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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.

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 …

Physiology

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 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 …

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 …

Exercise

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 …

Fitness

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 | O2 Fitness Raleigh, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina Fitness Clubs

<i>Written by Mike Winkfield, Fitness Director, O2 Fitness Fuquay</i><p>There has been a lot of interest in the Chi running style. Not sure what Chi Running …

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

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 …