20 Must Follow Running Blogs for 2013 and Beyond

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It’s a new year and time for a new list.

Last year I wrote a popular list of running blogs entitled 20 Outstanding Running Blogs for 2012 and Beyond.

In alphabetical order, here is my list for 2013. It’s a totally new list to ensure I provide some exposure to other great running blogs out there.

Please be sure to add your favorites in the comments section.

Ali on the Run – http://www.aliontherunblog.com/

I like blogs that take you on a personal journey. Ali does a great job of sharing her running life and how it intertwines with the rest of her life. New runners might enjoy Ali’s post on how she started running and the impact it has made on her life. Read the post here.  

An Athlete’s Body – http://anathletesbody.com/

Written by Jay Dicharry, An Athlete’s Body was introduced to me by Pete Larson over at Runblogger. Jay is a physiotherapist and recently released his book “Anatomy for Runners: unlocking your athletic potential for health, speed, and injury prevention”. Do yourself a favour a read this post about running shoe selection: Chevy Tahoe or a Mini Cooper? A tip on running shoe selection.

Another Mother Runner – http://anothermotherrunner.com/

A nice blog by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. If you’re a new parent (and more specifically, a mom), you’ll also want to check out their two books. In my first year as a dad, I’ve found it challenging to fit in my runs. Another Mother Runner will help you manage your time and serves as a supportive community for other mother runners.

Beer Runner – http://draftmag.com/new/beer-runner/

Tim Cigelske is DRAFT’s Beer Runner. And yes, DRAFT Magazine is a magazine about beer … with a creative twist of course. I like beer and I love running so I am glad I stumbled upon this beauty. Tim has a running and beer streak of 820 days and counting! Go check it out.

Believe in the Run – http://www.believeintherun.com/

Believe in the Run focuses mostly on honest gear, race and running shoe reviews. I love Thomas’ passion for running. It oozes into each of his posts, tweets and Daily Mile updates. One of my favourite posts was a recent one with a couple of guys from the Skechers Performance Division (Skechers makes a quality running shoe – who knew?). Check out the interview here.

Birthday Shoes – http://birthdayshoes.com/

I originally stumbled upon this blog when the Vibram 5-finger craze started. Birthday Shoes has since evolved into a site that covers everything about minimalist running. Justin writes in-depth minimalist running shoe reviews that are accompanied by lots of high quality images.

Carrots ‘N’ Cake – http://carrotsncake.com/

Carrots ‘N’ Cake started as a personal food and fitness journal to help Tina get ready for her wedding. Food, fitness and of course, running are a focus. Tina has run numerous races and has a lot actionable advice to offer. Her “What I Learned from Running Marathons” post really resonated with me.

Coach Caleb – http://www.coachcaleb.com/blog/2

First of all, I love the name of Caleb Masland running team – Team Wicked Bonkproof. Caleb rebuilt his body from scratch after reconstructive surgery on his knee. He’s since become a certified running coach – coaching the likes of Pete Larson from Runblogger and Thomas Neuberger from Believe in the Run to PRs in the 1/2 and full marathon respectively. Check out Caleb’s blog for actionable running tips and consider his coaching if you want a PR this year.

Daily Mile Blog – http://www.dailymile.com/blog/

Real stories about real runners are often hard to come by. When I want motivation, tips or simply want to read about other runner’s experiences, I turn here. Every few weeks Dailymile picks one inspiring member of their online community to be featured on its blog.

DC Rainmaker – http://www.dcrainmaker.com/

Ray is a runner and triathlete. His blog is beautifully designed and the images are stunning. If you want reviews of hear rate monitors and other running tech stuff, Ray’s reviews are top notch. Check out this in depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 610 to see for yourself.

Healthy Tipping Point – http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/

Healthy Tipping point is not just about running. To be a good runner and to enjoy running, other aspects of your life need to be aligned – nutrition, work-life balance, family, building healthy habits, etc.  Caitlin Boyle covers all of these and is the author of three books.

iRunnerBlog – http://www.irunnerblog.com/

A nice combination of personal running stories, tips, gears reviews and more. A few different people contribute columns focused on their respective areas of expertise. Scott from iRunnerBlog also moderates a cool twice a month chat on Twitter (search for #runchat on Twitter).

Jill Will Run – http://jillwillrun.com/

Jill is a certified running coach with the Road Runners Club of America and has been blogging since 2001. Jill Will Run is another good resource for honest reviews of all things running-related. Check out her “About” page for an inspirational story.

Meals and Miles – http://mealsandmiles.com/

Meghann started her blog help people like her, who graduated college, started working full time at a desk and have lost touch on how to still live an active life while working eight hours a day. A nice personalized resource for healthy eating recipes for runners like you. Meghann’s “Success Strory” wad featured in Shape magazine in 2010.

Mile Posts – http://www.mile-posts.com/

Running really can transform people’s lives. Running became a way for Dorothy Beal to stay in shape, fight anxiety and gain confidence. Her blog can help you with these things … and yes, become a better runner.

National Post Running Blog – http://life.nationalpost.com/category/life/running/

I could’t compile this list without a fellow Canadian in the mix. Ben Kaplan writes a great running column / blog for the National Post. The articles are well written and each topic thoroughly researched. I am a new dad, so particularly enjoyed Ben’s piece on running strollers. Gear reviews, interviews and running tips and more.

Runners Connect – http://runnersconnect.net/blog/

A nice one stop source for advice that has a simple objective – helping you run faster. Expert coaches like Jeff Gaudette and Jay Johnson contribute the success of Runners Connect. Jeff provided Healthynomics readers with some excellent advice in an interview conducted a few weeks back.

Running Shoes Guru – http://www.runningshoesguru.com/blog/

Creates reviews to help novice and experience runners navigate their way to the best running shoe for their needs.  Most of the popular brands are covered. Check out what they have to say about the next running shoe you’re looking to buy.

Stronger Runner – http://www.strongerrunner.blogspot.ca/

Jon-Erik Kawamoto writes on Stronger Runner and in numerous other high profile publications like Runner’s World and Running Times. Jon-Erik is an accomplished runner and uses his accreditations and sports-science background to write high-quality running articles that are backed by the latest research. Healthynomics featured a guest post by Jon-Erik in 2012 – A 6-Phase Functional Warm-Up Protocol for Runners.

The Running Clinic – http://www.therunningclinic.ca/blog/

Essential reading if you want to learn about running injuries, how to prevent them and the state of minimalist running. I recommend The Running Clinic to both runners and sports-science practitioners. I appreciate the strong personal opinions expressed on topics like the state of minimalist running and running biomechanics. Another great blog from a Canadian – written in both French and English.

Be sure to comment with your personal favourite running blogs below!


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  • Jeff Gaudette

    Thanks for mention, Mark! Definitely honored to be a part of this expert list. Keep up the great work!

  • http://twitter.com/jillwillrun Jill Will Run

    Thank you for including me! I’m honored!

  • Jay Dicharry

    Mark – humbled by your selection. Thanks for spreading the word!
    just to help people find it, there is a “y” at the end of my name – thanks!

    • http://www.healthynomics.com Mark Kennedy

      Sincere apologies for the typo. My bad. It’s fixed now. Great work on your site Jay … I need to check out your book!

  • http://profiles.google.com/bikernate Nathan Sanel

    Great list, what about runblogger?

    • http://www.healthynomics.com Mark Kennedy

      Hi Nathan. Love Runblogger. I included it in last year’s list.

  • http://twitter.com/blaisedubois Blaise Dubois

    Hi Mark,

    The Running Clinic is honoured to be part of you list. We have many surprises for the next year :)

  • Angie Quinlan

    I just read your post on the top running blogs. :) I especially like like that you gave a shout out to some new ones this year. The picture at the top (of the cup littered ground) made me laugh! My company, The Hydrosleeve, focuses on just that subject (hydration), and I thought your readers might be interested in a review if you had a chance. Here’s a link to our media page if you’re interested: http://www.indiegogo.com/hydrosleeve Let me know if I can give you any more information or help out in any way. Thanks! And happy running!

  • http://www.rungoddess.org/ RunGoddess

    Great list I spotted a few new blogs that I wasn’t aware of.

  • Raymond Willis

    Great list. I recently came across DCRainmaker as a result of your list as well as a stronger runner. I am glad to see some updated lists for 2013. Some of the lists I found recently were really old and many of the blogs outdated or not maintained. If your interested in running podcasts for endurance runners, like half and full marathons, I would also recommend the marathon training podcast which I found covered the topic very well from a training and coaches perspective. It is at http://www.marathontrainingplan.com/podcasts/. There are many great ones out there and many that you listed I frequently visit and love. Thanks again!

    • http://www.healthynomics.com Mark Kennedy

      Hi Raymond – thanks for your comment and and the suggestion. I’ll check out the podcast.

  • Arthur Davis

    I have checked out several of these sites and have learned alot, thanks.



  • Kris

    Check out http://www.gorunagain.com. It geared toward the beginner runner, expecially those in their 40’s.

  • Emma Nutter

    This list has been really helpful for motivating me to get back into jogging. Need some new running shoe insoles first.


  • Paid To Run

    Pretty good list. I think about 10 of these I can actually relate to.

  • David Hellard

    If you update the list for 2014, could I nominate Beer Belly Running:

    A bit less serious. but still a reasonable runner, http://www.beerbellyrunning.blogspot.co.uk

    Examples of recent blogs include:

    – Leading the London Marathon for 400 meters

    – Running in the Great British Beerathon – 5 miles, 4 pints, 4 bits of food, 1 almighty hangover

    – Running the Sierra Leone marathon

    • http://www.healthynomics.com Mark Kennedy

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’ll have a look at Beer Belly Running.



  • http://www.hjmt.com Hilary JM Topper, MPA

    Great article! I hope that next year, my running blog can make the list! http://www.ARunnersDiary.com

  • Kathryn

    Hi Mark,

    Love the list! Great variety and every blog here has a different angle on the sport which makes them interesting to read.

    If you do a list for 2014 will you consider my blog? It is geared towards female runners but I do believe it provides some great information that I haven’t really seen discussed elsewhere for women.

    Check it out, I’d love to know what you think: ChicksDigRunning.com


  • tonymarkey

    It’s hard to find an up-to date list of these – and I’m making my way through them! Thank you. My blog is at http://bit.ly/1HtxLMW if you are so inclined. I love the funny, positive and meaningful blogs I’ve run across so far. cheers!