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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> …

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 …

Knee Strength Workout

Use these seven exercises to strengthen your hips and bring relief to your knees.

The Long Run: Eating On The Run

<i>How much is too much? Or not enough?</i><p>As avid runners, most of us know that we should ingest carbohydrates when we complete training runs longer than …

5 Reasons Why Every Runner Should Cross-Train

1. Fewer Injuries<p>Many overuse injuries are caused by instability in the hips, knees, and ankles resulting from inadequate strength in important …

The 10 Best Carbohydrate Sources For Runners

1. Bananas<p>Because they are easy to eat and digest and are loaded with fast-acting carbohydrates (one large banana provides 31 grams of carbs), …

Five Reasons to Run Trails

Trail-running inspires fun workouts for newbies, road racers, and the injury-prone.<p>Pretty much any time of year (maybe besides during a harsh winter) is an ideal time to get outside and hit the trails. And there are as many reasons to go off-road as there are places to run.<p>"I find that I recover a …

Kid Tested, Triathlete Approved: Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars

Many triathletes are juggling their training with full time jobs and families so when it comes to fueling your body properly and feeding those …

How To Rehab A Sprained Ankle

<i>Here’s how to treat and rehab a sprained ankle—and make sure it doesn’t happen again.</i><p>With the fall upon us, runners are out and about on their …

Tossing And Turning: Runners And Sleeping Issues

<i>Learn what you can do to get the right amount of sleep you need to recover and feel rested.</i><p>Sleep. Almost all runners could use more of it, but very …

5 Post-Race Standing Stretches Every Runner Should Do

Do these 5 moves right after your race to jumpstart recovery and reduce soreness.<p>After an exhausting run or race, you might be tempted to sit or lie down.<p>But getting off your feet too soon could cause muscles and tendons to tighten up, says Chris Ramsey, D.P.T., O.C.S., a physical therapist and …

Run Faster (Without All the Work)

Sure, you need to do long runs, tempo sessions, and hill repeats to get stronger. But you don't always have to break a sweat in your quest to set a new PR or shave a few seconds off your daily loop. Make this to-do list part of your daily routine.<p><b>DO THIS In the Morning</b><p><b>Set Your Alarm</b><br>Embrace your …

How Should I Breathe When I Run?

<i>If you’re not focused on how you breathe while running, you should be.</i><p>When we head out for a run, there are plenty of things to think about: how our …

The Long Run

<i>Ultrarunning champion Scott Jurek shares the lessons he’s learned through the years.</i><p>I think of this while running through mountains, deserts and …

How to Get Better Sleep as a Runner

Catching more quality Z’s can make you a stronger, better runner.<p><i>Status Update: Late night last night. Still managed to get up at 4, knock out an 18-miler, and get the kids to school on time.</i><p><i>Status Update: Didn’t get enough sleep this week. Stayed in bed for an extra hour and skipped my run.</i><p>Let’s …

The Six Best Exercises for New Runners

No gym? No problem! These six bodyweight exercises will make you a stronger, less injury-prone runner.<p>We get it. You like to run, not spend hours in a gym. But strength training will help you run your best. The following exercises will help you build strong, powerful, and injury-resistant muscles …

Top 10 Running Gear Picks for Spring-Summer 2014

The New Rules of Hiking

Dominate the trails year-round with these seasonal backpacking tips<p>Even if you know the fundamentals of backpacking, hiking in the summer can be drastically different than hiking in the winter. Stay prepared 365 days a year with these tips from National Park employees and the top outdoor</b> …