Category Archives: Running

The Connection Between Exercise and Weight Loss

I’ve expressed skepticism in the past than any amount of exercise, short of an hour or more per day, will contribute to weight loss. The main reason for this is that, as we exercise, our body tends to make us … Continue reading

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Are Sports Drinks Good for Athletes?

NPR posted a great piece recently on sports drinks. In everyday life, I avoid any form of added, or refined, sugar.  I prefer to eat whole foods.  Though there’s a great deal of disagreement out there about what foods are … Continue reading

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Transition Painlessly and Immediately Into Barefoot Running

I’ve been writing a lot lately about my recent transition to “barefoot,” or “minimalist,” running. I’ve made the switch because I’ve set an ambitious (for me) goal of running a 3:30 marathon this November.  This is ambitious for me not … Continue reading

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Going Barefoot Without Pain: It’s All About Form

I recently bought “barefoot” running shoes.  My new Saucony Hattoris have no arch support, very little cushioning, zero degree decline from heel to toe and virtually zero weight.  These “barefoot,” or “minimalist,” shoes force you to strike the ground with … Continue reading

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My First Foray Into Barefoot Running

I got a special package from Zappos this week: my first minimalist, or “barefoot,” running shoes. Though I’d sworn off long-distance running after finally setting a personal record in the Hartford Half Marathon last fall (and then running a Tough … Continue reading

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“Barefoot” Running: The Past, and Future?

My wife often asks me, “Doug, do you need to become more of a hippie?” This time her question was provoked by my decision to sign up for a new “fad.”  I’m already a raw foodist (though an imperfect one), … Continue reading

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Can Nonalcoholic Beer Help Athletes Recover?

Nonalcoholic beer has long been touted by certain marathon runners as an aid to rapid recovery after long training sessions. This belief arose anecdotally, and no formal scientific studies ever confirmed or refuted the idea.  But today that’s all changed. … Continue reading

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