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Building a Faster Ironman Run: Running Faster

**via Endurance Nation

Let’s begin by breaking the topic down into two major components: Running Potential and Running Success.

Running Potential: “What CAN I run on race day, given current fitness, training, etc?” The best predictor of Running Potential on race day is your VDot score.
Running Success: “Given my running potential, what WILL I run on race day.” The best predictor of Running Success on race day is race execution skills.

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Knees Rejoice! Running ain’t So Bad After All

Debunking jogging myths

If you’re a runner, chances are you’ve been told that years of hitting the pavement are tough on the knees. And for fitness fanatics with sore knees, rest — not more exercise — is usually recommended for a speedy recovery.

Turns out both suggestions are outdated. More and more research points to exercise being good for your knees. And in some cases, exercise is just what the doctor ordered to get rid of persistent knee pain.

Stanford University researchers tracked the knee health of 98 runners and non-runners between 1984 and 2002. Imaging scans comparing the joint at the start and end of the study revealed that runners’ knees were no worse for wear than those of non-runners.

Also good to know is that the amount of mileage runners accumulate isn’t a factor in knee pain. A long-term study (subjects were followed for 40 years) noted no difference in the knee health of runners who logged 40 miles a week vs. those who ran 20 miles a week.

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Reduce & Avoid Common Running Injuries by Newton Running

This is an article from the Newton Running Shoe website. I figure at least 60% of the guys up at Ironman Canada this year were wearing them. I’ve been using them as well but unfortunately my hulking carcass and slightly gimpy knee doesn’t like them for long training – but I hope to get some solid tempo training in with them this winter.

Newton Running Shoes

Efficient form and lightweight shoes are the keys to staying healthy

By Danny Abshire, co-founder, Newton Running

Do you think a running shoe with a thickly cushioned heel pad and rigid medial post can keep you from suffering common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome or shin splits? Think again.

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