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Muscle memory, protein and muscles & strong hips make happy knees
by on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wow, did I get to read a lot of great things this past week! So many, in fact, that my Thursday post may be a second installment of this type of post. Here are four of my favorites on three very interesting topics.

Muscle memory

For many years, I've believed it's always easier to get back to a level of fitness once you've been there than it is to get there the first time. I remember talking about this idea with teammates in high school and college.

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Is the placebo effect a bad thing?
by on Thursday, May 22, 2014

What a ridiculous question, right? We don't want the placebo effect, we want the real thing. The placebo effect is all in your head. You're not really benefitting from it. Or are you?

Suppose a study (as some do) says runners perform better when they believe they are getting a certain supplement or treatment, even if they are getting the placebo. Is the treatment a benefit? Is the placebo? If you're running better or remaining healthier, does it matter?

Is the placebo effect really a bad t ...

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The new look is here!
by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I already covered many of the benefits of the new look of when announcing it would be happening today. I won't rehash that. You can read it there.

Right now, I just want to say it's here as you've already noticed I'm sure. If you have any comments on it, positive or negative, don't hesitate to share. I'm sure it will take some time to get used to the new look but I think we'll find i ...

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Polarized training and the benefits of having a coach and teammates
by on Monday, May 19, 2014

Sorry beet juice fans but no news on beets or juice derived from them this week. I hope you don't mind.

What I do have is still interesting, though.

Olympic speed skaters and polarized training

I've often talked about making your easy days sufficiently easy so your hard days can be sufficiently hard. Ed is probably sick of this topic and I'm sure others are ready for me to stop harping on it also.

Well, [url=]here's a review of the tr ...

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by on Friday, May 16, 2014


It's been a very long time coming but is finally going to get a new look!

For the past 15 years, has pretty much always looked the same with some form of the crowded blue navigation bar on the left. It's time to modernize the look, which will offer many benefits:

[list][li]Easier navigation - the key parts of the site will be easy to find on the top navigation bar, the rest will still be avail ...

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26-30 mile weekends for a marathoner?
by on Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recently, I encountered two separate discussions elsewhere that raised an interesting idea. The idea is of covering the marathon distance or more in a single weekend while training for a marathon.

As anyone who knows me well knows, I'm a big fan of back to back "long" runs on the weekend. However, I believe you need to have a sufficient base for this kind of training. It's not for everyone. Most importantly, it's not for those who aren't already sustaining a high base of training volume. If y ...

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Injuries, antioxidants and more on beets
by on Monday, May 12, 2014

To think, by Friday morning I was worried that I might not have anything to post this week. Then I got flooded Friday and Saturday morning with some interesting research.

First, a couple studies on injuries:

This meta-analysis of studies on the effectiveness of different kinds of exercises to prevent sports injuries had some interesting results.

[quote]In general, physical activity was shown to effectively reduce sports inju ...

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Do only what you can now
by on Thursday, May 8, 2014

Recently, I wrote that you should do what you can now. Don't wait until the time is perfect. This is the flip side.

We all get caught at times wanting to do more. Life has gotten in the way and we feel like we're behind or we've rolled through a strong phase of training and we want to do more to take advantage of our unexpected boost in fitness. Often, though, when we get in these situations we end up doing too mu ...

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Fantasy track and field
by on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Would anyone be interested? If so, I could set up a league. ...

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60 years ago today
by on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Still one of the legendary performances in track and field history. ...

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