Science on the Run: If it Feels Good, Wear It!

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Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

I have often held the belief that you will run your best in the shoe that feels most comfortable on your foot. I used to work in a specialty running store and, anecdotally, I was proven correct by observing that customers selected the shoe they think feels best – and that trying to force oneself into a shoe that was not quite ‘right’ never prevailed. To my amusement, this hypothesis was confirmed nearly five years ago when at a conference I asked world-renowned biomechanist and shoe expert, Dr. Benno Nigg, how to select a running shoe. His response was concurrent with the concept of choosing the shoe that is most comfortable.

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Emily Mulhern Sets New State Record In 1600M

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Emily pictured far right in blue.

Fresh off her Maryland state title in XC this past fall Emily’s hot streak continued sweeping the 1600M and 3200M at the state indoor championships this past weekend. In the 1600M she set a new PR and state record in 5:02.06! Read the rest of this entry »


Science On The Run: Tortoise (Women) And The Hare (Men)?

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Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

Most marathoners tend to run faster in the first half of their race. To explore this further, a recent article suggests that non-elite men are more likely to slow their pace in the marathon, as compared to non-elite women.

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Preparing For Downhill Races

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By Heidi Peoples

When registering for races always look closely at the course maps and elevation changes. Most people incorporate hills into their training to build strength. However, often overlooked are the downhills in races. Most runners assume races that descend more than they ascend will be easier but oftentimes fail to prepare properly. In order to take advantage of a net downhill course your body must be trained for it. 

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Burned

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Marimac in red after winning TN State XC team title.

[Editor’s note from coach Malindi Elmore]:  

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Run SMART coach are the relationships I build with interesting and talented people. I started working with my track coach when I was 14 and, except for my years at university, he remained my coach for the duration of my career – twenty years this year! One of the reasons we’ve been able to work together effectively was because he truly cared about me as a person and supported my other interests and talents. I was a person, not just a runner.

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Science on the Run: Our Body’s Wise Approach to Running

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Multiple World-Record Holder Ed Whitlock, Canada.com

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

Like younger runners, many older runners are greatly concerned with suffering an injury. As we age, our bodies are susceptible to more running injuries, perhaps due to other existing injuries, reduced flexibility or reduced muscle strength. A recently published article investigated whether ‘coordination variability’ in running mechanics is lower in older runners.

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What’s Your VDOT?

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Today we launched the VDOT Running Tee, designed by Dr. Jack Daniels. Read Jack’s backstory, follow the link and find out what level your top race performance earns in the VDOT scale.


VDOT Calculator On Android

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Our VDOT Calculator has gone mobile! If you have an Android phone you can now download our FREE app in the Google Play store.

Expect the iPhone version in the App Store sometime in early March.


Running Posture Checklist

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By Nikki Reiter

This is what your body should be doing from head to toe when running:

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  • Staying stable, face relaxed
  • Staring at the horizon

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NOW Is The Best Time To Get Strong

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By Caroline Varriale

Let’s be honest, it’s easy to do what we love. The things that come most naturally to us and are rewarding are the ones that we inevitably turn to over and over again.

For those of us who enjoy running, we know it’s something we stubbornly keep coming back to—despite injury, training setbacks, terrible races and doctors telling us we shouldn’t run. There is just something about being out there—when it’s just you and earth and sky—that is clarifying and exhilarating.

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