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A record-setting ultrarunner says the thing people don't get about 100-mile races is the role of the brain

At mile 90.5 of the 2013 Desert Solstice race in Phoenix, Arizona, Zach Bitter knew he was on track to set the American record for a 100-mile race, but he knew he was pushing his body to the limit. He'd run four hours around a track going one direction, four hours around that same track going the …

The Brain

Your internal monologue during a workout determines success: study

If you exercised outdoors this summer, there’s a good chance you cursed the record-breaking heat – and in doing so, you made it feel worse.<p>According to a new study from environmental physiologists at Brock University, the internal monologue running through your head as you struggle through a …

Exercise

5-Minute Expert Guide to Running in Humid Weather

Summer is here, and runners everywhere are sweating buckets. But just because the heat is on doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to skip runs or stay …

Weather

Learn to Run a Fast Mile With This Training Plan

If you’re bored with running down long stretches of road, here’s your chance to add some variety by taking your running to the track. Nike’s latest …

Fitness

Hill Workouts For Every Distance Runner

How do you know what hill workouts are best for your distance? Now that I’ve convinced you that running hills is beneficial for all runners, learn …

The Iron-Rich Diet Secret of Ethiopian Runners

<i>Eating teff, an iron-rich grain found in Africa, can boost iron levels—and athletic performance.</i><p>Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient …

Diets

Every Single Trail in California, on One Map

Americans love hiking. In 2015, 38.7 million of us spent time hiking and backpacking off the beaten path. And from the Pacific Crest Trail to the …

Maps

Race Your Best with Periodized Training

<i>Life and running are in many ways analogous. If you want to succeed in life, you need to pursue goals with an intelligent game plan made up of clear</i> …

Fitness

Elite Insights: 10 Pieces of Awesome Advice From Top Runners

Photo Gallery 1 of {count} Back to Start • View Larger Image Meb Keflezighi on what it takes to be successful"No matter how fast you are, it all comes …

Marathons

Best Ways To Run With Dogs Tips For Running With Your Dog

Runners always show enthusiasm when it comes to getting up in the morning and go for a jog. And, when a runner has a dog, a dog’s walk session …

How Running Can Help Jog Your Memory

Wish you were better at remembering people’s names or could call up random sports facts from your memory during trivia nights at the bar? Keep up …

Fitness

If You Want to Remember This, Go for a Run 4 Hours From Now

For lots of different reasons — like that you sit at your desk all day or that the psychological discourse has a sneakily pervasive insistence that …

The Brain
Exercise

How Exercise May Help the Brain Grow Stronger

Physical activity is good for our brains. A wealth of science supports that idea. But precisely how exercise alters and improves the brain remains somewhat mysterious.<p>A new study with mice fills in one piece of that puzzle. It shows that, in rodents at least, strenuous exercise seems to …

The Strength of a Runner

The strength of a runner comes from within. There are no external resources or shortcuts that will make your training easier or guarantee faster finishing times. Runners understand that easy running is really just a term for controlled effort and that it only comes after hundreds or thousands of …

Train Your Brain

Krissy Moehl April 18, 2016 LIKE TWEET COMMENTS 2<p>How to address the mental challenges of an ultra, from training to racing<p>Training for an ultra is …

Why Runners Shouldn't Avoid Hilly Races

This is the most creative way to spice up a workout and keep it current with the games.<p>What better way is there to celebrate National Watermelon …

Fitness

How Runners Can Work on Landing Softly

Photo: Alice Peters DiffelyLand softly while running. It’s sound advice. And certainly not new.But how do you put it into practice? To answer that …

Fitness

Is There A “Correct” Way To Arm Swing?

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.orgPhoto: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.orgHow you swing your arms while running hopefully comes as second nature—which …

Triathlons

Science of Running: How to Run Right

<i>A good running style does not guarantee great running performances, but poor running style certainly sabotages them. Every runner should understand</i> …

Science

Using the Pacing Project to Set a Half Marathon Personal Record

Friday, May 6, 2016 | By Dave Schell<p>Ask anyone and they will tell you that pacing in running events is key. If you go out too hard in the beginning …

Marathons

On Running Alone

One woman who used to train with a group explains why she loves training solo now.<p>By Charlene Ragsdale Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:39 am<p>We've heard it over and over. The benefits of running with a partner or a group: You receive support, education, and encouragement. Without a doubt, all that is …

Fitness
Running

The Achiness Of The Long Distance Runner

<i>This is Strength in Numbers, a new column exploring the science of sports and athleticism. As this feature takes shape, I welcome your feedback,</i> …

Fitness

Research Finds The Secret to Running Longer, Faster

If you're training for a race and have been totally avoiding high-intensity training to save your energy for running, well, you're doing it wrong. …

How The Mountains Changed The Way I Run

Grant runs on the broadway traverse during an ascent of Longs Peak via Kiener’s route. Photo: Fredrik Marmsater <i><br>An elite trail runner explains how the</i> …

Mountains

Getting Better With Age

David Roche January 01, 2016 LIKE TWEET COMMENTS 27<p>Maximize your masters years with these five tips<p>Just like wine, runners have a peak where …

The Best Marathon Playlist Ever - Women's Running

This month's playlist is full of a variety of workout songs, keeping you on your toes and jamming to the top hits during your workout.<p>With the big …

Women's Fitness

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 …