I Don’t Know

When it comes to most things about running, I don’t know the answer.  There are thousands of aspects of running, from the biochemistry of lactate buffering, to the potential benefit of glycogen-depleted long runs in marathon training, to the best way to transition into spikes for a track athlete.  But there is so much to know, and that knowledge is much greater than what I do know, which means that much of the time when I’m asked a question, I don’t know the answer.  You know what I’m saying?

Today I received the following question via twitter:

 @coachjayjohnson Maybe masters can better stimulate hormones w/heavier wts? Is lunge matrix anabolic enuf 4 old guys? (Linked to this tweet was the article “Resistance Training Ups Testosterone in Muscles of Older Men.”)

Great question.  I don’t know.  My guess is that for the vast majority of masters athletes – maybe 95% or more – the Lunge Matrix is not going to give them the same hormonal stimulus that weight room work will.  

But here is what I do know:  if you progress from body weight exercises to some light external loads, such as rotational work with a medicine ball, then to a heavier external load, such as a kettlebell, and then go to the weight room, the chance that you’ll be healthy and injury-free is high.  But I don’t know exactly how fast you can move through this progression; I’m cautious with the athletes I work with, and move them to the weight room slowly.  But again, I don’t know – maybe we could go there earlier.

I also don’t know how to answer the following question, but I do look forward to hearing what others think about it:

@coachjayjohnsonQ: assuming one MUST choose between “enuf” sleep & getting all needed calories in a day, choose sleep? #runchat 

Honestly, as a former college athlete and college coach, I thought this question was a joke given how many runners have some level of disordered eating.  But my guess is that it’s an honest question, and to me there is only one answer: you have to get enough calories to support your training while also getting enough sleep to support your training.  But again, I don’t know exactly how many calories that is and how little sleep that is for @ReadEatWriteRun.  (Note: some confusion might have come from this part of this infographic that I shared in the Sunday Morning Reads last weekend).

This is a great opportunity for people to chime in with their thoughts.  I look forward to reading the comments.




Podcast 014 – Mike Blackmore

Mike Blackmore has a diverse profile in our sport. He ran at the University of Oregon and went on to run 13:37 for 5,000m. His is the cross country coach at Lane Community College in Eugene, he’s a massage therapist and he’s also a key member of the staff that constructs the Nike Cross Nationals course.

All of that being said, the focus of our discussion is on his Masters running accomplishments. Last year he ran 15:16 as a 50 year-old, setting an American record.

In this podcast he discusses his training and the things he’s learned along the way.

If you’re over thirty then you need to listen to this podcast for some great advice about how to listen to your body and how to stay healthy as you age.

As always, you can listen to this podcast via iTunes.