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Combat boots vs. running shoes, more evidence that more running is good for you
by on Monday, March 9, 2015

One would think asking the following two questions would produce common sense answers. In one case, one might be wrong.

Does running in combat boots make you more likely to sustain an injury than running in running shoes? No. What? Really?

One would expect that running in combat boots would lead to a higher injury rate than running in running shoes, right? Well, the US Army changed from using combat boots to running shoes for PT in 1982. A review of studies was done comparing injury rates during Basic Combat Training (BCT) before and after the 1982 change. The result?

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Increasing stride rate
by on Monday, March 2, 2015

Can increasing your stride rate help you become a more injury resistant runner? Can you actually train yourself to increase your stride rate? It appears the answers just might be yes and yes.

I've been sitting on this study on increasing stride rate for a while because it never really seemed to fit but I wanted to write about it at some point because it did have interesting results.

In short, runners were given cues to help them improve stride rate by 7.5% over their natural stride rate. The test was to determine whether impact forces at foot plant and hip adduction (I often call this "hip drop", when the hip on the opposite side of your foot that is currently on the ground drops) could be reduced. Hip adduction is an important factor in things like ITBS and "runner's knee". So reducing this, as well obviously as reducing any forces at the time of foot plant, would be important in injury prevention.

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Running more IS good for you, mindfulness
by on Monday, February 23, 2015

I can't even believe I have to post about the fact that running more isn't bad for your health but people who don't like running, of course, grab on to poor explanations of inconclusive studies and try to drag runners down. I just want to do all I can to make sure anyone reading this knows there's no basis in what they are saying.

Also something interesting on being mindful during your workouts.

Running more IS good for you

I recently posted about poor reporting on an inconclusive study. The study said we didn't have enough evidence to determine whether or not running every day or nearly every day was good for you, basically because they didn't have enough people in the study who did run every day or nearly every day. The media spun that into running too much is just as bad for your health as being a couch potato. Bad reporting on an inconclusive study.

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Things that make you faster: bacteria and cursing
by on Monday, February 16, 2015

What? Yep, it's true.

Bacteria

Alex Hutchinson has another good blog. This time on how your body's "friendly" bacteria appears to make you faster.

A little of what was seen in mice:

So in this case, having "normal" gut bacteria is the best option; having all your gut bacteria wiped out is the worst option; and having at least one gut bacteria is better than nothing. Why? The researchers focus on the possible role of gut bacteria in enhancing the body's antioxidant response, and they do indeed show that antioxidant activity was reduced in the germ-free mice.
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Kinesio tape, how social distress affects physical pain
by on Monday, February 9, 2015

Kinesio tape

I've written before about how Kinesio tape likely helps athletes.

I think it's also important to understand how it likely does not help athletes. On that front, we have a study looking at how Kinesio tape affects strength in fatigued muscles. Rugby players but, presumably, fatigued muscles are fatigued muscles. Whether you're running a race or playing a rugby match, fatigue acts in similar ways.

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Running "too much" or "too fast" (probably) won't kill you
by on Thursday, February 5, 2015

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I was thinking of doing what would look more like a typical Monday post today with some content from last week. However, this week, some bad analysis of a study that's been around for a while began appearing.

You may have seen the headlines: Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find or Too much jogging 'as bad as no exercise at all' or Stop that binge jogging! Three times a week is best for you... and too much is as bad as doing nothing

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Timing matters, we're all individuals
by on Monday, February 2, 2015

Quite a few interesting things popped up in my reading list this week. So many that I'm considering another post of this style for Thursday so I don't have to throw out so many interesting things. We'll see how it goes.

As for now, here are a couple of my favorite from the past week:

Race time matters

More specifically, given that we don't usually get to choose the time of the day that we race, being a morning person or a night person matters depending on the time of the race you're running.

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Brain training
by on Monday, January 26, 2015

It's seemed like a bit of a quiet week. Maybe I am just getting behind this week with things going on. Whatever the case, only one topic today but it's one that I'm really fascinated in.

I've blogged before about the idea of training your brain to handle fatigue more effectively and how that might make you a better runner.

Well, here's another one. This time, the participants were doing mentally demanding activities during their exercise.

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Sleep matters and compression gear: not so helpful?
by on Monday, January 19, 2015

Sleep matters

We all know sleep matters, right? While there is no absolutely right amount of sleep that I can tell you everyone should get, generally, more is better. We can all accept that, right?

Well, charts of injury rates based on sleep have been floating around. The latest is posted on the Runner's World Sweat Science blog:

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