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Runners on Twitter: Follow Friday Running Coaches

Twitter-LogoI was surprised and honored to open up the December 2012 issue of Runner’s World to find that I had been included among their 48 running Twitterati as a member of the #runnerd subgroup (I’m a proud nerd)!

To pay it forward, I thought I’d try something new here and write an occasional (maybe weekly?) post highlighting fellow runners that I follow on Twitter. I’ve been active on Twitter for several years now (personal Twitter handle = @Oblinkin, blog handle = @Runblogger) and have found it to be a fantastic resource for both information and social interaction.

Today I want to recommend three friends who I’ve known for a long time. All three are running coaches, all are accomplished runners, and all Tweet helpful information on training.

First up is Caleb Masland. Caleb does private on-line coaching, and he’s the guy who coached me to a half-marathon PR this Fall. Caleb is running the NYC Marathon this weekend, and has been chronicling his journey to New York in the wake of Sandy – here’s a sample Tweet:

Just boarded my flight to LGA. My commitment to carbs is seriously serious today.

— Caleb Masland (@CalebMasland) November 2, 2012

Next up, Jason Fitzgerald. Jason is also an on-line coach and runs the Strength Running website. Jason has great coaching and training tips, and is well-worth a follow. Sample Tweet:

How to Prevent Over-Training and Running Fatigue (Or, How to Feel Great Every Day)

— Jason Fitzgerald (@JasonFitz1) October 31, 2012

Last but not least, Steve Magness. Steve was assistant coach under Alberto Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project, and is now the head cross-country coach for the University of Houston. Steve writes the Science of Running blog, and regularly tweets on topics related to running science. Sample tweet:

study finds aerobic exercise can cause muscle hypertrophy, and shifts muscle fiber balance towards slow twitch…

— steve magness (@stevemagness) November 2, 2012

If you haven’t tried Twitter yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot, and following these three guys would be a great place to start!

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.


  1. First off, congrats on the RW mention! Though I’m not much of Twitterer (a twit?), you are certainly one of the more even-keeled and open-minded (and qualified) people on my running blog roll. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a little off-kilter for entertainment purposes.

    Second, I glanced at the dailymile gadget on the right side of your blog, and am horrified by the behavior of your running partner. Oh wait, Jack’s probably a dog… Never mind.

  2. adrian miles says:

    Do you use lists in twitter? Maybe you make public your running list that people could subscribe to?

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