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August 2020

Most runners have a day job and, for most of us, that involves spending a significant amount of time sitting at a desk. Amazingly, even for runners, sitting at a desk poses significant health hazards, not to mention the tightness induced in key running muscles. Additionally, bad posture habits can easily carry over to your running, resulting in a tendency to slouch or lean too far forward. From a productivity standpoint, sitting at a desk all day raises concerns as well. First, from

Being sick.  We all hate it and we all want to avoid it. For athletes, illness can have a devastating effect on performance. It can affect your training and development for the upcoming season. It can cost you a medal and affect your placing at an event. It sets you back in a big way and needs to be avoided to optimize achievement.  Due to training demands, athletes walk a tightrope between extreme health and weakened immunity. Intense, strenuous exercise

Dyck smashed the previous national record of 2:07.1 at a track meet in Bolton, Ont. Canadian masters runner Jim Dyck of Richmond Hill, Ont., set a new M55 800m national record of 2:04.2 over the weekend, beating the previous mark of 2:07.1. This is a massive improvement on the Canadian record, and now Dyck is only a little more than one second away from the M55 world record of 2:02.92, which was set by Germany’s Peter Oberliessen in 2016. Dyck ran his record at a 310

Fifty-two years ago, an Air Force doctor named Kenneth Cooper got to wondering how to assess the fitness of hundreds of thousands of Air Force personnel without resorting to the cumbersome (and expensive) method of putting them all on exercise-physiology-lab treadmills and measuring their VO2maxes, one at a time. Could it be possible, he asked himself, to dispense with the fancy lab equipment and just let them run, seeing how far they got in a time frame designed to put them