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How to Be a 4 Percent Better Runner in 2020


One of the best ways to stick to a New Year’s resolution is to get specific. It’s also one of the best ways to market a running shoe, if the avalanche of hype that followed the launch of the Nike 4% a couple years ago is any indication. And hey, we dig a realistic goal. So check out the following buying guides, apparel obsessions and shoe spotlights, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself becoming a better runner this year. Maybe even five percent better. Dare to dream.

The 7 Best Winter Running Shoes of 2020
The 7 Best Winter Running Shoes of 2020

Don't want to stop training outside, despite the cold? These waterproof, grippy sneakers conquer ice and snow like no other.

Here’s Everything You Need to Run Commute Like a Champ, According to Experts
Here’s Everything You Need to Run Commute Like a Champ, According to Experts

Five run commuting veterans share all the advice and gear you need to take your weekly mileage to the office.

5 Things You Need to Run Your First Marathon
5 Things You Need to Run Your First Marathon

It takes time and effort to get ready for running's most famous distance race. Having the right gear helps too.

These Are The Shoes You Need to Run Your Fastest Mile
These Are The Shoes You Need to Run Your Fastest Mile

Have a need for speed? Start here.

The Winter Solstice Happened. Here’s Everything You Need for Running in the Dark
The Winter Solstice Happened. Here’s Everything You Need for Running in the Dark

Before you wander out into the dark, here's the gear you need to see and be seen.

This Is the Only Running Tee I’ll Ever Need
This Is the Only Running Tee I’ll Ever Need

This shirt has gone 100 miles and doesn't show any signs of dying.

These Amazing Shorts Make Marathon Training Palatable
These Amazing Shorts Make Marathon Training Palatable

Tracksmith's shorts are my end-all-be-all running short.

Want to Run Farther? Asics’s New Shoe Might Help
Want to Run Farther? Asics’s New Shoe Might Help

Asics's new running shoe, GlideRide, uses a unique construction to help propel runners from one stride to the next.

Run Faster Than Ever With the Shoes That Just Won the Fifth Avenue Mile
Run Faster Than Ever With the Shoes That Just Won the Fifth Avenue Mile

The sneakers are finally available for all those who want to shave time off their mile PR.

Nike’s New Running Shoe Aims to Cut the Running Injury Rate in Half
Nike’s New Running Shoe Aims to Cut the Running Injury Rate in Half

And there's even a study to back it up.

Strava’s Fastest Runners Wear These Shoes
Strava’s Fastest Runners Wear These Shoes

The fitness tracking app with 48 million members just released its Year In Sport report, including data on the speediest sneakers.

The Year’s Best Fitness Product Makes Every Runner Feel Elite
The Year’s Best Fitness Product Makes Every Runner Feel Elite

Carbon-fiber-plated running shoes from Nike may grab all the headlines. But Hoka's more inclusive take on the technology is the one most people should buy.

How to Stick to Your Running Resolution

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Steve Mazzucchi

Steve Mazzucchi is Gear Patrol’s outdoors and fitness editor. Outside the office, you can find him mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling or sipping a dram of Laphroaig and daydreaming about such things.

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