Thursday, December 17, 2009

SBS Two-fer in New York Times

Sorry, folks: This morning during my track workout (1 x 2 miles at half-marathon pace; 2 x 1 mile at 10K pace; 2 x 800-meters at 5K pace), I suddenly remembered I had two articles in Thursday Styles section of New York Times. As it totally made me pick up my pace, I told myself I'd put links to the articles on this blog as soon as I got home.

Uh, that was 12+ hours ago! Another busy workweek...

Better late than never, right? Here's one on performance mouthpieces for runners and cyclists. After interviewing the Citadel researcher, a marathoning mom who saw an amazing drop in her average pace while using an Under Armour one, I was pretty much sold on trying one. The yoga socks article is about the 40th Gear Test I've written, but this one had the most beautiful photos ever. Skip the socks, but check out the photos online.



Katie A. said...

Haven't read the article yet (on my way afte this)...but am I hearing this right? A mouth guard that helps you run? Run faster possibly? Crazy if I am guessing right! Have a good weekend!

MJ said...

Very interesting article. I wear a custom bite guard at night because I have TMJ and grind my teeth (have all my life). It cost me about $300 or so and insurance has sometimes paid for it, sometimes not - I'm on my 3rd one. I also clench under stress (work, whatever), and have been checking into my cortisol levels for other reasons. I'd LOVE to improve my pace and perceived effort, and I'd be willing to try one of these guards.

Do you have any info on how to find dentists who are aware of these items and can properly fit them for non-pros? I'll hunt on the web too.

Did you find anything in researching this piece that suggested this would be any more or less helpful to people who already have clenching issues?


MJ said...

Answering my own question about finding dentists:

Runners probably want the Mouthpiece as opposed to the Mouthguard as impact protection isn't required.