Why Do We Feel Ashamed for Running at the Back of the Pack?

Why Do We Feel Ashamed for Running at the Back of the Pack?

Diane was in tears as she trailed several hundred yards behind the group of women runners on the desert trail. Seething with frustration at being at the back of the pack, she started thinking: “I don’t belong here.” “I shouldn’t have come.” “I knew I wasn’t ready for...
Finding a Fresh Start at a Running Retreat in Spain

Finding a Fresh Start at a Running Retreat in Spain

After months of preparation, I was finally heading to Spain. And not a moment too soon. I’d been longing to travel abroad in order to regain my equilibrium. Events of the previous several months had ungrounded me. Not only was I deeply affected by the political...
Mind over Emotion: Is Negative Self-Talk Sabotaging Your Running?

Mind over Emotion: Is Negative Self-Talk Sabotaging Your Running?

At one time or another, we’ve all caught ourselves thinking something like, “I’m so slow” or “I should be running better than this” or “I’ll never be ready for the race in time!” These seemingly minor put-downs actually have a big impact on your running, holding you...
Running Strengthens Voices As Well As Muscles

Running Strengthens Voices As Well As Muscles

On yesterday’s run along a snow-covered trail winding through stubby pinion tress and scruffy sage bushes, the sound of icy snow crunching under my feet soothed my scattered mind. With the volume turned down on the usual chatter that fills my head, one dominant...
The Personal Story of Run Wild Retreats Founder, Elinor Fish

The Personal Story of Run Wild Retreats Founder, Elinor Fish

In the following essay, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness founder Elinor Fish shares her personal journey leading to the creation of her company:  Over my 15-year career in running and wellness, my articles, programs, workshops and retreats have helped thousands of people...
Your B.O.L.D. Plan for Abolishing Unhealthy Habits

Your B.O.L.D. Plan for Abolishing Unhealthy Habits

It’s baffling but true: so many of modern life’s social norms are actually really unhealthy, even for us runners. Eating packaged, processed foods, sitting for long periods, standing for long periods, striving to be highly productive every waking moment and looking at...