Girlfriend’s Guide to Running: Page 95

Runner’s Best Friend (or Foe?)

It started out like any other run. I’d taken this route many times—at 6 a.m. in the still-dark morning, nothing beats stumbling out your front door for a neighborhood run. I was winding up the run and feeling quite satisfied that I had squeezed in almost 3 miles while the rest of my family was […]

Testing for the “Sports Gene”

Want to find out which sport your child may be best at in the future? According to this New York Times article, if you visit Atlas Sports Genetics in Boulder, Colo., you can. For a fee of $149, the lab collects DNA from your child via a cheek swab and then analyzes the gene ACTN3, […]

It’s Not Much of a Stretch

Next time you are chasing a PR at a race, you might consider skipping the popular standing quadriceps stretch. In a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researchers found that static stretches like these actually decreased leg power. So instead of holding your usual stretches for 30 seconds, opt for more […]

Run Like a Mom

I’ve recently welcomed a wonderfully charming and surprisingly energetic toddler into my life, and trying to find a time to run is almost as hard as convincing him not to toss his food from the highchair tray. Before our adoption was finalized, my neat and tidy weekly running routine included structured neighborhood runs and various […]

Active Maternity Gear

In most women’s pregnancies, there comes a point when we have to face the facts: We can no longer wear our pre-pregnancy workout clothes. At 15 weeks pregnant, my moment came a few days ago: Even my oversized T-shirts were starting to creep up over my expanding abdomen. And now that I’ve traded the pavement […]

Dirty Water

After a run, there’s nothing like that first sip of water for refreshment without the guilt. But an Environmental Working Group report states that 10 major brands of bottled water tested positive for pollutants ranging from chlorine and fertilizer residue to caffeine and arsenic. The levels found were as high as those found in tap […]

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 […]