes caught using performance-enhancing drugs. Agents enabling doping will also be …