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Molly Huddle and the Perks of Running Dangerously

Until recently, being a running fan in the United States was a pretty melancholy experience. At the start of this millennium, if you cared about American performances in professional track and field or road racing, you probably felt the way that this placid gentleman does about the men’s national soccer team. How things have changed. Following last year’s remarkable showing ...

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The Inuit Woman Who Survived the Arctic Alone

Except for the polar bears, a corpse, and a small house cat named Vic, Ada Blackjack found herself alone on Wrangel Island in late June 1923. Nearly two years had passed since a schooner dropped her off with four young white explorers who intended to claim the Arctic isle for the British. Blackjack, a petite 23-year-old Inupiaq woman, had come ...

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Feeling Stressed? Try an Anger Room.

I slammed the aluminum bat into the laptop. Pieces of the shattered screen bounced on the metal table. Whack! Whack! Whack! The keys popped off. The display detached. Each time the bat landed, a satisfying crack echoed throughout the room like gunfire. I felt a surge of adrenaline. My heart raced and sweat pooled in my gloves. I lunged at ...

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How to Survive 75 Hours Alone in the Ocean

In February 2006, Robert Hewitt was scuba diving near Mana Island, off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Hewitt was an experienced navy diving instructor with 20 years in the service, and he told his dive buddy that he would swim back to shore himself. Instead, when he next surfaced, he had been pulled several hundred meters away by ...

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Motivation Is Overrated | Outside Online

The great part about New Year’s resolutions: You feel wonderful when you’re making them. The not-so-great part: Odds are you’ll fail before the end of the year. According to 2017 data collected by the University of Scranton, only 9 percent of people stick to their resolutions for a full year. Most experience a slow decline: 73 percent of people maintain their ...

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Can Stem Cells Unlock Peak Performance?

By the time Ben Boyer hit 40, he was falling apart. A former college athlete, he spent decades pushing his body in the weight room and felt those years of abuse in his knees. “I was hobbling around,” says Boyer, who lives near Jacksonville, Florida. “On a pain scale of one to ten, I was at four to six every ...

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3 Recipes to Boost Your Microbiome

Erica and Justin ­Sonnenburg, a pair of Stanford University microbiologists who have been studying the effects of diet on the microbiome for more than a decade, are a little bit obsessed with fiber. “Digesting it appears to be the primary profession of our gut microbes,” Erica says. At home the Sonnenburgs focus on fiber-heavy, legume-loaded meals aimed specif­ically at sustaining ...

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The Crock-Pot Is an Athlete’s Secret Weapon

Crock-Pots have earned a reputation as the lazy cook’s best friend, but they can also be an athlete’s secret weapon. Just ask Lentine Alexis, a classically trained chef and former triathlete whose high-quality performance food can be prepared in a slow cooker. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Alexis also works as a culinary consultant for brands like Rapha and Skratch Labs, ...

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Does Your Gut Hold the Secret to Performance?

It’s never an easy thing, convincing a person to give you their feces. The instructions are simple enough: defecate, swipe the provided swab across a wad of used toilet paper (no need to be aggressive—so long as the tip is brown, you’ll have enough material for analysis), pop the newly defiled cotton bud into its test tube, and wash up. ...

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The High-Performance Secrets Inside Athletes’ Guts

It seems like every day, a new study claims to show how your microbiome influences the way your body converts food into energy, responds to illness, or handles inflammation. But as scientists are learning, our bugs are also affected by the way we treat them. The miles you log, the food you eat, the mountains you climb—everything seems to shape ...

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