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Better Your Sleep Before a Marathon

The rest you get leading up to the race is just as important as the night before.<p><i>Beth asks:</i> <i>Any tips for getting to bed early on those nights before long runs or a race? My marathon starts at 5:30 a.m., so I've been doing my training runs early in the morning to become accustomed to running early,</i> …


5 Things Runners Should Know About Knees

Starting with whether "running will ruin your knees."<p>If we had a fast-twitch muscle fiber for every time we've heard "running will ruin your knees," we'd be able to outsprint Usain Bolt. And our knees would feel good while we did so, because despite what your potentially well-meaning but definitely …

The Mattock Dynamic Warm-Up for Runners

Photo: Shutterstock.comLong-time readers know that I’m wary of static stretching. It can reduce performance and increase injury risk, while …


Fartlek: Sweden's gift to running

‘Speed-play’ is a tried-and-tested training technique to aid speed endurance – and it separates the runners from the Runners<p>There are many names for those who run, from fun-runner and jogger through trail runner and marathoner, and, at the far end of the spectrum, sub-elite and elite athletes. What …


China's nail houses: the homeowners who refuse to make way – in pictures

A <i>dingzihu</i> – or 'nail house' – is a home where the owner refuses to accept compensation from a property developer for its demolition. Here are some of the most striking

Last of the locomotives: China's steam train line – in pictures

It’s a bumpy ride, and it takes over an hour to go 12 miles. But the trip from Shixi to Huangcunjing in rural Sichuan is one of the last regular passenger steam train services in the world – and a lifeline to locals, who could not travel to nearby towns without it


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A 24-Year-Old Transport Engineer Is About To Free Her City From Car Ownership

Now, they're set to rub their transportation superiority in our faces.<p>Finland's capital, Helsinki, is about to launch a program that could virtually eliminate car ownership and give its residents the ability to plot an on-demand commute from their phones.<p>It's mostly the vision of Sonja Heikkilä, a …

Take a Stroll Down China's Strange and Captivating Coastline

China is experiencing dramatic economic and social change. Though its economy has slowed in recent years, it averaged double-digit annual growth for …


Respiratory Health Starts Here

Inhale. Exhale. You take 15 to 20 breaths a minute—more than 20,000 breaths a day. With each one, oxygen travels through your bloodstream, fueling …

Chinese facekinis - in pictures

Swimmers in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao have already made waves on the internet for their bizarre swimming gear: colourful, full-face masks. Dubbed ‘facekini,’ the fabric masks cover a swimmer’s entire head and neck down to the collar bones. Holes are cut for eyes, nostrils and mouth

Tiananmen anniversary: China tightens crackdown

<b>China has tightened security and widened a clampdown on dissent, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre on Wednesday.</b><p>Lawyers, journalists and activists have been detained.<p>Internet search terms related to the 1989 massacre and the protests have been blocked, and access on Google has …

How a dialect differs from a language

HONG KONG'S education department caused a furore in January 2014 by briefly posting on its website the claim that Cantonese was “not an official …

Chinese Protest Houses Defy Progress

In Chinese, they're called "nail houses" (钉子楼 or "ding zi lou"). These protest abodes stick up for as long as the owner—and ultimately, the Chinese …

Tilting backwards

OVER the past couple of months, officials around the country have been summoned to briefings about a Communist Party circular known as “Document …

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