Amy Barker

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The Most Undervalued Piece of Equipment in the Gym

Are you sick of the same-old cardio machines at the gym? Bored by the treadmill? Tired of the elliptical? Can't stand to do another mile on the …

Muscle

How to Get the Most From Your Weekly Long Run

© Martinmark | Dreamstime.com<p><b>By Carissa Liebowitz</b><p>The long, slow distance run is an essential workout for any runner attempting to complete their …

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 …

6 Rules for Eating Right as a Runner

Keep it simple, keep it balanced, and stay hydrated.<p>When you start exercising regularly, you might have to revamp some of your everyday eating habits in order to feel your best while you’re working out and avoid unwanted bathroom stops. Here are some general rules.<p>Go on Empty (Sometimes)<p>What you …

How Often Should You Fuel During Long Runs?

Photo: John Segesta<p><i>Learn how to improve the critical fuel efficiency element of the marathon while maintaining consistency in your training.</i><p>Running …

Strength Training for New Runners

Essential moves for beginner runners to build power and prevent injury.<p>Sure, it’s easy to get hurt when you’re just starting out. There are countless aches, pains, and ouches that you’re bound to feel when you’re pushing your body farther and faster than it’s gone before. But here’s the good news: …

5 Tips For Training Your Tummy

<i>Use this tried and true advice to keep your gas tank full when competing.</i><p>If you’re only focused on race-day nutrition, you’re missing the big …

6 Ways To Make Your Long Runs Count

1. Course Simulation<p>Choose your long run routes wisely. In his book, “Daniels’ Running Formula,” Jack Daniels advises runners to train in conditions …

How To Taper For Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon

Translating the numbers of new research to your training.<p>New British research claims to be the first to document tapering strategies of elite middle- and long-distance runners. The results--reduce mileage, maintain speed--won’t surprise anyone who has followed tapering research in recent years.<p>But …

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 …

Fast After 40: Master Your Recovery

Recovery During The Workout<p>For distance runs, we rarely need more than occasional water stops and, if the run will last longer than a couple hours, a …

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Runners and Eaters

Simple habits of a healthy life.<p>People who take up running (and stick to it) and people who lose pounds (and keep them off) have habits in common. Here they are:<p><b>1. Create a support network.</b><p>Make friends to meet for workouts, share victories with, and comfort through setbacks and bad races. A …

Three Tips for Running Downhill

Train on descents—without getting hurt—to build strength, boost coordination, and even have some fun.<p>When most runners tackle hills, they focus on the difficulty of the climb. But downhill running poses its own set of challenges—and rewards.<p>Descending feels easy aerobically, but each step triggers …

How to Recover from Your First Half Marathon

What to do in the minutes, days, weeks after a race.<p>Did you train consistently for the past few months and complete your first half-marathon? Congratulations! Now it's time to celebrate—and to recover. As soon as you cross the finish line, you can start taking steps to reduce muscle soreness, …

The Half-Marathon Achieves Its Personal Best

The 13.1-Mile Race Attracts Record Numbers of Runners, Especially Female Athletes<p>The business plan wasn't promising: Take a storied running event, chop it off in the middle and give it a name like a second-rate movie sequel. Yet the half-marathon has become a star attraction on its own, racing past …

Marathons

You Can Run a Half-Marathon!

Training for a half-marathon burns calories, sculpts lean muscle, and turns you into an endurance machine<p>If you think runners are half crazy, you're right—they're crazy for half-marathons. And women are leading the pack: The number of people who've finished a half-marathon (13.1 miles) has more …

How to Train for a Half Marathon

Considering your first half marathon? Go ahead and sign up. These running tips will guide you straight to the finish line.<p>The half marathon can be the perfect distance: 13.1 miles is long enough to make you feel super accomplished but short enough to wrap your brain (and schedule) around. And yes,</i> …

Half-marathons hold special appeal to female runners

There's a good reason why half-marathons have become the most popular distance in America and why more women are showing up on the starting lines.<p>Actually, it's a "half" good reason:<p>"The half-marathon is a whole lot less wear and tear and a whole lot less time," says Jeff Galloway, a 1972 Olympian …

Marathons

10 Weeks to a Half-Marathon: Training Plan

Don't shy away from the challenge of running 13.1 miles: Our plan is guaranteed to get you to the glorious finish line<p>Whether you're a treadmill trotter or a road warrior, this training plan will get you across the finish line.<p>Designed by Kim Maxwell, a USA Track and Field coach and personal …

How to Train for a Half Marathon with a Run-Walk Program

Here's how to structure your walk breaks and build up to running continuously during your training.<p><i>Chrissy asks: I started running about a year ago and have been using your run-walk program for 5K and 10K races. I have two goals for this year: train and run a summer half marathon and one in fall,</i> …

Get Fit Fast! 12-Week Half Marathon Training Program

<i>This 12-week half marathon training program will help you cover 13.1 miles fitter and faster than ever.</i><p>Whether you’re a new runner, a savvy veteran …

How to Adjust Your Training Plan

Don't panic when you miss a week or two due to injury or unforseen circumstances.<p><b>Question:</b> I am training to run my first marathon and miscalculated my training weeks, putting me one week ahead. Should I just repeat the same week or continue my training which would have me start tapering one week …

3 Moves That Are Secretly Amazing for Your Abs

Bored with planks and all crunched out? Try these little known core exercises<p>When it comes to sculpting strong, tight abs, there's a lot more you can do other than planks, sit-ups, and crunches. Personal trainer Rachel Cosgrove, the genius creator of the <i>Women's Health</i> Spartacus 4.0 Workout in the</i> …

Running On Air: Breathing Technique

A revolutionary way to breathe can help you run better and sidestep injury.<p><i>This article was adapted from Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter, by Budd Coates, M.S., and Claire Kowalchik (Rodale, 2013). The book teaches how to use the principles and methods of</i> …

Four Ways to Enjoy Long Runs

They shouldn't be boring—and they don't have to be solitary.<p>Runners often havea love/hate relationship with the long run. We love the sense of accomplishment we feel when it’s over; we hate the anticipation of actually getting out there.<p>Yet it must be done: The long run is the keystone of any …

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Today was my first 10K of the year. This is a relatively new race here in Maine, on the coast in the town of Ellsworth. This race follows Route 1 …

FlipBelt Review and Discount Code!

As part of a #SweatPink and FitApproach Campaign, I was given the opportunity to review a FlipBelt! I was really excited about this because I have …