First off is an article from Steve Magness. It’s an insightful framing of the placebo effect and it’s place in running. Some interesting science in his explanation of the placebo effect in the medical world, and in this bit from Trent Stellingwerf: ”Stellingwerff brought up the fact that the effects of proven ergogenic aids don’t aggregate. Meaning that if we get a 2% boost from caffeine, another 1% from beta alanine, and 2% from beet root juice, if we took all of them, we don’t get a 5% bump in performance. They all act on different physiological systems, so why is there no additive effect? The authors speculate that, they all act on a central mechanism that regulates performance…”
Second is about a shoe that represents the running shoe industry’s overcorrection (in my opinion) from the minimalist movement – the Hoka One One. A new training tool? Perhaps. With all of the focus on minimalist shoes over the past few years I think looking at these shoes on a runner is simply fun. Here is another article on shoes at the New York Marathon:
Hope you’re having a great Sunday.
Thanks Skyler Cummins for helping with this week’s sampling of reads.