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All American & ranked 1500 meter masters runner. SDSU XC/Track alum. Write about running, health & well-being. Editor at Runner’s Life. amywallauthor.com

The impact of having biracial kids on my experience with race.

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I don’t know what it is like to grow up Black in America. I never dealt with racism, micro-aggressions, or the emotions associated with growing up as a person of color. I have, however, listened to stories of individuals experiencing racism, attempting to understand through the eyes of a white person.

As I am raising my biracial children, my views are changing on what it is like to navigate the world as a person of color. When you are a mom, it is not unusual to feel your children’s pain and transgressions as if they are your own. Experiencing prejudgements…


How not to look like an amateur

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Running on a track is a great way to train. It is a perfect place to do intervals because the surface is flat with a known distance. Except for the influence of wind, all other factors are equal during repeated runs, so you know when you are increasing or decreasing your speed with accuracy.

There are benefits to jogging on a track as well. If you don’t know how you might feel on a run, you can stop and you aren’t miles away from your car. It is also a good place to bring kids to play while you crank…


I recovered from my coffee addiction and you can too.

I love coffee. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here. The smell of it brewing, mixed with cool morning air is blissful. The first sip of a milky, sweet latte makes the day feel full of endless possibilities.

After a cup of coffee, I do everything better — running, writing, reading, or anything requiring my full attention. The problem is I’m one of those people who feel a buzz from it — a shaky one.

Despite articles touting coffee’s health benefits, like the article published by Johns Hopkins Medicine titled, “9 Reasons Why (the Right Amount) of Coffee Is Good…


Stick with advice from experts on gait.

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Good running form is important for an injury-free, long-term running career. Correct technique maximizes a runner’s potential speed and efficiency. The difficulty is knowing if your form needs to be adjusted and how to do it. A coach or a friend can point out potential problems, but the underlying cause may be outside their knowledge base. Often problems that are visible are merely a symptom, not a cause, of poor form.

Using guesswork to fix running gait is not ideal. Injuries can result as your body tries to adapt to a new way of running. I’ve experienced this myself. …


The pandemic brought the industry to its knees

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**Update: On January 26, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the Boston Marathon will be held on 11 October 2021.

For runners who like to participate in road races, this past year was difficult. Some runners use races for motivation and some, myself included, like to use them as a performance test. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush that comes from standing on the line with thousands of others who have a similar goal. It’s hard to replicate that energy in a time trial.

With races canceled due to the pandemic, runners like me wait anxiously for the announcement…


Why it matters to the rest of us

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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has found its way into every corner of our lives. One segment hit particularly hard is the world of sports. While it is easy to see our favorite football, baseball, and basketball teams finding new ways to operate in this changing environment, we don’t hear about sports that operate outside of the spotlight. Cross country and track and field are among them.

Cross country and track and field athletes spend years, even decades, training to compete, and for some, to pursue a career. Like all professional athletes, career runners often start in high school…


How runners like Cormac O’Brien are finding creative solutions to the problem.

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Runners in high school rely on their senior year cross country and track seasons for college recognition. During this time top runners get offered a spot on college running teams, perhaps coupled with scholarship offers. While many runners have experienced disappointment having races canceled due to the pandemic, these kids may find their dreams of college running crushed.

With schools and school sports no longer in session, colleges can’t see these runners in action. They are holding back team placements until races start up again. The trouble is…


The best advice I’ve been given.

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It was February 2016. I was preparing to race the 1500 meters at the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With only one month to go, it suddenly occurred to me I had no business running at a national event.

Three months before this event, I ran my first ever mile race. I was totally inexperienced at racing this distance. In college, I ran the 5k, and when I graduated, I started trying out longer distances. I even ran two marathons.

When I had my kids, I stopped racing altogether. While I kept up my training, it…


But perhaps you never gave it a chance

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If you are reading this because you hate running, I am going to go out on a limb and say I don’t think you do. Chances are you have tried running several times throughout your life and claim you just can’t stand it. But unless you’ve remained consistent and taken your time over the course of a year or more, I’d argue you never got the chance to enjoy the fitness of running. The best part about the sport is when you are able to relax and run efficiently.

Three killjoys in running I see are:

  1. The pressure to race…

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