Running Training

Running training takes practice and dedication. Running training plans are usually fairly strict but they are great for preparing for races. Check out the great running training guides in this section.


You're running or biking, but you're quickly running out of steam. Then suddenly — BAM — you get a rush of energy. What's going on?

Long-distance running is inherently challenging and requires strength and endurance. Try running a 26.2-mile race backward, and you've added even more challenges to the feat!

Barefoot running continues to be debated among runners, but what if you want just a little protection for your tootsies? Scope out your options and find out about barefoot running shoes.

Running with the love in your life can promote heart health in more ways than one but you’ll need to avoid a few bumpy spots along the road.

Sometimes six legs are better than two, but there are some things to keep in mind if you want to run safely and happily with your favorite pet.

You've got your running shorts on, your music playlist queued up, your water bottle filled to the brim -- it's time for a run, right? What's that, no shoes? A small but dedicated group of runners choose to train without footwear. Is barefoot running safe?

So, you're thinking about running a 5K race. If you've never run one before, those 5 kilometers might seem incredibly daunting. But countless others have done it before, and just a little bit of advice can help you get off of the couch and through the finish line.

You bit the bullet. You took the plunge. You signed up for a marathon. Whether it's your first, or your 50th, you've got several months of training ahead of you. Even if you've done it before (perhaps especially if you've done it before!), marathon training can be daunting.

For many runners, finishing the 10K is a true landmark. It designates a dramatic improvement over the beginner-length 5K and represents some serious distance. So how do you become race-ready in just a few short months?

We've all read about the positive health benefits of running. But despite articles, statistics and a pair of shoes right by the door, it's hard for some people to get going. There are a few tricks dedicated runners keep up their sleeves in order to stay focused, and they might work for you, too.

It's not always easy maintaining a regular workout. Sure, you can hit the trails when it's sunny and warm, but if you're tired, busy or sore from spending last night on a lumpy futon, that pair of running shoes gets a little harder to lace up. That's why it's important to mix things up when you lace up.

Even though we know running is a healthy activity, it's still easy to resist. Luckily, seasoned runners have a bunch of tools for maintaining the inspiration to run.

Proper running form not only helps you comfortably boost your speed and endurance -- it also helps you prevent injuries. What does bad form look like, and how you can avoid it?

Gone are the days that strength training was only for bodybuilding. Buff, macho men "maxing out" on free weights have been replaced with health nuts lifting weights to stay fit. But does strength training actually help your heart and lungs?

Running exercises more than just your legs. If your stomach muscles aren't in shape, you won't be able to set your best pace. What kinds of exercises will help you strengthen those abs?

You've mastered the 10K, now you're ready to compete. But running to complete the race is different from running to win it. How do you change your training habits to help you compete?

Out of fear, need for food or fun, humans have been loping long distances since the beginning of time. But we still need to train for a 5K. How's it done?

The same material that boings bungee jumpers from bridges is used by runners to increase muscle strength. How will this type of resistance training improve your running performance?

If you easily get bored with workouts, the variety involved in circuit training may appeal to you. What exercises are used in circuit training to spice up the routine?

Late-night infomercials advertising ab-strengthening rockers, loungers and workout DVDs insist that all you need are six-pack abs. But core strength training for runners goes beyond sculpting a washboard stomach. What can a strong core do for you?

What goes up must come down. Chances are, if you run uphill in training, your finish times in races will come down. Why is hill training so effective?

First-time and even experienced marathon runners know it all too well: the feeling that hits around mile 20 when your legs begin to give way and you feel as if you would die if you moved another step. What's going on here, and what can you do to avoid it?

If you've already run a 10K at the beginner level -- just to finish -- now you can prepare to run another one and improve your time. What should you expect in an intermediate 10K training schedule?

If you run 15 to 40 miles per week, you're an intermediate runner. If you'd like to increase your speed for your next 5K, how should you train?

Interval training mixes up high- and low-intensity exercises to help boost stamina. How is alternating speeds better for your body than working out at a continuous pace?