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Four Ways to Build Mental Toughness

Deep breathing and positive thinking can help distance runners perform their best.<p><i>I’m training for my first marathon and wondered if you had any tips for developing mental strength. I’m overwhelmed by the distance and would love to get a grip. Thank you! —Steve</i><p>I reached out to retired U.S. Navy …

10 Tips to Master the Marathon

200-time sub-3:00 marathoner Doug Kurtis shares his secrets of success.<p>Finding a marathoner with more experience than Doug Kurtis is like locating an unoccupied porta potty five minutes before the start of a big race--it's extremely rare, if not impossible. Kurtis, 62, a writer and race director …

The Real History of the Yasso 800s

You can predict your marathon time based on how long it takes you to run 800 meters. Don’t believe it? You should.<p>When physicists discover a new subatomic particle, they claim the right to name it. Same with astronomers. Locate a new star out there in the way beyond, and you can name it anything …

26 Tips for Running Your Best 26.2

Here is everything you need to know to run your best marathon this year.<p>If you’re running a marathon this year and you’re worried about the task ahead, relax.<p>We’re here to advise you on what to do a month out, a week away, even the day of. Shoe tips? Check. Hydration strategy? It’s here. Taper …

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 …

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 …

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How Can I Recover from My Half or Full Marathon?

Try this "reverse taper" to return to training refreshed and healthy.<p><i>I’m running my third half-marathon this spring and a marathon this fall. Do you have any tips for recovering after the races? Thanks, Breanne</i><p>Good luck in your races this season, Breanne. You are wise to think about recovery, as it …

Carboloading Helps First-Time Marathoners

In study, those who ate more pre-race carbs finished faster.<p>Everybody knows to eat a lot of carbohydrates in the few days before a marathon, right? Maybe. But as a new study shows, knowing something and putting that knowledge to good use aren't always the same thing.<p>The study, published in the</i> …

Gorging at the Buffet Table? Tactics May Help You Eat Less

How to Pace Your First Half or Full Marathon

The key is to run by how you feel on race day.<p><i>Sandra asks: I’m running my first marathon in</i> <i>Cleveland</i> <i>this May, and I’m wondering if you have any tips on pacing. How fast should I start? Should I use the Pace Team?</i><p>Excellent choice in races, Sandra, and a great question too! My racing philosophy is a …

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Run Faster with High Intensity Interval Training

Build power, speed, and fitness with fast efforts.<p>If you want to run fast, the saying goes, you've got to run fast. To stoke speed, most runners do traditional speedwork: aiming for near race pace over distances of 400 meters or more, with recovery periods equal to the length of the repeat (or …

Find Zen Through Running

To achieve bliss as a runner, you need to tame your “monkey mind.”<p>If you could eavesdrop on a runner's internal monologue, it might sound like this: Forgot my sunglasses. Pretty bird. Should've worn another layer. What's for dinner? Hill! New shoes feel good. Pasta? Gotta buy pasta. And olive oil. …

Hit Your Marks

Run benchmark workouts to measure your fitness, hone your speed, and stoke race-day confidence.<p>Twenty-five x 400 at 10,000-meter race pace. That was my benchmark workout two weeks out from nationals in 1985. At first, I didn't think it sounded too tough, since each repeat was followed by 30 seconds …