Keep the Music Playing

I’ve written previously about how much I love listening to music when I run. I use a sweat-proof armband to hold my phone and listen blissfully to all the great music the world can offer. You can’t get much more inspirational than Little Chief’s Mountain Song! However, all this running and iPhone using means that I am also … Continue reading

Behavior / running

Behind Those Pictures

Recently I read this ESPN article on University of Pennsylvania runner Madison Holleran, a star runner and student-athlete who struggled from depression and committed suicide in 2014 when she jumped from the 9th level of a parking garage. Suicide in young adults (ages 10-24), is the third leading cause of death, taking approximately 4600 lives/year … Continue reading

running / Women

Estrogen, Blood Clots and Marathon Running

Marathon running is getting popular! It has increased 40% over the past decade, with 2013 yielding 1100 marathons and 541,000 finishers (57% men, 43% women). I’ve written before in several blog posts about our research at both the Boston Marathon and NU Hartford Marathon. We’ve been pursuing a line of research looking at whether the combination of air travel … Continue reading

Health / running

Ask the Expert: Winter Warriors, Cross Training and the Cold

Is the winter getting you down? Struggling for ways to keep motivated or add in alternative exercise strategies into your workouts? A lot of runners question how to best train, maintain and increase fitness, and plan for the next racing season during snow, sleet, ice and cold. But no stress– we’ve got the answers for you. Here’s … Continue reading

Behavior / running

Of Goals and Dreams

Here’s an interesting random fact related to marathon finishing times: they’re not random. They tend to cluster around 30 minute marks, providing evidence “that the majority of runners think about their performance relative to round numbers.” As you can see from the included graph showing the number of finishers crossing the finishing line at various times,  this study of … Continue reading

Cardiovascular Disease / Evidence / Exercise / Health / running

Age is Just a Number: What’s Your Fitness Age?

Chronological age is but one predictor of health and longevity, and a poor one at that.  Substantial evidence suggests that aerobic fitness (otherwise known as cardiorespiratory fitness) is more indicative of disease risk and mortality, but the gold standard of measuring fitness is through a laboratory measurement we call maximal oxygen uptake (or VO2max). This involves a … Continue reading