Rock Creek Runner isn’t just another running blog.  We are a growing community of everyday runners, helping each other grow stronger, run longer, and discover what running means for us.

What You Can Expect at Rock Creek Runner:

  • Running techniques and workout tools
  • Trail and ultra running basics and training advice
  • Fueling strategies and recipes
  • Firsthand, completely unbiased product reviews
  • Race reports and stories from the trails
  • Interviews with fellow athletes

Rock Creek Runner has helped tens of thousands of readers and 2,800+ subscribers become stronger runners by sharing training tools and tips, stories from the trail, and advice from fellow everyday runners and pros.

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About Doug Hay, the Author:

doug-rattlesnakeShortly after moving to Washington, DC in 2008, an impromptu decision led to a Baltimore Marathon registration. Not being much of a runner, and relatively unfamiliar with the DC area, I quickly got in to the habit of running a few small loops near my house in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

It didn’t take long before that became incredibly repetitive, and I knew if I was going to train for a marathon, something needed to change.

A little nudge from an old roommate sent me toward Rock Creek Park, where I quickly found what became my running haven in this city of busy streets and crowded sidewalks. Just like that, a Rock Creek Runner was born.

Since that first marathon I have run four additional road marathons, but my main focus has transitioned to trails and ultramarathons. Since 2010, I have completed three 50 mile and 50k ultras, the 40 mile Mount Mitchell Challenge, and the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 mile run, along with several other independent ultra distance outings.

In early 2014, my wife and left the big city for Black Mountain, NC, just outside Asheville, where we enjoy the slower paced lifestyle and nearly backyard access to the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains. Around that time I also received coaching certification from USATF (USA Track and Field).

I am the co-host of No Meat Athlete Radio, and have contributed to articles or posts for Competitor, RunWashington, Washingtonian, Outside Magazine, Active Network, No Meat Athlete, Strength Running, and many more.

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The information on this blog is meant to supplement, not replace, proper running and ultramarathon training. Like any sport involving speed, equipment, balance and environmental factors, running poses some inherent risk. The author advises readers to take full responsibility for their safety and know their limits. Do not take risks beyond your level of experience, aptitude, training and comfort level. The information is offered with no guarantees on the part of the author.