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The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Jackson Pollock

Konrad Kellen was a US defence analyst with a flamboyant past who knew how to listen. If only people had listened to him, the war in Vietnam might have ended much sooner than it did. http://bbc.in/1aiFW3m

Is Peaking Psychological?

<i>To have your best day on race day you might want to focus more on mental strength than on fitness.</i> <b></b><p>In the sport of running, the term “peaking” refers …

7 Traits Of Mentally Tough Runners

<i>How many of the seven key traits of mentally tough runners do you have?</i><p>Do you know what makes runners mentally tough, especially when workouts or …

What Happens When You First Run Barefoot

Study provides more support for gradual transition to barefoot running.<p>You've probably heard that, if you're going to add barefoot running to your training, you should do so gradually. A small study out of New York adds to the evidence of why a slow transition is best for most runners.<p>In the study, …

The Third Energy System

There's aerobic and anaerobic... and there's also phosphocreatine.<p>Interesting bit of trivia about energy use during exercise, from a new paper in the <i>European Journal of Applied Physiology</i> by researchers in Portugal. We (i.e. endurance-oriented folks) normally think about two different types of …

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 …

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 CrossFita good supplement to running? A replacement for running? A small study conducted in Alabama provides some useful real-world information on what happens …

The World’s Simplest Learn to Run Program

All you need is 30 minutes, three times each week.<p><i>I’ve been out of shape for the past few years and I’m trying to start running. The problem is every time I try, I get through about one or two weeks and stop. I have a hard time following a training plan with all the intervals. Is it just me, or is</i> …

The Benefits of Functional Core Training

The word "core" is thrown around in various ways in the fitness world. Some think the core is a sleek six pack, when in fact the abdominals are only …

How to Increase Metabolism During Marathon Training

When Amanda, a young runner I coach, started training for her first marathon earlier this year, she weighed 125 pounds. Twelve weeks and hundreds of …

The shortest full-body workout ever? We tried out the "Scientific 7-Minute Workout" to see if it lives up to the hype, here http://grt.st/11yqWLv

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …

Hamstring Exercises for Runners

One common muscular imbalance I notice in runners on almost a daily basis is the comparative weakness of their Hamstring muscles in comparison to …

What's the Difference Between Fartlek, Tempo, and Interval Runs?

Here's a quick breakdown of these three major types of speed workouts.<p><i>Hi Jenny, I just read your article,</i> <i>'</i><i>What Should I Do During the Off Season</i><i>?'. Very helpful, thanks! Could you briefly explain to me the difference between fartlek, tempo, and interval runs? Thanks! Mary</i><p>Hi, Mary. Thanks for the …

Chi Running & Posture: Making the Connection

Chi Running is gaining a lot of attention due to the focus it places on establishing and maintaining proper posture while running. Read more here!

Hydration: The Key To Successful Performance

<i>Hydration, especially in the hot summer months, is crucial for endurance athletes.</i><p>One might not normally consider such, but the cornerstone for any …

8 Things Runners Should Know About Coffee

Your favorite morning indulgence has some health and performance benefits, too.<p><b>Caffeine (in coffee or otherwise) improves performance…</b> Hundreds of studies have shown that consuming caffeine before a physical challenge likely helps subjects go farther and faster than when they go without it. This …

How to Prevent Common Running Injuries

Proper form, strength training, and the right shoes can prevent injury.<p>It's an all too common scenario: Runner begins training program. A month or so later, a twinge settles on a knee. Runner stretches, pops ibuprofen, keeps running. A few—or maybe 100—runs later, runner is on the couch, ice pack …

How Different Foot Strikes Affect Different Body Parts

Runners with knee, Achilles injuries might be best candidates for switching.<p>One aspect of the barefoot/minimalism/form debate of the last few years that most experts agree is unfortunate is the notion that one type of foot strike is universally better. A new Finnish study provides the helpful …

Going Running or Being Run?

In ChiRunning a key concept is to cooperate with external forces of nature. When you cooperate with the external force of gravity, it can feel as …

Training advice - The Running Bug

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

Natural Running: What The Heck Does it Mean?

The phrase “natural running” gets thrown around a lot these days. For example, there’s the Natural Running Center, there are natural running stores, …

Running etiquette: the 10 commandments

Running is all about freedom, right? It's about escaping the daily grind, releasing those dormant endorphins and generally sticking it to the man …

Is Heel Striking Evil?: More Evidence that All Heel Strikes Are Not Equal

We humans like tidy little categories. With running shoes we like to take the diversity of options out there and categorize things as neutral, …