The outside of Laurence Socha's foot had been hurting for months. But the veteran marathoner kept running. "The pain would come and go, so I just ignored it," says Socha, 27, a teacher who lives in Washington, D.C. On a run one night, his sore foot rolled, and he had to limp home. Turns out, Socha had been disregarding a hairline fracture, and he had broken his fifth metatarsal. He needed surgery and was on crutches for six weeks.
Bad idea to ignore what your feet are trying to tell you. Obvious pains like Socha's, or merely visible imperfections like black toenails or calluses, often indicate imbalances that can lead to injury. "I like to compare foot care to the foundation of a house," says Roy DeFrancis, D.P.M., president of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. "A house without a strong foundation is likely to crumble."
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The Warning: Black Toenail
Black toenails, or "runners' toes," frequently plague distance runners. A
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The outside of Laurence Socha's foot had been hurting for months. But the veteran marathoner kept running. "The pain would come and go, so I just ignored it," says Socha, 27, a teacher who lives in Washington, D.C. On a run one night, his sore foot rolled, and he had to limp home. Turns out, Socha had been disregarding a hairline fracture, and he had broken his fifth metatarsal. He needed surgery and was on crutches for six weeks.Read More »from What Your Feet Say About Your Health
Get your fuel facts straight with three popular myths--and one surprising truth--about your nutrition.Wouldn't it be nice if it were illegal for anyone to knowingly convey false or misleading information about nutrition in print or on TV? Alas, it may seem dishonest, but because of one main driver--profit--the misinformation continues.Read More »from The Truth About 4 Confusing Nutrition Tips
But as an informed, not-easily-persuaded runner, you might be wondering, "why don't more people buy into the 'if it seems too good to be true, it probably is' line of thought?" Well, there are actually quite a few reasons. First of all, we all want quick and easy solutions to life events that confound us. Things we absolutely can't control, like aging or incurable diseases, and the things we can control with a lot of work, like managing the amount of stress in our lives, addressing our fluctuating weight, and more. Fad diets and fad products also sell because we tend to believe what we want to hear, we tend to believe what we see in print, and many ads sound quite scientific and true. So it makes sense that we dive in with both feet and believe
NAME: Ali Tremaine
OCCUPATION: Student, physical therapist assistant
HOMETOWN: Memphis, TN
FAMILY: While I technically live alone, my house is often full of my close friends and family visiting, as well as golden retrievers that I foster!
What prompted you to start working out?
Being a twenty-something can lead to a lot of bad choices and hard times to struggle with. Add to that a friend's tragic passing and my parents rough divorce, and I just had to find something to get me out of bed. It was a very hard time, but there was something comforting about only worrying about getting one foot in front of the other, one day at a time.
How did you start?Read More »from “How Running Helped Me Grieve”
I've never been very athletic, so running seemed like the only thing that was easy enough to try. I had no idea how hard it actually was going to be, or how that would make it more rewarding. I still vividly remember the first time I ran a whole mile without stopping, and how insanely happy it made me. From that
A Philadelphia writer and runner has finally answered the question we've all been asking: How far did Rocky run in Rocky II?Ask any runner to name his or her favorite cinematic running scene, and odds are one of the many Rocky training montages will come up. After all, few things are more inspiring than watching working man's hero Rocky Balboa run through Philadelphia in a sweatsuit and Chuck Taylors, air-boxing and high-fiving all the kids in the city. (If thinking about the montage has you in the mood for more throwbacks, check out our vintage shoe picks in The 7 Best Classic Running Shoes.)Read More »from How Far Did Rocky Balboa Really Run?
Like many native Philadelphians, writer Dan McQuade grew up watching the Rocky movies and taking special joy in those training montages--particularly the iconic scene in Rocky II that ends on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum after passing through seemingly every major landmark in the city.
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A few years ago, though, he noticed something off about the scene... It seemed Rocky ran through a lot of Philadelphia.
- The Editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 4:54 PM EDT
Training grounds are closed, races potentially canceled. You may have to put away that race day running outfit...The federal government shutdown that began on Tuesday is already affecting runners' training, and will affect races if the shutdown lasts long enough.Read More »from How the Government Shutdown Affects Fall Marathon Season
The main immediate impact stems from the closure of federal lands throughout the United States that are popular training grounds, such as the C&O Canal towpath in Maryland, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee, and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada and Arizona.
The impact could broaden to races held on federal lands being canceled if the shutdown continues.
PLUS: This wouldn't be the first unexpected cancellation of a race event. Last year's NYC Marathon was shut down due to Superstorm Sandy. See what last year's participants did instead, and find out how to Run a Plan B Race After a Cancelled Event.
"For those of us who live in D.C., the shutdown has caused all kinds of problems," said Libby Nelson. "My 4- and 5-mile runs usually go through the gates of the National Zoo (now closed for
.Runners love to eat. In fact, it's the reason why many of us run in the first place. Logging all those miles can make you hungry. And that means filling up on meals that satisfy your cravings for real, delicious food while still providing a balance of nutrients to fuel your running.Read More »from The Perfect Weight Loss Meal Plan
Many runners assume that logging 10, 20, 30, or more miles per week will automatically lead to drastic weight loss. But the truth is, while running is an excellent calorie burner (burning on average 100 calories per mile), you won't lose weight if you don't also take your diet into consideration. That's because all that exercise makes you hungry--and it's easy to overdo it and consume all of the calories you just burned (or more) during that five-mile run.
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So how do you successfully pair running and weight loss? The key is to keep up your running routine while slightly reducing your daily calorie intake--by no more than 250 to 500 calories per day, says
Pressed for time? Here's how to dine out without setting back your nutrition plan.Now that school is in session, and your family is likely returning to the daily grind, you might be relying just a bit more on fast food and restaurant fare. But as fall racing season is in full swing, you don't want to undo all those long runs and hard workouts by letting your nutrition status slide. Understandably, you might balk every time one of your family members or--horror of horrors!--workout partners suggests recovering with a trip through the drive-thru. But don't freak out--here are some tips to keep your taste buds satisfied, your family happy, and your fitness on the right track.Read More »from 10 Ways to Lose Weight at Restaurants
PLUS: For the diet tips you can ignore, check out Top Nutrition Myths, Debunked!
1. Plan ahead. There's a reason this tip is #1; a good plan is the best tool a runner can have in his or her "I'm hungry, feed me RIGHT now" nutrition arsenal. Planning ahead may save you from saying yes to the double-deep-fried pie and getting so ravenous that anything and everything on the menu looks tasty. In other
Can your dog go the distance? Sure, most fit canines could thump us in a 5-K, but anyone who has ever watched leashed runners at a local park knows that some animals are better athletes than others. But how does your dog rate? Or if you're searching for a perfect running partner, what kind should you pick?Read More »from 10 Best Dog Breeds for Runners
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Not surprisingly, it depends. There's no perfect running breed for all conditions, and a dog's personality and temperament are as important as its pedigree, says Susan Dicks, D.V.M., an Albuquerque-based veterinarian and marathoner. Mongrels can make fine runners, especially if they're medium-sized, alert, and eager.
Some breeds, such as huskies and greyhounds, were bred to run, and most working dogs are naturally suited to running. By contrast, squishy-nosed dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs, don't make good distance athletes, because they're prone to overheating. That's not to say your pug can't run, but he probably shouldn't join you
- The Editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Often the biggest obstacle to working out has nothing to do with the legs and lungs; it's about what's on your mind. Here's how to clear some common mental hurdles that can keep you from getting out the door.Read More »from Overcome the Top 5 Mental Roadblocks During Exercise
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THE OBSTACLE: Working out hurts!
GET OVER IT: Tuning out--not in--can help you get through those tough first workouts, says Christy Greenleaf, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin. Recruit a friend to walk the neighborhood with you; watch your favorite sitcom while you're on the treadmill; put together a workout mix with tunes that evoke happy memories. Studies have shown that listening to music reduces the level of perceived exertion, or how hard you feel like you're working. "Any way that you can focus your attention on something other than how your body feels will help," says Greenleaf. "As you get more experienced and your body adapts to training, you can tune in more to what your body is experiencing."
Molly Jordan, after her 140 pound weight lossNAME: Molly JordanRead More »from “I Lost Over 140 Pounds by Running!”
OCCUPATION: Environmental Consultant
HOMETOWN: Toledo, Ohio
FAMILY: Mother, sister, brother-in-law, and a 2-year-old niece
What prompted you to start working out?
I woke up one morning weighing almost 300 pounds and decided I didn't want to be fat anymore. There were only a few stores I could shop at to buy clothes (which was going to get harder if I kept on the same path). I was wearing a size 26 pants and 2X to 3X tops, and going to the mall was almost always upsetting walking past the store where the "tiny people" shopped. I remember going to bars a couple times with friends who were all skinny and knowing no guys were looking at me or would even give me a chance.
How did you start?
In October 2011, I started using an iPhone app to count calories and started doing a Wii fitness game. In June 2012, a friend gave me a pass to her gym and I ended up joining and working out that day. I had always wanted to run, but knew I was too heavy to do it, and when I would try,