11 Favorite Running Stories of 2019

Sarah Sung
by Sarah Sung
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On the surface, running is simple. You get a good pair of shoes, then you put one foot in front of the other quicker and quicker over time. To be a runner, means all that plus a passion for the nuances of the sport, including proper nutritionrecovery and how to train according to your sign.

Here, our 10 most-read running stories of the year, plus a bonus editor’s pick — taking it to 11. Cheers to a fit and happy 2020!

1. Does Running Burn Muscle or Build Muscle?
TLDR: yes. However, as usual, the explanation is fascinating — which is probably why this was our most popular running story. If you liked this, you might want to read: Is it Better to Run More Miles or Faster Miles?

2. 3 Effective Running Plans For Weight Loss
From beginner to advanced, it pays to mix up your runs. Sometimes you go long, sometimes you go fast — you get the picture.

3. 4-Week Intro to Running Plan
If the idea of transitioning from the couch to running a 5K sounds appealing, this month-long running plan is the best place to start. Easing into running with a plan like this and staying consistent with it is your key to success.

4. How to Run a Faster 5K
The 3.1-mile distance is a great one to push past your comfort level and build speed. Spoiler alert: Not every tactic involves running.

5. 5 Things Doctors Wish Every Runner Did
Think of this advice as the apple in “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

6. Could This Be the Best Diet For Runners?
Turns out diets that are good for your health are also good for your performance.

7. Your Running Style Based on Your Horoscope
This year, it seemed like astrology had a moment, as did Myers-Briggs. We still think your spirit animal is something to consider as well. After all, it’s good to occasionally take a break from all that serious training.

8. What Runners Should Know About Resting Heart Rate
While a normal resting heart rate is in the 60–100 beats per minute range, an endurance athlete’s can be as low as 40. If you’re concerned about overtraining, this could be a good metric to watch.

9. Is Running the Best Cardio For Weight Loss?
Some research is showing jogging as the best way to combat obesity, but since consistency is important for long-term weight maintenance, doing something you enjoy is where it’s at.

10. Why Every Runner Needs Fartlek Training
Fartlek is a fun Swedish term that basically references interval training to help you get faster. Speedwork in and of itself has several benefits and is part of a responsible training routine.

11. Science Says Running Actually Lowers Inflammation in Your Knees
Running has always gotten a bad rap where knees are concerned, but new research is showing it’s not so cut and dry.


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About the Author

Sarah Sung
Sarah Sung

An avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, yogi and all-around gym rat, Sarah Sung has written lifestyle, health and fitness content for publications including AFAR, San Francisco Chronicle, Sonima and UrbanDaddy. Now she manages editorial for MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness. In her spare time she teaches indoor cycling in San Francisco and has raced in triathlons in California and Hawaii. Traveling and checking out the latest dining scene are always high on her to-do list.


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