“I’ve always said that I do my best writing when I’m running. Fueled by adrenaline and the time to have been lost in my thoughts, it is not uncommon for me to burst through the door after a run and head straight for a pen and paper. I have worked through creative issues on difficult runs and, during a time in my life without running, found solace on the page. Through time, I have learned that I am not just running to write, but writing to uncover hurdles that can only be conquered by hitting the pavement. And that’s magic.”
Caroline Shannon-Karasik is a writer, editor and mental health advocate living in Pittsburgh, PA. Her writing has been featured in several publications, including Narratively, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Prevention. She is currently writing a collection of nonfiction essays surrounding her mental health journey. More can be found at carolineshannon.com.
“I don’t know a time in my life without running. I know it existed, but this sport has been an integral part of my days for more than two decades –– at 31 years old, that’s the better half of my life. At a young age, it was my best therapy and the place where I established my deepest bonds. Today, my work as a trainer and experience as a competitive runner has proven to not only strengthen my relationship with lacing up, but open doors I never expected. I often leave for a run unable to attach words to a particular life situation –– motherhood, marriage and the like –– and return home with fresh clarity. Sometimes my clients begin a workout completely out of sorts and leave with unforeseen harmony. That’s completely thrilling.”
Amanda Shannon-Verrengia is a certified personal trainer and Sports Performance Training specialist through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a certified run coach through the USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). She specializes in strength training for endurance athletes and race preparation/training for runners of all levels. More can be found at runintended.com.