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We’re moving into sneezing season, but you can prepare to elude sick days with the stay-well tips below. And if you’re feeling really fit, we’ve got advice that’ll psych you up to run 26.2 miles—or more.

Have a great (and healthy) weekend!

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21 Amazing Long Weekend Trips

Men's Journal

From a Puerto Rican rain forest to the funkiest corners of Memphis. From piloting a houseboat in the Florida Keys to an epic road trip through the American Southwest. These are weekend trips worth extending by a day or two.

Thresholds of Violence: How School Shootings Catch On

The New Yorker

In the years since Columbine, school shootings changed: They became ritualized. A few decades ago, mass school shootings were rare. Why has the pool of young men drawn to commit them expanded so dramatically?

The Sexiest Woman Alive: Emilia Clarke

Esquire

Friendly and fierce. Kid sister and killer. Movie star and girl next door. The Game of Thrones actress is this year’s Esquire Sexiest Woman Alive. See 12 full-page photos and a smokin’ video here.

The T&C 50 Political Families

Town & Country

These are the 50 families that may decide the election. T&C’s third annual list highlights the dynasties wielding the most power in American politics.

The Sneezin' Season

Your Ultimate Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Health

Sick days? No way! Fight off seasonal sniffles with these expert-approved prevention and get-well strategies, from acupressure to zinc.

Why Don't We Have a Cure for the Common Cold?

TIME

Even though the common cold is the primary reason American adults miss work and kids miss school, there’s still no cure. Here’s why.

What's Inside Fluzone Flu Vaccine

WIRED

Ever wondered exactly what’s in your flu shot? How do they pick the strains to include? Tap each ingredient to read about it.

Why Are You So Snotty?

Men's Health

How do you know if your sniffing and sneezing and sniffing is being fueled by a cold, the flu, or some other affliction? Follow this nasal flowchart to find out.

Celebrating National Pasta Day

For the Love of Pasta

Travel + Leisure

Spaghetti, tortellini, gnochetti, fusilli—they tell the story of Italy. Includes a region-by-region list of where to eat the best pasta in Italy.

The New Rules of Pasta

Bon Appétit

Sorry, pesto and pomodoro, we love you, but the rules have changed. Clever techniques and surprising ingredients are changing the way we make our favorite dinner.

Pasta by Hand

Food Network Magazine

Try making pasta the old-fashioned way—from scratch. These three pastas don’t require a machine, just the secret ingredients and these step-by-step instructions.

Oh, the PASTAbilities

Family Circle

Think beyond the tried-and-true with seven new twists on a family favorite, including a hearty lasagna roll-up. Yum!

Ready to Run?

Is 100 Miles the New Marathon?

Running Times

Now that 26.2 miles is mainstream, more people, including elite road racers, are considering ultra distances and what it takes to finish them.

The Racer's Brain

Runner's World

The head psychologist for the Boston Marathon is here to help you face, and overcome, race-day challenges. Get coping mechanisms for four common mental obstacles.

Faster, Stronger, Better

SELF

What would it take to reach your true athletic potential? One weekend warrior heads to the U.S Olympic training center to find out.

Training Gear: Running Shoes

Outside Magazine

Do you pick your shoes for speed, or for comfort? Today’s most innovative footwear lives at the intersection of these conflicting design principles.

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