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Why We Run

Your ultimate guide to achieving running bliss—mind, body, and soles.

Inspiration

Getting Started

You’ve got the reason, we’ve got the motivation

Knowing the truth will help you run your best

It doesn't get easier, you just go faster

Amping Up

Go For It

U.S. champ miler Will Leer leads the way to your next PR

  “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon,” Napoleon allegedly once said. Say what you will about his inherent cynicism, but the pint-sized conqueror knew what he was talking about. Today, runners continue to battle it out against themselves and others…

With fun medals and no cops, cones, or 6 a.m. start times to worry about, virtual racing is taking off. Here’s how to get in on the action.

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Pain fades, but glory is forever. Or at least until your next competition.

Fitness

Taking Care of Number One

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Runners are stubborn. It’s what gets them out the door every day, logging miles, and chasing goals. It's also why they make the same mistakes over and over again. Don’t be that guy.

Rosie J. Spinks

As sensor technology improves and becomes more practical, so does the ability of coaches and athletes to collect—and react to—more nuanced data.

We put five common maxims to the test

Extra Credit

Think Like a Runner

Fun-ify your workouts by running cats, names, or something naughty

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For those who run, the sport is a subject of inexhaustible interest. From goosebump-inducing trail porn to the most thoughtful ruminations on running and life, here's how we stock our running library.

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Ultrarunner Gonzalo Calisto, who placed fifth in last year’s UTMB, was recently busted for doping. His indictment posed a grave question: can the sport save itself before it's too late?

Diet

Fueling

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Because no one podiums at noon or tags a summit at dusk without a proper first meal.

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Here's how world-class athletes do the trickiest meal of the day

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Bottom line? Eat like an elite to maximize health and performance.

An undiagnosed reaction to your pre-race meal could be hurting your athletic performance. Here's how to pinpoint—and fix—the issue.

Rachael Schultz

How much, what kind, and when? Time to question (only some of) what you know about fueling up.

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New research suggests that not everyone should be eating the same foods. In fact, some athletes might benefit from these doughnuts.

Bodywork

Fitness and Nutrition

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Everything you need to run a personal best, including a 12-week training plan, a race-day nutrition plan, and advice from U.S. record holder Ryan Hall

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An ultramarathon isn't just a race: It's a windy, rocky, leg-trashing trail to self-enlightenment. Get ready to run your first 50-miler with tips from our ultra experts, plus nutrition advice and a complete 20-week training plan.

Matt Allyn

In recent years, the evidence has mounted in favor of forefoot running, but a new study suggests that the average runner should rethink his stride.

Travel

Road Trips for Runners

If you don’t just want to run on vacation, but you want to make running the vacation, book a running tour. There are two primary categories of tours: those tied to an event, such as a marathon, and those tied to a destination. A runner celebrates at Machu Picchu.

If you’ve lost that loving feeling for running, there’s a surefire way to rekindle the flame: camp. “Putting yourself in an environment where you’re surrounded by other runners, and where you can focus only on your own running, is the perfect place to reenergize your passion,” says Ryan Warrenberg, assistant…

Big-city marathons, triathlons, and adventure races have never been more popular. Here's why it's time for you to line up for the starting gun, too.

A peeping stroll is not an acceptable last outdoor gasp before winter. Presenting the best active autumn escapes.

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Winner: Dolomites, Italy. Runner-Up: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Inspiration

Why Run?

Told from the point-of-view of runners from all walks of life, the film explores the inspiration and motivation that modern cultures associate with running. Runners share an uncommon bond in today’s society, whether it’s through participation in the events or a simple ‘hey’ on an isolated nature trail. We aim…