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Salomon X-Scream Trail-Running Shoe Review

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Living outside the city in the suburbs my biggest challenge with running shoes is finding one that is rugged for the trails but light and smooth for the roads, so as soon as my Salomon X-Scream trail-running shoes came in the mail I was excited to lace them up and test them out on the roads / trails.

The first thing I noticed (besides the vivid bright colors) are the laces. They are a single lace adjustment similar to a snowboarding boat that tucks away the extra cord int...

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Strength & Performance Training for Distance Runners, Minisode

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past spring I was given the oppurtunity to develop this minisode regarding strength and performance training for distance runners.  Besides being a blast to make, the minisode highlights some keys exercises for athletes of all sports. I hope you enjoy it!



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PR Pace| Strength & Performance Training for Distance Runners Book Review

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Chris Johnson’s PR Pace | Strength & Performance Training for Distance Runners, uses in-depth dialogue, examples, charts, and graphs to teach distance runners the importance of strength training for performance enhancement and injury prevention. Using his advance training system, PROformance Training Systems TM, Chris gives the reader world class workouts they can use for races of any distance and caliber.



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"Changes to Stride, Surface and Form to Avoid Injury" Runner's World Article

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The article Changes to Stride, Surface and Form to Avoid Injury at Runner's World has some great tips in it given by me regarding "smoothing" out your stride.  

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Posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)


WHO: American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research Team



WHAT: This year will mark the American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research Team’s 25th year participating as a charity partner of the Boston Marathon. The Run for Research Team is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the American Liver Foundation. And t...

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Running and Lower Crossed Syndrome | How sitting can damage your running times

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Running is primarily pulling, not pushing and is composed of three phases, Push-off, Recovery from Push-off, and Landing). The hip’s hyperextensors pull you forward as one foot “claws” at the ground by your plantar flexors (Push-off) then the leg tucks in high by your Gluteus Maximus (Recovery from Push-off), swings forward and extends outward as it prepares for its next step (Landing).

During a stride, your leg is extended out in front of yo...

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Lactic Acid & Ventilitory Threshold Breakdown

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (2)

When an athlete crosses over the lactic threshold they have begun to accumulate lactate at a rate which the body cannot clear from the muscles back into the blood stream faster than it is being produced.

Although lactic acid is not what causes the burning sensation in your muscles and hence is not a bad thing like we commonly believe it is, the discomfort is produced by a metabol...

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Chris Johnson, Class of '09 Tackles the Boston Marathon | Interview for Lasell College

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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Chris Johnson, Class of '09 Tackles the Boston Marathon


Newton, Mass. - When the Boston Marathon runs past the Lasell College campus on Monday April 16th, it will have a part of the Lasers athletic program with it. Chris Johnson, Lasell class of 2009, is the strength and conditioning coach for the Lasell athletic teams but still finds time to enjoy one of his ear...

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Strength Training for Distance Runners

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

As runners we focus so much on our cardiovascular system to do all of the work for us almost never thinking about our muscular systems role in distance running success. Regardless of how we may feel, our muscular system plays just as vital of a role to our running pace as our heart and lungs.


Think of this. The stronger our running muscles are; the more force they can produce at a given speed and thus the faster we can run while using less energy.


Put a...

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The Ventilation Threshold: What is it, how does it work, and how do I improve it

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’re an endurance athlete, chances are you have heard of the terms anaerobic threshold and / or lactic threshold. These two terms are often used interchangeably because they occur at almost the same time (lactic threshold occurring slightly earlier). They are the result of two different yet related mechanisms.


The lactic threshold occurs slightly before the anaerobic thresho...

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