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  • 5 Simple Moves That’ll Cure Your Foot Injury

    By Jessica Girdwain, Runner's World
    Photographs by Thomas Macdonald

    Plantar fasciitis is a runner's recurring nightmare. It's a notoriously stubborn injury that strikes when the thick band of fibers that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. It can start as a minor irritation but can advance and develop into a sidelining injury, especially if it's not treated promptly or properly. While ice, rest, orthotics, and pain relievers may ease the discomfort, the injury can come back again (and again) unless you address the underlying cause-weakness and tightness in the muscles and tendons that make up and support the foot, says Irene Davis, Ph.D., P.T., director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If arch pain is your nemesis, Davis recommends doing the following exercises barefoot daily (Learn to do the moves with correct form: watch the video how-to of the 5 exercises and follow along.)

    Calf Raise

    Calf Raises Strengthens

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  • Can You Beat These 12 Surprising Celebrity Marathoners?

    By Caitlin Giddings, Runner's World
    Next time you're chasing down a marathon PR, keep your head up, or you might miss some of the famous race faces all around you. Check out these 12 celebrity marathoners, in order by finish time, to see who might be in your pace group. You'll never believe which unlikely star covered 26.2 miles in the fastest time. (PLUS: You'll need to follow these 10 Tips to Running Your Best Marathon if you want to try.)

    Katie Holmes, 5:29:58
    After stopping to greet then-husband Tom Cruise and daughter Suri at Mile 23, Katie Holmes went on to cross the finish line of the 2007 New York City Marathon looking so strong and photogenic it launched an elaborate conspiracy theory as to whether she had run the race at all. Her split times should lay speculation to rest, but the mystery of how she managed 26.2 miles in boot-cut yoga pants lives on.

    Eddie Izzard, 5:00:30

    In 2009, actor and comedian Eddie Izzard not only ran a marathon, he ran 43 marathons in 51

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  • One Year After Sandy, 3 NYC Residents to Run Marathon

    One year after the devastating Superstorm Sandy, city residents take on their hometown marathon to ease the lingering pain.One year after the devastating Superstorm Sandy, city residents take on their hometown marathon to ease the lingering pain.By Charles Butler, Runner's World

    Hurricane Sandy took her home. It nearly took her husband's life. And for a while it took away an everyday comfort: her running. But Jen Correa has made a pledge to herself. Come November 3--the day the New York City Marathon returns to the streets of the five boroughs--she is doing a 26.2-mile recovery run that will put the tragic events of last year well in the past.

    And what a year it was--for Correa, 38, a resident of Sandy-ravaged Staten Island, and for many others in this year's marathon. Last November, the city and New York Road Runners officials canceled the marathon less than 48 hours before its start, one more victim of the storm that clobbered the New York City area. The 2013 marathon will include about 48,000 runners, 20,000 of whom, like Correa, were slated to run the 2012 event before Sandy had her way, as well as untold others who will be using the race to distance themselves from the disaster.

    PLUS: Changes to the 2013 NYC

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  • Boogie, the Dog Who Received Half Marathon Medal, Dies

    Courtesy of Boogie's Facebook profile.Courtesy of Boogie's Facebook profile.By Scott Douglas, Runner's World Newswire

    Boogie, the chocolate lab who jumped in a half marathon earlier this month and subsequently received a finisher's medal, died on Tuesday, October 15th, just days after he was awarded.

    Boogie became an Internet sensation after running almost all of the Evansville Half Marathon on October 5. He reportedly got free of his leash the night before, and joined the half marathon the next morning just after the start. Boogie ran the rest of the route, finishing in 2:15. He was then taken to animal control and reunited with his owner. Two days after the race, he was given a finisher's medal.

    Boogie's owners posted on Facebook last week that Boogie had died of a heart attack on October 15th.

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    Runner's World Newswire has been unable to contact the owners. A veterinary technician at Cape Veterinary Clinic in South Portland, Maine told Newswire that, without knowing the dog's medical history, it's

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  • What to Do a Week Before the New York City Marathon

    The ING New York City Marathon is the world's largest marathon, with over 45,000 finishers in 2011. It began in 1970 with a small group of runners in Central Park and has been held every year since, with the exception of 2012, when the race was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. The current course starts in Staten Island and passes through all five boroughs of the city.

    If you plan to watch from the sidelines this year, you can follow our live coverage here. But if you're running the race on November 2nd, read on.

    It's perfectly normal to experience a wide range of emotions the week before a race of any distance, whether it's 3.1 miles or 26.2. Excitement, anxiety, even dread can sweep over you in those final days. Harboring all that nervous energy simply means you care about having a good day, whether your race goal is just to finish or to run a faster time. The best way to counter those jitters is to have a plan for each day that will prepare your body--and ease your mind. For

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  • STUDY: Do Shake Weights Really Work?

    ..By Scott Douglas, Runner's World Newswire

    Shake Weights, heavily advertised on TV, have entered the public consciousness enough to have been parodied on "South Park" and "Saturday Night Live," among other venues. While the jokesters mock the (admittedly easy-to-mock) ads, science marches on, asking the fundamental question: Do they work as advertised?

    Not really, according to research published in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine.

    Shake Weights contain weights at the ends attached to the handle by a spring. According to the manufacturer, shaking the weights stimulates sufficient muscular activity to reduce fat and increase muscle mass in the upper-body areas targeted. For this study, 25 young adults did three exercises that are part of the prescribed Shake Weights routine--chest shake, biceps shake and triceps shake--using Shake Weights and conventional dumbbells.

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    While the participants did the shaking

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  • Inspirational Runners in This Year’s New York City Marathon

    Jonathon Brunot, Courtesy of the Brunot familyJonathon Brunot, Courtesy of the Brunot familyThere are thousands of inspiring stories in every marathon. We asked our readers to share the stories of runners about to take on the 2013 NYC race. Below are two profiles our readers submitted.

    Name: Jonathan Brunot

    Age: 24 years old
    Residence: Wappingers Falls, New York
    Occupation: Special Needs Student (Severe Autism)
    Previous marathons and highlights: The 2013 NYC Marathon will be his 11th marathon.
    Number of NYC marathons: 4 completed NYC Marathons; 5th was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.

    Jonathan's story, as told by his older brother Verlaine Brunot:
    "Growing up with a sibling with autism can be extremely challenging at times. Throughout Jonathan's adolescence; my mother contacted many different special needs programs to enroll Jonathan in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Since Jonathan wasn't capable of telling us what new things he wanted to try, we effectively had to 'throw him in the deep end,' so to speak, and immerse him in everything.

    We signed him

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  • Surprising Ways Apples Fuel Your Fitness

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a runner who doesn't love this time of the year. Cooler temperatures make running more enjoyable, there's a race to choose from nearly every weekend, and fall foliage and pleasant aromas are candy to the senses. When I head out the door for a run, I take in the sights and sounds of my neighborhood and breathe deep, inhaling the sweet smell of the orchard trees that line the streets. This is the time of the year for apple harvesting, and to any frugal gourmand, this is the season for unlimited apple cake, apple fritters, applesauce, sauteed apples, homemade apple cider--I'm starting to sound like Forrest Gump and his shrimp, but you get the picture.

    MORE: The Perfect Meal Plan for Fitness and Weight Loss

    Not only are apples tasty, versatile, and economical at this time of the year, each bite offers a host of health benefits to runners and spectators alike. Yes, there's science behind the adage that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." The widely

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  • The 13 Most Dangerous Animals for Runners

    Cooler temperatures means outdoor running is more comfortable and popular during the fall season. We reached out to our fellow runners to find out what animals they were most afraid of. Most of the answers we received were expected, but there were a few surprises mixed in too. Read on to find out which dangerous animals to watch out for on your next run--and follow our tips to stay safe!

    PLUS: Can You Outrun the World's Most Dangerous Animals?

    Bears Most bears, being omnivorous, would rather eat a bunch of berries than a runner, but that doesn't make them any less frightening if encountered on the trail. If you do come across one, the Colorado Division of Wildlife recommends that you make lots of noise, and talk to it so that it knows that you're human, and not prey.

    Canada Geese Canada geese aren't exactly what you'd call a "deadly animal," but they're plenty vicious if you get between them and their goslings. They'll hiss, flap their wings, and sometimes even bite. So, if you find a

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  • What Your Feet Say About Your Health

    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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