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Why Do Rich People Love Endurance Sports?

Participating in endurance sports requires two main things: lots of time and money. Time because training, traveling, racing, recovery, and the inevitable hours one spends tinkering with gear accumulate—training just one hour per day, for example, adds up to more than two full weeks over the course …

Logging

Heel Strike Uses Less Energy Than Midfoot Strike

Storing more energy in ankle "springs" takes extra energy, study suggests.<p>There was a time, a few years ago, when research into footstrike and biomechanics and running shoes seemed fresh and exciting. We were all eager to put old assumptions to the test and try out new ideas. These days, it feels …

Does Pronation Matter?

A comprehensive new study finds no difference in injury rates for different foot types.<p>In the relatively recent past, things were simple: your foot type was classified as overpronator, underpronator, or neutral, and you were supposed to get a running shoe designed for that foot type. If you got …

Should New Runners Focus on Pronation When Buying Shoes?

Study: No increased injuries in pronating new runners wearing neutral shoes.<p>When new runners go to buy shoes, it's common for running store employees to assess their degree of pronation, or how much their feet roll in after landing. The employees then recommend shoes based on the amount of …

How Good of a Workout is CrossFit?

Some physiological data from one popular workout.<p>The value of CrossFit for runners has been hotly debated the past couple of years. Is CrossFit a good supplement to running? A replacement for running? A small study conducted in Alabama provides some useful real-world information on what happens …

Study: Rearfoot, Forefoot Strike Equally Efficient | Runner's World

A new study, perhaps the best yet in a growing field, has found no difference in the running economy of habitual forefoot/midfoot runners vs. rearfoot runners. This would indicate that there’s no reason to switch from a rearfoot stride (common to roughly 80% of shoe-wearing runners) to a forefoot …

Running

Does Running Form Matter?

More runners than ever before—from elites to midpackers—are talking about running technique and debating its importance. Which begs the question: Should you change your form? That depends...<p>One of the problems with sports, not least running, is that when something incredible happens, it is often …

Healthcare's Big Problem With Little Data

Every year, the analyst firm Gartner publishes between 90 and 100 “Hype Cycles” with insight on about 1,900 different technologies. The Hype Cycle above is the one for Emerging Technologies for 2012 (published in August) and shows “Big Data” heading toward the “Peak of Inflated …

The Next 'Killer App' To Cut Health Care Costs: Getting Patients To Take Their Meds

<i>This guest article is by Aaron McKethan, senior vice president of strategy at RxAnte and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution.</i><p>Billions of dollars in venture capital is being poured into new innovations to improve health care. Devices remotely monitor patient health; smart phone apps help …

Should I See My Doctor?

How to tell the difference between uncomfortable and injured.<p><i>About 6 months ago I started training for my first 5K. A couple weeks into training I was having pain in my third toe on my left foot and my foot was going numb while running. I was training about 3-5 miles four times a week. I stopped</i> …

Carboloading Helps First-Time Marathoners

In study, those who ate more pre-race carbs finished faster.<p>Everybody knows to eat a lot of carbohydrates in the few days before a marathon, right? Maybe. But as a new study shows, knowing something and putting that knowledge to good use aren't always the same thing.<p>The study, published in the</i> …

You, Transformed

Figure out where you excel on the bike. Then take charge of your weaknesses.<p><b>Climbing</b><p><b>Are You A Natural?</b><br>Good climbers often have a light frame and strong muscles that aren't bulky. They also have robust aerobic capacities, efficient form, and high power-to-weight ratios.<p><b>Self-Test</b><br>See how you stack up …

Bicycling's Go Faster Eating Plan

Mix and match these meals and snacks to build unlimited options<p>Each day of the GO FASTER Eating Plan, formulated by Anne Guzman, sports-nutrition consultant for Peaks Coaching Group, provides 2,000 to 2,500 calories. You'll dig into 500-calorie breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and stoke your …

25 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Leader

Great quotes inspire us to change, to grow, and to become our best selves. I researched thousands of quotes from successful leaders for my last book, …

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially at Buffer) are words—very simple words, in fact. Should it say “Hi” or “Hey?” Should it be “cheers” …