Jenn Merrill

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What Are the Right Walking and Running Speeds?

As fitness levels improve, you will need to walk or run faster and longer for continued fitness gains.<p><i>I will be turning 40 this year and I am overweight. I’m 5’7’ and weigh 195 lbs and I just started the Couch-to-5K program. I make sure I stretch before and after my work out. I do my regiment every</i> …

How to Choose an Ultrarunning Hydration Pack

And, how to pack it if you're tackling a long adventure race.<p><i>I’m training to run Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon and a few other 12+ hour adventure runs this year. Could you share tips on how to pack your gear and any ideas on packs for women? I followed your adventures on Facebook when you ran the</i> …

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> …

How Can I Relieve Toenail Pain After Running?

Keeping toenails short and unpainted can help them stay healthy.<p><i>I get painful toenails when I run they seem better after I cut them back but begin to hurt as they grow out again. I find it hard to cut them every day. Any ideas for me?<br>—Jenny</i><p>Dear Jenny,<p>This is a pretty common complaint among my …

Who Should Use a Run-Walk Program?

Here's how to determine whether a run-walk or continuous running program is right for you.<p>June is Marathon Month! I’ll be answering marathon training program questions all month long to help you get started on the right track this season.<p><i>I’ve signed up for a marathon training program in town for my</i> …

Breathing Tips for New Runners

How to breathe while running to avoid exhaustion and side stitches.<p><i>Hi! I'm a new runner and I'm experiencing a problem with controlling my breathing. Though I don't feel any soreness or pain in my legs, in about 200 meters, it gets incredibly hard to breathe. It feels like my lungs are resisting</i> …

Does Pronation Matter?

A comprehensive new study finds no difference in injury rates for different foot types.<p>In the relatively recent past, things were simple: your foot type was classified as overpronator, underpronator, or neutral, and you were supposed to get a running shoe designed for that foot type. If you got …

Is It Bad for Runners to Wear Flip-Flops?

There is not any data to suggest that wearing flip-flops is a problem.<p><i>Dear Sports Doc,</i><p><i>Can wearing flip-flops or other shoes without backs cause plantar fasciitis or other running injuries?</i><p><i>Thanks,</i><p><i>Anna</i><p>Dear Anna,<p>Flip-flops and shoes without backs will cause running injuries if you run in them and run …

Motivational Poster #53

Why are we sharing two posters in one week? Because we can. And because we love you.<p>Another Motivational Poster? So soon after the previous one?<p>Why not!<p>Share the love, people.

Three Reasons to Love Lactate

When you're fit, your body actually prefers lactate to glucose as a fuel.<p>2005: Argh, I hate the burn of lactic acid in my muscles after hard workouts!<p>2010: What's that you say? Lactic acid doesn't cause muscle soreness? And it's actually "lactate," not lactic acid, that accumulates during hard …

Hard Workouts Linked to Eating Fewer Calories

Appetite suppressed not just immediately after, but the rest of the day.<p>If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably heard that including harder runs in your training will help, because your metabolism will stay more revved up post-run than after an easy jog. A new small study suggests another …

Air Pollution Linked to Cancer, Heart Failure

Timing of run and route choice can help protect runners.<p>Two new studies published this week highlight the dangerous public health consequences of air pollution.<p>One study linked long-term pollutant exposure to lung cancer in Europe. The other found poor air quality contributed to heart failure …

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> …

Grow Anything: 18 Ways to Plant the Seeds for a Happier Life

Want to generate brain cells, cultivate friendships, strengthen your body, or just pick gorgeous roses in your own backyard? Read on to plant the …

5 Things That’ll Make You Happy From Around the Web

Sometimes all it takes is a change in mindset — no matter how small — to turn a crappy day into a good one. To help you shift into a happier gear, …

20 Ways to Find Joy in Every Day

Want to feel a little lighter, shine a little brighter and watch your mood go sky-high? That incomparable state that's one part inner peace, one part …

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What The Future Looked Like In 1900 -- 13 Fascinating Images

1 of 14<p>Crossing the sea and getting from one country to another has never been easier thanks to this railway and boat combination. Ferry your way …

Place Training: How to Get Your Dog to Want to Stop Roaming

Time for our young Cooper to learn the fundamentals of steadiness and stillness, patience and quietness. Place is a concept we teach early at Wildrose. This is where we teach a dog to tie out* quietly and stay calmly in a specific spot. These skills are the foundation for a dog that’s civil at …

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How to Keep Your Dog From Overheating

Summer months provide the opportunity to keep our dogs in shape, improve their skill levels, and, perhaps, rectify shortcomings identified in the field last season. But you should remember to use the cool, damp mornings and be careful of the summer heat. Exhaustion can be a killer.<p>Retrievers, …

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Buggin' Out: The Ultimate Camper

The Cricket<p>Behold the Cricket, summer's best new road-trip partner. Have a look inside.<p>Inside Space<p>With the top up, there’s nearly six and a half feet of clearance inside. With it down, the Cricket is six feet tall.<p>Sleeping Arrangements<p>The six-foot-long couch folds into a bed.<p>Storage Options<p>A …

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Bike-Touring Quebec's Coast

The Gaspé Peninsula has rolling coastal mountains, small seaside villages, and 510 miles of bike lanes lined with cyclist-friendly hotels (read: bike storage, on-site mechanics). Best of all, temperatures hover around 70 degrees—perfect for a weeklong tour.<p>Day 1: Mont-Joli to Causapscal<p>Fly with …

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9 Tips for Avoiding and Treating Tick Bites

If you live in Virginia or Maine (or somewhere in between), or in the Upper Midwest, especially Wisconsin or Minnesota, you’re in Lyme disease country. Infections also occur on the West Coast, primarily in Northern California. How to avoid getting hit with it this summer? Heed the advice of …

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How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

YouTube channel AsapScience has recorded what is possibly the most fun rendition of the periodic table set to music that anyone's ever heard.<p>In high …

12-Year-Old Willow Smith Causing Controversy With Mature Music Video 'Summer Fling'

Oh yeah, and she has a weird, fake British accent for no apparent reason.<p>The mature video has caused some backlash online. Here's what some are saying on Twitter:<p>Comments on the music video's YouTube page haven't been kind, either.<p>Bersy Asres writes: "Wtf is this?!? She's only like 10 and prancing …

Cruising to Bermuda

Considering a cruise? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, seasoned travelers seem to have strong opinions on the subject.<p>And there’s no denying the impact the industry has had on how families travel. Cruise lines have not only increased capacity by more than 2,000 percent since 1970, they’re working overtime to …

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2013

At the end of every quarter the Sifter will highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check …

Five Mind-Blowing Charts on the War on Pot

ACLU report reveals the stunning scope and costs of marijuana prohibition<p>Thanks to the citizens of Colorado and Washington, the tide is turning in …

Tips for Travel & Life: Let's Get Lost

"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves."<p>-Pico Iyer<p>Some bum, some hitch, some fly, some fall. Since 2004, I've been traveling small pieces of the world in an attempt to construct a whole. From hemisphere to hemisphere, I've made a life through travel-one …