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Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryThe Trap of “Abortion Reversal” Ruth Graham A newly touted procedure might let women halt the effects of the abortion pill. It’s sparking …

12 Week Plan to a Sub 2:00 Hour Half Marathon

As promised, I am providing a 12 week plan for running a Half Marathon in 2 Hours or less. This 12 week plan assumes that you have built a 21-31 mile …

When Should I Stretch?

Use these five postrun stretches to keep your muscles flexible.<p><i>What guidance would you give to runners about stretching? When I ran in high school, which is when I learned a lot of what I “know” about running, we were taught to stretch really well before a run, and if we could, a little bit</i> …

Exercise

16 things I wish I knew before running a marathon

Thinking about lacing up your shoes to run 26.2 miles? First of all, congratulations. It takes a lot of guts to sign up for that first marathon, so give yourself a quick pat on the back before things get real.<p>I'm the first to confess that I was not born a runner, but earlier this month, I did …

10 Tips for Running Your Best Chicago Marathon

Practical advice on how to set a new PR—or just have a great day—at Coach Jenny's hometown race.<p><i>Karlie asks: I'm running the Chicago Marathon next weekend. I know this is your hometown race. Can you share any tips for the course? It will be my fourth marathon, and I'm trying to improve my time.</i><p>I'm …

Three Ways to Conquer Pre-Race Nerves

Break it down, set goals, and think toward the future.<p>Susan-<p>I'm running my first marathon next week and I'm so nervous! Is there anything I can do to calm my nerves and help ensure a good race?<p>Lydia<p>Dear Lydia-<p>Running your first marathon is very exciting! The most important thing for you to do now …

10 Marathon Day Mistakes

A marathon presents you with 26.2 miles of opportunity. Sidestep these common training and racing errors to have a great day.<p>Just hours after completing a recent marathon, I raised a bittersweet toast to a race I was already eager to forget. Training for it had cost me countless pancake breakfasts …

How Can I Train with a Heart-Rate Monitor?

Use it as a tool to help you run by effort instead of pace.<p><i>I recently got a heart-rate monitor, to help set goals and be more purposeful. Any tips on how to get started and how to best use it? Thanks. –Joshua</i><p>I love that you’re on a journey to running more purposefully, Joshua. Using a heart rate …

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 …

What to Pack for a Marathon

Five tips for packing all of your race day essentials.<p><i>Dear Susan-</i><p><i>I'm about to do my first marathon and it's time to pack for my trip! My question is, what do I pack for the race? What should I bring? What should I carry with me during the race and what do I pack in my race gear check bag? As you</i> …

The 10 Best Carbohydrate Sources For Runners

1. Bananas<p>Because they are easy to eat and digest and are loaded with fast-acting carbohydrates (one large banana provides 31 grams of carbs), …

Weight loss - The Running Bug

Eight Weight Loss Mistakes Runners Make

Avoid these common errors that can sabotage your efforts to drop a few pounds.<p><b>Pop quiz:</b> You just went for a run. How many calories did you blast? Chances are your guess outpaces reality, to the tune of, say, a Frappuccino. Overestimating calorie burn is the Big Daddy of runners' weight-loss …

Training advice - The Running Bug

A Month-by-Month Guide to a Fitter, Faster You

A year has 365 glorious days.<p>Why take them on with just one so-big-it-fails resolution? Better to break down your goals into 12 easy-to-implement steps, like the ones on the following pages. Take them month-by-month or choose a few that appeal to you, and run with them. Either way, you'll end up …

Rub It In

Speed recovery with DIY massage.<p>Self-massage is an effective way to ease muscle tension after an intense workout. The pressure used releases knots, says Leslie Goldblatt Denunzio, a Brooklyn-based sports massage therapist. And the stroking and circular movements stimulate blood flow and flush …

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Need a Refill?

A refresher course on how much—and what—to drink on hot summer runs.<p>During the blazing days of summer, you need more than sunscreen to protect your body from the sun. "Hydration becomes most important during intense exercise in the heat," says Douglas Casa, Ph.D., who heads the University of …

How to Prevent Common Running Injuries

Proper form, strength training, and the right shoes can prevent injury.<p>It's an all too common scenario: Runner begins training program. A month or so later, a twinge settles on a knee. Runner stretches, pops ibuprofen, keeps running. A few—or maybe 100—runs later, runner is on the couch, ice pack …