About Amanda Loudin: Amanda Loudin is a freelance writer, running coach, and the voice behind the MissZippy1 blog, a site for runners seeking experienced advice, the latest running news, and a fun exchange of all things running related.
Amanda has been running and competing in triathlons for 14 years now. Her athletic experience includes 12 marathons, an Ironman, and literally hundreds of other races.
Amanda’s philosophy is that fitness is a journey and she loves sharing her passion with readers, fellow athletes, and running clients alike.
Most of us have been given the advice to fuel up before long runs. There’s good reason for that, too: if you are going long, having a couple hundred calories beforehand can help fuel your efforts and keep your energy levels steady. Taking in calories while out there can also help top off your glycogen stores and allow you...Continue Reading
You may have heard that one of the best ways to improve your running and decrease your chances of injury is to focus on your cadence. You’ve probably also heard that the ideal cadence is 180. There’s some truth to that, but there’s also some variation to it. The 180 number was determined by famous coach Jack Daniels years ago....Continue Reading
If you haven’t heard, we’re in the midst of a deep winter freeze. Polar vortex has become part of our normal vernacular. We’re all ready for a break from old man winter, but sadly, it’s probably a couple of months away for most of us. That leaves us with some options. The treadmill, of course, is a great one, especially...Continue Reading
In the holiday season, travel becomes inevitable for some of our ranks, which can make keeping in running shape somewhat challenging. Schedule changes, location challenges and social obligations all conspire to make getting in the miles a bit tougher than normal. But there are always ways around these challenges if you are determined enough to make it happen. Here,...Continue Reading
I’ve had my injuries in the past, trust me, and I know exactly how miserable it is to have to spend time away from running. As a result, I have worked hard at doing whatever I can to prevent injury and keep those layoffs to a minimum. Through trial and error, I’ve developed a pretty good strategy for staying...Continue Reading
If you’ve been running long enough, you know by now that not every race is going to go perfectly. In fact, some can be downright awful and tad bit heartbreaking. In spite of doing everything seemingly right, some races go horribly wrong. So how do you handle that and move on? From my own 15-plus years of experience, I’ve...Continue Reading
As much as we all like running, sometimes it’s fun to add in some cross-training, or even take it a step further and compete in an entirely different sport. A popular option for mixing things up is to try a triathlon. Triathlons don’t have to be intimidating. Yes, it means getting comfortable on the bike, and even open water...Continue Reading
Fall marathon season is perhaps the busiest time for marathons, and why not? The weather is perfect for training and racing. Many of the big classics take place during this season, including Marine Corps Marathon, Chicago, and New York, to name a few. If you’re among the thousands getting ready to toe the line this fall, take some steps...Continue Reading
Running is at an all-time high in popularity; you don’t need to look far to find a fellow pounder of the pavement. Racing is also booming like never before, especially marathons. Along with all that, trail running and ultra racing are gaining new fans all the time. If you’ve never ventured onto the trails before, you’re missing out. There...Continue Reading
It’s late summer and that means that if you’re running a fall marathon, you’re probably well under way with your training plan. From here on out, your mileage and/or intensity will be picking up every week. That’s always a good feeling, but you also must handle your training with care in order to stay healthy as you build up. To...Continue Reading