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 […]

Is stigma stopping exercise in obese people?

I’ve struggled to maintain a healthy weight my entire adult life. For me the most humiliating moment came about 13 years ago when I was visiting an allergist about a skin condition and noticed that he had written “moderately obese” on my chart. At that point, I weighed 245 pounds with a BMI 32.3, well […]

OMG we’re all gonna die!!!!!eleventy!!

Just a quick post to note this article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal today. Look familiar? It ought to. The same author wrote this article last year. Both articles basically say the same thing, and quote the same authorities, citing the same research. The suggestion is that running too much is bad for […]

Is it best to start slow in a marathon?

claimtoken-5106a62cbe7eb One of the toughest things about running a marathon is the fact that if you’re running it correctly, the first half seems almost ludicrously easy. Most runners I’ve talked to — and my own experience bears this out — say that if they feel like they are exerting themselves much at all during the […]

Getting tested for VO2 max

VO2 max, as we have discussed before, is a key measurement of endurance running ability. There are several different procedures for measuring it, and yesterday I got to experience one of the most common methods first hand. As I mentioned last year, VO2 max is simply the maximum volume of oxygen your body can take […]

Mammals with bigger brains are better “athletes”

How do you measure a non-human animal’s VO2 max? Put it on a treadmill, just like you would with a human. What do you do with that information? If you’re David Raichlen and Adam Gordon, you use it to figure out if there’s any relationship between an animal’s ability as an “endurance athlete” and its […]