Runner's and Triathlete's Web Digest - March 6, 2009
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1. Emilie's Run - The Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women - Canada's Fastest Women's 5K
Emilie's Run is over for another year. Almost 300 women completed the race with 38 women running under 20:00
The 2009 race will be run on June 20th.
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8. iRun Magazine
More than a million Canadians are runners, making it this country's most popular recreational and fitness activity. Canadians run
for exercise and we run to raise money for important causes. We run alone and in groups. And every year, hundreds of thousands of us
participate in organized races, from fun runs to marathons, which are growing steadily.
Until now, Canadian runners haven't had our own running magazine. But now, there's iRun, providing a uniquely Canadian perspective
on the activity and the sport. Published six times a year, iRun educates, informs and inspires Canadian runners.
Mark Sutcliffe, Publisher and Editor
Mark has more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian media business. An avid runner, he has completed five marathons and 10
half-marathons. He writes a popular weekly column on running in the Ottawa Citizen and co-hosts The Running Show every week on The
Team 1200 radio. Mark is the former Executive Editor of the Ottawa Citizen and has also launched several publications, including the
Ottawa Business Journal, now in its second decade, and the Kitchissippi Times, a successful community newspaper in Ottawa. His
writing has appeared across the country in daily newspapers, and magazines like Macleans and Canadian Business.
Ray Zahab, Contributing Editor
Ray Zahab is Canada's most renowned ultramarathon runner. A former pack-a-day smoker, Ray transformed his life by becoming a
successful long-distance runner, winning some of the world's most challenging foot races. Beginning in November 2006, Ray and two
other runners ran across the Sahara Desert in 111 days, averaging 70 kilometres per day without a single day's rest. Ray is an
accomplished public speaker, writes regularly about running and coaches athletes striving to achieve their own goals.
iRun is Canada's highest-circulation and most popular running magazine. With a total distribution of 50,000 and more than 9,000
subscribers, iRun is leading the market in the rapidly growing and highly desirable demographic of Canadian runners.
iRun Magazine is a sponsor of Emilie's Run
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more than splash proof! It can be completely submerged with no harm to it making it perfect for swimming, kayaking, and water
skiing. Now incorporating the latest 3D music quality with it's adapted waterproof speaker. Relax to music in the bath, or push out
that training session with no fear of losing your player or tangling the wires. Circuit training is so much easier with your own
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The stylish looking headphones play the usual MP3, WMA and WAV formats and are compatible with Windows98/98SE/2000/XP and Apple MAC.
Depending on track length, the headphones hold well over 14 hours worth of music and the rechargeable battery life is about 8 hours.
Nick Matthew, the 2006 British Open squash champion now uses the player to train with and Mi-SPORT are endeavouring to encourage
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community. We have NO personal postings this week.
THIS WEEK'S DIGEST ARTICLE INDEX:
1. How to Train Smarter and Run Faster
2. Workout for breathing muscles may aid some athletes
3. Food for running
The foods which you should eat when exercising regularly.
4. Iliotibial Band Injuries
5. VO2max - The monthly newsletter of RunCoachJason.com
6. Postpartum Depression
7. Good or Useless, Medical Scans Cost the Same
8. Building Strong Bones: Running May Provide More Benefits Than Resistance Training, Study Finds
9. Ask the Expert: At What Age Should You Run Your First Marathon?
10. Part II of the Audio Interview with Canadian Olympian Gary Reed
11. Ironman Nutrition research site
12. This Week in Running
13. Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine
14. Health Campaigns That Promote Exercise May Cause People To Eat More
15. Running Form: How Should You Run?
RUNNER'S WEB WEEKLY POLL:
"What was/were the greatest running achievement(s) of all time?"
Emil Zatopek wins the 5K, 10K and Marathon at the 1952 Olympics
Roger Bannister breaks 4 minutes for the mile
Abebe Bikila wins the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Marathons
Lasse Viren wins the 5K and 10K in 1972 and 1976 Olympics
Flo Jo runs 10.49 in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials
Joan Samuelson wins the first Women's Olympic Marathon
Michael Johnson runs 19.32 in the 1996 Olympics
Usain Bolt runs world records of 9.69 and 19.30 in the Beijing Olympics
Other (email polls2009@...)
You can access the poll from our FrontPage ( http://www.runnersweb.com) as well as checking the results of previous polls.
LAST WEEK'S POLL RESULTS:
"Which of the following do you use frequently pre, during and post exercise - training and/or competing?
1. Beer 17%
2. Energy Bars 15%
3. Energy Gels 14%
4. Sports drinks 21%
5. Water 21%
6. Other 12%
FIVE STAR SITE OF THE MONTH: MileSplit.us
The Nations' Premier High School T&F/XC Network.
MileSplit US is the nation's premier network for high school track & field and cross country. We believe that the heart of the sport
is on a local, grassroots level. By facilitating the publishing and business process for our state webmasters, we are able to
provide in depth state-by-state coverage of the sport. At the same time, these state portals feed content into a national database
allowing us to provide an unprecedented depth of coverage on the national level as well.
Designed around powerful proprietary database software that unites all of the important aspects of covering the sport--results,
rankings, articles, videos, photos, podcasts, statistics, etc--MileSplit US is the only online publisher in the sport with the tools
to provide a high level of timely and comprehensive nationwide coverage.
MileSplit was founded in 2000 by then college sophomore Jason Byrne. It has continued to grow over the years, incorporating and
adding Don Rich and Fred Finke to the corporate team in 2004. MileSplit has a partnership with Universal Sports (formerly WCSN),
which serves as its sales team for its national advertising inventory.
MileSplit, Inc. is a privately held Florida corporation. Its primary offices and datacenter are located in Greater Orlando, Florida.
Additional servers are located just outside of New York City. MileSplit has a team of staff and affiliates located around the
country. We encourage your questions, sponsorship and investment inquiries.
Visit the website at:
Our Photo Slideshow is updated on a random basis. Check it out from our FrontPage.
BOOK/VIDEO/MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Out of Nowhere: The Inside Story of How Nike Marketed the Culture of Running
By Geoff Hollister
How does a boy from a small Oregon farm town get swept up in the politics of his chosen sport? Out of Nowhere takes the reader along
on Geoff Hollister's 33 year journey at the center of Nike, the company that would change not only the world of athletic shoes and
apparel but the business of sport itself.
Nike began with a handshake and a few hundred dollars passed between Phil Knight and legendary track coach Bill Bowerman. Hollister
was coached by him at the University of Oregon and was Bowerman's pick as Nike's third employee. Before he had even graduated
Hollister began selling shoes out of the trunk of his car for Blue Ribbon Sports, the company that became Nike.
Out of Nowhere provides an inside look for the entrepreneur, from someone who experienced the humble beginnings, lived and breathed
the first 33 years of Nike, now the largest sports and fitness company in the world. Hollister takes you on the rollercoaster ride
of success and failure.
Buy the book from Amazon at:
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURES:
1. How to Train Smarter and Run Faster:
When you set yourself a goal to complete a particular event or do a particular time for a given distance, it is not just about
getting yourself to peak physical fitness to compete in the event. There is another side to completing your goal.
Have you ever watched somebody doing a race? I have seen so many people miss their time goal because of poor pacing; aiming to break
25 minutes for 5km for example, by doing the first kilometer in 4:30, and then quickly fading because they spend their energy too
Then there are injuries. Injuries don't just happen. They are generally a result of poor training technique or lack of recovery,
stability and flexibility.
This article will hopefully give a head start to all beginning runners, and even answer some of those mysteries for the so called
Basic Training Principles
General coaching or training principles are divided into 5 basic rules. While these rules do not provide all the answers, they do
provide a solid base
knowledge that will help all runners when applied correctly.
More...from TriFuel at:
2. Workout for breathing muscles may aid some athletes:
Some athletes may be able to boost their performance by working out the muscles that control breathing, a small study suggests.
The study, of 27 college soccer players, found that five weeks of respiratory muscle training improved the athletes' "intermittent"
exercise performance -- those short bursts of intense effort needed in sports like soccer, basketball and field hockey.
The athletes worked their breathing muscles using a device called a respiratory muscle trainer, which applies resistance as the user
inhales through a valve. This essentially makes the respiratory muscles work harder and become stronger.
Past studies have found that the devices can help people with heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease breathe easier.
The training has also been studied as a way to enhance athletic performance in endurance sports like rowing and cycling.
More...from Reuters at:
3. Food for running:
The foods which you should eat when exercising regularly.
If you are exercising regularly, it is important to eat plenty of carbohydrates, which provide muscle fuel. Even before a gentle
morning jog, have a cereal bar to give you a little lift, followed by a small, carb-based breakfast once you return.
Before a big race eat a slice of bread with a teaspoon of jam, a large banana, a handful of raisins or a 400ml isotonic sports
drink. During a marathon you will benefit from topping up with isotonic drinks at intervals throughout the race.
A 30-minute jog each day does not mean that you have to consume more calories. Experts suggest that runners who were previously
minimally active need to increase their intake by only 100-200 calories a day.
Eat too much, and you will still gain weight.
From Times Online at:
4. Iliotibial Band Injuries:
Tightness along your iliotibial band is one of the main sources of knee pain from running. As your ITB is a long muscle it can be
difficult to work out where the problem is. Here we offer possible causes, symptoms, treatment and stretches.
What is it?
The Iliotibial Band (ITB) is the muscle that runs from the outside of your pelvis, over the hip, down the outside of your quadricep,
crossing your knee to attach to the tibia just below your knee. The ITB stabilizes your knee while you run.
~Pain on the outside of your knee.
~Pain just above or below your knee joint.
~Tightness and pain along the outside of your leg from your hip to
~If you're unsure, it's wise to seek a professional diagnosis.
~Not warming up or cooling down properly.
~Sudden increase in your mileage, speed or hills.
~Running on cambered roads, running bends on the track (especially indoor tracks) or running down hills.
~Too much stair training.
~Not stretching your ITB.
~Tight hips and quadriceps.
~Shoes that are worn out or don't provide enough support.
~Structural problems e.g. over supination (rolling outwards).
More...from WomenRunningTogether.com at:
5. VO2max - The monthly newsletter of RunCoachJason.com:
* 3K to 10K Fatigue
Continuing with our discussion of fatigue, this month we examine the 3K to 10K.
Races between 3K and 10K are primarily aerobic. So, limitations in aerobic metabolism, due to inadequate blood flow to and oxygen
use by the muscles, are the major causes of fatigue. However, since any race that is run faster than lactate threshold pace
includes a significant anaerobic contribution, metabolic acidosis and accumulation of metabolites also contribute to fatigue in
these longer distances because they are run faster than lactate threshold pace. That's why it's important to also do anaerobic work
for these longer distances.
To combat fatigue in the 3K to 10K, you need to do relatively high mileage, tempo runs, and both long and short intervals. While
both the low and high ends of this racing range require all of these types of training, what differentiates the training between the
3K and 10K is how much emphasis you give to each. The 10K necessitates more mileage, tempo runs, and long intervals than does the
Long intervals (3 to 5 minutes) increase your heart's stroke volume and cardiac output, sending more blood and oxygen to your
muscles and increasing your VO2max. You should come close to reaching your maximum heart rate by the end of each work period.
Research has shown that high-intensity training (95 to 100% VO2max) is the optimal stimulus
for VO2max improvement. Try 4 x 1,000 meters or 6 x 800 meters at VO2max speed (about 2-mile race pace for good runners) with equal
(or slightly less than equal) time as recovery. Short intervals (45 seconds to about 2 minutes) improve your ability to buffer
acidosis and increase anaerobic capacity by increasing the number of enzymes involved in glycolysis. Try 6 to 8 x 400 meters at
mile race pace with equal time as recovery or 2 sets of 4 x 300 meters at 800-meter race pace with double the time as recovery and 5
minutes recovery between sets.
Tempo runs improve your lactate threshold, the fastest speed you can sustain aerobically and above which fatigue-inducing acidosis
occurs. Increasing your lactate threshold pace allows you to run faster before you fatigue because it allows you to run faster
before oxygen-independent metabolism begins to play a significant role. Try 3 to 4 miles at lactate threshold pace (about 10 to 15
seconds per mile slower than 5K race pace or about 10K race pace for recreational runners, and about 25 to 30 seconds per mile
slower than 5K race pace or about 15 to 20 seconds per mile slower than 10K race pace for highly trained runners) or 5 x 1 mile at
lactate threshold pace with 1 minute rest.
How much you adapt to a training stimulus, whether running or lifting weights, ultimately depends on how responsive your cells are
to signals. Muscle cells are able to detect all kinds of signals: mechanical, metabolic, neural, and hormonal, which are amplified
and transmitted via signaling cascades and lead to the events involved in gene expression. This signaling is fast, occurring within
minutes of completing a workout. Signaling results in the activation of transcription factors, proteins that bind to a specific
part of DNA and control the transfer of genetic information from DNA to RNA.
Many of the physiological and biochemical adaptations to training begin with your DNA, with the copying of one of its double helical
strands (a process called replication). The replicated DNA strand, under the action of transcription factors, is then transcribed
into messenger RNA (a process called transcription), and the messenger RNA is then translated into a protein (a process called
translation). Finally, the protein is transported from the nucleus of the cell where transcription and translation occur to the
place where it will function.
While a single bout of exercise alone, especially if it is new to you, introduces a specific signal and activation of transcription
factors, repeated bouts of exercise will lead to a concerted accumulation of messenger RNAs that can be translated into a host of
structural and functional proteins. In the case of endurance training, the accumulation of proteins is manifested, for example, as
an increase in the number of mitochondria, the microscopic energy factories responsible for aerobic metabolism.
When you begin a training program, you will experience many signaling responses and subsequent adaptations. However, continual
training at the same level decreases the exercise-specific signaling responses involved in the adaptations to training. In other
words, if your training stays the same, you can expect your fitness level to stay the same. For example, if you run 10 miles when
you're used to running only 7, you will send a strong signal to make specific adaptations (increase in mitochondria, muscle glycogen
content, etc.). If you continue to run 10 miles every Sunday for a period of time, you'll continue to send signals to make
adaptations until those adaptations are fully realized. After you have run 10 miles so many times that you have become habituated
to it, a 10-mile run will no longer be enough of a stimulus to initiate any further adaptations. Therefore, if you want to force
more adaptations, you must run longer than 10 miles. To become a faster runner, you have to gradually and systematically increase
the amount of stress so that you increase the signaling response.
Want to know more about signals and how to increase the amount of stress? My popular DVD--"Chasing Mercury, Battling Hercules:
Getting Fitter and Stronger with Periodization Training"--provides an overview of training theory, reviews research findings,
discusses the use of training cycles, and provides examples of how to properly organize all of the components of training. To order
a DVD, just go to http://www.runcoachjason.com/merchandise.
To view past newsletters go to: http://www.runcoachjason.com/newsletter
Copyright Jason Karp All Rights Reserved - http://www.runcoachjason.com
6. Postpartum Depression:
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused by changes in biology, psychology, environment and hormones. PPD is the most
common complication of childbirth.
~You are not alone. PPD affects up to 20% of new mothers anytime in the first year after delivery.
~You are not to blame. PPD can affect any new mother regardless of age, race, income, education and/or marital status.
~You can feel better with help. PPD can be treated with self-help techniques, social support, counseling and medication when
Women Experiencing Postpartum Depression Say:
~This is supposed to be the happiest time in my life...why am I so miserable?
~I love my child, but I hate my life
~My marriage cannot survive this
~Having a baby was a mistake
~I feel like the worst mother in the world
~Everything would be better if I got a good nights sleep
~Why can't I 'snap out of it'?
~I can't take it anymore!
~Why am I such a failure?
More...from StrollerStrides at:
7. Good or Useless, Medical Scans Cost the Same:
When Gail Kislevitz had an M.R.I. scan of her knee, it came back blurry, uninterpretable, her orthopedist told her.
Her insurer refused to pay for another scan, but the doctor said he was sure she had torn cartilage that stabilizes the knee and
suggested an operation to fix it. After the surgery, Ms. Kislevitz, 57, of Ridgewood, N.J., received a surprise: the cartilage had
not been torn after all.
She had a long rehabilitation. And her insurer paid for the operation. But her knee is no better.
More than 95 million high-tech scans are done each year, and medical imaging, including CT, M.R.I. and PET scans, has ballooned into
a $100-billion-a-year industry in the United States, with Medicare paying for $14 billion of that. But recent studies show that as
many as 20 percent to 50 percent of the procedures should never have been done because their results did not help diagnose ailments
or treat patients.
The system is just totally, totally broken, said Dr. Vijay Rao, the chairwoman of the radiology department at Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital, in Philadelphia.
Radiologists say a decent M.R.I. scan should have clearly shown whether the cartilage in Ms. Kislevitz, a meniscus, was torn. But
bad scans, medical experts say, are part of a growing problem with medical imaging.
More...from the NY Times at:
8. Building Strong Bones: Running May Provide More Benefits Than Resistance Training, Study Finds:
Osteoporosis affects more than 200 million people worldwide and is a serious public health concern, according to the National
Osteoporosis Foundation. Resistance training often is recommended to increase and prevent loss of bone mineral density (BMD),
although previous studies that examined the effects of resistance training in men produced varied results.
Now, in a new study, University of Missouri researchers have found that high-impact activities, such as running, might have a
greater positive effect on BMD than resistance training.
The results of the study confirm that both resistance training and high-impact endurance activities increase bone mineral density.
However, high-impact sports, like running, appear to have a greater beneficial effect, said Pam Hinton, associate professor in the
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.
According to the researchers, the true effects of weight-bearing or resistance exercise are only apparent when controlling for
differences in body weight or composition. People who primarily perform non weight-bearing activities will benefit from resistance
training that increases lean body mass, Hinton said. People who engage in activities, such as cycling, swimming, or rowing, should
add bone-strengthening activities, such as resistance training or running, to their exercise regimens.
More...from Science Daily at:
9. Ask the Expert: At What Age Should You Run Your First Marathon?
And What Age is Too Young?
Q: At 19 years old, Julius Keter won the Baltimore Marathon in 2:11:56, and at 19 years old, Ilsa Paulson ran the New York City
Marathon in 2:41:17. At what age should you run your first marathon? Are there risks or benefits from running a marathon at a young
age? Should there be differences in marathon training because of your age? It would be interesting to know how young these two
runners started running and racing, how they progressed with racing distances, and how they train. At what age do people start
running and racing in Kenya versus the U.S., and how much does this effect how good they will be?
-- Denise, Maryland
More...from Running Times at:
10. Part II of the Audio Interview with Canadian Olympian Gary Reed:
Gary Reed, a two time Olympian, is one of the most successful Canadian track athletes in the sport today. He is the Canadian
national record holder in the 800m with a time of 1:43:68 and is the first Canadian to break both the 1:45 and 1:44 barriers. Gary
is the 2007 World Championships silver medalist and recently finished 4th at the Beijing Olympics. Gary is an exceptional role model
for all Canadian athletes due to his incredible work ethic and dedication to the sport, and is the idol of many younger Canadian
athletes in athletics.
In part two, Gary discusses his training with world renowned endurance coach Wynn Gmitroski, and specifically the way that they
train qualities such as maximal speed and strength. Furthermore, Gary reveals their general training philosophy including the
structure of weekly plans and the control of the quality of work being done. He also answers questions concerning his implementation
of therapy and nutrition into his training regime. To conclude the interview, Gary gives the listener a very clear picture as to
maturation of his career and some of the difficulties he has had to overcome.
Listen to the interview at:
11. Ironman Nutrition research site:
By Robert Kunz, MS
First Endurance, in cooperation with the Endurance Research Board, our Sponsored Pro Triathletes and our dedicated customer base is
launching a new innovative approach to endurance nutrition. This site creates a cooperative knowledge base towards developing
innovative nutritional approaches for endurance racing and training.
On this site you can
~ Learn & participate in structured nutritional programs
~ Find answers to common and uncommon problems associated with the unique nutritional and biological demands of endurance sports
~ Should I eat gluten-free?
~ What works for me before during and after training?
~ How do I stop cramps?
~ How much salt do I need?
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12. This Week in Running:
10 Years Ago- Frank Pooe (RSA) won the RSA marathon title at the Old Mutual Capetown marathon with
a time of 2:12:40. John Monyatso (RSA) and Joshua Peterson (RSA) followed with 2:13:00
and 2:13:19 respectively. Gwen vanLingen won the RSA women's title with her 2:36:25.
Angelina Sephooa (LES) was 2nd in 2:40:45 and Sarah Mahlangu (RSA) was 3rd in 2:41:53.
20 Years Ago- The English men's crosscountry title was captured by David Lewis who had a 21 second
margin over Steve Tunstall. Dion McNeilly (NIR) was 3rd, another four seconds back.
Other notables included Eamonn Martin (4th), David Moorcroft (14th), Nick Rose (18th),
and Steve Cram (83rd).
30 Years Ago- Tom Fleming (USA) won the 20th edition of the Mike Hannon (NY/USA) 20M in 1:41:45.
William Sieben (USA) and Peter Squires (USA) rounded out the top three with times of
1:43:49 and 1:45:05 respectively. This race would have celebrated its 50th running
this year except it seems to have died with the 2003 race (43rd running)
40 Years Ago- Kenji Kimihara (JPN) won the 13th edition of the Kumanichi (JPN) 30K in 1:33:02.6.
He was followed by compatriots Akio Yoshida (1:33:37.4) and Yoshinobu Kitayama
50 Years Ago- Browning Ross (USA) won the Married vs Single Men Crosscountry Match (NJ/USA) 12K
but it is not known which team Browning ran for.
From The Analytical Distance Runner, the newsletter for the Association of Road Racing Statisticians with a
focus on races, 3000m and longer, including road, track, and cross-country events.
The ARRS has a website at http://www.arrs.net.
13. Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine:
* Metabolic Syndrome Increases Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Most doctors recommend salt restriction for all their patients, even though many will not develop high blood pressure from high-salt
intake and some may even be harmed if they restrict salt. Heavy exercisers lose so much salt that they have to take in lots of salt
just to replace what they lose through sweat.
A study from China shows that people with metabolic syndrome are the ones who are most likely to develop high blood pressure from a
high-salt diet and that high levels of insulin may cause the rise of blood pressure that is associated with increased salt intake
(Lancet. published online March 2, 2009). Metabolic syndrome occurs when a person's cells lose their ability to respond adequately
to insulin and blood levels of sugar rise too high. It is caused by eating too much refined carbohydrates, being overweight, not
exercising, and lacking vitamin D and is characterized by storing fat primarily in the belly, having a thick neck, high blood
triglycerides, low blood good HDL cholesterol, high blood sugar, and eventually liver damage and all the side effects of diabetes.
People with metabolic syndrome had a greater rise in blood pressure with increased salt intake and drop in blood pressure with salt
restriction. The more risk factors for metabolic syndrome a person had, the greater the rise and fall of blood pressure with
changes in salt intake.
If you are concerned about your blood pressure, you can buy an inexpensive wrist cuff and check your blood pressure at bedtime. If
it is below 120, you do not need to restrict salt.
If you store fat primarily in your belly rather than your hips, your HDL is below 40, your triglycerides are above 175, or you have
a blood sugar above 100 two hours after a meal or an HBA1C above 5.9, you probably should restrict salt and definitelyshould work to
correct the causes of metabolic syndrome (described above).
* Follow-up on the controversy about bone loss in cyclists:
Last week I quoted a study that concluded: "Sprint cyclists, and to a lesser extent distance cyclists, had greater tibia and radius
bone strength surrogates than the controls, with
tibial bone measures being well preserved with age in all groups. This suggests that competition-based cycling and the associated
training regimen is beneficial in preserving average or above-average bone strength surrogates into old age in men" (Medicine &
Science in Sports & Exercise, March 2009).
Several readers responded, quoting other studies that showed competitive cyclists have lower bone mineral density in their spines
than moderately-active, aged-matched men (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, February 2009; Osteoporosis International
Reports, August 2003). These studies have been interpreted to mean that cycling increases risk for bone fractures beyond what you
would expect from just falling off the bike.
I cannot find any studies showing that cycling weakens bones to increase fracture risk. Bone density is associated with bone
strength, but does not measure it. The only way to measure bone strength is to see how much force it takes at break a bone. For
example, birds have strong bones that are not very dense.
The theory that the act of cycling weakens bones flies in the face of our current understanding of bone metabolism. If indeed
cyclists suffer from weak bones (and I do not believe
that they do), the cause would be something other than riding a bicycle. Bones are constantly remodeling.. Cells called
osteoblasts bring in calcium to bones while cells called
osteoclasts take calcium out. Any force on bones increases, and lack of force decreases, the rate of bone formation. Astronauts in
space lose bone because lack of force blocks
their ability to respond to Insulin Like Growth Factor-1 that stimulates bone growth (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, March
2004). All competitive cyclists know that hammering on the pedals while pulling up on their handle bars puts tremendous force on
every muscle and bone in their bodies, and this should stimulate bone growth.
From Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine at:
14. Health Campaigns That Promote Exercise May Cause People To Eat More:
New research from the University of Illinois suggests that weight-loss campaigns that promote exercise may actually cause people to
People who viewed posters suggesting that they "join a gym" or "take a walk" ate more food after looking at the posters than people
who saw similarly designed posters prompting them to "make friends" or "be in a group," the researchers found.
Subliminal words about being active had a similar effect on study participants, said psychology professor Dolores Albarracín, who
led the research.
"Viewers of the exercise messages ate significantly more (than their peers, who viewed other types of messages)," she said. "They
ate one-third more when exposed to the exercise ads." Those exposed to subliminal words about activity during a computer task ate
about 20 percent more than those exposed to neutral words, she said.
The study, which appears in the journal Obesity, builds on previous research by Albarracín that suggests that general messages to be
active can prompt people to behave in a variety of ways, some of which may have negative consequences.
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15. Running Form: How Should You Run?
A key component to successful distance running is efficiency or economy of movement. It is common to focus on training the heart,
lungs and legs when preparing for an event but training form is less common.
Recently I was able watch some of the athletes I train complete the run portion of a Half Ironman Triathlon event and between the
wind gusts, showers and hail, I had a chance to assess their run form. The athletes have all had plenty of swim technique training,
in most cases bike technique training but only a handful had had any run technique training. Those that had, really stood out and in
some cases their run times were very close to their run times in a straight Half Marathon which they completed a few months earlier.
An increased level of fitness would account for some of this but also knowing how to run efficiently made a huge difference. The
outcome of this observation was a Sunday afternoon technique and drill session for some of the athletes down at the local park.
Good running form involves a mix of your body movements so that you move with optimal mechanical efficiency. Good form can decrease
discomfort when you run, help prevent injury, increase speed as well as lower the energy output at a given speed. Below are the main
points I look at when assessing an athletes form and the advice I give them.
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