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Angie and Kevin Brown are here to help real life runners to improve their running and their life through conversations about training, mindset, nutrition, health and wellness, family, and all the crazy things that life throws at us.  The lessons that we learn from running can carry over into all aspects of our life, and we are here to explore those connections through current research, our experiences, and stories from real people out on the roads and trails, so that you can become a physically and mentally stronger runner and achieve the goals that matter to you. We are Kevin and Angie Brown, husband and wife, mom and dad, coaches, and runners. Angie holds her doctorate degree in physical therapy and uses running as part of her integrated fitness routine. Kevin is a marathoner who has been coaching runners for over a decade.  Together, we want to help make running more accessible to more people, so that more people can gain the benefits of being a Real Life Runner. 

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Send us a Text Message.Episode 363 of the Real Life Runners Podcast delves into Part 2 of becoming a more efficient runner, focusing on running form. We emphasize the importance of proper running posture, optimal cadence, and correct arm swing. We discuss common mistakes like running too upright or hunched over, overstriding, and excessive arm cross-over, offering practical tips on how to correct these issues. The episode underscores the need for strength and mobility work to support running ...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 362 of our Real Life Runners Podcast, we discuss how to become more efficient runners by focusing on three key areas: maintaining consistency, incorporating strength and mobility work, and ensuring proper recovery. We address common misconceptions influenced by social media, emphasizing that short-term hacks and shortcuts are less effective than consistent, sustained effort. We advocate for balanced training that includes easy running, strength training, mobi...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 361 of the Real Life Runners Podcast, we explore the paradox of running's duality—how it both matters greatly and not at all. Kevin shares his 100-mile race experience, highlighting the importance of balancing dedication with perspective.We discuss the need for flexibility in training and dieting, cautioning against rigidity. Referencing 'The Passion Paradox,' we emphasize the balance between passion and life, fostering a healthier relationship with running.0...
Send us a Text Message.In Episode 360 of the Real Life Runners Podcast, we dive into strategies for making a successful comeback after an extended break due to injury, surgery, or life circumstances.Kevin shares his personal experience of returning to running after hernia surgery and outlines three key points for a successful return: extending your timeline for return, listening to your body, and not neglecting strength and mobility exercises. Throughout the episode, we stress the import...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 359 of the Real Life Runners podcast, we discuss the importance of including three types of runs in your training regimen to avoid injury, increase motivation, and achieve your running goals: easy runs (L2), tempo runs (L5), and hard intervals (L8). We explain the physiological and mental benefits of each run type, emphasizing the necessity of variation for progress and enjoyment.Easy runs build aerobic capacity and teach your body to efficiently use oxygen a...
Send us a Text Message.In this week's episode, we debunk some common misconceptions about stretching for runners. Drawing on my experience as a physical therapist, we discuss how many runners wrongly blame pain and injuries on inadequate stretching. We focus on correcting the top three stretching mistakes: not stretching at all, stretching too much, and stretching incorrectly. We stress the importance of dynamic mobility work over static stretching, offering practical tips to enhance performa...
Send us a Text Message.In this podcast episode, Megan Blacksmith, co-founder of Zesty, shares her transformative journey from extreme running and health complications to discovering the power of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Megan discusses the idea that 'success leaves clues' and how to overcome limiting beliefs and patterns in both life and running. She details her personal experiences with postpartum anxiety and depression, triggered by extreme marathon training, and how it led her t...
356: Reasons to Run

356: Reasons to Run

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Send us a Text Message.The episode delves into three primary motivations for running: to challenge oneself, improve health, and for the sheer joy of it, emphasizing how these reasons can evolve over time. Running serves as a medium to connect with something greater, be it through personal achievement, community, or a deeper sense of gratitude and purpose. Throughout, personal anecdotes and practical advice are shared to encourage listeners to reflect on their own running journeys and emb...
Send us a Text Message.We explore the multifaceted nature of stiffness in runners. We discuss how stiffness can be both beneficial and detrimental, affecting efficiency, energy transfer, and overall performance. Our perspective emphasizes the importance of understanding the difference between 'good' and 'bad' stiffness, and we offer insights into managing stiffness effectively. Through strategies like resistance training, eccentric contractions, and plyometrics, we aim to empower runners with...
Send us a Text Message.Why do 80% of runners get injured? If you are one of the unfortunate many, you know how frustrating and painful running injuries can be. That's why we are diving into the 5 main causes of running injuries in this week's episode to help you avoid some of the common mistakes that sidelines so many runners.01:28 Exploring the High Injury Rate Among Runners02:02 Running Injuries vs. Soreness07:03 Training Mistakes: The Law of the Toos20:53 The Role of Weakness in Runn...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 353, we dive into the significance of leveraging training cycles to boost both running performance and overall health. We explain what training cycles are and why they're crucial, and we guide you on how to make the most of them for ongoing enhancement. We discuss common pitfalls that runners encounter, such as inconsistency and a lack of variety in training during non-race periods, and offer practical strategies to overcome these hurdles. We cover ...
Send us a Text Message.Exploring the Impact of Technology on Running PerformanceToday we discuss the double-edged sword of technology in running. We delve into how various devices, like GPS watches, heart rate monitors, and sleep trackers, can both aid and complicate runners' training routines. We emphasize the importance of listening to one's body over strictly adhering to data and discuss the potential stress and disconnection that overreliance on technology can cause. The episode also cove...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 351 of the Real Life Runners podcast titled 'Forced Recovery,' we discuss the importance of recovery for runners and the concept of forced recovery, where neglecting recovery leads to compulsory rest due to injury or exhaustion. We share personal experiences, including Kevin's forced recovery after running the Daytona 100 with a hernia and subsequent surgery. The episode highlights common mistakes runners make by ignoring recovery and offers insights on ...
Send us a Text Message.Dr. Lisa is a physical therapist and run coach that specializes in the prevention and treatment of running injuries, and has helped thousands of runners from across the globe. She's on a mission to inspire and educate runners of all experiences and ages so they can continue running pain free. She is a true believer that movement is medicine. This episode of the Real Life Runners podcast features an in-depth conversation with Dr. Lisa Mitro, a physical therapist and runn...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode of the Real Life Runners podcast, we discussed the importance of binary actions in achieving various life intentions. We emphasized the need for clarity in stating intentions and then identifying and implementing binary actions that align with those intentions to ensure results. This approach can be applied across different aspects of life, including workouts, personal goals, nutrition, strength training, and overall health. We stress the importance of s...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 348 of the Real Life Runners Podcast, we discussed the four key ingredients for achieving consistency and progress in running. We explain why each of these factors is pivotal to long-term growth and success as a runner. We also highlight the importance of nuanced, individual-specific application of these principles rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, emphasizing that running training is as much an art as it is a science. 00:59 The Importance of Con...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, we discussed the importance of adapting and adjusting a runner's training plan based on various factors such as missed workouts, upcoming goals, and the runner's experience. Emphasize the importance of understanding the purpose of each workout and suggest ways runners can maintain consistency in their training, even when life's unexpected events get in the way. We talked about different scenarios in which workouts might need to be rescheduled or sk...
Send us a Text Message.In episode 346 of The Real Life Runners Podcast, host Angie speaks to Lori Duesing, a member of the Real Life Runners Academy, about her inspiring journey from non-athletic kid to runner, featuring her struggle with weight, depression, and self-doubt. Lori shares her experiences of learning to slow down, listen to her body, and develop herself as a runner - all key components of the trainings she's undergone through the academy. Today, despite her initial apprehensions,...
Send us a Text Message.Many athletes focus too much on short-term results and daily or weekly progress, often leading to a plateau or a rollercoaster of progress and regression. This week, we discuss the importance of having a vision and long-term objectives for your running journey. We highlight the significance of 'value capture', where the value of a goal tends to overshadow the reason for pursuing it. We also emphasize the concept of 'process over outcome', focusing on the steps required ...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode of the real-life runners podcast, Dr. Tonya Olson shares her wealth of knowledge on foot care for runners, emphasizing the importance of considering individual needs, terrain, distance, and footwear.Dr. Tonya Olson is a board-certified doctor of physical therapy who has a long history of working with runners of all disciplines. This year will be her 15th year providing footcare at the Michigan Bluff aid station at mile 55 at the Western States 100 Endura...
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