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Category Archives: Outside Run

7 Pearls of Wisdom From a 103-Year-Old World Record Runner

Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins is still taking the running world by storm. In 2017, at age 101, Hawkins set the world record for her age group in the 100-meter dash at the USA Track & Field Outdoors Masters Championships. She completed the distance in a blazing 40.12 seconds, instantly catapulting herself to running stardom. Now 103, […]

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5 Essential Stretches To Do Before And After A Workout

A well-balanced training plan has different workouts focused on speed, strength and endurance—stretching is your behind-the-scenes tool to making sure you run faster, stronger and farther. But there is a right way and a wrong way to limber up. And if you’re still using an old-school, touch-your-toes stretching regimen to keep soreness at bay, it’s […]

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An Elegy for My Long-Lost Running Friends  

Early last year, Amanda Mull wrote a piece for the Atlantic titled, “The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship.” The article makes the case that the extended dearth of in-person interactions has caused many of us to lose touch with those on the periphery of our lives: gym buddies, bartenders who know our name, […]

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How to Make More People Fall in Love With Track and Field 

In the lead-up to this week’s World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA Track and Field president Max Siegel said that he hoped the event would be a catalyst to enhancing the sport’s domestic popularity. The goal, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times, is to make track the fifth most-followed sport in the […]

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Mo Farah Opens Up About His Tortured Past

Running fans may remember the moment, back in 2017, when Mo Farah, arguably the most decorated distance athlete ever to grace the track, announced that, from now on, he would be going by his full name: Mohamed. The decision came as he was preparing to retire from racing on the oval to shift his attention […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Uphill Trail Running

At an endurance research conference in England back in 2015, I saw a surprising talk by a guy named Guillaume Millet. Longer races sometimes produce less muscle fatigue, he said. Running inefficiently can be an advantage in some contexts. Sometimes you should walk. The context he was describing was mountain-ultra-trail races like the Ultra-Trail du […]

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How Pregnancy Affects Your Marathon Time

A few years ago, Nike-sponsored runners Alysia Montaño and Kara Goucher publicly revealed the extent to which their pay had been slashed when they got pregnant. Allyson Felix followed up with the story of how Nike had offered her a contract with a 70 percent reduction in pay after she got pregnant. “Getting pregnant,” former […]

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Why Running Fans Need the Post-Race Interview

Post-game interviews are standard practice in sports journalism. More often than not, their primary purpose is to elicit emotion—to puncture the illusion of the unflappable, stoic athlete. Hence, the eternal idiotic query: What does this win mean to you? Of course, most of the time, the answers, like the questions, are not particularly interesting. I’ve […]

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The Transgender Athlete Debate and the Limits of Inclusion in Sports

A few years ago, the journalist Michael Lewis started a podcast called “Against the Rules.” The first episode had the promising title “Ref, you suck!” and began with the simple observation that animosity towards NBA referees seemed to be at an all time high. This, Lewis eventually argues, is consistent with a larger trend of […]

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