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Sharing the Road

How to help your friends start running.<p>You've been running all year, picking up the pace, hitting a few hills, maybe even entering a race or two. And now, your improved fitness and confidence has inspired a friend to try running and she's asking you for guidance. As a recent beginner, you can …

Off-roading

How to Time Workouts for Best Performance

Precisely schedule quality training sessions to achieve your best results.<p>Seasoned runners know that long runs, tempo runs, and speedwork are all critical to improving performance. What's more challenging, perhaps, is scheduling these sessions so you get the most out of each effort. "It's important …

Marathons

Vitamin D: A Key To Endurance Sports Performance

<i>Low Vitamin D levels are very likely limiting your running performance, and may compromise your health.</i><p>As runners, we want to do everything possible …

5 Ways Running Boosts Brain Power

Your favorite sport is good for more than just your physique.<p><b>1. Running helps your brain grow.</b><br>Don't worry — we're not talking bursting-through-your-skull growth. Running stimulates the creation of new nerve cells and blood vessels within the brain, an organ that tends to shrink as a person ages. …

The Brain

The Healthy Runner’s Diet

Follow these six rules for a healthy, whole-foods eating plan designed just for a runner like you.<p>"Where's the food?" that's the question I ask many runners when I review their food diaries. It's not that they're starving. Most are taking in lots of calories and nutrients—but it's in the form of …

Nutrition

5 Reasons You're Not Getting Stronger

<i>Not all strength training workouts are the same and that could be the reason why you’re not getting stronger.</i><p>You’ll do anything to run faster. You’ll …

Your Guide to Running for Weight Loss

Running can help you lose weight, but not in the way you think. Follow these tips to run your way to weight loss.<p>Does swimming burn calories? Yes. How about cycling? Yes. How about a fancy fitness retreat in the south of France? Oui.<p>All of those things are great for weight loss, but they have a …

Fitness

Stop Eating After Dinner to Lose Weight

A new study shows that this strategy works.<p>If you thought shutting down the kitchen early in the evening could save your waistline, you were right.<p>While it may not be earth-shattering, there’s some new evidence to back up the advice registered dietitians have been giving for decades. For many …

Nutrition

Rest Right

Match the length of your recovery period to the goal of your workout.<p>Whether you regularly rip through mile repeats or you're new to speedwork, you probably pay more attention to the time, pace, and effort of the hard work than you do to the rest in between. But recovery intervals are just as …

How Good of a Workout is CrossFit?

Some physiological data from one popular workout.<p>The value of CrossFit for runners has been hotly debated the past couple of years. Is CrossFita good supplement to running? A replacement for running? A small study conducted in Alabama provides some useful real-world information on what happens …

Exercise

How to Prevent Common Running Injuries

Proper form, strength training, and the right shoes can prevent injury.<p>It's an all too common scenario: Runner begins training program. A month or so later, a twinge settles on a knee. Runner stretches, pops ibuprofen, keeps running. A few—or maybe 100—runs later, runner is on the couch, ice pack …

Exercise

For Runners, Yoga Offers Balance, Mental Benefits

<i>A bit of “Om” time could make you faster and more injury-resistant.</i><p>Runners are notorious for getting hooked on cardio training and only cardio …

Workout Of The Week: Anaerobic Training

<i>Adding anaerobic training to your regimen will increase speed and power while keeping you healthy.</i>Some runners have funny ideas about the meaning of …

5 Keys to Running Healthy and Staying Injury-Free

Follow these rules, and you’ll spend more time on the road and less time in rehab.<p><b>AVOID THE TERRIBLE TOO’S.</b> Doing too much, too soon, too fast is the number-one cause of running injuries. The body needs time to adapt to increases in mileage or speed. Muscles and joints need recovery time so they …

Marathons

Foods Runners Should Avoid

Think twice before adding these items to your shopping cart.<p>The phrase, “If the fire’s hot enough, anything will burn” has been uttered by many an endurance athlete, thanks to John L. Parker Jr.’s <i>Once a Runner</i>. And with enough sweat sessions, a few nutrition missteps won’t wreak complete havoc on …

Nutrition