Welcome to Running With Muscle. My name is Karly Wilson, and I love food, lifting, and running—in fact, so far, I’ve run almost 100 marathons, numerous half-marathons, and some 50Ks. I started running in high school and stuck with it because it gave me a community. Later, during some trying times, I found that running also gave me purpose.

Like many runners, I had an idea in my head about what a runner was “supposed” to look like. And like many people, I also had an idea in my head about what “beauty” was. I didn’t realize that those ideas merged to shape a harmful norm that actually held me back from my true potential.

When I began to incorporate lifting into my training regimen, everything changed. I learned about nutrition, positive body image, and how to train smarter. And, perhaps more importantly, I learned that I could enjoy life, have fun in workouts, eat great food, and focus on PRs instead of the scale or looks. And it has all paid off: I went from a 3:19 marathon to a 3:01 and breaking that 3-hour mark is in my sights. Changing my mindset has shown me that Running With Muscle is a great alternative, and I’m very excited to show you how.

“My top marathon times – 3:01 | 3:04 | 3:05 |3:06:15 |  3:07 |  3:09 | 3:10”


100 marathons and counting
7 Boston Marathons
2 ultra-elite spartan 1st place finishes
 8 Elite Podium Spartan Race Finishes
22 Boston Marathon qualifying times
Pose Method Specialist
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Kids
Precision Nutrition
CPR/AED Certified