Suki Sidhu

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The Biomechanical Case for Minimalist Running

Can we draw any conclusion from force measurements?<p>A few weeks ago, I gave a talk on the current state of research into minimalist running at a conference of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, which involved sifting through a bunch of papers both new and old. I thought I'd share …

Running

Should I Eat Breakfast on Race Morning?

I usually run on an empty stomach in the early morning.<p><i>Hello,</i><p><i>I am 42 years old and just started running about three months ago. I try to train at least two or three times a week with a half-hour run. I ran my first 5K in December and finished in 26:29. I only have time to train when I get up at</i> …

Nutrition

A Brief History Of Energy Return In Running Shoes

The new Adidas Energy Boost shoe has several innovative and impressive new features. "Energy return" is probably the least of them.<p>In the late 1980s the New York Times heard that several running shoe companies were flirting with a new idea called “energy return,” so the paper dispatched a reporter …

Why Do My Calf Muscles Cramp When I Run?

Causes could be muscles fatigue, dehydration or other syndromes.<p><i>Doc- Hope you can give me some advice on this. I have been experiencing cramps/spasms in my calves for about two years now. I am 43, and have been running competitively since I was 11. I never had these issues until I ran my first</i> …

Marathons

How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Coach Jenny offers 11 tips to help runners work toward this goal.<p><i>I, like many, am very motivated to qualify for the Boston Marathon after last week’s events. I’m currently 18 minutes away from that goal. Do you have any tips for shedding twenty minutes off my marathon finish time? I’ve run four</i> …

Marathons

How Can I Recover from My Half or Full Marathon?

Try this "reverse taper" to return to training refreshed and healthy.<p><i>I’m running my third half-marathon this spring and a marathon this fall. Do you have any tips for recovering after the races? Thanks, Breanne</i><p>Good luck in your races this season, Breanne. You are wise to think about recovery, as it …

Marathons

A Randomized, Blinded Trial of Minimalist Shoes

Forget biomechanics, we need to measure the outcomes that matter: injuries.<p>I gave a talk last week at the annual scientific meeting of the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medecine about the current state of evidence about running shoes, minimalism, and injuries. Although I discussed a few of …

Ask Dr. Daily: All About Sugar

It's gritty. It's granulated. It's sweet. It's in the news. Here's the scoop.<p>Sugar! That is today's topic, readers. Sugar, sugar, sugar. Say it enough times and it starts to sound really funny. Sugar.<p>Sugar is on our mind because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently that …

Diabetes

Beet Juice: How Much and When?

A new study explores the dose-response curve of the endurance booster.<p>Beet juice is the big endurance-boosting sensation of the past few years. But how much, exactly, do you need? How much does it help? When should you take it? And how long does it last? We've got questions, and a new paper in the</i> …