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The Best Podcasts of 2016

8 great shows that you can add to your long run or commute.<p>In 2016, <i>Runner’s World</i> entered the podcast game with two shows to reach readers in a new way with The Runner’s World Show and Human Race. And while members of the RW staff have loved contributing to both shows, we still sneak in other …

Acute-To-Chronic Training Ratio Calculator

This formula is a big improvement over the old ten percent rule. Use it to stay injury free.<p>If you get injured, you must have been running too much, right? Recently, sports scientists have been rethinking this belief. In some cases, hard training may act as a “vaccine” against injuries by …

This Motivational Trick Is Incredibly Powerful

Use this any time you need a dose of willpower.<p>Ever made a roomful of 17-year-old girls cry? I have! I was wrapping up my talk on how important it is to take care of your body in college—something I definitely did not do—when a hand went up.<p>“That was great, thank you,” said a woman in the first …

5 Ways to Change Your Mindset (and Reach Greater Goals)

Use these ancient lessons to make you more focused on bettering yourself in modern days.<p>When researching and writing my most recent book, <i>The Road to Sparta</i>, I learned that our forbearers maintained certain mindsets and ideals that resulted in healthy, balanced lives. Obviously these practices date …

How Weight Affects Your Race Times

The weight of your shoes, as well as your body weight, influence your race performances. Here's how much they change your finish time.<p>Weight matters in running. Shave a few ounces off your shoes or pounds off your body, and you’ll likely run faster. A new paper from Rodger Kram’s highly regarded …

Back Power

Keep the muscles along your spine flexible and strong to prevent injuries.<p>A healthy back is as important to your running as fit legs. "If your back muscles aren't strong, they'll tend to fatigue faster, taking energy away from other muscles, and change your stride, which can lead to injury," says …

Training the Mind as Well as the Body

I used to think working with a sports psychologist was a sign of weakness. How naïve I was.<p>For the past several months, I have been working with a sports psychology consultant. Several years ago, I would not have been open to working with one, never mind publicly writing about the …

6 Balance-Board Options for Unique Strength Work

BOSU Pro Balance Trainer<p>It looks innocent enough, but this gym standard delivers muscle burning full body workouts. Use if half-dome or flat side up …

Man running from Florida to Bermuda in bubble rescued at sea

Authorities say a Florida man bidding to reach Bermuda in an inflatable bubble has been voluntarily rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.<p>Coast Guard Petty …

Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 Planks to Build Core Strength

When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups at school for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise? That’s actually a simple question. …

How To Use Aerobic Decoupling

In the modern age of power meters and training data, a majority of the attention given to a file review seems to be straight power numbers and a …

Exercise

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Focus During Training

When it comes to getting stronger, it is all about resilience. Running and training take a toll on your body and put you in some challenging …

Goal Setting

The Inspirational Story of a 545-Pound Man Running 5K Races Like There’s No Tomorrow

Meet Derek Mitchell, an inspiring 35-year-old race runner who weighs a whopping 545 pounds. Despite his heavy frame, he’s spent the past year walking …

Fitness

The Trick That Helped My Lungs Stop Burning on Runs

If you're anything like me, running is not a sport that comes easily. In fact, I don't remember any sport that came easily to me. It wasn't for a lack of health — I've always eaten pretty healthy and had an adventurous lifestyle. I was never particularly sedentary, just not athletic. The reason …

10 Essentials to Build More Muscle While Burning Fat

Train hard and eat right – that’s the short answer to how to build more muscle and burn fat. But it’s easier said than done and it’s more complicated …

Nutrition

The Health Benefits of Running, According to Science!

<i>If you've been waiting to finally get out of the gym rut, now is the perfect time to plan out an outdoor weekend run! No matter the incentive, these proven health benefits from our friends at Shape should be enough to get you up and running.</i><p>Looking for inspiration to lace up and hit the roads, …

Heavy Lifting For the Endurance Athlete Part 1: Learning the 7 Key Exercises

In our last article, we discussed the benefits of strength and power training in a well-designed training program. Strength and power training …

Exercise

The Best Tech Gifts for Men

Pick out the guy toys you want Santa to drop down your chimney

10 calorie-burning exercises more effective than running

Go to the park on a Sunday afternoon, and you'll probably notice that people of every shape, size, and fitness level are running. They huff and puff, snort and swear, and after a while, they call it a day. Unfortunately for them, that two-mile jog burned through about as many calories as a couple …

Cross-country Skiing

Woman Gets Catcalled While Out Running, Little Boy Stands Up For Her In Sweetest Way

Julia Price was out running recently when an older man catcalled her. The man shouted "hey sexy lady" at her from across the street, then proceeded …

With Terminal Illness, Woman Runs Last Marathon

Kim Stemple didn't want this story to be about her. She was wearing a blue singlet, still on her feet after finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in late October, when she made the request. She was holding a finisher's medal from another race with a note etched in permanent marker on the ribbon. It …

Seven Running Drills to Improve Speed, Form, and Efficiency

When I first started performing running drills, I felt silly. Aren’t neon short shorts embarrassing enough? But running drills can be hugely …

How a Little Bit of Bad Can Be a Good Thing

Sometimes a little bit of a bad thing can be a good thing. This phenomenon, known as hormesis, is what happens when a chemical agent or environmental factor that is damaging at high doses yields a positive effect when used in smaller quantities. Perhaps the most common example is vaccinations. …

Triathlons

Sure They're Fit, But Do Runners Actually Have Skills?

In response to a recent article about running’s viability as a spectator sport, one reader claimed that it’s difficult to watch because there was no skill involved, only fitness. Elite runners may be in really good shape, the commenter argued, but that’s it. After all, anybody can put one foot in …

Fitness

What We Think About When We Run

What are they thinking? Whatever your opinions about running, that is a reasonable question to ask, not just rhetorically but also literally, about the more than fifty thousand people who ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Like most major races these days, the marathon has become a serious …

Recovery | Runner's World

No, sitting on the couch watching Netflix is not a normal way to recover.<p>Whether you’re a recreational runner or regularly training, there’s value in taking at least one day off each week.<p>You already know how to fuel up on days you run. But what about on days off? Here’s how to adjust.<p>You know rest …