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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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The world we live in is a different place to the last podcast I recorded. Although COVID-19 was here when I finished up for maternity leave, times are certainly changing, and fast (although maybe not fast enough with some things). I wanted to record an update of how things have been going, something you requested upon my return, and then an update on what I have been learning and working on during this time. The first half of this podcast is solo, talking through the climate we are living in, and then I bring in Alison Desir for the second half of the episode. Although Alison was only on the show a few months ago, for episode 182, we wanted to go deeper into the systemic racism and racist policies that have been holding black people back. I know you want to make changes and do what you can to dismantle racism, but are really unsure how, especially in terms of the running world. Alison and I discuss ways we can all help change things, beyond protesting out in the streets. This episode is about as real as it comes, with both Alison and I recording with children on our laps, but as you know, for most of us, this time is just about doing the best we can with the situation we are in, and that's what we did. Tune in to this update episode, and then we will spend the coming four episodes exploring some of the ways being a black runner has meant a totally different experience to being a white runner. I have tried to explore how being a person of color affects us in the past, bringing on guests to talk about this like Alysia Montano, Nellie Acevedo, Rosalie Fish, and Alison's previous episode, but over the coming episodes we will be going deeper. From episode 201 onwards, I will be giving away a sponsor spot (for free) to a black owned business every week for the rest of the year. If you have a business you would like to see featured (or you own one yourself), email me tina@tinamuir.com Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith, Athletic Greens, and Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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!   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 Alison, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Sarah Crouch Takeover Our lives are full of ups and downs.  Each of us embark on our own journey that many other people may know nothing about.  Kate Landau, one of the fastest master’s marathon runners in the world, is one of those individuals who has fought her own physical and psychological battles involving eating disorders and a constant need to be the best, which had major implications on her social life and emotional health.  Kate shares with us her journey and how she was able to overcome these issues and compete in the Olympic Trials at the age of 19 and also 43.  Early Running Years Kate was destined to run.  As a sixth grader she was running, winning races, and gaining the attention of running coaches, which lead to her being placed on a Junior Olympic Training plan.  Kate went onto compete in the Junior Olympics and qualified for Nationals.  As a seventh grader Kate began racing against high school age individuals and placed 2nd in the State Meet, losing only to a senior.  Realizing her true potential as a runner, Kate began to watch girls older than her go through growth spurts and slow down, causing them to lose speed and races.  Kate decided she wanted to stay small so she could continue to be fast.  Terrified to lose the success she was having, Kate turned to an eating disorder in order to maintain her weight and continue to compete at a high level.   Eating Disorder and Injuries Calorie counting became Kate’s life.  She began cutting out solid foods and drinking only juices.  If she did eat, she ate small portions.  Kate calculated that she could burn approximately 100 calories per mile she ran, so if she were going to run 8 miles, she would eat 800 calories.  Weighing herself became an addiction and she did this daily.  She lost friendships and chose not to establish relationships due anorexia and her decision to not eat.  Kate said it was a lonely feeling, living in this existence and trying to hide her disorders from other people.  While Kate was a competitive athlete, she was also a competitive student.  She had to have straight A’s and wanted to be her school’s valedictorian.  She was constantly under stress due to studying, training, and hiding her eating disorder.  While Kate was seeing success in both academics and athletics, she prayed to have this disorder taken from her but she didn’t know how to let it go.  Due to a lack of nutrition and constant training, Kate’s body began to break down on her.  She suffered multiple injuries throughout her college running career, including up to 25 stress fractures and was told by doctors she had the bone density of a 65 year-old-woman.  However, despite her injuries and eating disorders, which continued into her 30’s, she still continued to compete at a high level and make it to Nationals each year at Georgetown. At the age of 19 Kate competed in the Olympic Trials and did an interview for the New York times regarding her eating disorder.  She pretended like she was over it and denied having an eating disorder, noting that she had gained some weight.  But, this was not the case.  Kate’s battle was far from over.  Kate eventually stopped running due to the injuries her body was sustaining and took up cycling.  She began cycling 3-5 hours a day.  But, due to her eating disorder, she eventually was not able to cycle for even thirty minutes without getting and becoming completely fatigued.  Depression had been an ongoing issue, coupled with a complete breakdown of her body, Kate decided it was time to admit she had a problem and seek out help. Overcoming Years of Adversity A Google search helped Kate learn more about eating disorders and locate a doctor that could help her.  She also began meeting with a nutritionist who helped her establish healthy eating habits.  These two things, combined with medication helped Kate begin to see the world in a new and brighter light.  She adopted a dog, started socializing with people at dog parks, and several months later, much to her surprise, got pregnant.  By the time Kate became pregnant her whole outlook on life had changed and she was in a better place, both physically and emotionally. Kate began running and pushing her daughter in a stroller during training runs.  Eventually she ran a 5K Turkey Trot at a 6:08 pace, and then a half marathon.  Running became about the joy and satisfaction of being out exercising as opposed to the constant need to win and compete.  She eventually worked her way up to a marathon and placed second overall.  She then ran Boston in 2:40, placing 2ndin the Master’s division, a 2:35 at Eugene, and a 2:33 at Chicago.  Kate then went on to run in Atlanta in the Olympic Trials, finishing 14thoverall with a time of 2:34:07, at the age of 43! Kate has stopped limiting what she easts and doesn’t allow herself to go hungry.  She has stopped constantly weighing herself and is enjoying her new found freedom.  Through her struggles Kate has gained invaluable life experience, which has aided her in becoming the mother and runner she is today.  The struggles that we face, both public and in secret, provide us with advantages and life experience that can help us push through the pain we experience in life, or the pain we experience at mile 20 of a marathon. It is important that we don’t focus all of our energy on the future and that we choose to live in the present.  Worry about the things that you have control over.  Take those challenges that are thrown at you and push through them.  What you do in middle school or high school does not create or influence who you are for the rest of your life.  If you find yourself struggling with problems, don’t be afraid to seek help, because when you get through them, and you will, you will come out a better and stronger person. Resources: *Note* If you or someone you know is struggling from an eating disorder, it is time to talk to someone about it, it can make all the difference in the world.. Contact the National Eating Disorder Hotline at (800) 931-2237 or visit the NEDA website. Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 Kate, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Sarah Crouch Takeover We all live in our own comfort zones or personal bubbles.  Stepping out of our realm of comfort can be extremely hard and even scary and will come with unexpected challenges. Sometimes these challenges overcome us and seem to be too much, but when we rise above these challenges and get out of our comfort zones amazing things can happen.  Kenyan born Aliphine Tuliamuk is one such individual that left her comfort zone to pursue her dreams, becoming an inspiration to us all.  Leaving her friends and family behind in Kenya, Aliphine moved to the United States where she earned a college education, was a First Team NCAA Division I All-American in cross country, multi-event USATF Champion, and most recently, winner of the 2020 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. Preparation Precedes Opportunity Aliphine was raised in Posoy, in the county of Pokot, Kenya.  Getting an education wasn’t something many people strived to do, noting that the highest education many could reach in Kenya was a community college education.  However, as Aliphine traveled, her desire to get an education and run began to take form and develop.  During her senior year in high school in 2008, Aliphine learned about the United States and the opportunities available to her to run and attain a college education. During this time of her life Aliphine made many sacrifices to further her running abilities, including moving away from family for months at a time to get access to better training.  This preparation was vital to her success when the opportunity to run at a University in the United States of America presented itself. A former student athlete of Iowa State University was in Kenya looking for athletes and spoke with Aliphine about athletic scholarships in America.  It was at this point Aliphine decided she wanted to run in America and that she would attend Iowa State University.  By 2009, Aliphine had left her family, her country, and all she knew to pursue her dreams of running and moved to America.  After spending two years at Iowa State, Aliphine transferred to Witchita State University where her abilities and talents began to flourish. Find a Role Model Over the course of the next several years Aliphine would go on to contend and win multiple USATF events, raging from 5k’s to 25k’s.  However, Aliphine attributed much of her success not just to her personal training and dedication, but to having strong role models. No matter what your goals or admiration in life may be, it is important to find someone who can provide you with advice and lead you down the right path.  These people, whether they be family, friends, training partners, or a teacher, can inspire hope and confidence in you and provide you with the extra needed motivation to accomplish your goals. Aliphine strove to always maintain a hard work ethic in order to inspire others to accomplish their dreams.  Make sure you take a moment to share your love and gratitude for your sport, or whatever it is you may do, because if you work hard and continue to want it, whether that be a PR in the 5k, to finish your first marathon, or run in the Olympic Trials, you can be an inspiration to other people. Running has provided Aliphine with a platform in which to inspire others and have a greater and deeper impact on people’s lives.  Your dreams are valid and obtainable as long as you work hard and seek guidance from your role models or mentors that have gone before you. 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials After Aliphine moved to the United States of America she made the decision early on that she wanted to become a citizen and enjoy the rights to vote and compete for America.  In 2016 she gained U.S. citizenship, which allowed her to compete in the 2020 Olympic Trials with the goal of earning a spot on the U.S.A. Olympic team. Entering the race on February 29, 2020, Aliphine said she felt good, her training had gone well, and her head was in the right place.  Everything was pointing in the right direction and she was determined to give this race everything she had.  However, you can put forth every bit of training necessary, both physical and mentally for the marathon, but over the course of 26.2 miles, anything can happen.  Donning one of her trademark, self-crocheted beanies, she was ready to run the most important race of her life. As Aliphine began to pull away from the pack, she as not alone.  Molly Seidel, an elite runner and first-time marathoner was hanging off her shoulder.  As opposed to try and leave her behind, Aliphine and Molly began to push each other and offer words of encouragement, realizing they were both their for the same reason: to make the Olympic team.  Aliphine and Molly were able to push each other to ensure they both made the team.  In the end, it was Aliphine who won the 2020 Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials with a time of 2:27:23, earning herself a spot on the U.S.A. Olympic team. While this is absolutely incredible, Aliphine said she still feels like her best race is ahead of her. While Aliphine did make the Olympic Team, her teammates did not.  She owes a great deal to them for pushing her through her workouts, for encouraging her when she struggled, and for being there for her when training was hard and painful.  As a teammate who has not always won, Aliphine said it is important to be happy for your teammates and not just yourself.  If you don’t win, you can still show your appreciation and support for your teammates who ran well, and when you lose, remember how special your victories are.  This is a good lesson that should be incorporated in all of what we do.  Be happy for those around you and support your friends and teammates, win or lose. Resources: Aliphine beanies Aliphine's Instagram Aliphine's Twitter   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   I am now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join go hereto 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 Aliphine, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
When you hear the word “greatness,” who do you associate it with?  A famous athlete?  An Oscar winning actor?  A parent or spouse? This word is often associated with other people, but never ourselves.  Why is that?  Professor Maja Jovanovic has a PhD. in Sociology and dedicated the past four years of her life to researching the reasons behind why we, specifically women, lack confidence and focus our attention on our personal faults as opposed to focusing on our strengths and abilities.     Remind Yourself of Your Greatness Think back on your life come up with a list of 10 things you have done that you are proud of.  As you ponder on this, these moments should come quick.  You should know what you have done and what you are proud of.  However, women struggle to compose this list.  They tend to think, “Is this ‘thing’ good enough?  Of course it is!  When we think of things we have accomplished that we are proud of we always tend to think too big.  It is important to recognize the smaller things we achieve each day while on our journey to achieving the great things.  Constantly be reminding yourself of these little victories. Far too often we tend to break down what we do into two categories: Total success or utter failure. For example: it is your child’s birthday party and she has asked for an ice cream cake.  You go to the store and you buy what you believe is an ice cream cake.  The birthday party has been a total success and she has had a great time with her friends.  As you cut the cake you realize it is not ice cream, but chocolate inside.  Your daughter does not notice but you do.  Now in your mind, as opposed to focusing on the overall success of the birthday party, you chose to focus on the one mess up. Any number of simple example like the one above can cause us to feel bad and lose confidence in our self.  Why is it that we focus so much on negative experiences as opposed to glory in the positive experiences?  One way we can build confidence and focus on the good we have done as opposed to ruminating in the bad is to schedule a small amount of time for conduct a Worry Dump.  A worry dump is a time set aside throughout your week where you allow yourself to focus on the negative.  Think about the mistakes you have made, the bad things that you have done, or the moments where you were unsuccessful.  Schedule one hour sometime throughout the week to give attention to these things and then don’t think about them again until your next worry dump. When you cease to focus on the negative aspects on your life and begin to give yourself credit for all of the amazing things you are doing, you will become a more confident person and begin to understand your incredible value and self-worth.  It’s ok to remind yourself that you are great! Stop Saying Sorry and Using Minimizing Phrases Have you ever received a text that you did not respond to immediately?  When you finally did reply you more than likely responded with something like this: “Sorry, I was at work and was unable to respond to your message, but I am good, how are you doing?”  Why did you apologize for being at work and giving focus to your job?  You do not need to apologize for these things. So many apologies are unnecessary.  When we apologize, we believe we are being perceived as kind or polite; however, when the apology is not necessary, it has the opposite effect.  This is not to say that we stop saying sorry all the time.  When an apology is needed and is used correctly, then it becomes empowering.  Real apologies should make you feel good afterwards.  But, if we find ourselves constantly apologizing for mundane things that require no apology, then it can become exhausting and deflating. While some apologies are superfluous, so are many minimizing phrases that we use on a daily basis.  Imagine you are in a meeting at work and you have something to say to the group.  How often have you found yourself using one of the following phrases: “I might be wrong on this but,” “I have a little idea,” “I’m working on a side project,” or “I’m not a total expert.”  We tend to use these types of phrases because we fear coming across too strongly or believe that we may be misperceived as aggressive or cold. It is ok to be confident in your abilities.  Be confident in yourself and don’t downplay thoughts or comments you might have.  Being confident is something that doesn’t just appear overnight; it is a muscle that strengthens with use.  Constantly apologizing and using minimizing phrases are ways that we are sabotaging our own confidence.  We are Olympians in discounting the positives in our life.  Present your ideas! Speak up when in groups!  And realize that your thoughts and ideas are worth just as much as anyone else. Be Selfish As women, where does a majority of our energy go?  More than likely it is to the care of others. Recognize that sometimes, it is ok to be selfish.  We have to take care of ourselves.  Professor Jovanovic’s research has shown women can be so focused on being selfless that they can feel drained and exhausted.  We live in a culture that is constantly reminding women of their need to take care of other people that sometimes women forget to take time to focus on themselves.  Make time to do the things that you enjoy and that will be beneficial to your mental, emotional, and physical health. Failure is Information When we hear the word failure, we tend to always associate it with something negative.  However, what if we took the concept of failure and turned it into a learning experience, which provided us with information that helped us in the future?  We are not perfect.  We will all fail multiple times in our lives.  But, when we step out of our comfort zone and we aren’t scared to fail, we will develop a grown mindset.  Recognize that mistakes are useful and that each mistake we make provides us with an opportunity to learn. Lastly, remember that failure does not mean you cannot do something.  It just means you cannot do something YET.  If we cannot do something automatically, we think we cannot do it and that mindset prevents us from trying it again.  For example: Imagine your are teaching your child to read.  The child becomes frustrated thinking they will never be able to advance to the reading level other classmates are reading at.  Each night you have the child read a book and after fifteen books she is now reading at the level she thought she could not achieve.  After they have achieved this level of reading, remind them of what they did to achieve it.  Show them all the books they read to reach that goal.  It is important to be reminded of the small steps we took to achieve the goals we didn’t think we would reach. Remember that you are great!  Get off the apology train, interrupt the negative self-talk, and recognize your self-worth.  If someone offers you a compliment, don’t be afraid to accept it!  Say thank you and be proud of who you are.  When was the last time someone commented on how great your hair was?  Was your response: My hair is so gross I haven’t washed it in like 3 days.  Or was it:  Thank you so much, I appreciate that!  Become comfortable with yourself, your abilities, and the role you play in your own success! Resources: Get Professor Maja’s Self Confidence and Self Compassion Guide here. Professor Maja Jovanovic's Twitter  Professor Maja Jovanovic's Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join go hereto 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 Maja, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Sarah Crouch Takeover Have you ever wondered what it would be like to train with a group of elite runners?  To experience their daily schedules, workout routines, and eating habits?  Matt Fitzgerald, author of dozens of running books and owner of a 2:39 PR for the marathon had the opportunity to do just that!  Matt went to Flagstaff, Arizona and trained with a group of elite runners and documented his experience in his book, titled Running the Dream: One Summer Living, Training, and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age, which comes out in May. Training with the Elite Injuries become a common theme as we up our mileage and start getting older.  For some of us, we may believe we have set our last PR.  We can spend months or even years chasing that personal best only to realize those days are behind us.  Like many of us, Matt had similar experiences.  So, after going through a spurt of injury free running and believing that some of his best days were still to come, Matt developed the idea for Running the Dream. Matt reached out to elite running group, Northern Arizona Elite, about training with them and documenting is experience in a book.  Throughout the course of 13 weeks Matt experienced the lifestyle and full commitment of what it takes to be the best you can be. Running with individuals faster than us can be discouraging.  We can find ourselves comparing our times to theirs and this can be demoralizing. Imagine what Matt, age 46, felt like training with elite runners half his age at an elevation of 7,000 feet.  As Matt arrived to train he couldn’t even pass as one of the elite runners, let alone maintain the speed and miles they were.  However, this community of elite runners welcomed him in and made him feel like one of the group. Matt’s goal was to do everything the pros did.  He would cross train in the morning, going through different routines of strength training, and then would run in the afternoon.  Training with these individuals took some major adjustments, but once the proper adjustments were made, Matt saw experienced incredible results. Adjusting to the Altitude Matt traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona, an altitude of roughly 7,000 feet from his home in California, which is at sea level.  Running at sea level is much different than running at altitude, but Matt was able to adjust fairly quickly and provided these three suggestions. The first suggestion Matt provided was to prepare yourself prior to going to train at high altitude.  Matt spent eight weeks traveling the country and ran a marathon each weekend in a different location.  Developing a strong base of fitness can have a phenomenal impact on your training.  The second suggestion Matt provided was to begin taking iron pills.  Your iron supply is crucial if you are going to train and succeed at high altitude.  And the third suggestion Matt provided was to start slow.  Give your body time to adjust and gradually work up to your goal mileage and pace. Results of Training with the Elite Being dedicated to your training can provide you with astounding results.  If we focus on our training and make getting our workouts in a priority, will can surprise ourselves with the final outcome. This was the case for Matt.  After thirteen weeks of pushing his body and mind to their limits, he registered as an elite runner at the Chicago Marathon in 2017.  At the age of 46, Fitzgerald completed the marathon in 2:39:30, a new personal best!  He placed 146thout of nearly 45,000 participants and finished 5thin the men’s 45-49 age group. While not all of us may have the time, resources, or abilities to join an elite running group and give all of our attention to the sport, we can give focus to the workouts we are doing now.  By saying to ourselves, regardless of how today goes I am going to get my work out in, or, tomorrow I’m going to get up early, fight the urge to stay in bed, and go out on my run, we will also begin to experience amazing results.  If we want to continue to improve as runners and set new personal bests it is our responsibility to put in the work.  Stop making excuses and get out there and enjoy your next run! Resources Running the Dream (Book) Matt's Instagram Matt's Twitter   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith and Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join go hereto 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 Matt, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Think back to the first time you tried something new.   Were you scared?  Nervous that you may embarrass yourself or even fail?  Or did you feel like maybe you didn’t belong there?  Any one of these thoughts would be a perfectly natural response to trying something new.  However, changing our mindset from fear and nervousness to confidence in our abilities and believing in ourselves can help us eliminate doubt from our minds and allow us to put forth our best effort.  Molly Seidel, did just that!  In her first ever marathon, after an ongoing battle with eating disorders and hampered with multiple serious injuries throughout her running career, Molly finished second at the 2020 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trial, earning herself the opportunity to represent the United States of America at the 2021 Olympics.  Cultivating Early Potential When we think of running for our high school team, we often envision there actually being a team, as well as being surrounded by training partners that will push you and motivate you to train.  This was not the case for Molly.  Beginning in her freshman year, Molly was the only member of her high school cross country team.  She had to learn to be self-driven and self-sufficient in order to further her fitness and compete at a high level.  Beginning in her freshman year and ending in her senior year, Molly had won each state championship, as well as the 1600-meter and 3200-meter track races.  Molly then went on to compete at the Footlocker National Cross-Country race, which she also won. Molly fell in love with running because it wasn’t something anyone was forcing or pressuring her to do.  She, like many of us, developed her own personal relationship with the sport.  But that doesn’t mean there weren’t challenges along the way. Recruited out of high school to run at Notre Dame on a full ride scholarship brought new and difficult experiences.  While she did win Division 1 NCAA titles in Cross Country, as well as the Indoor 3k, 5k, and 10k, it took a lot of work.  She went from being first in the nation to 5th, 6th, or 7thon her team.   Not only was she struggling physically, she struggled mentally with her body image and the shame put on her by her first Notre Dame coach.  Dealing with negativity and being told she wasn’t good enough and a waste of a scholarship throughout her first two years damaged her and left her feeling like she had no control of her own life. Finding Control in the Wrong Places Recognizing that women and men mature differently, especially as they work their way through high school and into college sports is an important thing to understand.  You can’t treat men and women the same or tell them to just get over it and expect them too.  Molly found that there was little room to accept women growing into their bodies at the collegiate level.  This added to the anxiety that Molly was already feeling.  As a control mechanism to this anxiety, Molly turned to an eating disorder to garner some form of control over her own life.  Focusing on calories and how much she could eat to provide her with just enough fuel to get through workouts became her life.  This lead to malnourishment, low bone density, and lead to multiple injuries.  Confiding in her second coach at Notre Dame, Molly realized she needed to change her way of thinking and entered eating disorder targeted treatment for 4 months, followed by two years in therapy.  This helped her to identify that the root problem wasn’t just body image, but anxiety and the need to feel like she was in control of one aspect of her life.  If you are dealing with an eating disorder, it is best to address it early so that you can get through it without becoming a statistic.  Approximately 1/3 of people will die from the disorder, 1/3 will recover, and 1/3 will deal with it for the rest of their life.  Realize you are not alone in this battle and know that overcoming this without a support system and targeted therapy may be impossible.  It is ok to ask for help to get better. The Power of Positivity Having a positive influence in our lives not only steers us in the right direction, but sometimes even carries us when we are unable to walk.  As Molly began to deal with her eating disorder she came to terms with the necessity of a healthy relationship with eating.  You are unable to perform at high levels and sustain a long career without properly fueling your body.  However, the toll that this disorder took on her body hindered her abilities moving forward.  Molly became so obsessed with running at the 2016 Olympic Trials that she made this her sole focus, holding on to this dream tight.  So tight, that she broke herself physically, resulting in her being sidelined during the 2016 Olympic Trials.  She continued to battle serious injuries, leading her to wonder if she’d ever run again. For one year, Molly ran on a broken hip.  Eventually she had surgery, causing her to take six months off.  Following that six month period she felt like she was ready to go, only to reinjure her hip.  Negative thoughts began to creep into her mind, wondering if this was it.  This is a common theme found in many runners.  Stress fractures, pulled muscles, tendonitis, or plantar fasciitis flare ups can cause many runners to question if they will ever run again.  But, as runners, we know there is something off in our brains, and that we are too stubborn and too dumb to give up running.  Molly called her coach from Notre Dame who told her to do what she always does: get through this, be patient, and know that you can do this!  The positivity from her coach was like a rope being thrown to someone stuck in a well.  Sometimes, that’s all it takes, is someone to tell you everything is going to be ok and to pull you out of the hole. 2020 Olympic Trials As Molly entered the 2020 Women’s Olympic Trials she did so without a whole lot of ego involved.  The past four years had been injury ridden and painstaking.  However, running in the trials was something she had reamed about for many years and she was not going to let the opportunity pass.  Molly had been waiting for this moment for many years and said she had prepared herself mentally for this to be the worst and most painful experience in her life.  Having never run a marathon, and having to start not on the front line, but in the third wave, recognizing many of the incredible runners around her, Molly began the most important race of her life.  She recalled passing through mile 18 and feeling the pain in her legs but knew she could still do this.  At mile 20 she began to worry, recognizing she was ahead of a lot of the other elite runners, she decided to maintain her pace, hoping to hold on to her spot.  The next six miles were extremely painful but focusing on all the hard work and dedication she had put into running throughout her life, she pushed through.  Running on the shoulder of Aliphine Tuliamuk and aided by her positive words to stick with her, Molly and Aliphine worked towards the common goal of making the U.S.A. Olympic Team.  Molly Seidel finished her first marathon in 2:27:31, taking second place and earning herself a spot on the Olympic team. Throughout her career Molly has experienced incredible lows and remarkable highs.  No matter what you do in running, whether you have a great race or a bad day on the course, it is important to remember that running does not define you and that you are a person outside of the sport.  Regardless of what stage of life you are in, continue to find joy and establish healthy relationships with what you do, whether that be running, eating, or anything else.  Trust the process and do the best you can, that’s all anyone can really ask. Resources: *Note* If you or someone you know is struggling from an eating disorder, it is time to talk to someone about it, it can make all the difference in the world.. Contact the National Eating Disorder Hotline at (800) 931-2237 or visit the NEDA website. Molly's Instagram Molly's Twitter Sarah Canney R4R Episode Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani R4R Episode Jessi Haggerty and Meg Steffey-Schrier R4R Episode Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith, Altra, and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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.   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!   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.
The declaration of Independence for the United States of America was formally declared on July 2, 1776, and signed on July 4, 1776.  However, it was not for another 144 years that Congress passed the 19thAmendment and ratified it, granting women the right to vote.  It was not until nearly 70 years ago when the United Nations declared that women’s rights are fundamental human rights, and that women should have the right to live free from violence, slavery, discrimination, to be educated, to own property, to vote, and to earn a fair and equal wage.  This issue is not isolated to one country, but is a worldwide problem. Women have been fighting a war for years to obtain the same rights which are granted to men.  One powerful voice that is advocating for these females, specifically female athletes, is Lindsay Crouse.  Lindsay is a journalist for the New York Times, an editor, producer, and competitive amateur marathon runner that is utilizing her position as a tool to bring inequality to the forefronts of our minds. Issues Facing Female Athletes There are multiple issues facing female athletes that are in plain sight of the general public that we should be concerned about.  These issues include but are not limited to pregnancy, bullying, emotional abuse, and pay equality.  Lindsay worked with top tier female runners over the course of a year to help tell their story and bring to light issues that may not be considered illegal, but that should be seen as unethical. Female athletes have lost money, sponsorship and some even their career, simply because of gender inequality.  In a series of opinion articles written for the New York Times, Lindsay highlighted some of these incredible athletes and the struggles they faced while running and competing for large sponsors. Mary Cain was one of the fastest women of our generation, and the youngest American track and field athlete to make a World Championship.  After signing with Nike’s Oregon Project she was beaten down by the win-at-all-cost culture and was forced to lose more and more weight until her body eventually broke down and she became damaged goods. Allyson Felix, a USA Olympian who won nine Olympic medals in track, was arguably one of Nike’s most marketed female athletes.  Allyson, along with two of her Nike teammates, Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher, had dreams of being great runners and mothers.  However, becoming pregnant and having children caused them to experience pay cuts and risk losing their contracts, simply for wanting to have children. Lindsay, and several brave female athletes helped bring these issues to the forefront of our minds and due to their courage, many top tier sponsors have made changes to their contracts proving these female athletes with guaranteed payments while they for the year and a half surrounding their pregnancies.  Without these valiant women being willing to share their stores, future female athletes would be dealing with the same issues for many years to come. Permission to Rebrand Yourself We are living in an exciting time for women’s sports and American women should thrilled about what is happening right now.  The elite and sub-elite women are running well and are giving strength and courage to women everywhere.  These women are not just athletes but have other important roles in their lives such as mothers and full time jobs.  Women all over the world can relate and identify with these athletes and should be empowered by them. For Lindsay, she continues to get older but has not let that limit her abilities as a runner.  As she is getting older, she is becoming faster than she ever thought she could be.  But as she continues to accomplish what she believed to be impossible she has realized that no one should be able to brand you.  You have permission to rebrand yourself and be what others don’t think you can be.  You don’t need permission from anybody but yourself to go out and accomplish amazing goals.  One person, giving permission in their own life to rebrand themselves, is enough to potentially inspire everyone else in their own lives. Creating Opportunities for Women If you want something to change, don’t wait for the system to accommodate you.  Make whatever system you are in work for you.  There will always be disadvantages, but you can turn those into advantages if you look for it.  Many women are accomplishing fantastic things in the workplace, but this is not enough. Think about why you want to do something, and if why you want to do it is really important to you, go get it!  Once you’ve got it, find ways to fix it for other people.  You may not always be able to change the system but find different ways to bring other women with you. Women always are made to feel as though they are competing for positions.  It seems like there are a limited number of slots for women in the workplace, whereas men don’t typically feel as though they have to compete for positions.  But remember, if you put the work in, you can get there.  You can do whatever you want to do as long as you’ve prepared yourself.  And when the opportunity presents itself, the time and effort you’ve put into it will be obvious.  It is not a matter of being perfect, but of being brave.  Change your mindset and be the change that you want to see! While we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go.  This is a battle that is being fought every day.  We have two choices: act like it doesn’t exist and do nothing or find ways to get involved.  This is not about women being greater than men, but about women being equal to men.  There are incredible female athletes working hard every day to get their chance to shine.  It is up to each and every one of us to make sure these incredible people are given every opportunity to succeed, to eliminate the stigma, and to perpetuate the cause. Resources: New York Times articles: Mary Cain Allyson Felix Alysia Montano Lindsay's Twitter Lindsay's Instagram (Book) Brave Not Perfect   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join 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 Lindsay, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
We have all experienced moments of grief.  It is devastating and life changing.  It is emotional, but very physical.  It is heavy and comes with aches and pains.  But it has also been said that grief does not change us, it reveals us.  Katie Arnold, author of Running Home: A Memoir, and winner of the 2018 Leadville 100, is no stranger to grief.  She experienced a devastating loss when her father passed away from cancer.  While she struggled with it for nearly 18 months, Katie was able to move through her grief using running and writing as a conduit to healing. No Timeline for Grief Far too often when we lose someone, we are given a timeline as to how long we can grieve their loss.  Some people believe a few months is enough time, while others believe a year may be an appropriate amount of time to grieve.  This should not be the case.  There is no timeline or finish line.  Grief doesn’t go away; it just changes form. Grief not going away can be a beautiful thing because it means the person you miss and love is still there.  But, at the same time, it can make you feel as though you are trapped in a bubble of fog.  You may feel lost, depressed, or just weighted down, but that is ok if you cannot see forward or have yet to discover a way out.  You won’t escape the fog all at once.  What you can do is continue to do important things for yourself that can help you move forward, step by step, that will help you feel a better, little by little. Katie found running to be a good release for her.  It gave her an opportunity to get out in nature, find her rhythm, and get lost in her thoughts.  It is important to listen to that intuitive voice that tells you what you need to do today.  If that voice tells you to go for a walk, or listen to music, or read a book, do it.  You do not need a plan for any of it.  Just be present, live in that moment, and allow the moment to lead you from one thing to the next, and eventually you’ll emerge from the fog in a different and better place. Allow Running to Bring Intrinsic Joy Running can bring a lot of internal joy, especially as we remember the reasons why we began to run.  Most of us began running not for medals or for personal records, but to lose weight, relieve stress, and to achieve goals we never dreamed possible.  Unfortunately, races are being cancelled due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop running.  Competition tends to throw our balance off.  Our egos love to win, improve times, and do well.  Egos want to latch on to PR’s.  However, this can put us at risk of losing the deeper reason as to why we run. When we run, we need to stop concerning ourselves with how other people view us and how our times stack up against the competition.  Allow running to be a creative process and a spiritual practice.  Through training, we can develop a relationship and intimacy with our surroundings, regardless of where we live or what our circumstances might be.  There is no need to wish we were running in the mountains when all we have is the city.  Create a loop to run, develop a relationship with that loop, and be present to it.  It will amaze you the things you will notice that can bring you joy. Somedays you may not feel like running and you’ll develop a resistance to it through negative self-talk.  If you only pay attention to these negative thoughts, you’ll develop an intimate relationship with them.  Running should be liberating!  We have so much freedom to explore our world.  So, develop that relationship with where you are, make it a daily thing, and stick with it. Maintain the Current Practices You are Developing There will come a time when the world of seclusion and social distancing we live in now will return to the world we lived in previously.  However, when the real world starts up again, hold on to the practices and habits you have developed through this quieter time.  Engage in meditation, run without a watch, continue to play with your children outside.  Maintain some of the practices you have started right now to keep you from getting sucked back into old habits. While we have been forced into our current position, find relief in it.  This time provides us a time to reflect.  Some runners become super motivated by races, while others are stressed by them.  This time in our life can provide us with more room in our lives to express running in our own true ways.  So, find the practices you are doing now, and if you enjoy them and they are serving you, continue to do them once life returns to normal.  Change will remain constant in our life; we cannot always predict the future, but what we do now will lead us to the next part of life.  It is all part of the process.  Use it and come out strong on the other side! Resources: (Book)Running Home: A Memoir  Katie's Instagram Katie's Twitter   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   I am now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join 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 Katie, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.  
What has been your personal timeline coming back from pregnancy? Were you anxious to get back out on the road or into the workplace? Or did you feel like you could have been happy never leaving the house again? Did you feel pressure to do things that weren’t “just being a mom?” Or did you have mother’s guilt as soon as you left your child in the care of someone else? However you felt, and whatever you ultimately decided to do, it was perfectly okay. As we have seen in the past, many elite mother-runners receive a lot of pressure to get back to running as soon as the baby leaves the womb. This isn’t anything odd for any mother in the United States where women receive less paid time off for maternity leave than any of the other 40+ richest countries in the world. In fact, companies in the US are required to give mothers exactly zero paid time off after becoming mothers. The lowest country after the US? 8 weeks. This can be a difficult culture and corresponding mindset to overcome when returning to life after pregnancy. The fact of the matter is, you aren’t returning to who you used to be after you’ve had a baby. Once you’ve had a child, you are a completely new person. This is something Neely Spence has reiterated as an elite runner who has competed on a national level before and after having her son Athens. Neely started running in 8thgrade and didn’t stop until she became pregnant with Athens. After her pregnancy, Neely managed to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials, but her course back to elite running wasn’t without bumps. Read on to learn about Neely’s journey. You Are a New Person When Neely decided to begin running after having Athens, she built up very slowly. Her first workout was ten reps of walking for one minute, running for one minute. Later she started running two minutes for every minute of walking. Neely also avoided doing any workouts for the first six months, taking her progress slow enough to “never hate running.” Eventually she was running without breaks and preparing for races. Still, she says she could have taken things slower. This being her first child, the only thing she could compare her hiatus from running to was previous injuries. Seems to make sense, right? Both require you to stop running for some time, and both affect your body. But childbirth is completely different than a running injury. “When you come back from an injury, you’re still your same person,” says Neely, “When you come back after having a baby, you are not the same at all. You are a completely different person. Learning what that person needs and how that looks is much more challenging because it’s different to each individual.” Not only does your body change, but your entire life changes. As soon as Neely began doing speed workouts, Athens began teething. He went from sleeping like a baby, to, well, sleeping like a baby. Neely felt great building up to those workouts, but the added intensity combined with less sleep wasn’t the best combo. Not long after Neely suffered from shin splints, an injury she hadn’t had since high school, which is common after pregnancy because of the balance shift from carrying a baby. Then shortly after that Neely fractured her femoral neck (the top part of the femur that connects to the hip). This was another reset that Neely went through due to her pregnancy. In the end it took Neely well over a year after having a baby to get back to the type of training she hoped for. Getting back to running turned out to be a completely new experience, something Neely 2.0 had to learn from ground zero. Be Confident in Your Journey When asked about her plans to grow her family, Neely confidently reported that she is not planning on having another baby until she accomplishes her running goals. Of course, she loves Athens and can’t imagine life without him, but she also knows what is best for her. Returning to running after pregnancy taught Neely that everyone has a unique path, one that they should be proud of. Whatever your story, be confident in your journey. No one is quite like you. No one has had the experiences you have. Find your path and take each step forward with certainty. Resources: Neely’s Website Neely on Twitter Neely on Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith, Generation UCAN, and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 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!   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 Neely, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
We talk about motherhood a lot on this show. It’s probably second only to running itself, and for good reason. Since starting this podcast, our fearless host, Tina Muir, has been pregnant twice, and given birth to her beautiful daughter Bailey. Not only that, but Tina first stepped away from professional running to get healthy and start a family.  Here we talk about what it’s like to be a mother and to be a runner. From professionals like Alysia Montano who competed professionally while pregnant (once when eight months pregnant!), to discussing how quickly to get back into running after pregnancy, to brands that support mothers, we love to talk about running and motherhood. Today we’re welcoming back another mother-to-be, Sarah Crouch. Sarah is a familiar voice for those longtime listeners. She is an incredibly fast runner, who has qualified for the US Olympic qualifiers three separate times. She is also a running coach, a birth doula, an entrepreneur, and has a knack for interviewing the interviewer, often getting the best out of Tina.  For those that don’t know Sarah well yet, you will get your chance as she will be a guest host on the Running for Real podcast for four episodes, as Tina welcomes her second child into the world. Sarah is a natural interviewer and will be speaking with four people she knows during her substitution. Today Tina spoke with Sarah, discussing Sarah’s journey over the last year, from running her best times in her life, to fracturing her femur, to deciding to start a family. Listen along and get to know our new host! Just Go for It Last time Sarah was on the show, she had just hit her first PR in four years of running. It was a tough four years, but worth it. Sarah was learning and relearning the reasons you work hard to accomplish a goal, and understanding that the doing has to outweigh the end results for you to be happy. After finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2018, she took three days off and started intense training for the next race. In hindsight, she would have decided to take a longer recovery period. Sometimes the best training you can do is to not train at all. The body needs to recovery before it can perform at its peak. Sarah went on, and in April 2019 she ran the Boston Marathon. Prior to the race, she found out that she had a stress reaction near her knee at the end of her femur. Deciding to run the Boston Marathon still wasn’t a simple one. She was in great shape otherwise, running some of the best times ever, and if she did well in this race, she would qualify for the 2020 Olympic trials before the competition peaked in the fall. She also had sponsorships to think about, missing out on a paycheck if she didn’t run or didn’t finish. Running Boston would be a risk, and in the end, one Sarah would take. During the race, Sarah’s femur fractured. She finished the race well behind her goals and her projected finish position and time. Going into the race, she knew that if it fractured, it would mean six months of recovery, still, she stands by her decision. “I will always be a risk taker,” says Sarah. She emphasizes that she wasn’t advocating that when you are sick, you should go out and play, but for her she was doing her job and doing her best to overcome a challenge. The risk-reward was worth it, and 100 times out of 100, she said she would do it again. In the end, people will have opinions about what you decide to do. Some will always be supportive, some never will. The best thing to do is be confident in yourself and accepting of the consequences, good or bad. We know that we can’t please everyone, so do your best to be happy with your own decisions regardless. Sarah Crouch We are over the moon about having Sarah as a guest host on the show. She will no doubt bring a smile to your face as you listen to her for four episodes this summer. See you then! Resources: Sarah on Twitter Sarah on Instagram Hypno Babies Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Altra and Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. 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.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   I am now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join 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 Sarah, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
You went out for another run this morning. It’s habitual, religious almost. Running is more than exercise to you. You often crave it (though sometimes you curse it). It can be difficult to explain to a non-runner how you feel—watching the sun peak over the horizon, listening to your steady breath or footfalls, inhaling the clean air just outside the city, along the beach, or in the mountains. How can you explain it? You love the competition, though you aren’t pursuing an elite position. Competing with just yourself is often enough for you. It’s addictive. When you travel to a new place, you excitably look up running routes and then take off eagerly looking to see what’s around the next city block corner or bend in the path. Yes, you run, but you’re also a runner. If that sounds something like you, then you are the group that Matt Taylor was looking to serve. The running community is expansive and accepting, but we all go out running for different reasons. For those that breathe running, and use it as a tool to become better, then Tracksmith might be the brand you’ve been looking for. Matt is the CEO and co-founder of Tracksmith—the “Champion for the running class.” Their website says this running class is “the non-professional yet competitive runners dedicated to the pursuit of personal excellence.” Matt got his start running at Yale and has since been around some of the greatest runners and brands in history. When working as the head of marketing at Puma, he met and worked with Usain Bolt, the fastest man ever. He told us his story of his work leading up to starting Tracksmith, how his parents had an influence on his entrepreneurial spirit, Tracksmith history, and where Tracksmith is headed now. Listen along as you hit the track, treadmill, or trail today. Middle of the Spectrum When looking for the market gaps that Tracksmith would eventually fill, Matt mentions two things. “The landscape was very bright and neon,” says Matt. He mentions that if you took a look at the clothes in your closet, the ones you wore every day, they differed drastically from what you had in running options. Stylistically, they wanted to create something more understated, it “wasn’t about standing out,” he says.  Next was the message they wanted to send. “The industry went to the end of the spectrum” says Matt. Many brands were either targeting those who were beginning runners, or those that were looking to qualify for the Olympics. Tracksmith wanted to feel like a home to those that weren’t beginners or Olympians, but still had a desire to compete and improve. Lastly, Tracksmith wanted to cut out the middleman so they could save money to use the best materials available. They discovered that there were some really great fabrics and textiles out there, but big brands were unwilling to use them because of the high cost. Tracksmith works with North American, European, and Asian companies to source their materials, making the best of the best. For the Committed Runner Initially Tracksmith seemed to only be a brand for the really fast; they even had a top that they only sold to Boston qualifiers. But today, they are much more about the mentality of the runner. “We aren’t for everyone, and we’re okay with that,” says Matt, “We are for anyone that is committed to running and wants to get better.” To date, they are working on additional sizes for all their gear as well, making sure that they are open to anyone who defines themselves as a runner. At their Flagstaff retail store, Tracksmith has an entire floor dedicated to the committed runner. There you can watch races on their big screen TV, throw your work clothes in a locker before going for a run, grab a coffee post Saturday morning run, make an appointment with a specialist, or grab a few foam rollers to work on those muscles. They are committed to the committed runner. If you find yourself in Boston, check out the Tracksmith store, they are sure to welcome you in. Here at Running for Real, we know that we are more than just runners, but that part of our DNA won’t drift away. We are runners, and we are enough. Resources: Tracksmith Tracksmith on Instagram Tracksmith on Twitter Smart Passive Income Podcast The Speed Project 15% Off Your First Tracksmith Order Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   Hey friends, I know it has been a tough year, so much we can not control so much going on and we can't see the end in sight. If you are someone who is needing a guide into the job world, if you have a fear of losing your job, lost your job, or don't know where to start in finding a job, I have created a job guide for runners. Giving away a lot of advice, 20 pages worth, along with a bonus episode on the podcast which you can listen to here. I also have incredible advice for small businesses, if you want to check those guides out click below. Job Guide Small Business Guide   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 Matt, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
We don’t often talk about track and field events that aren’t strictly running here, but this episode we took a slight metaphorical deviation. Hurdles: the thin barrier that stands somewhere between two and four feet tall, intentionally placed in between you and your next step around the track. It’s a perfect addition to the running analogy, something we need to overcome,that stands between us as the finish line. Today’s guest is Emily Abbate, host of her own podcast titled “Hurdle.” There she interviews a host of impressive people, all of which have used wellness to overcome their own personal obstacle or hurdle on their journey. Emily gave us some insight into how she got started with the Hurdle podcast, some of her most favorite guests to date, and of course, all about running in her life. Overcoming Your Hurdles Each of us deal with unique hurdles, including (and often especially) those who seem to have the most success in life. We’ve learned on this podcast that failure and trials are a necessary part of success, and that if we learn from those trying times, we come out stronger. It’s not easy to keep a positive attitude in the face of difficulty, but taking the next step forward is what it takes to end up where we want to be. Emily recommends trying to understand what is fact and what is feeling when we approach our own hurdles. Say to yourself, “I feel overwhelmed,” instead of “I am overwhelmed,” she says. Recognizing that small, yet profound difference takes us from a state of ruin, to a place of understanding. It’s okay to feel scared, or anxious, or even defeated, but if you know that it’s just a passing state of emotion rather than an unchangeable personal attribute, you can find ways to keep going. Take the Next Step When we do feel overwhelmed, Emily says we have two options. We can either let our feelings and thoughts take over, or we can make a shift. Recognizing that feeling is the best way to make a shift. We can discern our feelings from our environment by slowing down. “The best piece of advice that I would offer is to take a step back and breath,” says Emily, “sometimes you just need time to process and remove the emotion from it. Sometimes passion can blind us form a logical next step or a logical explanation of how to move forward.” Give it that time, whether it’s an hour, a day, or a week and look for that new perspective. Once you are ready, take the next step. Sometimes the easiest way to get through something is to put your head down, look at your feet, and just watch yourself take one step forward. Whatever you are working through, there are small actionable items that you can take to get where you want to be. Break it down enough so that each step feels in your control and completely doable. Get Comfortable with Uncomfortable Like many, Emily started running to lose weight. She tells the story of one summer during college when she made up her mind to get out the door and start running every day. She ran what she thought was a mile which would take her about 14 minutes to complete. Later she found out that she was actually only running a half mile. Unlike many might be, Emily was not discouraged by this realization. Looking back, she was grateful for that moment because it’s when she learned to love running. Now she has run eight marathons and has no intention to stop. If you learn to love running, you will want to run for the rest of your life. Remember that as you decide when to run, how fast, how far, and with whom. Learn to love running, and it will carry you through your hurdles. Emily likes to say that she decided to “get comfortable with the uncomfortable” when she first stepped out the door to go running. And now that she is, she knows what to do with the hurdles that come her way. You can too. Resources: Emily on Twitter Emily on Instagram Hurdle Podcast   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :) If you want to join 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 Emily, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
In the running world we have witnessed some really heart-wrenching events. When you work for years to come seconds short of a podium position, the contention and controversy can quickly rise. Running is a beautiful sport, but it’s not always pretty. It’s simple, instinctive, and accessible; but it’s also competitive, agonizing, and at times, mercenary. Athletes such as Kara Goucher have faced the media and brands head-on in an attempt to play by the rules and work hard. Dealing with doping, fame, and money has made the sport of running occasionally cringeworthy. Shanna Burnette has seen firsthand everything that comes with the pressure to be great, to stay clean, and to work with the right brands. She is a longtime friend of Kara Goucher and also represents her as her agent. Shanna keeps herself extremely busy between being a wife and mother of three, running her own PR agency, and leading her non-profit, Clean Sport. A successful runner herself, Shanna has been in the game a long time, and today she is working hard to pull running back home to its innocent and exciting state. Take the Right Path Together, Shanna and Kara co-host the podcast for Clean Sport, along with Chris McClung. Clean Sport’s mission is to encourage athletes around the world to compete fairly. They work with pro athletes and brands to raise awareness and share stories that are positive. This podcast and non-profit helps runners feel confident in choosing the right path, knowing that there are others just like them and a whole slew of fans and consumers who value their values. Shanna feels like she has always been a bit unconventional. Both her and Kara haven’t taken the easy or most widely accepted routes. She has seen Kara make difficult decisions that affect her income and her image, but she has also seen the incredible amount of peace that comes with it. Shanna shares just how much Kara was shouldering before she decided to leave Nike. “She made this giant leap, to go to this company whose values she believed in” says Shanna, “I had so much admiration for her for that. The weight off her shoulders was so palpable, [and] we really didn’t realize what a strain and a toll that was.” Being true to yourself is always worth it. You too may be faced with difficult decisions, ones that may turn your life upside down. In the end, the regret is never about taking the right, although difficult, path. Gain Ownership of Your Running Being true to your own version of running is also important. Shanna has had a complex relationship with running, but it’s been positive when she has taken control of what running is supposed to be for her. Growing up, Shanna was a great runner from the beginning. She was one of the best in middle and high school, and was expected to turn it into a career after college. Things changed drastically when she suffered six stress fractures during college. Even worse was when her mother knocked on her university housing door to let her know her father died while running. For a time, Shanna loathed running. It had taken her dad and given her injuries and disappointments. It wasn’t until later, when she used running to support her, that she began to appreciate it again. “I would be able to go on a run and just cry my head off,” she says, “to be angry and go fast, or go really slow and walk and jog and cry. I think that’s what’s so beautiful about running.” Play the Long Game When it comes to deciding how you want to run, or what brands you want to support, Sharra recommends playing the long game. One run, or one purchase may not seem like a big deal, but a lifetime of runs and a collective effort to support clean sport makes a huge difference. Choose the best path, whether or not that seems like the popular or simple or easy route. Be true to yourself, and be true to your running. The more of us that choose the best path, the easier and more rewarding it will become. Resources: Shanna on Instagram Shanna on Twitter Clean Sport Collective Altra Running Shoes Kara Goucher’s Website Modcraft   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   I am now taking 3 months off to take some time to get to know my new baby, there is only ONE thing I will be continuing to work on while I am away, and that is my newsletter. I send it out once a week with just my thoughts, any updates, something I am appreciating, and it is just a way for me to stay connected with you all. :)   If you want to join 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 Shanna, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
If there’s one message that I could get across to athletes at every level, it’s simply the idea of “You are enough.” It’s a beautiful message because it applies to you no matter how many awards you’ve received, your age, your goals—really anything. If you are a person that has experienced a fairly trial-less life, maybe you consider yourself lucky or a natural, it may feel like you areyour accomplishments. On the other hand, maybe you feel like your life is going from one trial to another, none of which seem to make life any better, but you aren’t your failures either. Most all of us are somewhere in the middle. We’ve had our share of positive experiences and setbacks. Learning how to use the failures to our advantage takes practice, and so does realizing that we are more than our greatest accomplishments. It takes a mature person to understand their self-worth, something that young runner Grayson Murphy has done early in her career. Grayson Murphy Grayson grew playing many sports, but navigated toward soccer as she grew older. She had the opportunity to play on a college team her freshman year. When she switched schools the following year, she decided not to play soccer but still wanted to join a team. She knew that she loved being a part of a team and decided that running wasn’t too far of a stretch from playing soccer. Turns out she was right. For the next three years it was an anomaly when Grayson didn’t PR not only in an event, but in all her training sessions. She transferred schools once again to take advantage of her new found skills and received a scholarship at the University of Utah. She finished her degree in civil engineering as a 5x All-American and signed with NAZ Elite. Believe in Your Personal Journey To this point, Grayson was enjoying everything that came with her running career. She loved the comradery of her team, being in the running community, and the act of running itself. It was after she started training with the NAZ Elite in Flagstaff, Arizona when things starting feeling different for her. “I told everyone I felt like a puzzle piece, that was almost the right piece,” says Grayson, “I needed community and I needed family. Flagstaff felt like an extended training camp. It wasn’t a home.” After one year of training as a professional runner in Flagstaff, Grayson decided to call it quits and head back home to Salt Lake City. “I decided I wanted to build my life how I wanted it to be from the ground up,” she says. Of course, this was not an easy task. She was anxious about how people would look at her. From an outside perspective, it looked like she was giving up a wonderful opportunity, doing something she enjoyed and was good at. Not only that, but she would be losing out on her sponsorships, heading home to no job or income. Grayson showed incredible maturity in this decision. She chose to do what she knew was best for her. During this time, she continued to run and realized that it was being out in nature that made her happy. She picked up trail running and three months later, won the Mountain Running Championship. Six months after being home she signed with Saucony. She believed she could be a good rep for any running sponsor; she just needed to keep believing that and the time would come. Now she looks back at these six trying months, and considers them a funny story. The relatively short stressful time, made it all worth it. Follow Your Heart “Success is never final; failure is never fatal.” This quote belongs to NCAA basketball coach legend, John Wooden. He understood that showing up every day, after every win or loss, had more to do with the person performing the acts than the failures and the successes themselves. Remember, you are enough. You are more than what things you do or what things happen to you. Follow the path that is true to you, not necessarily the one that will give you the most accomplishments or please the most people. In Grayson’s words, “If you follow your heart, you will end up with the days you have day dreamed about.” Resources: Grayson on Twitter Grayson on Instagram Grayson’s Website   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens and Tracksmith 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!   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   Hey friends, I know it has been a tough year, so much we can not control so much going on and we can't see the end in sight. If you are someone who is needing a guide into the job world, if you have a fear of losing your job, lost your job, or don't know where to start in finding a job, I have created a job guide for runners. Giving away a lot of advice, 20 pages worth, along with a bonus episode on the podcast which you can listen to here. I also have incredible advice for small businesses, if you want to check those guides out click below. Job Guide Small Business Guide 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 Grayson, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Mindfulness. Meditation. Being present. Enjoying the journey. These are the trending approaches to everyday life, and for good reason. We don’t live on the podium; we live on the street, the trails, the concrete, the pavement. If life is to be enjoyed, shouldn’t we try to enjoy as much of it as possible? I’ll Be Happy When... Have you noticed that life can often be a string of when’s and what if’s? For example, “I’ll be happy when I get my driver’s license,” turns into “I’ll be happy when I graduate.” From there it’s, “I’ll be happy when I graduate,” or get married, or have kids, or when my kids leave the house. Most likely, we don’t notice all these thoughts, and so we live from podium to podium and miss out on so many joyous moments. Not to mention, what if the podium moments don’t come? Living from disappoint to disappoint is that much worse. But if we learn to enjoy the journey, the end results have less weight, and the we can soak up the process. This doesn’t mean we ought to do away with goals. In fact, it’s the working toward each goal that can bring so much joy. The direction we head is still important, even if the destination itself is trivial. The daily effort to get there probably brings you more joy than you realize, so let’s tune into it. Tyler McCandless This week’s podcast guest is a fabulous example of setting big goals and enjoying the journey. Tyler McCandless has had his fair share of podium moments—finishing second in the 2017 USA Marathon Championships and winning several national marathons. He is also a Meteorology PhD Scientist, a husband, and a father. However, the accolades don’t do it for Tyler, it’s the work in achieving the goal that brings him joy.  Sharing Your Goals Tyler is an advocate of letting others know about your goals and dreams, even ones that seem impossible to achieve. Joy comes not only from working toward your goals, but sharing them with others.  Making your goals known is not a popular suggestion. In fact, you can find many opinions that tell you to keep your goals to yourself. There is some reasoning behind it such as avoiding negative comments you may hear if you share your goals. This negativity can definitely dissuade you from going after your dreams.  So why should you consider sharing your goals? And if you do, how should you go about it? Think about the people you consider your friends and peers. If they told you about their goals, would you support them? If they struggled through them, would you give words of encouragement? I assume the answer is yes. On top of that, think about someone you consider an equal. If that person achieved something great, how much more would you believe in yourself, knowing that you could do great things as well? That’s one of the biggest advantages of sharing. You can inspire the people around you. “You can set internal goals and never share them, but I personally believe that’s a little bit cowardly,” says Tyler, “You want to share to inspire people [and] to have people hold you accountable.”  It’s important to understand that the people you inspire will be different from the people your parent inspires, or a professional athlete inspires, or your child inspires. We all have people we look up to, and we all have people that are watching us. Simply sharing, whatever your level of influence or achievement you believe you have, will inspire others and keep you accountable to your goals. When You Fail If you are working your hardest, it’s not a matter of if you fail, it’s a matter of when. You don’t find your potential until you go over the edge, and failing teaches you much more than winning. Tyler learned this from his coach shortly after setting a PR. “I think you are missing the boat,” his coach said at their first meeting after his PR. At that time, everything Tyler was doing, he was succeeding at, including every single training. His coach wanted to see him push himself to the limit. Embrace failure, share your goals, and enjoy the journey. Each one of these will pull you to new levels, inspire others, and put a smile on your face.   Resources: Tyler on Instagram Tyler on Twitter Altra Running Steve Jones: RFR Episode 20 Tyler’s Favorite Altra Shoes: Superior 4.0 Escalante  Vanish Escalante Racer Solstice Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Altra, Generation UCAN, and Tracksmith  for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   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.    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.   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 Tyler, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
The first pair of Altra Running shoes probably don’t look anything like what you have in mind. In fact, the first several hundred pairs of running shoes that co-founders Golden and Brian worked on had a variety of logos on them. Altering other running shoes is how they got their start in the shoe-making business and how they came up with their name, Altra. With a goal to fix the running shoe industry, Altra did whatever was necessary to help runners feel great and perform well. Meet Brian Brian Beckstead is a lifelong runner, but running hasn’t always been an enjoyable experience for him. He ran competitively in college but sustained four stress fractures in a short period of time that stopped him in his tracks. He took a year off of running about that time, and decided to pursue other hobbies such as fishing. However, he never escaped the running community, working at a running store all the while.  Zero Drop After Brian finished college, his friend Golden took over the running store they had been working at, and Brian left to work for another company. Not long after, Brian received a call from Golden telling him that he had altered a shoe by cutting off the heel and noticed how much better the running mechanics were. Soon, they came up with the term “Zero Drop” and were using a variety of methods to remove the heels from shoes including bandsaws and belt sanders. Golden began suggesting this alteration to chronically-injured runners that were coming into the store, and the reviews were outstanding. Longtime injuries were disappearing, and before they knew it, Golden and Brian had altered 1000 pairs of shoes for customers.  Altra is Born At the time, they didn’t really look at these alterations as a business opportunity. They simply wanted to help runners. Soon they realized that shoe brands were not interested in changing their shoes to incorporate the positives of zero drop. If these shoes were going to be made, Brian and friends either needed to buy more bandsaws, or create their own shoes. One thing led to another; soon Golden found an advanced prototype company in Oregon while Brian landed their first angel investor. “We got really lucky,” says Brian, referring to the timing of the investment. It was 2009 and startup investors were hard to come by. However, everything seemed to work out, and one inheritance and a lot of hard work later, they had their first pair of Altra running shoes—this time with their brand name on the side. Fixing the Running Industry In Latin, Altera is “to fix or mend something that is broken.” From the beginning, that has been the goal of Altra. Even before it existed as a shoe company, its founders were doing unconventional things to try to help runners. Creating a wide toe box by skipping the bottom two eyelets when lacing a shoe, or literally cutting off pieces of a shoe—these were simply the best improvements they could do at the time. Now Altra is a global company, with resources to make the best possible shoe for all runners. Their goal is to question and challenge the status quo in the running industry in order to help everyone run injury free. “[Altra] is not for the elite, fast runners,” says Brian, “Beginning runners are our favorite people to get into Altras.” Helping runners is the goal, and they have been willing to challenge many norms in that pursuit.  A Changing Industry The running industry is changing and Altra has definitely been a part of that thus far. Nearly every big brand company that makes running shoes has some type of zero drop option. Creating a shoe that encourages great running mechanics is just the beginning. Treating those they sponsor with equality is hopefully something else that starts to gain momentum in the running world. One of Altra’s core values is “disruptive.” Sometimes not a popular term among their investors, it can have a bit of a negative connotation. But the goal isn’t to be disruptive just for disruptive’s sake; it is the way to create big change. This has proved successful for Altra thus far, and should only create more positive change in the future.    Resources: Brian on Instagram Brian on Facebook Altra Running Shoes   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens and Tracksmith 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!   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 Brian, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Mountain races and trail runs are becoming more and more popular within the running community. Something about the connection with nature, and wanting to know what lies in the next valley satisfies our spirit and our curiosity simultaneously. This type of running often keeps both our ticking watches and our social media notifications subdued. It really is one of the best ways to move our bodies. Anna Frost was born in New Zealand to a family that would all jump in a bus and go on an adventure at the drop of a dime. Whether it was multiple-day backpacking trips, horseback riding, or kayaking, traveling and being in the outdoors was a common activity. When your entertainment as a child is running along trails, climbing up mountains, or camping with your family, trail racing is bound to be in your blood. Although it didn’t come through till after she started college, Anna felt at home when she discovered mountain racing. Later on, Anna discovered that running fulltime wasn’t exactly what she planned or expected it to be. She knew she loved running and traveling, but she was no longer finding joy for either. Tune in to this week’s episode to learn how Anna became a world-renowned trail runner, why she gave up running, and what she is doing now. Live to Run After Frost (often nicknamed “Frosty) participated in her first mountain race she qualified to compete on the New Zealand team in Italy at the world championship. It was then that she realized that people were doing this type of running fulltime. Her eyes were opened and her take away as she traveled home was simply, “maybe I could do that.” One thing led to another, and before she knew it, Anna was being invited to races around the world. She ended up quitting her job and traveling from one race destination to another. Without a steady income, she would often jump on a train to the next race, find a good spot to camp, and train around there until the next race called. Anna’s first sponsorship was from Inov-8, and all she received was a pair of shoes. But to her, it was amazing. She was in it solely for the running experience. Her new shoes gave her confidence and allowed her to be a better runner, which was all she cared about. Running to Live Not long after Inov-8 started sending her gear, she had an opportunity to be sponsored by Solomon. Inov-8 knew they couldn’t sponsor her in the same way, and encouraged her to go for it. Anna took her first trip with Solomon to Nepal to compete in the Everest Marathon. Life couldn’t get better. Quickly, running became a fulltime job for Anna. Things became stressful, but it wasn’t the running that was difficult for her. To keep up with sponsorship requests, Anna had to travel frequently, participate in press conferences and push herself when her body might not have been ready. She had discovered the sponsorship lifestyle, and it wasn’t what she signed up for. Run Because You Love It Now Anna had to worry about how many likes she was getting on her social media accounts. Pausing during a run to take a good picture was becoming more important than the actual run. “I have to go running because I love it,” says Anna. Running for someone else’s agenda just wasn’t working for her. About this time is when Anna chose to let the “runner” in her die. She decided to quit. Her sponsors supported her and told her to take the time she needed. She rested, she met with a physiotherapist, and she discovered a deeper love for herself. She came back to running with an expectation of no expectation. What others thought of her didn’t matter, if she didn’t run a certain time she didn’t care, and she began sharing what was genuine and honest. She was Anna, a person that loved to run—no longer a runner named Anna. Anna’s message today is a combination of what she has learned along the way. “You are enough” she says, “everything else you do is extra.” “Falling is not failing,” and “[You have to] try and try again, because it’s too easy not to try.” Keep running for the love of running, get up when you fall down, and spread those good themes as much as you can. You are enough, and you love to run. Resources: Book: Rushing Women’s Syndrome Anna’s Website Anna on Twitter Anna on Instagram Sisu Girls   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Athletic Greens and Tracksmith 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!   Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly. Tracksmith designers truly work with the finest materials and think of you as a runner in mind with spots for your keys, phone, and fuel. You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 Anna, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
There are moments when life seems out of our control. The loss of a loved one, the inability to find employment, or a broken relationship are examples of trials that can make us feel powerless. The spiral of depression can take us even further down as any attempt to better our situation is overcome by unfortunate events. Seven years ago, this was the exact situation Alison Desir found herself in. Her dad was sick, she lost her job, and her relationship ended all within a short period of time. Happily, her story since then has gone a completely opposite direction. After learning that a friend of hers was training for a marathon, she decided to give it a go as well thinking, “If he can do it, maybe I can do it.” As you’ll find out, the rest is history. Alison has gone on to run in many races and has created her living around running. She used running to pull herself out of depression and has since used it to inspire others and bring them together. Alison’s story is not uncommon. We’ve seen time and again that running can pull people out of their deepest places. This change often starts with an example of a friend. Today we continue to celebrate running and friendships and what they can do to change the world. Follow along! Get Started with a Run Feeling like you are in complete control of even one aspect of your life can make a huge difference for your wellbeing. Running does that for millions around the world. If you feel unmotivated, trapped, or powerless, go for a run. You can decide to put on your shoes, you can decide where you run, how far you run, and how fast you run. You’re in control. Another beautiful thing about running that Alison loves is the pay-off relationship. “What you put in, is what you get out of it.” Generally speaking, the more effort you put into your running, the better you will become. It’s this one-to-one relationship with effort and results that often starts off a chain reaction of success for many people. Once Alison discovered running, she built on it. Her runs were getting her out of the house consistently, slowly helping her meet new people and building her confidence. She noticed pretty quickly that she was not the typical runner. As a woman of color she was in the minority of marathoners, and she wanted to do something about it. Consistency Builds Trust Alison couldn’t keep her love of running to herself. Just six months after her first race she organized “Harlem Run.” It was her way of wanting to share what she had found, and help people feel comfortable running. However, for the first four months, nobody came to her meetups. Her mom would reminder her that if she built it, people would come. Today she looks back on those four months and knows that she was just proving to the community that she would be there, week after week. When the first person came to her meetup, she was glued to them. Having the “why” support her during four months of no-shows is what helped Alison stay consistent. When we go after something with a solid purpose, it will give us energy to stay with it during the tough times when the money isn’t coming or the people aren’t supportive. What to Do If You’re in the Majority? Most of us are (obviously) in the majority. It means that when the minority is fighting for themselves, they can really benefit from people in the majority to help them out. As a runner, an entrepreneur, and a woman of color, Alison is sometimes in the minority. So how can we help if we aren’t in the group? How can men help women? How can citizens help refugees? It starts by recognizing who is around us and who is in influential positions. Do what you can to include the minority. Sometimes a minority is only a minority in leadership. You don’t have to pretend to be someone else, but you can raise your voice around others in the majority and ask to include others and to treat them equally. In short, let’s include others. Everyone should feel welcome in the running community, after all, we all have the ability to run. The more, the better. Resources: Alison’s Website Alison on Twitter Alison on Instagram Harlem Run Run 4 All Women Global Womxn Run Collective   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens, Janji, Tracksmith, and Altra 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! 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.  Today I get to announce my brand new partnership with Tracksmith! Tracksmith is a Boston based running clothing company that truly cares about the quality and care of their running clothes. Running can be a demanding lifestyle for our clothes, they definitely go through the wear and tear to where we may be purchasing new clothes constantly.  You can get 15% off your first purchase, click here and enter code TINA.   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 Alison, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
We all know the economic fallout of this virus is going to be huge, and many companies have already gone out of business, with many many more expected to not make it through the year. Rather than just cutting employees, this time, big, “untouchable” corporations have also gone under. And what about the small businesses out there, who are not sure if they can even make it through the year? When you and your family have sacrificed so much for your dream, it can be paralyzing to think of how to move forward. Even if you have not lost a job or a business, you could still be affected by the fear of losing your job or business, being a college senior who is about to enter the working world with no prospects, or just someone who fears for the unknown nature of our economy. In addition to that, we all want to be there in the best way we can for those who are going through one of these tough life situations. This podcast episode features two parts, two interviews, with two experts who could address the different angles we may be experiencing this from. The first interview is for those who thought they were in a safe, stable job, and all of a sudden, that is either gone, or at risk of being gone. A psychiatrist was the obvious choice for me to bring on the show, specifically one who works with clients who have dealt with issues like this before. Dr. Michael Dulchin of Union Square Practice is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He works with patients with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder, as well as relationship issues and work-related problems. Michael is also a runner, so he can speak to other areas of our lives too! Changing our mindset, our approach, our mental state is going to be the best way to approach this. A financial expert could not really give advice for the destroyed self confidence that comes with these situations around losing a job. At the end of the day, our self confidence and belief in our skills and abilities will be what gets us a job, or secures the job we are already in. The second interview is with business coach, Alli Worthington. Alli is here to give advice to the small business owners who find themselves in a very unsettling situation. Alli is a bestselling author of three books, speaker, podcaster, and business coach. Her goal is to help women reach the next level. Alli has helped individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. As a small business owner myself, I feel this strongly, and knew Alli would be perfect for spinning perspective, and helping us to feel in control again. Resources: Michael Gervais handling panic podcast episode Coronavirus for runners podcast episode Get the Job Loss and Financial Stress Written guide (Dr Mike's answers are transcribed, plus 20 other superstars contributed their advice for handling job loss). Own a small business? Get the Small Business Survival Guide, which contains transcribed advice from Alli and a 4 page worksheet to get you back on track. If you want to support me and the businesses who support me: Altra (enter to win a free pair of Altra every month here) Athletic Greens (with my link, you will get 20 servings for free) Generation UCAN (get 25% off with codeTINAMUIR25 if you are a new customer. If you're already a UCAN fan, save 15% with code TINAUCAN15)
As an athlete, odds are you have heard the name Meb Keflezighi. But as a runner, not only have you heard of him, you’ve idolized his abilities and been inspired by his amazing career.  Meb, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon, winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, cementing his legacy as one of the best long-distance runners in history, joined the Running for Real Podcast to discuss training, staying motivated during these difficult times, not letting circumstances define who you are, and the importance of surrounding yourself with people that believe in you. Your Training Won't Disappear With the Coronavirus spreading across our globe many races are being cancelled.  Races which people have invested months and possibly even years of training in to.  Whether you are at the peak of your training or have recently gotten off the couch to run your first 5K, having your race cancelled can be disappointing.  However, the investment you’ve put into your body throughout your training, the miles, speedwork, and recovery runs don’t disappear because of a race cancellation.  Take the proper time for recovery and get ready for your next race. Meb suggests that now is the perfect time to identify weaknesses in your training and begin strengthening these areas.  While your running may be limited, now is a perfect time to work on your core, do crunches, pull-ups, and push-ups.  A lot of great training drills to assist you in these areas can be found in Meb’s book, Meb for Mortals. At what Meb believed was the pinnacle of his training, he had been preparing for one of the biggest races of his career: the 2012 New York Marathon.  Due to damage done to New York by the Sandy Hurricane the race was cancelled.  While Meb said this was devastating he realized it was a good time to recover and refocus.  If you are struggling to take the next step because you lack motivation, realize you are in a better position than most others.  You will be back!  It is just a matter of time. Life is a Challenge Many people are struggling right now, and life is extremely challenging; however, your mentality towards the current issues is something you can control.  When it comes to your training you can have the “I’m done” mentality or you can realize that your health is very important and use this as a time to reset.  Right now is a perfect time to scale back, calm down, and ask yourself, “What have I done right with my training?” and “What have I not done right?”  Then go out and maximize your training.  Take this time to refocus and remember why you run. Meb suggests that we look at the bigger picture and realize that sometimes we have to take two steps back to gain ten steps forward.  A cancellation of a race can be disappointing, but it also gives you a chance to discover new ways you can come back stronger.  We need to remember how important our health is to running and that our health comes first.  It is easy to get caught up in thinking about the right now when we need to be thinking about the long term.  Continue to be diligent, encourage others, and be there for one another. Don't Let Other People or Circumstances Define You We’ve all encountered roadblocks in our training or running careers, and Meb is no exception to this.  In 2011 Meb was dropped by his sponsor, Nike.  He said this loss was tough for him.  His self-worth was devastated and believed his running career was over.  He’d done the best he could for his country, but those days were behind him.  Meb said many athletes dream about wearing the Nike Swoosh on their uniforms because it lets you know that you’ve made it. But as opposed to let the loss of this contract make him think he wasn’t good enough, he decided he would prove them wrong.  In 2011 Meb went on to set a personal record at the 2011 New York Marathon, afterwards he set a new personal record at the 2012 Olympic Trials, followed by a fourth place finish in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics.  And, in 2014, Meb went on to win the Boston Marathon two weeks short of his 39thbirthday! It is important not to let other people or circumstances define you.  You determine who you are going to be and what you are going to make of yourself based on the circumstances you are dealt. Surround Yourself With People That Believe in You In 2011, shortly after losing his Nike sponsorship, Skechers offered Meb a contract.  Other companies such as Ucan, CEP compression socks, and Maui Jim also offered Meb sponsorships.  Meb said his sponsors really cared for him and wanted to see him succeed.  They were instrumental in helping him achieve his goals and wanted to see him be the best that he could be.  He said the powerful and kind words spoken to him by his fans and sponsors are what encouraged him to continue to run.  When Meb won races, he said it was not a victory just for him, but a victory for the masses. At meet and greets Meb also stated that people bring him gifts, snacks, and share fascinating stories of losing weight through running.  Runners have even approached him and told him his victory at Boston has inspired them to start running and train for a marathon.  Kind words and inspirational stories can go a long way in motivating you to continue to train hard and look forward to the next race. Whether your race was recently cancelled, you’ve experienced a setback, or you are finding it hard to become motivated to get out the door again remember: Most of us have enough areas in our lives where we have to meet other’s expectations.  Let your running be about your own hopes and dreams. Recall why you started running, reminisce about the feelings you experienced during your “runner’s highs” and start training for your next race! Resources: (Book) Meb for Mortals (Book) 26 Marathons (Book) Run to Overcome (Book) The Moment of Lift Meb's Twitter Meb's Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Vital Farms, Tifosi, and Generation UCAN 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.   I am very excited to have found a sunglass brand 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.   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 Meb, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
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Janet R

This was an excellent podcast. At 51 years old and successful in my career I also apologise too much and worse, a large piece of work that I recently carried out - when told it was excellent my first response was to thank others who contributed and not accept the thanks for myself. I've shared.

Jul 24th
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Özgür Yüksel

amazing story. inspiring. such a strong mindset.

Apr 19th
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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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