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8 Ways to Extend Your Long Run

How to build endurance gradually and avoid injury when running long.

Huddle, Jager, and Solomon Chase U.S. Records Friday

They'll compete against deep field in Monaco.<p>Friday’s stop in Monaco at Stade Louis II is the final Diamond League track meet before a five-week to make room for assorted continental championships and the Commonwealth Games. Many tour regulars call Monaco their favorite venue in Europe, and for …

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Is Drafting a Placebo?

Running behind a pacer helps... but why?<p>Most runners prefer to run behind a pacer rather than forging ahead on their own. There are a number of possible reasons for this, like the energy saved by sheltering from air resistance (which I've written about in more detail previously) and the saved …

Proper Preparation For A Night Race

<i>Running at night is a lot different than doing so in the morning. Here are some things to keep in mind.</i><p>For runners who competed in high school and …

Run a 5K Faster with These Five Fun Workouts

Working on a 3.1-mile PR? Coach Jenny has your training covered.<p>There's nothing like racing a hard 5K, especially when the runner's high kicks in. It's a rewarding distance to race, and you can run many of them in a season!<p>In order to race fast, you've got to run fast in training. Here are five fun …

10 Reasons the 5K is Freaking Awesome

You can train and still have a life, race hard and walk normally the next day, and get really fit really fast.<p>My one carry-on and six personal items are stashed in the overhead compartment. The seat pouch in front of me is crammed with the tools necessary to get us through a 13-hour flight back …

How to Stay on Track With Your Training During Vacation

Here are six ways to keep your marathon fitness from unraveling when you travel.<p><i>I'm training for my third marathon this summer, and it's going really well. I'm a bit concerned about keeping up with my training during our family vacation, though. I've got three kids, and I'll be gone a total of six</i> …

8 Ways to Stay Cooler During Summer Runs

Simple ways to fight off the heat during warm-weather runs.<p>Summer is a terrific time to run, but hot temperatures can be a challenge. Here are some simple ways to deal with the heat and enjoy your hot weather runs.

Will Running Too Much Kill You?

The annual look at the current state of the evidence.<p>Let me start with a simple truth: there <b>is</b> such a thing as "too much" running. This is just common sense. If your goal is to optimize health, there will come a point where running an extra 5 miles per week doesn't make you healthier in any …

How to Learn to Love Hills

Ready to embrace a good climb? Here are five of Coach Jenny's favorite workouts to help you become a hill lover, not a fighter.<p><i>I hear you're a hill lover. I'm trying to get there--and starting to train on more hilly terrain--but they suck the life out of me every time. Do you have any workouts that</i> …

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When Is It Okay To Run Every Day?

How to safely add more miles to your routine.<p><i>I’m almost finished with a Couch-to-5K program and doing great. The plan emphasizes running three times a week. When is it okay to run every day? Or consecutive days? My problem is that I work 12-hour shifts three time a week and have a long commute. On</i> …

Sound Racing Strategies For Runners

<i>Using some basic strategies, you may find yourself finishing faster and feeling more confident each time you toe the line.</i><p>First we can look at the …

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How Do Morning Workouts Affect Sleep?

It's not just the night before that matters.<p>Ever wondered how morning workouts affect your sleep? A new study in the <i>European Journal of Sport Science</i>, from researchers in Australia (including Shona Halson, the head of recovery at the Australian Institute of Sport) tackles this question. The study …

Walk Breaks for Faster Running

No matter your running experience, slowing down (sometimes) can speed you up.<p>Seasoned runners often view walking as a sign of failure: You walk only when you can no longer run. But the truth is that periodic walking, in training and even in races, can help you run faster and better. "Walking …

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Iron Level Upkeep For Runners

<i>As a runner, you need to be informed of your unique iron needs.</i><p>An iron deficiency is one of those nasty conditions that can disguise itself as being …

26 Tips for Running Your Best 26.2

Here is everything you need to know to run your best marathon this year.<p>If you’re running a marathon this year and you’re worried about the task ahead, relax.<p>We’re here to advise you on what to do a month out, a week away, even the day of. Shoe tips? Check. Hydration strategy? It’s here. Taper …

Breathe Like A Pro - Women's Running

Runners obsess over the small stuff—finding the perfect shoes or eating the exact same breakfast on race-day morning. But we often overlook one of …

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Age and Oxygen Delivery

How quickly can you send oxygen to your muscles?<p>A couple of interesting graphs from a Western University study just published in <i>Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise</i>. They compared volunteers from three different age groups: young (average age 24), middle-aged (52), and older (66); in each age …

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 …

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …

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Study: Women are Better Marathon Pacers Than Men

The difference becomes especially great in the heat.<p>If, at the start of your next marathon, a man and a woman both tell you they're aiming for the same time, count on the woman, suggests a study published in the <i>Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research</i>.<p>Researchers looked at how well runners who …

Summer Running Guide

How to make summer your most successful season.<p>It’s hot. Races are plentiful, but PRs can be rare because of the weather. Vacations mess with your running routine. And did we mention it’s hot?<p>We can’t promise it won’t get hotter, but with tips from gear to hydration, the best post-run meals for …