Supershoes, bugs, and air quality 😷

Good morning Reader it’s Friday 🙌

Today I’m going to open with a bit of inspiration. Got some plans, ideas, or just a vague notion of something you’d like to do, but you’ve been brushing off as too hard? Impossible, even?

I’ll let the OG GOAT convince you otherwise — and hopefully inspire you to go for it.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.

Impossible is potential.

Impossible is temporary.

Impossible is nothing.”

— Muhammad Ali

👟 The Supershoe Revolution Continues. Here’s What the Latest Research Says.

“There’s no longer any doubt that supershoes are faster in competition. But there’s still ongoing debate about whether it makes sense to train in them. Perhaps they reduce muscle damage, speed up recovery, and enable you to rack up more miles at a faster pace (…) Or perhaps they raise your risk of injury and weaken your muscles, as others have argued.”

While there’s a host of interesting takeaways from the latest research data on supershoes, the most interesting to me is insight on whether wearing them for training is smart. Unsurprisingly, there’s no definite data either way as of yet. But you still want to read this to improve your understanding of what’s at play.

› Discover the latest science on supershoes

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🦠 Run sick?

“That’s absurd.’ Normal people would state about running while sick. But they don’t run all the time. It’s not that I don’t take days off. I do. But those are hard-earned, strategically placed, recovery intervals amid cycles of intense effort.

Which makes time off for illness so…annoying.”

An eternal dilemma for the under-the-weather-runner; Peter Bromka shares his thoughts around the age-old dilemma. Run sick? I honestly don’t know. But this piece made me reflect on it once more — outside that moment when I’m actually sick — which can only be good.

› Read Bromka’s reflection on sickness and running

️🔥 High AQI: Is it Safe to Exercise Outside?

“With the UN reporting that climatic disruptions — like wildfires — will likely continue to worsen, an end to poor air quality is probably wishful thinking. For athletes who want to continue training outdoors in a healthy, sustainable manner, it’s important to understand the health risks of training when air quality is poor.”

Several of my North American friends are impacted by wildfires these days, and subsequent disturbances in air quality. I always worry that they are too lackadaisical about going outside for a run when the air is filled with pollutants. So whenever the question comes up, I send them the link to this article. If you’re in an area that is at risk of poor air quality, for one reason or another, you should read this article, and bookmark it for future reference.

› Learn about air quality and exercise

😂 Just for Laughs

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With that, this newsletter has reached its conclusion. I hope you have a great weekend with some awesome running thrown in. See you again next week!


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August 8, 2023