Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% carbon fiber
In a recent Nike funded study, Hoogkamer et al. 2017 concluded that the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, a shoe embedded with a full-length curved carbon fiber plate, reduces the energy cost of marathon running (i.e. improving running efficiency)  by ~4% in comparison to 2 traditional high performing racing shoes (below).
Here we’ll discuss the significance of eccentric contractions during downhill running and its contribution to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). We will also look at the effectiveness of eccentric training as part of a strength or rehabilitation training program. Most of you will be familiar with the paradoxical muscle soreness
According to the author of ‘The Sports Gene’, David Epstein, if you were to measure every runner’s ankles at the start of a long distance race, you could statistically predict the likely winner. Winners of any major long distance race tend to possess particular body features. Let’s run through some
Easy running

The Art of the Easy Run

“Well that wasn’t exactly easy” “A not-so-easy run” “Meant to be easy, but got a bit carried away” These are all phrases I’ve seen time and time again on my Twitter and Strava feeds; easy runs that turned out to be a lot harder than intended.  It’s a common occurrence.
Ice bathing for runners

Re-evaluating Ice Bathing

The goal of ice bathing is to reduce the inflammation following a workout, which is typically viewed as a means to ‘enhance’ recovery. However, just because it can be effective doesn’t mean that it should be used in all situations. Acute inflammation as a result of normal exercise is a very