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Physiology powers runner’s blog

By Sam Boykin
Correspondent

Davidson resident Dave Munger got caught up in the running craze that swept the country in the 1970s, and he’s been at it ever since.

Today, at 46, he runs nearly every day, averaging about 60 miles per week, and regularly competes in marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2012.

Last year, Munger, who has a master’s in English and science education, launched www.sciencebasedrunning.com, where he blogs about how to run faster and more efficiently, with details about the latest physiological, nutritional and medical running news.

Find Munger on Twitter at @davemunger.

Q. After being a runner for more than three decades, what made you decide to start a blog?

A. Part of it is that I really got more serious about running a few years ago and started training for marathons.

Also, I knew there was a lot of misinformation and rumors out there about ways to get better at running or how to avoid injuries.

I look for things that seem a little specious or are not backed up by evidence, and then research the science behind these things to find out if they’re for real or not.

Q. Can you give me an example?

A. I suffered a knee injury called an IT band syndrome, which is pretty common among runners. In the past, people used to get surgery for it and would be out for months. I discovered research that shows you just need to do a few exercises and stretching – you don’t always need surgery.

Serious runners are so dedicated that when they get an injury, they often want to do everything they can to recover as soon as possible, and sometimes that can be a problem.

Q. What is the best scientific-based advice you’d give someone who wants to start running?

A. As you’re getting started, you need to do a lot of walking and gradually build your way up to running. Most people get injured when they start too fast and try to do too much.

A good beginner running program involves putting in a lot of miles walking.

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