Ep 89: Alex Hutchinson Discusses the Growth of Running, Development of Running Technologies and Evolution of Running Shoes
In this episode of Run with Fitpage, we have none other than one of the top journalists in the endurance space – Alex Hutchinson. Vikas and Alex discuss various things about the running space, some myths, gadgets, and the overall evolution of running as a sport.
Alex is an author and journalist in Toronto. His primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside, The Globe and Mail, and Canadian Running magazine. He’s also covered technology for Popular Mechanics, where he earned a National Magazine Award for my energy reporting, and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.
Hutchinson’s latest book, published in February 2018, is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Before that, he wrote a practical guide to the science of fitness, called Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, which was published in 2011.
Alex actually started out as a physicist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge then a few years as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. National Security Agency, working on quantum computing and nanomechanics. During that time, he also competed as a middle and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team, mostly as a miler but also dabbling in cross-country and even a bit of mountain running. Alex still runs on most days, to enjoy the rigors of hard training, and occasionally races.
Vikas hosts this weekly podcast and enjoys nerding over-exercise physiology, nutrition, and endurance sport in general. He aims to get people to get out and ‘move’. When he is not working, he is found running, almost always. He can be found on nearly all social media channels but Instagram is preferred:)