Sunday, February 20, 2005

Rethinking the wall

Hitting the wall may have less to do with running out of glycogen, more to do with damaged muscles that send signals to the brain to slow down. The body, smart as it is, sends that signal in a package of extreme fatigue. New research suggests eating protein on the run to prevent some of that muscle damage. Several times I've wondered why when I've drank a lot and eaten plenty of Gus that I've still bonked. Maybe this is it. Also, plyometric training (jumping drills) helps increase muscles' resistance to damage. (See April's Running Times)

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