Stamatis Papadakis

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Hill Workouts That Improve Strength and Mental Toughness

The benefits of hill running are tremendous. You'll improve your leg muscle strength, build fitness, boost mental toughness, and engage your leg, …

Should I Avoid the Heat During Summer Training?

What’s better: running indoors on the treadmill or cranking out miles on the road?<p><i>Marc asks: I am training for my second marathon, and given the summer weather where I live, I am not able to hit the recommended training paces on most of my runs. It’s just too hot and humid. Would it be better for</i> …

Why Runners Need Magnesium

<i>Why magnesium is an important part of any runner’s diet, and a list of foods rich in the mineral.</i><p><b>Q: I recently had a blood test that showed a</b> …

What hot temperatures can do to your running and how to cope

However many bad-conditions-will-make-you-stronger quotes we collect, there’s still one aspect of weather that most of us runners do our best to …

The Only 4 Strength-Training Exercises You Really Need

You can do these strength moves any time, at any fitness level.<p>I do my best to run 5 to 6 times a week, but there are days when I simply cannot pull myself out of bed in time to sweat before work, or when I’m traveling and my normal routine is thrown off track. Instead of completely scrapping my …

Why Adding Weight Training to Running is Best for Weight Loss

Weight training better for keeping midsection slim; running better for keeping weight down.<p>Given the choice between going running and doing strength training, most runners will pick the former. New research has found that those who run at least in part to keep their waistline trim will benefit most …

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What's the Optimal Temperature for Marathons?

Why Paris is faster than Chicago despite a hillier course.<p>A few days ago, my "Running the Data" feature on what it will take to run a sub-2-hour marathon went live (it's in the November issue of the print magazine). It's also the culmination of months of work by a team including my editor Christine …

Efficiency and Aging

Speed and endurance aren't the only declines to avoid.<p>Older athletes -- runners, cyclists, triathletes, etc. -- are generally slower than younger ones, even if they train the same amount. Why is this? The usual culprits are declining endurance, and declining strength/power. But there's a third …

What's the Ideal Age for Marathoning?

Are top marathoners getting younger, older, or both?<p>At the 2008 Olympics, the men's marathon was won by 21-year-old Sammy Wanjiru and the women's marathon was won by 38-year-old Constantina Tomescu-Dita. That prompted a lot of talk about changes in the age considered "ideal" for fast marathoning, …

54-Year-Old Man Wins Harrisburg Marathon

Top age-group competitor Doug Fernandez wins marathon outright.<p>They say good things come to those who wait. On his estimated 17th try at the marathon distance, 54-year-old Doug Fernandez broke the finish tape for the first time Sunday, winning the Harrisburg Marathon in 2:40:23. The Richmond, …

5 Post-Race Standing Stretches Every Runner Should Do

Do these 5 moves right after your race to jumpstart recovery and reduce soreness.<p>After an exhausting run or race, you might be tempted to sit or lie down.<p>But getting off your feet too soon could cause muscles and tendons to tighten up, says Chris Ramsey, D.P.T., O.C.S., a physical therapist and …

The Six Best Exercises for New Runners

No gym? No problem! These six bodyweight exercises will make you a stronger, less injury-prone runner.<p>We get it. You like to run, not spend hours in a gym. But strength training will help you run your best. The following exercises will help you build strong, powerful, and injury-resistant muscles …