Early last year I started following a few blogs that I thought would help me along in my running journey. Whether I am looking for running and nutritional advice, or just inspiration, these blogs provide that for me. Check out a few of my faves below:
be the change – www.carleemcdot.com
If you want to smile, or just looking for a positive pick me up after a hard day, then you need to read Carlee’s blog! Her positivity is infectious and she is always, and I mean always looking for the good in any situation. She is also a pretty speedy runner and constantly pushes herself to be her very best – something I can really appreciate (I smell a BQ in her near future). She’s really crafty as well (something I am not!) and comes up with really cool running outfits for any theme races (Disney, etc). I’m also a big fan of her dog, Walt 🙂
Crazy Running Girl – www.crazyrunninggirl.com
Contrary to the name of her blog, Lora is not crazy, just awesome! Lora and I “met” through the 2014 Fit Fab Fuel Swap in December. While we already had a few things in common (we’re both PRO Compression and Nuun ambassadors and we both previously lived in NYC), I learned so much more about her through our emails. Her blog is great because of the diversity of her posts. She discusses cross training, running (especially marathons), her adventures in Texas, nutrition, etc. Oh, and did I mention she has run the Boston Marathon more than once? Yeah, pretty awesome!
Eat Pray Run DC – www.eatprayrundc.com
I recently started following Courtney’s blog this year. If you’re a runner based in Washington, DC, you definitely need to follow her blog! She features some great recipes and race recaps on her blog. I also enjoy reading about her Pure Barre classes as that is a class I’ve been wanting to take for a long time, but have been too scared to try! She also gives really great blog advice which has been helpful to me during my first year of having this blog.
NYCRunningMama – www.nycrunningmama.com
If you’re a runner, you have probably visited Michele’s blog. She is an Ironman, running coach, Ultra and Marathon runner (I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in). I’d also like to add Wonder Woman as well. She has run numerous marathons (including Boston and NYC). When I see her running times and negative splits, I’m always in awe! Although I’ll never be as fast as her, I appreciate her blog because she gives insight and tips into her nutrition and training and what works and doesn’t work for her. She has also been featured in many running magazines because, quite frankly, she is a rockstar!
PavementRunner – www.pavementrunner.com
This was one of the first running related blogs that I followed. Brian is a rockstar in the blogging world and for good reason. His blogs are informative, yet personal, witty and funny. In addition, he is also the genius behind the #WeRunSocial movement and #RunAllDay shirts.
Run, Eat, Repeat – www.runeatrepeat.com
If you’re looking for a fun blog with lots of humor, look no further. Monica is hilarious and I often find myself laughing while reading. Whether its about her food adventures at Costco, Vegas her cat or just overall running stuff,, she finds a way to implement humor into everything. I also enjoy her race recaps as well!
Running with SD Mom – www.runningwithsdmom.com
Smitha is one amazing woman! She is a fun-loving mom of 2, wife, runner and all-around good person. She ran her first marathon earlier this year and was kind enough to chronicle her marathon training on her blog. It was so informative and inspiring at the same time. On her blog you’ll find race recaps, reviews of awesome products, recipes and positive posts sure to make you smile. She is also #queenofthegiveaways through her #WednesdayGiveawayRoundUp (Who doesn’t love the chance to win free stuff?!)
Sharp Endurance – www.sharpendurance.com
Lizzie is an extremely positive person that is all about spreading love through his blog. He is all about making a #sharpimpact on the world through his fundraising efforts for numerous charities he supports through his runs (he has raised over $15,000 for charities). His blog is a great mix of race recaps, product reviews, running fashion, and or recently, his dedication to build himself up to be a better runner.
STUFT Mama – www.stuftmama.com
Kristin truly amazes me as I don’t know how she finds enough hours in the day to accomplish everything! I feel like her blog really gives me a glimpse into her life. Most recently she has blogged about a nagging injury that forced her to stop running for weeks. Because of her fighting spirit, she was able to bounce back and run 2 marathons in a week (I know, unbelievable!). You’ll also find product reviews, recipes and tons of great ideas for healthy snacks on her blog. Also she is a lover of treadmill running which is great! During the winters here in CT, treadmill runs are a fact of life so it’s nice to read about her treadmill runs 🙂
The Fit Foodie Mama – www.thefitfoodiemama.com
I actually cannot remember how I was introduced to Annmarie’s blog but I’m so happy that I found it! She is very into fitness, fashion, and of course, food! The food photos on her blog are absolutely outstanding! I’ve printed off so many recipes from her blog because they are not only healthy, but they look delicious and easy to make. More recently I’ve enjoyed her posts about her training for a recently completed half marathon in Syracuse. She worked really hard and got a PR. Oh, and she most recently finished as the first female during a local 5k 🙂
I’d also like to add that I’ve never met any of these bloggers IRL (in real life), but the cool thing about social media is that it’s easy to feel like you know someone through their blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Only runners understand the struggle of waking up before the sun to drive to a race, running in extreme weather (heat, snow, rain) or owning more running attire than “regular” clothing. You have to be a certain type of “crazy” to do what we do, so that’s why it’s so easy to feel connected to people you have never met!
What blogs do you love? Do you have social media buddies that you have never met IRL?
So true. I follow most of these blogs as well and totally feel like I know everyone through social media. 😉 And I have far too many running clothes…
I really love the online community social aspect of running, its amazing!
Annmarie L says
Awww, thank you so much for the love!!! I feel so honored to be listed amongst such amazing other blogs! I am so happy that we've connected. I love reading your blog as well and your race recaps. Hopefully we can meet IRL soon, I'd love to come down to NYC or even Stamford for a race! 🙂
No problem – your blog is simply amazing and I enjoy reading it. If you ever decide to do a NYC or Stamford race, please let me know!! I'd love to connect IRL
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
I’ve met so many great people through their blogs! I like all of these that you featured.
Me too. Even though it’s technically still a stranger, I feel like I get to “know” people through their blogs!