David Willey, Runner's World

David Willey

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Past articles by David:

Glory Days

Behind every Olympian is another sublime athlete who dreamed just as long and trained just as hard, but who just missed—sometimes by a painfully small margin. What happens then? Is it possible to win by losing? → Read More

Foreign Affairs

The language barrier in China is nearly impenetrable. But running can be a lingua franca. → Read More

A Race to Remember

Two friends organize a race called Onward Shay in memory of their friend, Shay Hirsch. → Read More

The Swoosh, Then and Now

Nike was founded by upstart running geeks and has evolved into a $30 billion sporting conglomerate. But running, and a runner, are upfront once a... → Read More

The Swoosh, Then and Now

Nike was founded by upstart running geeks and has evolved into a $30 billion sporting conglomerate. But running, and a runner, are upfront once again. → Read More

Now Hear This!

We are introducing two new podcasts, bringing Runner’s World to life in a whole new way. → Read More

Magazine of a Lifetime

RW is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, and some of our readers have been running and reading alongside the entire time (or close to it). → Read More

Star Search

We met some amazing people during this year's Runner's World Cover Search. We hope you're as inspired by your fellow runners as we are. → Read More

You Are Not Alone

Lately I’ve been listening to podcasts during long runs—fascinating stories that make the miles sail by. One of my favorites is Invisibilia, which explores human behavior and the unseen ideas, emotions, and assumptions that affect our lives. An episode called “The Power of Categories” focused on our primal need to sort ourselves into social groups we identify with or aspire to. → Read More

Heart of the Matter

The bottom line: Running is good for our hearts. But that doesn't mean runners are immune to the leading cause of death in America. Do you know all you need to know? → Read More

A Return to Running

Why I stopped, what I missed, and how I came back better than ever. → Read More

A Sibling Thing

Running with a brother or sister is about competition, sure. But if you’re lucky, it’s about much more. → Read More

The Benefits of Running—Proven

In 1991, Runner's World published a two-page questionnaire in the June issue asking readers about their running habits and medical histories–as well as their willingness to continue to report that information for years to come. More than 10,000 people filled it out, and nearly 45,000 others responded to the same questionnaire when it was mailed directly to subscribers. Thus was launched the… → Read More

10 Things We Learned From Deena Kastor Over Lunch at Our Place

A day after her record-setting performance, the runner pays a visit to RW. → Read More

A new Runner’s World, because it’s a new runner’s world

Our makeover brings you a magazine that's more inspiring, useful, and delightful. → Read More

What I Learned By Making These Shoes (Do You Want Them?)

A pair of New Balance 1400s. Willey made the shoe on the left. See below to enter a contest to win them. Photo by Thomas MacDonald. → Read More

Running with Heart

It was hot and hilly, but the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival launched with a genuine sense of community and proved that even our celebrities are cool. → Read More

26.2 Strong at the Boston Marathon

Right about now, all over America, a couple hundred thousand runners are beginning to train for fall-marathon season. To them, the most important marathon is the one that's ahead, whether it's in Chicago or New York or Philly or Pensacola. But the most meaningful 26.2-miler of the year–perhaps of the century–was run on April 21. → Read More

A Running Love Story

Running brings people together. You hear that from time to time, at big races or after six-figure charity fund-raisers. But running can bring people together in small ways, too. It just may take a little more effort. → Read More

Shalane Flanagan: "I Ran to Win"

On Monday, Shalane Flanagan ran the Boston Marathon in 2:22:02. That broke her PR by more than three minutes and was five minutes faster than her Boston time last year, when she finished fourth. But this year, it was only good enough for seventh place against the fastest field in Boston history. Defending champ Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won in 2:18:57, breaking the course record by nearly two minutes. → Read More