Over thirty thousand runners began the Boston Marathon this morning in Hopkinton, MA, some having trained and run for years to get to this point. Their completion medals will be well-earned.
As part of WIRED’s exclusive look at Breaking2, Nike’s attempt to break the two-hour marathon mark next month in Monza, Italy, our writer is using the same training regime, apparel, and expertise as Nike’s three elite athletes to try to achieve his own personal milestone: a sub-90-
Canadian endurance runner Gary Robbins had been running—which is to say, sliding, clawing, and bushwhacking, with a bit of sleep-deprived hallucination thrown in—through the unforgiving outback of Frozen Head State Park for more than 59 hours straight.
It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a run. Are you deliberating between one of two potentially life-altering decisions? Go for a run.
“Boston is a course you need to do many times before you get the hang of it,” says Bill Rodgers. “I know I did.” Coming from a four-time champion, that’s saying something. Boston, the world’s oldest marathon, isn't just tricky; it's diabolical.
"Looking great!" prod course volunteers (another lie) as I pause at an aid station to shake out the knots rippling through my quads and hamstrings. After pounding the pavement for 2 1/2 hours, every bunny hill feels like an Everest and every mile seems longer than the last. I've hit the wall. Hard.
Reaching the 26.2-mile finishing line takes months of tough, lonely work – and, yes, a ton of carbs. Here is an essential how-to guide from a seasoned veteran Reaching the 26.2-mile finishing line takes months of tough, lonely work – and, yes, a ton of carbs.
Most people have given up on their resolutions at this point in the year. But, if you still want to make 2017 your most healthy year yet, there are a ton of apps to help you set your fitness goals and stay on track every day.
The short- and long-term benefits of exercise are absurdly well-documented. Exercise lowers your cholesterol, boosts your mood, decreases your stress, and increases your flexibility (plus about a zillion other good things).
When Kenyan Dennis Kimetto set the world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2014, his time, 2:02:57, made him the first runner to complete a marathon in less than two hours, three minutes.
These three Pilates moves strengthen the diaphragm, stretch tight muscles, and improve posture-all of which help you run longer with less effort. Practice each exercise two or three times a week before you run. The Payoff: Teaches controlled breathing, so that your inhales and exhales are balanced.
Whether you are a beginner or have been running for years, there are several basic rules that every runner should follow. Here are the 6 most important dos and don’ts. Naturally, you are very motivated at the beginning and want to reach your goal as fast as possible.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have unraveled one of life’s enduring mysteries: Why do shoelaces come undone? The researchers — Oliver M. O’Reilly, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Christine E. Gregg and Christopher A.
Can our workouts be shaped by what our friends do? That question is at the heart of an important new study of exercise behavior, one of the first to use so-called big data culled from a large-scale, global social network of workout routines.
From left to right in back row: Lesisa Desisa, Zersenay Tadese, and Eliud Kipchoge begin a half marathon test on the Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy on March 7. The trio will attempt to run a sub-2:00 marathon at the venue in early May.
Identify Your Focus Target one aspect of your training to reap the most gains. If you're in a base-building phase, use the killer week to boost mileage by up to 50 percent. Slow the pace of your runs if necessary, and increase both length and frequency.
Robert Sallis has seen it all. As a medical director for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, he’s spent 20 years watching athletes in every manner of distress get wheeled into the medical tent. He’s seen hyponatremia, or overhydration, a handful of times.
The jury is still out on whether eating late at night leads to weight gain. But one thing is certain: if you want to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. The number of calories you consume or cut per day makes a big difference.
I have been experiencing pain at the very top of my leg and the very bottom of my butt. One of my running buddies suggested it was my hamstrings and that they were probably too tight. So I've been stretching but have not gotten any relief.
Despite the fact that runners aren’t repeatedly tackled and buried under piles of bodies and equipment, the numbers tell us that they're hurt almost as frequently as pro football players.
I’m no ultrarunner, but I was still surprised: I can’t run at all with even a little alcohol in my system, as the dizziness and nausea overwhelm me. Hell, I’ve had to cancel runs because I took too much Benadryl the night before.
Illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common running injuries today–and also one of the least understood. While most physical therapists and clinicians who have experience treating running injuries understand how to treat IT band syndrome, the average runner doesn’t have a clue.
The inner quad muscles are adductors, meaning those muscles pull your leg in towards your body. These muscles also help in the flexion and medial rotation of hip. Hopefully you can continue to repeat some of the exercises you performed during your rehab.
The Kenyan is foregoing the London Marathon to focus on an audacious Nike-backed unofficial world record attempt, with the two-hour barrier the target The Kenyan is foregoing the London Marathon to focus on an audacious Nike-backed unofficial world record attempt, with the two-hou
Welcome to Dear Julia, a weekly column where readers can submit everyday health questions on anything from the science of hangovers to the mysteries of back pain.
While doing research for The 4-Hour Body back in 2009, I resorted to Twitter in search of elite athletes who performed well on a vegan diet. I was repeatedly referred to Rich Roll, whom Men’s Fitness Magazine dubbed one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World.
Nowadays people are more stressed than ever with very little free time. Therefore, it is important to make the most out of daily exercise. Pre- and post-workout foods are key.
Happiness, fancy toenails – and a love of old toothbrushes: aside from a longer lifespan, there so many great reasons to get your jogging skort on Happiness, fancy toenails – and a love of old toothbrushes: aside from a longer lifespan, there so many great reasons to get your jog
The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.
Sometimes running life begins at 40 and, as a result, you should continue to see improvements in running pace and performance. But, even if your running life began several decades prior to your fortieth birthday, you can still run faster in your forties and beyond.
Mental toughness can take many forms: resilience against attack, calmness in the face of uncertainty, persistence through pain, or focus amidst chaos. Below are eight lessons from eight of the toughest human beings I know.
Our pick for best support insole for most men, the Superfeet Green, is able to find the right balance between support and cushion, provides a comfortable fit, and is versatile enough to be the right choice for a large number of different shoe styles and activities.
Whether it’s events like Tough Mudder, a marathon, or a local sprint triathlon many people decide to take the step to get into running each year.
As part of WIRED’s exclusive look at Breaking2, Nike’s revolutionary attempt to break the two-hour marathon mark, our writer is using the same training regime, apparel, and expertise as Nike’s three elite athletes—including Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge—to try to achieve his own per
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of running performance. Runners who make it to the starting line in Hopkinton are among the fastest, most determined and most dedicated marathoners in the world.
Interval training is growing in popularity and is considered to be one of the most effective training methods. Particularly in competitive sports, interval training is used to enhance physical performance. But it also offers many benefits for recreational runners and beginners.
We know it can be tough to go to the gym when there’s a full queue on Netflix, Ben & Jerry's in the freezer, or really, anything better to do with your time. Or maybe you’re a runner whose workout schedule involves running, running, and more running.
Walk Signal: You're running fast intervals. Walking in between intervals instead of stopping to rest keeps your body ready to run. "Walking helps push blood back to the heart and muscles, which can reduce cramps and heavy legs," says Terry Nicola, M.D., M.S.
It takes a lot of hard work to stay in shape, which is why it’s important to exercise on a regular basis. But it’s not always possible to remain active, and sometimes a few days off can turn into a more... extended hiatus. Here’s what happens to your body when you suddenly stop exercising.
Unlike this awesome dog here, I’m not a fan of running. I used to run cross country in high school, and I’ve tried to get excited about running about a dozen times since then.
MILTON, Ontario — It was a day for talking, not running. Snow was piled along the streets. The driveway was icy. Ed Whitlock’s shoulder hurt. His face had been puffy. He did not feel well enough for the cemetery. At a visitor’s urging, Whitlock showed his display of novelty trophies.
MRI scans reveal that endurance runners’ brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary people. Researchers compared brain scans of young-adult cross-country runners to young adults who don’t engage in regular physical activity.
Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon.
My sister-in-law, Jane Richards, ran last year’s Berlin Marathon. Throughout the course, she retched repeatedly. She collapsed only a few steps after finishing. Her body was a wreck, and she said the race was more painful than childbirth.
Taking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for people who wish to improve their health.
Learn how to squeeze a little more speed out of yourself by making the most of your training. We all want to get faster. And we’re all busy too. The most obvious and commonly pursued way to improve race times is to run more.
The true cause is all of the above. Injury—and injury-prevention—is multifaceted. "A combination of things—for example, an anatomical issue plus a training error and the wrong shoes—can add up to injury," says Joseph Hamill, Ph.D., a biomechanist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
This summer, I went on one of the most visually stunning runs of my life. My path took me to the top of a 16th-century fort in Siena, Italy, as the rising sun lit the surrounding rooftops a brilliant yellow.
More and more devices over the last 1-2 years have begun to include the ability to record your heart rate (HR) data around the clock. No longer are you limited to just workout HR data, but now you can get it while you eat, sleep and work (and practice Valentine’s Day).
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love pounding the pavement in tiny shorts and those who believe that to run is to hurt while getting increasingly bored.
If you run, bike, are desk-bound all day, or have been sitting in a car or plane traveling, your hamstrings could use some extra love and length. It not only feels good to stretch this commonly tight area, but hamstring flexibility is also important for the health of your back, hips, and knees.
The 10K (6.2 miles) distance is very popular with beginner runners, especially those who have done a 5K race, but don't feel they're quite ready to take on the half-marathon. Below is an eight-week training schedule to help get you to the finish line.
Editors’ note: Here’s one of our favorite stories from the archives with a helpful tip for Smarter Living. Updated, Oct. 24, 2014 | For a greater challenge, see “The Advanced 7-Minute Workout.” And download our new, free 7-Minute Workout App for your phone, tablet or other device.
At the United States Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, 28-year-old Brenda Martinez was in prime position to win her best event, the 800-meter run, which would qualify her for the Olympics for the very first time.
Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance.
As part of the stories of the year collection, this piece is being resurfaced along with others in the coming days as ESPN Digital and Print Media closes out the year. Check out the full list here.ON THE MORNING of Jan.
Tell us if this has ever happened to you—right in the middle of a big race, the same song keeps repeating over and over in your head. It could be an old favorite or a new hit but that song keeps replaying in your brain for miles.
Happy New Year! Here’s to another year of running far and–if we can help it–relatively fast. Running itself seldom requires enhanced motivation or resolve.
The second step is to take your current training plan and tweak it to create a solid Plan B. By making a new plan, you avoid the stress of trying to catch up or fretting that you haven’t caught up yet. Shave weeks off the end and the middle.
At the end of the 45-minute workout, my body was dripping with sweat. I felt like I had worked really, really hard. And according to my bike, I had burned more than 700 calories. Surely I had earned an extra margarita.
There’s a scene in “Friends” where Ross’s colleague admits she doesn’t have a television. Incredulous, Joey asks, “You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?”
STORRS, Conn. — After losing to Connecticut by 61 points in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament, Albany’s coach suggested that the Huskies were not only the best women’s basketball team in the country but also the fittest.
By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two (or ten) about interval training.
Lowering the men’s marathon world record to below two hours could be easier than some experts have predicted, according to a timely new study of how to run fast. Of almost equal interest, the rest of us could use a few simple tweaks to improve our own, admittedly more pedestrian race times.
It isn’t hard to get started running, but once you get into the swing of things, it’s easy to injure yourself or ignore little things that make you a lot better. Running coach Jason Fitzgerald shares some of his secrets. Hindsight is 20/20.
The marathon world record stands at two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds. Nike wants to chisel that time down to less than two hours and has designed a shoe to do it.
Jesse Itzler: I first met "SEAL" at a 100-mile run in San Diego and I was running this race as part of a six-person relay team with friends and he was running the entire race by himself. And the run was unsupported so you have to bring your own supplies.
It probably has something to do with the fact that I work two jobs—I go straight to work at a restaurant three nights a week when I leave Runner’s World. On those nights, I often don’t get home until after 9:30 p.m., making it easily a 14-hour day of work—not including the commute.
Not everyone who runs a marathon will “hit the wall.” There are many factors that contribute to this phenomenon, and some are within your control while some may not be. Researchers suspect it is likely that genetics plays some role in this, and your daily diet may also be a factor.
In the United States lower back pain is one of most common complaints. The Mayo Clinic states that most people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain is experienced by sedentary people as well as highly-trained athletes.
If part one of this series achieved its objective, at this point it should be possible to construct a basic running/lifting routine that should return good results over time.