Girls Running

All You Need to Strive, Thrive, and Run Your Best

By Elizabeth Carey, Melody Fairchild


Girls Running has the tools girls need to strive, thrive, and create a positive, lifelong relationship with running—written for girls but full of insight for parents and coaches too. 

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Running can shape a young athlete in healthy, positive ways for the rest of her life.

Girls Running offers the guidance and tools girls need to thrive on their running journey, right from the start. With straight talk on training, physiology, menstruation, sports nutrition, a winning mindset, body image issues, gear, team-building, and competition, Girls Running educates and empowers young runners to achieve their potential and love running more.

Inspired by high-school phenom Melody Fairchild’s groundbreaking running journey, and with the coaching insight from Fairchild and coauthor Elizabeth Carey, Girls Running is a valuable toolkit for middle- and high-school runners. Backed by science, research, and over 100,000 miles of experience, this resource answers the most timely and sensitive questions that girls face when their bodies change and the miles increase. Girls, parents, and coaches will see ways to navigate puberty, mental health, eating disorders, and the pressures of competitive running.

Girls Running is a go-to guide for everything girls need to know to run better—and love the journey while doing it!

Girls Running: All You Need to Strive, Thrive, and Run Your Best
Melody Fairchild and Elizabeth Carey
Paperback. Two-color interior with illustrations throughout.
5.75″ x 8″, 240 pp., $19.95, 9781948007184

Girls Running: All You Need to Strive, Thrive, and Run Your Best

Elizabeth Carey, Melody Fairchild

Shipping Dimensions: 5.75in x 8in x .75in 240pp $19.95, Inventory 9781948007184, Shipping .66lbs


1: Your Running Journey

How to embrace your own path: Melody’s journey / Role models

2: Hello, Body!

A run through the systems that keep you moving: Body parts and systems / Heart rate / Puberty and periods 101

3: Train Like a Boss

The magic of work and rest: Running form / Recovery and sleep tips / Strength, core, and mobility routines / Crosstraining workouts

4: Adaptations

Zoom in on progress and growth: Running systems and why you do specific workouts / Periodizing your season and career / Pain and sickness / Training logs

5: Running with Hormones

How to train and race your best through puberty and periods: Puberty for athletes / Periods and their phases decoded, plus tips for dealing

6: A Winning Mindset

Yes, you can handle pressure and meet your goals: Intro to mindfulness / Goal setting / Sports psychology tools, including visualization / Mental health and when to get help

The Journey of Women’s Running: A Timeline

7: Compete Like a Champion

Tips and strategies for racing fierce: Pacing yourself / Teamwork and scoring / Overcoming challenges / Running in college

8: Fueling for Success

How to feed yourself and your busy life: Sports nutrition and energy balance / What to eat—plus why and when / Hunger signs / Special diets / Recipes

9: Food & Body Issues

How to tackle problems head-on: Body shaming / Racing weight and other myths / Dangers of underfueling, including Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) / Disordered eating, body issues, and when to get help

10: Building a Great Team

It takes a village, and these are the people you want in it: Intuition and discernment / Building your support crew / How to find doctors, PTs, RDs, and other experts (and what to ask them) / Being a good teammate

11: Gearing Up

The basics and the extras: Sports bras / Running shoes and spikes / Other gear


Selected Bibliography

About the Authors

“As a youth star herself, Melody provides a great and inspiring perspective that all youth athletes can learn from. I enjoyed the book and her story. Thanks for sharing your journey!” — Jordan Hasay, professional American runner

Girls Running is a very timely book for young women and girls who want to make running a healthy, fun, and meaningful part of their lives. The book provides a great balance of information regarding training, nutrition, mindfulness, and both physical and mental exercises for young and engaging minds.” — Joan Benoit Samuelson, first women’s Olympic marathon champion

Girls Running gives young athletes a perspective into how to achieve long-term success and happiness by covering a wide range of topics such as how to fuel properly, have a positive body image, be a team player, and have a growth mindset.” — Karissa Schweizer, American middle- and long-distance runner

Girls Running is the perfect guide for young female runners at any level to learn how to make the most of the running journey. From nutrition, to the mental side of competition, to celebrating all the female body can do, this book is a resource all young athletes should have.” — Courtney Frerichs, Olympic steeplechaser

“It didn’t take long into reading Girls Running to realize how much I wish I had been introduced to this book as a young athlete, and how so many aspects resonate with me now as a professional athlete. It’s all-encompassing with the information it provides on both the physical and mental realm of running, while also providing moments for reflection to process the information on a personal level. A fantastically informative and relatable read no matter what part of your journey as a runner (or triathlete) you are on.” — Katie Zaferes, 2016 Olympian, world champion, and professional triathlete

“I wish I had this amazing book when I was younger, but the next best thing is getting to read it now. Girls Running deftly weaves together stories and lessons for female athletes, simultaneously lifting me up and lighting my fire. The book empowers me as a coach, athlete, and human.” — Megan Roche, MD, pro runner, and coach

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