The Pacific Northwest is a mecca for trail and road runners alike. Not only is there natural beauty for runners to enjoy, there are also awesome running stores, groups, trails, events and local runners’ blogs.
Next time you need a little extra motivation, training tips, or get-you-going-in-the-rain inspiration, check out these sweet online resources.
As a pro runner, new mom and co-founder of Picky Bars, Lauren Fleshman knows a thing or two about a thing or two. The two-time USA Track and Field Champion (for 5K) and Bend, Ore., resident shares running, nutrition, gear, parenting and other life advice on her lighthearted, yet informative, blog. You can learn all about Fleshman’s personal triumphs, like overcoming injuries and losing the baby weight, plus training basics that will help make you a better runner. She’s fast, smart and fun to follow.
Created and written by 29-year-old trail running phenom Timothy Olson, this personal blog is guaranteed to get you excited about hitting the trails. Olson, who lives in Ashland, Ore., and just won this year’s Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, shares elaborate race recaps, along with beautiful photos and videos from trail races that he’s participated in all over the world. The North Face®-sponsored athlete provides helpful tips, including details on what he consumes and what gear he wears during specific events. He also points you in the right direction when it comes to races you should consider running.
This blog has become a hot spot for running moms everywhere. But, considering that one-half of AMR’s two-woman writing team resides in Portland, it is especially popular in the Northwest. Sarah Bowen Shea, of Portland, and Dimity McDowell, of Denver, are friends, journalists, moms and runners (in no particular order). They have both written for multiple health and fitness magazines (including Runner’s World, Women’s Health and Shape) and are the authors of Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother. Sarah and Dimity create a witty, mother and runner-driven conversation daily and provide excellent tips on training, gear, playlists and events worth trying.
Do you have a favorite local running blog? Tell us all about it in the comments below!