Running

The Mutants Next Door: Fittest Real Athletes

They're obliterating records when they're not ferrying the kids to soccer or logging 40-hour weeks selling insurance. Meet five working athletes at the top of their game—and learn their...

Plans of Attack

Before you beginHOW HARD SHOULD YOU GO?PERCEIVED EXERTION (PE): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101: not remotely challenging;5:

The 8 Essentials of Barefoot Running

Back to BasicsIF IT SEEMS LIKE there are a lot more dudes chugging down the trail or sidewalk in those foot-glove thingies these days, well, it's because...

A Primer on Barefoot Running Shoes

Pick the Right ShoeGo to a specialty running store (find one at runningnetwork.com) and ask the salesperson to...

Check Your Form

With less-padded shoes, you'll need to run more softly. That means striking the ground near the ball of your foot or your midfoot (not your heel). Feel awkward? Try leaning slightly forward,...

Barefoot Running Training Plan

Use this training plan—based on a 30-mile-per-week training load—to transition slowly from your old shoes to your new minimalist kicks.

It Keeps You Running

In October, Warrenton, Virginia–based fitness consultant Sean Burch finished a 1,250-mile run along the length of Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail in a record-setting 49 days, six hours, eight...

Faster. Higher. Squeakier.

BACK IN THE EARLY 1960s, when the architect Louis Kahn designed the airy layout of the Salk Institute—a collection of stark concrete towers aligned like teetering dominoes...

Fancy Footwork

Lens CraftinessThe most ingenious (and brazen) product placement of 2010? Sending 33 pairs of Oakley Radar shades down the tube to the Chilean miners trapped for months...

Pearl Izumi Thermal Hat

Finally, top it all off with a warm and snug-fitting toque like PEARL IZUMI's fleece-lined THERMAL HAT ($30;

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