Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

Breakthrough Women's Running

July 01, 2022
Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz
Breakthrough Women's Running
Show Notes

Breakthrough Women’s Running is a guide written by Neely Spence Gracey and Cindy Kuzma to help get female runners to their next breakthrough in running, regardless of their running ability. The book is divided into 4 parts and covers everything from goal setting to training plans you can follow for the 5k through marathon distances. In between it covers female specific challenges like training at different times during your menstrual cycle, running through pregnancy, and coming back to running post-partum and while breastfeeding. The book also covers a lot of the basics like recovery and strength training.

Neely Spence Gracey began running in eight grade and quickly saw success, which deepened her motivation to pursue big goals. At the high school level she won four Pennsylvania state championships. Upon graduation, she attended Shippensburg University (SU) and became an eight-time Division II national champion. During Neely’s time at SU, she studied human communication with a coaching minor because she knew she wanted to become a pro athlete and start coaching other runners toward their goals. In 2012 Neely signed her first pro contract and married her husband Dillon, in 2013 Get Running Coaching was born; Neely and Dillon are now also the proud parents of 2 boys: Athens born in 2018, and Rome born in 2021. Neely is inspired by the running community to keep working toward her goals as an athlete, coach, and mother.

Cindy Kuzma is a freelance writer, author, and podcaster; a regular contributor to Runner’s World, Women’s Running, and a wide variety of other sports, fitness, and health publications; and the coauthor of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger From Sports Injuries. Cindy specializes in covering injury prevention and recovery, everyday athletes who accomplish extraordinary things, and the active community in Chicago. She has run 22 marathons—including seven in Boston—and she never gets tired of plotting her next breakthrough.

If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on the Human Kinetics Website:
If you are interested in a copy signed by Neely, you can get it on her website:

If you would like to follow Neely, she is @neelysgracey on Instagram and Twitter.
Cindy Kuzma can be found at or on Instagram and Twitter @cindykuzma. On her website you will find a full portfolio of articles, podcast appearances, and books!

Big thank you to Human Kinetics for providing review copies of the book. And an even bigger thank you to Neely and Cindy for spending time with us to record the podcast.

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