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Plank Workout

Studies show that repeated bouts of shorter isometric holds can provide better quality muscular contractions, promote better form, and enhance performance.<p>Enter the 10-minute plank flow. It’s quite simple: You continually go from one plank variation to another for 10 minutes straight. Flowing from …

How to Add Speed Workouts to Marathon Training

Start by building your mileage before you try pushing your pace.<p><i>I am training for my first marathon. My question is how, when, or even if, to include speed workouts in my training plan. I am accustomed to running 5Ks and 10Ks, but have not run longer than 10 miles at this point. Should I focus more</i> …

Marathons

The Real History of the Yasso 800s

You can predict your marathon time based on how long it takes you to run 800 meters. Don’t believe it? You should.<p>When physicists discover a new subatomic particle, they claim the right to name it. Same with astronomers. Locate a new star out there in the way beyond, and you can name it anything …

Marathons

Three Ways to Improve Your Marathon Finish Time

Here's how to modify your race training to improve speed without wearing your body out.<p><i>I'm training for my third marathon this fall and want to improve my speed without getting hurt. I've had a variety of aches and pains through the past two seasons of training and would love to train and finish</i> …

Marathons

Resistance Band Routines to Strengthen Connective Tissue

This routine can help strengthen your bones, tendons and fascia.<p><b>“A Runner’s Guide to Connective Tissue”</b> explains the importance of building the strength of your connective tissue—your bones, tendons and fascia—in order to be a less injury-prone runner. These wobble board exercises should …

Pain

A Runner's Guide to Connective Tissue

Build your bones, tendons and fascia to avoid injury and become stronger.<p>Most runners don't think about connective tissue until it hurts. We have a general awareness that our bodies contain support structures like bones and ligaments to prevent us from collapsing into blobs of Jell-O, but that's …

Exercise

Crash and Burn Workouts for Faster Running

Run each repeat like it will be your last to become a tougher runner.<p><b>The weekly fartlek</b> for elite and aspiring-elite runners in the Kenyan training hotbed of Iten starts fast and stays fast. Hundreds of runners try to stay with the leaders—they go as hard as they can, and when they can no longer …

Marathons

Get Back to Training After the Flu

Has your marathon plan been derailed by illness? Here's how to safely recover and make a Plan B.<p><i>I've been training hard for the Cleveland Marathon in May, and I just came down with the flu this week. I'm worried because I've been flat on my back for three solid days, and I missed four days of</i> …

Marathons

The Most Important Muscles to Train: Men's Health.com

<b>Neck:</b> “Most people spend all day in a seated position—with their heads leaning forward,” says Wharton. “As a result, your whole body leans forward when you run.” If one region of the body is out of alignment—another region will try to compensate. In this case, you’ll overstride in an attempt to …

How to Eat During Long Runs

If you're new to midrun fueling, try a bunch of brands and types of fuel to find what works for you.<p><i>I’ve run two half-marathons, and now I’m training for my first full marathon. I log a long run—anywhere from 10 to 20 miles—every Sunday. But I run out of steam almost every time, even though I drink</i> …

Marathons

101 Kicks in the Butt

You have 100 reasons for losing motivation to run. But we can top 'em with tips, inspiring quotes, and more. Pick your fix. Repeat as necessary.<p><b>1. Create a blog</b> where you post your daily mileage, then give out the address to your friends and family. Do you really want Aunt Ellen to ask why you …

Marathons

Don’t Get Hurt!

Want to stay healthy and running strong? Prevent injuries by adding these moves to your daily routine.<p>So you’re a healthy runner? Lucky you! If you want to stay that way, the experts at NYU Langone’s newly opened RunSmart clinic (click here to find a similar clinic near you) recommend doing the …

Pain

When Should I Stretch?

Use these five postrun stretches to keep your muscles flexible.<p><i>What guidance would you give to runners about stretching? When I ran in high school, which is when I learned a lot of what I “know” about running, we were taught to stretch really well before a run, and if we could, a little bit</i> …

Exercise

Running Shoes | Runner's World

Brooks makes only running shoes, and it’s damn good at it. Here are 7 of the best options right now.<p>This limited-edition shoe honors the black and yellow faithful.<p>Snag a pair of the Harmony Road while you can.<p>The Utah-based company was sold for an undisclosed amount to VF Corporation.<p>The shoe and …

Shoes

Build Power, Strength and Speed for the Final Kick

Finish your next race strong and fast.<p>The most shocking thing about Galen Rupp's silver medal in the Olympic 10,000 meters last summer was how he won it. Rupp had a reputation for not finishing strong, but in London, his ferocious speed in the final lap carried him past all but one of the world's …

Mo Farah

How to Pace Your First Half or Full Marathon

The key is to run by how you feel on race day.<p><i>Sandra asks: I’m running my first marathon in</i> <i>Cleveland</i> <i>this May, and I’m wondering if you have any tips on pacing. How fast should I start? Should I use the Pace Team?</i><p>Excellent choice in races, Sandra, and a great question too! My racing philosophy is a …

Marathons

A First-Timer's Guide to Setting Realistic Half-Marathon Goals

Toe the line solely focusing on reaching the finish.<p><i>I'm 47 years old, I weigh 266 pounds, and I'm a long-haul truck driver. I've set a goal to run my first half-marathon in one year. I've cut out fried foods as best I can, but you are probably aware of dietary problems truckers face on the road.</i> …

Marathons

Put Your Best Foot Forward by Strengthening Your Backside

One key to being a strong and effective runner starts with your backside. Here's an easy-to-do exericse that will help your glutes.<p>In the world of exercise, most people, especially runners, are always trying to put their best foot forward. So much about fitness is centered on what an individual …

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Your Best Training Plan

Ten principles from a renowned coach help you tailor-make the smartest training schedule for you.<p>Workouts are easy. Anyone can design a fab-sounding workout. Take my old high school track coach, for example. Way back in the mid-1960s, he ordered us distance runners to do 10 x 440 yards in 60 …

Marathons

WATCH: Coming Out Day Arrests Are Proof Putin Wants to Turn Back Time

Despite receiving municipal permission to rally, LGBT demonstrators at a National Coming Out Day protest in Moscow were dragged to police cars by …

Punishing Gays in Islam: ‘Rectums are glued shut, they are force-fed petrol and set alight’

<b>His “crime”? He was gay.</b><p><b>Anyone complained about ‘evil white’ slavery? Gay men are punished in Uganda by being tied to a tire, dosed in petrol and</b> …