Friday Feature: Coach Debbie Runs

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

1. What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

My name is Debbie Woodruff and my blog is Coach Debbie Runs. Way back in 2009, when I started my blog I had no idea where I was going with it, so I called it Live from La Quinta, which is where I live. After about five years, as my blog focused more on running and fitness, I decided to change the name. Yes, I am a coach, and yes, I still run.

2. What can a new visitor expect to find from your blog?

I have a lot of running tips. Whether they are just thinking about starting a running program, ready to run their first marathon, or ready to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon, readers will find something that will help.

I also write about my own running experiences, and since I’m also a personal trainer, I share workouts and general fitness advice. I also love to share my easy plant-based recipes.

3. What is one lesson you’ve learned about blogging since you first started your website?

Less is more! I used to think I needed to post all the time (five or six days a week)! I gradually learned that is not necessary. I post three days a week now, and sometimes feel even that is too much (but I have things I need to say three days a week!).

4. What is your favorite way to get moving, burn calories and energy, and get your exercise-on?

It’s always been running, and probably will be, at least as long as my knees hold out. I got really into riding my bike for a while, did a century a month for about a year and a half, then put it aside (though I’m feeling the urge to ride a little bit lately). But running is always my number one love.

5. Do you ever experience days when you don’t want to make healthy choices? How do you motivate yourself when you really need it?

I have come to the point where I don’t even think of them as choices anymore. The way I eat, exercise, live my live is just that, the way I live my life. That means if I see a (vegan) So Delicious Salted Caramel bar at the grocery store I will buy it, eat it, and enjoy every bite. If I wake up and don’t feel like running, that’s okay. I used to feel if I missed a day or two I’d “lose the habit.” After almost 30 years, I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen.

If I do start to feel unmotivated, it’s actually usually because I’ve been doing too much, and it’s time to back off a little and take some rest. Nothing like some good sleep and an extra day or two off to get you feeling like you want to get back on the road!


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