check out this short article on training techniques for runners. it's all good (I love running hills), except for the "negative split" suggestion. I remember these practices from my days of cross country. I remember dry heaving and feeling like I might have collapsed a lung.
and yes, I cannot stop reading fitsugar. what can I say? I love magazines and blogs. and I also love celebrity fitness. it blends reading about exercising with reading us weekly. what's not to love about that? and who doesn't want a body like gwyneth paltrow and / or cameron diaz? so what if I have a thing for blonds? you wanna step? you got beef with me?
no, I didn't grow up in brooklyn, but I did once work with someone who did (bensonhurst).
it's twisted, but I love reading about running. when I was in high school, I used to read a magazine called ultra runner. I've never run more than 13 miles in a row, and I've never really wanted to, but it was still completely fascinating to read about people doing >50 mile runs. imagine having to carry toilet paper with you on a run.