October 2012 (on sale everywhere 9/4) In this issue: 109 Best Foods for Runners + 10-page special on pancakes + Guide to race etiquette + Why join a relay team + The best new trail shoes + Feature: Running family copes with aftermath of brutal pitbull attack + I’m a Runner: Captain Sully Sullenberger
Running alone certainly has its perks—quiet time to think is a big one. But if you want to improve as a runner, the quickest, most fun way to do that is to run with other people. Group runners tend to run more frequently as encouragement from buddies can counter the urge to blow off a workout. Friends can motivate you to push a little harder or go a little farther. As a result, you'll boost your fitness, become a smarter runner, and maintain a positive attitude about running.