Runner’s World+ Membership Benefits: Training, Fitness, Gear Tips

Runners World+ it’s a tight-knit community as passionate about running as you are. Through RW+, we’ve expanded the ways we can communicate with you beyond simple stories in a magazine and on a website, offering more unique benefits to help you run faster, stronger, healthier and happier.

🔓 When you become a member of RW+you:

  • Unlock all stories, selected training plans for any career goalstate-of-the-art tools and equipment reviews at
  • Receive all printed copies directly in your mailbox
  • Receive a weekly members-only newsletter with exclusive tips from Coach Jess and Coach PJ
  • Have the opportunity to try new shoes and products before anyone else.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to appear in runner world
  • Get amazing deals from the running brands you love
  • Save on loot from the runner world store, including free shipping on every order

    Do you want to see what you will experience the moment you become a member? Here’s a regularly updated look at the latest news and exciting happenings from RW+. Let’s improve together.

    ➡ Run the best half marathon of your life

    Kara Goucher’s 1:06:57 finish at the 2009 Great North Run remains the fastest half marathon ever run by an American woman.

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    The half marathon is where speed meets resistance. It’s achievable for most 5k runners, but it’s a puzzle for veteran runners to master. It’s a challenge, not a life-changing commitment. It’s also one of the greatest tests of a runner’s mettle, but it also serves as a celebration of 13.1 miles.

    A clever strategy to help you crush your half: arrive rested. Kara Goucher’s Biggest Olympic Mistake he sees that the running backs are not being reduced adequately. At two weeks, reduce the intensity and reduce the mileage by 20 to 30 percent. In the week leading up to the race, cut his mileage in half, do light speed training, and otherwise do short runs with a series of four to six easy steps at the end. “The final week should be about feeling good and building leg strength so he can let his training shine on race day,” says Goucher.

    Whether you’re ready to tackle your first half or your 50th, read this new report to learn to do your best.

    ➡ Member Giveaway Secrets

    In April, we met with a group of members at the 126th Boston Marathon. We held relay races, shared hearty breakfasts, cheered together on race day, and shot several fun videos.

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    RW+ member Jesse Ruiz of Austin, TX (left) chats with lead runner Jeff Dengate (right) during a relay race at the 2022 Boston Marathon.

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    in a clip, RW+ Members Reveal Their PR-Worthy Pre-Race Routines. Jesse Ruiz, from Austin, TX, says that he incorporates some cross-training into his set-up. “Two days before a race, I always ride my bike for at least three to six miles,” he says. “Then the day before, I’ll do a nice three-mile jog run, followed by some compression sleeve work.” (Check out the weekly RW+ newsletter for more member meeting opportunities.)

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    ➡ The shoe Questions and answers

    Test editor Morgan Petruny saw this question on the RW+ Community Pagewhere members frequently throw questions about training and equipment to coaches, staff and experts.

    Q: I have been running in a motion control shoe for years. I started with Mizuno’s Wave Alchemy, which I loved, but they stopped making it. I’m running on the New Balance 1540 now and it’s fine. But they are all quite heavy. Is there another shoe without motion control that I should consider? I feel like stability shoes have come a long way and could be lighter.

    —Neil Thomas, London, ON, Canada

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    A: For those wondering, motion control shoes provide the most support you can get when it comes to running shoes. And it is true, there are fewer and fewer models, mainly because they are very heavy! I urge you to take a look at some of the current stability models. I wouldn’t want you to get hooked on another motion control shoe and have it discontinued again. Plus, I think you’ll get the support you need from a stability shoe, in a much lighter, more comfortable package.

    It sounds like you’ve had some luck with New Balance in the past, so I’d recommend the Fresh Foam X 860v12. It’ll feel significantly lighter than the 1540 you’re running on now, and it doesn’t skimp on cushioning. And New Balance has plenty of width options.

    ➡ Featured Member: This Mom helps new parents get back to running after pregnancy

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    Colette Berry wasn’t ready to run after giving birth. So she set out to help other women avoid her complications.

    Berry, a prenatal and postnatal personal trainer, says that during pregnancy, you need to strength train for the surprisingly physical movement patterns you’ll encounter, like giving a baby a bath. “First, master the fundamentals with bodyweight squats, deadlifts, and lunges,” she says. “Then add weights and combine them into compound movements.” New parents spend a lot of time on the floor, so practice standing up with an offset weight. Make sure to articulate your hips and avoid rounding your back by keeping your core engaged.

    See how Berry guides clients through three stages (prenatal, labor and parenthood) and gives them the tools to get back to exercising safely. (When you become a member of RW+you will have the opportunity to appear in runner world.)

    ➡ Run stronger and longer with this bodyweight workout

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    Members can’t stop clicking this full body calisthenics workout from Raj Hathiramani, a certified track and field trainer at the Mile High Run Club in New York City. The rhythmic, equipment-free routine not only targets “big muscles” like the hamstrings, but the combination of movements will also reinforce proper running form by helping the upper and lower body work together more efficiently, according to Hathirmani. Try the training on your next cross-training day or before you head out for a run.

    ➡ About Runner’s World+

    Since the first day, runner world has strived to be the definitive and evolving manual for becoming a better runner. We are enthusiasts who want to spread the joy of running to everybody runners: beginners, student athletes, runners, seasoned competitors…everyone who has ever laced up a pair of shoes looking to improve. But the way we talk to you – through coaching tips, in-depth gear reviews and inspiring stories – has changed over time, which is why we launched our membership Program, runner world+in 2019. Join today!

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