Even my old reliable websites are prone to sensationalism and hyperbole. It worked. This is one title I couldn’t resist reading.
So here’s the “facts” they mention and as with all “facts” we filter them through the lens of our own experience.
1) Stretching before a run may lower your endurance
This is comparatively new advice. After 25 years of being told to stretch in advance, I became aware of research that either indicated no benefit or a negative effect. The possible effect on endurance was new to me.
Since I’ve managed to stay relatively injury free for a quarter century (as long as I don’t fall), I think I’ll just continue my pre run gentle stretching. My muscles and joints are used to it and I always warm up.
2) Eating baked beetroot could help you beat your personal best
I don’t even know what baked beetroot is. Red beets? I think eating this before running would make me throw up and I’m considerably slower than the test subjects (7-8 min milers).
3) Running a marathon could make you better at your job
That’s encouraging. I know running clears my head, but since 13.1 is my max distance, that’s as clear as my head will ever get.
4) Wearing cheap running shoes could cut your risk of injury.
Cheap is defined as less than $40 and expensive as more than $95. I’m assuming they mean suggested retail price since clearance sales would really skew the results. Since my Brooks Adrenalines run around $100, I’m just into the high end category. What about those people who pay between $40 and $95?
This sounds like support for minimalist shoes. However, the comment about people with preexisting issues (like my over-pronating, flat feet, with an extra bone yet) being more prone to injuries to begin with and buying shoes with extra features to deal with it makes sense to me.
For my daughter wearing the wrong shoes in the beginning is what caused her knee problems in her first HS cross country season. It was suggested that she stick to swimming. Now at age 40 she runs a 3:08 marathon. Shoes matter. You just have to find the right ones for you.
5) Male runners are more likely to have daughters. REALLY??
I have no opinion here, but this is an interesting hypothesis.
DH never ran and we have 2 daughters and 1 son. After 5 grandsons, maybe I should have encouraged my son and 2 SILs to get out there and run? They didn’t, but grandchild #6 finally was a girl anyway.
Here’s the full article: