When I started running again after taking years off, I looked at lots of running blogs; specifically, those from elite runners and large running publications. After hitting my head on the wall out of frustration, I realized those blogs were helpful but not necessarily to a middle of the pack runner like me.
So, when my daughter and I bought FunRunBox I went in search of some blogs I felt would be helpful for the majority of our subscribers who, like me, are not the elite athletes I originally followed.
Here are 6 bloggers who we think you should follow; they all took up running for a variety of reasons, some took it up to challenge themselves as they approached middle age; some took it up to overcome life's challenges but the each bring a different perspective to running. Below each of the links, I've included a little about each blogger in their own words.
We really think you'll like them, so check them out; get on their mailing list; follow them on social media and you'll get some great input and perspective on running.
Also, we'd love to hear from you so if you could, respond in the comments section and tell us some other blogs you enjoy.
My name is Jill and I am a distance runner, I often joke that it takes me 3 miles just to warm up. I live with my husband, our daughter and our boxer dog, JadeTheBoxer. I started blogging in 2001 with a personal blog. I started this site in 2008 to share my passion for running and health with others and it has evolved into my main online presence. I love testing new running, fitness and health products and often write reviews of them on this site. (Some products are sent to me by the company, some are things I’ve purchased myself.)
My name is Michelle and I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. After battling depression for many years, I have found a passion for running, cooking, writing, photography and all things that move my love for life! I’ve ran 3 full marathons, with a PR of 4:25, and 13 half marathons with a PR of 2:01. My latest goals are to focus on getting stronger and faster, and get to work on my e-cookbook.
Being a runner has taken me on a journey of self-discovery and made me a stronger individual both inside and out. As a runner I am inspired and motivated by all of the amazing endurance athletes that I meet. Since I discovered my love for running I have met many new friends and have continued to set new goals for myself. Running has been essential in helping me to deal with depression, post partum depression and PTSD after running the Boston Marathon in 2013.
I'm a working mom of teens who, as part of a mid-life challenge, decided to run a marathon for kicks. I didn't plan on it becoming a hobby, but it did. I qualified for Boston at my second marathon and just finished the 6 World Marathon Majors in London, 2019. Set no small goals. You never know what you're capable of until you try!
- I haven’t always been a runner.
- I swam in middle, high school and college.
- I began running in 2011.
- I ran 3 seasons of cross country and was injured two of them.
- I’ve had the most success with half marathons, and my PR is 1:22.04.
- I’ve run 3 marathons: NYC (3:17), Phoenix (3:14.59), and NYC (3:07.15).
- Now I enjoy training for 5ks and half marathons.
My name is Heather Hart, I am a mom. I am an athlete. I am a writer. I am an adventurer with a wandering spirit and wandering feet.
With my husband, I have co-founded Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching, an online and in person run coaching service. Together we have successfully helped clients reach their endurance goals, from a first 5K to a first 100 miler and beyond. We absolutely love what we do.
Hope you enjoy, and don't forget to tell us about bloggers you enjoy!
Rich Flaherty is a middle of the pack runner and triathlete, whose only real claim to fame is his daughter Bekah Brooks qualified for the Boston Marathon in her first marathon.