Welcome to the Running Success Stories page! Here you’ll find motivational stories from runners who have conquered the 5k to the marathon, lost 80 pounds, beaten their running injuries, and accomplished more of their big goals.
Choose one of the running success stories below and get ready to be inspired!
Tweet After working with thousands of runners, I’ve come across more skeptics than I ever thought existed. Runners who insist “that will never work for me!” or “maybe that worked for her… but I’m different.” Having “special snowflake syndrome” is common. We think our problems are unique, our situations novel, and our running goals different. But […]
Tweet Last fall, I opened a special 1-on-1 coaching program to a small group of runners who were frustrated with injuries. For six intensive weeks, they received coaching material with one goal: to prevent injuries and finally get them healthy. It included: Strategies and coaching lessons that actually prevent injuries (not this absurd advice) All new strength […]
Tweet Running goals are funny. You might set an outlandish goal this year, but next year accomplishing the same thing is ordinary. In 1998, I desperately wanted to run a mile under 6:00 minutes. Less than a year later, I could run three miles in a row at that pace. Later the big running goal was breaking […]
Tweet The marathon is a fickle beast. Even with good training, you never know what will happen (especially in the final 10k). Some runners hit the wall. Others cramp up. And a few develop overuse injuries that prevent them from even finishing. But imagine you’re not one of those runners. How would it feel to […]
Tweet Confession: I have a love-hate relationship with the half. It’s a fantastic distance and half marathon training isn’t nearly as grueling as marathon preparation, so it’s much easier to do. But I’ve never actually run a good half marathon! My personal best is from my very first race – and I don’t think I’ve ever […]
Tweet Whoa – the response you’ve given me from this new focus on injury prevention has been awesome. Thank you to everyone who has been inspired by Sarah’s story and emailed, tweeted, or messaged me with your questions and comments. I’m so happy this stuff resonates with you and I’m working hard to get back […]
Tweet Earlier this month I got an email from Todd. He told me: Love your blog! Lots of useful tips for us mere mortals I laughed and thanked him for the compliment. But it got me thinking – does Todd (and maybe you) think I’m not a mere mortal too? Todd’s comment implies that I’m not a […]
Tweet Last week, I asked you a simple question: What is your most difficult or challenging question about injury prevention and how to stay healthy? For days, I’ve spent hours studying the hundreds of responses and let me tell you: it’s eye-opening. First, the number of you struggling with injury problems is staggering. Second, there are […]
Tweet When it comes to marathon training, there are countless choices to consider. Should you join a local running club? Download a generic training plan online? Invest in a custom program? Get a coach? Wing it? Ask your second cousin who ran a marathon six years ago how she did it? If you’re like me, […]
Tweet The biggest lie I hear runners say is, “Coaching is just for fast people.” Ha! Today I want to share a story about Jessica, a 28 year old runner from Colorado. While she knew she wasn’t very fast, she was able to see dramatic improvement (with no injuries) with a little bit of coaching […]