Low ferritin and iron deficiency anemia in distance runners: A scientific guide for athletes and coaches

When I see a runner getting fatigued early on in workouts or struggling mightily in races for no good reason, there's one potential cause I always consider first: low iron. Iron deficiency is a significantly underdiagnosed problem in distance runners. Low levels of hemoglobin in the blood, or low levels of the iron storage protein ... Read more

Connect Run Club podcast on the science of running

I'm the featured guest on a new podcast episode from the Connect Run Club! We talk about the science of distance running, including VO2 max, more effective training strategies, and injury prevention.  Check it out! Thanks to the folks at Connect Run Club for having me on—check out their website here. Hope you all enjoy ... Read more

What does it mean to be a talented runner? Considering types of talent

Perhaps because of the popularity of David Epstein's talent-centric book The Sports Gene, much of the modern conversation about high-level distance running has turned to talent: where it comes from, how to spot it, and how to develop it. One piece often missing from the conversation is what it actually means to be talented. We ... Read more

Training for talented but injury-prone distance runners

Are you looking for a shortcut? Are you not very talented? Maybe you should read this article instead! Five steps to success at high school distance running Writing the perfect training plan is easy.  There are plenty of philosophical debates on the internet about the finer points of workouts, paces, etc., but most coaches can ... Read more

What's the point? Considering the various reasons to go for a run

Do you understand why you go running? I don't mean on a philosophical or motivational level; I mean on an actual performance-related day-to-day level: do you know why and how going for a regular run (as opposed to an interval workout or a specifically-paced tempo session) helps you run faster? If you know your physiology— ... Read more

How to break the marathon world record in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Welcome to our special coverage of the "World's Fastest Marathon" presented by Johnson & Johnson, I'm host Tim Hutchings here with co-commentator Stuart Storey, broadcasting live from beautiful Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Conditions could hardly be better—as we approach our 8 p.m. start time, the temperature has sunk to a chilly 36° Fahrenheit, and there's ... Read more

Designing a general strength circuit for distance runners

Weights, general strength circuits, plyometrics, and hip/core strength exercises all have their place in the training of a distance runner.  Today, I'd like to focus on general strength circuitsspecifically.  Each word in that phrase has a particular meaning.  General means not specific. i.e. not exercises that are very similar to running or that involve running.  ... Read more

My history with loss of leg coordination while running

I try to avoid anecdotes and personal histories when dealing with running injuries.  They're fraught with the dangers of recall and confirmation bias, and worse, people seem hardwired to give more credence to a personal story than reams of scientific data.  But in the case of loss of leg coordination, I don't really have a ... Read more

Loss of leg coordination while running as a task-specific focal dystonia distinct from runner's dystonia: an executive summary of findings

Loss of leg coordination while running as a task-specific focal dystonia distinct from runner's dystonia An executive summary of findings on loss of leg coordination while running John Davis For the full article, click here. This article is also available as a downloadable PDF  Loss of leg coordination while running is the working term for ... Read more

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