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Seven Habits Of Highly Awesome Middle School Runners

We’re trotting along, arms uptight and locked, kneecaps clanking, when one of the sixth-grade harriers pulled up short. In this group, sudden …

Middle School

Challenge The Way You Think With These Philosophical Books

Do you tend to read books by authors who think like you do? While scientists have found that any kind of reading can provide beneficial stimulation …


5 Expert Tips for Proper Running Form

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There’s more to knowing how to run than simply lacing up your sneakers, hitting the road and doing what feels natural. Research shows …


6 Modern Homes for Surfers

Much like modern design, surfing was once at the periphery of American popular culture. Thankfully, both gradually moved into the mainstream and even surfers have embraced modern materials and design in their surfboards. These oceanic athletes' enthusiasm for catching waves matches their love for …


The Sex-Starved Relationship



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How to Improve Your Running Cadence

One of running's greatest charms is its simplicity. It requires very little equipment, no fields or courts, and is fairly easy to step out the door …


Ten of the best mobile puzzle games

To deal with the sickly sweet elephant in the room: no, Candy Crush Saga isn’t included. Not for reasons of snobbery, but rather because surely anyone with an interest in playing puzzle games on their phone will know about it by now.

Candy Crush Saga’s popularity shows the appetite for small-screen …


The 3 Stretches Runners Should Do Every Day

What it stretches: sides of the hips and hip flexors

How to do it:

Come into a lunge position with the right foot forward and the left leg extended …


Here's What Runners Think About While Running

The late comedian George Carlin once wrote that you never see a smiling runner. Blissed-out veterans of the Color Run craze may beg to differ, but Carlin’s observation is corroborated somewhat by the findings of a study that was published this summer, entitled “Think aloud: an examination of …


Headphones for Running

Headphones especially designed for running aren't just made for runners but also for people who indulge in longer and tougher workouts fitting in …


Why Americans Need to Rethink Family Time

The coolest set of wheels I've ever owned was the Huffy bike I got in second grade. It had a sparkly banana seat and high handlebars with streamers that spun wildly as I rode. And ride I did, every day, for miles around our neighborhood. If I wasn't riding my bike, I'd be running wild with a group …


The Power of a Fear-Based Fitness Plan

Have you ever committed to something you weren’t sure you could do and then found yourself in the best shape of your life the week before that …


One-Hour Workout: Six-Mile Run With Tempo Intervals

Every Tuesday we’ll feature a different coach’s workout you can complete in 60 minutes (or less!).

This week’s run workout comes from coach Katie …


Watch Bill Murray Tell A Joke For The Pope

We can’t get enough of Bill Murray these days. It seems like the beloved actor has only become an even more lovable pop culture figure in the past …

Bill Murray

Why You Don’t Need to Train Faster to Run Faster

Sensational headline, I know. It likely belongs on the cover of a magazine being sold at the checkout line at a grocery store, but bear with me …


10 Books on Slavery That Every African American Should Read

It is imperative that people understand the past if they are to deal with the present. The tragic Charleston happenings made this all too clear when …

3 ways running makes your lungs work better

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Chances are when you started running you found yourself out of breath, but over time it became easier to sync your breathing with your …


How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis

David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment

In 2006, i was 50—and I was falling apart.

Until then, I had always known exactly who I was: an exceptionally fortunate and happy woman, full of irrational exuberance and everyday joy.

I knew who I was …


7 Ways to Become a Better Trail Runner

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As with anything in running and life, practice makes perfect. The more time you spend on the trails, the more adept you will become …

Trail Running

Get Those Legs Up

Elevating your lower body after a hard run can keep you from passing out.

Ed asks: I saw high school cross-country runners lying on the ground after a practice with their feet propped up on a tree. Is there any merit to doing this?

That group of runners has learned either from their coach or from …


WATCH: Stephen Colbert, Lifelong Catholic, on Hearing a Female Priest Celebrate the Eucharist

Much like Pope Francis, the great love Stephen Colbert has for the Catholic Church does not preclude a thoughtful, creative examination of Catholic …

Stephen Colbert

Google Maps Eerily Predicts How Climate Change Will Alter California's Coast

Ever wonder what the California coast would look like after a tiny temperature rise? Even just 2 degrees Celsius? On Friday, Google Maps showcased …

Google Maps

The amazing science behind fatal snake bites

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Snake venom is deadly, with as many as 100,000 people worldwide dying each year from snake bites.

The World Health Organization has added 'snakebite' to its list of neglected tropical diseases, but what is the real scale of the problem it faces against such a …


5 Common Aches From the First Week of Cross Country

Are you hurting after the first few days of training? Here’s how to keep pains from developing into injuries.

You’ve started training hard for cross country and you hurt all over. It's a common occurrence, but it can cause worry. You start to ask questions: Is this pain normal? Am I going to hurt …


America's dark and not-very-distant history of hating Catholics

Congress and the United Nations rolling out their red carpets, nuns working overtime to bake communion hosts, prison inmates carving a walnut throne, tickets for events snapped up in seconds: America is gearing up for pope-mania.

Pope Francis is expected to be greeted with huge crowds and …

American History

Stephen Colbert Opens Up About His Devout Christian Faith, Islam, Pope Francis, and More

In a surprisingly candid interview, the new Late Show host discussed the role his faith plays in his comedy, Charlie Hebdo, and what he’d ask Pope Francis.

Just when you thought you knew Stephen Colbert, the newly appointed king of late-night comedy is about to offer a surprising look into his very …


10 Ways to Beat Boredom on Your Run

Dealing with lulls on the road? Try these workout suggestions to engage your mind and body.

Jack asks: I just started running a few months ago, and my biggest problem has been boredom. Any suggestions for dealing with that? Do you have workout suggestions for beginners?

To fight boredom, engage your …


Why Runners Get Slower With Age (and How Strength Training May Help)

Young runners are different than you and me. They have more speed. And to achieve that swiftness, they use certain leg muscles quite differently than runners past age 50 do, according to a new study of runners’ strides at different ages. The study also intimates that many of us might be able to …


3 Reasons Runners Should Perform Core Workouts

Strength Exercises Improve Your Running Economy

Not only does core work strengthen your body and prevent injuries, but it also helps improve your …


Fartleks are the wind at my back

If you took a poll on the street 95 percent of people, once they stopped snickering, would have no idea what a fartlek is, running coach Ann Alyanak told me when I asked her where they’d been all my life.

Alyanak is part of the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project based in Arizona. An elite runner herself, she …