No, this isn’t a weight-loss challenge– it’s a running mobility challenge. I’m a big fan of a lot of the ideas that come out of the U.K.-based Kinetic Revolution group as they seem to emphasize the same core principles that enlightened physical therapists recommend for their clients. Last night, I signed up for their 30-day challenge, which promises to make me a stronger, healthier runner and only takes 15-20 minutes a day of light exercise before running. Heck, I can do that! If you’re interested in joining me in getting stronger and faster, join me after the break. Continue reading
A while back, I was visiting with my physical therapist and chatting with him about my aching hip flexors. I had recently raced the Washington State Time Trial Championship and noticed right after the race that my hip flexor ached whenever I had to raise my thigh. He mentioned that he was shifting a number of triathletes towards much shorter cranks– about 165mm or shorter. In his experience, this made a lot of sense because it reduced the very acute hip angle at the top of the pedal stroke. Given how my hip flexors were killing me from raising my knees up to my chest 5,400 times (90 rpms for about an hour) only a few days earlier, I couldn’t help but nod enthusiastically in agreement. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that, in the few weeks that The Athletic Time Machine has been out, we’re already past 40 posts and substantive articles on our site! The announcement to the Facebook and Twitter communities was a bit late in coming (sorry about that) so to make it easier to see what you missed before that, I’m putting up a new page that summarizes every post that goes onto the site. This summary will be kept right up on the title bar for the Athletic Time Machine site should you ever want to get back there. But instead of fumbling about, just get transported there now!
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My wife Laura and I love animals. So this weekend we were watching the Incredible Dog Challenge on NBC and then we saw an advertisement by the competition’s sponsor, Purina. That’s when the entertainment really began. Continue reading
A funny thing happens when a lot of people sign up quickly for a Kickstarter project– the creators use the extra funding to reach for a “stretch goal,” If you care anything about your running performance and want to avoid getting injured, you’ll want to read more and back this project! Continue reading
Part of doing better of races is just being smarter at races. And I like to think that one of the few benefits of getting old is getting smarter about racing. Here’s a few quick hints I’ve picked up over my years of experience. Young guys can ignore this post so us old guys can continue to live under this illusion.
Yesterday, Nick Pang over at the Natural Running Center had a great post on the runScribe running kinematics monitor. To me, the great takeaway from the article was the specific data points that we should be interested in when I’m evaluating running shoes. This is a mini-post sharing what I learned– and an idea about how to make this data even more awesome and usable. Continue reading
I love racing and training on tubular tires. If you do too, here’s a couple of tricks that I came across that might make it a LOT easier to use them.