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China's Remote Fortresses Lose Residents, Gain Tourists

Massive earthen structures once sheltered clans from warlords and bandits. Can they be prototypes for "green" buildings?<p>HEKENG, China—Count the <i>tulou</i>.<p>It started like a game. How many of these strange, fortress-like structures could I tally from a vehicle window? They were so big, looming like …

China

The 13 Toughest Races in the World

Patagonian Expedition Race<p>The popularity of road marathons and obstacle racing has skyrocketed over the past few years. But what happens when you take away the road, the cheerful volunteers handing out energy gels, and most of your sanity? You get some of the gnarliest races out there, where …

New Pacific Crest Trail Speed Record

Joe McConaughy covered the 2,660 miles in 53 days and change.<p>On Sunday, Joe McConaughy got to the Canadian terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail, 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes after setting off from the start at the California/Mexico border. As NPR reports, McConaughy's trek broke by six days the …

$9000 House: The Ultimate Low Cost Home

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>As this home was built in cost-friendly Thailand, the final costs came in at just $6000 for the basic structure, plus an additional $3000 for …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

5 Surprising Facts About the Iditarod Dog Sled Race

Poodles can't compete, for one.<p>Sixty-nine dogsledders are mushing across the Alaska wilderness in hopes of becoming top dog in the 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.<p>Since 1973, hundreds of competitors have come from all over the world to make the 1,150-mile (1,850-kilometer) journey from …

Will Women Ever Beat Men in 24-Hour Races? | Runner's World

Highlighted by the first Olympic Marathon for women in 1984, the early 1980s proved a remarkable period for women marathoners. Grete Waitz, Joan Benoit, Ingrid Kristiansen, and others captured headlines with their fast-improving performances. Indeed, by 1992 the highly regarded science magazine</i> …

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The 20 Best Cold-Weather Dog Breeds

If you like to rough it in freezing temperatures and wet snow, your dog should too. "In general, a dog that thrives in a snowy climate has a dense coat that insulates them from the elements," says Bernadine Cruz, who has worked with arctic dogs as a trail veterinarian for the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, …

10 Toughest Endurance Races in the World

As the co-creator and co-host of <i>Boundless</i>, a television show that takes my pal Turbo and I around the globe competing in some of the world's toughest endurance challenges, part of my job is finding brutal races. With my director's tongue-in-cheek request being "I want you guys to enter races where …

The Physiology of Morning v. Evening Workouts

Your body is primed in the evening, but that doesn't mean it's the best time to work out.<p>There's plenty of evidence that athletic performance depends on the time of day (as I discuss in detail in my book!). In general, early evening seems to be the time of maximum performance, which coincides with …

Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

Here's some food for thought: One-third of the world's food goes to waste every year. In the U.S., about 40 percent of our food gets thrown out. It's happening on the farm, at the grocery store and in our own homes.<p>Lately, there's been a lot of talk about what to do about it — from auctioning off …

The US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

<b>Farming has always been a hard way to make a living.</b><p>Now, a small but - anecdotally - growing group of Americans are leaving the structure and security of an office job for the gruelling, yet rewarding work of earning money from the land.<p>Some want to be a part of improving the food supply for …

5 Exercises That'll Make You Faster

These moves target the muscles needed for your fastest, strongest, best trail running outings ever, whether you're racing or just wanting to feel better on the trail.<p>Trail running enlists different muscles than road running, which creates different needs for strengthening. The uneven nature of a …

Everything You Need To Know About Energy Gels

<i>How they work, as well as why, when and how to use them.</i><p>It wasn’t long ago that runners relied solely on water, sports drinks, and maybe some flat …

Floating Islands: Garden Beds of Rare Lettuces

The French expression, “raconter des salades,” might translate roughly as “to spin a yarn,” but we promise we’re not making anything up when we tell …

Gardening

Training advice - The Running Bug

Bounce Back From a Long Run

How yoga can give you a leg up on recovery.<p>Good long runs provide perspective: What once seemed incredibly far now feels possible, and stressors drop away. Postrun, resting on your back with your legs propped up offers another shift. This inversion speeds recovery by draining fluids from the legs, …

The Cheat Sheet for Beef

Wish you knew how to decide which cut of beef to buy? This infographic will inform you about the type of meat, the cost, and method to cook it.

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Ultrarunners Claim Speed Record on John Muir Trail

Koerner, Wolfe cover the 223 miles in 3 days, 12 hours and 41 minutes.<p>In the wee hours of the morning on August 3, somewhere above 10,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada, Hal Koerner and Mike Wolfe, two seasoned ultrarunners, tore through the darkness, hell-bent on meeting the man carrying the Oreos. The …

65 Backyard Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

For me, foraging for edible plants has always been limited to the few I know best. Wild blackberries until my stomach hurts? Check. Linden in the …

Gardening

Going Longer: How To Train For Your First 50K

Ultrarunning isn't about seeing how fast you can go, but how far you can go.<p><i>Check out this introductory guide to ultrarunning and a beginner’s</i> …

How Much Does Running Cost Over a Lifetime?

More than you might think. But it's worth it.<p>Running is the cheapest of sports. Right? Put on some shorts, tie on a pair of shoes, and you're out the door. In a pinch, you can even do without the shoes. But like any other activity, little expenses can sneak in around the edges, suddenly the costs …

16 Healthy (and Yummy) Prerun Meals and Snacks

Before heading out for a run it's important to make sure you're fueled.<p>Your body needs high-octane fuel to run its best.<p>Here are some high-carb, low-fat, low-fiber meals and snacks that can provide the energy you need to run your best, for a variety of different workouts. These meals and snacks, …

Get Fast for Fall Races with Summer Speedwork

Dial up training efforts now.<p>Summertime, and the training's not easy. Nor should it be. As the season typically means a lighter racing schedule for competitive runners, consider it an opportunity to experiment with workouts and take advantage of ample recovery time to push harder than usual. …

Foam Rolling for Strength

A massage tool can build muscles.<p>Use a foam roller for postrun recovery? Smart move: This simple tool acts as a deep-tissue massager, working out kinks in overused muscles. But its benefits don't end there--it can also build strength and stability. Because the foam roller has a curved, unstable …

The Runner's Grocery Shopping Guide

Keep your kitchen stocked with these nutritious essential to fuel your runs.<p>It’s important to eat in a way that supports the exercise routine that you’ve worked so hard to develop. Keep your kitchen stocked with these bare essentials at all times so you stay energized for your workouts and healthy …

A Beginner's Guide to Cross-Training

Elliptical? Rowing? Cycling? How to choose an activity that's right for you.<p>Cross-training—with cycling, swimming, the elliptical trainer, or the rowing machine—can play an important role in your overall fitness routine. It gives the muscles you use in walking and running a chance to recover while …