Women’s Running Stories Resources about Women Runners, Adventurers, Athletes*

Entries are in no particular order, and there is a heavy emphasis on resources focused on running. Do you know a resource that isn’t mentioned here? Please email WRS host Cherie Louise Turner, clouiseturner@gmail.com.

Podcasts About Running, Adventurers, Sports, Hosted by Women, Featuring Women

Keeping-Track, hosted by Alysia Montaño, Molly Huddle, and Roisin McGettigan

Hear Her Sports, hosted by Elizabeth Emery

Women of Distance, hosted by Devon Yanko and Alison Naney

Tough Girl, hosted by Sarah Williams

Real Fit with Pam Moore, hosted by Pam Moore

Hit Play Not Pause, A Feisty Menopause Podcast, hosted by Selene Yeager

Lane 9, hosted by Alexis Fairbanks and Heather Caplan

It’s Just Sport, hosted by Joanne O’Riordan, for HerSport

Starting Line 1928, a women’s running oral history podcast

More Than Running with Dana Giordano, hosted by Dana Giordano

Female Athlete Podcast, hosted by Lucy Lomax, Dr. Georgie Bruinvels, Dr. Jess Piasecki

Strong Runner Chicks, hosted by Megan Flanagan, Kelsey Varzeas, and Elena Lancioni

Triple Knot, by Haley Markos

Women’s Running Podcast, by Women’s Running Magazine UK

Running on Om, hosted by Julia Hanlon

Another Mother Runner, hosted by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Trail Running Women, hosted by Hilary Spires

Women Run Canada, hosted by Kirsten Parker

Siren: A Women in Sport Collective, by Siren Sport

She Explores, hosted by Gale Straub

Women of Distance, hosted by Devon Yanko and Alison Naney

Melsays, hosted by Melissa Hetu

Podcasts About Running (or Sports), Hosted/Co-Hosted by Women

Run Farther + Faster, hosted by Julie Sapper and Lisa Levin

Nobody Asked Us with Des & Kara, hosted by Des Linden and Kara Goucher

DNF, hosted by Zoë Rom

The Trail Ahead, hosted by Faith E. Briggs and Addie Thompson

Martha Runs the World, hosted by Martha Hughes

Runners of The Bay, hosted by Mimi Albert and Brigitte Bradford

Operation Move, hosted by Zoey Dowling

Keep the Flame Alive, hosted by Alison Brown and Jill Jaracz

The Run Wave, hosted by Kimberley Williams

The Run Duo, hosted by India Cook and Tommy Mitchell

Running for Real, hosted by Tina Muir

The Start Line, hosted by Dee and Petrina

C Tolle Run, hosted by Carrie Tollefson

I’ll Have Another, hosted by Lindsey Hein

Up + Running, hosted Lauren Floris and Abby Stanley

Run This World, hosted by Nicole DeBoom

Hurdle, hosted by Emily Abbate

Ali On the Run, hosted by Ali Feller

NPR’s Only a Game, showrunner and host Karen Given

Burn It All Down, hosted by Shireen Ahmed, Amira Rose Davis, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs, Jessica Luther

Blogs and Websites

Run Young 50: A Blog About Women Over 50 Running + Women’s Running History, by Katie Holmes

Live Feisty: podcasts, newsletter, videos, and more

Her Sport, Ireland’s platform dedicated to women’s sport


Colorado Mountain Running & Living, by Sarah Lavender Smith

Run I See 50, Black Woman Running, by Dr. Tiffany Chenault


Strong Runner Chicks

Ultra Runner Girl, by Stephanie Case

Runner’s Health Hub blog

Just Women’s Sports

Project Love Run, by Filsan Abdiaman

Siren Sport

This Hijabi Runs, by Tazneem “Taz” Anwar

The New Story Run, by Rosie Watson

Trail Sisters

The Mirnavator, by Mirna Valerio

Salty Running

Black Girls Run 

Running in Silence, by Rachael Steil

Free to Run

Run Far Girl, by Sarah Canney

Operation Move: Transform Your Life with Running

Race Ipsa Loquitur, by Amelia Boone

The Runners Trip, by Sarah Lavender Smith

The Hijabi Runner, Running for Change, by Zahra Arabzada

Rabbit Food Runner, by Becca

The Runner Beans

Becky Runs Away, by Becky Wade

Racing Stripes, by Elizabeth Clor

Marathoner Dale, by Dale Erdmier

Lessons in Badassery: Badass Women in Sport, Fitness, and Adventure, by Katie Spyrka

Marvellous Mimi, by Mimi Anderson

Personal Running Blog, by Devon Yanko

Magazines and Newsletters

Fast Women newsletter, by Alison Wade: there is also a Fast Women blog and Facebook group

Women’s Running (US) magazine

Women’s Running (UK) magazine

Run the North, by Erin Balser

The Kick newsletter, by Molly Mirhashem

Live Feisty

Power Plays! newsletter, by Lindsay Gibbs

Books About Women and Running (& other epic stories about women athletes)

The Price She Pays: Confronting the Hidden Mental Health Crisis in Women’s Sports—from the Schoolyard to the Stadium (coming June 18),  by Katie Steele and Tiffany Brown, with Erin Strout

Better, Farther, Faster: How Running Changed Everything We Know About Women (coming June 18), by Maggie Mertens

All in Stride, by Johanna Garton

Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World, by Katie Arnold

Good for a Girl, by Lauren Fleshman

To the Gorge, by Emily Halnon

How She Did It, by Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery

Running While Black, by Alison Desír

Up to Speed, by Christine Yu

The Longest Race, by Kara Goucher

Choosing to Run: A Memoir, by Des Linden with Bonnie Ford

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story, by Wyomie Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis

Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail, by Heather “Anish” Anderson

Yoyisa (Overcome), by Ntombesintu Mfunzi

Limitless, by Mimi Anderson

Fast Girl, by Suzy Favor Hamilton

Wind in the Fire, by Bobbi Gibb

Wilma Rudolph: A Biography, by Maureen M. Smith

No Finish Line: My Life As I See It, by Marla Runyan

Paula: My Story So Far, by Paula Radcliffe

The Extra Mile, by Pam Reed

Running Home, by Katie Arnold

Runner, by Lizzy Hawker

A Beautiful Work in Progress, A Memoir, by Mirna Valerio

Olympic Collision, by Kyle Keiderling

Collision Course, by Jason Henderson

The Mum Runs, by Jo Pavey

American Women’s Track and Field, 1981–2000, by Louise Mead Tricard

Beyond Impossible, by Mimi Anderson

Running: A Love Story, by Jen A. Miller

The Pants of Perspective, by Anna McNuff

Feel-Good Fitness, by Alysia Montaño

Running Tide, by Joan Benoit Samuelson

American Women’s Track and Field: A History, 1895 Through 1980, by Louise Mead Tricard

The Fragile Champion: Doris Brown Who Always Ran the Extra Mile, by Ken Foreman

What Made Maddy Run, by Kate Fagan

Run the World, by Becky Wade Firth

Run Like a Mother, by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Train Like a Mother, by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Tales from Another Mother Runner, collection of essays edited by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

First Ladies of Running, by Amby Burfoot

Marathon Crasher, by Merry Lepper

A Long Time Coming, by Jacqueline Hansen

Fast Girls, by Elise Hooper

Fire on the Track, by Roseanne Montillo

The Beauty of Running, by Gayle Barron

Let Your Mind Run, by Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton

Dandelion Growing Wild, by Kim Jones

Strong, by Kara Goucher

The Girl Who Ran, by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee 

Underdog, by Kim Conley

Thirst, 2,600 Miles to Home, by Heather “Anish” Anderson

Fearlessly Frosty: The Mighty Story of Mountain Runner Anna Frost, by Chloe Chick

A Race Like No Other, by Liz Robbins

Runner, by Lizzy Hawker

First Ladies of Running, by Amby Burfoot

Running for Women, by Joan Benoit Samuelson and Gloria Averbuch

Running Tide, by Joan Benoit with Sally Baker

Mighty Moe, by Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox

Becoming Boston Strong, by Amy Noelle Roe

Bravey, by Alexi Pappas

Mental Training for Ultrarunning, by Addie Bracy

High Performance in Midlife and Beyond: Champion Masters Women Runners and Other Experts, by Cathy Utzschneider

ROAR, by Dr. Stacy Sims with Selene Yeager

Films and Film Festivals for Women in Running and Other Sports

Sisters On Track, on Netflix

Women’s Sports Film Festival

This Land, featuring Faith E. Briggs

Run Like a Girl, a film by Charlotte Lettis Richardson

Spirit of a Runner and Going the Distance, by Jessie Beers-Altman

Additional Resources

No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport, and the Unevenness of Social Change (aka, the research behind the 4% stat), by Cheryl Cooky and Michael Messner

The Balanced Runner, running form expert and Feldenkrais practitioner Jae Gruenke

Sorted: The Active Women’s Guide to Health, by Juliet McGrattan

Dr. Stacy Sims, groundbreaking workshops, research, and more about women’s physiology and performance

Coach Parry, Running Through Menopause Masterplan Training Program

Coach Parry “The Female Athlete” YouTube channel

The Menopause Cheat Sheet, newsletter by Barbara Hannah Grufferman