Robo-boot concept promises 50% faster running

The old idea of running with springs on your feet gets a high-tech makeover.

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No matter how well designed, there are no running shoes that allow runners to keep up with cyclists.
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Here's how long-distance runners are different from the rest of us

Ultrarunners scored significantly higher on the resilience questionnaire than non-runners.

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For many, running a marathon is seen as the ultimate amateur athletic achievement; for others, it's just the start. Ultramarathon runners often take on courses of incredibly impressive length, running 50 or 100 kilometres at one time or over several days.

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Polar explorer Erling Kagge: Why risk makes life meaningful

Playing it safe and always taking the easy road can be obstacles to happiness, says professional adventurer Erling Kagge.

  • There's a huge misunderstanding that the way to make your life beautiful, and the way to be happy, is to choose the path of least resistance, says polar explorer Erling Kagge.
  • Risk makes life meaningful; a small dimension of challenge and danger, combined with well-preparedness, is a way to be present in your life. Novel experiences stop your life from narrowing in around you and going by too fast.
  • Remember that Tenzing Norgay didn't die falling off a mountain. He died of lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking. Most accidents happen on the road or in the kitchen, says Kagge. Sometimes it's riskier to do nothing.
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Mind hack: How to push past fear

Fear, not empathy, is the most powerful emotion in the world.

  • Karen Palmer's work as a storyteller is about helping others focus on themselves and take responsibilities for their actions.
  • Freerunning and parkour taught Palmer the power of pushing past fear to reach and exceed one's goals. By learning to understand personal triggers for fear, humans can effectively rewire their brains.
  • Fear is a reaction to something new, which is often the direction we should be moving towards and not away from.
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Four reasons not to run a marathon

If your New Year's resolution was to get in shape, signing up for the marathon is a bad way to go about it.

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  • Marathons gained popularity over the last decade. In 2018, 456,700 Americans completed a marathon, an 11 percent increase in participation from 2008.
  • Training for and racing 26.2 miles has been shown to have adverse effects on the heart, such as plaque buildup in the arteries and inflammation.
  • Running too much can lead to chronically increased cortisol levels, resulting in weight gain, fatigue, and lower immune function.
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