Personalities

Ragsdale and Ryan at the Moab 200

Over the past few years Seattle’s Chris Ragsdale, who earned a reputation as one of the US’ top ultra cyclists, has increasingly put his athletic efforts into ultra running. Next on Chris’ hit list is the Moab 200, which starts October 13. I had to do a double-take to verify …

Running

Get Faster by Running with Faster People

Running faster requires determination, commitment and, for me, at least one training partner to drag me along. While I know plenty of people are able to do long runs and tempos solo, I rarely meet a speedster who can consistently get hard work done on the track by themselves. I …

Friends

7 Tips to Make Racing With Friends Fun

So you excitedly signed up for a race and realized that you have no one to go with? Fear not! I have some tips on how to get your friends to join in on the fun. 1. Choose an interesting or easy to access race Driveable, or right in town, …

Community

5 Ways to Celebrate Global Running Day with Other Runners

Did you know that Global Running Day is June 7th? Thousands of runners all over the world celebrate their love of the sport by trekking the trails, pounding the pavement, and in some cases, firing up the treadmill. Because runners like to share our excitement for the sport, Global Running …

Community

Boston Marathon Recap: How My Running Group Made A Hard Race The Best Time

Showing up to a marathon averaging less than 20 miles a week for a 21-week training cycle is a bad idea. It hit me how scary that was as I attempted to psyche myself up when answering the question “are you excited?” before boarding a plane to attend the Boston …

Cross-training

Co-Workers as Fitness Allies

It’s been a hard day at the office. Deadlines loom, you feel like you hopped from meeting to meeting without being productive, and you realize that you might have to work from home after you put the kids down tonight. Going for a run is the last thing on your …

Friends

Sprinting with Friends

Speedwork is better when you make others do it with you. When was the last time you ran at your top speed? Gave 100% effort at sprinting? For me, it was last Thursday. And the only way I can convince myself to do it is with other people. I’m a …

Friends

12 Ways to Spark a Conversation in a Running Group

So, you’ve finally decided to show up as a newbie to that running group you see around your neighborhood. If you’re even a little bit shy it can feel uncomfortable, and questions like “where are we going?” “Does the group leave right on time?” and “Are these people going to …

Friends

Overnight Relay Races: Fun or Just a Smelly Van?

I hit “record” on my phone while my teammate climbed on top of our rented minivan and began to stretch. This is something I expect from her, she spent a good part of the trip ON TOP of the van versus INSIDE of it. It gets cramped, I understand. Less …

Community

How I Chose to Make Friends in a New City

I was on a one-way cross country flight when I started to consider what running would look like in my new city. Four years after running competitively at a Division I School, I had burned out and quit, cold turkey. My move from DC to Seattle meant that I could …