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Is Overdistance Training Beneficial For Runners?

Photo: Shutterstock.comIs it wise to push yourself further in training than you need to go on race day? In other words, is there any benefit to …

Marathons

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

Bertrand Russell

12 psychological tricks to winning people over

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Body Language

Fartlek Workouts to Elevate Your Fitness

With longer days, distance runners are resetting their goals and ramping up their training accordingly. Most runners begin their training with a base …

Can Strength Training (Really) Make You a Faster Runner?

Much has been written about strength training for runners—with articles describing every kind of exercise from lunges while holding dumbbells and …

One huge mistake people make when renting cars

There are plenty of reasons to rent a car, from leaving an unreliable car behind on a vacation to getting around a business trip. There is a real hidden danger when renting a car that you may not even realize. And this one action on your part could put you and your family at substantial risk.<p>Rental …

Gear & Gadgets

Tips for Surviving a Mountain Bike Stage Race

Amateur and pro riders at the 2015 Trans-Sylvania Epic share their secrets to making it through a week on the bike in one piece<p>A weeklong stage race of any kind is tough, but mountain bike events can be especially hard on your bike and body. That’s why the athletes who compete in the seven-day …

5 HIIT Moves Anyone Can Do at Home

High-Intensity Interval Training is currently one of the biggest fads in fitness, and, according to personal trainer Ingrid Nelson, that's because it …

Washington D.C.

Five novels every runner should read

Whether we run to escape, to create memories, or to ritualise masochism, being a similarly solitary medium, the intimacy of the novel is perhaps the best way to capture the runner’s psyche<p>Why do we run? In his book on the subject<i>,</i> Mark Rowlands complains that most books about running reframe this …

The REAL Best Foods for Runners

Use these "super foods" to power you through your next race.<p>Readers, when it comes to sports nutrition, I may not have the "right" background. I don't hold a "fancy degree," or have even a "rudimentary grasp" of things like "carbs and protein and fat." I'm not "certain" how glycogen is "pronounced."<p>…

5 Secrets to Mastering Conflict

How you handle conflict determines the amount of trust, respect, and connection you have with your colleagues.<p>Between the two of us, Joseph Grenny (bio below) and I have spent 50 years studying what makes people successful at work. A persistent finding is that your ability to handle moments of …

Emotional Intelligence

Twice a Day Workouts for Marathon Training

As a runner first and a triathlete second, I am attuned to the differences between the two sports. One difference is that many recreational …

Exercise

How to find the perfect training plan

It’s a little like shopping for cereal at the supermarket — there are a myriad of options.<p>The goal is to find a plan that works for you. Consider …

Marathons

The runner's Netflix list

We’re not ALWAYS working out. When you’re not on the run, it’s time to kick back and when you do, watching Netflix is likely one of the go-to …

Take your own VO2-max test

Maximum aerobic capacity, known as VO2 max, is one of the key metrics for fitness. It shows how efficiently your body uses oxygen during …

Exercise

How To Run Hills And Boost Your Endurance

So you'd like to take up running, but you live on a mountain. Or maybe you already jog in a nice flat place, but want to tackle some trails or a …

Marathons

Strength workouts may yield significant improvement in 5K times

A new study adds to existing evidence that strength training can improve your 5K time. This one, however, provides an important new point: you’d …

Exercise

Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s

Christian psychologist: ‘God has a way to reach them’ In the Gospels, Jesus recognizes people the religious elites fail to see. Consequently, we can …

Alzheimer's Disease

Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel during Alzheimer’s Disease

Charles is 78 years old and there is much he cannot remember. He cannot remember the names of his children, why he lives in a nursing home, or even …

The Best Core Exercise For Proper Running Form | Competitor.com

In this video, we talk with international movement coach Carl Paoli, author of the forthcoming book “Freestyle: Maximize Sport and Life Performance …

2 Simple Strength Circuits for Busy Triathletes

Don't let complicated moves confuse you. Memorize these two simple routines for a strength workout anywhere.<p><i>by Rick Kattouf</i><p>Strength training for …

Runners, You Need to Do These 4 Exercises That Prevent Knee Pain - Women's Running

<i>*Courtesy of POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>When you ramp up mileage too fast or are new to running, you can be hit with the dreaded runner’s knee, or pain and …

Pain

Why You Need Hills In Your Running Routine

Once you understand the benefits, beginning to run inclinces will make you stronger.<p><i>I'm new to running, so I'm reading as much as I can about training. Running hills is mentioned pretty often. Why is it important to include hills, and how do I incorporate them into my weekly training?</i><p><i>Mike</i><p>Dear …

Get Off Your Ass With Out-of-the-Saddle Intervals

How to train for explosive, standing power<p>Sometimes you just need to stand up midride to give—ahem—"fleshy bits" a break. But beyond restoring blood flow, there are performance advantages to letting your butt take five. Getting out of the saddle shifts your weight farther forward over the pedals, …

Learn To Lean And Fly Through Corners | Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Views:<p>5<p>Get your lean on and fly through flat corners with these tips.

Mountain Biking

The 4 Toughest Sprint Workouts You Can Do

Take your workouts outside the gym and still get huge gains<p>While the super-lean physique of an elite distance runner might not be your goal, just about anyone interested in fitness can benefit from adding sprinting workouts to their fitness plan.<p>And if you’re short on time, serious sprint sessions …

The Best Way to Run and Race Hills

Follow these three rules to find success on routes with many ups and downs.<p>If you want to run and race hills well, it all comes down to doing three things:<p><b>1. Running by effort rather than pace.</b><p>I coach my runners to train and race in three simple zones. The Yellow Zone is the one where you can …