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Run This Way

88<p>SHARES<p>“Nicole.” “Nancy.” “Helen.” “Kelly.”<p>To front-load an already-daunting routine with a metabolically and psychologically draining 400- or …

Exercise

Paxis Pack

Paxis Pack is a smart backpack that enables you to retrieve your most used items quickly and safely. Paxis Pack features a specially designed …

This Man Ran the Entire Appalachian Trail in 46 Days. Here's What He Ate Along the Way

What foods fuel a man who completed the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days? We spoke to ultrarunner and vegan Scott Jurek to find out.<p>In a sport that already dances on the fringe of society, ultrarunner Scott Jurek is a true rarity. As one of the athletes who helped make ultramarathons—any race …

Nutrition

15 Pieces of Semi-Wisdom from My First 100-Miler

The 2014 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run taught me a lot in 28 hours.<p>I live in what can only be described as an adult fraternity house. Our South Brooklyn apartment consists of three dudes, two gals, 14 bikes, 67 pairs of running shoes, and a cat named Miss Cleocatra; think “Friends” meets …

Running

22 Absolutely Essential Diagrams You Need For Camping

From survival to s'mores, here's everything you need to know to ensure a flawless camping trip.

6 Tips to Get Through Your First Ultramarathon Successfully

Max King says of ultras, "I’m still learning new things with each one I compete in." Photo: Courtesy of Salomon RunningWho here has done an ultra …

Running

Toyota's New Transit Idea Is Like a Bikeshare for Tiny Electric Cars

Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota …

Transportation

Toyota's three-wheeled electric ride tested

The streets of one French city will soon be filled with funky vehicles that resemble hulked-up mopeds. But before you make fun, consider that while …

How to Change Your Mood With a Breath

The complete yogic breath is a practice that allows us to take in seven times the amount of oxygen as with a normal breath. It can help us to transition from activity to a more restful state, and in turn it also allows us to transform a shallow unproductive breath to a deeper more productive …

Perfect Your Running (with Math!)

Any runner gunning for a PR knows that pacing strategy is important. And until now, most of those strategies look like this: Figure out what pace you can hold for the distance, and hold it. But two French researchers say a varied pace is better, and they’ve created the ultimate running algorithm to …

Marathons

7 Ways To Make Running Feel Less Terrible

You're not going to like me for saying this, but I am one of those (annoying) people who genuinely loves to run.<p>If you don't know me, you probably know someone like me. We smile on treadmills. We talk (ad nauseam) about our training. We skip happy hour to pound the pavement. We are always eating.<p>I …

Skinny Jeans

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

Tampa Bay

Running Form: Correct technique and tips to run faster

How I Overcame My Eating Disorder

Bicycling contributor Selene Yeager shares her experience with an eating disorder—and how her bike helped her recover<p>Like most females, my relationship with my body has not always been positive. Growing up, I was never a waif, but more of a “sturdy” girl, even a bit chubby. In high school, I grew …

Fitness

How Many Calories do Runners Really Need?

Shares 112<p>Long run = license to eat.<p>Whether that statement is actually true or not it’s absolutely the mindset I hear more often than not from those …

Fitness

Treehouse Cabin Tent

Treehouses offer a unique living environment. Unfortunately, they often also damage the trees they rely on for support and charm. The Treehouse Cabin …

Treehouses

The Coziest Two-Person Sleeping Bag Yet

Thanks to its shoe-style, zipper-free design, this new Backcountry Bed Duo from Sierra Designs packs bed-level comfort for two into a bag that's …

23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don't spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better …

Master It: Trail Running Newbie to Course Record Holder

In 2013, Tim Tollefson finished the California International Marathon in 2:18:29. It was the second-fastest race of his life, but still 30 seconds shy of the Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier he’d been chasing.<p>“I walked away disappointed, full of self-doubt, and depressed,” says Tollefson, an …

Running

'OMG, You'll Die If You Keep Running So Much!'

Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> fitness maven Gretchen Reynolds published an article titled “Slow Runners Come Out Ahead,” where she relayed the findings of a paper published this month in the <i>Journal of the American College of Cardiology</i> comparing the mortality rates of joggers and sedentary …

Running

Super-Insulated Clothing: Will Indoor Heating Become Redundant?

Comsidering that 47% of global energy is spent on indoor heating, and 42% of that specifically for residential heating, the introduction of clothes …

Trailers Under 10K

Looking to get into an off-highway camping or utility trailer, but faced with a tight budget? For many folks welding up a home-built trailer from …

Off-roading

Want to Be a Better Runner? Then Slow Down

<b>There’s a well-known Australian track cyclist named Brad McGee.</b> He won the 4000m individual pursuit at the Atlanta Olympics in ’96. For two weeks …

Horses

Why Jogging May Be Better For Your Health Than Running

If you’re a runner who secretly hates running, here’s some good news: Taking it down a notch or two, settling into a leisurely jog rather than an all-out run, may actually be better for your health in the long term. A small new study shows what others have hinted at in the past: That jogging may be …

Research

15 Winter Camping Essentials

This post has been updated with our picks for winter 2016.<p>Most people see winter as the season of retreat. Snow, wind and a dearth of sunlight are …

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shelters

The backpacker's quest for lighter and stronger gear is seemingly endless—and for good reason. When you're a three-day walk into the wilderness, every ounce counts and equipment failure isn't an option. Maine-based Hyperlite Mountain Gear first caught our attention with their ultralight and strong …

Backpacking

Hate Running? Try This Science-Backed Trick To Make It Feel Easier

<i>If you want to run faster, focus on the finish line.</i><p>No, that's just not a cheesy motto for achieving success. According to fascinating new research from psychologists at New York University, it's a fairly literal truth of human motivation.<p>The NYU researchers found that walkers who hold their gaze …

The Brain

Travel the World With a Backpack | The Art of Manliness

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser.</i><p>I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just …

Real Strength Gains from Mental Imagery

The brain's motor cortex responds to exercise, real or imagined.<p>We all know that strength isn't just about muscles. For example, the initial gains when you start strength training come largely from neuromuscular improvements: your nervous system gets better at transmitting the "contract" signal …

Exercise