Ethan Flake

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Two Simple Tests To Predict Shin Splints

Think you have them? Try these now.<p>The current issue of the <i>British Journal of Sports Medicine</i> has a study by Australian researchers who worked with a group of 384 soldiers during training. At the start of the study, they performed a couple of simple diagnostic tests; then, over the next 16 months, …

A Beginner's Guide to Cross-Training

Elliptical? Rowing? Cycling? How to choose an activity that's right for you.<p>Cross-training—with cycling, swimming, the elliptical trainer, or the rowing machine—can play an important role in your overall fitness routine. It gives the muscles you use in walking and running a chance to recover while …

Muscle

Short v. Long Intervals

Two sides of the same coin, or completely different workouts?<p>Here's an interesting graph to consider:<p>It comes from a paper by Nigel Stepto and his colleagues, then at the University of Cape Town, back in 1999. This particular version of it is redrawn in a review on physiological adaptations to …

Six Brain Foods for Better Running

Enhance your diet for a healthier brain – and a better run.<p>Your noggin is not only responsible for memory and cognition—it also plays a critical role in dictating fatigue levels during a run. And just as fueling the muscles is critical to performance, nourishing the brain with key nutrients boosts …

Guns in America: Time for Change

Why I believe Congress needs to pass gun-control legislation.<p>I love my Second Amendment right. I was raised in Boise, Idaho, and have been hunting the Treasure Valley for upland game and waterfowl since I was strong enough to carry a gun. I come from a long line of hunters who take pride in the …

Cross-Training 101: Row Your Way To A Better Run

Rowers, known for their big arms, and runners, many with debatable upper-body strength, would seem to have little in common. But, there’s actually a …

A Guide to Common Running Terms

Running is straightforward. But sometimes the lingo is not.<p>1 of 20<p><b>Achilles tendon:</b> The tendon along the back of your foot that attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis can occur in new runners who increase their distance and/or intensity too quickly. This is especially true …

How to Build Mental Muscle

New research reveals that if you really want that PR, you have to train your brain—hard.<p>I spring out of bed, pull on my shorts and trainers, slather on sunscreen, and sit down at my computer. It's 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning in mid-May, two weeks before the start of my first marathon, and time for …