Category Archives: Running Research

Obsessed with Steps

These days, I do most of my runs wearing a Garmin GPS watch that tracks the duration and distance of my runs, as well as my stride cadence (steps per minute). I’m sure it gathers other data as well, but … Continue reading

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Confidence Game

It has been a fairly quiet few days up here at the family cottage, overlooking Sawyer’s Cove, halfway up the Maine Coast. I had intended to share this time with Joni, but in the end she couldn’t make the trip, … Continue reading

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No Brain, No Train(ing)

  More great news from the world of science, and by “great” I mean news to make runners feel better about themselves. Writing in the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds summarizes recent research that links vigorous exercise to increased neurogenesis … Continue reading

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Running Fast / Thinking Slow

Many years ago, on a clear and brisk Saturday in October, I was scampering through a forest not far from Boston, alertly watching for roots, rocks, and downed branches. On that glorious morning long ago, I was confident in my … Continue reading

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Tracking fitness? Use your head.

“So why is it that fitness technology is so alluring? Part of the problem is that relying on feelings seems ‘soft’ and open to manipulation… For that reason, fitness technology can be a valuable reality check to make sure we’re … Continue reading

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Magic Workouts for Busy People

There has been a lot of research in recent years comparing the health and fitness benefits of small amounts of high-intensity exercise to the benefits of longer bouts of low-intensity exercise. The problem, it is said, is that lots of … Continue reading

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Do Real Runners Take Walking Breaks?

Like many serious runners, I have an aversion to walking, at least when I am supposed to be running. Walking is what happens when something goes horribly wrong, for example, when you horribly misjudge your pace in a marathon, or … Continue reading

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