Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

It's back-to-school time and junior high players everywhere are contemplating how best to make their mark on the athletic world. Here's the thing—running until your sternum glows and your legs bend in unusual places lacks appeal to the youngster. Football has cheerleaders. Basketball has a crowd. Gymnastics has… » 8/30/14 8:01am 8/30/14 8:01am

Why Ultrarunning Is The Funniest Sport In The World

You know all that crap about learning more from losses than victories? From times when the train went off the rails rather than smartly pulling into the station? Whether that has a shred of validity or not, disasters make for great reading, so instead of talking with the medal-chested smiling winner of the July… » 7/30/14 9:47am 7/30/14 9:47am

How To Get Paid To Drop Out Of Races: A Professional Pacer Tells All

David Rudisha covered two laps of Icahn Stadium under his own flowing power. And Mo Farah, he sliced through the eight laps of the indoor mile with his own knife-sharp legs. Galen Rupp crushed the 1500, Silas Kiplagat, Nick Willis, they all propelled themselves very quickly around an oval. But they all had help in the… » 7/24/14 9:53am 7/24/14 9:53am

Look At What The Poor Scots Are Wearing To The Commonwealth Games

Aye, it's happened again, the collision of athletics and fashion with predictable casualties. This time, it's the Scots, who should never be trusted with sheep or color, but in a moment of weakness, both were abused. As a result, lads and lassies representing Scotland at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which are like… » 7/10/14 12:07pm 7/10/14 12:07pm

This Is Why It's Called The Beautiful Game: The Other World Cup

Over many eras, well past beautiful, to the far side of the Other World lies Mugu district in Nepal. The days are very very tough for most people there, but particularly for women. Life expectancy in Mugu is 49 years for men, 39 for women. Literacy rate in general is 27%, but for women, 9%. Sixty-three percent of… » 7/01/14 1:52pm 7/01/14 1:52pm

Running 100 Miles Is Easier Now: A Talk With The Father of Ultra…

Gordy Ainsleigh, with bib number 0, will be shuffling around with 376 other runners at 5 a.m. Saturday. As the sun lights up the rugged peaks that tower over Squaw Valley, they'll be checking their watches, shaking out their legs, trying not to think about the 100.2 miles of soul-grinding Sierra Nevada trail ahead —… » 6/26/14 10:39am 6/26/14 10:39am

The "Voodoo Science" Behind A Nike Running Program: An Insider Talks

Vern Gambetta is afraid he comes off as a grouchy old man. He's not that old. And those statements about lifetime bans for drug cheats and Nike Oregon Project's "innovations"? That's straight shooting from a guy who might be the most influential person in sports conditioning today. » 5/29/14 3:58pm 5/29/14 3:58pm

Donn Cabral Is Becoming An Expert On Lyme Disease

Donn Cabral is an expert at the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He capped off an undefeated 2012 collegiate season with Princeton by winning the NCAA Outdoor Championships in that event, setting an American collegiate record of 8:19.14 and placing eighth at the 2012 Olympic Games. He's not an expert on Lyme disease, but… » 5/22/14 10:19pm 5/22/14 10:19pm

"I Never Wore A Watch": Running Lessons From A Record-Breaking Everyman

Mo Farah, the British Olympian who won double gold in the 2012 summer games, predicted that the very least he would accomplish in his first go at 26.2 miles, the London Marathon in April, would be to break Steve Jones's 29-year-old U.K. record of 2:07.13. Farah trains with Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project.… » 5/21/14 2:02pm 5/21/14 2:02pm