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Knee Strength Workout

Use these seven exercises to strengthen your hips and bring relief to your knees.

Cat Pong

How About Here? Is This Good?

Getting To The Source Of An Injury

<i>Instead of using the band-aid method to fix an injury, find the root of the problem. It will prevent future setbacks.</i><p>For most runners, the onset of …

Are Shoes Really To Blame For Running Injuries? | Competitor.com

<i>There’s no disputing the fact that the injury rate in running is high. But is footwear really to blame?</i><p>The injury rate in running is high. No one …

How to Pick a Running Goal

How to select—and hit—the perfect goal for you.<p>Pursuing a goal is a great way to get motivated and unlock your potential—as long as it's a target tailored to your abilities and ambitions. The trick is to set objectives that are within reach—if they're too ambitious, you risk frustration, burnout, …

Study: Hydration Guidelines Overstate Athletes’ Fluid Needs

Research adds more evidence to the notion that drinking to thirst is enough.<p>The drop in performance usually attributed to dehydration in the heat might be all in our heads, suggests a new study in the <i>British Journal of Sports Medicine</i>, leading the researchers to conclude that encouraging endurance …

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

10 Bad Runner Habits (and How to Break Them)

What to Eat On the Run

Fueling during long runs is important for peak performance.<p>Walk into any sports store or go to any race, and you’ll see a buffet of energy gels, chews, bars, drinks, and other engineered sports foods that promise to make you run faster and go longer. But are they for you? When and why do you need …

Video: 3 Drills For A Better Running Stride | Competitor.com

The three drills demonstrated in this video will help form the foundation for a smooth, efficient running stride.<p><b>A’s</b><p>This drill’s focus is on firing …

The Most Common Walking and Running Injuries

How to identify, treat, and recover from common injuries.<p>Working out can be uncomfortable (especially when you're just getting started), but it should never hurt. Here is how to tell the difference between the harmless twinges that go along with pushing your muscles farther than they’ve gone before …

How to Build Cross Country Confidence

New to running with a team? Here are six tips for getting the most out of your cross country season.<p><i>I am writing on behalf of my niece, who is 17 and just started college. She joined the college cross country team but has only just started running and is a little intimidated by how capable the</i> …

How and Why You Should Warm Up Before a Run

Heading out for a run too fast and not warmed up is a recipe for injury.<p>Once we get revved up to run it’s tempting to shoot out the door at top speed. But heading out of the gates at full speed—without a proper warmup—is a recipe for disaster, and injury.<p>If you start out too fast, you run the risk …

5 Keys to Running Healthy and Staying Injury-Free

Follow these rules, and you’ll spend more time on the road and less time in rehab.<p><b>AVOID THE TERRIBLE TOO’S.</b> Doing too much, too soon, too fast is the number-one cause of running injuries. The body needs time to adapt to increases in mileage or speed. Muscles and joints need recovery time so they …

The Perfect Form

Running better, from head to toe.<p><b>Head Tilt</b> How you hold your head is key to overall posture, which determines how efficiently you run. Let your gaze guide you. Look ahead naturally, not down at your feet, and scan the horizon. This will straighten your neck and back, and bring them into alignment. …

How to Run Strides

This running drill improves your form and mechanics.<p><i>Kevin asks: I'm training for a half marathon and the schedule I'm following includes strides. I'm not certain I'm doing them correctly. Can you explain what they are and how to properly run them?</i><p>A stride (a.k.a. a pick-up) is an easy to perform …