12 Most Remarkable Running Blogs
For something as simple as putting one foot in front of another, running generates a constant flood of information. Magazines analyze it. Websites sell plans for how to do it. YouTube videos demonstrate proper gait, how to cross train, how to strengthen yourself for your running exploits.
For many runners (and prospective runners), the most comfortable place to learn about running is in front of a screen, poring over someone else’s account of how they embraced running and why you don’t have to ever have a medal around your neck to feel satisfaction with running. If you put twelve running bloggers in a room together, you may hear twelve different opinions about best shoe, optimal race length, and what kind of music (if any) to listen to while running, but you will hear consensus on one thing: anyone can run and benefit from it!
These twelve bloggers are among the best for motivation and information — just click on each title to visit the blogs. By way of introduction, I have included a quote from each blogger that represents the flavor of their blog.
Ann says, “I don’t look like an Ironman. I am barely five feet tall with super short legs and wide hips. I look like a mom.”
300 says, “Cheerleader, challenger, mentor, and mentee; these are the four types of people that you will need to be successful in your weight loss journey as well as life.”
Kelley says, speaking of the learn to run program, “Couch to 5K,” “…my legs were telling me ‘oh my goodness, you can’t do this you have to stop right now.’ I didn’t listen to my legs or my lungs for that matter, I listened to my heart. I know in my heart my ultimate goal of being able to complete a marathon (by the time I’m 30) and in order at achieve that goal I’m going to need to keep running.”
Running Man says, “Few things excite me more than sharing my love of running and trying to bring as many folks ‘under the tent’ as possible.”
Megan says, “Maybe that’s why Saturday was the perfect day to slow down. To remind myself that my body needs to be treated with respect. That the long runs should be slow and steady so that I can let it all out on race day. And get that PR I’ve been working toward. (Megan is also the co-author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World.)
Harold says, “Sometimes in the interest of safety, you have to make a choice to cut your run short and not be a hero.”
Dorothy says, “To say that I was forever changed the moment I crossed the finish line of Marine Corps (Marathon), may seem dramatic. It’s how I see it. I knew that from then on I was Dorothy The Runner.”
Brian says (on deciding to push himself to run a half marathon in 1:55, not having ever run that speed before and despite being insufficiently trained), “Once an idea creeps into your mind, especially a runner’s mind, it is nurtured, massaged and designed to overcome any rational thought.”
Beth says, “When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. If you are running a race and spit on someone or fart on them as you pass (crop dusting), immediately apologize and keep moving. Do not let your guilt slow you down.”
Once you have gotten one foot in front of another, you’ll start thinking about how you put one foot in front of another. That’s when you are ready for Pete. He says, “When you run, excessive friction can be a sign of inefficiency since it isn’t helping you move forward, particularly if you are plowing forward into the ground. Rather than landing like an airplane, picture your foot contacting like a helicopter touching down.”
Erin, a mom of twelve, will convince you that your running goals are doable! She says, “I know how overwhelming it seems at the beginning. I know how discouraging it is when it is SO HARD to do any little bit of exercise and the weight comes off SO slowly. But I also know how good it feels, inside and out, to make those hard changes. You can do it!
Chris gives spot-on advice for beginner and expert runners. What sets him apart, though, is his “general life” advice that is sprinkled in amongst the running content. For example, he says, “[on organizing your life] This simple act of reviewing your calendar, tasks and projects for the week will allow you to plan instead of react. Try it. Instead of showing up for work Monday morning and getting overwhelmed by incoming crap, you can be the one in control and managing that crap.” Chris is also the author of The Mid-Packer’s Lament and The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy.
What do you look for in a running blog? Are there blogs you would add to this list?
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