Scott Douglas’ Terse Bloviation


My current title is contributing writer for Runner’s World. I’ve also been the editor of the late, lamented Running Times, and was the original editor of Runner’s World Newswire. As an author, I’ve written or co-authored 14 books. (Two of the 14 are slated for publication in 2023.)

For the sedentary press, I’ve written for The Atlantic, Slate, Outside and the Washington Post, among others, and have edited one book for Penguin Random House and three for Skyhorse Publishing.

I live in North Yarmouth, Maine, with my wife, photographer Stacey Cramp, and our dog and cat. I’m fortunate to be able to apply my writing and editing skills to topics I care about. I started running in 1979, and estimate that my odometer passed the 100,000-mile mark at some point in 2012. I was pretty good for a little while in the early 1990s—30:48 for 10K, 51:01 for 10 miles, 1:08:40 for a half marathon—but have always run primarily because I like it.

Here I am on Twitter and LinkedIn.


11 Comments so far

  1. Andy Mitchelson November 18th, 2008 2:02 pm

    Hey Scott. Like the new web page. Do you still have the link to ‘when we were kings’?

  2. Scott November 19th, 2008 7:13 am

    Hmm, given that I can’t remember what that file was about, I’m not sure where it might be. Please refresh my memory.

  3. Andy Mitchelson December 1st, 2008 1:18 pm

    It was about your best year of training/racing.

  4. Donald May 1st, 2009 1:09 pm


    I miss your more acerbic wit during your stint with M & B. Use your advanced marathoning schedule for last three marathons. The first rendered a PR with only 14 weeks, then went to 18 week schedules up to 70+ with poor results. I was tired and disinterested at the starting line; I’m also 61 and have been running competitively for just 10 yrs. I now think your schedule is too much for me at my age. I also think I’m a quick swing peaker (Noakes) who peaks high but short. I also confess to racing (that’s 6:50-7:10 for me) in the middle of the 70+ during training because I thought I was adapting to a higher level. Well, call me a fool. I never really recovered before taking the starting line a Boston where I performed miserably ’09. Does this sound like a plausible explanation?

  5. Scott May 6th, 2009 3:11 pm

    That sounds plausible. I know that some coaches advocate shorter cycles for older runners, starting each cycle from a decent base level of fitness. If you search the Letsrun message board for stuff from John Kellogg on masters training, you should be able to find some interesting descriptions about why changing hormone levels merit rethinking traditional cycles.

  6. Mark Eichenlaub September 22nd, 2009 8:23 pm

    Scott, I own one of your books on training and was very impressed. This will be my first year coaching young athletes and I plan to implement some of your teachings.

  7. Mike Long September 23rd, 2009 1:34 pm

    Breathtaking shot of you in the wild in this month’s issue of RW! Stacey’s talent seems huge, and so do your running legs.

  8. Mike Stewart October 6th, 2009 5:12 pm

    Nice website, Scott! I wish I had realized years ago how accomplished you have become. I would love to pick your brain to help me recover what’s left of my running prowess. It seems I should start by perusing your impressive body of (written) work. I’m so glad for you that you have been able to live the kind of life you want, doing what you love. I’m also really glad you still have the sharp wit we all – well, some of us – enjoyed back at Franklin and before!

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  10. Lisa Alphen September 24th, 2015 9:33 pm

    Thank you for writing about peroneal tendon surgery. I will read what you have written about it as I am awaiting diagnosis confirmation and likely having the same surgery very soon. I can’t claim I’ve been running since ’79, but perhaps since ’84.

  11. Steve Stovall January 1st, 2023 12:25 pm

    If I have the correct Scott Douglas, you and I worked together in 1995/6 on the Bill Rogers Lifetime Running Plan. That was right before I moved to Durango CO where I was a college marketing teacher for 21 years. Now I live near Denver and am still running, training and running races. Thirteen last year. Just celebrated 52 years of running Thanks for some of the running advice you gave me back in 1995. That’s it, just saying hello. Glad to see you are such a prolific writer. Keep on writing and I’ll keep on running. Hope I have the right Scott Douglas. The previous one I wrote to was not correct but very cordial
    Steve Stovall

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