Recently Read: A New Beer Mile Record, Winter Reflective Gear and Lots of Science

Now that I’ve survived our “hardest” classes in medical school, I’ve had a lot more time to sift through articles that I bookmarked over the past few months. To add to your Friday morning distraction, here’s what I’ve stumbled across recently in the world of running.

A new women’s beer mile record! Although it sounds like her beer times need a little work, this is an impressive improvement on the standing record. Hard to say if it will stand long, however, with the Championships coming up on December 3rd.

Although I don’t agree with headphones for any outdoor runner, regardless of safety features, this article is a good reminder that it’s the season for running in the dark. I swear by my Nathan reflective vest and recently added a pair of Nathan gloves to my collection (product review forthcoming).

Every 20 minutes in a marathon would ruin my stomach but in my most recent marathon, I took a Gu at mile 6, mile 12 and mile 18, which is far more than I’d taken in previous attempts at 26.2 and had zero issues with nutrition. This article looks at what goes into a successful fueling attempt and concludes (in a sort of no shit way) that a plan is way better than just winging it. Although this seems self evident, a plan can also help when you start to experience the inevitable full or sick of Gatorade feeling at the end of the race.

A heartstring read for sure. I still remember the Trials where Ryan Shay went down and the absolute panic afterward as everyone tried to get information on what happened. Sudden cardiac death in athletes remains a research interest of mine and reading about Stephan Shay’s run on Sunday is just plain gut wrenching.

On the line of sudden cardiac death in athletes, there’s new evidence to suggest that deaths during the swim leg may be due to swimming induced pulmonary edema. In short, pulmonary edema is the accumulation of fluid in the lung space that shouldn’t be there. Fluid in a space that should be air filled interrupts gas exchange and can be life threatening in situations where ventilation cannot be restored.

Most of us spend our lives sitting way more than we want to and this sequence of stretches and movements can help with that. I’m embarrassed to admit that I cannot do the Grok squat. At all. I am religious about clamshells and glute bridges, however and can testify that they help injury proof one’s hips.

Finally, on the sad/frustrating/WTF news of Rita Jeptoo’s positive A sample, a timely explanation from Runner’s World about how EPO works in the first place. I found the fact that EPO alone has significant effects; generally I think of performance enhancing drugs as still requiring training and although that is still likely true, this indicates that EPO may have a significant impact independent of training load.

What have you been reading recently?

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