About Me

I launched this blog in 2010 to share my unconventional running story, pass along my lessons learned, and inspire other runners to believe in themselves–both on and off the pavement.

If you can’t go a day without running, are known for “liking” inspirational quotes on Facebook, or occasionally obsess about the technical aspects of performance enhancement, I think you’ll feel right at home here.

The posts here blend story with strategy. You’ll find details about race preparation, injury recovery, and technical goal-setting, which are interjected with my joyous victories, crushing disappointments, and the key takeaways that make each experience worth it.

I have been running for 19 years, and am always seeking ways to optimize my health, performance, and impact within the running community. My mission in life is to help others become the best possible versions of themselves.

I began writing here because I heard too many people say, “I’m too old!” and “It’s too late to start!” I hope to inspire others–through my words and actions–to prove to themselves that it is never too late to begin!

Keep Believing,






  1. This is great! I just spent an hour reading this blog I am hooked.

  2. Wow! Very touching story. Keep bloggin – you’re an inspiration to master running women!

  3. “Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.”

  4. […] which I have to be seeing the amount of time I spend preparing for classes and training. Here is Loken’s story: Susan Loken is, among other things, a mother, elite runner, mentor, coach and an inspiration to […]

  5. Love your blog!

    You are such an inspiration! I am a fairly new runner, started a year and a half ago, and have run three marathons, including Boston last week. I am passionate about running, which is something I never enjoyed doing at an early age. I will also be moving to Ahwatukee in a couple of months and can’t wait to meet you to pick your brain on more effective training. A couple of my new AZ neighbors know you and have told me about your amazing running career. Again, I am so new at this, but I love it! My next marathon will be the New York ING in November 2011, and I plan on running a lot of shorter races between now and then.

    You are an amazing runner and should be very proud of yourself!

    • Thank you for the sweet message Cristiane.

      Wow, so excited you are moving to Ahwatukee and training for the NYC marathon! I’m coaching a group of 20 for the NYC Marathon and they will be doing track and long runs in the Ahwatukee area! Call me when you arrive and we can have coffee, maybe you can join us for a few training runs!

      Keep Running!!

      Susan Loken

      • Can you bump that number to 21? 🙂 You are an amazing runner and such an inspiration! I’ll be relocating from cold NJ to AZ the first week in July. I will call you when I get there. Looking forward to running outdoors all year-round!

  6. Hello,

    I hope you’re having a nice week! I am reaching out to you because I recently came across your blog.

    I have a few questions for you; if you could get back to me at your convenience, that would be great. I look forward to hearing from you!


  7. Hi Susan,

    It’s great to read about your running accomplishments. I am a new resident in Tucson AZ, 53 years old, and I plan to train for a spring marathon. I have done several marathons, with PB of 3:25 in 2009 and others between 3:30-3:45 (and slower ones too). I am weighing whether to invest energy into trying for a PB in the spring… Now with the added years it may be too ambitious. While looking around for marathon times of women over 50 years old I encountered your website. And felt inspired.

    All the best with your maturing running plans. I still feel great, not plagued with injuries, and keeping up with the Work Out Group gang on Tues and Thurs.

    All the best! Fern

  8. […] thank you to my running coach Susan! What a great start with her (I’ve been training g with her for 4weeks) & am excited to […]

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