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Speed Workouts to Gauge Fitness

Measure your training progress for any distance race.

Every runner needs a "go-to" workout—an interval session, a goal-pace run, or other key workout to complete more than once during a training cycle. Whether you're prepping for a race or running to stay fit, doing the same workout regularly lets …


My Favorite First Novels to Read-Aloud with Kids

Reading aloud from novels is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy reading picture books, as well, but there is nothing like a good children’s …


How to Run Striders

This running drill improves your form and mechanics.

I'm training for a half-marathon and the schedule I'm following includes striders. I'm not certain I'm doing them correctly. Can you explain what they are and how to properly run them? Thank you. —Kevin

Hi, Kevin. A strider (a.k.a. a pick-up) is an …


16 Awesome New Books To Read This Spring

Spring into reading a new book.

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

God Help the Child is Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, and one of the most anticipated books this spring. A mother-daughter story at heart, …


Pope Francis: Christian humility is not masochism, but love Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus. That …


Einstein as a Jew and a Philosopher by Freeman Dyson

by Steven Gimbel

Yale University Press, 191 pp., $25.00

Why would anybody want to write another book about Albert Einstein? Why would anybody want to …

Albert Einstein

Magic Trick: How To Make Your Hydrangea Change Color

I'm not saying blue hydrangeas are necessarily better than pink ones. It's just that the particular color is so rare—"hydrangea blue" is not a hue that belongs to any other plant or any other anything in the world—that how could you not want a splotch of it growing against your picket fence?

And what …


'White privilege' is not something to feel guilty about. Here's what it does mean.

Does the idea of "white privilege" make you uncomfortable? Angry? Guilty? Attacked? I don't blame you.

It's a hard thing to get your head around, and …

Race & Ethnicity

Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

Gavin Munro doesn't just grow trees, he grows furniture. Making one piece of furniture can take decades using traditional methods, if you consider …


Gray Matters

Our fascination with the brain seems to come from a longing to make psychology more like a hard science and hence, we assume, more useful. Physics …

The Brain

25 Crazy Fun Marathons That Are Totally Worth Training For

Werk for that vacation.

Walt Disney World Marathon

Where: Orlando, FL
Early January
Course Info:
Great for beginners, though it gets a little hot.
Entry Fee:
Why it’s worth it:
Run the park ~where dreams come true~! You get to go through all four parks, and all your favorite characters are …


5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.

I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner but I think I am. I've been running for a long time but with no guidance or goals or plans as a stress reliever. But just recently I've decided to take it seriously so I've started myself on


The 100 Best Fitness Tips

A great tip is an awesome thing. Whether it's an undiscovered restaurant, a sleeper stock, or a Sure Thing in the late double at Pimlico, savvy inside info imbues a man with confidence. Control. Strength.

Knowledge is power, baby.

It's also the secret to a powerful body, as you're about to find out. …


Fix Lower Back Tightness by Mobilizing Your Hips

Fix Lower Back Tightness by Mobilizing Your Hips

If you use a foam roller to roll out your back if it feels tight, then you may only be working half …


These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.

All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.

We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

Ice Cream

How to Pace Your Next Marathon By Effort

Advice for seasoned runners looking to run by "feel" instead of GPS stats.

Thanks, Coach Jenny, for your terrific piece on how to pace by effort in a half or full marathon!

Can you offer more on how and when you modify your strategy for seasoned runners? Do you still suggest pacing by feel on race …


How to Improve Your Running Form from Head to Toe

Photo: Pond5

If you want to feel good while running faster and longer — and who doesn’t? — it’s all about making the most of every movement. Whether …


The future of loneliness

At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.” This erratically punctuated mantra sums up the web’s most …

The Future

The Difference Between Accuracy and Precision

As any good Internet commenter will know, accuracy and precision are two subtly different things. But how do they differ, and why is it …


A Few Words About Running from the Great Larry Bird

The basketball god and running fanatic talks to Runner's World.

At age 58, the Boston Celtics legend is now president of the Indiana Pacers and still a runner at heart. Here, he reveals his lifelong passion for the sport and the unique way he manages to get his run in four times a week.

I always ran …

Larry Bird

Sparks Fly in an Animated Tribute to Imagination

GIF by Becky Chung. All images courtesy the artist

A tiny speck of light emerges from the ocean and strives to become something greater in designer Clément Morin's short animated film, One Bright Dot. Originally, he imagined a story about a lonely light on a journey, but, lacking any plans, began to …


10 Marathon Day Mistakes

A marathon presents you with 26.2 miles of opportunity. Sidestep these common training and racing errors to have a great day.

Just hours after completing a recent marathon, I raised a bittersweet toast to a race I was already eager to forget. Training for it had cost me countless pancake breakfasts …


12 Things You Might Not Know About 'Where the Red Fern Grows'

Where the Red Fern Grows, Woodrow Wilson Rawls’s touching tale of a boy and his loyal hounds, has been captivating audiences since its publication in …


37 maps that explain the American Civil War

April 1865 was a momentous month in American history. On April 9, the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union forces of Ulysses …


10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Michelle Obama

Tomorrow when Michelle Obama and a corps of photogenic multicultural schoolchildren head out to the White House lawn to plant vegetable seedlings, they'll be kicking off the seventh growing season of a flourishing edible garden that once caused skeptics to roll their eyes. In 2009 when the First …


Killing the “In Cold Blood” killers: The secret remnants of a grisly execution

The men made famous by Truman Capote's masterpiece were executed 50 years ago tomorrow

Fifty years ago tomorrow, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, the two murderers made famous by Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” were hanged at the Kansas State Penitentiary.

Hickock and Smith had been convicted five …

Truman Capote

The 3 People I'd Like to Thank for Getting Me Where I am Today

The philosopher Meister Eckhart wrote, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'Thank You,' it will be enough." So I'd like to offer a prayer of gratitude to three people who have enriched and enlarged my life in the deepest, most profound ways. My life's search for peace and …


Hit the Dirt Running - Page 4

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Injuries are a concern for all runners—we love running, after all, and anything that …


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As you gain experience, signing up for a race can provide even greater motivation …