Minimal vs. Maximal: Why Are We Still Debating This?

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I just read an article over on the Natural Running Center website titled “Why Minimalism Went Flat.” The article, written by Jim Hixson, provides his take on the reasons behind the rise in maximal footwear and the decline in minimal footwear. Since I’m mentioned in the opening paragraph, I thought I’d share some thoughts on […]

Are “Strenuous Joggers” as Likely to Die as Sedentary Individuals?

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Last week I took on a media article that equated a glass of wine with an hour at the gym in terms of heath benefits. That article was a case of mangled reporting of scientific research (the lead author even addressed it). This week I’ve seen a number of media articles come out about another […]

Lead Researcher Debunks the Red Wine Equals Exercise Article

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Last Friday I wrote a post criticizing an article in My Daily that horrifically misinterpreted a research study on the compound resveratrol and its potential benefits as an exercise supplement. The article equated a glass of red wine to an hour at the gym in terms of health benefits. Unfortunately, there were numerous problems with […]

Is a Glass of Red Wine Per Day a Viable Substitute For Regular Exercise?

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Every once in awhile an article comes through my Facebook feed that sets off alarm bells. The other day I saw a link to an article titled “A Glass of Red Wine is the Equivalent to an Hour at the Gym Says New Study.” The sub-title reads “New research reveals skipping the gym in favour […]

Can Rocker Soled Shoes Benefit Runners With Forefoot Pain?

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A little over a year ago I wrote a few posts (here and here) detailing how my wife managed to overcome pain caused by a neuroma in her right foot by running in Hoka shoes. The Hokas seemed to do the trick pretty quickly, and I’ve since heard anecdotes from others who seem to have […]

Garmin Forerunner 620 – Some Fun With Running Dynamics Data

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I’ve been working on a long overdue review of the Garmin Forerunner 620 – it’s been a tricky GPS watch to review because it does so much, but also because I’ve had some issues with it. One of my original reasons for buying the 620 was that I was interested in the ability to record […]

Treating Plantar Fasciitis With Foot Strengthening vs. Stretching: Different Takes on the Same Study

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I recently read an article on the New York Times Well Blog about a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. The study, by Michael Rathleff and colleagues, compared strengthening vs. stretching exercises to treat plantar fasciitis (PF). In a nutshell, the Times article reported that the study found strengthening exercises to […]

Observations on Cadence Change With Running Speed on the Track

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I did a 5x400m track workout on Wednesday (was supposed to be 6×400, but lightning and torrential rain put an early end to the workout!). As usual I was wearing my Garmin 620, and one of the cool features of the watch is that it computes your cadence for you without any additional gadgets or […]

Video Lecture on Limb Stiffness in Running

Last night I was reading a post by James Dunne on the benefits of running on varied surfaces. In the post I came across a video by podiatrist Ian Griffiths on the topic of limb stiffness in running. I’ve written about this topic myself, and also wrote a post on how alterations in limb stiffness […]

Does Risk of Injury Increase When Transitioning From a Conventional Running Shoe to a Moderately Cushioned Minimalist Running Shoe?

One of the good and bad things about writing a growing running blog is that I get a lot of email. It’s good in that I love hearing from readers, bad in that I get so much that I have reached a point where I am simply unable to answer everything that comes in. Sometimes, […]