Generally speaking, running is pretty simple. Throw on shorts and t-shirt, lace up your sneakers, maybe press “Go” on a watch, and hit the road. Right? But as “simple” as it is, if you’re aspiring toward reaching a certain distance or hitting a race PR, there really can be so much more to it. So much so that it can feel overwhelming.
Hello, hungry friends! Welcome to our December installment of the #ItsARunnerThing Q&A series! This is a series on Hungry Runner where each month we’ll hear from a new runner to find out what makes them tick, what inspires them and what they love most about this crazy, incredible sport. This month’s guest is Jennifer Kyle, a runner and the blogger behind J Bird Runs. She lives in Marin County, California, with her dog and her boyfriend, and feels lucky to be able to run all over Marin and throughout San Francisco. She is a territory sales director for an insurance company professionally, but running and eating good food are her my favorite things to do (me to, Jennifer, me too).
This year, my gift guide for runners happens to include one of my all-time favorite books — Haruki Murakami’s “ What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. ” And not only is it a beautiful, enjoyable read — whether you love to run or not — but it’s also chock full of some really poignant running advice. And what runner doesn’t love a great inspirational quote about the sport they adore oh-so-much? I know I do, and I’m pretty sure you all do too 😉
This running playlist has me pumped, hungry friends! I haven't shared one of my running playlists in quite a while, but it used to be a regular thing here on Hungry Runner. When I decided that I wanted to keep blogging after a short break from it earlier this year, I thought about why I started and what I originally loved about it so much.
One of those things was being able to share my running playlists because I truly, genuinely enjoyed finding the best running songs and curating them into a kick-butt running playlist that really had me amped to run. That musical motivation was key to keeping my running routine consistent in those early days when I first started running.
You know, putting this guide together for the second time (see here for more gifts that are still great for runners from last year's guide) made me realize that shopping for runners is pretty damn easy. I was surprised at how simple it was to find 20 gifts in all categories and price ranges that pretty much any runner would be thrilled to receive.
Of course, I did have some help this year! Last year, my list was completely made up of items that I have been using in my own running endeavors over the years. But this year I wanted to expand beyond that. Some of these items I do use and LOVE, some of these items have been on my radar lately, and some of these items were recommended by you, my dear readers! In particular, I asked y'all on Instagram what your favorite hydration packs and wireless earbuds are because these are two items I'm currently in the market for and I was curious what everyone else was using.
Welcome to the very first installment of the #ItsARunnerThing Q&A! This is a new series on Hungry Runner where each month we’ll hear from a new runner to find out what makes them tick, what inspires them and what they love most about this crazy, incredible sport. This month’s guest is Anna Wildman. Anna is a food and fitness blogger, podcaster, and marathoner. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, cooking or scoping out the newest vegan spots in New York City and beyond. Today she’s sharing what motivates her (even when she doesn’t feel like running), what she wishes more people knew about vegan diets, and some BIG life changes she has in the near future. Read on to learn more!
When I started running, I knew nothing except how to tie my shoes and put one foot in front of the other. And to be honest, I could barely do that. Finishing one lap around the track was truly a struggle for me. I was a total newbie in every single way, but I decided that I would just get started and figure it out along way. And that approach is fine. I'm still here. I've finished 2 full marathons and I'm currently training for my 8th half marathon. But if I could do it all over again, there are maybe just a few things I wish I had known about before I got started. A few simple tips like the ones I'm about to share probably could've helped me avoid some mistakes, like developing super painful shin splints and sometimes feeling frustrated with my training.