Girlfriend’s Guide to Running: Page 96

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). […]

Go for a Fun Run

Bored with your regular run around the same ol’ neighborhood loop? Me too. So recently a friend and I met up after work and went on a “fun run” through a local park, mixing a variety of exercises into the workout while making a game out of it. (It never hurts to act like a […]

Change in Season, Change in Clothing

We’re heading into fall (at least in most parts of the country), which is a great time to change up the old fitness routine. Here in Florida, that means I finally get to start running outside again. However, I’m 18 weeks pregnant, so I’ve rearranged my route for frequent restroom breaks and pit stops. And […]

BPA: Getting a bad rap?

Did you throw out all of your BPA-labeled bottles? The Food and Drug Administration is now saying “not so fast.” The FDA recently announced that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many plastic sports bottles, is safe for use despite warnings earlier this year that the chemical could contain toxins and be a carcinogen. […]

Treat Your Feet

An article in this week’s Play magazine, published by the New York Times, offers a close-up look at athletes’ much-abused feet. Turns out, most of us tolerate achy feet far longer than we should, which can cause long-term medical problems. Run on your toes? You might be setting yourself up for potential bone breaks. Wear […]