When threshold training isn’t threshold training

Most runners are familiar with threshold training.  It’s been the chief contribution to real-world training from the field of exercise physiology.  In principle, it’s simple: there is a “tipping point,” physiologically speaking, when incremental increases in speed become progressively more difficult.  Training right at this sweet spot should raise the threshold, moving that “tipping point” … Read more

Preparing for championship races with Renato Canova

One of the wonders of the internet is its ability to connect people of very different backgrounds and geographic locations.  Because of the web, everybody can have access to information that would be otherwise unobtainable.  Today we’re going to see a prime example of this. Renato Canova is an Italian coach of considerable fame.  He … Read more

Injury Series: Flat eccentric heel drops for insertional Achilles tendonitis

Introduction Back in August, we saw how a rehab program consisting of eccentric heel drops with a bent and straight knee reversed damage to the Achilles tendon by inducing collagen remodeling.  One thing I didn’t make clear enough is that Alfredson’s eccentric heel drop protocol, developed in 1998, was designed for midpoint Achilles tendonitis.  In … Read more

Behind-the-scenes work

My apologies for not getting around to posting yet this week.  This is always a busy time of year.  If you’ve checked around though, you’ll see that I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes work.  There’s an “about me” section if you’re wondering who the heck I am, and a “contact me” form if you want to … Read more

Eccentric decline squats, tendon remodeling, and patellar tendonitis

Note: Patellar tendonitis should not be confused with patellofemoral pain syndrome, or “runner’s knee,” a different injury in the kneecap area with a different ideal treatment protocol Last time, we saw how an injury rehab protocol consisting of eccentric heel drops can remodel collagen in an injured Achilles tendon.    The intervention was impressive for two … Read more

Injury Series: Eccentric exercise and tendon remodeling, part I: Achilles tendonitis

Attention readers: I have published a significantly revised and updated article on midpoint Achilles tendonitis.  I strongly recommend you read that instead! The information below is incomplete and out of date! Click here to go to the updated Achilles tendonitis article. Note: if you are looking for information on insertional Achilles tendonitis, see this article … Read more

The different types of fatigue

In my last post, I discussed how a preponderance of studies show that your running mechanics change when you are fatigued.  The specifics of what changes occur are difficult to discern, as they likely vary from person to person.  Before moving on, I noted a problem with conflating all of these studies, a problem that … Read more

The cumulative damage theory of injuries

I’ve had injuries on the brain lately.  Why do they happen? My high school’s training room had a sign outside that said “Running injury? TOO MUCH, TOO FAR, TOO SOON.”  Needless to say, the trainer wasn’t very helpful.  But the medical/scientific consensus isn’t much more helpful than that.  Overuse injuries are “tissue damage that results … Read more