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Good running economy helps your performance, we know that.

But did you know, if you consciously try to change your running form, you will end up LESS efficient.

No?

We didnt either.

Researcher Dr Jordan Santos had some shocking results, including blowing the 180 cadence rule out of the water.

Tune in here, and let us know what surprised you the most.
If you love the science behind running, this is the episode for you! I’ve brought Jordan Santos-Concejero on the podcast today to discuss a little bit of his research on the physiology and the biomechanics behind the art of running. Dr. Santos started out as a professional runner, but trying to keep up with competitive running and work on his PhD at the same time became a bit much. Besides, he was much more interested in the research behind what ...
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Every runner has a story. Luvo Manyonga went from Crystal meth addict to silver medalist.

Worth a read.
Three years ago Luvo Manyonga was a crystal meth addict. Now he is an Olympic silver medallist. This is his journey from the tik-addled townships to Rio glory, with the help of an Irish former street-sweeper turned strongman
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Motivation for your Monday?

Gary Allen set up a free marathon this weekend to give Millinocket, Maine a boost.

Inspiring and heartwarming.

Definitely worth a read.
And who seriously thinks doing so will make a lick of difference for a struggling mill town? This guy does.
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Have you tried caffeinated gum?

Our author MissZippy1 wrote an in depth article in the Washington Post last week, and if you are on the fence, this might decide it for you...one way or the other!
It’s no magic bullet, but studies show it reduces the perception of fatigue — and is absorbed faster than other products.
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The holidays bring fun and cherished moments.

But they can also bring fear, as you know you will have to work off those extra calories.

We have some sneaky tips to make smarter choices, without feeling like the party pooper!
The Holiday Season is synonymous with a month-long period of large feasts, rich foods, and festive treats and drinks lurking around every corner. It is also a time of traveling, socializing, and hibernating away from the cold and snow that winter brings (at least for me and my fellow Minnesotans). It seems as if the holidays and training are not meant to coincide, but it doesn’t have to be that way. My goal is to show you how to enjoy the holiday...
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Matthew Centrowitz Jr.​ won Olympic Gold in the 1500 this year in Rio.

The best result most runners could ever want, but instead of retiring with a job well done, he wants more, and he believes 2017 is his year to do it.
The Beltsville, Md. native wants “to be the best American miler ever."
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Have you ever tried to run away from your problems?

Running until your body was numb, so you could forget, just for a moment what was happening?

Ryan Shay passed away during mile 5 of the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2007, and Alicia Shay used running as a mechanism of coping.

Hear her story here.
As runners, we know we’re passionate about our sport and our community. We offer great support for one another, but sometimes it can be hard to accept that support ourselves. How many of us ignore pain because we don’t want to be seen as weak? I know I’m guilty of constantly trying to be “the strong one”, and that’s why I brought on Alicia Shay as my guest today. She’s a professional long-distance runner and coach, and she has first-hand experien...
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Addicted to your GPS watch?

Don't worry, we are too.

But let's set a challenge, try one of these workouts without looking at paces.

Can you do it?
In this day and age of GPS watches and uploading your runs to Strava, many runners are dialed in to very specific paces and distances for their speedwork. And that’s fine; if you want to know how to run faster, this has its important place in your repertoire. But there’s another type of speedwork for runners that is much less structured and still just as effective. It’s called fartlek. Fartlek training is Swedish for speed play—and it can deliver...
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One of our listeners recommended a "digital running bookshelf" of the best running books this year based on the Run to the Top Guest recommendations.

So that is what we did.

Give your running loved one a gift they will enjoy...although, don't blame us if you cannot divert their attention away from what they are reading :)
If you are a longtime listener of the Run to the Top Podcast, you will know that at the end of the interview, we ask each guest five questions for the final kick round. If you are unsure what you would like to ask for this holiday season, and your family keeps asking for your Christmas list, maybe one of these best running books suggested by our guests could be a way to make it easy on them, but give you something to read over the holidays. Today...
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Running gives so much fulfillment to our lives, but did you know that Back on My Feet is using running to turn their members lives around.

This is one of those episodes that will bring tears to your eyes, and if you want to see the good in this world, listen to this, you will change the way you feel....and of course, want to go for a run!
I’m excited to have a fellow Brit on the show today! Katy Sherratt is the CEO of Back On My Feet, a non-profit organization that helps homeless and those down on their luck get – you guessed it! – back on their feet. But they do it with running! Members of Back On My Feet meet three times a week for morning runs on top of interview training, health and wellness education, and other services that help them find jobs and get their lives running aga...
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We wanted to see what the science found about how much it actually helps injured runners stay in shape (or runners wanting to step up to the next level to improve their fitness).

So we did.

And here is what we found.

Have you tried one yet?
You may have seen the strange looking "scooter" on elite runners training pages. You may have wondered: What does it do? How does it help runners? Why is this so much better than other cross training workouts for runners? Want to find out? Let's do it! Previous research has shown up to 79% of runners had experienced a running related injury in a 1 year period. This finding is substantial, but not surprising for runners who incur large impact for...
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The holidays are a time to make memories and send time with loved ones.

Don't throw away those precious moments. You can still celebrate in ways that DO NOT involve food if you want to stay on track.

Great ideas from RunToTheFinish
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Every runner loves support and inspiration. We give you a whole community of it and personalize a training plan just for you.
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We all have different reasons for running, but we have one thing in common, we LOVE to run!

We noticed that we as runners tend to do our best when we are supported (and injury free!). That is why we created a community setting for our coaching programs, so we can connect runners (see what we did there!) all over the world even if your town is not exactly a runner mecca. 

Your fellow runners will motivate and inspire you during your struggles, and celebrate your accomplishments!

We care about the science behind the running articles, and take the time to give you the best information research can find about every running topic you could want to know about.

We are committed to being the running resource you can trust to give you what you actually need as a runner, rather than the fluff that most other websites give you.

We find the most influential and experienced running influencers (as well as everyday runners who have a story to tell) and have them on our Run to the Top podcast to share their knowledge and inspire you. 

Most of all, we want to spread our expertise and passion to inspire, motivate, and help you achieve your running goals through our supportive coaching community. 

We believe that if we use all that research, we can make you a training schedule that is customized to your exact fitness level. We then provide you with a team of experienced coaches to answer your questions and support your training.

Most importantly, we are supportive of all runners no matter your speed, goals, size, age or experience level. Running is one of the only sports where it’s all about pushing yourself, not competing or comparing yourself to others.
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