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 […]

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 […]

Noakes on starting out in running

This summer I’m reading Tim Noakes’ massive volume Lore of Running, bit by bit, then reporting the critical bits back to you. Last week I covered the ideal running drink: What Noakes believes is the best way to hydrate and fuel up during runs. Leave it to Tim Noakes to save information for beginning runners […]

Don’t believe every table you see: Noakes on running potential

This summer I’m reading Tim Noakes’ massive volume Lore of Running, bit by bit, then reporting the critical bits back to you. Last week I covered VO2 max, the idea that every runner can consume a relatively-fixed maximum amount of oxygen. But while VO2 max can’t be improved much with training, I held out hope […]

Barefoot running is (sometimes) more efficient

Runners around the world are currently engaged in an epic battle about the future of their sport: Whether running barefoot is better than running wearing shoes. I wrote an article about it last year, and despite the fact that Seed’s website doesn’t accept comments, I heard from a lot of runners on both sides of […]

The Basics: Cadence

Kenyan-born Bernard Lagat is one of the most-decorated American middle-distance runners in history, chalking up impressive victories in world championships and holding four American records. He’s also admired by coaches for his fluid running form. While it may not be possible for amateur runners to match Lagat’s graceful stride, there is one aspect of his […]

Noakes on VO2 max: Its uses and abuses

One of the first books site consulting expert Travis Saunders suggested I read while preparing for this site was Tim Noakes’ legendary tome, Lore of Running. It’s a massive, almost encyclopedic volume, filled with Noakes’ incisive analysis of scientific research into running performance. Many academics value it for its references alone, which are available for […]