Injury Series: Tibial stress fractures and stress reactions: The role of bone structure, impact, and calf strength

Tibial stress fractures are related to medial tibial stress syndrome, which you can read about hereFor an in-depth discussion of return-to-running programs after a stress fracture or stress reaction, see this article This installment of the Injury Series deals with tibial stress fractures, one of the most serious of the common running injuries.  A stress … Read more

Notes on Randall Wilber’s “Altitude Training and Athletic Performance” for runners

If you are interested in altitude training, Randall Wilber’s book “Altitude Training and Athletic Performance” is a fantastic read. I apologize for the lack of posts recently, but I’m recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery last week and am not up for doing a whole lot of sitting (in fact, I’m typing this out standing at … Read more

The Updated Training Wisdom of John Kellogg

John Kellogg is an enigmatic, immensely intelligent personality who is something of a legend in internet circles.  He is best known for coaching Weldon and Robert Johnson, the twin brothers who founded LetsRun.com. Weldon Johnson was a 4:28 miler in high school and a 30:14 10k runner in college whom Kellogg coached to a 28:06 10k … Read more

Fun with statistics: A tutorial on using linear regression to develop race time conversions

As you can see, I’ve been playing around with numbers recently.  “Conversion charts” intended to predict future race performances (or equivalent race times) based on a previous race abound on the internet and in running books.  But they often don’t have the race distance you are looking for.  And the various conversion tools runners use … Read more

Brief Thoughts: A critical examination of “Foot Strike and Injury Rates in Endurance Runners: a retrospective study”

Two very different footstrikes captured on high-speed video This post is a bit behind the times, but I thought I’d get it out there regardless.  This post is a short analysis which takes a look at the latest research from Daniel Lieberman’s lab at Harvard University.  Lieberman is, of course, famous for his paper on … Read more

Brief Thoughts: Are hard workouts counterproductive?

Since my mission to write a set of comprehensive articles detailing the most common running injuries (the “Injury Series” here on RunningWritings) has morphed into a colossal undertaking, I’ve decided to break things up a bit with a new occasional, hopefully weekly series entitled “Brief Thoughts,” which I intend to be shorter, less-scientific musings on … Read more

Injury Series: Uncovering the role of hip strength and mechanics in the cause and treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome

Today we are tackling the most common running injury of all: patellofemoral pain syndrome, alternatively known as runner’s knee, anterior knee pain, and (sometimes erroneously) chondromalacia or chondromalacia patellae.  As is often the case, there is some controversy about the naming.  “Patellofemoral pain syndrome” or PFPS is the broadest and most common term, but is … Read more

Injury Series: Biomechanical solutions for iliotibial band syndrome

It’s been a while since we’ve thoroughly reviewed an injury, so today we’ll be looking at another one of the “big five” most common running injuries.  We’ve already seen how treatment for Achilles tendonitis has been revolutionized by specific eccentric exercises to remodel damaged tendon collagen; today’s topic is iliotibial band syndrome, sometimes also referred … Read more