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Reading Half Marathon fancy dress runners show off their costumes

Running 13.1 miles in hot conditions is hard enough but some people decided to make it more challenging by donning some inconvenient but eye catching …

How to Run a Marathon: Jared Ward’s Top Five Tips

In his fourth serious attempt at the distance, the 27-year-old earned a spot on the Olympic team bound for Rio.<p>As an Olympian, statistician, and student of the sport, Jared Ward has put a lot of time and research into his marathon career. Here are five successful strategies he has derived from both …

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Watch: Syracuse Half Marathon Runners Go Through Hail

Sunday’s race featured frigid wind chills, whiteout conditions, and slush-covered roads.<p>Credit: Bill HansenPosted by Syracuse Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) on Sunday, April 3, 2016<p>Each year, five cities in upstate New York compete for the Golden Snowball Award, a trophy bestowed upon the city that …

“Boston Strong” Finds a Permanent Home on the Marathon Route

Runners nearing the race’s finish line pass beneath the painted message on Commonwealth Avenue.<p>In preparation for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), along with city and state officials held a ceremony Saturday to unveil a new landmark …

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A North Vancouver man came close to becoming the first Canadian to complete the gruelling Barkley Marathon, but sadly tapped out in the fifth loop. …

Don't Sweat It: Marathon Fueling Made Simple | Page 4 of 4

Don’t rush yourself<p>Perhaps the best tip for any marathoner is to make sure race-day aid station execution is optimal. Drinking and eating during a …

Here's The Most Important Things To Include In Your Training Log

A training log is one of the easiest tools you can use to become a better runner. If you wear a GPS watch or use a running app during your workouts, …

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Cross-Training 101: Plyometrics For Runners

<i>These explosive moves will help your fast-twitch muscle fibers start firing.</i><p>In the mid-1970s, Olympic runner Fred Wilt started studying Russian …

12 Things Healthy Morning People Do Every Day

They move, they hydrate, they conquer.<p>As someone who breaks a sweat before work nearly every single day, I'm often asked, "How do you do it?"<p>"The key to making it work is to have a strategy, ritual, and reward system," says Adam Rosante, a CosmoBody trainer who wakes up to work out at 6 a.m. He's …

By pairing exercise and nutrition, fitness studios are taking a holistic approach to health

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel<p>, Reporter<p>Aliza Norcross has found a great recipe for Moroccan lentil soup, but it didn’t come from a foodie website. Her go-to source for dinner ideas these days is Barre3, the studio where she takes ballet-inspired exercise classes.<p>The fitness chain is building an …

6 fitness products we can't live without

Here at HFG, we’re an active bunch. We like to practice what we preach, after all…<p>We’ve got yogis, runners and lifters on the team and that means …

The 30-Minute Insane Interval Workout

Gain strength, burn fat, and build muscle with this MetCon routine<p>Recent research has proven that how long you work out doesn’t matter. It’s how <i>hard</i> you work that does.<p>That’s why I’m such a big fan of MetCon workouts—or metabolic conditioning, a training style that uses resistance training …

Why Fast Starts Slow You Down

Study links elevated lactate levels to worsened running economy.<p>Running, as a great article about U.S. Olympian Ian Dobson a few years ago put it, should be mathematical—but it’s not. In theory, if you know someone’s VO2max, lactate threshold, and running economy, you should be able to calculate …

My new toy: Nordictrack treadmill

I’ve been talking for a while about the sad demise of my old treadmill. I think I literally ran it to death as I used it for miles and miles of …

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9 Beginner-Friendly Strength Routines To Try If You’re Just Getting Back Into Working Out

If you’re easing back into a regular training routine after a few months off (or for the first time, no judgments here!), you want to be smart about …

The Best Cheap or Free Places to Get a Great Workout

If paying for a standard gym membership just doesn’t fit your budget, there are plenty of low-cost, or even free, options that offer effective ways …

Five Sources for Great At-Home Workouts

One of my goals for 2016 has been to set up a workout room in our house. As you’ve seen, I recently cleaned out the kids’ playroom and got a new …

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6 Ways to Protect Yourself When Running Alone

Shutterstock<p>Run with a Partner<p>It may sound obvious, but it's true: There's strength in numbers. Jarrett Arthur, founder and chief instructor of …

Beef Braised in Guinness Recipe - Chowhound

Tip<p>How to Thaw Beef<p>As with most meat, the safest way to thaw beef is in the refrigerator. Small cuts of beef can take up to 24 hours, while larger …

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5 Core Fixes to Improve Your Functional Strength

We get it: Guys care about sculpting a six-pack. It’s the crowning achievement of any fit dude, and probably requires the toughest combination of …

Ten things every first-time marathon runner needs to know

Twenty-six and bit miles is a long way, but preparation can be a marathon in itself. Here’s how to make the start line in style<p>It’s not hard to spot a first-time marathon runner. If the Lycra, antisocial running times, colour-coded training plan, running watch and constant look of fear don’t give …

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Treadmill Workout: Programs and Routines for Indoor Workouts

Can't run outside? Try these fun boredom-busting treadmill workout ideas<p><b>Just think: If global warming were a good thing</b>, you'd never have to run indoors on a treadmill ever again. You can see where we're going with this. The next time you're running bored on the belt, change your routine with one …

7 Race-Day Running Tips

You've logged the miles and worked your butt off—now it's time to own this thing. Here's how to start and finish strong<p>After weeks of training, it's time for the big event. Follow this essential advice from Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities In Motion, a race series in …

101 Greatest Running Tips

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6 Secrets of Highly Successful Runners

What really improves performance? Intense training sessions—as long as you do them right. So we asked elites who run hard several times a week to explain how you can get the most out of your quality workouts.<p>In the weeks leading up to the Boston Marathon last April, Ryan Hall logged hundreds of …

What Do I Eat Before My Race?

What you eat should give you a boost without upsetting your stomach.<p><i>I am running my first half-marathon in three days. I am as nervous about the distance as I am about what to eat before my run on Sunday morning. Should I plan on pasta for lunch and dinner each meal leading up to Sunday? Should I</i> …

10 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

Do these exercises consistently, and you’ll run faster and stronger.<p>Whenever the topic of strength training and running comes up, most runners tend to respond with, “Wait, I’m supposed to do something other than running?” Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in …

Strong Ankles Fight Off Age-Related Slowdown?

It's not about the knees or hips, Finnish researchers suggest.<p>As you get older, various muscles and joints start to work less effectively. But which are the key muscles that matter most when it comes to walking and running? That's the question a group of researchers at the University of Jyväskylä …