Analyzing form

How do we determine what is good form? Knee angles? Foot angle at initial contact with the ground? Various other specific details?

What if we zoomed out? A new paper suggests that may be the way to go. Instead of focusing on all those minute details, this looked at just a few variables and found meaningful differences between elite runners and very good ones. These things basically fall into line with what we would expect but the power is in that we don’t need to get down to minute details that would be hard to analyze. These are things that can be looked at without too much in the line of specialized equipment or technical knowledge.

We’ve had a hot start to this summer. With the hottest part of the summer still coming, here’s a good reminder of some ways to handle the heat.

Have a race strategy and contingency plans. Brian Metzler writes that this is the lesson to take from the men’s 800 at the Olympic Trials. I’d say it’s a good lesson or reminder. If you go in without a plan and some contingency plans in case a race doesn’t go the way you expect, then you’re not placing yourself on the path to success.

What’s the relationship between exercise and pain? Well, it’s complicated.

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