Inspiring Story: 500+ Pound Man Finishes First 5K Race

Derek Mitchell 5K

I love stories about people who take control of their health by getting active. Yesterday on Facebook I shared a video about a man named Derek Mitchell who weighed 625 pounds. He decided he needed to do something about his weight, and so far he has lost 35 pounds and he just completed his first […]

Sage Canady in the White Mountains of New Hampshire


I recently came across a video of Sage Canaday running the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (on Far North Endurance). He was up here for the Mt. Washington Road Race, where he finished third. If you’re not familiar with the Mt. Washington Road Race, it’s pretty intense – 7.6 miles and […]

Science of Marathon Running: Great Video From It’s OK To Be Smart

I really enjoyed this video on marathon running by Joe Hanson of PBS Digital’s It’s OK To Be Smart. Have a look:

Running History: Video of Roger Bannister’s sub-4:00 Mile

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s sub-4:00 mile. In an interesting article titled “A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?,” NPR shared a great video of that famed run narrated by Sir Roger himself. It also included a video of Hicham El Guerrouj’s world record setting mile run […]

Video: David Epstein TED Talk on Whether Athletes Have Gotten Faster, Better, and Stronger

I came across this TED Talk video on the 278 to Boston blog. In the video David Epstein questions whether athletes really have gotten faster, better, and stronger. He looks at things like the role of technology in improving athletic performance, the role of body types in various sports, and much more (lots of running […]

Meb’s Boston 2014 Post-Race Interview

“I’m almost 39, I just ran a personal best, and just won the Boston Marathon.” – Meb Keflezighi As a fellow 39 year old runner all I can say is, Meb, you are an inspiration. via Runner’s World (note: video may not work on some mobile devices) And another from Universal Sports

The Origin of the Nike Free: Two Videos for Running Shoe Geeks


Being both a scientist and a shoe geek, I love learning about the process that goes into the design of running shoes. I’ve been a fan of the Nike Free line since the original Free 3.0, and have run in many models since. With the exception of a few lemons (e.g., Free 3.0 v4), I’ve […]

You Have To Watch This Running Video from 1982

Caveman Running

I just got an email from a reader (thanks Kevin!) alerting me to a YouTube video that features a caveman being chased across a desert: A old-fashioned looking, forefoot striking runner on a treadmill: And a vertical ground reaction force plot on a computer screen: Is this a preview for the Born to Run movie? […]

Unbroken Movie Preview: The Story of Louis Zamperini

My wife has been on my case for months to read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The book, by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit), tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner who competed in the 5000m at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The book tells the story of […]

Asics Super J33: How A Running Shoe Changes Barefoot Gait Mechanics


Runblogger Forum member Michael recently posted a video from Asics that features the Asics Super J33 running shoe. The Super J33 is kind of the stability version of the Gel Lyte33, a shoe that I like a lot. I bought the Super J33 as well for a review, but have not had a chance to […]