100 Miles of Wild – Using Ultrarunning for Science and Education
Sep15

100 Miles of Wild – Using Ultrarunning for Science and Education

When we start talking about ultrarunning, our thoughts immediately jump to sporting events. Races, FKTs, multi-stage runs are just some events that pop to mind. However, now for possibly the very first time, ultrarunning is being used for a different purpose. The Adventure Science expedition, 100 Miles of Wild: Madagascar’s Limestone Labyrinth will show another side of what ultra-endurance athletes are capable of, other than just...

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How to Be an Ultra Runner
Mar31

How to Be an Ultra Runner

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Running Shoe Malpractice
Dec18

Running Shoe Malpractice

For years now, while in local running stores, I’ve watched as store associates have placed runners onto one of their many treadmills. From here I watched as the store associates instruct runners to run “normal” all the while they tinkered with buttons and observed the runner. While this was going on, a small camera had been placed on the back of the treadmill and it video taped the runners feet. This entire process...

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Ice Baths are BAD for Your Running
Jul24

Ice Baths are BAD for Your Running

Finally, something that isn’t going to cause me more pain in my perpetual effort to be a better runner! Ice Baths are bad for your running! Yes, you read that right!   According to Ross Tucker, PhD., and Jonathan Dugas, PhD. (in a great article in Running Times Magazine), inflammation is a necessary part of adaptation, something we all need if we are going to improve in our running.   According to the doctors, the inflammatory process...

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What’s going on with my heart? – Part One
Jul18

What’s going on with my heart? – Part One

An Understanding of Heart Rates Athlete’s heart rates hit numbers that non-athlete’s heart rates might never, or should never, see, on both the low and high end of the spectrum. Cardiologists and sports doctors agree that athletes can find their maximum heart rate by subtracting their age from 220.  A 39-year-old woman’s maximum heart rate will be 181 with this formula. Resting heart rate is the pulse rate of the heart when a person...

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Should I Use A Nutritional Supplement?
Jul08

Should I Use A Nutritional Supplement?

Any grocery or drug store has at least one aisle dedicated to nutritional supplements, and some stores give over entire sections of real estate to these popular health and wellness items. As much as a survey of the Internet might lead one to believe that any possible health problem, symptom, or perceived deficit can be corrected with the correct supplement, there’s very little scientific support for any such claims. The general...

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Does Pickle Juice Prevent Or Alleviate Muscle Cramps?
Jul01

Does Pickle Juice Prevent Or Alleviate Muscle Cramps?

Muscle cramps during training or an event can range in severity from uncomfortable to debilitating, and theories abound regarding methods of avoiding and/or treating them. Some of these are backed by solid science, while others are myths and misconceptions. One increasingly popular “home remedy” for muscle cramping is pickle juice; it’s not only high in sodium (a deficit of which may be one cause of muscle cramps, as...

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How Does Endurance Running Affect Lactation?
Jun19

How Does Endurance Running Affect Lactation?

I got a question from a reader recently as to whether endurance running — specifically marathon running — has any impact upon lactation. This is a somewhat sticky question to answer, because the set of lactating female runners is small. The set of lactating female marathon runners is even smaller. Furthermore, studies of lactating female runners largely involve short- and moderate-duration efforts for logistical purposes....

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