Blog Posts by The Editors of Runner's World

  • First Responders to Run Boston Strong This Year

    Image by AlbanyNY via Wikimedia CommonsImage by AlbanyNY via Wikimedia CommonsSoldiers and cops who finished the Boston Marathon, then raced to the rescue efforts, are coming back to run again.
    By Caleb Daniloff, Runner's World

    Even though David Diamond scrubbed "the hell out" of his Altra Instincts, he knows there's something forever adhered to them. Those shoes carried the 40-year-old Army special operations officer across the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street last year, and then, sickeningly, into a scene of carnage. He will lace up that same pair of size-10 Altras on April 21 for the 2014 Boston Marathon. "I want those shoes to cross that finish line again, as a tribute, as recognition to those involved last year," he says. "I want to carry a piece of them throughout the race."

    Diamond, who has an 18-year-long military career, was one of several hundred military and state police troopers who received an invitational bib from the Boston Athletic Association in appreciation of their service. Many of those invited men and women attend the

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  • 2014 Boston Marathon Guide for Runners and Spectators

    Answers to frequently asked questions, for both runners and spectators
    By editors of Runner's World
    Image by Robert Reese

    In the wake of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon and due to the increased field size, a number of new security measures are being introduced for the marathon this year. Those changes impact both runners and spectators of the race. Below, we will answer questions about what you can and cannot do at the 2014 Boston Marathon. For an updated list and more, check in with the Runner's World Full Coverage of the Boston Marathon.

    Can I bring a bag to the start?

    No. The Boston Athletic Association announced in an email to runners that no bags "will be allowed on buses from Boston to Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton back to Boston. Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course."

    Can I bring extra clothes and shoes to

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  • Boston Strong Stories, One Year Later

    ..For last July's special issue on the Boston Marathon bombings, we interviewed dozens of people swept up by the events of April 15, 2013. A year later, most of them are healing, reflecting, and (yes) running Boston again. Read on for the inspirational stories that we're sharing on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

    Interviews by John Brant, Charles Butler, Caleb Daniloff, Scott Douglas, Christine Fennessy, Caitlin Giddings, Megan Hetzel, Jon Marcus, Katie Neitz, Clara Silverstein, and Nick Weldon

    PHOTOS: Dear World, Boston Marathon

    Ellen Hunger Gans
    30, writer, Edina, Minn. Was stopped near mile 25. Will return to run this year (guaranteed entry as a nonfinisher).

    "I was 12 weeks pregnant at the marathon last year [with her first child]. In fact, when I was in Boston, I didn't know I was going to have a son, and now that I have one, it's impossible not to think of that little boy, Martin Richard. I have a new perspective of his parents' loss, not that I can begin to

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  • 6 Ways Running is Actually Good for You

    Running is not only great for the soul but good for your health.
    By Jennifer Van Allen, Runner's World

    You've probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. You might've also heard recently, that running may not be so good for you after all. Despite recent reports that too much or too little running can drastically shorten life spans, there's a raft of scientific evidence proving that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)--and running in particular--has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What's more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here's how:

    PLUS: The 5 Health Tests You Need to Ace This Year

    1. Running makes you

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  • 4 Ways to Prevent the Dreaded Side Stitch

    How to avoid getting this common pain in your side
    By Jenny Hadfield, Runner's World

    For those who exercise regularly, we don't usually let a little pain or weather stop us. We workout through sleet and snow, heat and haze, with blisters and black toenails, headaches and knee aches. But a side stitch? That sharp, stabbing pain that hits below the ribs can stop us in our tracks. Although the exact cause of side stitches has yet to be proven, theories abound. Sports-medicine physician Jordan Metzl, M.D., coauthor of The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies, says the most likely cause is a diaphragm spasm. The diaphragm, a sheet of muscle that extends across the bottom of the rib cage, plays an important role in breathing. Just like your leg muscles, your diaphragm can fatigue and cramp when put under too much stress. That's why side stitches tend to strike beginner runners or those stepping up pace or distance. The good news is that there are a variety of effective strategies--ones that I

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  • 6 Ways to Find the Perfect Workout Shoes

    If you're just starting to walk or run, a good pair of shoes is important. Here's a primer.
    By Jennifer Van Allen, Runner's World

    When you first start working out, it's tempting to dust off the vaguely-athletic-looking shoes in your closet, but it's not a good idea. Worn-out or ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of injury. And wear and tear are not always apparent to the naked eye. If you want to stay healthy, fit, and injury-free, invest in a good pair of workout shoes. Follow these tips to make sure you get the pair that you need. (Or, check out the latest Runner's World Shoe Guide for some stylish ideas.)

    Don't skimp. It may feel like a lot to spend up to $120 on a pair of running shoes, but the investment is worth it. Consider this: Whatever your new shoes cost, it is likely less than the money and time you'd spend seeing the doctor because you got hurt. (Even before an injury, your toes could be telling you it's time for a checkup. Read What Your Feet Say About Your Health

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  • The Perfect Diet for Your Specific Fitness Goals

    Training for a marathon? Looking to lose a few pounds? Cutting out (or limiting) meat? Do it all with our collection of the best recipes we've ever published.
    By Joanna Sayago Golub, Runner's World

    Depending on your training regimen, health goals, and dietary restrictions, your perfect balance of nutrients might look very different from your buddy's. If you're a runner logging long distances and lots of miles, for example, you need a high-calorie meal plan packed with carbs and quality protein. But if you're trying to lose weight, your perfect plan should be loaded with filling but low-calorie foods.

    PLUS: Top 5 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Diet, Starting Now

    We've taken all that and more into consideration in The Runner's World Cookbook, our brand-new collection of 150 of the best recipes the magazine has ever published. With its easy-to-follow key, you can search for recipes that meet your exact nutritional needs--and find prerun and recovery recipes; low-calorie recipes;

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  • The 21 Food Label Terms You Need to Know

    Here are the words on your food label you should pay close attention to.Here are the words on your food label you should pay close attention to.Just because packaging says "all natural" doesn't mean it's good for you.
    By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D., Runner's World

    Want to shed pounds for good? You've got to watch what you eat. Research has shown that people who read nutrition labels are more likely to lose weight than those who don't. But deciphering the labels isn't always easy (make it less stressful by following this 8-Step Guide to Decoding Any Food Label). Just because a package says "healthy" or "natural" doesn't mean that it's good for you, or will help your weight-loss efforts. Here's what to look for when you're reading a food label.

    PLUS: 10 Tips for Weight Loss That Lasts

    1. SERVING SIZE: Read this first. Even some foods that look like a single serving are actually two servings.

    2. FAT: Total fat should be no more than 30 percent of total calories.

    3. SODIUM: Aim for less than 200 milligrams per serving.

    4. FIBER: Aim for 25 to 30 grams fiber per day.

    PLUS: How Many People Actually Read Food

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  • 3 Fitness Shortcuts You Should Never, Ever Take

    Don't sabotage your training by cheating in other areas
    By Alex Hutchinson, Runner's World

    A few years ago, researchers in Taiwan recruited volunteers for what they were told was health-related product testing. Their first task was to take a pill and rate its texture and color; half were told it was a multivitamin, while the other half were told it was a placebo (which it was). During the next tests, the groups acted dramatically differently. When asked to test a pedometer, those who thought they'd taken a vitamin were more likely to walk a shorter route; at lunch, they chose less healthy food. In a survey, they expressed greater feelings of invulnerability and less desire to exercise.

    What does this have to do with running or working out? Racing your best demands that you coordinate countless details of training and lifestyle--long runs, intervals, sleep, nutrition, and so on--that contribute to your performance. This study illustrates a phenomenon known as the "licensing effect":

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  • 6 Ways Running Changes Your Body for Good

    By Jennifer Van Allen, Runner's World

    Running is not only great for the soul but good for your health. Check out the 6 different ways your body can reap the benefits of running.

    1. Running makes you happier.

    If you've been working out regularly, you've already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the "runner's high"--that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise--30 minutes of walking on a treadmill--could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. In a May 2013 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in which rats and ice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, researchers concluded that physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.

    RELATED: Overcome the 5 Biggest

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