#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

Welcome to #AskCoachCourtney! Each week or two, I take questions from my loyal readers and followers. I had a few submissions this week, and this one stood out to me because it's often debated: Is a 20 mile run a standard necessity during marathon training? The short answer: No. There are a lot of coaches [...]

Dear Instagram-Highlight-Reel “Fitness Coach”

Dear Instagram-Highlight-Reel “Fitness Coach”

I'm still mad. Yes, I am still mad over someone in direct sales who implied that women can get back to wearing pre-pregnancy clothes after six days if they just "follow the program" and drink a fucking shake. It doesn't matter what the brand or company is (although I am sure you can figure it [...]

Shop Small, Shop Savvy With These Deals On Small Business Saturday

Shop Small, Shop Savvy With These Deals On Small Business Saturday

This Saturday, I want to remind you that although the big guys (Walmart, Target, Amazon) are going to present you with great deals, it's important to support small business owners. What better day to do just that than Small Business Saturday? The Big Cannoli has some hand-picked deals just for you. Check out these unique, [...]

Running Shoes: Meet Jennifer, The Creative Mind Behind RaceBibResale.com

Running Shoes: Meet Jennifer, The Creative Mind Behind RaceBibResale.com

A scenario no runner wants to think about, but has likely been in before: It’s race week. You’ve trained hard. You’re ready. You may even have your bag packed with gels and compression socks. And then...BOOM. Runny nose, fever, aches - you can’t make it. You’re out the entry fee. You’re sad. Runners have long [...]

“Why Don’t You List Your PRs?” – My Honest Answer

“Why Don’t You List Your PRs?” – My Honest Answer

I'm a running coach. A legit one. I'm RRCA certified and have an LLC: Bold Speed Ahead. I'm also fully insured with general malpractice coverage among other things. You'll notice something missing from my page and social networks, though, that a lot of other coaches publicly and proudly display, like it's a business model: personal records. [...]