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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 …

8 Habits Of Extremely Well-Rested People

Most of us have probably met (and envied) at least one of those mysterious people who never seem to be tired. We've sized them up through bleary eyes, and wondered how it is that <i>they</i> don't look like they spent 30 minutes battling with the snooze button this morning. The answer isn't necessarily …

Beer Run!

A (somewhat) scientific look at how a postrun pint (or two) affects your favorite activity. Biggest surprise? It's different for women.<p>I stood at the end of a ridiculously grueling trail amid the red cliffs of Western Colorado. Around me, runners enjoyed various cold, locally brewed beers wrapped …

Running On Air: Breathing Technique

A revolutionary way to breathe can help you run better and sidestep injury.<p>In my early days as a runner, I, like most, didn't give any thought to my breathing. I took up the sport in high school—back in the '70s—and as a senior on the cross-country team, I won the individual league championship, a …

10-minute Hamstring Stretch Routine

Sage Rountree shows you six moves that ease tension throughout your hamstrings.

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 …

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 …

Training advice - The Running Bug

Should You Run By Time Or Distance?

<i>Tracking workouts based on time and distance serve different functions, making both measures crucial to attaining your best race results.</i><p>One of the …

Three Ways to Improve Your Marathon Finish Time

Here's how to modify your race training to improve speed without wearing your body out.<p><i>I'm training for my third marathon this fall and want to improve my speed without getting hurt. I've had a variety of aches and pains through the past two seasons of training and would love to train and finish</i> …

How Do I Fuel for an Early Morning Run?

It depends on how far you're running. Here are some easy-to-digest options for runs up to 13 miles.<p><i>Rohan asks: I often have to complete my runs first thing in the morning, so I can’t have my regular, hearty oatmeal with banana, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and peanut butter breakfast beforehand. I</i> …

Women's Running Series

How Different Foot Strikes Affect Different Body Parts

Runners with knee, Achilles injuries might be best candidates for switching.<p>One aspect of the barefoot/minimalism/form debate of the last few years that most experts agree is unfortunate is the notion that one type of foot strike is universally better. A new Finnish study provides the helpful …

Is My Achilles Soreness Due to Barefoot Running?

Past Achilles injuries and a switch to minimalist shoes could be the cause of soreness.<p><i>Hi,</i><p><i>I'm just about to turn 50 and I've been running since junior high school. About 10 years ago I fully ruptured my left Achilles tendon playing basketball. Naturally, any pain I've developed since, has been on</i> …

How Can I Relieve Toenail Pain After Running?

Keeping toenails short and unpainted can help them stay healthy.<p><i>I get painful toenails when I run they seem better after I cut them back but begin to hurt as they grow out again. I find it hard to cut them every day. Any ideas for me?<br>—Jenny</i><p>Dear Jenny,<p>This is a pretty common complaint among my …

Run Faster By Improving Your Lactate Clearance Rate

<i>Lactic acid itself isn’t responsible for the muscle fatigue that causes you to do the skeleton dance at the end of a race.</i><p>Despite what you might be …