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Ultrarunning's Humble Champion

With a series of impressive 100-mile wins under his belt and perhaps the most fitting name ever bestowed upon a shoe-salesman-slash-ultrarunner, Mike Foote seems to be doing everything right.

Swimmers: Don't Worry About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Cue the chilling background music: Flesh eating bacteria can lurk in your favorite swimming spots. But don't panic. For most people, even those in affected regions, the water is still safe—especially when you're using common sense.

Solving Exercise’s Most Metallic Mystery

Sometimes when we work out hard, we get a weird, metallic taste in our mouths. The problem is widespread, and the reason for it is surprisingly elusive.

The Painful Truth About Running Fast

When Outside Gear Editor Meaghan Brown toed the line of her first Marathon this past May, she wasn't thinking "just finish"—she was thinking "finish fast." Meaghan's run many longer...

Only Fitness Fools Cut Carbs

Before Dr. Robert Atkins launched his low-carb diet in 1972, there was Banting, the fat British man who needed to slim down, so his doc put him on a high fat-low carb (HFLC) diet. Presto change-o, he...

This Workout Will Get You Ready for Anything

Cross-training for explosive running means more than changing activities—you need to change environments, too. To truly challenge your lower body, swap the track or trail for the basketball court and...

6 Great New Energy Bars

It’s conventional wisdom that what you eat before, during, and after exercise effects both performance and recovery.

Why You Should Hire a Coach

There’s a reason why more and more amateur athletes are turning to professional trainers to retool their workouts: it’s the best way to improve performance.

Sunscreen Won't Save You

No, don't stop using it. But add some more types of protection to your arsenal. After all, it's just not worth risking skin cancer, right?

The Rider Taking Over Cyclocross

The former road cyclist from Easthampton, Massachusetts is quickly taking over the European-imported sports craze, cyclocross. Here's what keeps him going up, down, over, around...

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.

Why Running Makes You Live Longer

Next time you're lacing up your shoes for a long run, consider this: Those extra miles might be for naught. New research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that...

You Can't Get Too Much Sleep

Seven is the new eight. That’s what the headlines have been saying recently, in the wake of the Wall Street Journal’s report that the Centers for Disease Control is rethinking how much sleep we truly...