Two somewhat related links to start the week off:
In an indirect way, those silly things that we do are actually helping us run our best. So long as your superstition doesn’t actually cause you or anyone else any harm (I wouldn’t advocate adopting eating a package of bacon as a good luck ritual, which I have seen done in high school to very negative consequences…), go right ahead and do what you need to do so that when you toe the line, you’re confident and ready to rock.
So what do these two posts have in common? The general unknown sense of what's going on with remedies or good luck charms is fairly common amongst our kind, and saying 'X works because it works' is often good enough reasoning for most. As inquisitive and curious as I tend to be, sometimes things just work and they can't be fully explained.
Example: some runners (I have no idea how many, to be honest -- and data verification is a big part of he problem) have alleviated chronic leg injuries by switching to more minimalist shoes. But some people get injured in them! So while the arguments of biomechanics and physiology and evolution all make sense to me in fundamentally explaining the benefits of those types of shoes, I'm more prone to accept the 'minimal shoes work for me because they work for me' argument than many others. Because if they work, they work.
Perhaps this is something to keep in mind when looking at last week's reports on water intake and the like.
Speaking of 'miminalist' shoes, here's a shoe that's most certainly not minimalist -- and is showing up quite often in ultra races.
These shoes, however, do fall in the more minimalist realm, and look quite nice.