No, the paralympians would not have won the Olympic 1500 meter finals

A story on the Huffington Post is making major traction these days: The winning time in the Paralympic 1500-meter run was actually faster than the winning time in the Rio Olympics. Technically that is true: The Paralympic champion, Abdellatif Baka of Algeria, finished in 3:48.29, while Matthew Centrowitz’s winning time in the Rio games was a […]

Should Boston make it tougher for women to qualify?

The Boston Athletic Association just announced the list of people who were accepted as registrants in the 2016 Boston Marathon by virtue of their qualifying times. This year, as in the previous two, not everyone who made a qualifying time has been accepted into the race. You had to beat your official qualifying time by […]

Should you start out slow in a 10K?

Conventional wisdom is that you can get your best time in a race by starting off a little slower than your goal pace: “Negative splits” are the ideal — times for each mile run should decrease over the course of the race. So, for example, if you were running a 10k and had a goal […]

Are runners likely to be targets of violent crime?

As the days get shorter, I hear more and more concerns about safety from crime during runs, both in online forums and from my running friends. Soon, for many of us, it will be impossible to go for a run outside of normal working hours without running in the dark. Runners, especially women, are concerned […]

Why doesn’t the up/down pacing strategy work?

This past weekend I ran a 15K race and was hoping to achieve a PR — finishing the race in under 60 minutes. It’s a good goal because it’s not only a nice, round number, but it’s also right at the threshold of my abilities. I’ve finished 5Ks in under 20 minutes and 10Ks in […]

Does Garmin give you credit for the vertical distance you run?

If you’ve ever looked closely at a topographical map, you might notice something odd. It’s not actually odd, because there is no other way to make the map, but it does cause some interesting problems. Take a look at this close-up of the USGS map of Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park. Half Dome’s peak […]

The Basics: Tweaking the GPS display for races

Last week at the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, the unthinkable happened to my friend Todd: The battery died on his GPS trainer, 15 miles into the race. He had been running at near PR-pace, but without the feedback he was accustomed to, it was difficult for him to adjust, and he ended up missing […]

Adjusting for GPS elevation troubles

This weekend, on a whim, I decided to run the Bridges Half Marathon in Chattanooga. It turned out to be a pretty good whim, because I set a PR in the race! As always, I like to take a look at my GPS record of the race afterwards to see if I might have done […]