The Running Machine Myth | Running Times

John Kiely:

This is a great article about the adaptive response of the human body (which doesn’t only apply to running).  I follow Mr. Kiely on twitter, and can always rely on him for interesting and informative tweets and articles.

You can  follow this self-described  “part jock/part nerd” with an impressive resume on twitter @simplysportssci. 


The Running Machine Myth

How the body adapts to create efficiency and injury resistance.

Published September 04, 2013

Mention the 1936 Berlin Olympics and inevitably, Jesse Owens springs to mind. But Owens’ roommate at those games, 1500m runner Glenn Cunningham, also had a backstory. When Cunningham was 7, he lost most of the flesh from his lower legs, as well as the toes and transverse arch of his left foot, in a schoolhouse fire. Doctors recommended amputation, but with family support he embarked instead on the torturous road to recovery by rehabilitating his damaged legs. By the time Cunningham retired from track in 1940, he had broken multiple world records, won Olympic silver and dominated 1500m racing in the late 1930s.

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