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We are Doctors of Running, a group of doctors of physical therapy all working to provide you all with information about the art and science of running and what we are putting on our feet. In this podcast we will be giving evidence-based deep dives into running related topics as well as detailed running shoe reviews. You can also check us out at our website -- doctorsofrunning.com, and on social media @doctorsofrunning To help us continue to produce content for you all, consider joining our s ...
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We've got another mailbag episode where it's all about your questions. Andrea and Nathan team up to tackle a bunch of different questions about superfoams and supershoes. How do you know if a shoe does (or doesn't) agree with your mechanics? Is the difference in energy return of superfoams vs. EVA really significant? Tune in for these and more. We'…
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2024 has been the year of super shoe updates, with even more to come! Matt & David get together to talk about their favorite racing shoes of the year so far. They go through their honorable mentions and their podium picks. Then they dive into how to find the right racing shoe for your own individual needs (hint: it might not be the "fastest"). We w…
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It's time for another round of buy/sell, no maybes, no caveats here. Nathan, Matt, and David debate the utility of plyometric training, the value or supertrainers, running "slow", a post-race beer, and more. Hot takes only here! Chapters 0:00 - Intro 2:50 - Plyometric training will help train for the marathon distance 11:03 - Supertrainers that cos…
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On this episode, Andrea is joined by oncologic physical therapist, Scott Capozza for a practical and scientific approach to running while fighting and surviving cancer. Scott shares his own journey with testicular cancer. He and Andrea discuss the role of physical therapy for oncology patients, recommendations for maintaining running during cancer …
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If you've been following Doctors of Running for a while, you know we don't always agree on shoes we test. Today Matt & Andrea host a special episode to discuss their differing opinions on Saucony's latest racer, the Endorphin Pro 4. Andrea loves it at 5K/10K pace while Matt enjoys it most at marathon/tempo paces. They dig into what make their exper…
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Our very own Matt Klein is approaching the finish line on his dissertation research on masters runners. On this episode he and Nathan break down his findings! Matt's research takes a look at biomechanical changes in masters runners and the prevalence of Achilles and calf injuries. Matt explains the methodology of his two studies and what conclusion…
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It's another DOR mailbag: time to answer more of your questions. Nathan, David, and Matt tackle your questions about bone stress injuries, rehabbing from them, youth athletics, flat feet, and more. We want to hear from you! Let us know what your favorite daily trainer this year has been. Have more mailbag questions for us? Email us at doctorsofrunn…
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If you know anything about Doctors of Running, you know we care a lot about stability and helping you find the best shoe for you. On this episode, Matt Klein breaks down stability, both in shoes and in biomechanics. He also breaks down different methods brand use to add stability to their shoes. Ever been told you need a stability shoe? Ever wonder…
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On this episode, Matt & Andrea have the privilege of interviewing Olympian Kara Goucher. Kara's just released her book, the Longest Race, Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike's Elite Running Team. They cover many facets of Kara's story, from her current struggles with runner's dystonia to her integral part in exposing the…
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We love some science here at Doctors of Running and this episode is all about the science of running injuries. We've all dealt with injuries, and here Nathan Brown breaks down three different studies looking at the science behind injuries, their risk factors, and more. If you're looking for a science-backed approach to reducing your injury risk and…
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Our own David Salas is heading into a season of track racing and that got Matt Klein and him wondering...what's better for track racing: super shoes or super spikes? From there they spin off into debating whether our bodies plateau in their adaptation to super shoes, how super shoe adaptation may be effecting elite marathoners, and what this all me…
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As super shoes become more widespread and accessible, more runners are using them for the bulk of their training. We're often asked about the safety & implications of this, so that's what Matt, David, and Nathan dive right into. They take a look at the biomechanical and training impacts of training in super shoes over the long term, as well as how …
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Time to answer more of your questions! On this episode, Nathan and David tackle listener questions about marathon training, trail shoes, biomechanics and more. Tune in for their take on strategies for nailing a net downhill marathon, running with hip displaysia, and matching shoes to biomechanics. Finally hear their take on who they'd pick if they …
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As running continues to grow in popularity, so does run coaching. With the exposure social media brings, it can be hard to discern between legitimate coaches and influencers. In this episode, Andrea Myers and Megan Flynn, our very own certified coaches, bring an inside look into what it means to be and have a run coach. They'll help you decide whet…
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The game is This or That? No gray areas, no "it depends". Matt and David go back and forth on shoes, training, and more. They pit the soon-to-be-released Saucony Endorphin Speed 4 against a bevvy of competitors' shoes like the Boston 12 and Mach X. They debate easy runs vs. long runs, stretching post-run or not, running in the rain vs. running in t…
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Over the past decade, Altra has gathered a cult following, with their signature zero drop midsoles and anatomically shaped shoes. On this episode, Nathan and Matt interview Brian Beckstead, Co-founder of Altra, and Alex Lind, Senior Product Line Manager. They discuss the history of Altra and how it was formed from the ground up. They explore the pl…
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We've got another edition of what has become the official Doctors or Running game show, Buy or Sell, with Matt Klein and Andrea Myers as your hosts. They cover a bevy of topics ranging from racing shoes for 4 hour marathoners, hear rate monitors, super shoes for 5Ks and more. Be sure to listen to the end to catch Matt & Andrea's differing views on …
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If you're in the running shoe world at all, you know cushion and softness are the name of the game. Every shoe brand claims that each new version of their shoes is softer than the last, but what does it even mean for a shoe to be "soft"? How do you compare the softness of one shoe to another? In this episode, Nathan, Matt, and David do just that. T…
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Here at DOR we love answering your questions! Matt Klein and David Salas are here to do just that. Tune in for tips on picking the ideal long run shoe, stable neutral shoes for flat feet, stable training & racing shoes, and more. They tackle some tricky shoe suggestions for dealing with nerve pain, achilles tendinopathy, and other pathologies. We'r…
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Getting a running shoe that fits right can be a challenge, especially when so much of our shopping is done online. In this episode, Matt Klein helps you figure out how to find the best fitting shoe for you. Shoe length in particular is critical, not just in finding a comfortable shoe, but one that lines up with your mechanics. He also gives some ad…
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Happy New Year runners! While we're excited for 2024, we still have lots about 2023 to talk about with this week's podcast. Senior Contributor Nathan Brown shares his favorite shoes of the past year (along with those that didn't quite work out) and discusses working through an injury that's greatly slowed his running journey as of late. Learn how h…
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2023 is quickly coming to a close, so it's time to pick our favorite shoes from the past year. Matt, Andrea, and David get together to share their picks for the best shoes. Tune in to hear their choices for long distance (half marathon/marathon) racing shoes, short distance (5K/10K) racing shoes, and trail shoes. This is our last episode of the yea…
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2023 is quickly coming to a close, so it's time to pick our favorite shoes from the past year. Matt, Andrea, and David get together to share their picks for the best shoes. Tune in to hear their choices for daily trainers, stability/stable neutral shoes, and performance trainers. And get ready for the next episode where they'll share their favorite…
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This week's episode is all about your questions! We love hearing from you and fielding your questiosn, so Nate and Matt are here to answer more. They discuss the role of plates, foams, and more in super shoes, and the possible efficiency of the Nike Alphafly's Zoom Air Pods. They give tips for finding comfortable shoes when dealing with bunions, tr…
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This episode is your quick guide to post-race recovery after a season of training and racing with Andrea and Megan (who are fresh off marathons themselves). From immediate post-race steps to nutrition, hydration, and mental recovery strategies, Andrea & Megan share valuable insights. Get tips on travel, changing training, and downtime activities. W…
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This episode is all about strength training. Some runners love it, most runners avoid it, but almost everyone knows they should be doing some of it. Nathan's joined by Victoria Sekely, DPT to answer all your strength questions. How do you best integrate it with your training? Where do you get started with lifting heavy? What are some generally bene…
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On this episode we Nate, David, and Matt answer more of your questions! They cover the life of midsoles and foams over miles and time, overuse injury prevention, the most stable marathon shoes, and more. We always love fielding your questions, so let us know what you want answered on our next mailbag show by emailing doctorsofrunningpodcast@gmail.c…
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Achilles tendon injuries plague many a runner, but Matt is here with findings from his PhD dissertation to help us understand what's going on and find the path to recovery. Matt dives into the anatomy and function of the Achilles in the gait cycle. Then he explains tendinopathy, the most common injury to that tendon, and what puts runners at a high…
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Heart health is complicated and can be scary, even for runners. Andrea is joined by Dr. Tamanna Singh, MD to unravel the mysteries of cardiac health for endurance athletes. They discuss the biological benefits that running provides the heart, and how we as runners can expect our hearts to change as we train. Dr. Singh gives advice on what to do if …
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The majority of runners will get injured every year, and the first question we often find ourselves asking is, "how long until I can run again?" In this episode, Matt & Nathan broadly explore the healing timeframes for a variety of common injury types. They give an insight into what's happening at a cellular level when we get injured and then heal …
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If you've been a follow of Doctors of Running for a while, you know we like discussing stability in our shoes. As we've talked about at length, stability is not a monolithic term, but something that will vary between shoes and runners; everyone's experience of a shoe's stability will be different. On this episode, Matt and David rank ten different …
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Mailbag show means it's all about your questions. At DOR we love hearing from you! On this episode, Nathan and David tackle your shoe, training, and injury questions. They take a look at comparing daily trainers and super shoes. They give some tips on how to taper for different lengths of races, and explore strength-training and injuries like proxi…
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Bone injuries such as stress reactions and fractures plague many a runner. It's often a challenge to find their source and rehab can be long. Matt is joined by Rich Willy to discuss his research and work in bone health and injuries in runner (particularly ultra-runners). Rich's insights will help you better understand the cause of common bone stres…
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Andrea & Megan host a fun Q&A episode–This or That? They take your this-or-that questions and help you find the answers! Stiff or flexible shoes for sprinting? Foam rolling or massage guns for recovery? Liquid nutrition or gels for fuel? Not to mention, of course, a bevy of shoe comparisons. And, because it's an Andrea episode, a New Balance Beacon…
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Get ready for our second installment of Buy or Sell where we debate news, trends, and topics in the running world. Nate, Matt, and David argue shoes and recovery. Are super shoes the reason for all the broken world records? Is a pair of $500 worth it? How do foam rolling and strength training contribute to injury prevention? Things get heated on th…
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This episode is a special double-feature from David and Matt. First off, David give you some advice on building a two, three, and four shoe rotation for both the road and the trail. He'll help you answer questions like: What kind of shoe do I start with? What should I use for my faster workouts? When do I need a racing shoe? Whether you (or a frien…
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Time for another mailbag show. You asked, and we answered. On this episode, Nathan and Matt field listener questions about shoes, biomechanics, and more. Tune in for a couple shoe comparisons: the Boston 12 against several other similar options, and the Endorphin Elite vs. the Vaporfly 3. They also take a look at stability & asymmetry in running me…
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This episode is all about that max stack. With almost every shoe coming in with a midsole thicker than 30mm, it's becoming hard to define what "maximal" even means, but Nathan, Matt, and David will give it a shot. They take a look at the research on maximal shoes and how it applies to today's offerings. They also argue about what shoes even count a…
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The internet provides us with an endless amount of information about running, but between websites, social media, online magazines, and more, how do we sift through to find what's legitimate? On this episode, Andrea and Nathan are joined by journalist and influencer Ashley Mateo to talk all things running media and coaching. They take a look at the…
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Bloodwork, vitamin levels, and other biomarkers can be confusing, so on this episode Andrea is joined by Dr. Liz Herman, ND and Dr. Jared Pistoia, ND to break down the science of our blood. They explore how getting our bloodwork done as athletes can differ from the average person. They take a look at creatine kinase, blood glucose, anemia and more.…
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This episode is all about the hamstrings. Often a source of pain and frustration for many a runner, Nathan & David take a deep dive on one of the most important muscle groups in the running cycle. After an overview of the anatomy and common injuries of the hamstrings, they answer your questions covering subjects such as proximal hamstring tendinopa…
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On today's episode, Matt is joined by Dr. Jeff Moreno, physical therapist and co-founder of DashLX. DashLX is pioneering how running activity data can be gathered and analyzed to enhance the training and overall well-being of athletes. Jeff has a unique opportunity to work not only with individual athletes, many of them among the elites, but also d…
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This 150th episode of the DOR Podcast is a special combo! First off Andrea shares her top 5 shoes of the year so far. She wasn't able to join the rest of the crew and Connor a few weeks ago, but we knew the people needed to hear from her. How has our resident New Balance Beacon devotee survived the disappearance of her favorite daily trainer? What'…
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This episode is all about the back! Andrea is joined by Dr. Jeanne Halloran to take a deep dive into scoliosis and its effects on athletes. They explore the pathology and symptoms of scoliosis, the structure of the back and how it influences running mechanics, strategies and exercises to improve rib and spine mobility and more. Jeanne also lends us…
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Time for more listener questions! Nathan and David dig into the mailbag to answer your questions. They take a look at two new "super trainers": the Hoka Mach X and the Saucony Kinvara Pro. They lend their expertise on rehabbing from Achilles tendinopathy and how shoes might impact it. They give some practical advice on making sure you're getting en…
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We're more than halfway through 2023, so it's time for some mid-season awards! David, Matt, and Nathan are joined by a very special guest: Connor Blalock of Running Warehouse fame. Not only does Connor, and the rest of the team, give their top five shoes of the year so far, but he gives an insight into working for one of the biggest running retaile…
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In this episode, Nathan and Matt are joined by special guests Andrea Paulson and Cory Hoffman from Saucony, to discuss two of their newest and most exciting shoes: the Endorphin Elite and Kinvara Pro. Together, they explore the intricate process of developing and testing midsole foams. Get a behind the scenes look at the development of PWRRUN HG an…
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Andrea is joined by esteemed guest Shannon Thompson, a mental performance consultant and expert in psychological performance training. Together, they dive deep into the mental aspects of running, offering invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance your performance and manage anxiety. Discover the power of mantras and phrases as Andrea …
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This episode is a behind-the-scenes look at running shoe design and production. Matt & Nathan are joined by special guest Richard Kuchinsky, founder of Directive Collective and an expert in footwear design and development. They explore an array of topics–from defining industrial design and the significance of consultants in the footwear industry to…
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Think of this episode like a game show/quiz: buy or sell? Nate, David, and Matt take a look at a bunch of different trends in the running shoe world and ask whether they would buy or sell each of them. Are mega-stack trainers worth it? Should EVA be kicked to the curb? Should we train in plated trainers and/or super shoes? What's the point of the n…
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