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Surprise: runners don’t get less efficient as they age
18 Oct 2011
A new University of New Hampshire unexpectedly finds that running economy stays roughly the same as you age.
Should shorter legs take quicker strides?
10 Oct 2011
The optimal running cadence does depend on leg length -- but not exactly how you might expect.
Beet juice vs. nitrate supplements
03 Oct 2011
New study finds that you can't skip the beet juice and still get the same effects.
Being a bit overweight doesn’t help you live longer after all
26 Sep 2011
New data from clean-living Seventh Day Adventists overturns earlier findings about the benefits of being a bit chubby.
Brain endurance, mitochondria, and the desire to run
22 Sep 2011
A new study suggests that aerobic exercise causes new mitochondria to grow in your brain as well as your muscles.
The science behind the paleo diet
18 Sep 2011
It's a lifestyle, not a diet -- and it's not a license to eat nothing but meat.
Why neither “normal” nor minimalist running shoes will disappear
15 Sep 2011
Different types of running shoes serve different needs, so we're unlikely to reach a universal consensus.
Full-body compression gear makes your heart work harder
13 Sep 2011
A new study finds that full-body compression gear doesn't boost performance, and may even make you work harder.
Why you shouldn’t aim for 180 steps per minute
09 Sep 2011
Contrary to popular belief, there's no magic stride rate that works at all speeds.
The finishing kick is in your head, not your legs
07 Sep 2011
A British cycling study tricks subjects into pushing harder than they thought possible at the end of a race.
Does endurance training boost your chance of heart arrhythmias?
01 Sep 2011
A study of Swedish cross-country skiers finds increased risk of heart arrhythmias -- but they still live longer.
Running on grass bursts more red blood cells than asphalt
31 Aug 2011
A new study challenges the conventional wisdom that softer is always better for running surfaces.
Cryosaunas and (surprise) frostbite
25 Aug 2011
U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin has arrived at the World Championships sporting a serious case of frostbite.
For nitrate endurance boost, stick to beet juice and avoid supplements
19 Aug 2011
Researchers warn of possible dangers with uncontrolled nitrate and nitrite supplementation.
Foot strength for runners
15 Aug 2011
You might think runners would have strong feet -- but you'd be only partly right.
“Cryosauna” recovery put to the test
15 Aug 2011
A new study from the French Ministry of Sports suggest that a few minutes of -110 C air can reduce muscle inflammation after running.
Will you run outdoors this winter?
Yes, of course. It's just a bit of snow.
I'm going to stick to the treadmill.
I run when it's nice out. Otherwise, I stick to the treadmill.
I take the winter off and wait for spring.
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