To kick off our search for the Greatest Women’s Running Blog of All Time, we head to the Yellow Division. The eight blogs in this region are all strong contenders as far as being great reads full of inspiration, humor and keeping it real. This region spans all parts of the country, paces and a few age groups. The blogs range from super-duper popular to hidden gems and the bloggers range from Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers to middle of the packers. Which ones will survive the first round of match ups? You decide!
(1) Shut Up + Run vs. (8) The Local Elite
Shut Up + Run – Beth is a 46 year old suburban mom who is just her adolescent silly sassy self, all grown up. Farting is one of her favorite topics, yet her blog is informational, inspirational as well as fun!
The Local Elite – A former collegiate Division I collegiate athlete, Pittsburgh-based Jen comes from a family of runners. She’s raising a family of her own now and blogging about her Olympic Trials-sized dreams and the work it takes to get there. Jen may be speedy, but her writing style is fun and you can easily relate to the blood, sweat and toenails that go into her journey!
(2) rUnladylike vs. (7) See Mom Run Far
rUnladylike - Jesica has been around running her whole life as the daughter of an elite trackster, and she’s now in the process of getting her coaching certification. She shares her uncensored and sometimes unladylike tales of running and triathlon training in Atlanta. Jesica’s blog is cheerful and full of informative posts that will get you motivated!
See Mom Run Far - Erin is a mom of 12 who has her sights on qualifying for the Olympic Trials marathon. The Wyomingite only started running in 2009, but in that short time, she has lost over 75 pounds and begun logging 80-100 mile weeks. Her blog chronicles her quest to eventually nab that OTQ, along with her coaching endeavors and life as a busy mom!
(3) NYC Running Mama vs. (6) Michigan Runner Girl
NYC Running Mama - NYC Running Mama maintains an incredibly popular blog from her home base of Staten Island, NY. This military veteran and mom of two young boys is always on run; she’s done marathons, ultras and even an Ironman! NYC Running Mama is also a go-to source for product reviews and blog giveways. Her blog serves as an all-around inspiration to readers!
Michigan Runner Girl - Michigan-lover Heather offers up a gorgeous look inside her running-verse with the help of her photographer friend Beth. Together they create one of the most beautiful running blogs on the internet. On top of that, Michigan Runner Girl is informative, offers some great product reviews and giveaways and is an all-around great read.
(4) Camille Herron vs. (5) Nichole’s Running Journey
Camille Herron - Camille might just be the smartest elite runner out there. This Oklahoma 2:37 marathoner and science-lover maintains an incredibly informative blog and will wow you with her talent for running fast in a Spidergirl costume.
Nichole’s Running Journey - Nichole is a 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier who details her Minnesota running life as she aims for the 2016 Trials. She cross trains by cross-country skiing and trains with her Viszla, Mesa. Her blog is upbeat and full of great information and inspiration!
Get out there and vote, ladies and gents!