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28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

I want to go to there.

Dreamy Photography by Weerapong Chaipuck

I've been making plans for a big trip through some nice places around the world, and it's always great to see some pictures to inspire me to go to …

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Study: Vibram FiveFingers Lead to Greater Risk of Foot Bone Injury

More evidence supporting a gradual transition to barefoot-style shoes.<p>In a 10-week study, 10 of 19 runners who transitioned to doing some of their mileage in Vibram FiveFingers showed signs of foot bone injury at the end of the study, compared to one of 17 runners who continued to do all of their …

Six Weight-Loss Myths Busted

If you want to lose weight, don't sabotage your diet with these common misconceptions.<p>After weeks of holiday indulgences, many runners are ready to start the New Year on a healthier foot, and often that means shedding pounds. But even the most health-savvy runners can get caught up in diet myths …

NYC Marathon Lottery Opens April 24

No details yet on how many slots will be available.<p>Lottery registration for the 2013 New York City Marathon will run from April 24 through May 24, but the number of slots available is unclear.<p>Race organizers New York Road Runners announced 2013 marathon registration logistics last night. …

The Most Popular Marathons in the U.S. Over Time

Five maps showing the growth of marathoning across the country over the past forty years.<p>Welcome to the first edition of Run the Numbers. We have some brilliant minds exploring data over in the Sweat Science and Peak Performance columns. This column isn’t going to be quite like those. Yes, it will …

Ryan Hall Out of Boston Marathon

Quad injury forces withdrawal from second consecutive marathon.<p>Ryan Hall has withdrawn from this year's Boston Marathon with a quad injury, the race's elite-field sponsor, John Hancock, announced this afternoon.<p>"Heart breaking to have to pull out of Boston," Hall tweeted about an hour after the …

Stack Your Hand

The right ingredients turn a humble sandwich into a nutrient-packed meal.<p>What's for lunch? For many time-strapped runners, the answer—at least a few days a week—is a sandwich. "If built correctly, they provide energizing carbs, protein to repair muscles, healthy fats for hormone production, and …

Get Over It

Too tired, stressed, or hungry to run? Here's how to overcome these common obstacles.<p>As much as you may love to run, there are still days when simply tying your shoes requires a marathon effort. Morning runners groan when the alarm buzzes; midday runners battle full in-boxes and growling stomachs; …

Run Faster with High Intensity Interval Training

Build power, speed, and fitness with fast efforts.<p>If you want to run fast, the saying goes, you've got to run fast. To stoke speed, most runners do traditional speedwork: aiming for near race pace over distances of 400 meters or more, with recovery periods equal to the length of the repeat (or …

Do Endurance Athletes Need Meat to Perform Well?

No, but make sure you're getting vitamins, minerals, and protein from other sources.<p><i>I am a collegiate runner who is considering switching from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet to a diet including white meats such as chicken and turkey breast. Fellow runners and trainers have told me doing so would</i> …

When Is It Too Hot to Run?

The Tel Aviv Marathon was canceled due to heat and heat-related injuries at half.<p><i>Dr. Roberts,</i><p><i>I read that the Tel Aviv Marathon was cancelled for heat reasons, but they held the half marathon anyway. The news reports said that one runner died and 20 or 30 required hospital care. I thought the</i> …

Use Beer to Punch Up Cheese Dip

This cheddar-packed dip is lighter than you might expect.<p>Feeling worn out this week? Perhaps last weekend—with its abundance of both St. Patrick's Day celebrations and racing opportunities—is to blame.<p>Perhaps you had a few beers on Saturday night, then accepted another from a crowd of revelers …

Better Burgers

How to grill up a tasty, guilt-free recovery meal.<p>Many if not most runners love a juicy burger, and with the right ingredients you can assemble one with the nutrients you need for recovery. Start with a protein-packed patty, which will repair muscles. Then assemble your burger, loading a …

Learning to Run Farther Than Seemed Possible

You will go farther than ever, and then you'll have to run home.<p>The small stretch of road I've been running on for the last five years is ideal in lots of ways. It's not too flat, so it rarely gets boring. The hills are abrupt and brief and look much worse than they feel—good for bragging rights …

Go Short

Drop down in distance to ramp up speed and power.<p>Water flows downhill, and runners move up in distance—these are, or seem to be, immutable laws of nature. But to run your best, you sometimes have to counter your instinct. That's why top pros, whether they're milers or marathoners, spend time each …

11 Foods You Need for a Healthy Immune System

Ramp up your diet for a healthy immune system.<p>In the dark and cold winter months (snow or not!), give your immune system a boost with these foods so you have fewer sick days and more run days.<p><b>Living Foods</b><br>A healthy gut is your strongest ally when it comes to fending off viruses and the not-so-good …

Study: Rivalry Can Boost Performance

“I’ll show you” now a scientifically supported race strategy.<p>It’s not often a scientific investigation recalls a great moment in running history, but a new study in the <i>Journal of Experimental Social Psychology</i> validates what was likely part of what propelled Sebastian Coe to victory in the 1984 …

RunnersWorld.com Visitors by State

Which states are visiting our site the most?<p>This column won't always be maps, I promise. But, this week, it's more maps. Before you complain, remember that you're the ones who asked for them...<p>After publishing the breakdown of <i>Runner's World</i> readers by state, we received a number of comments—both on …

A Better Blend

Nutritious, flavorful ingredients lift the postrun smoothie to healthier heights.<p>After a long or hard run, the last thing you may feel like doing is eating a big meal, particularly if your workout left you queasy. But you need to refuel, preferably within 30 minutes, so you can recover. That …

Why Can't I Defer My Entry?

Here's why not all races will allow deferrals or bib transfers.<p><i>Why are more and more marathons not allowing deferments? Registration is always way in advance, and training is several months long. A lot of things can happen between registration and race day. Twice this year, I registered for a</i> …

How to Avoid Weight Gain While Injured

If you can't run as much as usual, you need to change your eating habits.<p>My training for Boston to Big Sur has been derailed by an alarming case of plantar fasciitis—an injury I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The only mileage I’ve been accruing as of late has been on the elliptical machine, and …

What Happens When Balance is Challenged on the Run

What body parts are most affected?<p>With spring here, a lot more of us will be doing some of our miles on trails. That's great aesthetically, but sometimes not so great in the staying-upright department. With uneven surfaces, hidden obstacles and sudden directional changes, trails can present a …

Marine Corps Marathon Registration Opens at Noon Eastern

Field filled in two hours and 41 minutes last year.<p>Registration for this year's Marine Corps Marathon opens at noon Eastern today. If things go as they did last year, you'll want to have done some registration speed work to ensure you make the cut.<p>Last year, the race filled its open-registration …

The Force is Strong With This One

Star Wars Stormtrooper caught reading Runner's World.<p>Who knew we sent <i>Runner's World</i> to the Death Star? (Or that Stormtroopers are runners for that matter!)<p>Facebook fan Philip Wilson posted a photo of himself donning the distinctive white uniform (above) on our wall. Here's what he had to say about …

Is Paula Radcliffe's Career Over?

World record holder has barely run since August foot surgery.<p>Paula Radcliffe, Britain’s world record holder in the marathon (2:15:25), is acknowledging that she may never race again at an elite level. Continuing struggles with her left foot, which was operated on in August, have left her unable to …

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