There is a serious controversy going on at this time in the running area associated with a potential unfounded edge from performance increasing running shoes. These are shoes that offer returning of energy once the foot has contacted the road. Most of these running shoes are probably unlawful and performance maximizing, but they have not been banished yet. Almost all elite athletes are now using them in marathons and lots of nonelite athletes may also be running in them to get an assumed performance increase. These running shoes have turned out to be so commonly used, it may not be possible for the regulators to control there use, even if the were going to. A recent edition of the podiatry livestream ended up being dedicated to this challenge, especially the debate round the Nike Vaporfly and Next% running shoes.
On this episode of PodChatLive, Craig and Ian spoke with Alex Hutchinson talking about those running shoes that may have moved the needle more than any other running shoe of all time of running, the Nike Vaporfly and also Next%. Alex, Ian and Craig reviewed should they come good on their marketing promise of enhancing runners by 4% and what may that basically mean? Alex, Ian and Craig talked about just where will the line between technology and ‘shoe doping’ get drawn and when these footwear are they limited to top level athletes. Alex Hutchinson is a writer as well as a journalist based in Toronto, in Canada. Alex's primary focus nowadays is the science of endurance along with health and fitness, which he reports for Outside magazine, The Globe and Mail, and also the Canadian Running magazine. He furthermore handles technological innovation for Popular Mechanics (where he gained a National Magazine Award with regard to his energy reporting) as well as adventure travel and leisure for the New York Times, and has been a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017. Alex's newest book is an investigation of the science of endurance. It’s named ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.