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We’re just as excited for our Thanksgiving turkey trot as we are for the mashed potatoes, and apparently we’re not the only ones — the holiday race has blown up in popularity over the past few years, according to a new survey. Also, we’ve always suspected ultrarunner Dean Karnazes might actually be a superhero. And it turns out we might be right. Plus, that food porn you look at on Instagram could very well be addictive. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week. 

Ultramarathon Man…or Superhero?

We love to run, but ultramarathons can be a pretty unfathomable, even to us. The “seemingly not human” Dean Karnazes has run 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states; yet it appears that those pesky exhaustion and fatigue sensations don’t plague him. Find out what makes this ultrarunner seemingly super-human. (Discovery)

ClickStick Refillable Deodorant

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Fresh Pits, Clean Planet

Here’s a stinky fact: Each year, the weight of plastic discarded from Americans’ deodorant is equivalent to 145 jumbo jets! But a refillable deodorant that cuts down on up to 90 percent of plastic waste could change that. The brainchild of two Princeton University aerospace engineers, the ClickStick dispenses gel deodorant with the click of a button — meaning you won’t get goop all over your little black dress or, if you’re us, your favorite gym top. (Kickstarter)

This Is Your Brain

This is your brain on food. We know food and porn addictions are real. And now it turns out so is an addiction to food porn. Though images of drool-worthy food won’t lead to a release in dopamine in most people, a brain imaging study showed a surge in the feel-good chemical among those with a history of binge eating. (The Kernel)

Hot to Trot

A turkey trot has become as much a part of our Thanksgiving ritual as mashed potatoes, and we’re not the only ones. According to industry group Running USA, more than 870,000 people ran a Thanksgiving Day race in 2013, up from just 100,000 in 2008. But if running’s not for you, your favorite studios may be in on the action, too. (Wall Street Journal)

All About That Sweet Recovery

If you’re new to CrossFit, you’re probably no stranger to Uncle DOMS. As soon as soreness leads to trouble keeping up, it may be time for you to strategize your recovery a little more carefully. One CrossFitter shares what’s in her arsenal to keep her strong and ready to rock her workouts. (Sweet Life Ericka)

Why’d You Have to Make Things So Complicated?

‘Tis the season for increasingly busy social calendars and a few more cheat days than usual. With that killer combination, we’re looking for quick and dirty ways to burn as many calories in as little time possible. These complexes — three to six exercises strung together for six to 10 reps, repeated three to six times — do just that.  (Girls Gone Strong)

How Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts

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Chill Out, for Your Heart

Mental stress has long been linked to poor physical health, but new research shows that younger women with heart disease suffer bigger consequences than men. In one study, women aged 55 and younger experienced a three times greater reduction in blood flow to the heart after a mental stress test than men the same age; women ages 56 to 64 suffered twice as much as men, and after age 65, the gender gap disappeared. (Philly.com)

Link Between Trans Fat and Memory Loss

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Blame It on the Fat

Been forgetful lately? Take a look at your diet. If you’ve been eating high amounts of trans fats, it may be affecting your memory, according to new research. Men with high levels of the dangerous fat in their diet remembered 10 percent fewer words on a recall test than those with a low-trans fat diet. On the bright side, the same study found that chocolate improved memory. We’ll test that one out! (U.S. News)