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Women's Running - Women's Running Magazine

Protect Your Knees

A new study reported in the American Journal of Sports Medicine shows that a simple program of leg  conditioning exercises can signifantly reduce the risk of A.C.L. injuries, problematic for female athletes. Add these American Physical Therapy Association-recommended exercises—available by clicking on the “Prevent ACL Injuries” link here—to your routine three times a week to […]

Flip-Flops Fall Flat

Another reason to pack up your flip-flops for the season? A study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association tested plantar pressure—which can lead to the painful plantar fasciitis—for women wearing athletic shoes, flip-flops and in bare feet. The flip-flops were only slightly better at protecting feet from plantar pressure than going shoeless, […]

Feel-Good Fleece

Gore-Tex is known as the brand “guaranteed to keep you dry.” This October they’re exposing their softer side. “Give a Warm Fuzzy, Get a Warm Fuzzy” is a new program launching online to raise awareness and support for three respected outdoor charities and W.L. Gore’s newest Windstopper fleece. The warm and fuzzy Windstopper is so […]

Musical Motivation

Be coached by Olympic gold medalist marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson or long distance track star Kara Goucher on your next run and get a boost in motivation and speed. Available via iTunes and created by Nike, Samuelson’s “Women’s Marathon Mix” ($11) offers tips on running efficency, breathing and form during a 30-minute run, matched to […]

Run Long

Spend some time reading the National Runners Health Study, and you might be inspired to tack a mile or two onto your next run. Since 1991, Dr. Paul Williams and a team of researchers have worked with more than 120,000 runners to learn how running impacts human health. Some of the most interesting findings for […]

Nuts for Weight Control

Sure, nuts have protein and fiber, and are even recommended as part of a heart-healthy diet (according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute). But for those of us trying to slim down for that next big race, the nut has been sidelined because of its high fat content. However, an article in The […]

Want to Run Faster? Relax.

Most runners feel nervous, jittery and excited at the start of a race. But athletes perform at their best when they’re relaxed, reports a recent NY Times article. Runners who are too tense don’t use their muscles as efficiently as those who stay relaxed and in a rhythm. You’ve seen them on the course (or […]

Women’s Running on the Radio

Women’s Running editor in chief Kristin Harrison talked about the launch of the magazine on the radio show “Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy” this week. Visit this link to hear the interview.

Too Caffeinated for Your Own Good?

A new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence stresses the need for more regulation and monitoring of the use and marketing of highly caffeinated energy drinks like Monster and Rockstar, which can contain anywhere from a tolerable 50 mg per bottle to a brain-buzzing 500 mg or more. The researchers report these […]

Chocolate-y goodness

Looking for a little post-race reward—without the guilt? You can feel good about indulging after your next run with these chocolates with benefits (not to mention the heart-helpful benefits of a little dark chocolate). The organic vegan fudge from Allison’s Gourmet uses only fair trade, shade-grown ingredients (shady environments protect wildlife inhabitants by reducing erosion). […]