Two Doses, Not One

  Wonder why there are two doses of the COVID vaccine, separated by a few weeks? One shot in the arm would make it a lot easier, right? It’s Hans Selye’s fault. What happens if you give a mouse a toxic dose of a drug? That was the question posed by Hungarian endocrinologist Dr. Hans […]

You Look Like You’re Faster Than That

    “You look like you’re faster than that.” It was both a compliment and an insult at the same time. It was the summer of 1994, I was 21 years old, and living in Boston for an internship with the Boston Athletic Association—the event management team and host of the Boston Marathon. Every Saturday […]

Current Pace vs. Goal Pace

  I once coached a runner who ran a 19-minute 5K who told me she wanted to be trained like a 17:30 5K runner. So, I told her to run a 17:30 5K and then I’ll train her like a 17:30 5K runner. It seems logical that if you want to run a race faster, […]

Confusion vs. Habituation

  If you ever were taught how to play an instrument, did you learn how to play simple pieces before learning more complex pieces? Did your music teacher constantly change the piece and complexity of the music that you practiced, or did he or she have you practice the same piece of music until you […]

Tips for The Spectacled Runner

  Picture found at Pixabay – License CC0 I’m lucky that I never have had to wear glasses. Being able to see where you’re going when you run is pretty important. If you wear glasses, that means having to run while wearing them, which can be a bit tricky and even inconvenient. Treat Your Lenses […]

Break Through Strength Training Plateaus

  Source: Pexels (CC0 License) Variation is an important concept in exercise and fitness. Plenty of research has demonstrated that exercise programs with variation produce better results than those with no variation. When you vary the duration, volume, and intensity of your training, your body never has a chance to become efficient; it is always […]

Keeping Fit With a Hobby

  Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash Everyone knows that I run… a lot. It seems like that’s all I ever do. My brother often tells me to get a hobby. Hobbies are a great way to boost your happiness levels. And if you combine a fun hobby with something that keeps you active, you will […]

The Habits of Successful Weight Losers

                   Adapted from Lose It Forever: The 6 Habits of Successful Weight Losers from the National Weight Control Registry by Jason R. Karp, PhD In a national television interview with Barbara Walters in 2014, Oprah Winfrey confessed that not being able to maintain her weight loss was her biggest regret. In that interview, […]

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