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.
Hi hungry friends! Happy fall! The weather here in the Philly area is FINALLY starting to cool down and that means running is becoming more and more comfortable and less and less sweaty. Woohoo! Since Mark and I made the move to the Philly area in May, I’ve been blogging on and off and also updating social media on and off. With moving and getting used to working my job remotely and taking care of a new puppy and getting to know our new hometown, I was not only feeling slightly overwhelmed, but unsure of whether I wanted to keep blogging. It was a strange feeling and I was feeling guilty and confused, but I decided to just accept it and sit with it for a bit so I could just trust my instincts and see where they would take me. And low and behold, here I am back on the blog!
So not only have I recently taken a little break from blogging since we moved to the Philly area. But during this little "break" time I've also taken a mini break from running. By a "mini" break I mean, I didn't stop running completely, but just that I've been running way less than I had over the past few months. For example, in the months before we moved I was training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and I actually ran that race the very day before we moved. Only a thing a truly ~crazy runner~ would do, right?
Hi friends! I know it's been a little bit of time since I've shown my face here and my blogging status has been in limbo lately, but as I predicted would happen, my creative spark (and need to talk about running incessantly) has returned and I'm back to share some fun stuff with y'all! Specifically, I wanted to share the top songs from my current running/cardio playlist, because summer + running + good music = bliss! Well, at least I think so anyway.
Finally. I finally got to run the Airbnb Brooklyn Half. And the best part was it turned out to be the perfect way for me to give a big, go-out-with-a-bang goodbye to Brooklyn and NYC. For those of you who missed it, Mark and I moved to the Philly area literally the next day. Talk about timing. Oh and what I mean when I say I finally got to run the Brooklyn Half, is that for the past three years I was forced to miss out on it due to my sister's college graduation, a wedding and some other important obligation that I can't remember, but I know that it made me miss the Brooklyn Half.