Extra Cusion = MORE Impact?

Extra Cusion = MORE Impact?

As the trend in running shoes moves away from minimalism, many shoe companies have claimed that extra cushioning will reduce impact forces on the body, especially with downhill running. Intuitively, would seem to be true.


Anatomy of a Runner

Anatomy of a Runner

By Dr. Lisbeth Hoyt


When most people think about running, the first body part attributed to the movement are our legs. While our legs do the majority of the work, running is actually a full body exercise. Our legs move us forward, our trunk stabilizes our body, and our arms assist our legs with forward propulsion.


Race Recovery

Race Recovery

Recommendations for rest and recovery after a marathon vary widely across professionals and depend greatly on the individual marathoner. Then you can break it down even further; when is the cardiovascular system recovered? Muscles? Hormones? The list goes on and on!


Stressed? Me?

Stressed? Me?

One of the most common issues we see in NYC runners here at Custom Performance is stress. I know, this is NYC and everyone is stressed, but here’s the thing; if you are a runner with a full time job and a “full time” running program, you are probably stressed - both physically and mentally.

Hormone, Fat and Bone: The Saga Continues

Hormone, Fat and Bone: The Saga Continues

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you know my main goal in life is to educate the world on the importance of hormones and bone health. The rest of the world is finally catching up with me and new research is coming out about the importance of bone marrow fat cells and their relationship with bone and hormones.


Why You Should Strengthen In The Off-Season

Why You Should Strengthen In The Off-Season

Why You Should Strengthen In The Off-Season

by Dr. Lisbeth Hoyt

As fall race season comes to a close and 2019 is on the horizon, it’s time to think about the off-season planning.  As you begin to lay out your 2019 race calendar, take note of when your next training plan starts and the downtime you may have from the last race. Like many runners, the second one race ends, we’re thinking about the next one. But what about strength training? Where does that fit in to your 2019 plan?


My Alter Ego: The Whoop Band

My Alter Ego: The Whoop Band

By Wendy Winn


Performance has been trackable by watches and heart rate monitors for over ten years now. As recovery research expands, professionals now recognize the important role of recovery in aiding performance. So how can you improve your recovery?


How Fast Is Too Fast?

How Fast Is Too Fast?


How fast is too fast?

By Greg Laraia

One of the biggest questions I get during training cycles is: “how fast should I be going on my runs?” Most people are surprised by the answer I give them, because it’s usually, “slower than you are currently.” One of the key pieces of a training plan is consistency, not only with running but with your paces. Make easy days easy and hard days hard.


  Hormone, Fat and Bone: The Saga Continues

Hormone, Fat and Bone: The Saga Continues

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you know my main goal in life is to educate the world on the importance of hormones and bone health. The rest of the world is finally catching up with me and new research is coming out about the importance of bone marrow fat cells and their relationship with bone and hormones.


Goal Setting

Goal Setting

As another year of racing ends, the new year is a great time to look back, reflect, and set new goals or intentions for your running. For some of us, these goals may be more general; to run more consistently or work on strength. Others may be more specific; to run a PR, break 2 hours in the half, or quality for Boston. Regardless of what your goal may be, setting one (or a few) is vital to improving overall running performance.



Naps for Performance?

Naps for Performance?

Recovery continues to become a larger focus on the road to improved performance. So far, research has focused primarily on different systems including cardiovascular and muscular recovery, but a recent article from the European Journal of Sports Science looked at the effects of recovery more broadly; does an afternoon nap improve performance?