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Category Archives: Outside Run

How Strava Fame Became a Burden for Molly Seidel

Back in January 2018, the fitness app Strava got some unwanted publicity when its heatmap feature allegedly revealed the locations of covert military bases. Although there was no evidence that the safety of military personnel had been compromised, the media coverage at the time was damning. A Guardian article noted that the platform was potentially […]

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How Kathryn Martin Staged a Record-Setting Comeback at 70

When Kathryn Martin stepped to the starting line on March 18 at the USA Track and Field Indoor Masters Championships, the feeling was familiar and foreign at the same time. Although her name appears next to 23 American age-group indoor and outdoor track records—11 of them world records—Martin, 70, hadn’t run around an oval in […]

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How Super Shoes are Upending Running’s Sponsorship Model

Last week’s Boston Marathon sparked yet another debate about shoe tech in professional running. This time, the question wasn’t whether super shoes were undermining cherished notions of competitive fairness, but whether pro runners are being forced to choose between getting the best possible sponsorship deal and maximizing their chances of success by retaining the freedom […]

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Tommy Rivs’ Cancer-Free Return to the Boston Marathon Was Beautiful

Alternating bouts of jogging and walking, Thomas Puzey—widely known as “Tommy Rivs” or simply “Rivs”—made his way along Boylston Street toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 18. Flashing a wide smile and waving to the crowd, the Arizona-based runner celebrated his return to the site of his fastest marathon. Five years […]

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There’s New Data on How Your Arm Swing Affects Running

In the fourth century B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle laid down some key principles of running form. “Runners run faster if they swing their arms,” he wrote. “There is in extending the arms a kind of leaning against the hands and wrists.” Modern coaches explain it a little differently, but they still generally believe that […]

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The Best Track Spikes of 2022, Reviewed

Whether you’re getting ready for a race or a hard workout, the process of spiking up stirs a familiar excitement and anxiety for what’s to come: your body instinctively knows it’s time to perform. If you want to compete at your best in track and field, spikes are essential—and today’s are better than ever. Designers […]

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The Unnecessary Fallout from Shelby Houlihan’s Doping Ban

Last June, when the public was first informed that Shelby Houlihan had tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone and would serve a four-year suspension for doping violations, nobody was more vocal about the apparent injustice of the decision than Houlihan’s coach, Jerry Schumacher. (Houlihan’s team blamed her positive test on a pork burrito that […]

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Words of Wisdom from Brendan Leonard, the Everyman of Ultrarunning

In his collection of running essays, Have Fun Out There Or Not, my fellow Outside columnist Brendan Leonard writes that, “Like anything worth doing, running long distances is about 90 percent tedious bullshit and 10 percent wonderful.” It’s hard to disagree. Leonard, who began running ultras in his mid-thirties, has a talent for chronicling his […]

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Two Elite Runners Wrote the Book on Longevity in Women’s Distance Running

In their new release, How She Did It, elite runners Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery share the stories of 50 successful runners to highlight women’s experiences in the sport. The book serves as an inspirational how-to guide for the next generation of female distance runners, with the goal of promoting athletic longevity. Huddle, a two-time Olympian and […]

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