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Training advice - The Running Bug

Noisli

Noisli is a beautifully designed app that generates background noise and color for working and relaxing. The minimal app follows the success of the …

Handy

Interview with Beer Mile World Record Holder

James Nielsen ran a 4:57.1 beer mile on April 27.<p>James Nielsen, of Novato, California, boasts some impressive running credentials. At the University of California San Diego, the 34-year-old Bay Area native and father of two was a two-time NCAA champion in the 5,000 meters. In 2007, he won the …

Salt Skateboards

Modern skateboarding as we know it came from surfing — after the waves went out, surfers would carve the asphalt just trying to pass the time — so it …

Extreme Sports

5 Drinking Games of Yore

Who knew drinking games had such a long and sozzled history? The following are just a few of the stranger games we stumbled into while trying to …

A Giant Map of Where to Drink in New York

<i>[click to enlarge, or see a super huge version here]</i><p>Display the splendor of New York City's imbibing options on your wall with Pop Chart Lab's latest …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

How to Survive Falling Through the Ice: An Illustrated Guide | The Art of Manliness

If you live in a place where snowy and icy winters are the norm, you know the dangers of falling through the ice. And this guide is especially …

Gopole Reach

The GoPole Reach lets you take your GoPro footage to another level, the telescoping extension pole allows you to capture unique angles of yourself in …

Fitbit Force

If you're considering upgrading your Fitbit Flex, then you owe it to yourself to check out the updated Fitbit Force ($130), the company's newest …

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Bourbon

The fall season marks the return of one of the most anticipated bourbon collections, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection ($70 each). Again this …

Bourbon Whiskey

Feit Hiker Boots

Even if your weekend plans involve plenty of time spent walking trails, splitting wood, and lounging around a campfire, you still don't need to …

Shoes

Jawbone UP24

Following a small snafu with the original, Jawbone is back with a completely new wearable physical activity monitor, and it's called the Jawbone UP24 …

iOS Apps

Beats Studio Wireless Headphones

In the past Dre's Beats headphones have been derided for their somewhat juvenile appearance, and for being the sort best meant for music with a lot …

Headphones

Nike+ FuelBand SE Rose Gold

If you're in the market for a fitness tracker, but aren't wild about the idea of a cheap-looking piece of plastic adorning your wrist at all times, …

Rose Gold

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon

If you've ever wondered what maple syrup would taste like with some bourbon in it, Knob Creek Smoked Maple ($35) might be right up your alley. The …

Bourbon Whiskey

Norquay Canoe Paddles

Whether you hang them in your urban apartment, or in your lakeside escape, Norquay Canoe Paddles ($200) flawlessly combine form and function, lending …

Travel

Garb: Back To Basics

As trends come and go, build a modern wardrobe around some pieces that will persist.<p>Gustin Selvedge Jeans ($81-$99). Gustin Japan Oxford Shirt ($69). …

Clothing

Shark Deterrent Wetsuits

Avoid becoming another cautionary tale on the next <i>Shark Week</i> with Shark Deterrent Wetsuits ($450). While sharks have pretty sophisticated senses for …

Fish

Coal x Otter Wax Thomson SE Cap

Keep a cool, dry head outdoors whether working or playing with the Coal x Otter Wax Thomson SE Cap ($40). This cap comes in a seven-panel silhouette …

Coal

Squirrel Wingsuits

You know that dream where you're flying across the sky, soaring effortlessly without the aid of a vehicle? Fortunately, it doesn't have to be a …

Garb: Concrete Waves

Kick and push your way to the beach a few more times before the summer sun disappears.<p>Converse Hudson's Bay Company Jack Purcell Sneaker ($145). Gold …

Clothing

Natural Log Skateboards

Stand out from the rest of the crowd at the skate park — or on your route to work — with one of these Natural Log Skateboards ($100-$200). Made from …

Sustainability

Is High Volume Training Worth the Risk?

A high school cross country runner, prone to stress fractures, asks for pros and cons.<p><i>Hey,</i><p><i>I'm about to begin my summer base training and have about 16 weeks to get from the 20-35 mile range to the 70-85 mile range before my senior XC season. I trust my coach, but had a pretty bad stress fracture</i> …

Marathons

When and Why to Swish-n-Spit Your Sports Drink

New research shows the longer the drink stays in your mouth, the bigger the boost.<p>People still have trouble believing it, but the research has been out there for nine years now: swishing a sports drink in your mouth and then spitting it out boosts performance in endurance events lasting longer than …

How to Wash Your Teeth

<i>From the August 2013 issue</i><p><b>Unless you're exceedingly</b> meticulous in your mouth care, chances are you've never even looked at an oral irrigator. The little hose used to clean between your teeth and around and under your gums probably seems like just another tool for the 60-plus crowd that you walk by …

How Can I Train to Run in Minimalist Shoes?

The key is strengthening your feet and ankles.<p><i>I just got my first pair of minimalist running shoes and I'm afraid I overdid it (despite the warnings I received from the kind running store!). My calves are killing me.</i><p><i>Do you have some suggestions for strength training that can speed up my</i> …

Running