Debbie Woodruff

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Your First Marathon: 26.2 Tips for Training (and Completing) Your First 26.2

So you finally went and did it. You signed up for your first marathon. Congratulations! Now, before the panic sets in let’s talk about how you’re …

Marathons

5 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started Running

I’ve been running a long time but I can still remember, not my actual first run, but the next three days after that first run. I’m not sure even how …

Marathons

5 Tips for Returning to the Marathon. Plus the Running Coaches’ Corner Linkup #1

Welcome to the Running Coaches’ Corner #1!We’re so excited to be bringing you this linkup for runners! Whether you’re a coach, an experienced runner, …

Marathons

6 Daily Rituals That Will Help You Feel Good, Sleep Better, and Enjoy Life

I’ve been reflecting lately on some of the things that make me feel good. As I get older I have found that sometimes I tend to focus on the things …

Self-Reflection

Running Accessories that will Improve Your Run

Runners often tout their favorite sport as the one activity that is simple. “Just lace up your shoes and head out the door” they will tell you. Not …

Headphones

Let’s Go Racing! Here are Five Great Races You Will Love!

Have you started planning your fall racing schedule? Or, I should say, have you started thinking about your fall, winter, and spring training …

Foam Rolling for Runners. An Interview with Intelliroll Creator Dr. K

I was a member of Dr. K’s first class at the 2017 IDEA Convention, and he helped me with my shoulder injury when I spoke to him at the Malibu Half …

7 Reasons You Need a Running Coach if You Want to be a Better Runner

As both a runner and a running coach, I know a lot about the importance of having a coach to help you train for an important race or to help you …

13.1 Half Marathon Etiquette Rules (that apply to marathons too!)

I basically wrote this post in my head a couple weeks ago when I was running the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon. The concept came up for the …

Why Runners Need Calcium and Vitamin D plus *Giveaway!*

Running is great exercise. It is excellent for your cardiovascular health, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and helps keep your bones strong. …

Chana Masala: Quick and Easy Curried Chickpeas

I told you a while back after visiting an Indian restaurant in Big Bear that my new cooking goal was to figure out how to prepare the Chana Masala …

Sometimes Running is Hard

Sometimes, running is hard.That may sound like blasphemy coming from me. Yes, I’m the gung-ho coach who has run 37 marathons. The one who tells my …

5 Reasons You Should Support the FTR Runners Backpack on Kickstarter

I recently received an email asking me to help promote the FTR Runners Backpack project on Kickstarter. If you’re a blogger, you probably receive …

Crowd Funding

29 Things You Should Do the Night Before Your Big Race (Printable Checklist)

Do you have a big race coming up? One that you’re hoping to PR or smash some goals? Maybe qualify for Boston? If you do, here are some things you …

Roasted Vegetable Soup with Tofu, White Beans, and Kale

So here I am again. It’s 8:08 on Sunday night and I’m just starting to work on my Monday blog post. Well, not completely just starting. I made the …

The 5 Most Important Strength Exercises for Runners (No Equipment Needed!)

I think most runners have come to realize the benefits of incorporating strength exercises into their training. (If not, read here.) From better …

Real Secrets to a Healthy Lifestyle: 5 Tips that can change your life

As a personal trainer, I find that most of my clients are in search of a healthy lifestyle. Whether their goal is weight loss, increased muscle, …

Weight Loss

5 Ways Yoga Makes Me a Better Runner

Those of you who know me, or have been reading my blog for a while, know that I tend to be a fair-weather yogi. I try, I really do, but between …

Yoga

Power Smoothie Bowl + a Sneak Peak at Nuzest Clean Lean Protein BAR!

I’ve been trying hard to up my fruit intake (beyond my banana a day!) and one of the easiest ways I have found is to have a daily smoothie or …

Healthy Eating

Sweetheart Chocolate Covered Cashew Date Bites – Vegan and Gluten-Free

The Super Bowl is over, we’re done with the salty snacks (for a while), and it’s time to think about Valentine’s Day and the sweet treats that seem …

Dessert

Medjool Date Truffles with Cashew Butter and Dark Chocolate

Are you looking for a Valentine treat that is sweet and delicious, plant-based, and easy to prepare? I’m pretty sure I’m going to make your day with …

Dessert

8 Race Day Tips for a Successful Marathon

While much of marathon training focuses preparing to run 26.2 miles it is important to have a race day plan too. After all, you’ve just spent …

Marathons

5 Tips for Holding Onto Your Fitness Resolutions

It’s almost February. How are those fitness resolutions doing?After a burst of enthusiasm and determination in January, when many people make their …

Weight Loss

5 Things that Really Annoy Me

I wanted to call this post <i>Things That Piss Me Off</i>, but I guess the nice girl in me came through at the last moment. I’m pretty easy going, but I do …

Vegetarian

Easy Homemade Seitan Recipe. Make Your Own Protein Packed “Wheat Meat!”

I love using seitan in my plant-based recipes. It is a perfect substitute for any kind of meat, it’s high in protein, and it has a meaty texture that …

Vegan

Push Aside Those Resolutions. 5 Reasons You Are Already Limitless

With the start of the new year, many of us create goals or resolutions with the intention of changing something about our lives. It could be to lose …

Living Rooms

5 Training Mistakes Can Hijack Your Running Goals (and Cause Injury)

Now is a time when many runners are making big plans for the coming year. Whether you’re a beginner just starting your running path, an experienced …

Marathons

Achieving Fitness Goals: 10 Tips for Joining a Gym

With the start of a new year, many people decide that it is time for achieving fitness goals. For some, that means starting a running program, for …

Exercise

6 Tips for Planning a Perfect Running Year

Happy New Year! A new year means a fresh start, new plans, hopes, resolutions, whatever you want to call them, all with the intention of improving on …