Saturday, October 19, 2013

Making Stuff: Faster - New PBS Special Explores Our Limits, Including Running

This week PBS began a new NOVA series called "Making Stuff: Faster" that I think many of you would find interesting. Host David Pogue (the talented  NY Times technology writer) speaks with experts that push the human limits of speed in a number of disciplines, including running, cycling, sailing, driving, and more. It's highly entertaining to watch him try them all.

In the segment about running, Pogue speaks with Peter Weyand, Ph.D., associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, whom some of you may remember as the guy who successfully argued against the ban on double amputee Oscar Pistorius running in open competition. In the interview, Weyand explains the dynamics of force and how it relates to sprint speed, and even gets Pogue to go all out on a treadmill.

You can stream the special at PBS Online, or check your local listings for the Wednesday shows.

Now get out there and apply some force!


  1. Is there any easy way to follow or subscribe to your blog? I'm on FB and don't mind subscribing to blog posts by email, but I am terrible about remembering to go back and check the blogs I like. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, you can. Although it's a little tricky to get it set up:

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    2. Great Article Ever i read . You write short but very informative :D about fitness and running :D

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  3. Nice tip Scott. Thanks for keeping on top of and filtering so much info for us runners! Hope your running is going well.


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