Podcast: Physiotherapist Blaise Dubois on Running Injuries, Form, Footwear, and Barefoot Running

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Back in August I traveled to Colorado to participate in a panel discussion at the Newton Running National Retailers Summit. The keynote speaker at the event was physiotherapist Blaise Dubois, who is an advocate for minimalist footwear. Blaise knows the scientific literature on running injuries as well as anybody I have met, and has treated […]

Elements of a Sustainable Runner: Panel Discussion on Injuries, Training, Form, and Footwear from the Newton Running Retail Summit (Audio and Video)

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As I mentioned in my previous post, Newton Running was kind enough to invite me out to Boulder, Colorado to serve on a panel tasked with discussing the “Elements of a Sustainable Runner.” In addition to myself, panelists included Danny Abshire of Newton Running, Blaise Dubois of The Running Clinic, ironman world champion and ultrarunner […]

Runblogger Podcast #17: Baby Ben, Boston, and Fall Marathon Plans

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Where the heck have I been??? Why haven’t I put out a new Runblogger Podcast episode in over a month? Listen to RP#17 to find out what I’ve been up to! In this grab-bag of an episode I: -talk about the events of the past 5 weeks, including the birth of my son Ben, and […]

RP#16: Barefoot and Minimalist Running: A Word of Caution

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Episode #16 of the Runblogger Podcast covers some of my concerns about the recent barefoot and minimalist (e.g., Vibram Fivefingers) vs. typically shod running debate, and provide a word of caution about jumping into barefoot/minimalist running too quickly. Ultimately, the point I’m trying to make here is that the fact that we all are running […]

RP#15: Running Science – VO2max, Running Economy, Lactate Threshold

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In this episode I discuss the science behind three topics that are highly relevant to your running performance – VO2max, Running Economy, and Lactate Threshold. My initial plan was to produce this episode using clips from my Exercise Physiology class, but opted instead to record an off-the-cuff summary of the topic that’s a bit tighter […]

Minimalist & Barefoot Running Podcast Episodes

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If you are a new reader of this blog, or have found me through one of the search engines (welcome!), I’d like to point you toward a trio of podcast episodes on the evolution of running in humans and minimalist/barefoot running that I’ve put together that complement one another nicely. As a new podcaster, I’d […]

Runblogger Podcast #14: Barefoot Running: Report on My First Barefoot Run

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This podcast episode is a companion to a blog post I just published that documents my experience of running my first fully barefoot run. You can view the blog post here: http://www.runblogger.com/2010/03/barefoot-running-my-first-barefoot-run.html. In the podcast I pose a number of questions for those who are more experienced barefoot runners than I am, and I’d love […]

Runblogger Podcast #13: Starting a Running Blog (or Podcast)

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This is the first in what I hope will be an informative and helpful series of posts on starting a running blog and/or podcast. As a relative newcomer to both (I’ve been doing this blog for just over a year, the podcast for a few months), I’ve been through a lot of the challenges involved […]

Runblogger Runcast #12 – Building a Running Support Network: dailymile, Twitter and Local Running Clubs

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Episode #12 of the Runblogger Runcast discusses the building of a running support network.  Having others to support you as you train and race is essential, particularly on those days when you just don’t feel like heading out the door. In this show I discuss some of the sources of support that have worked well […]

Runblogger Runcast #11: Muscle Fiber Types (Slow-Twitch vs. Fast-Twitch) and Athletic Potential

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You’ve probably heard of the phrases slow-twitch and fast-twitch – these terms refer to different types of fiber that we have in our muscles, The fiber makeup that each of us has in our muscles is somewhat variable, and is largely determined through genetic inheritance from our parents.  Perhaps most importantly for runners, fiber type […]

Runblogger Runcast #10: Review of YakTrax Pro for Winter Running (Video)

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I was recently sent a trial pair of YakTrax Pro’s a few weeks ago to review here on Runblogger (full disclosure – I received no payment in return for this review – just a free sample of the product), and given the lack of snow here in New Hampshire this winter, I only just recently […]

Runblogger Runcast #9 – Minimalist Running

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Last week a paper on barefoot running was published in the journal Nature by Daniel Lieberman and colleagues that re-ignited discussion of barefoot and minimalist running in both the running community and the mainstream media. This podcast is simply a collection of my personal thoughts and opinions on barefoot and minimalist running, as well as […]

Runblogger Runcast #8 – Avoiding "The Wall" at the 2010 Disney Marathon

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A few weeks ago I ran the 2010 Disney Marathon in a PR time of 3:24:49 (read my Disney Race Report here), and it was the first of my five marathons in which I managed to avoid bonking (check out these split charts from my five marathons). Runblogger Runcast #8 discusses the reasons that I […]

Runblogger Runcast #7: The Evolution of Distance Running in Humans

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Runblogger Runcast #7 is an audio podcast of a lecture I gave to my Exercise Physiology class on the evolution of distance running in humans. In this lecture I outline the hypothesis recently put forth by researchers Dennis Bramble and Daniel Lieberman that humans beings have evolved anatomical and physiological characteristics that make us outstanding […]

Runblogger Runcast #6 – 2010 Disney Marathon Video Compilation

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On January 10, I ran the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon. I went into this race with no expectations other than to have a good time and do my best, and it turned into one of the most amazing running experiences I have ever had – easily the most enjoyable of the five marathons I […]