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Who can I trust for the best running tips? How do I make myself mentally tougher? How do I stop comparing myself to other runners, and instead, build my confidence? And of course, How can I get faster while also enjoying my running more? Welcome to The Running For Real Podcast where we will answer these questions and many more! Every week, 2:36 marathon runner and mom Tina Muir will bring you sports psychologists, doctors, scientists, dietitians, elite runners, strength training coaches, running form experts, and of course, everyday runners with inspiring stories to motivate you and help YOU run YOUR best! Tina shares tangible tips and hacks that she used to reach her potential as a runner and build that runner grit to be your best. Along with sharing her best kept secrets, and postpartum journey, she interviews the best in the industry (Kara Goucher, Dean Karnazes, Dr. Rich Willy, Sally Bergesen, Manal Rostom, Chrissie Wellington, Jared Ward and many more) who will share their best advice and be real with you in a way you have never heard before. With over a million downloads and counting, the Running For Real Community is getting bigger every day. It is YOUR TURN to hear from the experts, get inspired, and reach your biggest goals. Ready? Let’s get started my friend!
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Have you ever considered using running as a way to tell people what you care about? If not, I’m sure you’ve seen people that have. Maybe a neighborhood boy or girl on the cross-country team has asked you to pledge a certain amount of money for each lap they run during a fund-raising event, or maybe you’ve seen a 5K go through your city with every participant wearing pink to raise breast cancer awareness. When you run, you stand out from the crowd. Try going for a run in a new city and see how many people do a double take as you zip past them coming out of a coffee shop or notice the heads that follow you as you play leap frog with a public bus in traffic. We all find running curious, and those willing to run draw the eyes of many. Thousands of people line the streets to watch city marathons, runners and non-runners alike. There is something noble about running, a simple but strenuous act. Strangers give shouts of encouragement along a race course and volunteers are on the ready to hand out water and quick energy. It’s a beautiful thing. The running community is made up of much more than just the runners. Running for a Cause When Rosalie Fish found out she could use running in this way, she felt excited, nervous, and powerful. She knew that running was the way for her to tell others about her story, and the stories of people in her community. Rosalie grew up on an Indian reservation in the state of Washington. Her community is made up of about 500 members of the Native American Cowlitz tribe. Unfortunately, a lot of prejudices and stereotypes about Native Americans still exist, and Rosalie was often on the receiving end of unfair treatment in public schools. Things came to an all-time low when Rosalie attempted suicide after the bullying, abuse, and harassment wouldn’t stop. She was transferred to a new high school and decided that she would take up running again, remembering how it made her feel as a middle schooler. “The only thing that really kept me grounded […] and kept me going was running,” Rosalie said, “I found that when I ran, physically, I was unable to feel sadness.” At that time, it seemed that running was saving Rosalie’s life, but running would give her life even more purpose later on. MMIW Rosalie kept running, and with the help of a dedicated coach, she was able to enter (and win!) races that she was being denied previously because of her heritage. She continued to race and her success helped her to feel empowered. However, it wasn’t until she first saw Jordan Marie Daniel run that she truly felt inspired. Jordan is a Native American from the Kul Wicasa Oyate tribe in South Dakota. When she ran the Boston marathon, she painted a red hand over her mouth and the letters MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) down her legs. Jordan and Rosalie were able to meet and Jordan was inspired to paint the same symbol and letters on herself when she ran at Washington’s track and field state championship. She said she was nervous, but her actions have been well received and given her even more motivation to run, giving a voice to those that don’t have one. Every Runner Can Be Seen You may think that only the elite runners can use their platform to raise awareness. While it’s true that media outlets won’t interview every runner that crosses the finish line, there are other ways to be seen. You can’t tell me that if you run the New York City Marathon in a giant homemade single-use plastic water bottle that you won’t turn the heads of thousands of people. Even if your picture doesn’t end up in the New York Times, thousands of people will see you run past and conversations will be had. Just think about the people dressed up as Santa Claus or Wonder Woman as they sweat through the 5K or 26 miles of their race. You and I have seen them. Whether it made us think about going to see the latest super hero movie is another question, but we definitely saw them. If you have something you care about, why not use running as a way to talk about it? Wear a costume, organize a group run, or maybe go big and try to plan a community awareness race. Choose to be like Rosalie and be proud of who you are and what you care about. We'll all be watching. Resources: Beyond Running: Suicide with Shelli Gordon- R4R 143 Urban Indian Health Institute Sovereign Bodies Institute Rosalie’s Tedx Talk Rosalie on Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Butcher Box and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Butcher Box is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh and high quality meats. They are free of antibiotics, added hormones, and each box has 9-11 pounds of meat. You can even customized your choices or cuts of meats from beef, chicken, fish, pork, and bacon. This is a great way to get healthy, humanly raised, grass-fed, and free range meat. I am going to be giving you a special as being a listener for new Butcher Box members by giving away ground beef for LIFE of your subscription that will be included in your box order, as well as $20 off your first order. Go here to sign up now or enter code RUNNING at checkout.   Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   I am very excited to have found a sunglass brand, Tifosi that are super durable and can be used to for athletic and leisure life styles. They even come in MANY colors and shades for the not so sunny days out there as well. The ones that I like is the Swank Series, go and check them out!   Go here with coupon code TINA for 10% off.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Rosalie, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.  
There is a lot of stress, fear, anxiety, overwhelm in our world right now. We have no idea what the future will look like, and that can be hard for us to function, especially when we are all told to stay inside our homes, which can make things even more intense. I knew there was only one expert I wanted to bring on the show to talk us through, help us understand what we can do right now to make things feel a little more under our control. Dr Michael Gervais is extremely busy right now, with his expertise and wisdom being requested all over the world, but he was kind enough to join me in a 20 minute conversation to reassure the Running For Real community. The episode last week with Dr Emily Stoneman on COVID19 was helpful for many, but what you seemed to enjoy just as much, was the second half of the episode where I talked about how to handle cancelled races. I would love to hear if you want to hear more of these episodes over the coming months. They are outside my nature (I love to record ahead of time), but if it is good for the community, I am happy to get outside my comfort zone. If you are feeling overwhelmed and don't feel you have anyone to talk to, many of my psychologist and mental health professionals have offered to connect with Running For Real listeners FOR FREE at this time. Enter your email here and I will get one of them to reach out to you. Please do not suffer in silence. I see you, and I am here for you. Resources: Struggling? One of my psychologist/mental health professional friends will reach out to you, just let me know here CDC website Information for pregnant women COVID19 podcast and race recommendations  Get a written version of the COVID19 podcast, along with a guide for how to approach your training for the rest of the year Michael's Finding Mastery Podcast Michael on Twitter Michael on Instagram Michael on LinkedIn Compete to Create
At what point did you consider yourself to be a runner? Odds are, you were a runner long before you felt comfortable saying it out loud. Maybe it wasn’t until after your first 5K, your tenth 5K, or even your first marathon. Perhaps you still don’t call yourself a runner, or when you do, you quickly follow it up with “but not a fast one.” This is silly. Why do so many of us feel the need to qualify for the Boston Marathon before we can call ourselves runners? We don’t see this as often in other hobbies or sports. Imagine saying, “Yeah I have a dog, but he can’t do tricks,” or “I like listening to music, but I haven’t been to a Taylor Swift concert yet, so I guess I don’t reallylike music.” You are a runner! It doesn’t matter how fast, how far, how often or how many races you’ve been in. There is power in claiming that title, and although I will continue to tell you that you are “more than just a runner,” you are one. When you embrace the fact that you are a runner, you start treating yourself as one. A confidence emerges and you join a community that is excited about what they do. Even more than that, you start to do things that help you become a lifelong runner, giving your body the respect and devotion it needs. To the middle-of-the-packers and the ones still nervous to claim the title of runner: This one’s for you. Run to the Finish Amanda Brooks is the genius behind both the website and the new book titled “Run to the Finish.” She started her website in 2005 as a way to talk about her new found love in running. Since then she has become as expert researcher, journalist, and author, helping runners do what she loves most, running. As a new runner, Amanda felt the need to talk about what she loved with others online because she didn’t know a lot of people who were runners. Maybe that’s because there were so many closet runners, but she quickly found a group of people like her. As she ran more and more, she also became more interested in the science behind it and soon she was researching everything about running. Amanda considers herself an actionable person. “Tell me what to do,” she says when referring to a running warmup. She isn’t interested in general advice, but a list of things she can actually do. That’s what her website and book are all about. Every new and experienced runner can find things there to implement immediately into their running. Treat Yourself Like a Runner The next step after calling yourself a runner, is to work out like one. No, this doesn’t mean you need to run 100 miles a week, or sprint around the track. It simply means you ought to give your body the rehab and prehab it needs. If you want to be a lifelong runner and avoid injury, you shouldn’t wait until you are a certain age or log a certain number of miles before you do these things. Many runners don’t want to hear it, but you can’t simply “just run” if you are in it for the long run. Hip and core exercises, mobility exercises, and strength training are important. But it can be simple to appreciate. Know that every foam roller session is adding to your longevity and satisfaction as a runner. Check out Amanda’s website to find what you can do today. Lastly, don’t be afraid to literally invest in yourself and your running. Buy a book on running, schedule an appointment with a sports’ therapist, or hire a running coach for a few sessions. The investment will be worth it. You will feel validated as a runner and you’ll be recovering from injury less often. Now get out there and show the world that you are a runner! Resources: (Book) Endure: Alex Hutchinson (Book) Older, Faster, Stronger: Margaret Webb (Book) Peak: Marc Bubbs (Book) 80/20 Running: Matt Fitzgerald (Book) Run to the Finish: Amanda Brooks Amanda’s Website Amanda on Instagram Amanda on Facebook Amanda on Twitter Amanda on YouTube   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Vital Farms and Body Health for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs.  Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.   If you are struggling to recover quick enough from your training, my little secret is to use BodyHealth Perfect Amino to get you there. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is very easy for your body to use and begin the repair process. Click the link and use codeTINAMUIR10for 10% off.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Amanda, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.  
Special report episode on Coronavirus. I interviewed Dr Emily Stoneman, an Infectious Disease Specialist working at the University of Michigan, to ask her all the questions we have been wondering, and then addressed what to do as runners. Emily has been working 18 hour days, but gave us almost an hour of her time to help the running community feel at ease. In the second half of the episode, I address what to do if your goal race has been ripped away from you because of necessary cancellations or postponement? I cover this, along with advice for how to plan the rest of your year of training. Resources: CDC website Information for pregnant women Get a written version of this podcast, along with a guide for how to approach your training for the rest of the year Athletic Greens (get 20 servings, a $79 value pack) for free with your order
Wouldn’t it be nice if our motivation was consistent? If every day we woke up we knew exactly what we wanted to do, how to do, and the motivation to actually get it done? Truth be told, we probably experience pockets of this, and maybe some of you can string together months at a time of getting into “flow.” Finding our motivations and processes is a process in itself, and it’s a journey worth going on. Let me introduce a person that has been on that journey, and done it well, Margo Mountjoy. Margo began her relationship with professional sport as a synchronized swimmer for her home country Canada. Today she is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission, a member of faculty and a consultant for multiple Canadian Universities, and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Among these and other things, Margo has served as a team physician and continues her research work in the fields of women’s health, anti-doping, and abuse in sports environments. If there is someone who has a great amount of motivation, it’s Margo. Pull up this podcast right now to hear all the things Margo is doing to help the sports world. How Does Your Motivation Fuel You? Although going from professional athlete to Olympic committee member seems like an obvious progression, Margo’s journey was a bit more winding than you would expect. “I didn’t start my Ph.D. till I was over 50,” she says. After she ended her competitive swimming career, she attended medical school and stepped away from athletics to focus on her education. From there, Margo completed her residency and began her career as a physician. It was during residency that Margo found a love for promoting physical wellbeing. Since that time, Margo has often been driven by seeing a need and working to fulfil it. Personal accolades or titles don’t motivate her, simply helping people does, and it’s what has kept her working so hard for so long. Whenever we get discouraged, it’s good to complete an inventory and see what our motivations are. When what we do is greater than ourselves, we can always go a little further. “Nothing personal motivates me,” Margo says. Receiving a hand written note thanking her for her work can mean just as much to her as having impressive research articles published. Keep the Goal in Mind This isn’t to say that Dr. Mountjoy doesn’t get frustrated occasionally. “I’m not someone who is going to solve all the problems in the world,” she says, “It is a little frustrating at times...but you must remain patient and wait for the opportunity.”  As she works on changing cultures and systems, there will inevitably be moments that Dr. Mountjoy can’t control, but she doesn’t feel overwhelmed. She stays ready to act when the moments are given to her. For Margo, keeping the goal as her guiding force is powerful. She has the athlete’s best interest at heart which keeps her motivated and patient during the difficult times. We can learn a lot from her vision. As a runner, it’s important to have those end goals in mind that allow us to enjoy the moment and do the things that are best for us. Whether that is allowing ourselves to eat enough food to keep our body energized, or keeping a thought of those who look up to us in mind as we hit walls on our runs, having sustainable motivation is key. Know Where You Stand Wherever you are in your running journey, it’s good to know where you are. Do you have a pain that is bothering you? Do you have a hard time sleeping? Do you feel like you have less any energy than the people around you? Are you always hungry or always full? We will never be perfect runners, but there is no sense in delaying our potential. Dr. Mountjoy stresses the importance of being aware of all your body functions. Make sure that you are checking in on yourself and doing those things you know will help you perform to your best ability. Get your sleep, eat enough nutritious food, and seek professional advice for any issues that you have questions about. Resources: Jennifer Gaudiani Episode 159 Renee McGregor Episode 99 Jessi Haggerty and Meg Steffrey-Schrier Episode 89 Nancy Clark Episode 25 Margo on Twitter   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens, Janji, Butcher Box for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, visit here to learn more!   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Butcher Box is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh and high quality meats. They are free of antibiotics, added hormones, and each box has 9-11 pounds of meat. You can even customized your choices or cuts of meats from beef, chicken, fish, pork, and bacon. This is a great way to get healthy, humanly raised, grass-fed, and free range meat. I am going to be giving you a special as being a listener by getting 2 filet mignons, a pack of bacon, and PLUS $20 off of your first box. When you sign up now here or you can use code tinamuir at checkout for the offer.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Margo, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Life can be overwhelming and busy, however that doesn’t mean you still can’t find time for yourself.  Liza Howard, elite ultra-marathon runner, coach, employee at the National Outdoor Leadership School, and mother of two children knows in order to succeed in her sport and remain at the top of her running game she must find time to put in the miles.  Despite a busy homelife, Liza has managed to win the Leadville 100, Rocky Racoon 100, and the Javelina Jundred.  As opposed to making excuses, Liza has used a hectic schedule as a motivator to get out and run. Be Happy with Your Mess It may not always be easy to find time for you, but you have to.  Liza says at some point, something has to give.  You have your needs. For example, you have to work to earn money.  You have to take care of your children.  But you don’t always have to have the cleanest house, or the most well-manicured yard.  You need to identify the things which are not as important for you to keep up on all the time and make peace with those things.  Be happy with your mess.  Realize there will be times when you have to make time for yourself for your own sanity.  If you cannot keep up with everything, that’s fine.  Allow yourself the time to go out and run.  Allowing yourself the opportunity to go and train and to feel the freedom that comes with running will give you the necessary mental break and will make you a better mother, spouse, and person. Age is Just a Number Too often we put limitations on ourselves.  Our mindset entering a run is just as important as our physical capabilities.  It is not a useful mindset to believe we are too old and can no longer run or can’t compete anymore.  Of course, as we get older there will be natural physical decreases, however, it seems to be us that put those limitations on ourselves.  There will always be time to continue to improve.  There are people, such as Liza, who are older runners, yet they are still continuing to win ultra-marathons, put in forty mile runs, and race Olympic qualifiers.  Being fast is not as important as trying to get the most out of your body. Tips on Staying Motivated Finding the energy to get motivated can be a challenge.  Set a scheduled time to when you can go out and run each day.  If you miss that scheduled time, that’s ok.  Don’t let that hang over your head.  Just look forward to being able to run the next day.  When you run don’t feel like you have to go out for an hour each time.  Commit to five minutes.  Get out the door, and once that five minutes hits, odds are you’ll want to continue running.  Continue to make small commitments and as you accomplish those small goals, it will make setting and obtaining bigger goals easier. Don’t compare yourself to others.  Some of your friends may be able to go out and run amazing trails and have these incredible training runs.  That may not always be the case for you, and that’s ok.  While training for Ultra-Marathon races Liza said she has had to run 40 miles on the treadmill and has a 2.1 mile loop near her house that she will run over and over again so that she can stop in and check on her family during her training runs. Someone else’s reality may not be your reality.  But, continue to put in the miles and train for your race. One motivating factor Liza uses is always having a race on the calendar.  If you have something to train for, you’ll have the desire to go run.  You’ll want to show up race day with your best self: prepared, motivated, and with a positive attitude.  A positive attitude allows you to go out and overcome obstacles.  Sometimes, regardless of preparation, you may have a bad race.  Don’t focus on the negatives, even if you have a bad race or a bad run.  Use it to challenge yourself to do it again. Not only is Liza an amazing runner, she also does a lot for her community.  Each year Liza works with approximately thirty veterans, through her Band of Runners trail camp, who are struggling to be physically active and connect with their communities.  The camp’s mission is to share the community of trail running and the physical and psychological benefits associated with running in nature.  It also helps to connect them with other trail runners in their communities and provide them with a strong support group.    Resources: Band of Runners Website Liza Howard Twitter Liza Howard Website Liza Howard Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Generation UCAN, Altra, and Body Health for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races and in my every day life. This product has been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar high or crashes! Use code  TINAMUIR25 for 25% off.   I am thrilled to announce my exciting partnership with Altra, as an athlete and a sponsorship, I have loved their shoes as well as what this company stands for. So as a special treat to Running4Real listeners  they are going to give away a pair of shoes every month this year! Go HERE to enter to be a winner a free pair of shoes. And once you have entered once you will be entered for the entire year.   If you are struggling to recover quick enough from your training, my little secret is to use BodyHealth Perfect Amino to get you there. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is very easy for your body to use and begin the repair process. Click the link and use code TINAMUIR10 for 10% off.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Liza, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Have you ever experienced an injury so severe you thought you would never come back from it?  Do you remember the thoughts that ran through your mind?  Or the disappointment you felt?  In 2017, Hillary Allen was ranked first in the Skyrunning World Series. This series consisted of high altitude endurance races spanning anywhere from 50k to 100k.  Hillary, sponsored by The North Face, was at the top of her running game when she suffered a catastrophic injury after a 150 foot fall during the Hamperokken Sky Race in Norway.  Hillary suffered two broken arms, two broken vertebrae, two broken ribs, ligament damage in her foot, and several bruises and lacerations.  While many people may have seen this as an impossible setback, Hillary took it as a challenge and faced it head on. What is Strength As runners, we define ourselves as runners. When you experience a runner’s high, it is an experience like no other. But when we can’t experience that high due to an injury, especially one that will keep us away from the sport we love for so long, we will experience both physical and emotional pain. It is in these moments that you can define yourself as someone who gives up, or you can define yourself as someone who is not only a strong athlete, but a strong person. Being a strong person may seem easier said than done. So, how do we find the strength to press forward when the situation seems so dire? Try starting a journal. Writing down affirmations to yourself will help pull you through these hard times, even if you don’t believe them. Write positive messages to yourself and then go back and read those messages. You can empower yourself and nurture a belief that your strongest athletic days are ahead of you. You may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, you may even think it’s not there, but it is! The more you affirm this within yourself, the more you will buy into it. Strength is also being able to rely on other people. It is ok to be vulnerable. It is in moments of vulnerability that we find the most strength. We can ask for help and that’s ok. It takes strength to rely on other people. Strong isn’t always, “Let me do it myself,” but can be, “Please, I need help.” Be Honest with Yourself and Don’t Give Up One of the more serious injuries Hillary suffered in her fall was a Lisfranc injury. This type of injury typically takes close to a year to fully recover from. Hillary’s doctor told her she may jog again, but most certainly would not run again. As heartbreaking as this may be to some people, Hillary made the decision to not allow this diagnosis to eliminate hope that she may not run again. Instead what she decided to do was allow the impossible to motivate her and make her optimistic. If you sustain an injury and want to get back to running, you can do it. The first step is realizing it will not be easy. You and only you make the decision on how you are going to handle the hard times that are sure to come. It is ok to doubt yourself. It’s human nature to experience feelings of reservation and uncertainty; but doubt has the ability to foster belief. Think back to the last time someone told you that you couldn’t do something. How did that make you feel? Did it motivate you to prove them wrong or did you decide to believe what was being said? We can become so overwhelmed by focusing on our inabilities that we forget about how much we are truly capable of doing. Surround yourself with people that want to see you succeed, with people that will listen to your negative thoughts and fears. Put those scary thoughts out there and be honest with not only yourself, but with your support group. Sometimes honesty can be hard, and if you find that you can’t do it, fake it. And continue to fake it until that self-doubt is gone and you begin to believe in yourself. People are stronger than they give themselves credit for, but you can do it. If you give yourself permission to suffer a little bit, you’ll surprise yourself with how strong you really are. Don’t Call it a Comeback Your return to running following an injury or a break may insinuate you are coming back, but don’t call it a comeback. Coming back means you are coming back to the same place you left off. But you are not. The journey back from an injury should make you feel like a completely different person. You cannot compare yourself to the person you were before. By doing this, you will put a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself which will diminish the joys you should feel while running. Know that while your pace may not be where it once was, you are now a stronger athlete, with new knowledge and a greater love for running. By calling it a comeback you put a lot of internal pressure on yourself. Pressure that is unnecessary and that can take away from the joys running should bring you. Not only do you put pressure on yourself, but it can also be frightening. However, the opposite of fear is courage. Getting back out there and running is what courage looks like. Lacing up your shoes and hitting the trail or the road and competing with yourself. Running is a celebration.  It is liberating! Overcome your mental block and allow your body to do what it knows how to do: run. You can tell yourself you are going to give up, but don’t ever give up. Look at challenges as an opportunity to dig deep into yourself, to pull from within you something you never knew you had. This will create experiences for you to draw from as you encounter future trials and will give you the strength to conquer setbacks, as improbable as they may seem. In the words of Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Resources: Hilary's Twitter Hillary's Instagram Hillary's Website   One of the things that I truly LOVE to do every week to get to know my audience better is my Newsletter I will cherish and guard your email. It is a way that I can get to know you all and to build a true connection with you, as social media has been tough on me lately. I know how annoying it is when you sign up for something and suddenly find yourself on 50 other email lists. This is just you and me. I promise. If you are interested go here to sign up!   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Hillary, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Runners are a different species.  Not only is running our sport but it is our passion, our mental break, our chance to distance ourselves from the world and the stressors of everyday life.  However, as a runner, I am sure you have suffered injuries and setbacks.  You are not alone.  According to Cindy Kuzma, journalist for Runner’s World, and Carrie Jackson Cheadle, mental skills expert and nationally recognized for her expertise in sport’s performance, about three quarters of runners will suffer an injury within their first one to two years of running, and an even greater number will suffer some form of injury throughout a running career.  Kuzma and Cheadle, authors of the book Rebound: Train your mind to bounce back stronger from sports injuries, have studied injuries and the mental toll that can take on your mind and have sought out to educate people of the importance of your mental health during times of injury. Is There a Good Time to Take Time Off and Reset Runners are stubborn and do not like taking time off from their sport.  However, after sustaining an injury, rest will become an important part of your recovery.  Cheadle says, “It takes more mental toughness to stop and to take that break and to focus on your recovery then it does to push through.  A true sign of mental toughness is wanting something so bad but willing to back off for a little bit to give your body what it needs to hit your goals.” We tend to focus so much on the now and the current situations we find ourselves in.  But, when we goal set, we focus on the future and where we want to be one month, six months, or even one year from now.  The same should be said for our injuries.  We have the amazing gift of internal knowledge.  We know more about our bodies and how are bodies are feeling than anyone else.  One benefit of tapping into the psychological aspect of recovery is we allow ourselves a chance to conduct a “self-inquiry.”  As you proceed to heal from a running injury you can ask yourself, “Is it time to push hard or is it time to rest? Will pushing now benefit me three months from now or will it hinder my recovery process and push my goals back further?” Running Becomes Our Identity Running, or being an athlete in general, can provide you with a high athletic identity.  We all have different identities and play different roles in life, whether it is the role of a mother or father, an employee at our place of employment, or a student.  At times our feeling of self-worth may be more connected with one identity than another.  This tends to be especially true with high endurance athletes.  When we sustain an injury and are unable to train or compete, we lose a part of ourselves when we lose that athletic identity. It is in these moments where your true identity will come out.  As opposed to looking at the situation through a microscopic lens, we need to pull back and view the bigger picture.  You are still an athlete; however, recovery just becomes your new sport.  The time and energy you used to put into running now gets put into your recovery.  This is the time to mentally reset, work through the healing process, both physically and mentally, and learn something from the experience that will make you a better runner as you begin to train again. The Hero’s Journey What is a hero and how does a hero become a hero?  If we think about heroes, both fictional and real, these individuals suffered major setbacks and had to overcome them in order to obtain “hero status.”  For example, arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, Michael Jordan, did not make his high school basketball team.  This devastated him.  So, what did he do?  He got in the gym throughout the course of the next year and worked hard every day, letting that experience motivate him to be the best.  The same should be done by each of us as runners. There are mental drills that can help us push through the mental agony that comes with being unable to perform the sport we love.  Kuzma said following an injury we each have the natural human reaction of, “Well this sucks!”  But if we change our thinking, we can come out on the other side stronger than before. Change “this is going to suck” to “this is going to be hard,” and see how that makes you feel.  Then take, “this is going to be hard” and change it to “this is going to be a challenge.”  Now, how does that make you feel?  Then you can eventually change “this is going to be hard” and arrive at, “this is going to be an opportunity.” See how that makes you feel?  Do this with small situations and practice it so that it becomes easier to do with bigger obstacles.  Obstacles can be opportunities and you get better as you practice. Being Disappointed is Alright, but Don’t Let it Consume You As runners we belong to a very unique community.  We train hard.  We push ourselves to the point of exhaustion. We get excited when we set personal records and we get excited when our training partners set personal records.  But what happens when we sustain an injury and we can no longer train with our training partners or friends? As someone who has experienced a runner’s high and who loves to run, it is a common reaction to become angry, not only at yourself, but at your training partners who are still able to run.  Those same training partners who are still setting personal records while you are unable to run.  Being unable to train with your team or your friends may make you feel isolated, whether it is real or perceived.  For this reason, Cheadle and Kuzma founded The Injured Athletes Club podcast and The Injured Athletes Club Facebook page.  One of the hardest parts about being injured is the comradery that you feel your missing out on.  However, The Injured Athletes Club podcast will provide you with the necessary mental skills to cope with sports injuries and the mental side of rehabilitation and recovery.  Kuzma and Cheadle will also provide you with tools you can use to stay positive and resilient during your recovery. The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group allows you to interact with other runners who are dealing with injuries of their own.  It is a chance to talk about how you are feeling, both mentally and physically, and receive support from other runners to assist you in your journey. Sometimes all we want to do is talk.  The Injured Athletes Club Facebook page is a great place to vent your frustrations or, even better, share stories of your successful journey. Whether we be elite athletes, endurance athletes, or your Saturday 5k runner, we are not immune from injuries.  At some point during our career it is very possible we may sustain an injury or a setback.  The most important thing to remember is, it is not the end of the world.  While it may frustrate us, aggravate us, or downright cause us physical and emotional pain, it is a journey.  It is your journey.  Every hero suffers a setback before they reach their full potential.  With that being said, remember, it may suck, it may be hard, and may be a challenge, but in the end it’s an opportunity to grow and come back stronger and more determined then you would have been had you not sustained the injury.   Resources:  Carrie Cheadle Twitter  Cindy Kuzma Twitter The Injured Athletes Club Facebook page (Book) Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Vital Farms for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs.  Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.   One of the things that I truly LOVE to do every week to get to know my audience better is my Newsletter I will cherish and guard your email. It is a way that I can get to know you all and to build a true connection with you, as social media has been tough on me lately. I know how annoying it is when you sign up for something and suddenly find yourself on 50 other email lists. This is just you and me. I promise. If you are interested go here to sign up! Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Cindy and Carrie, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
If you live in a developed country, you likely enjoy the benefits of being able to rely on government systems that protect you. You can walk outside and feel safe in your neighborhood, put money in your bank and have faith it will be safeguarded, or voice your opinion and not be punished. You probably also follow a set of rules without much thought for the same reason. You don’t steal from others, drive backwards on the freeway, or shoot your neighbor’s dog after it poops on your lawn. To be fair, some of these scenarios are simply using your common sense. But have you been in a country with limited driving rules? Google “crazy driving in India” and you’ll see what I mean. The point is, we rely on rules and regulations to protect us and help us make decisions. Luckily, we don’t have to think about the morality of every decision we make. Instead we can focus on working hard in our job, spending time with our family, or thinking of creative ways to keep that dumb dog out of our yard. What the heck does this have to do with running? A Controversial Shoe Enter the Nike Vaporfly. We live in a world that is continuously looking for that next big thing to help us run faster. How can we lose more weight? How can we recover from injury? How can we avoid injury? These mainstream questions have people lining up to give their money away whenever a new product or study comes out. A shoe that has created controversy for several reasons, the Vaporfly was one of the first to have a carbon fiber plate, acting almost as a spring for the runner’s foot. However, the way the shoe was first released was just as controversial when Nike made the shoe available to just a handful of elite runners. Today, the Vaporfly has officially been allowed into the 2020 Olympics. Some athletes and media don’t agree with the decision, but the even bigger problem is how the shoe has been regulated thus far. What Qualifies as Cheating? Alex Hutchinson made his way on the show today for the third time. That sets a record for the Running for Real podcast, and for good reason. Alex is an amazing sports researcher, author, and journalist. Most recently he participated in a study riding a bike through the Italian Alps after putting on some funky headgear and experiencing brain stimulation. Alex was also one of the first members of the public to try out the Vaporfly when he was sent a pair to write an article about them. Like many, he has had to make the decision of whether or not to use the shoe that promises at least a 1% improvement in your performance and a quicker recovery time. Is it fair to use a shoe that makes your performance immediately better? Is it fair to use something that athletes in the past didn’t have access to? Is it fair to use something that other competitors don’t have access to today? These are the hard questions. What actually qualifies as cheating? Is it cheating if you can get away with it? What if there is a loophole? Is this a matter of following rules or following your moral compass? Leveling the Playing Field How will Alex make his decision about running in his Vaporflys? Well, to him it’s about a product being available to everyone. His Vaporflys have been sitting on his shelf for a few years now, but as he trains for the London Marathon, he’s pretty sure that he’ll run in them. Now that every major shoe company has some sort of carbon fiber shoe, the playing field has been leveled and running in this new shoe doesn’t feel like cheating. It’s up to the organizations to further determine what is fair. Like everyone else, we don’t have all the answers, but these are questions worth thinking about. In the end we hope that the institutions set clear rules that promote good health and fair competition. That’s what it’s really about. Resources: (Episode 97 with Alex) (Alex’s Book) Endure Alex’s Website Alex on Twitter Alex’s Article on brain stimulation   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens, Janji, and Butcher Box for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   Butcher Box is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh and high quality meats. They are free of antibiotics, added hormones, and each box has 9-11 pounds of meat. You can even customized your choices or cuts of meats from beef, chicken, fish, pork, and bacon. This is a great way to get healthy, humanly raised, grass-fed, and free range meat. I am going to be giving you a special as being a listener by getting 2 filet mignons, a pack of bacon, and PLUS $20 off of your first box. When you sign up now here or you can use code tinamuir at checkout for the offer.   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Alex, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
We’ve all seen the picture of an iceberg that shows what we see above water is only a fraction of what is happening underneath. This depiction is the reality for many people or situations that we encounter every day. The story always has more to it than first meets the eye. This is no different for Alysia Montaño. Many know her as “the runner with a flower in her hair,” or “the pregnant runner.” But like all elite athletes, Alysia is more than a runner, with a lifetime of stories that make her who she is. Today Alysia not only helped us understood who she is, but how we can look beneath the surface to understand others and even ourselves in a new light. The Pregnant Runner Although Alysia has won seven national championships and two world championships, some of her biggest recognition came when she decided to run at the 2014 USA Nationals while she was 8 months pregnant. Like you would guess, many people (who were not her coach, midwife, or doctor) began questioning what she was doing. “Is that healthy for you or the baby?” they would ask.  Alysia was being healthy, and her first daughter Linnéa was carried to full-term, strong and healthy. While Alysia didn’t PR during that race, she finished strong and proved her point. It is okay to be a mother and a runner, and it’s okay to do them simultaneously. This was just the beginning for Alysia and boldly living her beliefs. She continues to speak out today for women and underprivileged groups, working with brands that support women in their careers and their motherhood and calling out those brands that don’t What Privileges Do You Have? With all the talk of equal rights, planet conservation, and other issues, life can get overwhelming quickly. Sometimes you might just want to curl up into a cozy ball under a blanket and shut out the world. It’s easy to want to just put your head down, live your own life, and not try to change a world that can seem unchangeable at times. Alysia recommends to simply take a moment and recognize all the privileges you have when you feel this way. For those that don’t have the same privileges, they don’t have the option to hide from their challenges. They must fight every day.  All of us have both more and less privileges than other groups of people. Hopefully this gives you motivation to keep working toward a better life while being grateful for what you already have. Work hard to gain those privileges you don’t yet have, and look out for those that have even less. Put yourself in the shoes of others and you will find energy to fight for them. What It’s Like to Be a Russian Athlete Every person has a different story. When Alysia found out that she would be upgraded to the Bronze Medal from her initial fourth place finishes, it was difficult for her to describe her feelings. Of course, she was happy to find out she would receive her medal, but also upset about the entire process. It will be impossible to truly give Alysia what she deserved. A moment with her country’s flag, standing on the podium amidst other athletes, lost pay and potential contracts, and having her departed grandmother never know of her accomplishments are all part of what she will never get back. Her story was changed forever. Yulia Stepanova, the Russian athlete who was the whistleblower to set off the doping allegations was able to talk with Alysia about her experiences training as a potential Olympic athlete in Russia. Her story is very different than those runners in the U.S. While most athletes in the U.S. need to go searching for illegal performance-enhancing drugs, these Russian athletes were given pills at a young age, expected to take them, and rarely told what they were.  To perform clean, they had to overcome more hurdles than should be expected of them. Alysia recognized that Yulia not only had a much different experience than her as an elite athlete, but also risked her life in being a whistleblower. Run in Their Shoes The takeaway is straightforward, though not easy. Try to consider other people’s lives and experiences. No one has the same story as you, whether that is an underprivileged member of society or a foreign athlete. We can continue to work toward something greater by doing our best to understand the people around us.   Resources: Alysia on Twitter Alysia on Instagram Alysia’s Website Keeping-Track Podcast   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Generation UCAN and Altra for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races and in my every day life. This product has been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar high or crashes! Use code TINAMUIR25 for 25% off.   I am thrilled to announce my exciting partnership with Altra, as an athlete and a sponsorship, I have loved their shoes as well as what this company stands for. So as a special treat to Running4Real listeners  they are going to give away a pair of shoes every month this year! Go HERE to enter to be a winner a free pair of shoes. And once you have entered once you will be entered for the entire year.   One of the things that I truly LOVE to do every week to get to know my audience better is my Newsletter I will cherish and guard your email. It is a way that I can get to know you all and to build a true connection with you, as social media has been tough on me lately. I know how annoying it is when you sign up for something and suddenly find yourself on 50 other email lists. This is just you and me. I promise. If you are interested go here to sign up!   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Alysia, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Do you want to be able to run for your entire life? Then the number one most important thing for you to consider today is the world we live in. Politics aside, we want to be able to keep running on this beautiful planet. If we continue to treat it the way we have been the last several decades, that won’t happen. This is important to us as runners, and it makes sense. We are out there breathing in the air and taking in the scenery. Of all people, we recognize the differences in temperature and air quality on a daily basis. It effects how far we can run, how fast we can run, and if we can run at all. We get it. So what are we doing about it? Back on the show with us today was Clare Gallagher. Since she was last with us on the podcast, she won Western States, the world’s oldest 100-mile race. Just before that, she was doing the thing she is just as passionate about, working to save the planet. Just two weeks before the incredibly difficult 100-miler, Clare was attending a Climate Conference in Alaska and traveling with her sponsor company Patagonia, well known for their social position and activism. She returned home just 20 hours before race time. But Clare gives credit to her trip as part of the reason for her victory. Yes, she is a great competitor and likely in the best shape of her life, but her passion for the planet is what gives her her greatest motivation and strength. A Challenge Greater Than 100 Miles Listening to Clare gives you an understanding of how great a challenge we have in front of us. The momentum is still headed in a negative direction. These forces are such that by the time we see the effects of climate change, we are well behind in fixing them.  However, Clare doesn’t give up. The only thing she or any of us can do is wake up and put in the work to make positive changes. Just like running 100 miles, changes in our actions as a global community start with a single foot forward. Every step adds up, and if we focus on the thing directly in front of us, we will indubitably make progress. What Can We Do? The next step is learning what we can do to help and then doing it. Continuing to search, read, and learn is Clare’s advice. A great first step is to simply become aware of the things you are purchasing and the activities you are doing that have an effect. How often do you use single-use plastic products? Are you eating meat more than you need to? How much energy are you using? Can you reduce it? By this point, you have probably heard several things you can do to make a positive change. It’s not easy or realistic to change everything you are doing, but there are certainly small things you can try. Maybe try having a “Meatless Monday,” or if you are already doing that you can try having a “Meat Monday,” where it is the only day of the week you eat meat.  It could be as simple as asking a co-worker if they can carpool with you once a week, or actually seeing if your city has public transportation that could work for you. You will be surprised at what you will find when you begin to search. Of course, people with all political views can participate positively. Enjoying the earth is one thing we can all have in common. But that doesn’t mean you can sit back quietly. Being an active voice in whatever party you belong to is beneficial, and letting your local representation know that you care is a powerful thing. Act Now Whatever it is you can do, do it now. We truly can’t wait without further consequences. Use your voice, your actions, your vote, and your wallet to make these changes. We runners love this planet, let’s make it known.   Resources: Clare on Instagram The Game Changers Movie Before the Flood Inside Bill’s Brain Protect Our Winters Sunrise Movement Joe Rogan and David Wallace-Wells (Book) The Uninhabitable Earth    (Book) The Water Will Come  Additional Links to Causes Clare Supports POW Trail Volunteer Toolkit ORGANIZATIONS  Protect Our Winters - My recommendation fro the best climate change advocacy org to get involved with. 1% For the Planet - Where I donate 1% of my income.  Runners For Public Lands - Running environmental group inspiration out of Ventura, CA.  Save the Boundary Waters, MN - Runner running across the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in order to raise awareness about the proposed copper mines.    PODCASTS  Drilled “Uncovers the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century—the creation and spread of climate change denial.”  Threshold - In depth look at potential of drilling Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.    READ New York Times Climate Newsletter  Background on air quality (Clare's blog)  Carbon offsets explained: More specific link on carbon offsets via POW. A New Year’s Climate Diet   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Recoup Fitness for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Recoup is a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold – innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Clare, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Nothing matters more to a runner than their feet. It’s one of the few things that we feel comfortable with spending decent money on. We know that shoes are about the only thing you need to get into running, so over the years, getting the best shoes for our feet is what we have focused on. The right pair of shoes can make a big difference in how you feel about running. Can you imagine trying to run in a pair of firefighter boots? Or what if every time you laced-up, you put on a couple of two-foot long snorkeling fins. Running definitely wouldn’t be as enjoyable. For a decade or two, minimal footwear, or even running barefoot has gained popularity. Perhaps you’ve considered it, or even given it a try. For the majority of runners though, it’s mostly an experiment. While it isn’t very reasonable for the most of us to run barefoot, whether it’s the terrain where we live or the way we feel about it, the barefoot movement has made some big differences in how our shoes look today and how experts research the foot. Jay Dicharry is one of those experts. He is a physical therapist and a sports clinical specialist. He has written two books on running and helps several types of athletes recover and increase their performance. Jay’s goal is to help people achieve their goals by working backwards from those goals, finding the weak points, and strengthening them. The Connected Human Body Most recently, Jay has focused on feet. He’s found, that just as runner’s now want to strengthen their hips and core, they should also strengthen their feet. If you don’t know already, the reason behind strengthen our hips and core is to avoid injury and perform better as a runner. It may not be intuitive at first, but strengthen these areas of our body help to keep better posture, longer. As the children’s song “Dem Bones” suggests—cue the music—the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone...and so on. With proper posture, we don’t put too much pressure on the wrong parts of our body. As we fatigue, those muscles that we have trained, lose their form. So even if your legs are strong and still moving, your weak hips and core could, for example, lead to unnecessary strain on your knees. Focusing on a Runner’s Feet Similarly, our feet can use some strengthening. For a number of years, shoe companies and professionals really wanted to tell you that you have a certain type of foot, one that needs a higher or lower arch support, or a wide or narrow shoe. Jay says that our feet both pronate and supinate, something that used to be classified as a “type” of foot. “Feet need to move,” he says, “they aren’t like a static bridge.” Instead of trying to find the right type of shoe for your foot, he suggests wearing multiple types of shoes throughout the week so our feet get used to different environments. The bottom line is that if we have stronger feet, we can run faster, jump higher, and cut harder. The focus should be on freeing our feet and strengthening them, rather than confining them and creating an inflexible and insensible foot. How to Strength Your Feet The process of strengthen your feet is similar to most healthy habits. You don’t need to do it a lot, and it’s most effective when done consistently over a long period of time. For children and those that train without shoes, feet are still flexible and using them without shoes or with minimal shoe constriction keeps them that way. For most of us, we can strengthen our feet by doing simple exercises. Practicing balance and doing other exercises barefoot can help, as well as using some of Jay’s feet strengthening tools. A good way to incorporate foot strengthen exercises is to add them at the beginning or end of a run and to not consider the run complete until you have finished them. Training correctly for a short amount of time is often more effective then training incorrectly for a long period of time. Think about that when considering adding a foot strengthen exercise to your routine. Whatever we can do to train better, we should happily embrace it. The challenge is in deciding how best to spend our time training. How will you train smarter this year? Resources: Jay’s Website Rebound Physio on Twitter Running Rewired Anatomy for Runners   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Recoup Fitness, BodyHealth, and Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Recoup is a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold – innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   If you are struggling to recover quick enough from your training, my little secret is to use BodyHealth Perfect Amino to get you there. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is very easy for your body to use and begin the repair process. Click the link and use code TINAMUIR10 for 10% off.   Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races and in my every day life. This product has been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar high or crashes! Use code TINAMUIR25 for 25% off.    Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Jay, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.  
You watch them constantly for two weeks straight once every four years; strong, confident, and full of national pride. Olympians take the world stage for just these few moments, and then for most of them, it’s back to a fairly normal life.  They have families and jobs just like you do, but they also dedicate an intense amount of time to perfecting their craft. So, what does a life of an Olympic athlete look like? What do they think about and care about? How do they manage to train and take care of daily life? I interview elite athletes on the podcast fairly regularly. However, we don’t always have the chance to cover such a broad range of topics and ideas. Today with Molly Huddle we chatted about nearly everything related to her Olympic life, from her daily training schedule, to her thoughts on life after running.  With the 2020 Olympics right around the corner, your increased understanding of the athletes’ lives will have you cheering louder than ever. The Daily Life of an Olympic Runner To begin, we can look at the obvious interesting facts. How much time does Molly train for everyday? While this looks a bit different for every athlete, Molly’s dedicated daily schedule is something you can expect most athletes are doing.  Molly’s training has increased recently as she has decided to go from track distances, to the marathon. Some training has stayed the same, but the extra miles simply can’t be missed when you are preparing for such a long race. Not only that, but her hours spent sleeping has also needed to lengthen to recover from additional miles. On a typical day, Molly gets out the door to start her first training at 10:00 in the morning. She finishes that session around 1:00 p.m. and then heads back out at 5:00. Before and after every run she will do something to make sure she is running her best. That often means foot and hip mobilizing exercises before, and a workout in the gym after. She also usually gets in to see a chiropractor two or more times a week. Needless to say, she is putting in a lot of time to focus on her body. For Molly though, this is a full-time job. She is sponsored by Saucony, and as such, can and should be doing what it takes to run her best, even when it isn’t for an Olympic trial.  Running After the Sponsorship Days Molly would like to run competitively for as long as she can, it’s one of the reasons she switched to the marathon distance. With each new running career phase, she thinks ahead to how she can be involved in running forever. Right now, she is focused on qualifying for the Olympic team, but it’s not hard to see how she is setting herself up for a life time of running. She mentions that she wants to be involved long-term, including running and watching running. She has also become a voice in the running world, sharing her thoughts on her social media accounts and her new podcast. For every professional athlete, there is the option to love and advocate for the sport, or to simply be in it while the pay checks are coming in. Molly’s view is clear; she loves the sport of running. She has hope in its future and has an optimistic view of where it can go. Keeping a Clear Mind An Olympian has a lot on their mind. Even the idea of doing a physical activity to the very best of your ability is a cognitive challenge. Talking with media, navigating sponsorships, representing your country, and dealing with nerves are just a few things they need to think about. The last thing that you want to give your time to is thinking about the other competitors, especially when it comes to cheating. Every year, there are athletes caught doping, and it can be difficult to overcome that obstacle physically, but also mentally. While there are improvements to testing, there are always new ways to gain an edge unfairly, even when it comes to the only advantageous equipment in running—shoes. Molly does her best to focus on herself, knowing that there are clean winners every year as well. She is willing and able to raise her voice about issues she cares about, but she also doesn’t let the cheaters affect her by thinking negatively about her potential compared to theirs. Staying hopeful and confident is what keeps her moving forward. Running for Women “Sport...is a place for women to thrive,” says Molly. While there are still improvements to be made, there are opportunities like never before. As her final thoughts in today’s podcast, Molly emphasized that women can learn leadership and develop a positive relationship with their body. As you watch your favorite female athletes perform at the Olympics this year, think about their journey to get there. I hope you do, and I hope you are inspired to be a strong, confident woman too. Resources: Molly’s Website Molly on Instagram Molly on Twitter Keeping-Track Podcast Molly’s Runner’s World Article   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Recoup Fitness, Vital Farms, and Janji for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Recoup is a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold – innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs. Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Molly, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Do you believe that it is possible to be ultra-successful, dedicated to your craft, and still find time for joy every day? How much commitment, hard work, and suffering are necessary to be the best in the world at something? Is it possible to have big goals, spend time with family, and have a fulltime career? These are some of the toughest questions to answer. It is hard enough to find the will power and drive to uncover your potential, but then the thought still remains, “Is it even worth it?” Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist. His goals revolve around figuring out what great performers have in common that drive them to success. Specifically, he is interested in how they use their minds to unlock new potential. Michael’s work is fascinating. He is helping world-class athletes perform to the best of their ability and showing the rest of us that psychology is for everyone that wants to improve, not just for those working through mental challenges. In this episode we learned a bit about how we can use our mind to reach our potential, what is possible for us to accomplish, and if we can have fun while being great. This podcast will motivate you to be better and teach you how to set goals in a way that will have you loving life. The Process vs the Outcome If you want to be your best, it’s important to focus most intently on the things that you are doing to get you there. We all know that a goal without a plan is simply a wish. You can’t be a superstar by simply saying you want to be a superstar; you have to practice. You have to develop your craft, put in the training hours and all that. This is bigger than the results though. When we are process focused, we forget about the outcome altogether. The process IS the goal, and the outcome is simply a biproduct. We aren’t dreaming of standing on a podium, but we are genuinely curious about our potential, which is discovered during the process. The Outcome Isn’t Important What if our goals had nothing to do with that fleeting moment of recognition? How would that change our mindset?  The balance between family, career, and personal goals would change. Time spent with family could be more genuine. The most decorated athletes in the world understand this. Crossing the finish line, standing on a podium, and receiving a medal aren’t worth anything at all if you haven’t enjoyed the process. When you focus on the process, your actions are based on emotions of gratitude, curiosity and excitement. You want to know what you personally are capable of, based on all the other things that you choose to do in life. This allows space for family, career, and a handful of other interests. With a healthy mindset focused on those things that produce results, your actual results are likely to increase as well. What is Your Real Goal? When deciding what you want to focus on, it's important to take a step back and think about what you really value. This is not an easy task. It’s an activity that requires some vulnerability and long-term thinking. Dr. Gervais suggest asking yourself, “Am I better human because of this? Do I know more? Do I feel more?” He expounds by discussing the example of going on a four-hour weekend run. Whether or not this run is going to help you win a marathon, how is it benefiting you? These are the questions we have to answer, regardless of a momentary victory or defeat. Are our actions making us better humans? Are we happier? Are we able to better connect with others? If you can answer yes to these, continue doing what you are doing, otherwise, look to make a shift in what you do, or how you think about it. Get Quiet A very hot topic today is being present. With media spreading the way it has, this will not go away. Michael says that in today’s world, it’s almost mandatory for everyone to meditate to keep a healthy mind. In order to really set your best goals, focus on the processes, and be in the moment, take some time each day where you are alone with your thoughts. It doesn’t have to be much, but it will help you stay on a healthy path. You get to choose the life you live and the way you think about it. Make sure you are choosing it and not letting others choose it for you. Resources: Michael on Twitter Michael on Instagram Michael on LinkedIn Compete to Create Finding Mastery Podcast Michael Gervais "Compete to Create" course spot giveaway go here for more details!   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Generation UCAN, Athletic Greens, and Vital Farms for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races and in my every day life. This product has been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar high or crashes! Use code  TINAMUIR25 for 25% off.    Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs. Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.     Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Michael, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
It truly is the best time to be a runner. As a woman, an underprivileged child, an elite runner, a master’s runner, a blind runner, or any other type of runner you can think of, your opportunities are massive and growing.  Today you have access to some of the best information on running, from internet forums to professional studies. You can run for a career or run for a hobby. You can track your miles with a watch, and you can run with like-minded strangers in new cities. The possibilities are simply endless.  This year the largest marathon in the world had the most participants it has ever had. Some 53,000 runners laced up and started the 26.2-mile race in New York City. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of this highly cherished event, and the New York Road Runners (NYRR) organization who puts on the race every year, expects the race to continue to grow. Michael Capiraso is the President and CEO of the NYRR. This year was his 28th consecutive year of running the New York City Marathon. He is passionate about running, and even more so, helping other people get excited about running.  Today he talked to us about his job, the running initiatives they are working on, and some of his personal training habits and goals. Michael is one of those people that loves what he does, and it shows in his enthusiastic and happy leadership. Tune in to the Running for Real podcast today to learn more! Run to Give A significant amount of the NYRR’s day-to-day business is to educate runners and provide running opportunities to those that wouldn't otherwise have them. They work with former and current elite runners like Meb Keflezighi and Jenny Simpson who volunteer to spend time with kids, inspiring them to be healthy and active.  Creating a strong community of volunteers and team members is something Michael Capiraso has been very successful at. Everyone that participates in one of NYRR programs feels like thay are a part of something bigger than themselves. From volunteering at the marathon to donating to their “Team for Kids” program, there are many ways to get involved.  One of NYRRs initiatives involves donating running shoes to kids in their youth programs. In collaboration with New Balance, for each new pair of running shoes purchased from the New Balance Run Hub they donate a pair to a youth. Running is one of the simplest sports, all you need is a pair of shoes, and Michael wants to lessen that barrier even further for kids. Virtual Running Races Capiraso and the rest of NYRR have found other ways to grow the running community by connecting runners around the world. While many of the events sponsored by NYRR take place in New York, they’ve always wanted to give opportunities everywhere. Today you can participate with and compete against someone in New York or Tokyo. So how exactly does it work? NYRR works with the Strava running app to track your route and time. Simply download the app, decide where you want to run, and go for it! In addition, you can print out an official bib and enter to win prizes as a virtual race participant. Michael Capiraso’s Yearly Running Goals What about Michael personally? As someone focused on the running of others, Michael rarely talks about himself or his personal running journey. But as someone who has run marathons for three decades, he has plenty of advice to offer.  In 2018, on his 27th New York City Marathon, Michael ran his fastest marathon ever. This year he was on pace to complete another personal best when he suffered an injury at mile 20. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to beat his previous time, but he was still able to take away positives by sharing his experiences with others.  Each year Michael sets three training goals to switch things up. For this year he worked on his core, ran more of his miles slower, and ran the last 10 miles of the marathon course 26 times. These new ways of training are what keep things fresh and fun for Michael, so that he never puts too much pressure on himself or his race time. Do Things Differently Like Michael, you can approach the new year a bit differently. He suggests listening to other people and setting unique goals so that you can find ways to improve and new ways to enjoy running. What will you set out to do this year?   Resources: Michael on Twitter New York Road Runners United in Stride Achilles International   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Janji, Athletic Greens, NYRR, and Vital Farms for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world, currently is Mexico, to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs.  Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.   New York Road Runners is a wonderful organization who now offers a virtual community driven coaching lab, which is in Beta and offers training teams for half and full marathons. You will get two coaches and be able to train with people who could be training for the same race as you. Go here  and use code Tina10 for $10 off any program. Spots are limited!   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Michael, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Kara Goucher knew her life would change when she decided to report her coach to the FBI. Making a choice to do what you believe is right, no matter the personal consequences, is a worthy and stressful decision. This was in 2011, eight years before Alberto Salazar received a four-year coaching ban. Leading up to that decision, and the eight years that have followed, Kara has had many life-changing events. The birth of her child, podium finishes, and involvement in the ongoing investigation has kept her extremely busy.  Through all of this Kara lives day by day. Like you and me, she strives for balance and looks for ways to enjoy each day as a runner. Today, Kara told us about her feelings on Nike, how she became an activist as a shy person, and what she loves about running today. You won’t want to miss this one! Being a Whistleblower There are always consequences when someone decides to speak up. For Kara, she knew that if she reported her coach for doping violations, she may forever be questioned by others as to whether or not she was too was a cheater. These potential accusations can cause emotional and financial damage. In Kara’s case, both were true.  Shortly after Kara become public about her stance, she lost a contract that was about to go through. In addition to that, coaches and others said things about her that made it difficult to know who to trust. The process was dreadful and long, not knowing when or if her words would be heard and if actions would take place.  If They Can Do It, so Can You! But it was all worth it, and Kara regrets none of it. Buoyed up by others in the running industry that have had to go through worse, or still have their entire careers in front of them, Kara has found her voice.  She doesn’t see herself as an extrovert, ready to yell to the crowds for change, in fact she considers herself quite shy. However, she said that once things became personal, something that she really believed in, she couldn’t stay quiet. The examples of others are often what helps us to accomplish great things. Most success stories begin with great mentors or aspirations taken from personal heroes. This really is no different. If you want to be better, follow those people you look up to and glean from their greatness. Following someone like Kara is a great start. If You Can Do It, so Can Others! When we follow the example of others, we are doing more than just helping ourselves. On every level, people are inspired. For example, what an Olympic athlete does inspires everyone, though they can sometimes be additionally influential to those hoping to qualify. And to those that are trying to qualify, they may inspire the college athletes, from the college athletes to the high school athletes, and so on. Your neighbor may not be inspired by Kipchoge, but they are probably inspired by you. In addition to doping violations, Nike coaches have been accused of body-shaming. Imagine that, the fastest runners in the world aren’t free from fat-shaming. This is another issue that Kara has been taking a stand on, and something that you can share with others as well. Quite frankly, the scale has become too much of a focus in sports. Performance is what matters most to professional athletes and really, to everyone. How your body feels and what it is capable of doing for you is the best way to determine your physical betterment.  Eating those things that make you happy and strong and bring about great recovery are what is most important, not the numbers. Your body is amazing. It will know when to lose or keep weight. Trust it, and be there for it in the long run—pun intended.  If We Can Do It, the World Changes. So, what happens for Kara now? Well, for the most part, we wait and see. She is at ease with her decisions, but there is still a long way to go for the running industry. Kara is hopeful that as the running community works together, organizations will also do what they should. As we come together, changes are likely and powerful. We can vote with our feet, and in this case, with our wallets. Companies are forced to change when customers vote this way. What we say can be effective, but what we DO rings even louder.    Resources: Kara on Twitter Kara on Instagram Kara’s Website Clean Sport   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Generation UCAN, Recoup Fitness, and Body Health for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races. This product have been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar crashes! TINAMUIR25 for 10% off.    Recoup is a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold – innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   Now I am back to training, guess what was the first thing I did to start making sure I recover quicker (as coming back to fitness really beats your body up!), yep, you guessed it, BodyHealth Perfect Amino! Get 10% off at Bodyhealth.com using coupon code: TINA10   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Kara, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
There are some names in the running world that become almost technical words within the sport, because they are so well known. Just like tempo run or PR, the names of both my guests today have had big impacts on our running world. Max King has been winning races for decades. In almost every distance, terrain, elevation you can think of. Max has truly stood out through the test of time, as one of the greats, particularly within the mountain, trail, and ultra running world. Max has an approach to running that all of us need to be reminded of; that running should be fun, running should be changing constantly, and new things should be an integral part of your life. Max has never been afraid of taking on new challenges, finding ways to keep running interesting, because really, that is the only way to lifelong happiness within it. James McKirdy has built a coaching empire within just a few years. With 25 coaches, many elite and professional runners, sharing their secrets, there are now hundreds of athletes on the McKirdy trained team, all growing and becoming their own best selves. Both of these runners are real, honest, and refreshing. This conversation may have taken some darker turns, but it is full of laughs, feel good moments, and OUCH moments. This podcast may not be your typical live show, but it will certainly be enjoyable. Be ready to laugh your way through the hard part of your next run.   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greensand Recoup Fitnessfor sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Athletic Greensis a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   Recoupis a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold – innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Max and James, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Everyone knows the stories of the pros. The professionals, the experts, the people who already have found their confidence, their strengths, but what about the other runners. The rest of the running population, who have been through some real struggles, but have never had the opportunity to share their stories, their experiences, their courage with the world. At Running For Real, we try to do exactly that. Give a voice to those who are inspiring and motivating, but those who often are forgotten as they are not at the front of the race. This time it is through a live show. We are bringing you meet the Running For Real Superstars Community live from the California International Marathon Expo. I am excited to bring up Janae Barron, the mother has gone from a 3:20 marathon to 2:50 marathon, and was at CIM to attempt to run an Olympic Trials qualifier. Janae will show you that even if something seems intimidating and too high to reach, what do you have to lose in trying to reach it? Joe Retherford lost his sight age 17, and was at CIM to complete his first marathon. I had the honor of being his guide the day after we recorded this episode. But Joe's story and learning to love his life post vision loss is inspiring, and wonderful to see how running played a big part. Charissa Lin never saw herself as a runner, always thinking as an Asian American that sports weren't her thing, so why even try? She has now completed the marathon majors, and taken her personal best a long way since her first marathon. Many physical setbacks along the way could have stopped Charissa, but they didn't, and for that, we admire her dedication and love. Listen to these three runners share their triumphs, setbacks, and what they have learned. THIS is what running for real is all about.   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Body Health for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Now having to follow around a toddler and being pregnant, guess what was the first thing I did to start making sure I recover quicker (as coming back to fitness really beats your body up!), yep, you guessed it, BodyHealth Perfect Amino! Get 10% off at Bodyhealth.com using coupon code TINA10   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Janae, Joe, and Charrissa, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Just when you thought you’ve heard every type of running story, another one surfaces. New and old categories of running seem to continue to appear, as if running itself is doing everything it can to reach all people. If today’s story doesn’t convince you that running is for everyone, (or for every creature for that matter) I’m not sure what will. As you’ve seen, the competitiveness surrounding running is adapting. There will forever be an individualistic aspect of running, as there is no one that can move your legs except you. And fierce competition will always exist at the top level as elite athletes compete for prize money and lucrative brand contracts.  However, for the general masses, we have seen a huge surge of team spirit, curiosity, and sense of community. Multi-day relay races, obstacle course races, and ultramarathon trail races are a few bucket list items that people like you have been adding to your to-do lists. Now you can add one more: Racing with donkeys. Running with a Donkey With no context, you may be a bit bewildered by the concept of doing a 29-mile race with a burro. But after you listen to Chris McDougall talk about his experience of training and running with Sherman, your feelings will go from indifference to interest to inspiration. Chris, author of the best seller “Born to Run,” somewhat stumbled upon burro racing. When his daughter asked for a donkey for her birthday, he all but ignored the request until he heard of a penned-up donkey that was in dire need of rescue. The family decided to take Sherman home and nurse him back to health. What Chris didn’t realize was that not only did his daughter get a birthday present of a lifetime, he got a lifelong running partner. As part of Sherman’s recovery, he needed to get moving. And just at the same time, Chris had started running longer distances. Their training was a natural progression, which eventually led to Chris and Sherman entering a Colorado pack burro race. Western Pack Burro Association For 72 years, Colorado has hosted the 29-mile pack burro race. Competitors run alongside their donkeys over high elevations and treacherous terrain. Oddly enough, with the distance being just over marathon length, it’s one of the oldest races in the states to allow women to compete, beating out the Boston Marathon by a number of years. One of the most fascinating facts about running with a donkey is the strong relationship between burro and racer that is required to perform well. Recently, two of the best trail runners in America were teamed up with some of the fastest donkeys and an expert animal trainer. They trained for a few weeks prior to the annual event, and were promptly annihilated on race day. Both young girls and old men comfortably beat them. What You Learn from Training with a Donkey After training with Sherman for two years, Chris has learned a lot about human-animal relationships, donkey behavior, and life in general. Even after all this time he still admires those experts who have been racing burros for decades, hoping to glean more information that he can apply to his runs. Donkeys are great and difficult running partners for a few reasons. First, they are more closely related to human pace and endurance than any other animal. They aren’t as quick as a horse for example, but their cooling system allows them to run long-distances like humans. Second, donkeys are risk-averse and cautious. Instead of having a fight-or-flight mode, donkey’s freeze when they approach something they are unsure of. This makes them wonderful partners around dangerous mountain paths, but horrible ones when they reach a small puddle on a dirt road. Until they feel sure, they will stay put. Third, donkeys don’t like to follow. Parring this with their freeze tendencies can create quite an issue.  Finally, donkeys have unique personalities. Some are competitive, some are complacent, and all of them like to nibble on various pieces of grass. Training your donkey to race is a lot of more problem-solving than just finding time in the day to do your training and putting in the hours. Slow Down The biggest lesson Chris has learned from running with Sherman? To slow down. When it takes over two hours to do a ten-mile run because your 200-lb buddy suddenly became interested in a small flock of birds, you have to be interested in them too.  Slow down, and enjoy the journey.   Resources: Chris’s Website Pack Burro Racing Running with Sherman Born to Run Natural Born Heroes     Thank you to my wonderful sponsors BodyHealth, Athletic Greens, and Janji for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Now I am back to training, guess what was the first thing I did to start making sure I recover quicker (as coming back to fitness really beats your body up!), yep, you guessed it, BodyHealth Perfect Amino! Get 10% off at Bodyhealth.com using coupon code TINA10 Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Chris, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
What is the hardest part about getting out on a run?  For some it may be finding the time, for others it may be the thought of the pain that is sure to follow, but for most, the hardest part of running is all in your head.  Having a disdain for running is not uncommon, however, this negative mentality towards running can be changed by using several techniques. Sanjay Rawal, amateur runner, cinematographer, and director of 3,100: Run and Become, a documentary about a 3,100 mile race (yes, you read that correctly, 3,100 miles) discusses how changing our mindset can help us accomplish our running goals and find joy in running as opposed to seeing it as a punishment. Running is a Pathway to Transformation When we think about running and how it transforms us, we tend to think about weight loss and physical figure.  However, running is capable of transforming so much more than just our outer appearance.  Running has the capability to change our mind, provide us with mental clarity, and make us better people.    While many may view running as an outlet or merely a way to keep in shape, Sanjay discovered through his experience with Sean Martin, a champion Navajo ultramarathoner and participant in the 3,100 mile race, that running is more than just exercise, but a spiritual experience. Sean’s daily runs allow him the opportunity to commune with Mother Earth and breathe in Father Sky. As he breathes in Father Sky, he breathes in more than just air, but peace, love, and energy, allowing him the ability to lower his heart rate, get rid of anxiety, and focus on the moment. Running can provide us with an opportunity to cast our problems aside and focus on the run itself.  Our breathing becomes deep and meaningful, as if we were meditating.  It is a chance to allow the mind to become loose and free, which brings mental clarity at the beginning of the run, allowing for the runner to enjoy that runner’s high throughout the whole run as opposed to just the end. Running can and will transform our lives if we will let it.  It can provide a sense of self-worth and leave us striving to accomplish more. Mentality The 3,100 mile race is set in Queens, NY on a half mile track and takes place in the middle of summer.  Most of these runners are circling the track anywhere from 120 to 140 times a day for approximately 52 days.  Imagine the mental toll that would take on you, knowing that day in and day out you will be circling the same half mile loop for several hours. Our mental state enables us to push forward and accomplish goals we never thought possible.  Running doesn’t have to be painful or torturous.  It is our mindset that allows us to take that pain and convert it into joy. Our mentality is what helps us reach our running goals.  The 10-15 runners that participate in the 3,100 mile race did not just wake up one morning and decide they were going to compete in this immaculate event.  Realizing that goals are not obtained overnight, but through months and even years of hard work and dedication, will allow us to run with patience and chip away at them, allowing ourselves to scratch the surface of our full potential. Remember, our pre-run mentality can set the stage for our whole workout or race.  Approaching the run with a positive attitude and with the knowledge that it will transform you can act as a key motivator to pushing through mental barriers we place in front of ourselves. Find Joy in Exertion To often, we as runners, focus on just getting through the run and surviving it.  But what if we could find joy in our runs?  Imagine how much more powerful and self-fulfilling our workouts would become if we were able to feel happiness during them. On every run, most runners will experience at least a split second of joy as they realize they are out, allowing their feet to hit the pavement while they commune with nature.  You have the capability to turn that split second into 50% or even 95% of your run.  This can be done by finding your own personal “flow.” Flow is found in those moments of incredible calm that come through pushing yourself and experiencing new limits that you were unaware your body could reach.  When you push you are gaining access to capacities you do not normally have access to. No matter what your goal with running is, each day you make the decision to lace up your running shoes, walk out the door, and listen to the sounds of your feet hitting the pavement, you are challenging the idea of impossibility.  Whether you are training for your first 5K, seeking to reach a personal best in your 10K, wanting to break the 2:30 mark on your marathon, or complete your first ultramarathon, have faith in your training and enjoy the journey, because the happiness and excitement you will experience as you cross the finish line will be unlike anything else. Resources: Sanjay on Instagram 3100 Run and Become Sri Chimnoy Kate Grace on Instagram (book) Sport and Meditation   Thank you to Bodyhealth, Janji, and Recoup for being the wonderful sponsors of this episode of The Running For Real Podcast.   If you are struggling to recover quick enough from your training, my little secret is to use BodyHealth Perfect Amino to get you there. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is very easy for your body to use and begin the repair process. Click the link and use code TINAMUIR10 for 10% off.   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Recoup is a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold - innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Sanjay, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
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Honza L

https://www.salon.com/2014/05/09/the_medias_love_affair_with_accused_sex_criminal_sri_chinmoy/ What an inspiration :)

Dec 8th
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Denzel Miller

The audio isn’t so good on this one Tina :/

Aug 23rd
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Denzel Miller

Very good podcast!

Aug 13th
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Chrissy Weitz Backman

Love Tina's podcasts! Listen to them on my long runs. I take away so many tips and they're generally just interesting to listen to!

Aug 11th
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Judy Street

such a good episode, it resonated with me both from a tendon injury and the mental struggle I am going through. thanks Tina and Brad

May 29th
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Imran Ahmed

loved this podcast. I always think about mileage but dont really review my long runs. So will definitely put this back into practice when I undertake my long runs!

May 27th
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Aaron Hartje

I wear Altra Lone Peaks, and I am in line with most of what this podiatrist was putting out there. But I can't wholeheartedly endorse everything that comes from a guy who utters a sentence like, "I used to order the same size shoes all the time, and every time they were too tight." who seemed mystified by it all.

Apr 30th
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Lorenzo Trujillo

This has become one of my favorite podcasts! It's a no BS, easy to listen to, and informative podcast that is just down right pleasant! I feel like I'm friends with Tina and her guests.

Nov 15th
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Mike Pisani

Turned it off when it became an advertisement for Hoka Cliftons. "Or you can wear them to the coffee shop..." Ugh.

Aug 10th
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Nancy Calvo

Crossfit

Aug 6th
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