Bianca Strzelczyk Weiland is a Boston-based digital marketing, design, and branding professional with a background in online and print journalism. Though relatively unathletic as a child, she started running 7 years ago and has completed several half marathons as well as the NYC and Lehigh Valley fulls. Bianca lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Jack, and their two crazy dogs and awkward cat. Likes: social media, red lipstick, black sneakers, chai lattes. Dislikes: cold cheese, bats. Follow her or email her with story ideas.
Lisa Chase. Lisa left the world of advertising in fall 2012 to pursue her passions for yoga, running, and writing. She lives in Boston where she can currently be found teaching yoga, running along the river, or blogging about health and wellness. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches vinyasa and power classes throughout the Boston area. She strongly believes that the key to successful, balanced, injury-free running is a regular yoga practice. You can read more from Lisa on her blog,Quinoa, Kale and Exhale, where she writes about vegetarian, gluten-free meals, running, and yoga.
Jen Matz. Jen, MPH, is a freelance health and fitness writer with a passion for running. In previous roles, Jen was a staff writer for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and myoptumhealth.com. She also shares her running and parenting triumphs and tribulations on her personal blog: This Runner’s Trials. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found running races, attempting yoga, baking up healthy treats in her kitchen, or chasing after her toddler.
Varia Makagonova is a globe-trotting freelance writer and brand strategist based in Amsterdam. She loves to test new running and cross-training methods and perform diet experiments. Aside from 10Ks, her passions include brunch, salsa dancing and weekend trips around Europe.
Rob Haneisen is a mild-mannered newspaper editor by day and a semi-competitive distance runner by night … and an occasional morning. Rob came to running late in the game, like many people who hit 40 and decide they are too young to get old. Once he started running he realized he was missing out on a sport that fueled his competitive desire, enhanced a pursuit of self-improvement and fostered a positive connection with other like-minded maniacs (that’s why he sold his golf clubs after 25+ years of hacking and swearing). Rob’s natural curious nature as a journalist aids in his running journey to learn more from peers and experts. Running a marathon is not on his bucket list but running a sub-1:30 half marathon is. He likes to run fast and hills are his best frenemy.
Ashley Marcin is a freelance writer/editor who never, ever thought she would be a runner. As a band geek in high school, running 4 laps around the track for the dreaded Presidential Fitness Challenge mile each year was pure torture. Now, with over 10 years of passionate plodding on the roads, she can beat her high school mile time by over 3 minutes, but would prefer to run a half marathon. Ashley shares tidbits about running, cooking, and parenting on her blogs (never)homemaker and Writing Chapter Three. She also loves snapping photos, gardening, and chasing the elusive $50 grocery budget.
Stephen Marcin is a high school English teacher who gets his best ideas during the epiphanous tenth mile of his long runs. When he is not impressing today’s youth with life-long lessons, he is lacing up his shoes for a tempo run, flipping pages in a Stephen King novel, or chasing after his spirited toddler. Competitive by nature, he loves toeing the line at local races and setting fierce goals for himself. Since time is an elusive luxury during the school year, he has modified his approach to training to favor quality over quantity. The approach proved successful, as he set personal records in four distances this fall, clocking 15:48 in the 5K, 33:14 in the 10K, 54:40 in the 10-mile, and 1:12:39 in the half-marathon. This spring, he has set his sights on breaking 51:00 in the 15K and 1:11:00 in the half-marathon.