Runner's World Issue 4 2020

RUNNER'S WORLD is filled with powerful information that will help you run faster and farther and have more fun doing it! Every issue brings you the strategies, tips and advice to fuel your performance, prevent injuries, burn fat, shed stress, and achieve your personal goals.

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jim vickery

Inspiring RW+ Members Not every run is great, spectacular, or idyllic, as some beginning runners might be led to believe. Some runs just stink: The weather is bad, aches and pains crop up, rhythm is off, etc. This happens sometimes and you just accept it, think about the run and what you can do to make it better, and plan for the next outing. ALSO: My favorite workout is the Manitou Incline. It’s grueling on legs and lungs, rewards you with a false summit halfway up, and has a nice trail run down.…

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my running life

BETTE CANTER DEPUTY EDITOR ANY DAY YOU RUN IS A GOOD DAY PRODUCTS I’M USING RIGHT NOW 1 / Brooks Ghost 12 $130 After going steady with the Glycerins for years, the Ghosts have stolen my heart. 2 / Nathan Handheld Water Bottle $25 I have type 1 diabetes, so I never run without Gu chomps shoved into the zipper pouch. 3 / Athleta Contender Tights $89 The pockets are perfect for holding my insulin pump or extra dog treats. THE HARDEST RUN OF MY LIFE… An 18-miler up the New Jersey side of the Hudson River during a heat warning. It was so hot that I had to lie down in a tiny patch of shade in someone’s yard. My elapsed time was almost 4.5 hours. Its Strava title: “Well this was…a disaster.” GO-TO RUN HACK Put Gu chomps…

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my running life

ANDREW DANIELS SENIOR EDITOR GOT A DRAWER FULL OF SALTED CARAMEL GU. WANNA PARTY? PRODUCTS I’M USING RIGHT NOW 1 / Apple AirPods Pro $249 Toggling between noise-canceling and transparency modes helps me seamlessly adjust to my surroundings. 2 / Asics EvoRide $120 I’ve shaved 30 seconds off my half PR this year and have had these on my feet since the calendar flipped. Coincidence? 3 / Moji Curve Pro Massager $30 The rolling steel spheres gently relieve tight muscles—and they feel even better if you freeze ’em first. Bucket List Run The Dramathon, which winds through the rolling foothills of the Speyside Way, a stretch of northeast Scotland that’s home to the world’s best whiskies. When you finish at the Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries, fresh single-malt samples await. This dram enthusiast can dream. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO Most of…

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the inside lane

AS AMERICA WENT into its second month of lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and spring races were canceled, I, like so many runners, wondered, “What do I do with this fitness?” I was planning to run the Boston Marathon but, instead, like so many runners, I took on a silly little personal competition. Associate editor Drew Dawson highlights some of those challenges (page 26), including Everesting, virtual scavenger hunts, and backyard ultras. I stayed close to home and took advantage of the newfound free time and ran every street in Jersey City, where I live. This city has more than 200 miles of streets, with a lot of dead ends and stretches that I had to traverse more than once to completely cover the town. It’s also an extremely diverse…

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strengthening these overlooked muscles can prevent injury

When we strength-train, we tend to target and sometimes isolate the big guns in our legs (our glutes, hamstrings, and quads) and often neglect smaller muscle groups—like those tiny muscles in our feet that are equally important for powering our strides. But running is a high-impact exercise, and your feet are the first point of contact every time you hit the ground, says Corinne Fitzgerald, head coach of Mile High Run Club in New York City and a competitive runner. “Taking care of our feet is just as important as the big muscle groups that move us to run.” And research backs this up. According to a recent study published in BioMed Research International, strengthening “plantar short” foot muscles (the 10 little muscles that stretch from your heel to your toes)…

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i ended a five-year plateau with this fix

Everyone remembers their first marathon. It’s an extraordinary sense of accomplishment that lies somewhere between incredulous joy and “wow, I’m never doing that again.” But then, when the soreness begins to fade, we realize we haven’t yet come close to our full potential. I conquered my first marathon in 2008 in just over four hours. Once the pain wore off and I had the celebratory beers, I couldn’t help but daydream about where I could improve and what was truly possible. I was determined to further develop my capabilities as a runner, and I realized that getting faster in the marathon wasn’t going to just happen. I had to work for it. I followed a running plan for my second and third marathons in 2009, which brought me under four hours. In…