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MAY 2021

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Off The Road - The Big Toe

by Russ Ebbets
Some people think the big toe developed to help humans find things in the dark. The “things” could be a bedpost, the leg of a chair or the corner of the coffee table, but in a second the realization is as sudden as the discovery was unnecessary …. For full article, click here

Does Running Keep You Awake?

by Benita Zahn
A crazy thing happens to me when I run long ... anything 8 miles and over. I don’t sleep well. You’d think I would sleep like a baby, but just the opposite happens. Turns out I’ve got plenty of company and if you’re among my pals in tossing and turning, read on … For full article, click here

Athlete's Kitchen – Exercising to Attain a Perfect Body: A Futile Effort?

by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
Body size, looks and weight are concerns for many runners. Unlike some athletes who have to be light for a specific weight class (rowing, wrestling, mixed martial arts), runners want to be lighter because the culture surrounding their sport demands a svelte physique. The sport comes with a pervasive diet culture and all too often, runners end up discontent with their weight, body fatness, and physiques. The standard solution: run harder to shed pounds and attain the perfect body …… For full article, click here

A Tribute to American Mid-Distance Runner – Paul McMullen A Futile Effort?

by Tom O’Grady
Who comes to mind when you think of an American distance runner who was at the front of the pack and who also had a build more akin to that of a football player? While Chris Solinsky is likely the first name that comes to mind, Paul McMullen was a 6-foot-2 165-pound elite distance runner in the 1990s who began his sports career as a high school football player. Unfortunately, McMullen passed away in early March after a skiing accident, but this provides an opportunity to remember a titan of the sport in the 1990s. … For full article, click here

My First Half in My Last Half

by Stephanie Mumford Brown
On April 17, I ran my very first half marathon in the last half of my life. Actually, to be brutally actuarial, I’ll be doing well if the Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon is the opening act in the last third of my life … For full article, click here

Optimizing Nutrient Absorption, One Bite at a Time

by Theresa DeLorenzo
Last month I talked about eating your nutrients instead of taking them via pill form to optimize absorption. Well, there is more to the story. Many nutrients are absorbed better when our body needs more of them. Some nutrients inhibit the absorption of others. Others enhance the absorption of nutrients. And contaminants in our food can impact how we absorb and use the nutrients we take in. For full article, click here

Foot Exercises for Runners

Strong foot, strong runner. Follow these exercises and you will find your running stronger and more flexible, able to absorb the impact of running better. In addition to exercises, information is given on the slant board, which is commonly prescribed to heal most running injuries of the feet and ankles but which is a wonderful tool to prevent them from occurring in the first place. For full article, click here

Book Review – Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Reviewed by Laura Clark
Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding, by Daniel E. Lieberman. Pantheon Books, 2020 For full article, click here

Doc! I can’t run! My leg hurts!

by Todd Shatynski, MD, CAQSM
Anyone who has run for a significant amount of time has likely coped with a bout of leg pain – especially in the knee or the Achilles tendon. Some see it as a rite of passage for running mile after mile and hope that just taking time off will let things calm down. … For full article, click here

Books to Read After Running

Reviewed by Mark Mindel and Sally Drake
Mark Mindel and Sally Drake again give us some great reviews on books you may be interested in reading. … For full article, click here

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