Is Old School Running Advice Obsolete?

The 1970s saw the dawn of America’s first “Running Boom.” Kicked off with help from Frank Shorter’s victory at the 1972 Olympic Marathon in Munich—and Bill Rodgers’ subsequent marathon wins at Boston and New York—road races previously dominated by a highly competitive handful opened up to the masses.

Along with scores of new runners entering the sport, Running Boom 1.0 garnered a wealth of “expert” information for runners of every age and ability. Much of what we learned remains unchanged; however, on a handful of notable topics, we know that our original base of knowledge erred greatly.

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