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Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. 

Here are this week’s stories…

How a runner set four personal records while still enjoying beer.

Do you need different types of shoes. This post focuses on Nike shoes but the message applies to other brands.

Can running serve as pain relief?

Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Tips to beat the heat.

A post about taper madness that kind of sums up how my week went. Also some great tips for mental success.

A great video on the science of running a marathon.

I do most of my running on my own but here is a great post about group running.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here are a couple of good news stories about a scary incident at last weekend’s Ottawa Race Weekend, Medical resident finishes half-marathon, follows up with CPR rescue and here is a follow-up story Montreal man who collapsed during half-marathon ‘feeling great’

For those interested in the history of the marathon here is a story about the 1908 London Olympics that gave us the current marathon distance.

For some humour here is a story about the recent Edinburgh Marathon

Here is an interesting article on the science of running

Finally, here is an inspirational story that involves running

The Science of Running: Fueling a Long Run

I missed last week’s science of running post because I had a race report to write but I came up with another science of running topic this morning. If you are training for a half-marathon or a marathon make sure you figure out a fueling plan when you are doing long runs of more than 60-90 minutes in length.

When you are going for runs longer than 60-90 minutes you need to figure out how many carbohydrates to sustain your energy levels throughout your run. For me when I am doing long training runs my usual approach is to have a protein bar before I leave the house. During my run I carry sports drink with me along with 2-3 gels.

I posted this link yesterday but in case you missed it here is a blog post that provides some tips on fueling a long run.  You can also read this article for more background on this issue.

If you don’t fuel properly for a long run can have a negative impact on your energy levels. I have experienced this a couple of times. When I ran my first marathon I ended up waking up late and not having any time to have anything to eat before the start line. This morning I also headed out for my 28 km (18 mile) run without having anything to eat before I left the house. In both instances the later stages of my runs were more difficult than they needed to be.

I mentioned above what my usual approach is for my longer training runs. After the negative experience of my first marathon I have developed a fueling strategy that has worked for my last four marathons. I now get up a few hours before the marathon and have a breakfast consisting of a bagel with peanut butter, a bowl of oatmeal, a banana and a glass of orange juice with protein powder.

How do you fuel your long runs / races?

New Features

This week I started thinking about new weekly features I could add to this blog. With the help of my wife I was able to come up with ideas for two new features I think you will enjoy. I plan on introducing these new features over the next two nights.

The first of these new features will involve healthy recipes for runners. We all know that proper nutrition is an important part of training. Each week I plan to share one of my favourite recipes with you.

The second feature will involve the science of running. In this feature I plan to look at some of the theories behind running, such as minimalist shoes vs shoes with support or the proper running stride. I’ll also discuss some of my experiences with the theories and ideas.

I hope you will enjoy the new features. Watch for the first one tomorrow night!