JVA_CropI am a writer with 20 years of experience working for newspapers, magazines, and digital channels. I have co-authored four books about health and fitness, including Run to Lose: The Complete Guide to Weight Loss for Runners, (Rodale, 2015).

My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Runner’s World, SELF, Prevention, Running Times, AMC Outdoors, The New York Times, The Portland Press-Herald, MaineBiz, Outside.com, Rowing News, and other publications. I also write blog and newsletter content for non-profit and corporate clients. Click here to learn more about my professional background, click here. You can see some of my recent work here.

I am a running coach, certified by RRCA and USATF. I have completed 49 marathons and ultramarathons. I finished my first marathon in 4:51, my fastest marathon in 3:08, and I won the 2008 24-Hour National Championships.Read more about my running life here.

I live near Portland, Maine with my husband Peter Van Allen and our son Noah.