Rock Creek Runner isn’t just another running blog. We are a growing community of everyday runners, learning from each other.
What You Can Expect at Rock Creek Runner
- Training tips
- Fueling techniques and recipes
- Firsthand, completely unbiased product reviews
- Race reports and stories from the trails
- Interviews with fellow athletes
- Information on trails and races in and around the Washington, D.C. area
- So much more!
In addition to the blog itself, readers in the DC area have the opportunity to join the Rock Creek Runners trail running club.
Rock Creek Runner has helped thousands of readers and 1,200+ subscribers become stronger runners, by sharing tools and training tips.
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About Doug Hay, the Author:
Shortly 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 has become my running Mecca in this city of busy streets and crowded sidewalks. Just like that, a Rock Creek Runner was born.
After completing my first 50k in 2011, my running has shifted to about 75% trails, and my racing focus to different ultra marathon distances, including North Face Endurance Challenge DC 50 mile, the Mount Mitchell Challenge 40, Terrapin Mountain 50k, and Bull Run 50. Training and racing on trail has given new life to my running, which in return has changed how I write and the focus of this blog.
I fuel my runs on a mostly plant-based, locally sourced, vegetarian diet. The simple, clean foods not only make me feel stronger, but since switching to a vegetarian diet, I have noticed a drastic change in the speed of post run recovery.
I am the co-host of No Meat Athlete Radio, and have contributed to articles or posts for Competitor, RunWashington, Washingtonian, Outside Magazine, No Meat Athlete, Strength Running, Thriive, and many more.
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