Stories from real runners, telling first-person stories of how running helped them to where they are today.
Sue Bergin Zebrowski /
Even if you lose your running way for several years at a time, it is possible to get your motivation back.
Jennie ML Ossentjuk /
Music is what inspired her to start running. Years later, it’s still the thing that motivates her to lace up her running shoes.
Heather Del Piano /
Applying the “every runner is a real runner” mantra to your own athleticism can be much tougher than relaying its message to other runners.
Louise O’Boyle /
Running helped this woman quit smoking 25 years ago—and she’s still running strong at age 66.
Kelsey Gabriel /
A high school athlete shares how the running communities she's built through school teams have created within her a real love for the sport.
Lisa Gregory /
This runner was told she'd never run again after her knee replacement surgery—but she's proven all the skeptics wrong.
Ronni Gordon /
One year after a disappointing race finish, this runner returned to the course and is now sharing her story of triumph.
Vanessa C. Peralta-Mitchell /
This #RealRunner shares how running has impacted her life course through multiple miscarriages and an ongoing battle with diastasis recti.
Valerie Lynch /
This reader-submitted story shares the motivational mantras one runner created to inspire herself to become a stronger runner.
Laura Solomon /
A runner shares a personal essay documenting her years as "the runner" in rural South Dakota.