Right Hand Prima Donna Syndrome

About two years ago, during one of our Saturday morning long runs, my friend Prateek remarked “I seem to favor my right hand when carrying a running bottle”. I thought it was an interesting (though not very surprising) observation. After all, if you are right-handed, your right hand would definitely be stronger and more inclined …

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The quest for natural running form

Years ago when I used to play squash regularly at Decathlon Club (Santa Clara), I was struggling to vault myself from a high C to a low B. One of the bad habits of C level players is that they DON’T prolong the rallies, opting instead to finish things off quickly, usually via ill-conceived drop …

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My Second Nandi Hills Climb

This is my fourth year of regular long distance running in Bangalore. Every year, sometime between August and October, my running buddies go for an annual jaunt of the Nandi Hills. Sixty kilometers away, it’s the closest ‘hill running course’ – a 7.15 km climb with a steadily increasing gradient in the first five km …

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Say hello to huaraches

It’s ironic that I’m finishing this post 13 months after switching to the 4mm huaraches (christened “4mmH” for the rest of this post). Ironic because after logging 1569km, one of the lace holes got ripped and I’ve cabled a warranty replacement request to Xeroshoes’ Steve Sashen. I’ve had an absolutely wonderful time with 4mmH. It …

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Mark Cucuzzella and the Natural Running Center

The human foot is a work of art and masterpiece of human engineering. – Leonardo Vinci This post is meant to be just a teaser about Dr. Mark Cucuzzella. Something tells me I’ll get carried away. In the beginning there was darkness, and runners seemed lost, confused, chronically injured, always experimenting with “bigger is better” …

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The worst (and best) running surfaces for barefoot running

Steve Sashen of Invisibleshoe.com (now rebranded as XeroShoes.com) wrote an interesting blog post back in Dec 2009. I discovered it only a few days ago via an email subscription on his website. The gist of his article (which I agree with) is that soft surfaces are absolutely the worst surfaces for barefoot running and hard …

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When should you change your running shoes?

{Approximately 70% of this post was written using the Android WordPress app (in Flight Mode).} I ran my first full marathon in Oct 2002. I had spontaneously decided to train for the Mercury Interactive San Jose Marathon exactly 3.5 months earlier. The only marathoner I knew at that point was Mike Clothier. Mike, a colleague at …

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Examining Chris McDougall through a purchase funnel lens

A mini war of words erupted on our running group recently. The subject was Chris McDougall. I had shared this Jun 2009 McDougall article  and highlighted the following quote which I found most interesting. Tony Krupicka, one of the greatest young ultra-runners, has worn the same pair of crappy, cross-country flats for the past six …

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The triple jump running plan for marathoners

The triple jump, sometimes referred to as the hop, step and jump or the hop, skip and jump, is a track and field sport, similar to the long jump, but involving a “hop, bound and jump”: the competitor runs down the track and performs a hop, a bound and then a jump into the sand pit. I’m sure about it. The triple …

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If running or cycling is your sport… double up

In my last 5 years of increasingly regular marathon running, my consumption of running legends lore has been surprisingly minimal. After all, how many sports can one follow? Besides cricket, tennis, squash, and golf i.e. And where’s the written rule that states one shalt follow the sport that thy playeth? The above is just an elaborate …

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