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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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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.
Have you ever considered using running as a way to tell people what you care about? If not, I’m sure you’ve seen people that have. Maybe a neighborhood boy or girl on the cross-country team has asked you to pledge a certain amount of money for each lap they run during a fund-raising event, or maybe you’ve seen a 5K go through your city with every participant wearing pink to raise breast cancer awareness. When you run, you stand out from the crowd. Try going for a run in a new city and see how many people do a double take as you zip past them coming out of a coffee shop or notice the heads that follow you as you play leap frog with a public bus in traffic. We all find running curious, and those willing to run draw the eyes of many. Thousands of people line the streets to watch city marathons, runners and non-runners alike. There is something noble about running, a simple but strenuous act. Strangers give shouts of encouragement along a race course and volunteers are on the ready to hand out water and quick energy. It’s a beautiful thing. The running community is made up of much more than just the runners. Running for a Cause When Rosalie Fish found out she could use running in this way, she felt excited, nervous, and powerful. She knew that running was the way for her to tell others about her story, and the stories of people in her community. Rosalie grew up on an Indian reservation in the state of Washington. Her community is made up of about 500 members of the Native American Cowlitz tribe. Unfortunately, a lot of prejudices and stereotypes about Native Americans still exist, and Rosalie was often on the receiving end of unfair treatment in public schools. Things came to an all-time low when Rosalie attempted suicide after the bullying, abuse, and harassment wouldn’t stop. She was transferred to a new high school and decided that she would take up running again, remembering how it made her feel as a middle schooler. “The only thing that really kept me grounded […] and kept me going was running,” Rosalie said, “I found that when I ran, physically, I was unable to feel sadness.” At that time, it seemed that running was saving Rosalie’s life, but running would give her life even more purpose later on. MMIW Rosalie kept running, and with the help of a dedicated coach, she was able to enter (and win!) races that she was being denied previously because of her heritage. She continued to race and her success helped her to feel empowered. However, it wasn’t until she first saw Jordan Marie Daniel run that she truly felt inspired. Jordan is a Native American from the Kul Wicasa Oyate tribe in South Dakota. When she ran the Boston marathon, she painted a red hand over her mouth and the letters MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) down her legs. Jordan and Rosalie were able to meet and Jordan was inspired to paint the same symbol and letters on herself when she ran at Washington’s track and field state championship. She said she was nervous, but her actions have been well received and given her even more motivation to run, giving a voice to those that don’t have one. Every Runner Can Be Seen You may think that only the elite runners can use their platform to raise awareness. While it’s true that media outlets won’t interview every runner that crosses the finish line, there are other ways to be seen. You can’t tell me that if you run the New York City Marathon in a giant homemade single-use plastic water bottle that you won’t turn the heads of thousands of people. Even if your picture doesn’t end up in the New York Times, thousands of people will see you run past and conversations will be had. Just think about the people dressed up as Santa Claus or Wonder Woman as they sweat through the 5K or 26 miles of their race. You and I have seen them. Whether it made us think about going to see the latest super hero movie is another question, but we definitely saw them. If you have something you care about, why not use running as a way to talk about it? Wear a costume, organize a group run, or maybe go big and try to plan a community awareness race. Choose to be like Rosalie and be proud of who you are and what you care about. We'll all be watching. Resources: Beyond Running: Suicide with Shelli Gordon- R4R 143 Urban Indian Health Institute Sovereign Bodies Institute Rosalie’s Tedx Talk Rosalie on Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Butcher Box and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Butcher Box is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh and high quality meats. They are free of antibiotics, added hormones, and each box has 9-11 pounds of meat. You can even customized your choices or cuts of meats from beef, chicken, fish, pork, and bacon. This is a great way to get healthy, humanly raised, grass-fed, and free range meat. I am going to be giving you a special as being a listener for new Butcher Box members by giving away ground beef for LIFE of your subscription that will be included in your box order, as well as $20 off your first order. Go here to sign up now or enter code RUNNING at checkout.   Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   I am very excited to have found a sunglass brand, Tifosi that are super durable and can be used to for athletic and leisure life styles. They even come in MANY colors and shades for the not so sunny days out there as well. The ones that I like is the Swank Series, go and check them out!   Go here with coupon code TINA for 10% off.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Rosalie, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.  
There is a lot of stress, fear, anxiety, overwhelm in our world right now. We have no idea what the future will look like, and that can be hard for us to function, especially when we are all told to stay inside our homes, which can make things even more intense. I knew there was only one expert I wanted to bring on the show to talk us through, help us understand what we can do right now to make things feel a little more under our control. Dr Michael Gervais is extremely busy right now, with his expertise and wisdom being requested all over the world, but he was kind enough to join me in a 20 minute conversation to reassure the Running For Real community. The episode last week with Dr Emily Stoneman on COVID19 was helpful for many, but what you seemed to enjoy just as much, was the second half of the episode where I talked about how to handle cancelled races. I would love to hear if you want to hear more of these episodes over the coming months. They are outside my nature (I love to record ahead of time), but if it is good for the community, I am happy to get outside my comfort zone. If you are feeling overwhelmed and don't feel you have anyone to talk to, many of my psychologist and mental health professionals have offered to connect with Running For Real listeners FOR FREE at this time. Enter your email here and I will get one of them to reach out to you. Please do not suffer in silence. I see you, and I am here for you. Resources: Struggling? One of my psychologist/mental health professional friends will reach out to you, just let me know here CDC website Information for pregnant women COVID19 podcast and race recommendations  Get a written version of the COVID19 podcast, along with a guide for how to approach your training for the rest of the year Michael's Finding Mastery Podcast Michael on Twitter Michael on Instagram Michael on LinkedIn Compete to Create
At what point did you consider yourself to be a runner? Odds are, you were a runner long before you felt comfortable saying it out loud. Maybe it wasn’t until after your first 5K, your tenth 5K, or even your first marathon. Perhaps you still don’t call yourself a runner, or when you do, you quickly follow it up with “but not a fast one.” This is silly. Why do so many of us feel the need to qualify for the Boston Marathon before we can call ourselves runners? We don’t see this as often in other hobbies or sports. Imagine saying, “Yeah I have a dog, but he can’t do tricks,” or “I like listening to music, but I haven’t been to a Taylor Swift concert yet, so I guess I don’t reallylike music.” You are a runner! It doesn’t matter how fast, how far, how often or how many races you’ve been in. There is power in claiming that title, and although I will continue to tell you that you are “more than just a runner,” you are one. When you embrace the fact that you are a runner, you start treating yourself as one. A confidence emerges and you join a community that is excited about what they do. Even more than that, you start to do things that help you become a lifelong runner, giving your body the respect and devotion it needs. To the middle-of-the-packers and the ones still nervous to claim the title of runner: This one’s for you. Run to the Finish Amanda Brooks is the genius behind both the website and the new book titled “Run to the Finish.” She started her website in 2005 as a way to talk about her new found love in running. Since then she has become as expert researcher, journalist, and author, helping runners do what she loves most, running. As a new runner, Amanda felt the need to talk about what she loved with others online because she didn’t know a lot of people who were runners. Maybe that’s because there were so many closet runners, but she quickly found a group of people like her. As she ran more and more, she also became more interested in the science behind it and soon she was researching everything about running. Amanda considers herself an actionable person. “Tell me what to do,” she says when referring to a running warmup. She isn’t interested in general advice, but a list of things she can actually do. That’s what her website and book are all about. Every new and experienced runner can find things there to implement immediately into their running. Treat Yourself Like a Runner The next step after calling yourself a runner, is to work out like one. No, this doesn’t mean you need to run 100 miles a week, or sprint around the track. It simply means you ought to give your body the rehab and prehab it needs. If you want to be a lifelong runner and avoid injury, you shouldn’t wait until you are a certain age or log a certain number of miles before you do these things. Many runners don’t want to hear it, but you can’t simply “just run” if you are in it for the long run. Hip and core exercises, mobility exercises, and strength training are important. But it can be simple to appreciate. Know that every foam roller session is adding to your longevity and satisfaction as a runner. Check out Amanda’s website to find what you can do today. Lastly, don’t be afraid to literally invest in yourself and your running. Buy a book on running, schedule an appointment with a sports’ therapist, or hire a running coach for a few sessions. The investment will be worth it. You will feel validated as a runner and you’ll be recovering from injury less often. Now get out there and show the world that you are a runner! Resources: (Book) Endure: Alex Hutchinson (Book) Older, Faster, Stronger: Margaret Webb (Book) Peak: Marc Bubbs (Book) 80/20 Running: Matt Fitzgerald (Book) Run to the Finish: Amanda Brooks Amanda’s Website Amanda on Instagram Amanda on Facebook Amanda on Twitter Amanda on YouTube   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Vital Farms and Body Health for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs.  Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.   If you are struggling to recover quick enough from your training, my little secret is to use BodyHealth Perfect Amino to get you there. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is very easy for your body to use and begin the repair process. Click the link and use codeTINAMUIR10for 10% off.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Amanda, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.  
Special report episode on Coronavirus. I interviewed Dr Emily Stoneman, an Infectious Disease Specialist working at the University of Michigan, to ask her all the questions we have been wondering, and then addressed what to do as runners. Emily has been working 18 hour days, but gave us almost an hour of her time to help the running community feel at ease. In the second half of the episode, I address what to do if your goal race has been ripped away from you because of necessary cancellations or postponement? I cover this, along with advice for how to plan the rest of your year of training. Resources: CDC website Information for pregnant women Get a written version of this podcast, along with a guide for how to approach your training for the rest of the year Athletic Greens (get 20 servings, a $79 value pack) for free with your order
Wouldn’t it be nice if our motivation was consistent? If every day we woke up we knew exactly what we wanted to do, how to do, and the motivation to actually get it done? Truth be told, we probably experience pockets of this, and maybe some of you can string together months at a time of getting into “flow.” Finding our motivations and processes is a process in itself, and it’s a journey worth going on. Let me introduce a person that has been on that journey, and done it well, Margo Mountjoy. Margo began her relationship with professional sport as a synchronized swimmer for her home country Canada. Today she is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission, a member of faculty and a consultant for multiple Canadian Universities, and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Among these and other things, Margo has served as a team physician and continues her research work in the fields of women’s health, anti-doping, and abuse in sports environments. If there is someone who has a great amount of motivation, it’s Margo. Pull up this podcast right now to hear all the things Margo is doing to help the sports world. How Does Your Motivation Fuel You? Although going from professional athlete to Olympic committee member seems like an obvious progression, Margo’s journey was a bit more winding than you would expect. “I didn’t start my Ph.D. till I was over 50,” she says. After she ended her competitive swimming career, she attended medical school and stepped away from athletics to focus on her education. From there, Margo completed her residency and began her career as a physician. It was during residency that Margo found a love for promoting physical wellbeing. Since that time, Margo has often been driven by seeing a need and working to fulfil it. Personal accolades or titles don’t motivate her, simply helping people does, and it’s what has kept her working so hard for so long. Whenever we get discouraged, it’s good to complete an inventory and see what our motivations are. When what we do is greater than ourselves, we can always go a little further. “Nothing personal motivates me,” Margo says. Receiving a hand written note thanking her for her work can mean just as much to her as having impressive research articles published. Keep the Goal in Mind This isn’t to say that Dr. Mountjoy doesn’t get frustrated occasionally. “I’m not someone who is going to solve all the problems in the world,” she says, “It is a little frustrating at times...but you must remain patient and wait for the opportunity.”  As she works on changing cultures and systems, there will inevitably be moments that Dr. Mountjoy can’t control, but she doesn’t feel overwhelmed. She stays ready to act when the moments are given to her. For Margo, keeping the goal as her guiding force is powerful. She has the athlete’s best interest at heart which keeps her motivated and patient during the difficult times. We can learn a lot from her vision. As a runner, it’s important to have those end goals in mind that allow us to enjoy the moment and do the things that are best for us. Whether that is allowing ourselves to eat enough food to keep our body energized, or keeping a thought of those who look up to us in mind as we hit walls on our runs, having sustainable motivation is key. Know Where You Stand Wherever you are in your running journey, it’s good to know where you are. Do you have a pain that is bothering you? Do you have a hard time sleeping? Do you feel like you have less any energy than the people around you? Are you always hungry or always full? We will never be perfect runners, but there is no sense in delaying our potential. Dr. Mountjoy stresses the importance of being aware of all your body functions. Make sure that you are checking in on yourself and doing those things you know will help you perform to your best ability. Get your sleep, eat enough nutritious food, and seek professional advice for any issues that you have questions about. Resources: Jennifer Gaudiani Episode 159 Renee McGregor Episode 99 Jessi Haggerty and Meg Steffrey-Schrier Episode 89 Nancy Clark Episode 25 Margo on Twitter   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens, Janji, Butcher Box for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, visit here to learn more!   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Butcher Box is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh and high quality meats. They are free of antibiotics, added hormones, and each box has 9-11 pounds of meat. You can even customized your choices or cuts of meats from beef, chicken, fish, pork, and bacon. This is a great way to get healthy, humanly raised, grass-fed, and free range meat. I am going to be giving you a special as being a listener by getting 2 filet mignons, a pack of bacon, and PLUS $20 off of your first box. When you sign up now here or you can use code tinamuir at checkout for the offer.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Margo, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Life can be overwhelming and busy, however that doesn’t mean you still can’t find time for yourself.  Liza Howard, elite ultra-marathon runner, coach, employee at the National Outdoor Leadership School, and mother of two children knows in order to succeed in her sport and remain at the top of her running game she must find time to put in the miles.  Despite a busy homelife, Liza has managed to win the Leadville 100, Rocky Racoon 100, and the Javelina Jundred.  As opposed to making excuses, Liza has used a hectic schedule as a motivator to get out and run. Be Happy with Your Mess It may not always be easy to find time for you, but you have to.  Liza says at some point, something has to give.  You have your needs. For example, you have to work to earn money.  You have to take care of your children.  But you don’t always have to have the cleanest house, or the most well-manicured yard.  You need to identify the things which are not as important for you to keep up on all the time and make peace with those things.  Be happy with your mess.  Realize there will be times when you have to make time for yourself for your own sanity.  If you cannot keep up with everything, that’s fine.  Allow yourself the time to go out and run.  Allowing yourself the opportunity to go and train and to feel the freedom that comes with running will give you the necessary mental break and will make you a better mother, spouse, and person. Age is Just a Number Too often we put limitations on ourselves.  Our mindset entering a run is just as important as our physical capabilities.  It is not a useful mindset to believe we are too old and can no longer run or can’t compete anymore.  Of course, as we get older there will be natural physical decreases, however, it seems to be us that put those limitations on ourselves.  There will always be time to continue to improve.  There are people, such as Liza, who are older runners, yet they are still continuing to win ultra-marathons, put in forty mile runs, and race Olympic qualifiers.  Being fast is not as important as trying to get the most out of your body. Tips on Staying Motivated Finding the energy to get motivated can be a challenge.  Set a scheduled time to when you can go out and run each day.  If you miss that scheduled time, that’s ok.  Don’t let that hang over your head.  Just look forward to being able to run the next day.  When you run don’t feel like you have to go out for an hour each time.  Commit to five minutes.  Get out the door, and once that five minutes hits, odds are you’ll want to continue running.  Continue to make small commitments and as you accomplish those small goals, it will make setting and obtaining bigger goals easier. Don’t compare yourself to others.  Some of your friends may be able to go out and run amazing trails and have these incredible training runs.  That may not always be the case for you, and that’s ok.  While training for Ultra-Marathon races Liza said she has had to run 40 miles on the treadmill and has a 2.1 mile loop near her house that she will run over and over again so that she can stop in and check on her family during her training runs. Someone else’s reality may not be your reality.  But, continue to put in the miles and train for your race. One motivating factor Liza uses is always having a race on the calendar.  If you have something to train for, you’ll have the desire to go run.  You’ll want to show up race day with your best self: prepared, motivated, and with a positive attitude.  A positive attitude allows you to go out and overcome obstacles.  Sometimes, regardless of preparation, you may have a bad race.  Don’t focus on the negatives, even if you have a bad race or a bad run.  Use it to challenge yourself to do it again. Not only is Liza an amazing runner, she also does a lot for her community.  Each year Liza works with approximately thirty veterans, through her Band of Runners trail camp, who are struggling to be physically active and connect with their communities.  The camp’s mission is to share the community of trail running and the physical and psychological benefits associated with running in nature.  It also helps to connect them with other trail runners in their communities and provide them with a strong support group.    Resources: Band of Runners Website Liza Howard Twitter Liza Howard Website Liza Howard Instagram   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Generation UCAN, Altra, and Body Health for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races and in my every day life. This product has been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar high or crashes! Use code  TINAMUIR25 for 25% off.   I am thrilled to announce my exciting partnership with Altra, as an athlete and a sponsorship, I have loved their shoes as well as what this company stands for. So as a special treat to Running4Real listeners  they are going to give away a pair of shoes every month this year! Go HERE to enter to be a winner a free pair of shoes. And once you have entered once you will be entered for the entire year.   If you are struggling to recover quick enough from your training, my little secret is to use BodyHealth Perfect Amino to get you there. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is very easy for your body to use and begin the repair process. Click the link and use code TINAMUIR10 for 10% off.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Liza, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Have you ever experienced an injury so severe you thought you would never come back from it?  Do you remember the thoughts that ran through your mind?  Or the disappointment you felt?  In 2017, Hillary Allen was ranked first in the Skyrunning World Series. This series consisted of high altitude endurance races spanning anywhere from 50k to 100k.  Hillary, sponsored by The North Face, was at the top of her running game when she suffered a catastrophic injury after a 150 foot fall during the Hamperokken Sky Race in Norway.  Hillary suffered two broken arms, two broken vertebrae, two broken ribs, ligament damage in her foot, and several bruises and lacerations.  While many people may have seen this as an impossible setback, Hillary took it as a challenge and faced it head on. What is Strength As runners, we define ourselves as runners. When you experience a runner’s high, it is an experience like no other. But when we can’t experience that high due to an injury, especially one that will keep us away from the sport we love for so long, we will experience both physical and emotional pain. It is in these moments that you can define yourself as someone who gives up, or you can define yourself as someone who is not only a strong athlete, but a strong person. Being a strong person may seem easier said than done. So, how do we find the strength to press forward when the situation seems so dire? Try starting a journal. Writing down affirmations to yourself will help pull you through these hard times, even if you don’t believe them. Write positive messages to yourself and then go back and read those messages. You can empower yourself and nurture a belief that your strongest athletic days are ahead of you. You may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, you may even think it’s not there, but it is! The more you affirm this within yourself, the more you will buy into it. Strength is also being able to rely on other people. It is ok to be vulnerable. It is in moments of vulnerability that we find the most strength. We can ask for help and that’s ok. It takes strength to rely on other people. Strong isn’t always, “Let me do it myself,” but can be, “Please, I need help.” Be Honest with Yourself and Don’t Give Up One of the more serious injuries Hillary suffered in her fall was a Lisfranc injury. This type of injury typically takes close to a year to fully recover from. Hillary’s doctor told her she may jog again, but most certainly would not run again. As heartbreaking as this may be to some people, Hillary made the decision to not allow this diagnosis to eliminate hope that she may not run again. Instead what she decided to do was allow the impossible to motivate her and make her optimistic. If you sustain an injury and want to get back to running, you can do it. The first step is realizing it will not be easy. You and only you make the decision on how you are going to handle the hard times that are sure to come. It is ok to doubt yourself. It’s human nature to experience feelings of reservation and uncertainty; but doubt has the ability to foster belief. Think back to the last time someone told you that you couldn’t do something. How did that make you feel? Did it motivate you to prove them wrong or did you decide to believe what was being said? We can become so overwhelmed by focusing on our inabilities that we forget about how much we are truly capable of doing. Surround yourself with people that want to see you succeed, with people that will listen to your negative thoughts and fears. Put those scary thoughts out there and be honest with not only yourself, but with your support group. Sometimes honesty can be hard, and if you find that you can’t do it, fake it. And continue to fake it until that self-doubt is gone and you begin to believe in yourself. People are stronger than they give themselves credit for, but you can do it. If you give yourself permission to suffer a little bit, you’ll surprise yourself with how strong you really are. Don’t Call it a Comeback Your return to running following an injury or a break may insinuate you are coming back, but don’t call it a comeback. Coming back means you are coming back to the same place you left off. But you are not. The journey back from an injury should make you feel like a completely different person. You cannot compare yourself to the person you were before. By doing this, you will put a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself which will diminish the joys you should feel while running. Know that while your pace may not be where it once was, you are now a stronger athlete, with new knowledge and a greater love for running. By calling it a comeback you put a lot of internal pressure on yourself. Pressure that is unnecessary and that can take away from the joys running should bring you. Not only do you put pressure on yourself, but it can also be frightening. However, the opposite of fear is courage. Getting back out there and running is what courage looks like. Lacing up your shoes and hitting the trail or the road and competing with yourself. Running is a celebration.  It is liberating! Overcome your mental block and allow your body to do what it knows how to do: run. You can tell yourself you are going to give up, but don’t ever give up. Look at challenges as an opportunity to dig deep into yourself, to pull from within you something you never knew you had. This will create experiences for you to draw from as you encounter future trials and will give you the strength to conquer setbacks, as improbable as they may seem. In the words of Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Resources: Hilary's Twitter Hillary's Instagram Hillary's Website   One of the things that I truly LOVE to do every week to get to know my audience better is my Newsletter I will cherish and guard your email. It is a way that I can get to know you all and to build a true connection with you, as social media has been tough on me lately. I know how annoying it is when you sign up for something and suddenly find yourself on 50 other email lists. This is just you and me. I promise. If you are interested go here to sign up!   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Hillary, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Runners are a different species.  Not only is running our sport but it is our passion, our mental break, our chance to distance ourselves from the world and the stressors of everyday life.  However, as a runner, I am sure you have suffered injuries and setbacks.  You are not alone.  According to Cindy Kuzma, journalist for Runner’s World, and Carrie Jackson Cheadle, mental skills expert and nationally recognized for her expertise in sport’s performance, about three quarters of runners will suffer an injury within their first one to two years of running, and an even greater number will suffer some form of injury throughout a running career.  Kuzma and Cheadle, authors of the book Rebound: Train your mind to bounce back stronger from sports injuries, have studied injuries and the mental toll that can take on your mind and have sought out to educate people of the importance of your mental health during times of injury. Is There a Good Time to Take Time Off and Reset Runners are stubborn and do not like taking time off from their sport.  However, after sustaining an injury, rest will become an important part of your recovery.  Cheadle says, “It takes more mental toughness to stop and to take that break and to focus on your recovery then it does to push through.  A true sign of mental toughness is wanting something so bad but willing to back off for a little bit to give your body what it needs to hit your goals.” We tend to focus so much on the now and the current situations we find ourselves in.  But, when we goal set, we focus on the future and where we want to be one month, six months, or even one year from now.  The same should be said for our injuries.  We have the amazing gift of internal knowledge.  We know more about our bodies and how are bodies are feeling than anyone else.  One benefit of tapping into the psychological aspect of recovery is we allow ourselves a chance to conduct a “self-inquiry.”  As you proceed to heal from a running injury you can ask yourself, “Is it time to push hard or is it time to rest? Will pushing now benefit me three months from now or will it hinder my recovery process and push my goals back further?” Running Becomes Our Identity Running, or being an athlete in general, can provide you with a high athletic identity.  We all have different identities and play different roles in life, whether it is the role of a mother or father, an employee at our place of employment, or a student.  At times our feeling of self-worth may be more connected with one identity than another.  This tends to be especially true with high endurance athletes.  When we sustain an injury and are unable to train or compete, we lose a part of ourselves when we lose that athletic identity. It is in these moments where your true identity will come out.  As opposed to looking at the situation through a microscopic lens, we need to pull back and view the bigger picture.  You are still an athlete; however, recovery just becomes your new sport.  The time and energy you used to put into running now gets put into your recovery.  This is the time to mentally reset, work through the healing process, both physically and mentally, and learn something from the experience that will make you a better runner as you begin to train again. The Hero’s Journey What is a hero and how does a hero become a hero?  If we think about heroes, both fictional and real, these individuals suffered major setbacks and had to overcome them in order to obtain “hero status.”  For example, arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, Michael Jordan, did not make his high school basketball team.  This devastated him.  So, what did he do?  He got in the gym throughout the course of the next year and worked hard every day, letting that experience motivate him to be the best.  The same should be done by each of us as runners. There are mental drills that can help us push through the mental agony that comes with being unable to perform the sport we love.  Kuzma said following an injury we each have the natural human reaction of, “Well this sucks!”  But if we change our thinking, we can come out on the other side stronger than before. Change “this is going to suck” to “this is going to be hard,” and see how that makes you feel.  Then take, “this is going to be hard” and change it to “this is going to be a challenge.”  Now, how does that make you feel?  Then you can eventually change “this is going to be hard” and arrive at, “this is going to be an opportunity.” See how that makes you feel?  Do this with small situations and practice it so that it becomes easier to do with bigger obstacles.  Obstacles can be opportunities and you get better as you practice. Being Disappointed is Alright, but Don’t Let it Consume You As runners we belong to a very unique community.  We train hard.  We push ourselves to the point of exhaustion. We get excited when we set personal records and we get excited when our training partners set personal records.  But what happens when we sustain an injury and we can no longer train with our training partners or friends? As someone who has experienced a runner’s high and who loves to run, it is a common reaction to become angry, not only at yourself, but at your training partners who are still able to run.  Those same training partners who are still setting personal records while you are unable to run.  Being unable to train with your team or your friends may make you feel isolated, whether it is real or perceived.  For this reason, Cheadle and Kuzma founded The Injured Athletes Club podcast and The Injured Athletes Club Facebook page.  One of the hardest parts about being injured is the comradery that you feel your missing out on.  However, The Injured Athletes Club podcast will provide you with the necessary mental skills to cope with sports injuries and the mental side of rehabilitation and recovery.  Kuzma and Cheadle will also provide you with tools you can use to stay positive and resilient during your recovery. The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group allows you to interact with other runners who are dealing with injuries of their own.  It is a chance to talk about how you are feeling, both mentally and physically, and receive support from other runners to assist you in your journey. Sometimes all we want to do is talk.  The Injured Athletes Club Facebook page is a great place to vent your frustrations or, even better, share stories of your successful journey. Whether we be elite athletes, endurance athletes, or your Saturday 5k runner, we are not immune from injuries.  At some point during our career it is very possible we may sustain an injury or a setback.  The most important thing to remember is, it is not the end of the world.  While it may frustrate us, aggravate us, or downright cause us physical and emotional pain, it is a journey.  It is your journey.  Every hero suffers a setback before they reach their full potential.  With that being said, remember, it may suck, it may be hard, and may be a challenge, but in the end it’s an opportunity to grow and come back stronger and more determined then you would have been had you not sustained the injury.   Resources:  Carrie Cheadle Twitter  Cindy Kuzma Twitter The Injured Athletes Club Facebook page (Book) Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Vital Farms for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. I have been a BIG fan of Vital Farms for years for their eggs, because they truly do care about their products and where they get them from. It is a brand that I trust, it is Lactose and casein free! With a new product of Ghee butter, it is a clean and versatile butter oil for all your culinary needs.  Go Here for a chance to win a year supply of Pasture-Raised Ghee.   One of the things that I truly LOVE to do every week to get to know my audience better is my Newsletter I will cherish and guard your email. It is a way that I can get to know you all and to build a true connection with you, as social media has been tough on me lately. I know how annoying it is when you sign up for something and suddenly find yourself on 50 other email lists. This is just you and me. I promise. If you are interested go here to sign up! Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Cindy and Carrie, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
If you live in a developed country, you likely enjoy the benefits of being able to rely on government systems that protect you. You can walk outside and feel safe in your neighborhood, put money in your bank and have faith it will be safeguarded, or voice your opinion and not be punished. You probably also follow a set of rules without much thought for the same reason. You don’t steal from others, drive backwards on the freeway, or shoot your neighbor’s dog after it poops on your lawn. To be fair, some of these scenarios are simply using your common sense. But have you been in a country with limited driving rules? Google “crazy driving in India” and you’ll see what I mean. The point is, we rely on rules and regulations to protect us and help us make decisions. Luckily, we don’t have to think about the morality of every decision we make. Instead we can focus on working hard in our job, spending time with our family, or thinking of creative ways to keep that dumb dog out of our yard. What the heck does this have to do with running? A Controversial Shoe Enter the Nike Vaporfly. We live in a world that is continuously looking for that next big thing to help us run faster. How can we lose more weight? How can we recover from injury? How can we avoid injury? These mainstream questions have people lining up to give their money away whenever a new product or study comes out. A shoe that has created controversy for several reasons, the Vaporfly was one of the first to have a carbon fiber plate, acting almost as a spring for the runner’s foot. However, the way the shoe was first released was just as controversial when Nike made the shoe available to just a handful of elite runners. Today, the Vaporfly has officially been allowed into the 2020 Olympics. Some athletes and media don’t agree with the decision, but the even bigger problem is how the shoe has been regulated thus far. What Qualifies as Cheating? Alex Hutchinson made his way on the show today for the third time. That sets a record for the Running for Real podcast, and for good reason. Alex is an amazing sports researcher, author, and journalist. Most recently he participated in a study riding a bike through the Italian Alps after putting on some funky headgear and experiencing brain stimulation. Alex was also one of the first members of the public to try out the Vaporfly when he was sent a pair to write an article about them. Like many, he has had to make the decision of whether or not to use the shoe that promises at least a 1% improvement in your performance and a quicker recovery time. Is it fair to use a shoe that makes your performance immediately better? Is it fair to use something that athletes in the past didn’t have access to? Is it fair to use something that other competitors don’t have access to today? These are the hard questions. What actually qualifies as cheating? Is it cheating if you can get away with it? What if there is a loophole? Is this a matter of following rules or following your moral compass? Leveling the Playing Field How will Alex make his decision about running in his Vaporflys? Well, to him it’s about a product being available to everyone. His Vaporflys have been sitting on his shelf for a few years now, but as he trains for the London Marathon, he’s pretty sure that he’ll run in them. Now that every major shoe company has some sort of carbon fiber shoe, the playing field has been leveled and running in this new shoe doesn’t feel like cheating. It’s up to the organizations to further determine what is fair. Like everyone else, we don’t have all the answers, but these are questions worth thinking about. In the end we hope that the institutions set clear rules that promote good health and fair competition. That’s what it’s really about. Resources: (Episode 97 with Alex) (Alex’s Book) Endure Alex’s Website Alex on Twitter Alex’s Article on brain stimulation   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Athletic Greens, Janji, and Butcher Box for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Athletic Greens is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. Just to help my immune system be stronger and greater! It is so simple to do and it taste good as well. Now you can get a free travel pack with 20 servings with your first purchase, Visit here to learn more!   Butcher Box is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh and high quality meats. They are free of antibiotics, added hormones, and each box has 9-11 pounds of meat. You can even customized your choices or cuts of meats from beef, chicken, fish, pork, and bacon. This is a great way to get healthy, humanly raised, grass-fed, and free range meat. I am going to be giving you a special as being a listener by getting 2 filet mignons, a pack of bacon, and PLUS $20 off of your first box. When you sign up now here or you can use code tinamuir at checkout for the offer.   JANJI is an official sponsor of the Running 4 Real podcast, I am so excited about this! They visit designers in countries all around the world to help with their upcoming clothing lines and any profit they make off of that design 5% goes right back to that country to supply for their clean water supply. The materials they use are recycled which I LOVE. Go here and use code TINAMUIR for 10% off and if you want to know my favorites click here.   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. 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We’ve all seen the picture of an iceberg that shows what we see above water is only a fraction of what is happening underneath. This depiction is the reality for many people or situations that we encounter every day. The story always has more to it than first meets the eye. This is no different for Alysia Montaño. Many know her as “the runner with a flower in her hair,” or “the pregnant runner.” But like all elite athletes, Alysia is more than a runner, with a lifetime of stories that make her who she is. Today Alysia not only helped us understood who she is, but how we can look beneath the surface to understand others and even ourselves in a new light. The Pregnant Runner Although Alysia has won seven national championships and two world championships, some of her biggest recognition came when she decided to run at the 2014 USA Nationals while she was 8 months pregnant. Like you would guess, many people (who were not her coach, midwife, or doctor) began questioning what she was doing. “Is that healthy for you or the baby?” they would ask.  Alysia was being healthy, and her first daughter Linnéa was carried to full-term, strong and healthy. While Alysia didn’t PR during that race, she finished strong and proved her point. It is okay to be a mother and a runner, and it’s okay to do them simultaneously. This was just the beginning for Alysia and boldly living her beliefs. She continues to speak out today for women and underprivileged groups, working with brands that support women in their careers and their motherhood and calling out those brands that don’t What Privileges Do You Have? With all the talk of equal rights, planet conservation, and other issues, life can get overwhelming quickly. Sometimes you might just want to curl up into a cozy ball under a blanket and shut out the world. It’s easy to want to just put your head down, live your own life, and not try to change a world that can seem unchangeable at times. Alysia recommends to simply take a moment and recognize all the privileges you have when you feel this way. For those that don’t have the same privileges, they don’t have the option to hide from their challenges. They must fight every day.  All of us have both more and less privileges than other groups of people. Hopefully this gives you motivation to keep working toward a better life while being grateful for what you already have. Work hard to gain those privileges you don’t yet have, and look out for those that have even less. Put yourself in the shoes of others and you will find energy to fight for them. What It’s Like to Be a Russian Athlete Every person has a different story. When Alysia found out that she would be upgraded to the Bronze Medal from her initial fourth place finishes, it was difficult for her to describe her feelings. Of course, she was happy to find out she would receive her medal, but also upset about the entire process. It will be impossible to truly give Alysia what she deserved. A moment with her country’s flag, standing on the podium amidst other athletes, lost pay and potential contracts, and having her departed grandmother never know of her accomplishments are all part of what she will never get back. Her story was changed forever. Yulia Stepanova, the Russian athlete who was the whistleblower to set off the doping allegations was able to talk with Alysia about her experiences training as a potential Olympic athlete in Russia. Her story is very different than those runners in the U.S. While most athletes in the U.S. need to go searching for illegal performance-enhancing drugs, these Russian athletes were given pills at a young age, expected to take them, and rarely told what they were.  To perform clean, they had to overcome more hurdles than should be expected of them. Alysia recognized that Yulia not only had a much different experience than her as an elite athlete, but also risked her life in being a whistleblower. Run in Their Shoes The takeaway is straightforward, though not easy. Try to consider other people’s lives and experiences. No one has the same story as you, whether that is an underprivileged member of society or a foreign athlete. We can continue to work toward something greater by doing our best to understand the people around us.   Resources: Alysia on Twitter Alysia on Instagram Alysia’s Website Keeping-Track Podcast   Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Generation UCAN and Altra for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast. Generation UCAN has been with me through a lot of my races and in my every day life. This product has been my go to nutritional product for marathon training and racing when I was getting all of my best times. It gives you a steady energy without the sugar, so there are no sugar high or crashes! Use code TINAMUIR25 for 25% off.   I am thrilled to announce my exciting partnership with Altra, as an athlete and a sponsorship, I have loved their shoes as well as what this company stands for. So as a special treat to Running4Real listeners  they are going to give away a pair of shoes every month this year! Go HERE to enter to be a winner a free pair of shoes. And once you have entered once you will be entered for the entire year.   One of the things that I truly LOVE to do every week to get to know my audience better is my Newsletter I will cherish and guard your email. It is a way that I can get to know you all and to build a true connection with you, as social media has been tough on me lately. I know how annoying it is when you sign up for something and suddenly find yourself on 50 other email lists. This is just you and me. I promise. If you are interested go here to sign up!   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Alysia, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
Do you want to be able to run for your entire life? Then the number one most important thing for you to consider today is the world we live in. Politics aside, we want to be able to keep running on this beautiful planet. If we continue to treat it the way we have been the last several decades, that won’t happen. This is important to us as runners, and it makes sense. We are out there breathing in the air and taking in the scenery. Of all people, we recognize the differences in temperature and air quality on a daily basis. It effects how far we can run, how fast we can run, and if we can run at all. We get it. So what are we doing about it? Back on the show with us today was Clare Gallagher. Since she was last with us on the podcast, she won Western States, the world’s oldest 100-mile race. Just before that, she was doing the thing she is just as passionate about, working to save the planet. Just two weeks before the incredibly difficult 100-miler, Clare was attending a Climate Conference in Alaska and traveling with her sponsor company Patagonia, well known for their social position and activism. She returned home just 20 hours before race time. But Clare gives credit to her trip as part of the reason for her victory. Yes, she is a great competitor and likely in the best shape of her life, but her passion for the planet is what gives her her greatest motivation and strength. A Challenge Greater Than 100 Miles Listening to Clare gives you an understanding of how great a challenge we have in front of us. The momentum is still headed in a negative direction. These forces are such that by the time we see the effects of climate change, we are well behind in fixing them.  However, Clare doesn’t give up. The only thing she or any of us can do is wake up and put in the work to make positive changes. Just like running 100 miles, changes in our actions as a global community start with a single foot forward. Every step adds up, and if we focus on the thing directly in front of us, we will indubitably make progress. What Can We Do? The next step is learning what we can do to help and then doing it. Continuing to search, read, and learn is Clare’s advice. A great first step is to simply become aware of the things you are purchasing and the activities you are doing that have an effect. How often do you use single-use plastic products? Are you eating meat more than you need to? How much energy are you using? Can you reduce it? By this point, you have probably heard several things you can do to make a positive change. It’s not easy or realistic to change everything you are doing, but there are certainly small things you can try. Maybe try having a “Meatless Monday,” or if you are already doing that you can try having a “Meat Monday,” where it is the only day of the week you eat meat.  It could be as simple as asking a co-worker if they can carpool with you once a week, or actually seeing if your city has public transportation that could work for you. You will be surprised at what you will find when you begin to search. Of course, people with all political views can participate positively. Enjoying the earth is one thing we can all have in common. But that doesn’t mean you can sit back quietly. Being an active voice in whatever party you belong to is beneficial, and letting your local representation know that you care is a powerful thing. Act Now Whatever it is you can do, do it now. We truly can’t wait without further consequences. Use your voice, your actions, your vote, and your wallet to make these changes. We runners love this planet, let’s make it known.   Resources: Clare on Instagram The Game Changers Movie Before the Flood Inside Bill’s Brain Protect Our Winters Sunrise Movement Joe Rogan and David Wallace-Wells (Book) The Uninhabitable Earth    (Book) The Water Will Come  Additional Links to Causes Clare Supports POW Trail Volunteer Toolkit ORGANIZATIONS  Protect Our Winters - My recommendation fro the best climate change advocacy org to get involved with. 1% For the Planet - Where I donate 1% of my income.  Runners For Public Lands - Running environmental group inspiration out of Ventura, CA.  Save the Boundary Waters, MN - Runner running across the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in order to raise awareness about the proposed copper mines.    PODCASTS  Drilled “Uncovers the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century—the creation and spread of climate change denial.”  Threshold - In depth look at potential of drilling Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.    READ New York Times Climate Newsletter  Background on air quality (Clare's blog)  Carbon offsets explained: More specific link on carbon offsets via POW. A New Year’s Climate Diet   Thank you to my wonderful sponsor Recoup Fitness for sponsoring this episode of the Running for Real Podcast.   Recoup is a product that I WISH I had as an Elite and a Collegiate athlete, introducing hot and cold – innovative therapy tools that are tested by professional athletes, without the professional price tag. It is the perfect product for shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band issues and recovery. It is a portable cryosphere massage roller that stays cold for up to 6 hours, easily cleanable, and mess free! Click here to get 15% off by using code: tinamuir   Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Clare, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.
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Comments (12)

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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