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Runner's WorldRunner's World

Runner's World August 2018

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
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the inside lane

RAISE YOUR HAND if you got your start in running by joining the high school track or cross-country team. Some of us ended up trying the sport after being cut from another team because we couldn’t hit a fastball or sink a three-pointer. But for many of us, it was our first love, a chance to sprint fast or hop over hurdles. With so many events (and thanks to a no-cuts policy), track is the number-one participatory high school sport. But nearly a half million kids also run cross country every fall. Here in the U.S., what we think of as cross country is really little more than a track meet held on well-manicured golf courses, with very few obstacles, very few hills, and very little mud. That’s different from the experience…

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on your mark

I MOVED TO Philly about four years ago, and I was riding my bike over the bridge when I saw massive amounts of high-school and college teams walking around Franklin Field and University of Pennsylvania. I was curious about what was going on, so I did some research and found out about the Penn Relays. I was fascinated. It’s the largest and oldest track-and-field relay meet in the country, and it convenes for about three days and hosts thousands of athletes. As a photographer, you get these strong, assured, gut feelings about wanting to shoot something, but you can’t really explain why, and this was one of them. Franklin Field itself is incredible. It’s huge—it was built in the late 1800s specifically for Penn Relays, and it doesn’t really look like…

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turn your sock game inside out

ONE OF MY SOCKS is inside out. No, this is not a mistake. I always slip my socks on last when I dress in the morning—not because they’re the least important part of my ensemble; it’s actually quite the opposite. I grab a fresh pair, pull the first one on inside out, then put the other sock on right-side out. It’s a quirk I picked up as a kid while playing soccer. Right before a match, I noticed one of my socks was on inside out, but it was too late to fix it. So I hit the pitch anyway, and sure enough, I scored, and we won the game. I’m not a very superstitious person, but in the back of my mind, that inside-out sock was the key to good fortune…

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run with your heart

BECCA COTUGNO, 31, has always been a fast runner. In high school, she scored points for her track and cross country teams, and now as an adult, she regularly wins her age group or finishes in the top five of the women’s field. But unlike many amateur runners at Cotugno’s level, her training isn’t focused on speed. She would rather lace up and go out slow and steady for hours at a time. So when Cotugno heard about heart rate–based training just over a year ago, she was intrigued. “When I found out heart-rate training was about ‘slowing down to speed up,’ I was pumped,” she says. “I love running leisurely, but I used to feel like I wasn’t putting the effort in if I just went out and ran comfortably…

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when running stresses you out

I’M STANDING IN the tiny kitchen of my New York City apartment, staring at the refrigerator. I’m not rummaging for the food that’s in it; I’m looking at what’s pinned on it: a marathon training calendar. The plan is two pages long. I couldn’t fit 16 weeks’ worth of workouts on one sheet of paper, and that alone causes anxiety to bubble up each morning when I review the day’s workout. The calendar is covered with red pen scribbles—a method I used to make changes because I’m not only training for a marathon, but I’m also trying to have a life. Scanning the sea of red makes me want to go back to bed instead of lacing up my sneakers. I’m not sure exactly when my relationship with running turned toxic. Instead…

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11 foods that disrupt your sleep

MY RUNNING PARTNER, Audra Boyle, 32, of Massapequa, New York, always looks like a bleary-eyed zombie when she arrives at the starting line of a race. While sucking down a caffeinated GU energy gel, she recounts her sleepless night of tossing, turning, running to the bathroom, and finally passing out around 3 a.m. Like many runners, Audra attributes her poor night’s rest to prerace jitters, but it could have been something she ate. Some foods have characteristics, such as a certain macronutrient breakdown or a particular chemical compound like saturated fat, that can mess with your sleep. Feeling more groggy than energized before a run? Avoid these 11 sleep-sappers. Coconut Oil Using this trendy oil for your stir-fry seems like a good idea, but it can have a negative impact on Z’s.…

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