Crawling to the finish line: heroic or stupid?

Video thumbnail for youtube video Heroic or stupid? - Miss Zippy

By now most of you have probably seen the video of Kenyan runner Hyvon Ngetvich crawling across the finish line of last weekend's Austin Marathon. The adjectives I've read to describe the feat have included "heroic," "inspirational," and "courageous." I get it: we Americans, in particular, love to watch a good fight for survival in … [Read more...]

Relearning fueling for the long run

Have oats, will travel

When I attended the Healthy Running Seminar last August, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella discussed glycogen depletion training and race-day fueling. It actually led me to an "aha" moment: he mentioned that you could do months of GD training to teach your body to reach for fat for fuel, and then blow it all on race day by returning to a traditional … [Read more...]

Running lately

Gratuitous European running shot

I haven't talked about my running in ages, it seems, so I think it's about time for an update. In a word, it's pretty fantastic. As I've told you before, I have been building my miles very, very slowly, but seemingly overnight, I am doing fairly real mileage. I hit the 10-mile mark for my long run about a month ago. I held it there for … [Read more...]

The shoe store model is broken

You all know that I am a proponent of natural running. I try not to get preachy on you about it because I know that for some people, traditional shoes and the gait they create works. But sometimes, I get really frustrated with traditional shoe stores and their old school thinking on the need for correction via shoes. This is all … [Read more...]

Marathons and half marathons on the brain

This is Baltimore Marathon week, so if you're a runner and live around here, it's hard not to have marathons and half marathons on your mind. My friends and I will be fielding two teams for the marathon relay this year, something we've been doing for 10 or 11 years now. And with the Ravens and Orioles both on a roll right now, the … [Read more...]

Marathon advice from the top (guest post)

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella showing perfect form

Since we're smack in the middle of the Fall marathon season, I thought I'd let my friend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, elite runner, owner of Two Rivers Treads, head honcho of the Natural Running Center, etc., etc., share his advice on how to run Marine Corps or any other marathon. Pay attention, students, this is good stuff! As you enter the … [Read more...]