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When the Course Wins: No Finishers at the 2018 Barkley Marathons

Canadian Gary Robbins completed the most loops in a year when heavy rain and fog made the tough course even harder to navigate.<p>Even under ideal conditions, completing a single loop of the notorious Barkley Marathons—let alone completing all five loops to actually “finish” the race—is an …

Running

Queen Elizabeth II Will Be Starter for the London Marathon

The British monarch will send 40,000 runners on their way.<p>On April 22, one day after her 92nd birthday, Her Majesty the Queen will be the official starter of the London Marathon.<p>According to a statement from the race, Queen Elizabeth II will step onto a special podium on the grounds of Windsor …

London Marathon

Why U.S. Women Marathoners Are Having a Moment

Four of the 10 fastest Americans clocked those times in the past 14 months.<p>As Amy Cragg gritted her teeth through the final miles of the Tokyo Marathon last month and crossed the finish line in third place, she didn’t see the clock.<p>Only after she finished did she learn her time: 2:21:42. It was a …

Marathons

6 Waterproof Products We’re Obsessed With Right Now

There’s no such thing as bad weather when you have the right gear.<p>Maybe it’s the sense of owning the empty sidewalks and trails or the feeling of cool droplets on my face as I bound over puddles, but I always feel fast and free while running in the rain. Some of my favorite runs of all time have …

Backpacking

5 Super-Easy Ways to Make Veggie Chips That Don’t Involve Kale

Think outside the box for some delicious results.<p>Choice is the name of the game with veggie chips—just pick whichever vegetable is in season, on sale, or available at your local market. Try out different seasoning blends, some of which you can make at home, and some that can be found in the …

Food

Can a Small-Town Girl Learn to Love a Big-Town Race?

The New York City Half Marathon offered me a chance to break free of my long-standing bias.<p>Sprinting a mile to the start of a race is never a good idea. Doing it after ditching your throwaway clothes in 30-degree temperatures with high winds, only to miss your wave start and <i>then</i> having to wait …

New York City

These Four Runners Are Encouraging More Women to Get on the Trails

Despite women outright winning trail and ultra races, the majority of participants remain men. Here are some of the innovative methods runners are taking to change that.<p>While male competitors still clock the fastest times at the majority of running events, women have begun to emerge victorious in …

Trails

After Five Open Heart Surgeries, D.C. Area Girl Loves That She Can Finally Run

“I thought about running all the time because I couldn’t get out of my hospital bed. I could see people run and play but never got to do it myself.”<p>Lily Rancourt takes the school bus home each day and meets four of her five siblings when she gets off the bus. Their father, Jacques, often welcomes …

Medicine

The 7 Best Running Shoes from Brooks

Brooks makes only running shoes, and it’s damn good at it. Here are 7 of the best options right now.<p>Brooks is a 100-year-old company that has been making running shoes since 1977. In fact, it is one of the few companies that produces only running shoes, which allows it to be competitive with much …

Shoes

Here’s What It Means If Your Poop Floats

What you’re eating may be to blame.<p>Your poop can tell you a lot about your health. Red in the bowl—which can signal anything from hemorrhoids to colon cancer—is a known red flag. But what if the color is just fine, but it doesn’t exactly sink to the bottom of the bowl like normal poop does?<p>It’s not …

The New England Journal of Medicine

How Chef Michael Solomonov Balances Good Food and a Healthy Running Lifestyle

World-renowned chef Michael Solomonov talks sweet treats, Israeli food, and his favorite Philly running routes.<p>A good run deserves a good reward. For Michael Solomonov, a James Beard Award-winning chef and avid runner, that reward is also part of his job. “I float in and out of a distinct donut …

James Beard

One Walk Led to This Kentucky Woman Losing 125 Pounds Running

“I love the way running makes me feel. Even on days when I don’t necessarily want to run, I always feel so much better afterwards.”<p><b>Name</b>: Brittany Hulette <b><br>Age</b>: 28 <b><br>Occupation</b>: Credit Analyst <b><br>Hometown</b>: Frankfort, Kentucky<p><b>Start Weight</b>: 260 pounds <b><br>End Weight</b>: 135 pounds <b><br>Time Running</b>: Almost three</b> …

Fitness

You Won’t Believe the Pace (and Patience) Needed to Set the Indoor Marathon World Record

This past weekend Malcolm Richards and Lindsey Scherf established new indoor marathon world records, in one of running’s most mentally brutal events.<p>We can’t help but assume that running a marathon on a 200-meter banked indoor track can make the already daunting distance seem even more cruel. But …

Marathons

What New Research Misses About Cardio, Strength Training, and Calorie Counting

Beware of clickbait headlines around new research pinning cardio against strength training<p>Let’s say you want to get fit, but don't know what kind of workouts to prioritize. A new study in this month’s <i>Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport</i> will tell you to lift weights instead of hopping on your …

Exercise

Two Centenarians Steal the Show at USATF Masters Indoor Championships

Julia Hawkins and Orville Rogers may not have had a ton of competition, but their efforts are still incredible.<p>The USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships are a rare gem where a competitors’ age will often exceed the event distance. Take for instance, 102-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins …

USATF

Run Faster With This Easy, Proven Form Tweak

Use these three simple exercises to pick up the pace on your next workout.<p>The need for speed is a small flame that burns deep within all runners, regardless of ability or pace. And while there are plenty of structured plans and training methods for helping you to up your pace and efficiency, one of …

Workouts

The Creative Ideas Start to Flow After 3 Miles for Comedian Nikki Glaser

The 33-year-old came back to running a year ago, and this time for all the right reasons.<p><b>My first experiences with running were not great.</b> It started with having to run during high school field hockey practice. I developed terrible shin splints that landed me the nickname “Grandma Jennifer.” <i>Grandma</i> …

Comedians

Ben True Is First American Man to Win NYC Half

He outkicked Dathan Ritzenhein while Buze Diriba took the women’s title.<p>Track specialist Ben True outsprinted distance stalwart Dathan Ritzenhein to win the NYC Half on Sunday in New York.<p>True, 32, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, is the first American male champion in the 13-year history of the …

Marathons

Is Your Mind Cluttered? Here’s How to Tell and What to Do

Stop the mental multitasking and reclaim a sense of calm.<p>The laundry. Your cellphone bill. Whether you used “their” in place of “there” in that Facebook post you shared at midnight. The average mind is full of what experts call “mental clutter"—all the chatter that’s going on in our heads during …

Mental Health

Four Months After Being Hit By a Car, Houston-Area Runner Returns to Marathons With a Win

Calum Neff makes a remarkable recovery after fracturing his leg.<p>To many competitive and recreational athletes in the greater Houston area, Calum Neff is no stranger. Others may be familiar with the elite runner who in 2016 became the Guinness World Record holder for running the fastest marathon and …

Running

Why Do My Lungs Burn When Running in the Cold?

Dry air and arctic temps can make breathing a struggle. This Boston run coach shares how to cope<p>Some of my favorite runs have been during the dead of winter in my hometown, guided by Boston’s glittering city lights. I love the way the cool breeze feels on my face, how the crisp air makes my skin …

Marathons

Pregnant Runners: It’s Okay to Keep Training Through the Summer

Based on current guidelines, moms-to-be are often left wondering whether they can still go out for a run in hot and humid conditions.<p>Pregnancy comes with a long list of things you’re not supposed to do: eat sushi, drink alcohol, take aspirin, clean cat litter. But a recent study in the <i>British</i> …

Pregnancy

Boston Marathon Hopefuls Tune up in NYC on Sunday

A few U.S. contenders will test their fitness on a new NYC Half course that begins in Brooklyn.<p>Everything about the NYC Half on Sunday will seem a little different to most runners, but many of the professional athletes lining up are familiar faces at the event—including Emily Sisson, who was the …

Marathons

This Minnesota Man Was Plogging Before It Was Cool

The Swedish trend of collecting litter on the run has hit the Twin Cities—but for Tom Cousins, the phenomenon is nothing new.<p>“Plogging” is a Swedish portmanteau that combines “jogging” and “plocka upp,” which means to pick up. And when you are talking about plogging, what you pick up is trash. …

Semi-trailer

7 Things You Should Tell Your Doc If You’re a Runner

To get the best, most accurate care, your doctor needs to know a few things about your training.<p>As runners, we’re pretty in tune with our bodies. But sometimes they start sending signals that something is amiss. Maybe your occasionally achy knee is starting to hurt more often. Or perhaps your …

Creative Commons Attribution

Bombing Hero Carlos Arredondo to Run First Boston Marathon for Charity

Five years after the tragedy, the Bostonian will toe the line in Hopkinton.<p>There’s no doubt you know who he is. You’ve seen the photo, and you’ve probably followed the recovery of the man he saved. On April 15, 2013, Carlos Arredondo jumped into action after the bombs went off at the Boston …

Marathons

Good Times on Tap for This Friendly, Beer-Loving Running Club

This feisty running club makes every Thursday feel as celebratory as St. Paddy’s Day.<p>When Brendan Dowling moved to Spokane, Washington, in 2006, he didn’t know a soul. Now, when the 36-year-old heads out for his Thursday night run, there are as many as 600 friends by his side.<p>Dowling is president …

Homebase

Running the Pittsburgh Marathon? Diehard Steelers Fan? Check Out This Brooks Launch 5

This limited-edition shoe honors the black and yellow faithful.<p>If you’re a yinzer—or you at least know what that means—this Pittsburgh-inspired, black and yellow running shoe is for you.<p>Brooks has offered a few limited editions of the Launch 5, including a Shamrock version for St. Patrick’s Day, …

Marathons

3 Ways You’re Screwing Up Your Nap—and How to Fix Them

Read on if you’re waking up feeling worse than before you fell asleep.<p>Maybe you tossed and turned all last night, or your bedtime lately has been more like a suggestion than a definite. You figure you can make up for it with a nice, long nap—but then you end up feeling way worse than if you hadn’t …

Sleep

Rave Run: San Juan Mountains, Colorado

At 10,000 feet elevation, you’ll get awe-inspiring views on some of these ridges.<p><b>Runner</b> <br>Timothy Olson<p><b>The Experience</b> <br>At 10,000 feet, the Fall Creek Trail near the summit of Silver Mountain is scarce in oxygen, but makes up for it with awe-inspiring views. “Just outside Telluride off Highway 145, we …

Hiking