I just spent the past few days looking up lists of female running bloggers. and have yet to find one that’s up to date. Seriously – at one point I was clicking links on this page and every one was an error message. Every. Single. One. Or, many blogs on the list haven’t been updated since around 2012.
I decided to just make my own! I’ve been able to find a few I connected with and found their content not only helpful, but amusing (that’s a huge tipping point for me – if your content is so dry I want to leave one minute in, I’m probably not going to be back). Also, I found many of these to be extremely aesthetically pleasing – who doesn’t love a well formatted website?
Lazy Girl Running
Based in the UK, Lazy Girl Running‘s title spoke to me (please reference my past post on how to even get up in the morning – truth). With every topic from ‘how to start running’ training guides to local running group meet up times, Laura really not only speaks to the newest runner on the block, but old veterans like me. Something unique that she offers that I had never seen before was an e-zine about how to run stress free – hiiii, over here, I need that. I end up working myself into a freaking sleepless night before each race, even four years after starting! Most of her resources are free or super affordable, which I like (because we all know, our races already cost us a pretty penny…or pound in the UK sense of the word). She even has a podcast – which I hope to get to one day! Her very recently developed podcast features interviews with local fitness authors, feedback on running while pregnant and so many other topics that might be of interest.
Crazy Running Girl
This title also spoke to me – for obvious reasons. I mean, she has to be crazy to live in Minneapolis and be a runner, brrrr that wind! Lora has lived all over the US (very much like me) and loves cats (also like me). She’s a huge influencer in the running community. Lora runs and represents for some top brand giants like Brooks and Janji. She runs a super informative series called ‘Coaches Corner’ where seemingly once a week she documents tips researched by local experts. Since my goal is to run a half marathon in every state, I thought her segment on altitude and running will be extremely helpful when I head out west to conquer Colorado and Utah one day!
The Hungry Running Girl
Ok – do these women know me or something? I feel like all of these titles are about me. Boasting probably my favorite layout of all the blogs on my list (I appeal to plan and basic – it’s kinda my thing), Janae is mostly a half marathoner with quite a few fulls under her belt. Like me, she does a lot of race recaps – with a lot of the destinations and recaps she writes inspire me to put more of hers on my bucket list for future completion. Her family is also the cutest, and although I’m not a mom, I feel her writing style of incorporating her little nuggets would really appeal to those mom’s who find ‘long run Saturdays’ their ‘me’ time. From what I can tell, she’s also lost more than 30 pounds very recently (GO GIRL)!
Run to the Finish
Another beautifully done blog layout, Amanda has a super unique feature on her blog called her ‘Active Travel’ list. With everything from weight loss retreats to Ironman spectating, she has had some tremendous experiences. She documents them to a more detailed extent on her personal blog, but I saw it as a more opportunistic way to find things to elaborate on my own bucket list. She also does ‘Must Have’, inspiring female athletes, IT band tips and various lists to help any stage female runner.
Run Selfie Repeat
Kelly’s blog title stemmed from an article written about her in the NY City Marathon about a pastime she endearingly called ‘hottie hunting’ – where she would run and take photos with hot guys during her marathon course. Woman is a genius. Upon the unexpected loss of her brother, she struggled with weight gain and self doubt, at which time she turned to running. Kelly’s touching passion for running and her sense of humor definitely come across in her posts (even in her ‘about me’ page). My favorite page on the blog is her ‘Running is Funny’ category – complete with self created meme’s about increasing your positive attitude about running, how to get your ass out of the door and her struggles that we all really have, but are sometimes too proud to admit to out loud.