Friday, November 7, 2014

No More Ice!

"..there is no data to show that ice does anything more than block pain," he says.  "And there is data that shows it delays healing."  -Gabe Mirkin  




 Source:   -Why Ice Doesn't Help an Injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

Foot Changes Following the Switch to Minimalist Running Shoes

In summary, this is anecdotal, but these are the changes we are seeing in runners who have transitioned to less of a shoe. These results were seen and described by many in the barefoot running community and now we are exponentially increasing numbers as runners are switching to minimalist type shoes -Dr. Nick's Running Blog

MY COMMENT: Dr Nick admits this evidence is strictly anecdotal, but may be something to experiment with if your feet look anything like his photos. The key is not to transition too fast. One easy trick is to remove the insoles in your regular training flats on some short runs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fatalities in Running

A 42-year-old man has died after collapsing at the finish line of the London Marathon. The man, who has not been named, was given medical attention immediately after finishing the race, but was pronounced dead at hospital. Officials said that the news had left the event "tinged with sadness". One of the women’s elite runners, Mami Konneh Lahun from Sierra Leone, has disappeared after finishing the race in 20th place. -The Telegraph..................................................................... Dr. Jeff Bytomski, head medical team physician at Duke University, said medical problems usually rise toward the end of the half-marathon. In news reports of deaths at races, most are said to occur near the finish line. Bytomski said they may experience an adrenaline rush in the excitement of the race and decide to sprint in -Stonehearth News ...................................................................................... MY COMMENT: No, I am not convinced adrenalin has anything to do with these deaths. I'll keep checking for follow-up stories.

Lower Extremity Changes with Minimalist Shoes!

These results were seen and described by many in the barefoot running community and now we are exponentially increasing numbers as runners are switching to minimalist type shoes. This is just one documented example of many with photographic evidence that I have seen in my practice. Why is this so significant? Because this is proof that running in a minimalist shoe can strengthen intrinsic foot musculature which can then change the shape of the foot and arch over time. I hope to soon have more similar objective results published!! Dr. Nick's Running Blog MY COMMENT: Not surprised by this but fascinating!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Marathon in North Korea

My comment: Why do I get the feeling those spectators in the stadium had better things to do? I've never seen such sparse crowd support in a major city marathon.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ryan Hall Impressive Tempo Run 3 Weeks Before His 2:04:58 at Boston in 2011

Nice workout, but I was shocked to see Hall's apparent reliance on sports supplements. Hopefully he was just going over the top to endorse his sponsors and doesn't actually eat that way. Unfortunately, Hall hasn't finished a marathon since the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Speed Training for Runners

Speed Training for Runners at competitor.com serves up a reminder to distance runners who consider higher weekly mileage as the only road to better performance at 5K and above. Although I've seen some comparatively slow runners put up impressive times at long distances, improving top end sprint speed may be the missing piece for many, especially if you are beginning to notice an age related slowdown. The article offers up a few workout ideas including the value of a good warm-up, but no need to get fancy. Once every week or 2 seek out a soft surface and run some repeats from 50m to 200m with plenty of rest. If you don't mind the pain or embarrassment, run a timed mile before implementing speed training workouts to serve as a benchmark for measuring progress down the road. If you aren't able to improve your mile time, chances are sprint workouts aren't going to help you run faster at longer distances either.