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Monday, July 16, 2007

A great running blog with science facts, from someone who knows

About three years ago, I was attending a Sports Medicine and Science Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, and had dinner with a fairly large group, among whom was a certain Amby Burfoot. Of course, I had heard of Amby, since he won the Boston Marathon in 1968. He then went on to become the Executive Editor of Runner's World USA, which was the background to our meeting in Nashville.

Amby has always been a 'cutting edge' writer, and keen to find out the latest research and science, as applied to running. So we had dinner that night, and he spoke mostly to a colleague about her research on fluid replacement and a condition called hyponatremia, which develops if you drink too much water or sports drink (we'll do a post on that some day).

But to show you the small world of running and especially science in running, Amby has just given the Science of Sport blog a nice reference in an online "column" that he runs, called Peak Performance. He seems to scour the world of research and come up with interesting articles that runners might find useful, and has referenced our post on Ethiopian runners.

So a big thank you to Amby (visit again!) and you can check out his site here. I'm probably going to discredit our own site, but he really does an amazing job of finding all the great science and research, almost every day. So it's well worth a look!

R & J