I am a runner, marathoner and RRCA certified running coach. I work with newer runners and first-time marathoners.

I write about running, training, overcoming self-doubt, and pushing through the times you want to quit.

I believe that everyone needs to define success for themselves and should always strive to be your best even when you aren’t the best.


Miles Run
Marathons Completed
Midrun Face Plants

I’m on Etsy

Etsy Store HuffingandPuffin

Visit my Etsy shop for printable journals and training bracelets. For runners, by runners.

The Newsletter

Puffin Logo Sara Kurth newsletter

Sent every two weeks, the Huffing and Puffin newsletter is filled with interesting links and stories.

My Blog Manifesto

With this blog and with my posts, I hope that I will encourage and support others to:

• Define what success means for you and to go out and strive towards that success
• Be your best, even when (especially when) you will never be the best
• Focus on improving your life and body, which may or may not involve how fast you are or how long you can (or want to) run
• Figure out what motivates you
• Ignore the goals or priorities that others say are important if they don’t inspire you
• Have balance in life and in running
• Look beyond finish time, age ranking, or the completion of a specific distance as the only indicators of worth
• Celebrate every victory, however large or small
• Have fun and enjoy running

Recent Blog Posts

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap wk 17

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 17

As this week began, I had a pretty quiet weekend planned. I was going to run the Drag-n-Fly trail half marathon on Saturday, but other than that, my schedule was open. But as the week went on, I got a […]

volunteers at a race setting up an aid station

8 Reasons All Runners Should Volunteer At A Race

A few weeks ago, a meme was making the rounds on running Instagram. It was a bingo board with various statements about runners (‘I’ve lost a toenail,’ “I’ve run in the dark,’ ‘I’ve run on a trail,’ etc.). It was […]

Runner running by a lake

Why Your Running Story Matters

The focus so often falls on the champions There is no shortage of stories about the elites. The winners of this race or that. About how they train and what they think about when they run. I enjoy reading these […]

See All Blog Posts