Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Science of Long Distance Running

Back in April, I began my job at the largest science open access publishing company, PLOS.  They have been one of the front runners in providing access in publicly funded scientific research, which was previously controlled by a small group of publishing houses.

What I have enjoyed, though, is that I have come to a realization that I (and everyone else) has access to a lot of scientific research that doesn't require a subscription to Nature or Science.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be able to find research on running.  As my wife puts it, and I will not fight the label, I am a NERD!!!  So I thought I would share some of my findings:

In PLOS Computational Biology, I came across and article on Metabolic Factors Limiting Performance in Marathon Runners. Basically, this research is a scientific explanation of hitting the wall with the guise of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

On the Mega-Journal PLOS ONE you will find a very interesting article on the Neuromuscular Consequences of an Extreme Mountain Ultra-Marathon. It is a discussion of the effects of the famous Ultra Tour du Mount Blanc on its participants and how long it takes to recover.  

Also in PLOS ONE, I came across this article on Impact of Environmental Parameters on Marathon Running Performance.  I especially like this one since it really explains in detail how running performance is effected the warmer it gets and definitely provided me with a better justification for our DNF at the Diablo Challenge 50K as well as our time at the Napa Valley Marathon.

So you probably can tell, expect more of these type of blogs.  Let me know what you think.

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