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It's National Run At Work Day! (And Other Links)

Happy National Run at Work Day! Organized by the Road Runners Club of America, today is just what it sounds like -- a day to run to work, home from work, or even at work. The goal of RUN@WORK...

The NYC Marathon Poncho Is A Real Thing

Stylish. That there is the Marathon Finish Line Poncho for the New York City Marathon, "a water-repellent, hooded, and fleece-lined garment to be handed out to every finisher." That's just one of...

The Warmup Lap | 8.24.12 - Lance Armstrong Drops His Case

The USADA is expected to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles (apparently they can do that?) and ban him for life (... from a sport he retired from two years ago, but ok, sure). Also, this would make ineligible to compete in (most) tria

The Warmup Lap | 8.6.12 - The Olympics So Much, You Guys

Everything about the Olympics has been marvelous so far except for [insert NBC gripes here]. Andy Murray put R-Fed on notice, Serena got her walk on, US rowing teams have been doing well, and the...

The Warmup Lap | 8.1.12 - Nike's New 'Find Your Greatness' Commercial Is Fantastic

Talking about the newest commercial from Nike, a great "Find Your Greatness" ad.

The Warmup Lap | 7.30.12 - Radcliffe Out of Olympic Marathon

Radcliffe's Olympic dream is over | London 2012 OlympicsSad news out of London: Paula Radcliffe has withdrawn from Sunday's Olympic marathon due to injury. Olympic Athletics Schedule & Results |...

The Warmup Lap | 7.26.12 - The Olympics Are Near, Josh Ross May Withdraw

Thursday! We're so close to the Olympics, I can taste it. Get ready for some serious running action. Unless, perhaps, you're Josh Ross... Josh Ross threatens Olympic walkoutSprinter Josh Ross is...

The Warmup Lap | 7.25.12 - A Look At Ryan Hall's Coach (God)

Sure, God Made The Universe. But Can He Coach An American Marathoner To Olympic Gold? March 29 was a busy day for Ryan Hall, the fastest American marathoner ever. He was 137 days and roughly 2,100...

The Warmup Lap | 7.23.12 - Superstition, Changing Things Up, and Research

Two somewhat related links to start the week off: "Rebooting," Platelet-Rich Plasma, and Minimalist Running | Sweat Science [Injections are] like rebooting your computer or whacking the side of an...


The Warmup Lap | 7.18.12 - Boston Half Marathon, Big Sur Already Full

Did you sign up for the Boston Half Marathon? If not, it's too late! Though charity spots still remain through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Want to play a game in which you control Usain...

The Warmup Lap | 7.16.12 - Hardrock, Badwater, and Big Sur Regos

The Hardrock 100 was this past weekend, and the results are in: 98 finishers, the third- and fourth-fastest times in HRH history, and wins for Hal Koerner (24:50) and Darcy Africa (29:09). Also in...

The Warmup Lap | 7.13.12 - The Terrifying, Deadly Mount Marathon Race

From the Seward City News' Carol Griswold -- via Deadspin -- comes this absolutely terrifying photo of runner Penny Assman, a 34-year-old MEDEVAC helicopter pilot, falling off a cliff during the Mount Marathon Race in Alaska.

The Warmup Lap | 7.11.12 - Roger Banniester Carries The Torch

Sir Roger Bannister had his turn carrying the Olympic Flame at the start of day 53 of the Torch Relay. (Photo by LOCOG via Getty Images) London 2012 Games: Roger Bannister and Steve Redgrave...

The Warmup Lap | 07.10.12 - Running With The Bulls

4 hurt, but none gored, in fast, clean sprint at day 4 of the running of the bulls in Spain | The Washington Post The six fighting bulls weighing as much 620 kilos (1,360 lbs) stayed together in...

The Warmup Lap | 07.09.12 - Getting Chicked-y with it

Proud to Be Chicked | irunfar Mike Wolfe, on the Western States and getting passed by Ellie Greenwood: I know most of the jeering and ribbing by guys (often elites) about “getting chicked” is...

The Warmup Lap | 07.06.12 - Running In The Heat And The Perfect Date Night

How about a new Nike+ commerical to kick things off? Sure! Hey ... hey ... how about this heat, huh? Hooboy, I'll tell you what ... is it hot enough for ya? But ya know, it's the humidity that...

The Warmup Lap | 7.5.12 - Oscar Pistorius Olympic Bid News & Notes

Oscar Pistorius is a big story right now. Born without fibulas, Pistorius runs on carbon-fiber blades that are called Cheetahs. Thanks to South Africa, he will now have the opportunity to compete in the 2012 London Olympics in the 400 meter dash.

The Warmup Lap | 7.2.12 - Allyson Felix Wins, Usain Bolt Loses, and About Your IT Band

The Olympic Track and Field Trials have been going on at Hayward Field. Have you been watching? Because I hope you have, because track and field is awesome. Guys are doing things like this, trying...

The Warmup Lap | 6.29.12 - Let's Talk About Galen Rupp

Then Thursday night, he won the 5,000m (though in much closer fashion, just nipping Bernard Lagat by just 0.15 seconds), and in the process broke a U.S. Trials record in the event -- a trials record previously held by Steve Prefontaine. With the win, Rupp became the first man to successfully complete the 5,000m/10,000m double at the U.S. Olympic Trials since Curtis Stone did it 1952.

The Warmup Lap | 6.27.12 - Team USA Track And Field Uniforms, Plus The Crazy Western States 100

Competitor got up-close-and personal with the Nike uniforms Team USA will wear in the Olympic track and field events, and they were nice enough to take pictures! Olson and Greenwood Shatter...

The Warmup Lap | 6.22.12 - U.S. Olympic Team Trials In Track And Field Get Under Way

Yes, technically, the trials began Thursday night, with HammerTime (the hammer throw finals), but Friday is the official start, with the opening ceremonies in the afternoon and then the men's and women's 10,000m finals at night (9:45 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. ET, respectively. Here are some words I wrote about the races at!

The Warmup Lap | 6.21.12 - Barefoot Running & 50 States Of Marathons

Happy Thursday! It's going to be a cool 99 degrees in Washington, D.C. today. I went running last night when it was around 95, and it wasn't THAT bad - I do have a lot of experience running in Arizona summers, but it's always a bit jarring to run in high heat.

The Warmup Lap | 6.18.12 - Remembering the Last Time The Olympic Games Were in Britain

Torch bearer recalls 1948 Olympic relay - Gulf Islands Driftwood Sixty-four years ago, the London Olympics symbolized Europe’s recovery from the Second World War. With much of the city and the...

The Warmup Lap | 6.18.12 - Allyson Felix's London prep and a 50-year-old Olympic hopeful

Yahoo! has a series of videos with US sprinter Allyson Felix as she prepares for the 200 meters in London. Pretty cool stuff, as she's really fast. Below is video about her mental preparation, and...

The Warmup Lap | 6.15.12 - USA Track & Field Olympic Uniforms Look Fast

The USA Track & Field uniforms for the 2012 Summer Olympics were unveiled on Thursday, highlighted by the golf ball-inspired Nike Pro TurboSpeed suit:

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