Rock Creek Runner wasn’t founded for elite runners or world class athletes. It was designed to be a place where everyday runners feel comfortable.

Where they can learn how to run stronger and more comfortably. Where injury prevention is taught before you get injured. And where trail and ultrarunning isn’t some obscure sport, but something accessible for the entire running community.

What You Can Expect at Rock Creek Runner:

  • Proper running techniques that keep you running longer and injury free
  • Trail and ultra running training advice and basics for beginners
  • Workouts and drills to increase body and leg strength
  • Fueling strategies and recipes to keep you energized for the long run
  • Firsthand, completely unbiased product reviews
  • Interviews with fellow athletes

Rock Creek Runner also offers a number of eBooks and training plans, including one-on-one trail and ultramarathon coaching, for runners of all levels. Visit the Trail Store for more information.

Over 4,000 subscribers have become stronger runners through the training tools and tips shared at Rock Creek Runner.


About Doug Hay, the Author

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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.

doug-about-2It 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 I 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  began coaching runners in distances ranging from half marathons to 50 mile ultramarathons.

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

You can also find Rock Creek Runner on Facebook and Twitter.

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Contact Me

Please visit the Contact page or email me directly at doug(at)rockcreekrunner(dot) com, if you would like to get in touch.

Disclaimer and Support

All links to products through Amazon are affiliated links, and Rock Creek Runner will receive a small percentage of the proceeds. They are all, however, items I have selected myself and enjoy in my daily activities, so buy away and support Rock Creek Runner!

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.

Photo Credits: Eme Gwynn