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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
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good running magazines Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 11:39 am 

I've increasingly found Runner's World to be pretty useless, as it focuses more on topics like weight loss and celebrity profiles than on anything concrete. I find myself yelling at the magazine while I read it. Trail Runner seems pretty decent, but I'm not a trail runner. What else is out there... anything you would recommend?

phaedrus


Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 37

Re: good running magazines Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:43 am 

Marathon and Beyond is supposed to be good, but I've never read it. There's also Running Times, but I think it might be geared specifically to the New England area.

sfird
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Long Island, NY
Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Posts: 80

Re: good running magazines Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 1:10 pm 

I had a subscription to Runners World and for me, there isn't enough material to write about to keep a running magazine interesting. Other than shoe reviews, what haven't you already read about. The difference between running and say computers is that for computers there are new developments and products every month. Running is just running. You lace up your shoes, go out the door and come back 2-3 hours later. Yes, I know there are speed, hill, tempo, etc. workouts but how many times can you read amout them. Once is enough for me. Yes, every now and then there is a new approach, theory or discovery but certainly not often enough to make a monthly magazine worthwhile. I know there are alot of different training progams but the information is available on the web or in a book so who needs a magazine. I'm not interested in race results at least not beyond the winners of a few top marathons.

On the other hand running forums are interesting because of the interaction with other people.


Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
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Re: good running magazines Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 1:35 pm 

I just recently found the same frustration with Runner's World and proceded to order both Marathon and Beyond and Running Times in search of an alternative. I have yet to recieve my first issue of either. I like the idea of the nutrition focus they've thrown in there, but most of the 'recipies' they give are out of the range of my skill level to prepare. On a tangent, does anyone know a good nutrition book for runners/endurance athletes?

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
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Posts: 1157

Re: good running magazines Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:00 pm 

I think either Trail Runner or Runner's World ran some articles on nutrition for runners not too long ago. If I recall, the basic theme was to eat a lot of carbs, sort of an anti-Atkins diet.

OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: good running magazines Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 8:18 am 

I'm with you...running-related forums have replaced running magazines in my life. Much more interesting, useful, and dynamic. Throw in a few good running books for me, and the magazines have very little left to offer me anymore.

Pithy Doug

Catskill Mountains of NY
Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 8

Re: good running magazines Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 3:55 pm 

Both Runner's World and Running Times are remdedial running rags. In college terms - 098 levels. Any attemp to raise the level of articles causes the distribution to go down. There are more rookies than experienced runners.

Two that I think are good is Running Research news and Peak Running Performance. RRN is leading/bleeding edge stuff that is being revewed often using small numbers of people but you get to see things early in the disscovery cycle. Owen Anderson is the primary guy and used to publish a synopsis in RW.

Peak Running is really good and backed with references plus some great schedules etc.


mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: good running magazines Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 8:47 pm 

I agree. I'm finding that Runners World is starting to publish more and more garbage. Kind of like Men's Health. The magazine is trying to be more sexy than really useful. The magazine cover's of RW lately have had me steaming. I don't want to see pictures of models running. I want to see and read about real every day people. I could go on and on about things that I don't like about that magazine. I doubt I'll renew my subscription when the time comes.

I do like Running Times and Marathon and Beyond. Running times seems to be geared a bit more towards the serious runner and not just those looking to lose weight. Marathon and Beyond is bi-monthly and is chaulk full of articles about every facet of long distance running. It's much harder to put a label on this "magazine" (more like a book). Every issue has many articles written by various freelance writters (runners). The quality of writting is quite good and I read it cover to cover. I think you can read some of the articles from previous issues at their web site (www.marathonandbeyond.com).


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: good running magazines Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 9:53 pm 

mfox wrote:
I agree. I'm finding that Runners World is starting to publish more and more garbage.

The light bulb went off for me a few months back, when they published that article about what makeup a woman should wear during the marathon. Hello???


Pithy Doug

Catskill Mountains of NY
Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 8

Re: good running magazines Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 5:51 am 

I'll have to review the marathon and beyond page. I will admit I'm skeptical with a magazine that limits it's readership because it also limits circulation and thus money etc. If one is into trail running there is Trail Runner. I've only read a few issues and found it better than RW or RT but still a bit shallow. At least they are not into showing models as runners. As for the 'beyond" distance I read Ultra Running. UR is mostly races and race reports but does have some good stuff on nutrition, training etc. When you get into the beyond distances shallow articles will be eschewed with great vigor.

I usually see George Hersch of the old RW a few times a year. The next time I see him I'll have to see what his view of RW's prissy look.


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