Is Running a Four-Minute Mile the Secret to Longevity?
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by ckeyes
4d ago
The 200th person to break four minutes for the mile, according to the National Union of Track Statisticians, was a Swiss runner named Rolf Gysin. On August 16, 1974, Gysin clocked a 3:56.88. It wasn’t a big surprise: he had already run 3:37 for 1,500 meters the year before, which is equivalent to about a 3:54 mile, and had competed in the Munich Olympics a few years earlier. He was 22 when he broke four; he’s now 72—and still kicking, so to speak. Gysin was the last guy to make the cut in a new British Journal of Sports Medicine study assessing the longevity of the first 200 runners to break ..read more
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Not All Elite Athletes Are of the Human Variety
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by elessard
1w ago
Anyone who has played fetch with a dog knows the canine potential for running and jumping—and that a dog’s enthusiasm can outlast your arm. “Dogs use oxygen more efficiently than humans,” says  Dr. RuthAnn Lobos (DVM, CCRT, CVAT) and senior veterinarian at Nestle Purina PetCare. “That increased efficiency gives their muscles the fuel they need for energy and endurance.” And when dogs get the proper nutrition, their athletic potential is truly unleashed. You can see for yourself by watching Purina’s Incredible Dog Challenge, an annual televised competition where dogs from across the count ..read more
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How to Access the Elusive “Fourth Dimension” of Endurance
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by ckeyes
2w ago
Consider two runners who, in lab testing, have identical values for VO2 max, running economy, and lactate threshold. These are the three quantities in the “standard model” of endurance performance; you can plug them into an equation to calculate your expected marathon time. So who will win the race? The question is not as hypothetical as it seems. At the top end of the sport, athletes tend to have relatively similar values for all three of the parameters. And if they’re weak in one, they’ll compensate in the other two. And yet lab testing isn’t capable of reliably picking winners. The cyclist ..read more
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The Runners Who Went So Hard They Were Never the Same
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by jversteegh
3w ago
Athletes train for years to overcome pain, exhaustion, and fatigue. But some people take it too far and are never the same again. In this episode from 2019, Outside contributor Meaghan Brown started looking into this strange phenomenon, and found a bunch of frustrated athletes, and confused doctors. The post The Runners Who Went So Hard They Were Never the Same appeared first on Outside Online ..read more
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The More You Cycle, the Lower Your Risk of Knee Arthritis
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by ckeyes
1M ago
There are people reading this—you may be one of them—thinking, “Of course cycling is good for your knees, you idiot. Why do you think I switched from running?” I hear you. But there’s a big difference between something that’s “not bad” for your knees and something that’s actually good for them. The claim in a new study is that people with a history of cycling are less likely to develop osteoarthritis in their knees, and that’s a claim with some interesting implications both for cycling and for how we think about osteoarthritis. The study was published last month in Medicine & Science in S ..read more
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Research Suggests Trans Women Don’t Have a Complete Athletic Advantage
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by Miyo McGinn
1M ago
In the last few years, women’s sports have been a highly visible arena for the broader cultural and political debate over the rights and inclusion of transgender people. As transgender athletes come out, pursue gender-affirming medical care like hormone therapies, and try to compete in the division that aligns with their gender identity, many sports’ governing bodies have developed policies restricting participation on the basis of sex assigned at birth or other biological markers. Sometimes, these policies amount to outright bans on transgender women competing in the women’s category. E ..read more
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Sisay Lemma and Hellen Obiri Just Won the Boston Marathon
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by tpitre
1M ago
Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia almost did the unthinkable at the Boston Marathon on Monday morning, while American Emma Bates sure tried to. The 33-year-old Sisay not only ran away from a very strong field to win, but he briefly teased spectators and fans with an unfathomably fast pace. Lemma, who entered the race as the fourth-fastest marathoner in history (2:01:48), came through the halfway point in 1:00:19, which meant he was on sub-2:01 pace and ahead of world-record pace. Although he slowed considerably over the second half of the race, Lemma held on to win in 2:06:17, the 10th fastest time in ..read more
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What Jazz Legend Miles Davis Taught Me About Teaching Yoga
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by POM Administrator
1M ago
“You have to learn the rules before you can break them.” —Miles Davis I first heard those words from one of the most innovative and influential jazz musicians of all time during the How I Built This podcast. In the interview, chef Daniel Humm explained how understanding that quote shaped his approach to creating Eleven Madison Park, his world-renowned, plant-based restaurant in New York City. That type of thinking may seem counterintuitive to creativity. But numerous other groundbreaking creatives also cite a respect for basic techniques as the reason they were later able to challenge the rul ..read more
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A Marathon for Every Woman
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by elessard
1M ago
Pre-race yoga sessions. Training guides and support from female Olympians. Chocolate milk toasts. Tampons stocked in every Porta-potty. You’ve never seen a race quite like this before—and it’s changing the face of running for rookies and elite athletes alike. Every Woman’s Marathon, powered by Team Milk, is a U.S. marathon designed by women, for women. It was born of a clear need: the dire lack of female-centric marathon experiences available for distance runners. Though almost half of American marathon participants are women, 60 percent of female runners feel that endurance races cater more ..read more
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The Surprising Way Air Hunger Limits Your Endurance
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by ckeyes
1M ago
Our lungs and airways are “overbuilt,” according to exercise physiologists. Though we gasp and pant during heavy exercise, that’s not what actually slows us down. Instead, the bottleneck is the heart’s ability to pump oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, or the muscles’ ability to make use of that oxygen. That’s why the heart and muscles get bigger and stronger in response to training, while the lungs stay the same: we already suck in more oxygen than we’re able to use. Or maybe not, according to a new study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise that takes a fresh look at what it me ..read more
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