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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Marathons

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 …

Nutrition

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 …

Adventure Travel

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> …

Triathlons

Elite Insights: 10 Pieces of Awesome Advice From Top Runners

Meb Keflezighi on what it takes to be successful<p>"No matter how fast you are, it all comes down to commitment, hard work, perseverance and passion. If …

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 …

The Brain

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 Only 4 Strength-Training Exercises You Really Need

You can do these strength moves any time, at any fitness level.<p>I do my best to run 5 to 6 times a week, but there are days when I simply cannot pull myself out of bed in time to sweat before work, or when I’m traveling and my normal routine is thrown off track. Instead of completely scrapping my …

Fitness

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 Brain

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 …

Mahatma Gandhi

Why Runners Shouldn't Avoid Hilly Races

I am not a fan of hills. I try to avoid hilly races. If someone describes a race as ‘kinda hilly’ or ‘challenging’ or in any way alludes to a ‘killer …

Marathons

How Runners Can Work on Landing Softly

Land softly while running. It’s sound advice. And certainly not new.<p>But how do you put it into practice? To answer that question, three experts …

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

Read More<p>3<p>Xiaomi Mi MIX 2: What’s Inside The Box<p>Editor's Pick<p>Xiaomi Mi MIX 2: What’s Inside The Box<p>Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist Terrorist …

Using the Pacing Project to Set a Half Marathon Personal Record

Ask anyone and they will tell you that pacing in running events is key. If you go out too hard in the beginning it is likely to cost you later in the …

On Running Alone

One woman who used to train with a group explains why she loves training solo now.<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 true. I used to run with a running club and even spent …

Triathlons

Make A High Stride Rate Work For You

Running speed is a function of two very simple things: the length of your running stride and the frequency at which you take those strides. To go …

Triathlons

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> …

Marathons

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> …

Colorado

Getting Better With Age

Just like wine, runners have a peak where potential meets preparation. The peak varies and can even be stretched out over years or decades, but, at …

Marathons

The Best Marathon Playlist Ever - Women's Running

Tell us if this has ever happened to you—right in the middle of a big race, the same song keeps repeating over and over in your head. It could be an …

Marathons