Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

Amanda MacMillan is a Brooklyn, New York–based freelance writer, triathlete, and health blogger for self.com.

Your Workout Playlist Needs a Remix

The workout soundtrack can be a very personal thing. Certainly there's no perfect pump-up song, but there is science behind getting the most out of your exercise playlist. And it applies whether your music library swings toward rap, indie, country, classical... You get the picture.

A Faster 5K, Guaranteed

In his new book, Pete Magill recommends hill sprints and "old-school intervals" for a new personal best on race day.

The Starch Paleo Dieters Need

Starchy foods get a bad rap. White bread and potatoes are devoid of nutrients, critics say, while the Paleo crowd eshews legumes and grains as unnecessary for the "ideal" human diet.

Train Without Getting Run Down

What a downer. Pre-race illness seems like a cruel case of Murphy’s Law, but you're not the first person to get sick while logging miles for an upcoming endurance event, and there certainly is a connection.

When (and How) to Really Recover

After an Ironman or an ultramarathon, is it better to take days (or weeks) off of strenuous exercise, or to get right back out there?

You Should Run Like a Girl

Without launching a full-out battle-of-the-sexes competition between you and your wife, it's hard to say exactly who is the better athlete. But it is true that she may have some ingrained sex-based advantage over you.

What Science Really Says About Sleep

Even if you’re in bed for eight hours, waking up every two or three hours and sleeping through the night are two very different things, says a new study from Tel Aviv University.

Athletic Parents Are a Godsend

Sibling rivalry is a fierce thing, but it seems like more often than not, athletic talent isn’t limited to just one prodigal son (or daughter).

Your Body on the Blood Drive

My office is holding a blood drive, but I'm concerned that taking part may compromise my scheduled workouts. Should I schedule giving blood around my training schedule, or vice versa?

Make the Heat Your Training Partner

If you never have to worry about actually performing at the top of your game in the heat, then by all means head inside to the treadmill.

You're a Wimp and It's Making You Slow

I know I should get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise on most days, but how do I know for sure if all of my workouts count for that?