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.”
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.
and a whole series of articles on
I'll never watch TdF with the same awe or respect.
50k, marathon, and 1/2 marathon, 10k distances available.
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.
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!