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9 Weird Vagina Issues—Solved!

<b>There's a Funky Smell</b><p>If there's an odor coming from your bikini line, trust us, you'll know something is up. The problem is, this smell could have a ton of possible causes, but you'll want to see your doctor no matter what. If it's a foul-smelling discharge, it could be a bacterial infection like …

How You Complete Your Swim Stroke Is Key

<i>How you complete your stroke above the surface can help (or hinder!) your power underwater.</i><p>While no two athletes’ recovery will be identical, there …

Excerpts From The Runner's World Cookbook

Training for a marathon? Looking to lose a few pounds? Cutting out meat? Do it all with The Runner's World Cookbook, a collection of the best recipes we've ever published. Here's a taste, to get you started.<p><b>Runners love to eat.</b> In fact, it's the reason why many of us at Runner's World run in the …

Food

How Alcohol Affects Muscle-Building

Too much booze suppresses muscle synthesis.<p>I don't imagine there are many people out there who imagine that drinking a case of beer will make you a better athlete. Still, there are lots of people who argue that it doesn't really matter either way -- that training is training and social life is …

New Zealand

Three Good Books on Diet and Nutrition

In an ocean of bad stuff, here's some worthwhile reading.<p>Quick reviews of three new books on diet and nutrition. Each offers something slightly different, but I think you'll detect some underlying commonalities. All are interesting and worth a look.<p><b>1. Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core</b> …

Nutrition

Belief Effects and Post-Exercise Recovery

Harnessing placebo effects can pay off.<p>A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new study comparing ice baths to "recovery oil" for post-exercise recovery. They both offered roughly the same benefits; the punchline was that the recovery oil was really just bath soap. My initial discussion focused on the …

Research

Hip Weakness and Knee Pain

Which is cause and which is effect?<p>If you've got knee pain, you might need to strengthen your hips. That's an increasingly common prescription these days, thanks to a bunch of research over the past decade or so linking conditions like runner's knee (also known as patellofemoral pain, or PFP) and …

Pain

Caffeine and Carbs

Mixing two performance-boosters gives unexpected results.<p>Caffeine and carbohydrates are two of the most reliable performance-boosters out there. So what happens when you combine them? That's what researchers in Taiwan asked in a study just published in the <i>European Journal of Applied Physiology</i> -- …

Carbohydrates

Four Fast Speed Workouts for Any Runner

Fast workouts benefit every runner, so there’s no excuse to skip them.<p>Think you can skip speedwork, that it’s just for seasoned runners with specific time goals? No such luck.<p>Research suggests that 30-second to five-minute bursts of intense exercise interspersed with rest periods will yield unique …

Exercise

Sugar is Killing Us. Here's Everything You Need to Know.

"Sugar can act like poison in high doses—and the amount in our diets has gone beyond toxic," says Robert Lustig, M.D., a neuroendocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. The typical American now swallows the equivalent of 22 sugar cubes every 24 hours. That …

Workout Of The Week: Push the Tempo (Run)

<i>The tempo run is one of the best training sessions a long-distance runner can do.</i><p>If you’re planning to do an endurance race such as a marathon or …

THIS JUST IN: Santa Paws

Spread the Cute:<p>If this puppeh gets <i>any</i> cuter, he may break my computer. Milo gets all dressed up for a one on one with <i>The Man.</i><p>SANTA FAVE …

Four Key Core Exercises For Runners

<i>Reduce the risk of injuries without ever leaving your living room!</i><p>Strong legs are a must for runners, but to become a more resilient athlete making …

Blood Clots in Runners

Exercise lowers clot risk, but doesn't make you immune.<p>A few weeks ago, <i>Canadian Running</i> magazine had an article about a serious health scare for Kelly Wiebe, one of the country's top distance runners. The article is worth a read, but the short version is that he had an undiagnosed blood clot in his …

Medical Research

Will My Relationship Last?

So what does all that button pressing have do with your bond? Previous research has found that our gut-level attitudes make it easier to identify similar gut feelings—for instance, when you’re already anxious, you’re quick to respond to other stressful cues. In this task, if you have good vibes …

Relationships

Foresee It, Believe It, Achieve It: The Power Of Visualization For Runners

<i>If utilized correctly, visualization can become quite powerful in getting the very most out of yourself.</i><p>So we’re supposed to believe that just …

Kicking the Night Owl Habit

I've always been intrigued by the concept of willpower. When there's a will, there's a way, right? So where does this will come from? Any why do some people seem to have more of it than others? What allows people the self-control to consciously craft the life they desire? And how does one bypass …

Music for Cycling: Our Awesome Cycling Playlist and Workout

<b>1. BPM 100-110</b><br>Superstition<br>STEVIE WONDER (about five minutes)<br>This is your warm-up. Keep the resistance low (around 20 percent of your total power output, or a two out of 10 effort level) and stay seated: You're enjoying yourself without pushing. Muscles start to unlock, shoulders are relaxed, and …

Exercise

Career Advice for Millennials

12 Ways to Become the Office Superstar<p>Tired of the bad rap millennials get? Overcome it with these tips from career expert Dan Schawbel<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>You've heard that millennials are power-hungry, overconfident people who spend all day attached to their iPhones and want constant promotions. …

Employment

Cranberry Cocktail Recipe Transforms the Traditional Margarita

Incorporate a little Thanksgiving flair and transform your traditional margarita vibe. Fall is such a wonderful season of opportunity, don’t you agree?<p><i>Welcome to our cocktail series, “The Happy Hour.” It’s Friday afternoon. Make yourself a drink.</i><p>Don’t think that just because the weather is turning …

Cocktails

The Everyman: 5 Types Of Marathon Runners

<i>Where do you fall on our unofficial list?</i><p>In any marathon, there’s seemingly a small group of elite runners who finish the race in a shade over 2 …

Power Poses

Take 10 minutes to strengthen key muscles for better running this spring.<p>With its shorter days and less favorable conditions, winter is the perfect time to run a little less and strength-train a little more. Strung together, these six yoga poses form a routine that builds the abdominals, back, …

Workouts

Introducing: The Most Magical Calorie Counter Yet

We hereby grant you permission to keep your phone on the table at dinner<p>Shutterstock<p>These days, it's easier than ever to count your calories. More restaurants are putting calorie counts directly on their menus, food labels have become easier to read, and the latest evidence? The TellSpec. It's …

BREAKING: You Should Train Before Running a Marathon

An expert says it is not advisable to run 26.2 miles without preparation.<p>Readers, I hope you're sitting down. If you aren't, please do so. I'll give you all some extra time, since I know many of you recently ran a long race.<p>Good? Good. Here, then, is today's bit of running advice:<p>If you intend to …

Marathons

Pilk's Points: Runner Seeking Human: Striding Toward The First Date

<i>10 tips for female runners on how to tackle a first date.</i><p>Outside of the post-NYC banter, holiday weight debacles, judgy-relative reunions and …

How Form Changes When You Run Uphill

And how much harder you work at different grades.<p>You don't need us to tell you that running uphill feels different than on level ground. But how, exactly, and at what cost?<p>To get some details, Italian researchers gathered 18 men with marathon PRs between 2:40 and 2:50. On one day, the runners ran …

Marathons

Parents: Parenting News & Advice for Moms and Dads

Read the sweet messages Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager wrote to their loved ones on International...<p>In a sleep-deprived haze, the TODAY …

New York City Marathon's Oldest Female Finisher Dies

Joy Johnson, 86, fell at the race's 20-mile mark.<p>Joy Johnson, who at 86 was the oldest woman to complete Sunday’s New York City Marathon, died on Monday at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.<p>As the <i>New York Daily News</i> reports, Johnson fell and hit her head on pavement near the marathon's 20-mile mark. …

Marathons