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Running Doc on why stretching is the key to good Achilles health

<b>Dear Running Doc:</b><p><b>I’m 48 years old and been running since I was 6. My Achilles tendon had begun to ache just a little last week and I went to see my</b> …

Exercise

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance

New research suggests that even weekend athletes can dramatically extend their physical and psychological limits<p>For the Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdič, the unlikely key to Olympic glory was misdiagnosis.<p>While warming up for her first race at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Ms. …

Swimming

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marathoners

<b>If you want to run your best 26.2 this fall, you’ll need to do more than log miles and complete key workouts. These strategies will help you set appropriate goals, persevere when the going gets tough, and create a mind-set that’s primed for success.</b><p>The secrets to a breakthrough race may lie in …

Marathons

5 Hydration Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Before your next sweltering run, make these small changes to avoid being sidelined.<p>Staying hydrated is more complicated than just drinking water, especially during those summer months. Avoid these hydration pitfalls with a few small changes in your fueling strategy.<p><b>You Don’t Drink Enough Water</b> …

Nutrition

Knees, stretching and heel-striking: three running myths debunked

How to avoid injury, reduce muscle soreness and improve your fitness<p><b>You’ll wreck your knees</b><p>You can see the logic. For every stride a runner takes, pounding the pavement, it is the poor old knees soaking up the impact, destroying that cartilage, bit by bit, until he or she is a dead cert for …

Exercise

How to Run a Marathon: Jared Ward’s Top Five Tips

In his fourth serious attempt at the distance, the 27-year-old earned a spot on the Olympic team bound for Rio.<p>As an Olympian, statistician, and student of the sport, Jared Ward has put a lot of time and research into his marathon career. Here are five successful strategies he has derived from both …

Marathons

What You Need To Know During That Two-Week Boston Taper

<b>Shared with permission from Competitor.com</b><p>Let’s get ready to race! The last two weeks before Boston are a time to let the body and mind freshen up. …

Marathons

The Importance of Building a Running Base

If you have even the most basic knowledge about running, you probably know heading out for a 20-mile run would be nearly impossible if you haven't …

Marathons

Are Tart Cherries the New Running Recovery Food?

Tart cherries have been getting a lot of buzz in the running world lately for their supposed recovery properties, but is there any proof behind the …

Where runners go wrong

As evidence has mounted that distance running is not just a natural human activity enjoyed by millions, but one that played a key role in evolution, …

Life-long endurance running is associated with reduced glycation and mechanical stress in connective tissue.

2014;36(4):9665. doi: 10.1007/s11357-014-9665-9. Epub 2014 Jul 5.<p>1Institute of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery M, Bispebjerg …

Exercise

Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running.

2010 Dec;20(6):843-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2009.01005.x.<p>1School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, …

Muscle

5 Things Runners Should Never Do After a Marathon

You just ran 26.2 miles, and sweet victory has washed over you.<p>Maybe you beat your old PR or maybe you had to walk a few times. At this point you …

Marathons

The 9 Career Hacks of Successful Marathon Runners

Marathon running is one of the most demanding sports in the world. That is why many highly successful people enjoy the sport. Ever wonder about the …

A Scientific Solution to (Finally) Stop Muscle Cramps

You’d think that after completing 13 Ironman Triathlons, running across the country in 14 days as part of a nine-member relay team, and clocking a sub-three-hour marathon, Casey Boren would have his training and race-day nutrition and hydration strategy dialed. But throughout his endurance-sports …

Marathons

Do Compression Socks Really Work?

<i>The evidence appears anecdotal, but the perceived recovery benefits can’t be denied.</i><p>It doesn’t take much to convince runners to jump on the latest …

A Less Technical Approach To Threshold Training

<i>Fancy gadgets are optional.</i><p>Raise your hand if you’re a little confused about what the lactate threshold is. Don’t be embarrassed if your hand is in …

The One Move Every Runner Needs to Do

Runners, raise your hands if you’ve ever had plantar fasciitis—actually, raise your hands if you’ve <i>never</i> had plantar fasciitis. This painful and …

Exercise

Cherry Juice Gives Post-Race Relief to Marathon Runners

Cherry juice might be the post-marathon remedy to help reduce chances of inflammation days after the big race.<br>Read More

Cherries

2016 Boston Marathon Registration Dates Announced

The process will be the same as was used for the previous three years.<p>Mark your calendars, 2016 Boston Marathon hopefuls.<p>Registration for time qualifiers will open on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, the Boston Athletic Association announced. The 120th running of the marathon will be …

Marathons

Your Fastest Weight

Reaching your ideal weight can make you fitter, faster and more resilient to wear and tear. Here's how to find that magic number and the healthiest way to get there.<p>It may have been a while since you’ve stepped on a scale.<p>You’re fit, you feel great and you run, a lot. So who cares if your abs …

Fitness

Coach Culpepper: 4 Long-Run Tips From Mark Wetmore

Photo: Shutterstock.comMark Wetmore will go down as one of the most successful distance running coaches of all time. Since taking over as the head …

Marathons

How to Prepare for Running in the Heat as a Master

We’re headed into the summer months.<p>Those days when even running in the early morning brings a good dose of heat and humidity. It impacts our race …

Marathons

The Health Benefits of 4 Types of Running Workouts | Men's Health

Shorter intervals, for instance, increase your VO2 max (one measure of aerobic endurance), while longer sessions boost your “Qmax,” the volume of blood your heart can pump.<p>Smart (and fast) guys take advantage of four key types of training—speedwork, threshold sessions, speed-stamina workouts, and …

7 Steps to Staying Slim and Healthy

Fitness

Fear Not, Marathoners: Too Much Running Won't Kill You

Researchers studied 661,000 adults, including 4,000 who exercised the equivalent of about 50 miles a week.<p>A new and very large analysis of exercise levels and mortality outcomes has reinforced a universal conclusion: A modest amount of weekly exercise can produce big benefits. It's also shown that …

Exercise

Why marathon runners are likely to be smarter

Scientists have discovered that the same bodily process which helps fuel the body also improves memory and learning<p>Marathon runners are not only super fit but they are likely to know more than the average person as well, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have discovered that the same bodily process …

5 Truths About Running and Caffeine

No need for runners to cut the morning joe out of their diets.<p>As a registered sports dietitian, I spend a lot of time advising athletes. Our introductory meetings always include a review of performance goals, current nutritional status, and recent food intake. Invariably, the conversation turns …

Nutrition

Run Faster: The Extreme Speed Workout | Men's Health

It can set you apart from the rest of the pack. It can mean the difference between an average finish and a personal record.<p>Now you can train for those moments with the Extreme Speed Running Workout, created by Ian Torrence, winner of 53 ultra trail marathons and lead ultrarunning coach for …

A Guide to San Francisco’s Best Running Trails

Runners deal with injuries (ugh), gastrointestinal distress (ick), and chafing (ew). But we also battle boredom. Luckily, there’s a solution: new …