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.

Drills for Improving Running Form

By: on July 3, 2013

Practice these regularly and expect to improve your overall efficiency. There’s been a lot of focus in the past few years on improved running form—specifically, getting onto your mid-foot so that you are landing with your legs under your center of gravity. Before we get into ways to improve your form, let’s talk about why you want to do this....

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Hit the Track

By: on June 27, 2013

It’s race season and that means it’s track season. The summer months are the height of race season, at least for shorter distances like 5ks, 10ks, and 10-milers. These distances require faster racing paces than their fall and spring cousins, the half and full marathon. With a focus on speed, then, it’s time to turn to the track to practice...

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Prioritize to Race Well

By: on June 10, 2013

Races are a dime a dozen these days. I know in my area, I could choose from among at least two 5ks per weekend, and lots more if I was willing to drive a mere 20-30 miles away. With so many options to choose from, it’s no wonder many runners get into the habit of racing over and over...

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Fast, Slow, or Somewhere in Between?

By: on June 3, 2013

Most runners, when choosing a pace, tend to go for an in between pace—not too hard, not too slow. They like to feel comfortable but also worry that too slow won’t help their training. Sound familiar? I like to call this in between pace the gray area. And as a coach, I don’t like to see my clients stepping foot...

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Leave the Garmin at Home

By: on May 8, 2013

I've been running for about 15 years, which means my running pre-dates Garmins and other GPS devices. Which means that I had to learn to run without any type of device beeping my mile paces along the way. I consider this an advantage, actually, and to this day only use the Garmin when I am running specific tempo runs. There...

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Fueling up to Max Out: How to get the Most Out of your Race-day Nutrition

By: on March 30, 2013

These days, there are endless options for athletes to choose from when it comes to the nutrition they can take during training and racing. There are gels, drinks, “chews,” honey sticks, and even waffles. It can get downright confusing trying to figure it all out. As with training and racing, the rules for race-day fueling are going to vary widely...

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Training Balance

By: on March 25, 2013

How Much, How Far? Determining the right amount of easy running, speedwork and long runs is a fine art. As a running coach, the most frequent questions I get are about how to balance training. Things like how many days per week to run, how many days of speed work, and how far to go on long runs are among the...

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