Emilia Benton Emilia is a freelance journalist primarily covering running, health, and fitness, as well as lifestyle, entertainment, and personal finance, among other topics. In addition to writing for Real Simple, her work has appeared in publications such as Runner's World, Women's Running, SELF, Women's Health, and more. She received her B.A. in journalism with minors in Spanish and Women's Studies from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. She has more than 13 years of writing and editing experience. Emilia is also an 11-time marathoner and lives in her hometown of Houston with her husband, Omar, and Boston Terrier rescue, Astro. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.