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Jul. 27 2010 — 10:30 am | 654 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments

Misconceptions About Buying Running Shoes, Ctd.: Forget Everything I’ve Told You

A month ago, I wrote about 5 Misconceptions About Purchasing New Running Shoes, based on experiences from several years working in the industry. I felt sufficiently pleased with myself, having spouted objective analysis of the buying process to benefit the consumer.

My analysis, however, along with the entire business model around which specialty running shoe stores are based, might be fundamentally flawed. continue »

Jul. 6 2010 — 1:18 pm | 579 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

How to run in July (without getting heatstroke)

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Across the country temperatures are heating up and along the Eastern Seaboard the highs are predicted to top 100 this week. Common sense tells us that an ice cream cone and an air-conditioned room seem like a better idea than an outdoor run, but the fact is many fall marathon training plans have already begun. If you have a gym membership (and can survive the treadmill), that might be your best option, but what if you can’t run inside? It IS possible to run outside this summer, without collapsing from heatstroke. Read on for my “beat the heat” running tips! continue »

Jun. 29 2010 — 12:34 pm | 378 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Teleoanticipation: The new way to run intervals

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Every seasoned runner knows the benefits of intervals - increased V02 max, higher calorie burn, and one of the most efficient ways to improve speed. Interval workouts are often the staple of training plans from milers to marathoners, but how do you know if your workout is well, working for you? Different coaches recommend different interval lengths, paces, and recovery times. However, a new approach based on self-perception has recently been heralded as the most effective. continue »

Jun. 23 2010 — 3:53 pm | 619 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Why your office job is putting you at risk

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The other day I was reading the latest issue of Running Times and came across an article about the connection between our daily routines and running form. Pete Pfitzinger, co-author of Advanced Marathoning and current cube monkey made the following statement about sitting at a desk from 9-5: “the hamstrings become short and weak and the core muscles do not have to work as you lean back in your chair”. Competitive runner and coach Pete Magill agrees “It plays murder on our hips, and can also cause illiotibial band syndrome” Anything we do for a long time strains certain muscles, and they’re going to go into spasm.” continue »

Jun. 22 2010 — 10:48 am | 787 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

5 Common Misconceptions About Buying A New Pair of Running Shoes

Despite persistent efforts of running marketers, runners don’t really need all the overpriced bells and whistles. We don’t need Fuel Belts or Spi Belts. We don’t need performance apparel or shoe wallets.

Indeed, without the constraints of teammates and opponents and field specifications that limit other sports, the only thing a runner truly needs to “play” is a good pair of high-end running shoes. They are a reliable training partner to prevent injuries and endure for hundreds of miles. continue »


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