So, you read the “4 exercises every runner should do this month!” in Runner’s World. You even like the 6-pack abs you see on the cover. You wonder how many miles you have to run before yours pop out like that too?
Your best friend challenged you to sign up for a 10K in a few months. And your trip to the running store left you so confused on what to buy that you are thinking about just wearing the beater shoes you use to cut grass.
and we haven’t even started a conversation about chocolate milk being the best recovery drink or not…….there’s a ton of info out there. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with many thousands of runners. If you ever wondered what kind of simple advice goes a long way to set you on the right course for a smooth start and long term success, you just might want to check this out. Healthynomics asked some questions – and you’ll get some answers. Take a listen here:
Power-to-weight ratio is all the buzz in cycling. Its been observed that certain “essential” numbers allow you to ride with a specific caliber of rider. For example, we’ve seen that top riders in the GC produce around 6.0 watts/kilo for sustained efforts of around 30 min.
Well, Sprints are different. They are won by riders who produce massive amounts of power, while staying aero, and using position strategy and tactics. And if you want to win a sprint in the Tour, what kind of numbers do you need? The folks at the Science of Sport have done an excellent job – check it out here. And then go play with your power meter!
Balance is not static, its dynamic. And its best done in small doses throughout the day. And if you want a simple exercise that you can even do at work while you aren’t paying attention to your conference call, check out what I told Running Times here.
Swimmers are fit. But so are other athletes. So why is it so hard for non-swimmers to be come proficient swimmers? Water is 10 times more dense than air. And moving through it efficiently requires finesse and excellent body position. Check out 7 Great tips for Swimmers from Men’s Health. And yes, kicking is REALLY important!
Simple: there are lots of good shoes out there, and lot of them have a purpose….or rather a reason to be there.
But let’s be clear. Shoes don’t run. Runners run. And shoes are just part of the equipment that runners use to achieve their goal.
The industry has created a fallacy of pronation control that has become the “accepted truth” yet, the research does not support this paradigm. Sure shoes do make a difference – but trying to match by arch height, foot shape, static measures, etc just aren’t supported in peer-reviewed research. The old stand-by criteria doesn’t past muster, and they don’t decrease running injuries. As I was quoted in the Atlantic – “the industry as a whole does a horrible job of matching footwear to runners.” Now don’t get all bent out of shape – there ARE good, dedicated people (pearls in the sea) out there who do take the time and do have knowledge to help. But the average runner is getting their shoes fit by a high school kid who works part time, and the only thing he knows about shoes is whatever he has picked up from the biases of the particular store in which he works.
The industry has yet to dedicate time, energy, and the financial responsibility to enable the specialty running retailer do a better job in matching your needs as a runner to the best equipment for you. And that needs to happen. Now.