Laurel Leicht

Laurel is the fitness editor at Shape, She's written for Runner's World, SELF, Competitor New York, and mensfitness.com. A Missouri native and a Midwesterner at heart, Laurel currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she's studying for her CSCS personal training certification. She’s run nine marathons, finished three Olympic-distance triathlons, biked two centuries, and considers drinking coffee a sport.

In honor of the New York City Marathon, we've rounded up the best and stylish running shoes, and workout gear to get you to the finish line
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If you can bench press or squat more weight today than you could last month, it's obvious that you're getting stronger. But picking up a heavier kettlebell isn't the only way to tell...

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There's nothing worse than finding a group-exercise class you love and then realizing that everyone else loves it too, so it's impossible to snag a spot. Enter these three free class-...

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You know the proven prescription for meeting your fitness goals. But beyond nutrition, fitness, and sleep, there are other—and less conventional—ways to up your workout routine. In fact...

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Our favorite stories from women who have overcome blindness, family tragedies, cancer, and more to compete in Kona.
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I’ve been spinning my wheels on a road bike for the past few years, but knew I had to get a triathlon bike when I signed up for an Ironman. Being able to ride in aero position (with your...

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Since signing up for Ironman Florida this past spring, I've asked pretty much everyone and their dog for advice, and...

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I don't remember when I first became aware of the Ironman Triathlon, but for years I've thought of it as the freaking awesomest accomplishment ever. I mean, a 2.4-mile swim followed by...

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