Sock Doc – Is running bad for your health?

the soc doc December 12, 2012

We had a great virtual run with Dr. Steven Gangemi, AKA cult leader, where we talked about many different things including the recent articles stating that running was bad for your health.

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  • Excellent! It is always good to listen to what Sock Doc has to say.

  • Ian

    Ha! I was just reading through the article’s comments and saw the reference to “cult leader”… wow that guy was off it! Anyways, can’t wait to listen, so excited when I see Soc Doc come up on the podcast!

  • Kyle Z

    Just wanted to throw it out there….

    Talking to people who knew Micah personally, stated he had a habit of passing out on the trails. If I’m not mistaken, Chris McDougal also mentions this in Born to Run. So to the point where the Soc Doc mentions symptoms, this is a clear indicator that something was definitily wrong.

  • This was a great podcast. My email overflows with messages from concerned friends and family every time one of these studies gets published, its great to have something to counter with.

    On the subject of Western States qualifying I would just like to point out there is only one 100 mile qualifier in all of the southeastern US. Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky only have 50 mile qualifiers, South Carolina and Louisiana have none. Most of the 100 mile races down here are just too small in the number of finishers to register on the WS radar. I know a number of runners with many 100 mile finishes under their belts that run the same 50 mile race in Florida every year solely for the purpose of qualifying for Western States. Just because a runner qualifies for WS with a 50 mile race doesn’t mean they are not prepared or can not be competitive at WS.

    If the 50 mile qualifiers are eliminated then simply qualifying to enter the WS lottery becomes a very expensive endeavor for those of us that would be required to travel across the country to do so.

  • Victor

    I’m listening to the podcast as I’m running and a couple of things stood out. It was said on the podcast that not all people are meant to run, genetics and the large body frame are to blame. That seems to go against everything said in Born To Run, where anyone can run event 6 foot giants. Yeah u can’t become an ultra runner overnight but I believe anyone can run even if ur genetics say u can’t.

    • Don Freeman

      Victor it was probably me that said a person’s genetics and large body frames make it more difficult to run. I think what I meant to say or at least convey is there are some body types find running easier.

      I agree with you, we are all meant to run. In fact, I believe Socdoc even stated, we are all meant to run.

      Thanks for clearing that up.

      • Victor

        Cool thanks. Ur podcasts are great I tell all my friends about them 🙂

  • Sock Doc

    Yes, we are all born to run (as well as climb, lift, crawl, jump, etc.), regardless of genetics, but most have lost the ability to do so efficiently and efficiently over their years. For most, this can be re-learned and re-established, but not by just “going out for a run” – but rather moving, walking, and then running.

  • Sock Doc

    That should have said “efficiently and effectively”. I write as well as some run 🙂

  • Nano

    In regards to the person w/ unilateral Achilles Tendon issues, if it truly is a tendinopathy, performing concentric heel raises is something you should not do according to the research. Eccentric, yes, due to the ability to lengthen/strengthen tendon without creating increased inflammatory components (pain) of the musculo-tendinous structure by shortening it. This type of intervention increases microcirculation in the tendon (promoting healing). Other interventions such as iontophoresis, manual therapy, heel lifts, stretching also may help.

    Michael, PT