If you want to be your best—at anything in life—start by observing others. You’ll quickly see how much you can learn from the good and bad examples that are all around you—and running is no exception. By studying the training, racing, and lifestyle choices of other runners, you can improve your own experience and results.
Interested in becoming a student of the sport? The internet is a great place to start, especially with websites like YouTube that allow athletes to document bits and pieces of their world. These are just three of the female runners who are doing just that, all while providing encouraging content for the masses.
Formerly a collegiate runner at University of Oregon, Emma Abrahamson now runs recreationally and posts content about running, cooking, and life as a woman in her early 20s. Her videos are always hilariously authentic (thank you, Emma, for addressing body image struggles!) and uplifting. And once you’re hooked on Emma’s channel, check out her older sister, Ellie Abrahamson, who has also published several videos about her life as a professional runner.
Gwen Jorgenson has a lot going for her: She has a cute toddler named Stanley, a supportive husband named Pat, and a whole lot of talent. She was the 2016 Olympic champion in triathlon before deciding to try out a new challenge: distance running. Gwen now trains with Bowerman Track Club and made her debut as a professional marathoner at the Chicago Marathon last October. She posts frequently about her training progress and shares wisdom that is beneficial to both newbie and veteran runners alike. Plus, Stanley makes an appearance every once in a while—and who doesn’t like watching an adorable toddler?
As someone who’s struggled with body image throughout my running career, I really look up to Allie Kieffer. Not only is she a successful elite athlete—she scored fifth-place and seventh-place finishes at the New York City Marathon in 2017 and 2018, respectively—she’s also using her platform to promote body positivity. Allie is strong and fast, but she doesn’t look like the stereotypical rail-thin distance runner; and according to Allie, that’s a good thing. Her body wasn’t built that way and it runs faster when she gives it the nutrition that powers it to a 2:28 marathon. Her YouTube channel documents her training regimen and offers her coach’s insight along the way. Her videos are short and sweet, and they’ll definitely leave you feeling empowered.
Which YouTube channels are you loving for running? Let us know by tagging @WomensRunning on Twitter using the hashtag #YouTubeRunners.