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The hazards of road running.

It's a bitch when you go out for a 7-mile run and you get knocked out by a flying dear at mile 5.
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There is a nice 10 mile (round-trip) run from the base to Skyline boulevard. About 1500 feet of climbing.
 
Photosphere from the "Meadows" at Wunderlich Park in Woodside.  A beautiful 80F spring day in the bay area.  Not a single cloud in the sky!
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My quads burn thinking about this race.  The best lines from the article:

I assumed their races are characterized by a mind-numbing sameness, but Walsham assured me I was wrong. “Some stairwells turn to the left,” she said. “Some turn to the right. Sometimes the stairs are shallow, sometimes they’re steep. And the number of floors always varies.”
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A meal equivalent to energy consumed in running a marathon. The good news is that if you skip the extra serving of pie, net negative calories.  The bad news is you have to run a marathon.
 
Boy, when you put it this way, it doesn't make you want to run more, it makes you want to eat less, which I guess is the point.
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It's not just Lance Armstrong. It's the whole sport of cycling.

The evidence against Armstrong and the whole sport seems pretty convincing.  So many collaborators and corroborators. Shocked that the secret stayed secret for so long.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/sports/cycling/lance-armstrong-aide-talks-of-doping-and-price-paid.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

and a whole series of articles on +The New York Times 

I'll never watch TdF with the same awe or respect.
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Nice animated GIF of a portion of trail!
 
Trail running is #autoawesome ! Rancho San Antonio County Park outside Cupertino, California. #trailrunning  
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This is one of the most beautiful 50-mile courses in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Who's in?

50k, marathon, and 1/2 marathon, 10k distances available.
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Endurance exercise can be too much of a good thing for older folks, according to WSJ.  By too much, 15+ miles/week at 8 miles/hour.  15+ miles seem kind of paltry but the 8 miles/hour or lower should be easy.
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Given that people have run 100 milers barefoot and in vibram 5-fingers, this didn't seem like a big deal.  But the dude ran a pretty good time (for mortals) and some would argue that running in flip flops is actually harder than barefoot.  Though it's probably just difficult in a different way since flip flops have cushioning and abrasion protection but they probably mess up your running form seriously
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You can read abstracts for Dr Kram's earlier studies here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22367745 and here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21472628. (I have the full papers)

His latest study is linked from the NY Times article and can be found here http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2012/abstracts/261.pdf. In it he says "Thanks to Kelly McKean and Nike Inc. for providing the shoes and EVA foam." 

On the Aug 2012 paper there is a declaration that the "study was supported by the University of Colorado Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program but independent from any shoe company sponsorship" and that the "authors had no conflicts of interest to declare."

This article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22217565 concludes "Minimally shod runners are modestly but significantly more economical than traditionally shod runners regardless of strike type, after controlling for shoe mass and stride frequency. The likely cause of this difference is more elastic energy storage and release in the lower extremity during minimal-shoe running."

This literature review http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21622635 concludes "Although there is no evidence that either confirms or refutes improved performance and reduced injuries in barefoot runners, many of the claimed disadvantages to barefoot running are not supported by the literature. Nonetheless, it seems that barefoot running may be an acceptable training method for athletes and coaches who understand and can minimize the risks."

In other words, more studies are required. Some will be better than others, will refine previous studies, and over time things will become more conclusive. Which is how science works.
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Hangout with Ryan Hall on the Olympic Marathon this year.
 
Live Now: Our Google+ video Hangout with U.S. Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall; his brother Chad Hall; the editor-in-chief of Runner's World magazine, David Willey; Jere Longman of The Times; and Eric Johnson, the leader of Ryan Hall's church. This discussion is hosted by Jason Stallman, deputy Sports editor of The Times. Watch live and post questions below or using #London2012Hangout ; we'll answer selected questions on air. 

For those interested in learning more about Ryan's career and faith, Jere Longman's profile of him from Sunday's New York Times is here: http://nyti.ms/Nt8DMO
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Running Club of dedicated fitness enthusiasts committed to becoming well oiled trail racing machines.
Introduction

Named in honor of the famous Dipsea Trail that runs from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, the Dips Run Club was formed by a group of runners who love to run trails, especially the Dipsea. Dips members come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. We're not the fastest, but then again, we run on some of the most beautiful trails in the Bay Area, so what's the rush?


And more often than not, on the second Sunday of the winter and spring months, you'll find us on the beloved Dipsea Trail, with its famous 676 steps, the first set of which are shown on the right. And if we're really lucky, you'll find us there on the second Sunday in June, which is when the famed Dipsea race takes place. It's the second oldest footrace in the country (next to the Boston Marathon), and an event for which the Dips are constantly training.

We plan our runs and engage in some playful banter (otherwise known as trash talk) on a formerly Yahoo and now Google Group. Let us know if you'd like an invitation, but there ARE rigorous entrance criteria (pulse, breathing, able to laugh at oneself). We also have aFacebook page.

So there's a little background on the Dips Run Club. . . Now get RUNNING!