Review: The Supple Leopard and Ready to Run– What Endurance Athletes Can Learn From the CrossFit Community

I live down the street from one of the many crossfit studios that are springing up like autumn mushrooms here in Seattle.  I’m not a fan of crossfit.  In this regard, I agree with Steve Magness’s strong criticism of the crossfit movement.  Nevertheless, I do have profound respect for Kelly Starrett, a doctor of physical therapy and self-professed avid runner, who is at the core of the crossfit movement.  This review is about two of his books: Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready to Runwhich I think belong on every endurance athlete’s bookshelf.

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Review: Anatomy for Runners

Cover of "Anatomy for Runners"I’m in the middle of a crazy busy couple of weeks right now with traveling over 20,000 miles in a little over a month.  Consequently, my posts may be a little shorter than usual for a while.  But one post that I’ve been meaning to get out for some time is my review of Jay Dicharry’s Anatomy for Runners, which I think should be on the bookshelves of every older runner or multisport athlete out there.  Because time is of the essence in my life right now, I’ll keep this review short and sweet. Continue reading

Dit da Jow and Endurance Sports

Bottle of Ho Family Dit Da JowA bunch of years ago, a new coach I was working with sustained a minor soft tissue issue (peroneal tendon, as I recall) and I offered him some dit da jow to help ease the pain and ease his recovery.  Next thing you know, half of my team was being told to use the stuff.  It’s fantastic, yet hardly anyone in the endurance sports community knows about it.  It’s time to let the cat out the bag. Continue reading

How Do World-Class Old Guys Stay in Shape

Fauja-Singh-007Who doesn’t love Fauja Singh?  Any guy who can run a marathon at 100 years old is pretty impressive.  But this post is about folks a little younger (in their 60’s and 70’s) who run a whole lot faster.  Think sub-3:00 marathons at 70 years old.  For the past several months, Canute’s Efficient Running Site has been running a series of posts on how exceptional older runners stay in shape and train.  It is definitely a fantastic read.  Here’s a quick recap of what I learned– plus my take on how to be a great older runner.  While I can’t give you any advice for living long enough to even be in Fauja’s age group, I can tell you how to train to beat him.

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How to Do 8-Second Uphill Sprints

In the past, I’ve recommended that multisport athletes do short 8-10 second uphill sprints.  It’s part of my general training program and overall philosophy towards training.  Jason Fitzgerald over at Strength Running just put together a post and a video that describes how to do hill sprints.  My comments after the break. Continue reading