In this episode we had great fun with Alex Hutchinson talking about the running shoe/s which appears to have moved the needle more than any other shoe in history; the Nike Vaporfly/Next%/Alphafly. Do they come good on their marketing promise of improving runners by 4% (and what does that actually mean)? Where does the line between innovation and ‘shoe doping’ get drawn? Are they only for elite runners? All this and more.
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About Alex Hutchinson:
Alex is an author and journalist in based Toronto. His primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside (where he is a contributing editor and write the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where he writes the Jockology column), and Canadian Running magazine. Alex also covers technology for Popular Mechanics (where he earned a National Magazine Award for my energy reporting) and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.
His latest book, published in February 2018, is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.
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Since recording the above, the rules have been changed: World Athletics modifies rules governing competition shoes for elite athletes
Podiatry Arena thread: “Shoes that will change the future of running” – Nike Vaporfly