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Best iPad Apps of 2013

2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business …

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Power Boost: Plyometrics For Runners

Incorporating plyometrics exercises such as bounding into your weekly training plan is worth the effort. Photo: www.shutterstock.com<p><i>Adding</i> …

Should I Stretch Before or After My Runs?

Neither, experts say. Or if you must, do it after your workout—not before.<p>You’ve seen the iconic image of a runner bent over and touching his toes. You’ve probably seen plenty of runners doing this before races. So it may surprise you to hear that this so-called static stretching—attempting to …

Super Mario Zips Through A Loophole In Apple's App Restrictions

<i>Update, July 17: Apple has partly closed the loophole that made it possible to play Nintendo games on iGadgets.</i><p>Lots of gamers have long wanted to play classics like Pokémon and Super Mario on the iPhone. Unfortunately, publishers like Nintendo have no desire to undermine their own handheld …

Prevent Knee Pain

Use these six simple moves to help cure and prevent knee pain.

Beyond Good

How to turn key workouts up a notch or two for better fitness and faster times.<p>Whether your goal is to run a mile without stopping or to qualify for Boston, how you train has a dramatic effect on your performance. As Yogi Berra once said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where …

Build Power, Strength and Speed for the Final Kick

Finish your next race strong and fast.<p>The most shocking thing about Galen Rupp's silver medal in the Olympic 10,000 meters last summer was how he won it. Rupp had a reputation for not finishing strong, but in London, his ferocious speed in the final lap carried him past all but one of the world's …

Determine Your Strength With The Pushup Test

<i>Pushups are a key indicator of a runner’s strength level.</i><p>In this follow-up article, we get to the second part of our question. If we now know what it …

The Six Best Exercises for New Runners

No gym? No problem! These six bodyweight exercises will make you a stronger, less injury-prone runner.

Sticky faith: What keeps kids connected to church?

© Daniel Sanchez Blasco<p>When I first started in youth ministry, I did everything I could think of to attract and engage high school youth. I held …

What's the Difference Between Fartlek, Tempo, and Interval Runs?

Here's a quick breakdown of these three major types of speed workouts.<p><i>Hi Jenny, I just read your article,</i> <i>'</i><i>What Should I Do During the Off Season</i><i>?'. Very helpful, thanks! Could you briefly explain to me the difference between fartlek, tempo, and interval runs? Thanks! Mary</i><p>Hi, Mary. Thanks for the …

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …

How Runners Can Gain Weight Healthily

Trying to gain weight as a runner can be as frustrating as trying to lose it.<p>When Jonathan walked into my office for the first time, he was a gangly 6’1”, 138-pound high-school runner who had just accepted a full-ride running scholarship to the college of his dreams.<p>But there was a caveat: Until he …

Energy Gels 101

Here are your options, with an explanation of how they're different.<p><i>I’m training for my first marathon and I know I’ll need to use some sort of fuel during my long runs and during the race. Can you tell me which products are best and what makes one gel different from another?</i><p>Great questions! The …

'Rise and shine'

This video is a couple months old, but I just stumbled across it today, and it's still worth sharing. Because we've had that morning fight with the …

Essential Form Drills For Speed And Efficiency

Photo: Mark Doolittle Photography<p><i>Do these consistently to help improve your running form.</i><p>If you want to improve as a runner, you’ve got to do more …

5K Moves

Use this two part video series to gain speed and lose weight for your next 5K.