By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D./Running Journal/February 2010
Here I am, walking through the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Food and Nutrition Expo that is held in conjunction with ADA's Annual Convention. ADA, the nation’s largest group of nutrition professionals, has more than 70,000 members and this huge expo hall is filled with registered dietitians sampling new food products. Booth after booth of vendors are inviting me to sample their goodies. Mind you, no one leaves this expo hungry!
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/January 2010
I have enjoyed penning Learning from the Young Guns now for almost five years, and I am even more excited about the next half decade. I receive countless e-mails each month from loyal Running Journal readers with positive feedback, constructive criticism, and suggestions for future columns or research. I appreciate all of the correspondence. Recently I received an e-mail asking me to do a simple review of many of the basic principles of healthy training and adaptation for improvement we have been talking about the last 41 months.
By Richard Ferguson, PhD/Running Journal/December 2009
Injuries are a part of running that we would like to think will never or rarely occur. However, the longer our running careers, the greater the likelihood that any injury will occur. The harder we train will also increase the chances of some physical injury. Sooner or later the hamstring strain, tendonitis, stress fracture, or a multitude of other conditions will cause us to be forced to miss training for either a few days or for an extended period. And as we all know, when we want to run and our bodies won’t let us, then psychologically we aren’t the most pleasant people in the world to be around.
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/November 2009
Living full time at a training center for runners, one would imagine our topic of conversation is 90 percent running related. Lately nothing could be further from the truth. With politics and finance majors from Princeton as well as well as MBAs, exercise science, and psychology majors, we discuss and debate global politics and classic literature as much as we do performances on the roads and tracks.
By Ray Krolewicz
Last month’s column addressed the issue of training for ultras. This month will examine specific training for an event in the 50-mile/100K range. (I will skip the 50K runs, since they are so close in time and distance as the marathon, that many of the excellent marathon guides work for 50K training.)
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/September 2009
It is as accepted a practice as any in the world of athletics. From the days of elementary school gym class to track practice in high school to the highest tiers of professional athletics, generations of athletes make certain to complete this ritual on a day of competition or practice. We are of course talking about stretching, a tried and true method of injury prevention, augmentation of range of motion, and one of the more widely accepted practices of increased blood flow.
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/August 2009
In the larger quilt of sport, long distance runners occupy a unique panel. Unlike the vast majority of athletic endeavors, success in running based endurance events require little fine motor skill or hand eye coordination (most distance runners I know cringe at the thought of attempting a lay-up or catching a frisbee) such as skill based sports (i.e. baseball, basketball, soccer etc.).
By Cedric Jaggers/Running Journal/July 2009
Remember you heard it here first: RUNNING CAUSES CANCER. You don’t believe me? I can prove it. Just ask my doctor. He recently cut a basal cell carcinoma off my head, and it wasn’t the first one -- there was the one on my arm, the one on my back, the one on my leg. How does that connect to running causing it? Probably indirectly, but really it can be connected due to exposure to sunlight.
South is Home to Many Elites Who Shaped Our Running Landscape
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/June 2009
The South has a long and deep tradition of professional sports stars. From Hank Aaron and Tom Glavine on the Diamond, Dan Marino and Johnny Unitas on the Gridiron, and of course Dominique Wilkins and Dwayne Wade on the Hardwood, the Southern states are as rich as any region in terms of our athletes paid to perform their craft.
By Richard Ferguson PhD/Running Journal/June 2009
I often hear runners talking about mental toughness and the need to become more mentally tough. Coaches often stress mental toughness and how their athletes need to become more mentally tough. However, very few people can actually define what mental toughness is and very few coaches can tell their athletes just how they can improve their mental toughness.