ZombieRunner Black Friday Sale

Many athletes use ZombieRunner for their running and adventure racing needs. Don and Gillian have built ZombieRunner into a great website with everything needed for training and racing. Their help and support is fantastic.

They are now running their Black Friday Sale – through Monday, November 28. Their ad is below. Check them out and do your Christmas shopping. Here’s the link to ZombieRunner.


ZombieRunner's Black Friday Sale

Disclosure: The above links take you to my affiliate page at ZombieRunner. If you make a purchase, I received a bit of compensation. That said, I have the highest regard for Don and Gillian, and ZombieRunner.

Comment on Having Toenails Removed

November 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Health, toenails 

Rob Conenello, a sports Podiatrist with Orange Town Podiatry (Orangetown, NY) and doctor on multi-day adventure type races, shared an important observation on a post I wrote in May about Having Toenails Removed.

Rob wrote, “In 20 years as a sports Podiatrist, I can honestly say that permanent excision of the nail plate is a rare occurrence. That being said, the ones that I have removed have usually been on experience athletes who have exhausted all other treatments. 

John’s advice is excellent.  I find the biggest culprit in obtaining nail hematomas (blood under the toenail), is improper socks. All athletes should wear moisture wicking socks with an anatomic fit that does not bunch at the toes.”

Thanks Rob.

If you don’t remember the post, here’s the link again: Having Toenails Removed.

Relentless Forward Progress – a Review

November 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Books, Sports 

Earlier this year, Byron Powell’s new book, Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons was released.

Relentless Forward Progress

Relentless Forward Progress

At 229 pages, this book is labor of love for Byron as he seeks to increase awareness about ultramarathons and how to run them successfully. Interspersed amongst his advice are short pieces by 17 well-known ultra runners. This adds value to the books because you received the time-tested and proven advice from Byron and those who have expertise in specific areas.

Everything about running ultras is covered in this book. The why’s of running an ultra, the building blocks of training, training plans, training for 50k, 50-miles, 100k and 10 mile races, trail and road running basics, hydration and electrolytes, nutrition, injuries and other setbacks, gear, choosing your ultras, environmental conditions, the ultrarunning community, going beyond ultras, and barefoot running and ultras.

Having run my first ultra in the early 80s, and knowing now what I didn’t know then, I can truthfully say, “It’s all in this book.” Back them, there was little thought given to nutrition and hydration, things like shoe fit, training for your first 100, and how to run and ultra well.

Byron has done his homework and is well qualified to write Relentless Forward Progress. Than add in advice from the likes of Krissy Moehl, Goeff Roes, Ian Torrence, Adam Chase, Michael Wardian, Dave Mackey, Dr. David Horton, Dakota Jones, Karl King, Scotty Mills, Eric Grossman, Dr. William Henderson, Jamie Donaldson, Megan M. Hicks, Michaal Sandler, Jessica Lee, and yours truly, and you have wisdom hard to match.

I encourage you to check out Relentless Forward Progress at Amazon and get a copy for yourself and another for a friend for Christmas.

Review: Running Doc’s Guide to Healthy Running

November 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Books 

Dr. Lewis G. Maharam is the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series Medical Director and the author of the new book, Running Doc’s Guide to Healthy Running: How to Fix Injuries, Stay Active, and Run Pain-Free. The foreword is by marathoner Frank Shorter.

Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running

Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running

Dr. Maharam breaks the book into five parts: Running for Health, Marathons and Half-Marathons, Running Doc’s Repair Shop, Injury Manual 101, and Sudden Death and Running.

Part I, Running for Health, covers topics like why run or walk, preparation for you race and a race day plan, equipment, and cold and warm weather tips.

Part II, Marathons and Half-Marathons, is a short chapter that talks about marathon history, physiology, and tips on running a marathon.

Part III, Running Doc’s Repair Shop, cover things like aches and pains, colds, flu and sniffles, common maladies, chronic problems and cures, and women’s health.

Part IV, Injury Manual 101, is the most comprehensive. Sections are devoted to feet and ankles, legs and knees, groin and hip, back, and head. The section on feet and ankles is quite good and covers most common ailments. With each topic, Maraham gives a Quick Guide with symptoms, how it occurred, what the doctor may do, and likely treatment. After the Quick Guide, he expands on the subject. Some are covered in depth while others are given a short description. I appreciate how it addresses injuries from the feet up through the knees, legs and hips, the back, and even the head (concussion). These are all important to runners and the relationship to each other is good to understand.

Surprisingly, Dr. Maraham takes only 2 ½ pages to cover blisters, under Aches and Pains. It would have been better to put it in the Injury Manual 101 chapter with a more in-depth description. His blister care advice is very basic and while it will work for some people, it leaves a lot to be desired. He recommends Vaseline for blisters, which I never recommend. Of course, this is my perspective based on my experience. It will help the beginning marathon runner get through her race and treat blisters afterward, but will not educate them on blister prevention and different methods of treatment.

Here is an example of part of a page from the book to show how it is laid out.

runnin doc sample page

runnin doc sample page

In his discussion on plantar fasciitis, Maraham only gives 2/3 of a page to this common injury. He promotes stretching and labels as a magic cure rolling a golf ball under the foot’s arch for ½ hour a day. Do this he says, and by week two your pain will be gone! I am sure many of my readers and the thousands of runners fighting PF would argue otherwise. This injury would have benefited from a more thorough treatment plan.

Even though I do not always go along with his treatment advice for foot injuries, I recommend this book as a supplement to your library because it is always good to be prepared – and the book’s wide range of topics is valuable. It will educate you to the common maladies runners’ experience, and give you basic solutions. Dr. Maraham has the credentials to back up his writing. Check it out at your local running or book store or Amazon.

Disclaimer: I have an Associates Account at Amazon.


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