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Sweat Science blog moving to Runner’s World site

February 8th, 2012

[Update: Comments made between October 2012 and April 2013 are missing due to a web hosting problem. My apologies for the missing entries! -AH]

[Update: the new RSS feed for the blog is http://www.runnersworld.com/taxonomy/term/512/1/feed.]

So… big news. As of today, the Sweat Science blog is moving over to Runner’s World. All new posts will appear at runnersworld.com/sweat-science. It’s exciting news for me, and I think it’s good news for readers too, as I’ll explain below.

What will I find over at Runner’s World?
Don’t worry, it’s not turning into a running blog. In fact, the content will be exactly the same – the broad theme remains “the science of fitness,” encompassing everything from neuroscience to nutrition, with (I admit!) a particular focus on endurance sports. The blog won’t be going through any editorial process – no one from RW will be suggesting topics or overseeing what I write. (On the flip side, that means there will still be typos, unfortunately!)

Why move?
The move coincides with another career shift: starting in the April issue, I will be writing a monthly column in the print edition of Runner’s World, and will also become a contributing editor for the magazine. The column will be entirely separate from the Sweat Science blog; it’s called Fast Lane, and will focus on more applied training ideas for serious runners.

No, really… why?
Hey, let’s be honest: the other part of the reason is money. I’ll now be able to make part of my living from this blog – which is why I think the move is good news for readers. Sweat Science has grown far beyond what I anticipated when I started it three years ago, and now takes up a considerable amount of time. I’ve resisted accepting advertising and making quid pro quo arrangements, in part because I’m not confident that I’d manage to say what I really think about fitness products and research if I’m also accepting money or free stuff from the people selling them. Getting a paycheque from Runner’s World allows me to keep spending time reading and dissecting the literature without establishing direct relationships with advertisers whose products I write about. (Yes, I realize that RW will have ads from, for example, shoe companies – but the extra degree of separation makes a big difference to me.)

Paycheque?
Oh yeah, I guess I’ll probably have to switch to American spelling. So maybe I am a sell-out after all…

What now?
I hope you’ll update your bookmarks, browsing habits, RSS feeds, and whatever other newfangled social media tools bring you to this site. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, this blog has changed my own practice of journalism for the better: by the time I write about a neat new piece of research for a newspaper or magazine these days, chances are I’ve been directed to an interesting new angle or a relevant counterargument by someone in the comments section of the blog. I sincerely appreciate all those contributions, and hope they’ll continue.

Thanks again for reading, and hope to see you at the new address. In fact, the first post is already up, on how — contrary to conventional wisdom — running may protect your lungs from air pollution.

  1. August 7th, 2012 at 20:54 | #1

    Hey Alex, I’m late to the party but congrats! I can appreciate the desire to focus on research and conveying your information, rather than blogs, traffic and ads etc. I hope all goes well for you at RW and I look forward to reading many more quality posts.

    It’s refreshing to see someone serving up a little science to the fitness community rather than simply bending to a bigger paycheque. Keep it up!

  2. alex
    August 7th, 2012 at 21:11 | #2

    Thanks, Matt!

  3. Michelle
    August 17th, 2012 at 16:59 | #3

    Why would you change the way your spell words in your native language? Surely Americans can read English?

  4. August 21st, 2012 at 09:14 | #4

    It’s refreshing to see someone serving up a little science to the fitness community rather than simply bending to a bigger paycheque. Keep it up!

  5. BitterMaster
    May 3rd, 2013 at 12:32 | #5

    Alex,
    Regarding this article on RW about Dr. Robert Moore
    http://m.runnersworld.com/running-tips/forty-years-training-and-racing-data
    While Dr. Moore’s record keeping is meticulous, the CMAAs is not.
    For example, they still have not updated the M40 1500m record with Rich Tremain’s 3:54:
    http://canadianmasters.ca/cmawp/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/OUTDOOR-Track-and-Jumps-Records-March-2013.pdf
    Your statement that Dr. Moore holds 9 out of 10 of the M35 road records is therefore questionable…

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