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How to Continue Your Running Education (+ Giveaway!)

Looking for ways to continue your running education? Find out where you can expand your running knowledge on this edition of Running Coaches Corner, and enter to win the ULTIMATE Running Education Giveaway!

Whether you are a lifetime runner or just starting out, all runners can benefit from taking a little time to learn more about the sport, from new techniques to tried and true methods. But where can you look for the best information?

Best Sources for Continuing Your Running Education

Looking for ways to continue your running education? Find out where you can expand your running knowledge on this edition of Running Coaches Corner @suzlyfe

**Big time Caveat Emptor: CHECK YOUR SOURCES. It should go without saying that you should vet the information. There is a lot of hogwash out there. Take much of what you read with a grain of salt, and use it to inform future study and experimentation, but don’t necessary take the information as fact!**

Running Books

Every runner should invest a little time investigating actual, real and true, running books, both classics and new publications. Why? Because many of these books are the basis for much of the current thought out there on running technique, strategy, nutrition, training, and sports psychology. If you are looking for a place to start, check out the books that started out my running library, and see where they lead you! 

Check out a part of my library of running books! As a running coach, I am dedicated to staying educated and on top of the best training methods for my athletes. Come check out what I am reading! @suzlyfe

Running Podcasts

If you are always on the go, running podcasts may be the ticket for you. I love listening to podcasts about running while I am running and make mental notes about topics that I want to go back and delve into in greater detail. Just like books, there are podcasts about any and every topic that has to do with running, but I love podcasts because the nature of conversation is such that the hosts and guest cover so much more than they originally set out to do. Plus, podcasts come out daily/weekly/monthly, so there is always something to look for and discover. Some of my favorites? Diz Runs (here is my episode!) and Runners Connect!

Earbuds in? I’m probably listening to a podcast.

Running Magazines, Online Running Magazines, Running Apps

Boy, do I miss Running Times. That was my favorite magazine for real running knowledge! Alas, it is no more, but there is an archive! The other bigwigs in the print and online running magazine world are Runners WorldWomen’s Running, Ultra Running, and Trail Running.

There are also a number of excellent running apps out there like RunKeeper that offer workouts and information for you as well as providing a way for you to track your running and training.

Pssst–many of your favorite bloggers and coaches are contributors to these publications!

Your Local Running Specialty Store

Your local running specialty store offers way more than just some snazzy shoes! The people who work at running stores LOVE running so much that they have literally immersed themselves in it! Expect runners of every level, depth of experience, and manner of runner as well as people with a willingness and enthusiasm to share their stories and experiences! Whenever I am at a running store, I make sure to engage the staff about something because I can guarantee that I will learn something from the interaction, from new shoes and gear out or coming out to the latest skuttlebutt on the racing scene to the best places to run in the area.

Deena Kastor and Sara Hall at the 2015 Chicago Marathon Shakeout Run hosted by Runner's World, Asics, and Fleet Feet Sports South Loop. Find out more about marathon weekend at

Also, during big races, specialty running stores engage running celebrities for seminars and special appearances!

Local Running Community

It is increasingly easy to find and engage with the local running community. One of those ways is to go to the local running specialty store! The local running community are the true experts on running in a specific area–would you ask someone in Canada about training through a Florida summer? Well, you could, and they might have great advice, but I feel like your best bet is the local dude. 

Social Media

Social media is a fantastic source of running information. Search hashtags like #runchat #runningtips #furtherfasterforever and local running hashtags like #runchi for information and inspiration. Follow your favorite brands and runners as well!

I ran with fellow running coach, author, and running nerd Dr Jason Karp before the Chicago Marathon. We met via the power of social media, and now I am certified in his Revo2lution Running!

Running Blogs

Obviously, blogs are an excellent source of information. I like to think that this blog offers real, applicable running education in an accessible manner. Of course, there is a lot more to Suzlyfe than just running, but there are many outright running blogs. Amanda at Run to the Finish just updated her Comprehensive List of Quality Running Blogs this past January! I have so many favorite fellow bloggers and coaches that offer incredible running advice; the sake of not playing favorites, I am going to remain mum (but email me if you want suggestions)

I’ve also contributed to websites like Thrillist and Fix with running and fitness tips!

Running Coach Certifications

It has been a year and a half since I became a RRCA Certified Running Coach and a year since I got my Revo2lution Running Certification. Even if you aren’t planning on becoming a running coach, I would totally recommend the experience and focus of getting your running coach certification. You will get to meet so many other runners who are invested (literally) in their running education, plus learn fascinating tidbits and explanations that can really help you transform your running (and that of others!). 

Hire A Running Coach!

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We are good for more than just being pretty! I love when my clients use me for more than just training plans–ask me questions and pick my brain! Interested in working together? Check out my coaching page!

In Person or Virtual Running Summits

Running summits and running retreats are amazing opportunities to basically combine all of the above into one intensive, concentrated source of running education across all topics. In person summits give you the chance to immediately engage with the speakers, ask questions, and take notes, but I am a huge fan of virtual running summits, like the Real Runners Virtual Summit, because you a) never have to miss a session in favor of another session, b) you can have the session videos for posterity (to pause, rewind, rehash), and c) you get online communities to support the sessions for Q&A with the expert speakers and your fellow attendees! Check out these sneak peek videos here!

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With the start of the Real Runners Virtual Summit just around the corner (Monday!!), I am giving away a FREE REGISTRATION to a lucky Suzlyfe reader! ANYWHERE in the world! This is a VIRTUAL summit, so as long as you have a computer… you can join us! The giveaway ends THIS SATURDAY, February 18, at Midnight CST. Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday. 

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I think it’s important to never stop learning about anything you’re passionate about!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Coconut Sweet Potato Pancakes With Nut Butter Yogurt {GF, Paleo, Low Cal}My Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I couldn’t agree more!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I love reading blogs and books about running. Ive also really enjoyed listening to podcasts while I drive or run. Id love to hear the talks on strength training and injury prevention!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Cardio and Strength Interval WorkoutMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are going to be great!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Caroline

    I’m excited for Lauren’s strength training for runners!

    February 15, 2017 at 6:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is going to be great!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Madhuri

    Joining a running community was the best thing I ever did this winter. My first half training was getting to a point where it was more stressful than enjoyable, which was counterproductive. Had a lot of fears to join one. But, definitely a good decision. Agreed on the running blogs too…I love blogs that are so honest and raw about it!
    Madhuri recently posted…Dear Half-Marathoner (#001)My Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t understand the blogs that gloss over the downs and only show the ups–training includes both!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Beth

    The strength training for runners sounds like something I need to work on.

    February 15, 2017 at 6:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We all need to!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    It is great to continue your running (an any education). So glad that I also got my RRCA cert it’s a very helpful base of info. Crossing fingers for the virtual summit entry would love to win!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…How To Get The Most From Your Spin ClassMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I love the running community! I especially enjoy hearing from (and sharing tips) with others who do things non-traditionally (low-moderate mileage running, non-running training to enhance running, etc.).
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Red Flannel Run – a Race I LOVEMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yep. You know I love the alternatives!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Great info here! I’d caution readers about certain chain running stores–there’s one that I’m a little iffy on the knowledge of the employees that work there.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Running, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Share 9 Ways that You May Not Have ConsideredMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Healthy skepticism goes a long way!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I am most interested in Dr. Jason Karp’s session on injury prevention!
    Kimberly G recently posted…Tunes Tuesday 2.14 โ€“ All About LoveMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is going to be a great one!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Such great ideas to expand your running knowledge! Congrats on getting in the summit too! Thanks for hosting. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    February 15, 2017 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for linking up!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I was so disappointed when Running Times discontinued – they were my favorite magazine and online resource for years!
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    February 15, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh, me too. Such a tragedy.

      February 17, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Sarah N

    I’d love to hear The Benefits of Essential Oils for Runners talk and From Runner to Run Coach: How to Know You’re Ready.

    February 15, 2017 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Two great topics!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Lindsey @ livinglovingrunner

    The running summit sounds great! I would love to sign up, but the funds are tight ๐Ÿ™ Great giveaway!!
    Lindsey @ livinglovingrunner recently posted…My Guy | Valentines DayMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 7:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I understand that! If you don’t get in via the giveaway, consider the payment plan–it might make it accessible!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I love expanding my running knowledge any way that I can. Really looking forward to David Hylton’s topic about branding!
    Annmarie recently posted…5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to RunMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A nontraditional topic that is becoming more and more important!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Jen @ pretty little grub

    The running summit is such a great idea!

    February 15, 2017 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m really excited about it!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    So important to be a life long learner for anything you’re passionate about!
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    February 15, 2017 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Never stop learning!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Reply josephine

    im really interested in Nutrition for Runners
    josephine recently posted…Instagram Tips For Runners!My Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Emily

    I love how you’re always encouraging us to learn more about running! It’s humbling and amazing to think that it’s a sport that has so many ins and outs. I’ve learned that more and more from you and Amanda @Run To the Finish.
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    February 15, 2017 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am honored to be included with her!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Yeah, I’m so sad that Running Times is no more. It was the only running magazine that I ever read–all the other ones are a little too fluffy for me. I bookmarked the archive. Thanks for that! Also, Canadian Running isn’t too bad, actually. Which is surprising.
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    February 15, 2017 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I reallllly miss Running Times. It was the best.

      February 17, 2017 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Lesley

    I bought Marathoning for Mortals when I signed up for my first half, and read it cover to cover with a highlighter. I took notes and constantly referred to it through training.

    February 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great book!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Katie

    I’m most excited for “Common Injuries & Prevention: How to Increase Speed.” After a few minor injuries, my speed really took a hit and I’m curious on what the best way to increase speed while staying injury free is!

    February 15, 2017 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is a slippery eel of an accomplishment!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I’m seriously excited for ALL the topics. Yes, I’m cheating ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Dynamic Warm Up for RunnersMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 11:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll allow it!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Nikki

    Strength by Lauren I need some muscle balance

    February 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      don’t we all!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Laura

    Love these tips! Books are by far my favorite… I like having them physically in my hands and be able to re-read as needed. I’ve loved the podcasts I’ve listened to but rarely find time for them since I can’t run with headphones.
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    February 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah that will complicate things. I am with you on the physicality of books and being able to reread things!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I love learning more about just about everything. Lol! Running is no exception. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rachel recently posted…Real Runners Summit, Utah Valley Marathon + Feetures!My Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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      February 17, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Ilka

    I remember when I couldn’t wait for the newest Runner’s World edition every month to come out. When I first started out running I was immediately hooked on how to improve my running and all the other ins and outs. A great running book is still my favorite book reading choice! Thanks for the link-up Susie!! Have a great week!
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    February 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m more of a runners podcast than a running book person, but I definitely get more from the books

      February 17, 2017 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    This is such a useful guide…I think it is so important to learn as much as you can, even though it can get super technical at times! I do miss reading Runner’s World and keeping up with the latest running news.

    The Summit sounds great..I’d love to hear about becoming a running coach and Ragnar Relay tips!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Benefits of Yoga for Runners with CorePower YogaMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that the best sources make the technical accessible. That is what your coach is for!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I used to get Runner’s World each month, but I stopped when I moved. I miss it!
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    February 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Ariana

    Awesome tips! I’ve learned sooo much from hanging out at the local running stores here. Runners LOVE to talk about all things training and recovery!

    February 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! I’ve learned soooo much there.

      February 17, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I love learning about the things I love. I’m a sponge. Want alllllll the info.
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    February 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Beth

    LOVE Advanced Marathoning! That book totally changed my life!
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    February 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such an amazing book!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply liz lew

    With Dopey 2018 in my future, Dr. Jason Karpโ€™s session on injury prevention

    February 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yup, you need that!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Hannah

    I’m excited about the ultrarunning talk!
    Hannah recently posted…Favorite links: long readsMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I love running magazines and running blogs ๐Ÿ™‚ The ultrarunning talk sounds cool!
    Lauren recently posted…10 Ways to Show Yourself Self-LoveMy Profile

    February 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I so would love to do an Ultra. Not for a long time, though.

      February 17, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Kristen M

    Strength Training for Runners is a talk that I would look forward to attending.

    February 16, 2017 at 12:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such a great topic!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Cody Garrett

    I am excited about learning. My last half marathon I got an audiobook put on my phone so i can listen to a book I needed to read for a class. It turned out i was able to focus very well on the book and did great on the test. I usually only listen to music but it would be a great idea to listen to some podcasts and learn more about running.

    February 16, 2017 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so cool! I am the type that needs to see/hear/read/write it out. That is how I learn best! This would be perfect for you.

      February 17, 2017 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Lisa V

    I’m interested in learning about injury prevention and coming back from it and increasing speed after injury.

    February 16, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I understand that!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I don’t think you should ever stop learning about anything you’re passionate about – or actively involved in. There’s always new information and new techniques coming out – and you never know when you might discover something that changes everything!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Piggy Puns, Massage Fails and Creepy StatuesMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The day you stop learning, you die and give up (morbid but true)

      February 17, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    I would love to learn about running past fatigue and also increasing speed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you join the summit!

      February 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Elaine @myRUNexperiment

    Never stop learning right!? Currently reading 80/20 and Run Faster. As far as the virtual summit, I’d love to learn more about building a coaching business.

    February 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Two GREAT books! I hope you join the summit!

      February 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

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