Inside this issue: January 2015

Runner's World - January 2015 issue

Look back at what has been a great year in the world of running, plan your Christmas shopping and find out what the beer mile is. 

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100 best things in running 

One of the great things about our sport is that there is always something happening, somewhere, that can help us become better runners, or simply give us another reason to run. And whether it’s intriguing research, an innovative warm-up move, a stunning achievement (take a bow, Jo Pavey), a recovery tip, a slightly alarming but remarkable protein source, or an astonishing world record, you’ll find it on the following pages. Here, then, is the lowdown on what’s newest, biggest, best, most inspirational and just plain thrilling in the world of running. Read on to learn abut this year’s best… 

Beer mile 

It’s April 27, 2014, and James Nielsen assumes his starting position on a track in Northern California. His wife, Mimi, focuses her video camera on her iPhone’s timer. ‘On your mark, get set, go!’ Nielsen springs into action. He cracks open a room-temperature Budweiser (because warm beer retains less carbonation than cold), tilts his head back 45 degrees (an angle he knows – from studying fluid dynamics – will best usher the beer down his gullet) and seals his lips onto the can. It takes him seven seconds to drain it, less time than if its contents had been simply poured onto the ground. Then – and this is important – Nielsen throws the can into the bin and starts running.

Gear of the year 

Whether you’re looking for Christmas-gift inspiration or you want to kit yourself out, here’s our selection of the best stuff to hit the running market this year And in keeping with the festive season, we also have 12 stocking-filler ideas that will delight your other half.  

Changing shape of running

New models are challenging the traditional ‘pyramid’ structure of training when it comes to planning your running year so you reach peak fitness and perform at your best. Which is right for you?

Chilli for runners 

Loaded with flavour, these one-pot chilli meals are also packed with nutrients. How to cook up the perfect pot in five steps.