Do Women Runners Need Female Coaches?

Picture a running coach: someone in command, respected by their team, competent and knowledgeable about the sport. Maybe this person is holding a clipboard and stopwatch, and wearing a cap bearing the team’s name. Are you picturing a man, maybe in his fifties or sixties? I am. (I probably ruined the effect of this experiment with the title of this article, but you get the point.) I have that picture in more » Read more

What the Flock? Is Oiselle’s Volée Right for You?

Being a serious runner has its privileges. Brands often throw themselves at us, offering free merchandise in exchange for our tweets, ‘grams, and a place on our bodies at races. In their beginning, Oiselle was no different in this way than many brands. Through it’s brand ambassadorship program, the Volée, Oiselle offered loyal, socially connected runners a race kit and discounts on apparel. But things changed in 2014, when Oiselle introduced the Flock. more » Read more

What We Want You to Say to Us When We’ve Had a Bad Race

Have you ever raced with a friend who ended the race feeling horribly disappointed about her performance? It’s the worst. What do you say? What can you do to help her feel better? In the moment, when witnessing your friend experience the crushing feeling of defeat, it’s hard to know what to say or do, even though you know the pain she is feeling and have almost certainly felt it more » Read more

Uncoachable

“Maybe I should get a coach,” I mused as I perused the websites of several personal running coaches who all claimed that they could help me reach my goal. My husband sighed. Then he said, “You don’t really want a coach. You want someone to validate the choices that you’ve made with your training. You need to tell the coach, ‘Listen, I’m paying you to tell me that every decision more » Read more

Coping With Losing Your Team after Graduation

One of the reasons I love running is that it’s there for life. While all sports have their benefits to young athletes in school, running is one of the few that you can truly weave into your lifestyle forever, team or no team. But although it’s true that you can always run by yourself, it can be hard to stick to it and train smart, especially if you spent your entire middle school, high school, and more » Read more

A Look at Post-Collegiate Training Options

Graduation season has me thinking about some of the options for recent running grads who want to keep the dream alive. I was once in the same boat, and I want to share what choices are out there and what to consider when navigating your post-collegiate training options. Through my post-collegiate years I’ve trained in each of the three main options: a highly structured elite development team; a less structured competitive club more » Read more

5 Ways to Fail at a Group Run

While on the hunt for running friends, you see a group run posted at your local running store. The sign says something compelling like, “Moderately paced 5-7 mile run. Come and make connections with fellow runners in your community! Free beer and 10% off socks!” You show up after work, ready to make friends and enjoy a casual evening jog. The running store is bustling with people of all shapes more » Read more

SOS: Even Elites Bomb Workouts

Tough days are a fact of life. And in training, tough workouts are too; you push hard, then recover, then push harder, trying to get just a little closer to the sun every time without getting burned. But some days you try and fail, your body refusing to cooperate. Sometimes you just don’t have it in you. And believe me, it’s not just you! It’s all of us. You might more » Read more

Is A Coach Worth It?

For a relatively inexpensive report, we all know how quickly we can blow our budget purchasing everything people tell us we “need” or “must have” if we are truly going to be a runner. There is a constant barrage of footwear, apparel, nutrition and gear commercials. That guy in the running group swears by foam rollers, yoga, magical shakes and his Fabletics subscription. That fast chick you see attributes her more » Read more

Runsick

In January I packed my suitcase, left my 9-5 life in Columbus, Ohio and headed for sunny Spain, where my future looked a little brighter. In Columbus my work life, relationships, and apartment were only so-so. One thing I took for granted though, was that my running life was stellar. In 2013 I discovered the magic created by a tight-knit training group and it made the sport that much better more » Read more

What’s it REALLY Like to Run on a College Team?

When you think of running in college you might think of intense competition and pressure to be the top runner on the team. You might think college athletes are the antithesis of the college partier, people who never go out past 9:00 and pass on the pizza as we fixate on our race weight for fear of getting cut from the team. Maybe it’s more like that at a big Division I more » Read more

Sanjuanita Martinez, Cornell Running Star, Protests on the Track

Imagine working for years to be at the top of your sport and finally earning a spot as one of the favorites for an NCAA title. What, beyond a debilitating injury or illness, could possibly inspire you to give up on chasing that once in a lifetime dream? Sanjuanita (Sam) Martinez, a senior cross-country and track standout at Cornell College in Iowa is a 5-time All-American, one of the top more » Read more

To My Running Buddy’s Partner: It’s Only About the Running or I Would Never Hit That

Most competitive women runners train with men at least some times. If you took running out of the equation, there would be no argument from me that spending hours sweating half-naked with heterosexual members of the opposite sex is at best odd, or at worst, inappropriate. Hey honey, I’m getting up at 4:30 tomorrow morning to hang out and talk with Bill, Fred, and Tom for three hours. That would be weird, more » Read more

Don’t Be a Speedist: We Are All Runners

Faster people snubbing slower people is rude. This we know. But how often has a slower person said of a faster person: I can’t talk to her because: … she’s too fast. … she’s kind of addicted. … have you seen her PR? … she’s totally obsessed. … she wears those buns-things. … she’s too ______. How often have you been at the starting line at a race, and gazed at more » Read more

The Spouse as Running Coach: How to Make it Work

We’ve all been warned don’t mix business with family or friendships! Dual relationships can lead to some messy situations, but sometimes mixing roles is unavoidable or happens anyway. Maybe your landlord happens to be your father, your sister is your boss, your teammate is your massage therapist, or maybe you’re dating your landscaper and are training partners with your hairdresser.  Balancing these different roles is something I know well, because, for over ten years now, and more » Read more