On an ongoing basis, I’m informed, educated, and inspired by a number of people I follow on the Net. I’ve become a better runner because of them. As a way of saying thanks, I’d like to share those resources with you.
First, Dr. Steve Gangemi, the Sock Doc. Dr. Gangemi’s site is all about “natural injury treatment and prevention for the athlete within,” and is probably the one source I’ve come to trust and follow more than any other. He’s clear and definite about his opinions and advice, and bases it all on solid scientific evidence. His cred is impeccable – Gangemi has competed in 20 Ironman races, numerous other triathlons, as well as bicycle races and running race, on both trail and road. He’s a six-time qualifier and finisher of the Ironman Hawaii World Championship Triathlon, and is currently a MovNat Certified Trainer. I can’t recommend this guy’s advice and wisdom highly enough!
Jonathan Savage at Fellrnr is a newer discovery for me. His site is a Wikipedia-based effort that’s “dedicated to making you a better runner, whether you’re a beginner or a competitive athlete.” It’s full of very good tips on training, racing, nutrition, hydration, and equipment. Jonathan runs ultramarathons, and his current main goals are to qualify for the US 24 hour team and to break 150 miles in 24 hours. (His current PBs are 146 miles in 24 hours, 100 miles in 15:58, 100K in 9:31, 50 miles in 7:08, 50K in 3:38, 26.2 in 2:53.) The depth of information on his site – in terms of both volume and quality – is simply outstanding. I’ve only begun to explore the site and Jonathan’s approach to running, but have been mightily impressed so far.
Steve Magness is the Head Cross Country coach at the University of Houston for both the men and women’s teams. From 2011 through to the 2012 Olympic games he was assistant coach for the Nike Oregon Project, where he assisted in training such runners as Mo Farah, double Olympic champion in the 5k and 10k. Magness’ Science of Running blog offers in depth looks at training, coaching, sport science, and anything else that relates to enhancing endurance performance. It can sometimes be pretty techy, but is always worth reading.
Last, I want to point you towards the videos of Dr. Mark Cucuzella. Watch this one, for example, to see what really good running form is like. Cucuzella is a family physician at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine and an Associate Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He’s a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, and he is coach and captain of its marathon team. He’s also the chief medical consultant for the Air Force Marathon. He’s completed more than 60 marathons and ultramarathons, and continues to compete as a National level Masters (age 40+) runner. His marathon best is 2:24.
You can see where I’m coming from with my interest in these resources. If you check them out, you can also see how I hope to develop as a runner.
Let me know what you think of all of the above, and how you might incorporate the learnings you find into your own running.