Written by Coach Mindy
You may never have heard of the names of these publications. They were created in response to two major events of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
In 1972, Frank Shorter, an American runner, won the Olympic Marathon which inspired people to lace up their sneakers, and the first running boom was born. Note that running shoes as we know them today, were barely available, and were mainly manufactured in men’s footwear sizes. When I started running in 1978, I wore Keds® sneakers. It wasn’t until the early-to-mid-80’s when I bought my first pair of running shoes called Etonic® Trans Am.
In 1982, the fitness revolution was kicked-off by Jane Fonda with her “feel the burn” tapes that I watched on my Betamax® video cassette recorder. Soon after, Judi Sheppard Missett’s Jazzercise® took hold across the country, as well as Richard Simmons’ Sweatin' to the Oldies line of aerobics videos.
The second running boom was born in the 1990’s which is when I started my competitive running years, as well as my professional coaching career. As a trailblazer in the movement, I received requests from publications to write about the sport, which are featured on this page.
Most of these articles are screen shots since the internet was not yet born, or the publication no longer exists. They are arranged chronologically starting with 2017 and traveling back to 1992. Because the sport of running has come so far over the past 30 years, you may get a chuckle from some of the older writings.
I hope my love of running, as well as my desire to impart that love through my coaching and writing, will inspire you too.