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Morning Mantra

Morning Mantra

By Mary-Katherine Fleming
Mary-Katherine Fleming is here with a microdose of confidence to kick-start your day! The Morning Mantra is a tool to manage all of the stress and conflict that can interfere with your best-laid (training!) plans, centered around one strategy MK has been practicing consistently since 1998: mantras. With this dynamic duo in your corner cheering you on, you will never doubt you are #coachedandloved and #winningatlife

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Let's GO. (The Notorious RBG Mantra)
To many, Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a symbol of endurance, a public servant we elevated to celebrity status during a period when it felt impossible to find anything or anyone to believe in. RBG was a unicorn, a woman who used her voice AND got what she asked for; a woman who fought the system and changed it for the better and eventually would be asked to uphold that very system for the rest of her life. She would want us to defend it, she would want us to know that Democracy is bigger than one small woman, and she would want us to fight. LET'S GO.
September 21, 2020
#QuaranTeam! A free support program
The Fitness Protection Staff and The Big Guns are donating their time to create free programming during the COVID-19 Coronavirus disruption. There will be daily live-streams with nutrition, anxiety relief, physical and mental strength, as well as reminders for newly minted homeschool teachers from a very experienced distance leaning instructor. The program is completely free and will last as long as the self-quarantine recommendations do. To join, go to
March 19, 2020
3/18/20: Still Going (A Mantra for Anxiety Relief)
Coach MK addresses the current anxiety-inducing climate and draws on the wisdom of Jummy Olawale, a Gottman Method ground us in truth.
March 19, 2020
3/16/20: Station Ten (The Global Pandemic Mantra)
Coach MK refers to her favorite novel, Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel, to remind us that no matter how scary the situation, the beauty of humanity shines right through.
March 16, 2020
3/11/20: They’re Out There (A Mantra for Finding Love)
On Coach MK’s 9th wedding anniversary, she tells you why she isn’t qualified to give marriage advice...then offers the advice on how to look for the kind of love that leads to partnership.
March 10, 2020
3/9/20: True Jack@ss (The Breakup Mantra)
One of Coach MK's Runners posted the following comment in one of the Facebook groups: "Got Dumped. Feel like crap." That comment warrants a response, and Coach MK reminds us that the only parts of us that actually break during breakups, are parts that can be fixed. (She then tells us how her last breakup led her directly to her husband; they celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary this coming Wednesday).
March 09, 2020
3/6/20: That’s Not Dumb (A mantra for New Runners)
A listener write in, asking for coaching advice for her 7 year old son, who is entering his first mile race. He is afraid of looking dumb, so Coach MK tells him what dumb looks like. James, don’t forget to send us race photos!
March 06, 2020
3/4/20: It’s Real, and it’s GOOD (The Plan B Mantra)
Sometimes we think the things we want most are just out of reach, and Coach MK reminds us that usually means we have no idea what we are reaching for.
March 04, 2020
3/2/20: COFFEE AND CONTEMPLATION (The Stranger Things/Hopper Mantra)
We can't control everything....but we don't have to respond to ANYTHING. Coach MK has a mantra for those mornings when it feels like everything is out of control.
March 02, 2020
2/28/20: I Got It (The Schadenfreude Mantra)
Today's Episode was brought to you by Lexapro! With Mercury in Retrograde and a sick toddler, Coach MK is having more encounters with strangers than usual, and a mantra that makes those encounters easier to navigate.
February 28, 2020
2/27/20: Big Booty!
Inspired by a game of musical chairs, Coach Sarah brings us a hilarious mantra from her college years for those moments need to be reminded that even the cool kids have their moments!
February 26, 2020
2/25/20: Spell It OUT!
The word "Support" has multiple definitions....which could explain why we don't get it when we need it. Coach MK has a mantra and kind suggestion for those moments when we aren't getting the support we think we asked for.
February 25, 2020
2/24/20: That’s Not Mine
A companion is not a pack mule, and Coach Sarah has a mantra for those moments you realize you are being treated like one!
February 24, 2020
2/21/20: Yeah BUDDY! (A Mantra for Uncertainty)
Facing a huge day with two possibly game-changing things happening for Coach MK's family as well as Fitness Protection, she brings you a mantra straight from Tennessee- something all us Tennesseans say when we want, but cannot guarantee, that the answer will be 'yes'. 
February 21, 2020
2/19/20: Good Morning!!
Coach Satah
February 20, 2020
2/18/20: NO! Just....NO.
Paralyzed at the thought of a 14th viewing of Frozen II, Coach MK reflects on how hard it can be for a people-pleaser to say 'no'.  Link to the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Exercise she still practices HERE:
February 18, 2020
2/17/20: Live It (A Mantra for Memories)
Coach Sarah discusses the pressure to savor every moment, and how quickly it can turn into anxiety about missing any moment.
February 17, 2020
2/14/20: You Deserve Better (The Love Mantra)
Happy Valentine's Day from Coach MK! Today's ad-free mantra is for the people-pleasers, the rule-followers, the perfectionists, the folk who don't yet know they have CPTSD, and everyone who thinks that love has to be earned and doesn't value the love that is given freely. On a day when all kinds of people will be questioning if they are, or will ever be, loved- Coach MK dismantles the idea of what we have been taught to think love is, in order to prove to you that you are worthy of more than you ever thought possible. Along the way, she pokes at the idea of the business of being #coachedandloved to underscore how deeply the association of 'love' and 'fear' are intertwined. Anxious attachment is not the same as love, and we at the mantrapod hope today's podcast sets you on a path to accepting the good stuff. We promise, it's out there waiting for you.
February 13, 2020
2/13/20: MI SCUSI (The Italian Formal Mantra)
Dr. Coach Sarah kicks off some Shady Italian Lessons by breaking down how SUPER polite and SUPER formal speech can be anything but polite....and may be the perfect response to any uncomfortable situation! “Please excuse me” in the informal - “Scusami” feels like a supplication, a looking someone in the eye and asking for grace, while the formal “Mi scusi” can either be exceedingly polite or a TOTAL sorry-not-sorry."
February 13, 2020
2/11/20: Love You, MEAN IT! (A Mantra for Self-Love)
The Monster at the End of this Week is VALENTINE'S DAY!!!! So Coach MK takes a minute to break down the word love before she shares the method she used to cultivate love for herself after a lifetime of trying not to think about it. 
February 10, 2020
2/10/20: I Love You
Most of us have been trained to believe that emotion, and anything that springs from it, is weak and lesser. Sarah blows the door off of that lie in a mantra we hope you will carry with you to Valentine’s Day and beyond.
February 10, 2020
2/7/20: My Hero!!
We hate the messaging in the fitness industry so much, we put ourselves in the mental health category. Angered by a headline about the dangers of being an overweight runner, Coach MK spit this fiery mantra into her mic before penning her own response: the most dangerous aspect of being overweight or a runner are the lies we’ve held as truths about our own bodies and what they say about us.
February 06, 2020
2/6/20: Ahahahahaha! (The Harvard Italian Poetry Smarty-Pants Mantra)
Coach Sarah GIFTS US with a big ‘ol brick of Harvard to throw at anyone who tries to steal our joy. MK bows in deference, this is THE best mantra yet!!
February 05, 2020
2/4/20- Where You BEEN?
Coach MK took a break from the Mantrapod, and she isn't about to defend it. She hopes you won't defend anything you choose to quit, either.  If you use this sassy mantra in your office, send us a voice message and YOU could be featured on the mantrapod!
February 04, 2020
2/3/20: Your Turn!
We love Coach Sarah, and her brain does, too! During this hiatus she has been stockpiling mantras for you!!! There’s a fine line between inspiration and obsession, a separation Sarah has been exploring in her new meditation practice. It is hard to say, "wait your turn" when thoughts and inspirations strike, but Sarah wraps her heart around us with this beautiful mantra that reminds us that nothing that was ours to keep would be lost when we say, "Not Now".
February 03, 2020
1/19/20: Grazie Mille (The Quitter’s Day Mantra)
The Mantrapod is on hiatus until Feb. 1, but the steady increase in Quitter’s Day communications prompted Coach Sarah to respond with this powerful mantra that reminds you we only quit things we never needed to continue. You know Dr. Coach Sarah means business when she curses AND speaks Italian, and we hope you never forget this mantra!
January 17, 2020
Holiday Break!
The Morning Mantra is taking a little break, but don’t worry! We will be back in 2020 with all the guidance you’ve come to love! If you need a little extra support this holiday season, check out the Holiday Strength Challenge. Some of us spend holidays in hell and know how our emotional load quintuples this time of year, so we designed a short, fun program to help you get through it. Think of it as Self-Defense for your Spirit and Soul. Participation is free, but folx who donate to either of our two charities are entered in prize drawings- including beautiful vintage earrings from Cocotay Design valued at $400, Stryd Power meters valued at $225, and Coach MK’s favorite thing this year- her new skin care routine. To join, head over to OR search Facebook for “”,OR just check the shownotes, both links are in there! If you make a donation to either of the Holiday Strength Challenge’s charity partners, you will receive an equivalent discount (up to $45) on our newest program opening in January, Slow Burn. This is the only discount we will offer on Slow Burn all year, so make your donation NOW if you want to participate later. We have learned a LOT these past 14 months, and look forward to supporting you more in 2020. Thank you so much for being here, you are easy to coach and even easier to love….no matter how your family makes you feel this holiday season. Want to learn more about Slow Burn? Click here!
December 11, 2019
11/19/19: Pace Yourself
This is the last normal weekend of 2019! Coach Sarah has a mantra to keep us grounded as we get ready to slide through the holidays!
November 19, 2019
11/15/19: Present Participle
Sarah lets her Harvard hang out in this powerful mantra that will appeal to not only the grammar nerds but also anyone else who is striving to be DONE instead of DOING.
November 15, 2019
Shady Bitch Lesson 5: Fake Cheerleading
Breath Mints are weapons of war, and Southern Belles do not leave home without them. Coach MK teaches you how to deploy them in the name of self-defense in today's lesson, where we take on those passive aggressive comments delivered as fake cheerleading 
November 11, 2019
11/8/19: Treat Yo’ Self
Coach Sarah reminds us that we deserve treats as much as the next guy.
November 08, 2019
Shady Bitch Lesson 4: Unhelpful Suggestions
If you can handle passive-aggressive comments like a Shady Bitch, you can turn your Holiday Hell into Frosty's Frozen Adventure! Today, Coach MK takes us back to Charm School (yup, she went) and weaves in her son's Responsive Speech Therapy to help you navigate passive-aggressive comments disguised as helpful suggestions. Transcript available here:
November 06, 2019
Shady Bitch Lesson 3: All Things Considered
Lesson #3: The Backhanded Compliment. Pair with a loud, "THANK YOU!" followed immediately by a whispered "all things considered". Works every time! Transcript available here:
November 06, 2019
11/4/19: Take the W
Coach Sarah reminds us that the easy wins aren’t just great...they are SMART.
November 05, 2019
10/29/19: The WannaDo, Redux
Coach Sarah revisits one of the first mantras from this podcast, and reminds us that the wisdom still holds: nothing matters more than knowing what you WannaDo before you do anything.
October 28, 2019
Shady Bitch Lessons From a Southern Belle, Part 2
Lesson 2: Kill Them With Details. Coach MK expands on yesterday’s lesson about power serves, showing us how to bury a human with information they asked for. Transcript available here:
October 28, 2019
Shady Bitch Lessons from a Southern Belle
(Oof, that’s not fair, I’m more like a gong.) Responding to the Holiday Strength Challenge emails, Coach MK realizes what she really needs to be coaching is verbal tennis. Transcript available here:
October 25, 2019
Holiday Strength Challenge!!!!
IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!! Listen for details!!
October 24, 2019
10/22/19: It Ain’t Me
A listener writes in asking for a mantra about apologies unaccepted, and Coach MK responds with a deeply personal mantra based on the song she sings to herself when she needs reminding that people aren’t always responding to HER.
October 21, 2019
10/21/19: Two Steps Back
An introverted listener writes in, asking for a mantra to help enforce boundaries with well-meaning family members during times of overwhelm.
October 21, 2019
10/18/19: Soft Reset
Ever felt like you needed a do-over? Wished you could reset your body like a computer? Coach Sarah has a mantra for you!
October 18, 2019
10/9/19: Let Them See You
Coach MK is scared, you guys. She is headed to She Podcasts in Atlanta tomorrow, and needed a mantra to calm her nerves. Kudos to Mr. MK who DEMANDS to be called Mr. MK because he's that proud of me- like everything else good in my life, this came from you.
October 09, 2019
Week Off!
The Mantrapod is headed to Atlanta for She Podcasts! If you are in the area, meet us for a run! If not, we will see you next week!
October 07, 2019
10/4/19: This Is Mine
As fall racing season begins, Coach Sarah wants to program her voice in your head to manage fear of failure so racing can be FUN again.  Here is the FB Live with Coach MK she references in the podcast:
October 04, 2019
10/3/19: FRONT AND CENTER (A Mantra for The Rugby World Cup and USA RUGBY)
Coach MK details every issue she has with USA Rugby’s treatment of her husband, their referee problem and their woman problem and lays out a simple solution: the people you don’t want to look at need to be front and center.
October 03, 2019
10/2/19: Don’t Sh*t Where The Cows Eat!
A very angry Coach MK comes for the Denver Rugby Union and the Berlin Marathon, and speaks to everyone whose place has been determined by their size or learned the hard way that the things you love do not love you back.
October 02, 2019
10/01/19: Hair Is EVERYTHING
Coach Sarah at her best, inspired by her favorite show, tells us why hair is EVERYTHING, whether we admit it or not.
October 01, 2019
9/27/19: Maybe I’m Blue
Coach Sarah went all HARVARD on us with this incredible mantra that will make you grateful you aren’t Ros’ purple crayon, and remind you that trying harder will only wear you down. it’s easy to go hard, it’s hard to go smart.
September 27, 2019
9/26/19: Imma Eat That UP! (A mantra for microaggressions)
Inspired by a Twitter thread about ADHD, Coach MK tells you how she weaponizes her accent against microaggressors, in hopes this mantra will support you, or at least make you laugh, the next time you encounter one.
September 26, 2019
Runner, Interrupted Beta Test
Runner, Interrupted is ready for beta testing! DO NOT MISS THE FUN!!! Click this link to opt into the beta, you will receive further instructions immediately:
September 25, 2019
9/25/19: Choose the Cheetos
Coach MK is burning the candle at both ends to launch Runner, Interrupted after two weeks of being trapped in a gorgeous rental home with a great hot tub and crappy internet. Today, desperate for a moment to relax, she wonders why she didn’t when she had the chance, and urges you to make a better choice if you can. Click here to join the Runner, Interrupted beta, or email 
September 25, 2019
9/23/19: And THEN...
in this mantra, inspired by Calamity Jane in Deadwood, Coach Sarah reminds us that our worst moment is NOT in fact the end of our story.
September 24, 2019
9/20/19: Disappointed Face
Coach Sarah decided to punch us in the FEELINGS today with this pensive mantra about preparing her child for disappointment.
September 20, 2019
9/19/19: NOPE
Sometimes, NOPE is all you have to give when you’re overwhelmed, because what you’re really giving is a you.
September 19, 2019
9/18/19: We Don’t Need No Education
It’s hard to believe we aren’t in the same place when we occupy the same space. Coach MK has a mantra for anyone thinking of closing that gap with ‘education’.
September 17, 2019
9/17/19: Nah, I’m Good
In the second installment of “Brittany Runs a Marathon is Problematic AF”, Sarah has a mantra for anyone who has been told they would LOVE it.
September 17, 2019
9/13/29: There Is Enough 💕
What IS the difference between love and coffee beans? Coach Sarah makes sure you KNOW in this cool mantra. 💕 ❤️ 💗
September 13, 2019
9/12/19: That Isn’t Funny
A sense of humor is an essential survival skill, but some jokes aren’t funny they are just mean. Coach MK hopes you will remember today’s mantra the next time you realize a joke was actually hurtful to someone right in front of you.
September 11, 2019
9/9/19: DEAL
Coach Sarah has a mantra for anyone wrestling with strong emotions...and stronger toddlers. Bring a tissue for this one!
September 10, 2019
9/6/19: Shitty Opinion Alert
The recent Fitness Protection Podcast about the EAT elicited responses from our listeners that prompted Coach Sarah to remind us that opinions are like assholes, everybody has one...and you don’t need to let that asshole, and their shitty opinion, define you.
September 06, 2019
9/4/19: End It Now
Coach MK channels Buddhist wisdom in managing a bullying situation in her own life, and encourages you to do the same in yours.
September 04, 2019
9/3/19: This, Too
Still grieving a bit for the path she left behind, something that defined her life for a decade, Coach Sarah has a mantra for anyone needing to remember that life is big enough to have space for this new chapter, too.
September 02, 2019
8/30/19: No Only About It
Coach Sarah waxes poetic about minimums that are there to protect and the sly Office Space style suggestions that are more like floors you should never touch.
August 29, 2019
8/28/19: Where is Yours??
Coach MK is open about her baggage and her past mistakes, and has no time for anyone who won’t do the same. Today’s mantra comes with a trigger warning for drug use. (We don’t glorify it, we aren’t going to lie about it...but if you make me talk about mine, you better be ready to talk about yours. Listen to hear what that means.)
August 27, 2019
8/27/19: Into the Nothing
Coach Sarah ruminates on imposter syndrome as she steps into her new role, asking herself, " am I too different to belong, or too much the same?" She talks herself out of that to deliver us a mantra for those moments when you question the value of your voice and contribution to any space you want to join.
August 26, 2019
8/23/19: Because...!
Coach Sarah wonders about all the little things that conspire to bring you where you are right now, all the “why?” Questions that beget looooong answers that we should all want to hear.
August 23, 2019
8/22/19: TRUE DAT
As much as We would like to wake up covered in peanut butter pellets, we’re not jealous of the prairie dogs in Colorado today...and our mantra should help you carpe amy functioning sliver of your diem!
August 21, 2019
8/21/19: NOPE. 🥴
Coach MK’s spate of bad luck continues unabated, and if your week looks anything like hers- and we hope it doesn’t!- then you will LOVE today’s mantra!!!
August 21, 2019
8/20/19: The Fun Begins!!!! 🤯
Coach Sarah brings us a mantra for the HARD things on our schedule...that we are secretly thrilled about (but are still scared of). 🤯
August 20, 2019
8/19/19: It Doesn’t Have to Suck (the Uranus Retrograde Mantra)
Uranus is in retrograde, and that means BIG, painful changes. Coach MK is feeling them, too and wants to remind you that change does not HAVE to suck. 
August 19, 2019
8/16/19: Going Forward
 "Going forward, I am no longer working at the Harvard Language Center." - this is the new message you will receive if you email Coach Sarah, who will no longer be tortured by her Harvard email address and the failure it represents to her. She doesn't know where she is going, but she knows where she stands...and that's as good a place to start as any.   CAN WE GIVE A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO DR. COACH SARAH "HARVARD" AXELROD, Ph.D, esq, OF THE FITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!  Click here to subscribe to the newsletter she will be taking over as of Sept 1!!!
August 15, 2019
8/15/29: You Got It
Most of us are conditioned to read between the lines, to know when, “don’t worry about it” means “SHOW ME HOW MUCH YOU CARE!” can make it VERY challenging to work with direct people; Coach Sarah has a mantra for that!
August 15, 2019
8/13/19: Take The Lead (The C-PTSD Mantra)
Coach MK revisits the fourth, lesser-known trauma response (fawning)...because she found herself doing it earlier this week. When triggered, our response has our brains focus on the person who triggered us, excusing their actions and berating our own. Coach MK is a run coach not a life coach, so if any of this sounds familiar please explore it with a qualified therapist. Trauma does NOT go away on its own, and we pass these coping mechanisms on to our children. Our kids deserve better.  NEWSLETTER LINK GET IT GET IT!: C-PTSD:  One more: 
August 13, 2019
8/12/19: Close The Door
Coach MK opens up about her silence this past week to share a poem Mr. MK found, a poem that is eerily appropriate for her 41st birthday. Link to Coach MK's birthday fundraiser here:  Link to the Renee Bach story here:
August 12, 2019
8/9/19: It Will Hold
Adulting is HARD, and Coach Sarah has a mantra for those of us facing moments we fear we might break and everything we’ve built will disappear.
August 09, 2019
8/6/19: Just Right
Coach Sarah has a mantra for those moments when we feel the need to perform the ‘I’ll NEVER be able to eat all this!!!!” game. (Note from Coach MK: I am in tears listening to this mantra).
August 06, 2019
8/2/19: You Did Everything Right
One of Coach Sarah’s students was hit by a car today while biking to campus. The mantrapod wants to send her all the positive healing vibes we can muster, while reminding our listeners that accidents happen- they are not the price you pay for imperfection. Things can still go wrong when you do everything right.
August 01, 2019
8/1/19: Oh God...PFFFFFFFFT
A listener writes in asking Coach MK about leaving a toxic employment situation without burning bridges; Coach MK reminds her that a wet fart is the most graceful way to exit these types of interactions.
August 01, 2019
7/31/19: Different Does not Mean Broken (The Neurodivergent or ADHD Mantra)
Coach MK decided to go public with her ADHD diagnosis last week after Phyllis Caunt tagged her in a 7-Day Facebook challenge. Check out her posts and videos, all are public on her Facebook page ( Today’s mantra is dedicated to neurodivergent adults everywhere in hopes that their secret shame will eventually be recognized for what it actually is: a superpower. You are my heroes.
July 31, 2019
7/30/19: Pass The Granny Panties
Coach Sarah ruminates on the decisions we make about comfort when it comes to underwear.
July 29, 2019
7/26/19: Here to Work.
A newly minted RRCA official Coach Sarah celebrates her officialness by delivering a running-related mantra about the space we take up, imposter syndrome, and all the emotions that bubble up at the mere thought of running on a track.
July 26, 2019
7/25/19: The Bullsh+it Stick
In three short weeks, we get to welcome Coach Sarah to The Fuckup Factory...a true place of learning and discovery, free from Bullshit Sticks.
July 25, 2019
FPP: Strength Beta Details
In this special episode, Coach MK explains the upcoming Strength Beta that Fitness Protection will be launching on Sept 1. If you are interested, please email with "Strength Beta" in the header field, asap.
July 23, 2019
7/24/19: Your Point?
The only thing more shocking than the moments when Coach MK speaks up, are the moments she keeps her mouth shut. Yep, it totally happens! Today’s mantra is for anyone who has expressed hurt feelings, only to be told they misunderstood. It’s also a primer on microaggressions and how to be an ally, if anyone close to you needs explicit assistance on what real, valuable allyship looks like.
July 23, 2019
7/23/19: Muscles Have Memory
A listener requested a mantra to help her focus on the things she and her husband NEED to do now so they can have the experiences they WANT to have, later.  (This one will remind you why arts matter- only an Italian major would think to look to poetry for a moment like this!) Link to that INCREDIBLE poem, Under One Small Star by Wislawa Szymborska.
July 23, 2019
7/21/19: Act Your Age (The Infantilization Mantra)
Coach MK leans all the way into her ferocity to offer up an (extra-profane) mantra for an adult who has been told to act their age. You don’t want to miss this one... but you may want headphones. SHOWNOTES ON THE BLOG PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! Links: 
July 22, 2019
7/19/19: 🛑 Don’t Stop!!! 😳
Coach Sarah has a bike and carriage...and hella hills in Boston. She has a mantra for the next time you wonder if your efforts are enough. You’ll get wherever you want to long as you don’t stop.
July 19, 2019
7/18/19: Yeah, but Why? (A Mantra for Overachievers)
Coach MK responds to a listener who asks about unhealthy relationships with healthy things ...specifically, running.
July 18, 2019
7/17/19: What IS This?
Inspired by a story called The Immortal Bard by Isaac Asimov, Coach MK reminds us where to look when life feels a little out of control.  A new beta test will be opening on September the first! Subscribe to Fitness Protection: The Podcast for more details, coming in a special episode this weekend! (I promise it will be short!) We are also planning our holiday drive, and we need your help! Email and let us know which holiday conversations you are dreading, or are especially dreading THIS year! Your responses will be anonymous, unless you specifically tell us it’s ok to say your name on the podcast or in a livestream. 
July 17, 2019
7/16/19: Below the Horizon (Lunar Eclipse Mantra)
Coach Sarah jumps on Coach MK’s woo-woo train to bring us another inspiring mantra about the upcoming lunar eclipse, and perspective about where the coolest things in the universe actually are.
July 16, 2019
7/15/19: Punch UP (The Taylor Swift Mantra)
No matter how powerful you are, there’s always someone more powerful nearby. Just because you have power and privilege doesn’t mean you can’t get screwed. You don’t have to be totally powerless to be an underdog, just less powerful in a given situation. All of this is matter what recent headlines tell you. in a time when all parents have a healthy fear of bullying, Coach MK reminds us that bullying starts at home; the way we talk about all women matters, even if no one can hear us.
July 15, 2019
7/12/19: Sink In
Coach Sarah closes out the week with a cozy mantra about fitting in.
July 11, 2019
7/11/19: Mind the Gap (The Rob Brezny Capricorn Mantra)
An unusual request sent Coach MK running to her favorite, Rob Brezny, and somehow his weekly guidance for Capricorns meshed with the famous warnings of the London Tube in MK's brain to bring you a mantra about respecting the distance between here and YET.  You can read more by Rob Brezny and pronoia over at Free Will Astrology. Hat tip to Amani Ellen Loutfy who taught me about pronoia and this website 15 years ago...after teaching me how to stop treating horoscopes like a magic 8-ball. Subscribe to Fitness Protection: The Podcast! Now on iTunes, iHeart radio and anywhere podcasts can be found.
July 11, 2019
7/10/29: Further Investigation Required (The Dr. Meza Mantra)
It sucks to feel powerless. That feeling inspires rage, and all kinds of action. In the wake of Dr. Meza’s death, Coach MK questions the actions we take to reclaim our power in the digital age where lives are more easily deleted than angry words. Subscribe to Fitness Protection: The Podcast, now on iTunes! New episode drops on Thursday!
July 10, 2019
7/9/19: This Is Power (The World Cup Mantra)
Coach Sarah is on 🔥.....and you will be, too after this incredible mantra inspired by the USA’s big World Cup win!
July 08, 2019
7/8/19: I AINT GOT LICE!!!
MERCURY ENTERED RETROGRADE YA’ALL!!! If yesterday was well and truly F*ucked, Coach MK has a mantra to get you through the next two weeks.
July 08, 2019
7/5/19: I’m Hungry!
In what may be her most powerful mantra to date, Coach Sarah tells us how she learned to embrace a simple bodily function, making holidays enjoyable once again. Follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook Page for more inspiration!  If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave us 5 stars on iTunes or your favorite podcast player!
July 04, 2019
7/2/19: Nothing is Wasted
Coach Sarah delivers yet again, a mantra to remind us that everything we do, matters.
July 02, 2019
6/28/19: Aboard My Boat (Moana’s Mantra)
A very special VIP guest gives a memorable welcome right before Coach Sarah pulls a mantra from a moment in Moana most of us probably missed.
June 28, 2019
6/27/19: You Did Not Fail (A Mantra for Parenting Eating Disorder Recovery)
A trickle of mantra requests for parenting through eating disorder recovery has turned into a flood in recent weeks. In part 1 of this series, Coach MK addresses the parents who have realized in therapy that some of their child’s disordered behavior mirrors their own. If you think that you or someone you love has disordered eating habits, don't wait to call NEDA (The National Eating Disorder Association) 1-800-931-2237 Sam Dylan Finch's Twitter is EVERYTHING and everyone should follow it:  Mario Fraoli is very open about his eating disorder as a professional athlete and speaks openly against the "how far can you go/what are you willing to do for your craft?" mindset: 
June 27, 2019
Fitness Protection: Now on iTunes! Hello listeners! If you’ve been enjoying the Fitness Protection Podcasts posted recently in this feed, you can now subscribe in itunes! Yay! Link in the shownotes. When you subscribe you’ll get the weekly Q and A live-streams, in audio form of course, as well as our latest: a love letter to summer running, aka how to thrive when it’s hot af. Coach Sarah and I have a LOT to say, and The Fitness Protection Podcast is where we will say it all. This podcast is geared towards any runner who has no idea if doping is monitored through pee tests or blood draws. Before you Google That, head over to the shownotes and click the link to subscribe to the Fitness Protection Podcast. Please leave us a rating, the more ratings we have the easier the podcast is to find.
June 25, 2019
6/25/19: It’s Beautiful
A listener writes in to ask for a mantra about moving on from a lifelong dream. Coach Sarah laments how we prefer to cheerlead people down the wrong path than accept ‘quitting’, ever, then gives advice on grieving... and moving on.
June 25, 2019
6/23/19: Not Today, Satan
Coach MK discusses the gigantic, pressurized can of whoop ass she is building. 🔥 After accidentally posting RJ’s ‘what to do in a fire’ podcast segment, we decided to let him handle the mantra cold open during our vacation. Enjoy! 🔥
June 24, 2019
Mammograms, Pelvic Exams and other Scary Things.
now available in iTunes!!! Coach MK and Coach Sarah of The Fitness Protection Program sit down to discuss Coach MK's cancer scare and explain why it isn't quite over yet. We all shudder to think how quickly this escalated. MK's symptoms started a long time ago, and health care providers were quick to dismiss her concerns as vanity ("aging is omg so HARD amirite?"). Ovarian cancer is NOT in fact a silent killer, it looks a lot like menopause and we cannot afford to dismiss anything related to hormones. Ladybusiness is still BUSINESS and your health care providers need to listen when you say something is wrong. We discuss how and when to push and what to ask for. 🔥 Bonus: RJ discusses fire safety 🔥
June 22, 2019
6/21/19: Tenacious AF
The space between where you are and where you want to be can be vast at times. Coach Sarah reminds us that waiting is never easy but anyone who can do it is Tenacious as f*uck.
June 20, 2019
6/20/19: Take the Selfie.
Waiting for a potentially terrifying news, Coach MK realizes her only regrets in life are the people she didn’t tell to f*ck off sooner and the selfies she didn’t take.
June 19, 2019
#AskAway with Coach MK and Coach Sarah, 6/16/19
Now on iTunes! Coach MK and Coach Sarah stream live Q&A sessions each week on the Fitness Protection Program Facebook Page, The FPP YouTube Channel, and Twitch, simultaneously. Join us! They are a lot of fun and super informative, and anyone may ask follow-up questions during the live broadcast. Books Referenced in today's Broadcast:  Running Flow by Csikszentmihailyi Running & Breathing by Justin O'Brien (Re)Build Questions 1. I do the majority of my running on a treadmill in the summer. Should I make any adjustments to the training and/or settings on the treadmill? How I’ll it correlate to what I will be able to do on the road? Thankful for you both and the time and effort you are investing in this program!  2.  It’s summer in Texas. I spent more of my avocado toast this week walking than running. I’m usually good with this, because it’s ridiculous outside. The only time I am not is when I wistfully think of a half marathon in 26 weeks. I’m nervous about building up enough sustained shuffling time when it’s time to jump up to maintain for that event.  Maintain Questions  1.  Hey Batter Batter Batter- Swing Batter! Aka the Hammer: In the Swing workout our rest is active recovery. Is the rest for the Hammer active recovery or actual rest? Thanks for all you do Coach MK and Coach Sarah!  2.  When figuring out our 5k/10k paces, etc., what Easy effort pace should we base it on? Is it an average of your EE pace over the course of a run? We don’t do a lot of straight EE runs on maintain, so it’s hard to determine.  3.  Can you please give some tips on what it should feel or look like form-wise when maintaining 5k pace? Do we increase our cadence or stride? My 5k pace based on EE is somewhere between 6:15 and 6:45. Problem is holding anything faster than a 7 minute mile and my form goes to shit. I become Phoebe from friends. Am I better off staying at a 7 minute mile pace? Thanks!  4.  I am struggling right now-- Just when I think I have things under control, my post-tib tendonitis acts up again. I had wanted to get into the full maintain schedule for July, and was possibly looking forward to another marathon in late fall- but now I'm not sure. Sometimes I think I'm just trying too hard, or expecting too much. I'm hoping that a relaxing week in Florida with my mom will help me reset. Not sure what my question is, but I'm just wondering if maybe I even need a break from Maintain while my body figures out what's going on.  5.  Sarah asked me to post a question on breath! How to breathe during hard effort is at the top of the most valuable things I’ve learned from MK. It took a long time for it to click. I had listened to the AMR podcast many months before the hard effort runs started and understood the concept but not the application. Then I asked a question one day about feeling almost like I was having a panic attack when running at 5K pace and MK said, that’s when you shorten your breath cadence. And since then everything has changed!   6.  I have a Recovery R8 Roller (hurt so good). What is your opinion, thoughts, suggestions, and/or recommendations for using it?  7.  I’ll be doing my very first marathon this December at CIM. As you probably know I’ve been training with you since early 2016. I’m wondering if a 10 week build up to a marathon is going to be enough build up for me since it will be my first. Thanks! 
June 18, 2019
6/18/19: unsubscribe.
Coach Sarah delivers a powerful mantra about cutting the little ties that bind you to dreams you’ve outgrown.
June 17, 2019
Be The Change
Misasha Suzuki Graham of the Dear White Women Podcast (new episodes drop each Wednesday on iTunes) takes over the mantrapod today, bringing us a mantra about the small steps we can take that can add up to big changes.  Check out their website and join their mailing list at
June 16, 2019
Dear White Women
I am obsessed with Still Processing, the NYT podcast with Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris.  If you’ve felt a little lost during their summer hiatus, I have the solution: Dear White Women, a comfortable space for uncomfortable conversations about race, identity, and parenting.  Hosts Sara & Misasha are mixed-race badasses with one Japanese immigrant parent each who bonded 20 years ago when they walked out of a racial identity discussion at Harvard. Misasha is married to a black man from the South, Sara is married to a white Canadian dude. Both ladies are committed to making the world a safer place for their mixed-race children.  If you love unpacking thorny issues as much as I do, you’re gonna love this podcast. It’s excellent. I’m biased for sure- I’ve known Sara for 20 years and we’ve been having really uncomfortable conversations ever since. Like the time I offered to promote her podcast and she said, ‘oh cool are you starting a podcast?” ahem. I may be biased but I am NOT wrong, Dear White Women belongs in your queue, even if I will never be in Sara’s. Start with the one about the recent college admissions scandal. New episodes drop every Wednesday on itunes. Detailed show notes can be found at
June 16, 2019
6/14/19: Express Yourself
Coach Sarah breathes a fire mantra about responding to expectations expressed in a passive-aggressive manner.
June 14, 2019
6/13/19: F*ck the Plan
Coach MK reads from The Daily Stoic, then encourages all of her listeners to try to shift their focus when the path forward is not clear.
June 13, 2019
The Fitness Protection Podcast: Here is What WE Do.
Coach MK and Coach Sarah kick off the Fitness Protection Podcast talking about running, parenting and life. They also discuss fall races, the release of the ten week marathon ramps, the upcoming Runner, Interrupted Beta, and everything else you need to know about what we’re cooking for the fall...after we tell you why you should NEVER say, “here’s what I do...” to a coach or elite/pro athlete.
June 12, 2019
6/12/19: I Ain’t Got Time For THAT
As the world waits for Gabe to draw her final breath, Coach MK ponders what we are doing with the time WE have left. #bravelikeGabe #mybravestory #chipinchallenge
June 12, 2019
6/11/19: Back Up.
Coach Sarah hits us with a mantra about assumptions, narratives, and how little it takes to erase a person’s experience.
June 10, 2019
The Fitness Protection Podcast: #AskAway 6/9/19
Coach MK streams live Q&A sessions each week on the Fitness Protection Program Facebook Page, The FPP YouTube Channel, and Twitch, simultaneously. Join us! They are a lot of fun and super informative, and anyone may ask follow-up questions during the live broadcast. Show Notes This week, we remind everyone that fall racing prep starts NOW: the 10-week marathon document would initiate on Aug 12 for an Oct 17th race; and the two month lead-in period to build the base required to coast on only 10 weeks of prep would have started....on June 3.  Then, we offer a call-out for Runner, Interrupted. Beta should launch on August 1. Email if you or someone you know would be interested in helping us pilot this program.  (Re)Build questions from the beginning Maintain questions begin around ten minutes into the program  Questions I have a full marathon in fall.  My goal is to be faster than my first marathon - I would love to be around 5 hours- so how do I train my mind that I CAN run faster.  How do you train your mind to not want to slow down? What is the deal with training threshold notifications in training peaks? They seem to happen a lot and the values go up and down. What does it even mean? I’ve recently begun to know and understand what an activated glute muscle is and how it feels.  I’m aware of my non-dominate side glute, but am not able to really feel my dominant side glute working/activated.   Transitioning from Rebuild to Maintain, does it/ would it make sense to keep some of the rebuild strength work in addition to the Maintain circuits?  Can you explain the difference between AR and float in Sailing?  And how are those different than the jog in Batter? I have a few short ones:  What does it mean when training peaks says “You set a new heart rate threshold.”?  When you say that nutrition may be one of the contributing factors to a disappointing / craptastic run, do you mean nutrition in general, or do you mean nutrition just prior to and during the run?  The clam series kept my booty SORE for the entire month of May. Am I loosing those gains by not continuing that series this month?   We are traveling international for 3 weeks.  What’s the minimum running you’d like to see to not loose too much fitness?  Especially considering jet lag… Hills! In the past we had Hilly Tweaks...are there some basic additions we can make to improve hill performance? For example High Knees up a hill and everyone’s favorite Hill Bounds...suggestions for quantity? I am super Excited for the new Marathon Programs you recently explained in Beta page.  Will there be the option for to opt into a pre race coach call if needed?   Warm up and cool down were on your runner's priorities list. What are important elements? Running a certain period of time with HR under 140? Since silly toes was listed separately I assume that's different from warm up. What else should we know about warm up and cool down?  I signed up for a 10K on the Fourth of July before FPP existed. It's the Peachtree 10K which will have 60K runners. I've raced rarely and when I have I ran leisurely with little regard to pace. Since I will have been in FPP for three months on race day, I would like to challenge myself and show off new skills.  If I missed it in an earlier edition, I'd love to hear more of Sarah's journey into coaching (here or in podcast)?
June 10, 2019
6/10/19: Later is Now (Gabe Grunewald Mantra)
A mantra Coach MK originally write to announce the launch of fall training season morphs into something different as we learn that Gabe Grunewald has been moved to palliative Care.
June 10, 2019
6/7/19: Accept The Mystery
Coach Sarah Hits us with a mantra from A Serious Man (2009, the Cohen Brothers) to bring us a mantra about managing discomfort in those moments when your path forward isn't clear and your anxiety mounts. 
June 06, 2019
6/06/19: That's a HARD No.
On Global Running Day, an apologetic confession from Coach Sarah got Coach MK thinking how 'sorry' might be the hardest word for MEN to say, not women....and why. Transcript available here:
June 06, 2019
The Fitness Protection Podcast (Sneak Peek!)
After an announcement from Coach MK, you can enjoy the audio from the #AskAway livestream on Sunday, June 2nd.  The coaches of the Fitness Protection Program stream live Q&A sessions each week on the FPP Facebook Page, The FPP YouTube Channel, and Twitch, simultaneously.  Join us! They are a lot of fun and super informative, and anyone may ask follow-up questions during the live broadcast. Show Notes (Re)Build questions begin at  Maintain questions begin at (Re)Build Questions:  1. Can we lump all the strength moves into one or two days rather than the four days as written? Is there a reason we shouldn't? Thanks!!    2. I currently have a Polar M400 watch with a chest strap. I saw Coach MK was sporting a new Polar and I wanted to know her thoughts on the best watch for HR training.  Also what are your thoughts on chest strap or wrist for HR monitor.    Maintain Questions 1. I pretty much stand  and/or walk all day at work. Any suggestions for legs that are already tired before a run? 2. Hi! First off, I'm loving this program. Having the structure of a training program without the pressure of a goal I'm nowhere ready for is SO GOOD for me. My question: when I do accelerators, one of my hamstrings barks at me for a day or two. Is this a sign I'm not ready for that yet? Should I double down on any strength exercise in particular to get ready or just be patient?  3.  I'm loving rebuild! It has me running regularly again and it's amazing! Thank you for putting  this together!!!! I live in a hilly area and have been treadmilling and driving to flat areas to run. However, at some point I'd like to be able to run from home again. Any suggestions for this? Will I get to a point where I'll be
June 03, 2019
6/4/19: Thank You for the Opportunity!!! (The Dear Prudence Mantra)
In a world that continually challenges us to seize, and earn, EVERY opportunity...Coach Sarah is here to tell the overachievers amongst us to approach opportunities differently.
June 03, 2019
6/3/19: Thank You...and Good Bye.
As HRH The Baby Violet gets ready for her first day of preschool tomorrow, Coach MK thinks about forging new, less intense, relationships with familiar places, and finds all of the strength she needs to say good bye with gratitude after hearing a new interpretation of Phillippians 4. 
June 02, 2019
5/31/19: RUN AWAY!!!!
Coach Sarah gives amazing advice we should all remember the moment we realize we are in a battle we can’t win.
May 31, 2019
5/30/19: Tweet Tweet Motherf*ucker.
There’s no escaping it: Women are REALLY annoying. So Coach MK came up with a totally safe for work mantra women can use in the office when our presence is annoying other people, inspired by THE most annoying woman she has ever encountered. (Her name rhymes with Leeburg)
May 29, 2019
5/29/19: I’m STARVING
Coach MK is totally burned out, and shares the mantra that is getting her through it. The burnout tells us NOTHING about her, and everything about everything else.
May 28, 2019
5/28/19: THIS IS IT.
Grab a box of tissues, Coach Sarah brings a powerful, emotionally charged mantra for the listeners who have asked about dealing with ongoing telling us about the special connection between her dear departed mother and styrofoam cups.  In the podcast, Sarah references the following: and their poem-aday newsletter What The Living Do by Marie Howe Transcripts for selected mantras can be found here:  It's one thing to BE coached and loved, it's another thing to SHOW IT! Head on over to our Threadless Shop and show the world how loved you actually are! Free domestic shipping on orders of $45 or more, and free international shipping on orders of $80 or more from now until June 16th with the code FREESHIP619 at 
May 28, 2019
5/24/19: All I Need
Coach Sarah uses a scene from The Jerk to reflect on her miscarriage and discover that what we need isn’t what we reach for, first.
May 24, 2019
5/23/19: Not For Long
Hiding in her bathroom (because every other room is full) with no notes to work from (because they are in her office next to her mother and sleeping little people), Coach MK draws on the wisdom of Hootie (aka Darius Rucker) and reminds us that all crappy moments pass, that it won’t be like this for long.
May 23, 2019
5/21/19: Oh, HEY!
Coach Sarah brings us a mantra inspired by our ultrarunners at Three Days at the Fair this weekend!
May 21, 2019
5/17/19: I Speak for Me. (A mantra for weight)
Coach Sarah comes at us with a mantra about BMI and weight inspired by Lindy West.
May 17, 2019
5/15/19: Make it SPARKLE!
Coach MK has a mantra for problems with no solution, inspired by he single most ineffective manager she has ever worked for.
May 15, 2019
5/14/19: And....ACTION!
Coach Sarah has a mantra for new parents who are questioning their feelings, and their sanity!, when they are in 'the weeds' so to speak. Love is action, and if you are moving, then you are KILLING IT.  If your feelings are those of depression or you are having thoughts, even fleeting ones, of harming yourself or your child, help is available. You will be supported and assisted, never judged. Call or text PostPartum Support International at the following numbers: Call 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD) English and Spanish Text 503-894-9453 Available 24 hours a day, you will be asked to leave a confidential message and a trained and caring volunteer will return your call or text. They will listen, answer questions, offer encouragement and connect you with local resources as needed.
May 14, 2019
5/13/19: Not Broken
Coach MK defines resilience and reminds us it doesn’t always look like standing up and fighting.
May 13, 2019
5/10/19: Tapa Tapa
Coach Sarah tells a fun childhood story to give us a mantra for those days when the sh#t seemingly has no end. If you are in Denver s s are gearing up for lockout Day 3...well, tapa tapa you guys. Stay safe.
May 10, 2019
5/8/19: Maybe You’re Magic
Coach MK reflects on a lifetime of speech impediments and shame, and how a really great day recording a podcast with a really cool guy is helping her turn those thoughts around. Btw if you don’t yet subscribe to DizRuns, do that!!!   #dizruns
May 07, 2019
5/7/19: Say Underwear!!!
Coach Sarah delivers a hilarious and heart warming mantra from her daughter, Ros!
May 07, 2019
5/6/19: That’s It? (The DNS Mantra)
A listener writes in and asks how she can teach her daughter about excellence when she decides to DNS a race, so Coach MK redefines excellence for this strong, brave, badass mother runner.  By the way, (Re)Build is open for registration over at GO JOIN!
May 06, 2019
5/3/19: I Can Wait. (The Graduation Mantra)
Coach Sarah addresses the Class of 2019 and reminds them that they are more than the media’s hot takes on a recent admission scandal, more than the sum of their first second and even third jobs out of college, and more than the number of pivots they make on their path forward.
May 02, 2019
5/2/19: Haters Gonna Hate (The Caster Semenya episode)
Coach MK wonders if the things we point to are actually the source of inequalities....or if they are just the things we feel safe pointing to.
May 02, 2019
5/1/19: Option B (unexpected death of a friend)
A listener, and fellow Wharton graduate, requested a mantra to help her and her girlfriends as they prepare for the funeral of a lifelong friend tomorrow. Coach MK, to her own surprise, finds herself recommending wisdom from an unexpected place.
May 01, 2019
4/30/19: NOT TODAY (The Game of Thrones Arya Stark Mantra)
Coach Sarah delivers a POWERFUL mantra based off of last night’s Game of Thrones episode. No spoilers, we promise!  But we CAN promise that Mantain is OPEN and ready to go at Go check it out!
April 30, 2019
4/29/19: I’m So MOTIVATED!!!
Today, rubber meets the road at and Coach MK is scared, you guys. So we thought we’d borrow a phrase from Marine drill instructors to get us through today.
April 29, 2019
Special Announcement from Coach Sarah and Coach MK
Head over to! Maintain is OPEN!
April 29, 2019
4/26/19: It’s Open/ F*UCK THIS. (The cancer double header episode)
A listener wrote in to tell us that one of our own has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Today’s mantra is a double header: Coach Sarah starts off with a mantra for the friends of the diagnosed, then Coach MK speaks directly to the runner whose summer is about to be interrupted.
April 26, 2019
4/25/19: GOD, This Hurts.
A listener writes in, asking for a mantra for losing a best friend.  Coach MK draws on the wisdom of Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, to drive today's mantra home.  You’ll know you’re on the other side when you can think of your best friend and smile instead of cry. That day will come. Until it does, we will be with you every step of the way. Please note: if you aren't sure if your grief is normal, please ask a licensed counselor or therapist to assist you in determining your best next step. 
April 24, 2019
4/23/19: No. Such. Thing.
Coach Sarah uses the recent chatter about charity runners at the Boston Marathon, and a line from Peter Sagal’s book, to explore the anger she feels about the shade we throw on work that is somehow deemed “lesser”. (If you think Fundraising is easy, Coach Mk would appreciate your help Fundraising for her kids’ school! Link on her Personal Facebook page!)
April 22, 2019
4/22/19: Less
We are surrounded with pressure for MOARRRRRRRRR: do more, be more, get more! It’s exhausting. Coach MK plans to respond to all that pressure by doing less. After all, she is not a robot and neither are you.
April 22, 2019
4/19/19: Multitudes, Motherf*ucker
Coach Sarah draws on the wisdom of Walt Whitman to deliver a poetically profane mantra to get her through those moments when her ‘real self’ slips through the work mask.
April 18, 2019
4/18/19: Right Here (anniversary of Columbine)
A massive manhunt in the Denver area left 500,000 Colorado students at home with very stressed out parents today. In an era of lockouts and lockdown drills, it’s easy for talk of scary mental illnesses and double pump firearms to mask the narrative of a lonely, scared girl who ignited a situation that quickly spun out of her control. Real change, the kinds of change that can improve outcomes, can start right here.
April 18, 2019
4/17/19: Here You Go (Wolfpack and the Call to Action)
Reading Abby Wambach’s new book Wolfpack, Coach MK reflects on 2004, her Year of Living Generously, and realizes the difference between a leader and a loser is generosity,
April 17, 2019
4/16/19: Underestimate Me.
It can hurt to be overlooked or discounted. It can hurt a LOT. Coach Sarah shows us how to channel that anger into fierce determination with two simple words.
April 16, 2019
4/15/19: Let’s GO!
It’s Boston Marathon Monday!!!! Weather forecast has been spooking some runners, so Coach MK sets everyone straight by reminding them they don’t have to do this, so if they choose to do it anyway, stop worrying and just GO!
April 15, 2019
4/13/19: Imma Keep This One #reclaimingmyf*ucks
Coach MK reminds us that fucks are a precious energy source and must be conserved, then gives directions on how to go about #reclaimingmyfucks. Save them for the right people, for the special people who deserve them.
April 13, 2019
4/12/19: I Am LOVED
Facing down a really tough day, Coach MK gets a surprise from Google Photos and suddenly has a lot more to say than she expected. This #fierceFriday we take you back to where it all began, the original mantras Coach MK concocted in therapy. If she can go from there to here, just imagine how far you can go.
April 12, 2019
4/11/19: Put It Away
Coach Sarah of tells us how to manage your emotional energy during that difficult period when you are waiting....and waiting...and WAITING.
April 11, 2019
4/10/19: Be Good
With a snowstorm bearing down on Denver and a new company ready to launch, Coach MK reflects on her incredible second career and how she is actually continuing the work that her mother, a public school teacher, started.
April 10, 2019
4/9/19: Yeah, I Did That
Coach Sarah of takes over the mantrapod today, encouraging everyone to OWN their wins at every opportunity, especially when speaking to super-athletic family members.
April 09, 2019
4/8/19: It’s in the BARN!
Coach MK gives Boston-bound runners a reminder of what NOT to do this week, and then advises everyone else to storm into this week with zero f*ucks and make it their taper, too.
April 08, 2019
4/4/19: Where there’s Life, There’s Hope (a mantra for a suicidal child)
A mother called Coach MK in the wake of her tween’s suicide attempt, looking for assurance that everything would be okay. Coach MK tries to wrap her heart around this incredible mother as the fight of her life begins, and reminds Her that as long as her child is alive, there is hope for a better tomorrow. Coach MK doesn’t believe in coincidences, and you likely won’t either after this podcast.
April 04, 2019
4/3/19: Take Two
Coach MK talks about the work she did during her ‘red hair phase’- psychotherapy. She isn’t a therapist and doesn’t pretend to be, but her coaching style of reframing narratives is directly derived from her time in psychotherapy and she encourages you to try them...then to see a therapist. THERAPY IS AWESOME.
April 02, 2019
4/2/19: That Way!
Coach MK uses the unparalleled wisdom of Dolly Parton to encourage everyone to disengage from pointless, energy-draining exchanges of one-upmanship.
April 02, 2019
4/1/19: Lets DO it!
It April Fools and #motivationmonday all at once! Enjoy this short, sweet mantra as you dive headlong into your week! LETS DO IT! Then head over to and see what Coach MK is cooking up!
April 01, 2019
3/29/19: Heigh-Ho, Motherf*ucker!
A listener sent Coach MK a baby announcement...with a written mantra request on the back! Totally amazing! We happened to read this request a few minutes after discovering that my most popular mantras all have “motherf*ucker” in the title. So, here you go, a mantra for a farmer’s wife and brand new mama: heigh ho, motherf*ucker. (Poem by Lautner Farms in Adel, Iowa)
March 29, 2019
3/28/19: I Got You
It’s #throwItOutThereThursday and Coach MK highlights how her neighborhood reacted to her assisting her new friend Yoanna, and throws out a radical idea: if Yoanna comes back with friends, we will have a bbq till the neighbors call the cops. It will be just like college! Giving money, meals and shits is the opposite of stupid and it may be what we need MOAR of.
March 28, 2019
3/27/19: I Got More
It’s #wildcardwednesday and Coach MK has a doozy of a story that will hopefully encourage you to stop wasting your excess time money and energy on people in your life who don’t deserve you and start giving to people in your neighborhood who will actually appreciate your incredible kindness and generosity. You may be the stroke of luck that changes someone’s life today; I dare you to find out.
March 27, 2019
3/26/19: My Story Is GOOD
Coach MK was reminded of an amazing Ted Talk about the narrative choices we constantly make, from describing our day to explaining why we don’t swim. The story matters less than the way you tell it, and Coach MK draws on her years of therapy to offer a touch of advice on giving your stories trajectories and endings that leave room for possibility, lest we forget the rest is still unwritten.
March 26, 2019
3/25/19: Anchors Away!
As Coach MK gets pumped about her new venture, she encourages everyone to look inside themselves and ask, “what would you do if you weren’t scared?” Then “what would it take to start?” And get EXCITED about something today rather than bogged down with to-fo lists and anxiety.
March 25, 2019
3/22/19: I’m NEVER Out of Options. #FierceFridays #oliviapope
For our first #FierceFriday on the mantrapod, Coach MK reminds us that we have more power than we think we do, and encourages us to tap into that power. Olivia Pope only plays games she can win, why would we choose to stay in one if we know winning isn’t possible?
March 22, 2019
3/21/19: It Is ON!
A listener writes in for a mantra to motivate her through her hip workouts, and Coach Mk delivers the only way she knows how...with fierce vengeance and furious anger.
March 21, 2019
3/20/19: It’s Handled
A listener and fellow special needs mom wrote to Coach MK back in December to ask for a Mantra while she manages all of the therapies her son will be starting this month against the backdrop of an unsupportive family and training for the Disney Marathon in 2020. Coach MK offers more than a mantra to get her through this year, and she cannot wait to open this option to the world.
March 20, 2019
3/19/19: Here It Is.
We have been conditioned to give the right answer instead of the true answer, and Coach MK reminds us that the secrets we create in those moments are ones you are too beautiful to keep.
March 19, 2019
3/18/19: That’s AWESOME!
Drawing wisdom from the book ‘Brave Enough’ by Cheryl Strayed, Coach MK reminds us that the best we can do at any given moment may vary wildly, but that’s all we have to do. Good enough us AWESOME, and so are you.
March 18, 2019
3/15/19: Imma Sleep
Totally sleep deprived and google-eyed, Coach MK advises everyone to unplug anything they need to for a few hours in order to catch up on rest....including the baby monitor.
March 15, 2019
3/14/2019: Walking Away
Happiness is fleeting, it isn’t an emotion we were meant to feel 24/7. In those moments you have to endure, Coach MK encourages you to mentally or physically walk away from the moment and into a moment of voorpret.
March 14, 2019
Coach MK talks about a Dutch concept of voorpret and how she uses it to get through crappy the past 5+ months of sleepless nights with a teething baby and a household beset with both Influenza A and B.
March 12, 2019
3/11/2011: I Am the Citgo Sign
Special guest host Sarah Axelrod from the blog Slow Twitch Prose wrote today's Mantra, using a famous Boston landmark to remind you that perspective is everything and if you can't see your own luminosity you just need a better angle.
March 11, 2019
3/8/19: Tell Me More (International Women’s Day)
Today is International Women’s Day, and while it’s tempting to quote inspirational figures like Malala Yousafzai and marvel at how far women have to go in other countries, CoachMK thinks about all the things she has to ask her husband to to because his requests will be taken more seriously than hers, and reminds us that we still have a LONG way to go. That journey starts with really listening to each other, to other women, and asking more more...information.
March 08, 2019
3/7/19: It’s Beautiful!!!!
Sometimes, you gotta BE your own rainbow..but Coach MK advises against performing the Care Bear Stare in public. Instead, try this mantra! Practice a few times in front of a mirror to get the facial expression just right. Rainbows are everywhere, especially the ones only you can see.
March 07, 2019
3/6/19: F*ck Happy
Congratulations on surviving the first day of Mercury in Retrograde! Only 22 more to go! If you are miserable right now, Coach MK has a novel idea for you: we aren’t meant to be happy all the time. You are ok.
March 06, 2019
3/5/19: I’m the Boss, Applesauce.
Mercury just entered retrograde and will be there until March 28. It’s gonna be a LONG MONTH!!!! In those moments when it feels like life has you by the short and curlies, rather than feeling helpless, channel your inner Judge Judy with today’s Mantra!
March 05, 2019
2/28/19: I AM READY
Coach MK responds to a listener request: a mom asks for a mantra to manage uncertainty as she enters the IEP (individualized education plan) process as well as fallout from recent medical diagnoses that likely stem from her child’s Celiac disease. Coach MK reminds her that all any of us need to make a blueprint is a diagnosis, and she has been preparing for his moment for years...even if she doesn’t know it.
February 28, 2019
2/27/19: THATs some sh*t. (Guest host RunningFatChef)
Latoya Shauntay Snell, aka runningfatchef, breaks down imposter syndrome and social media. Every day isn’t necessarily f*cking awesome, and those imperfections are actually what make us perfect. Even body positivity activists get the blues, and you will love Latoya’s take on all of it.
February 27, 2019
2/26/19: Break the Roof!! (The Lady Gaga episode)
Coach MK is still spitting nails after hearing Michael Strahan praise Lady Gaga for ‘toning it down’ for the Oscars. Where has he been? She’s been stripping down her look and sound slowly since 2011 and we don’t notice till Bradley Cooper shows up with a wet wipe 7 years later? This mantra is for every woman who has been encouraged to tone any part of themselves down. I hope you break the damned roof before you trim back your wings. **Credit to Erin Van Vuren @papercrumbs on Instagram for the awesome quote that inspired today’s mantra.
February 26, 2019
2/25/19: ITS A CALLOUS (guest host LaToya Shauntay Snell)
LaTOYA Shauntay Snell, aka Fat Running Chef, takes over the podcast today to remind us that thick skin is a callous and HELL NO you don’t need it! ***** if you love her work as much as I do, please support her upcoming trip to Tokyo!
February 25, 2019
2/22/19: Same Elephant
A listener asks for a mantra to keep her grounded in the coming weeks between the anniversary of her alcoholic father’s death, his birthday, and Father’s Day. This one has nothing to do with running...but can have everything to do with the feelings of inadequacy and not being good enough that so many athletes project onto their race performances.
February 23, 2019
2/21/19: OK!
Coach MK concludes #poetryslam week with closing thoughts on the self-love poem we’ve been building all week. Sure, it’s hard not getting your first choice. But it doesn’t have to SUCK.
February 22, 2019
2/21/19: SQUATS!!
Day 4 of the self-love poetry challenge takes it all to a new, esoteric level as Coach MK tells us to think of the ups and downs of life as squats and reminds us that ‘our people’ are the ones who hear waves crashing around us and decide to have a dance party.
February 21, 2019
2/20/19: SOLID!
Day 3 of self love- do your elbows bend? Yay! They work! How about your will? No? SOLID!!! We are going to take a minute to celebrate a few simple bodily functions and remember that complex movements are comprised of simple ones. There are parts of you that work, and they add up to something SOLID.
February 20, 2019
2/19/19: YESIDOO!!
On Day 2 of our journey towards self-love, Coach MK builds on yesterday’s momentum by pointing out two more body parts that likely function in ways that can work for you and encourages you to appreciate them. Point out their function, and follow up with a big, YESIDOO!!!!
February 19, 2019
2/17/19: Hello Hellyeah!!!
It’s easy to look st your body and see things you don’t like, when is the last time you looked in the mirror and celebrated the things that DO work? Coach MK plans to spend this week helping us focus on what we can do, and these body parts that help us do it.
February 18, 2019
2/15/19: I’m Magic!!!
Coach MK kicks off a 6-days series into self-love by explaining where the roots of self-love lie before detailing how you cultivate that emotion all around’s a special kind of magic, just like you.
February 15, 2019
2/14/19: Yes, Again
It’s Valentine’s Day! Coach MK talks about her live of two of the most boring things imaginable: her favorite run route and her husband and why she will take consistency and familiarity over surprises and intensity EVERY day.
February 15, 2019
2/13/19: I can’t go back to prison.
Day 3 of the Denver Teacher Strike and everyone is tired and frustrated and angry. The district has overplayed their hand and hasn’t been listening very well. Coach MK reminds the teachers to stay calm as much as possible; we see through DPS’ antics. That said, if they lose it we will totally post their bail. #dpsstrike #denverteacherstrike #redfored #standwithteachers
February 13, 2019
2/12/19: Show Me.
As Day 2 of the Denver Public Schools Classroom Teachers’ Association strike begins, Coach MK challenges everyone to stop talking about supporting teachers and start showing up for them, and challenges Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova to stop talking about student safety and start showing us the steps she has taken to keep our students safe. #dpsstrike #dcta #denverteacherstrike #standwithteachers
February 12, 2019
2/11/19: WORTH IT.
On the eve of the first teacher’s strike in Denver in 25 years, Coach MK makes her position clear: DPS is a bunch of irresponsible fukwits. She also gives teachers a mantra to chant in their hearts to keep their minds focused during this pathetic display of toxic behavior disguised as leadership from our elected officials in Denver Public Schools. #istandwithteachers
February 11, 2019
Today’s SUPER ENERGETIC!!!!! mantra is lifted directly from The LEGO Movie...which opened TODAY, the very day Coach MK’s Unicorn Crew heads to the Rocky Raccoon 50k and 50-mile races in Huntsville, TX...which is near a federal penitentiary. None of this is coincidence, and Coach MK explains how the cosmic hand of pronoia is guiding this incredible team of ladies towards something AWESOME. **if you want to see something else awesome, head over to the Coach MK Facebook page and see the Snapchat she made for her Unicorns!!**
February 09, 2019
2/8/19: Ooooh-ah!
We are going DIRECTLY to Shakespeare over here on the mantrapod! Because some situations warrant animal noises. Coach MK’s cardinal rule is yo focus on what you CAN do, and today she helps apply it to three situations: pre-race jitters for her Rocky Raccoon ultrarunners, rehab for an injured runner, and body image for a special Disney Princess Half-Marathoner.
February 08, 2019
2/7/19: Ain’t No Dinosaurs Here!
Coach MK reminds everyone to vote for girls and women in sports with their pocketbooks and eyeballs before addressing her BADASS athletes heading down to Texas for the Rocky Raccoon 50k and 50 mile ultramarathons this weekend. #NGWSD #leadherforward
February 07, 2019
2/6/19: You Nailed It!
Kung Hei Fa Tsoi! On day two of our 14-day positivity streak to ring in the Year of the Pig, special guest host Sarah Axelrod tells us about the kindest words she never heard and the best gift you can give someone who is overwhelmed. Coach MK was blown away by this episode and is certain you will be as well!
February 06, 2019
2/5/19: Gungxi Fa Tsoi!! (lunar New Year)
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!!! Coach MK is READY for the prosperity the new year will bring and cannot wait to share her excitement with you!
February 05, 2019
2/4/19: Thank you
Coach MK is trying to manage her anxiety as she waits a number of events that will impact her kids and are completely out of her control. She reminds us all that every moment is a gift, and tells us how to use that gift constructively.
February 03, 2019
2/2/19: DOIN’ IT!!
In this short-but-sweet episode, Coach MK reminds us that the process is sloooooow, whether we are discussing training or rehab or recovery...but quitting isn’t going to speed it up.
February 02, 2019
2/1/19: Your Poor As$!
After a scary encounter with a careless driver, a friend of Coach MK is in need of a snappy comeback to reclaim her power. All you have to do is smile and repeat one of the three multi-use phrases from this podcast and you win!
February 01, 2019
1/31/19: WHAAAT? OK!
A listener asks Coach MK for advice on building a bridge to some toxic co-workers, and Coach advises her to trick them into setting that bridge on fire by channeling the wisdom of the one and only Lil Jon. NOTE: Coach misspoke in this episode, Lil Jon’s most famous accompaniment is actually ‘Yeah” by Usher, not “Get Low” by Ludacris as she says in the podcast.
January 31, 2019
1/30/29: I Am In Training
Today’s Mantra is a response to a listener, who on the eve of celebrating a year of sobriety is also facing a surgeon’s recommendation to give up running. Coach MK reminds her that her story is arc-ing, it is far from finished, that she is just doing what people in training do- the assigned work.
January 30, 2019
1/29/19: I’m Human
Coach MK follows up on a phone call with an old friend today, reading a passage from Ask Polly about the exquisite pain of being human and the f*cked-up stories shame will tell us about ourselves. Your shame is a liar, too, friend. You are more valuable than stars.
January 29, 2019
1/28/19: All Right Y’all
It’s MONDAY! Yay! Are you ready to adult? If the answer is no, Coach MK is here to remind you that it’s okay to not be okay, the pressure you feel is real, and 2016 Britney Spears is proof positive that you can survive damn near anything you day throws at you. You’d never know 2007 even happened to her.
January 28, 2019
1/26/19: I NEED NEW FRIENDS!!!
In this special Arches Ultra Race edition of the mantrapod, Coach MK reminds The Terrible Choice Crew to focus on what binds them together is trust. Blind trust. Illogical levels of trust...and it always pays off.
January 26, 2019
1/25/19: I Chose THIS
Coach MK (literally) hides under the bed to record this podcast because allll her kids are in her bed tonight. She is headed to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah tomorrow to support one of her two small, tight, and very close knit groups of clients...who decided to run their first 50k in Moab in the middle of winter. In the moments when things start to suck, Coach MK wants them to remember it’s never about the running, you chose epic shit with amazing people.
January 25, 2019
1/24/19: I. DO. EPIC. SHIT!!!!!
Coach MK responds to a listener that is feeling a little underprepared and overwhelmed for an upcoming race. Coach MK reminds her that ‘not totally overprepared’ is hardly tantamount to ‘underprepared’ and that she is badass AF for having a YOLO hobby like half marathons on top of all the other epic shit she does.
January 24, 2019
1/23/19: I’m Safe
A listener writes in, wanting a mantra to help her manage her tendency to self-sabotage. Coach MK reminds her there is NOTHING about her that needs changing, that mistakes aren’t tantamount to sabotage and don’t give her reason to quit.
January 23, 2019
1/22/19: Not Your Toilet
A listener writes in to ask for a mantra to manage her emotional response to a neighbor’s misplaced anger. Coach MK reminds her that she is not a toilet, this woman can take her sh*t elsewhere.
January 22, 2019
1/21/19: What Just HAPPENED???
Coach MK’s client DJ Polmateer FINALLY got the PR he earned last year. It was indeed a DJ Day in Houston, and we are all in shock....kinda like the participants in the new Fyre Festival documentaries. Deep thoughts on MLK will come tomorrow, today is squarely a DJ day.
January 21, 2019
1/19/19: It’s You
You aren’t crazy. Coach MK knows you are a product of your environment, and wants to make sure you never forget who the real problem is (spoiler alert: it’s not you, she is feeding you lines).
January 19, 2019
1/18/19: MINE, BITCH!!!!
A listener wrote in to ask for a mantra for navigating the continuous interactions she has to manage sharing custody of her son with her toxic ex. Coach MK asks if all that contact is really necessary, and advises her to Pivot, Smile, GET THE F*CK OUT using the Coach MK Five-Point Plan to managing Toxic People.
January 18, 2019
Coach MK is SUPER EXCITED to respond to a listener who wrote in last night, reminding her that everyone has toxic traits and maybe she should reconsider her stance on ghosting people. Coach MK responds exactly as you would expect: respectfully, firmly, and profanely.
January 17, 2019
1/16/19: I’m terrible.
Due to overwhelming response to yesterday’s mantra, Coach MK digs a little deeper into the dynamics of dealing with toxic behavior patterns in a professional setting and delineates toxic behavior patterns in a personal setting. Cutting people’s access to you is the opposite of weak or immature. It takes incredible strength and is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Check out @morningmantrapod on Instagram for more tips on toxic people management.
January 16, 2019
1/15/19: Hello, Angel!
A listener asked for a mantra to manage a serious case of imposter syndrome. Coach MK tells her to (re)direct her energies away from the naysayers she will never sway and towards the angels who have always been on her side.
January 15, 2019
1/14/19: TEN YEARS?!?!?
Laid up with a stomach virus, Coach MK and Mr. MK have spent most of the day scrolling through their Facebook feeds, enjoying the #tenyearchallenge. (Check hers out at www.facebook,com/brooksmk). Today’s mantra was inspired by the stark realization that 2006 MK would think 2019 MK was a total loser (but 2006 MK was an idiot that couldn’t see past her trauma). Ten years sound like a long time until you’re looking backward instead of committing forward, and Coach MK wants you to be gentle as well as honest when you see where ten years has taken you. **she is also massively dehydrated and may make less sense than usual**
January 14, 2019
1/12/19: Bless It
Coach MK addresses a 20-year old listener going through an unexpected breakup. Today’s mantra is more like a prayer, a hope that this bumpy road we travel on is as blessed as we’ve been promised by the All Mighty Rascal Flatts. If Coach MK can get through an entire episode without cursing, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!
January 12, 2019
1/11/19: WHAAAT?
Coach MK tells you a fun story about her struggle to remember the Japanese word for ‘map’, and challenges you to see if maybe you are making any totally unavoidable mistakes in your own life right now.
January 11, 2019
1/10/19: Mmmhmmm.
Discovering the concept of Tsundoku has unlocked many of Coach MK’s memories of her 4 years in Tokyo. Today, she talks about the distance between Honne (what a person believes) and tatamae (what a person does and says due to societal demands) and challenges everyone (especially women) listening to look for the same patterns in their own behavior.
January 10, 2019
1/9/19: GOLD!
With no end to the shutdown in sight, Coach MK has another idea for all of her furloughed friends and clients. There is gold in this situation. Let’s find it. When you do, post a photo and tag @coachmkfleming or @morningmantrapod on Instagram or @coachedandloved on Facebook.
January 09, 2019
1/8/19: Good Morning, Good Gracious!
The government shutdown is impacting a LOT of Coach MK’s friends and clients. You’re going to learn another cool Japanese word for this situation as well as a rhyme you can use to greet absolutely EVERYONE between now and the date you receive your backpay.
January 08, 2019
1/7/19: I am BIG in Japan!
Coach MK had a secret shame until she discovered her shame was actually a revered character trait in Japan. ***Head over to and rsvp for her special tsundoku #hopepunk book club event next Sunday!
January 07, 2019
1/5/19: YES I DID!!!
Coach MK has a Mantra to cling to as we get through this last winter break weekend before we settle back into regular routines.
January 05, 2019
1/4/19: I’ll take it.
As the first week of 2019 draws to a close, Coach MK reminds us that better is fine and good enough is actually fantastic. Today’s mantra, applied to 99.9% of the things in your life, will free you up to chase excellence in the sliver that remains.
January 04, 2019
1/3/19: Who you KIDDIN?!?!?!?
Coach MK wants to give you three words to get through the TOTAL DELUSION that is surrounding us all right now, whether you are wrangling kids at home on break or a spouse with a resolution list longer than your kids’ letters to Santa.
January 03, 2019
1/2/19: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
If your list of resolutions includes a bunch of things you plan to do differently at work, Coach MK has a suggestion that will help you enforce those resolutions....or find another job.
January 02, 2019
12/29/18: WHY NOT??????
The Holiday is over but our kids are still home from school and hopped up on sugar. Coach MK has a mantra to help you manage any mounting frustration with all the “MOM!” requests.
December 29, 2018
12/28/18: It’s My YEAR!!!
As we roar into Romjul day 3, Coach MK wants you to get PUMPED for all the awesomeness next year will bring, and gives you a phrase to up your confidence level by a metric ass ton.
December 28, 2018
12/27/18: TOO RIGHT!!
As we prepare to celebrate the second day of Romjul, several folks are stumped trying to fill out their #romjulroar forms. Coach MK advises you to reflect on 2018 and remember er times people told you that you were too X, then lean alllllll the way into that by saying TOO RIGHT! That aspect f you, they part they couldn’t handle? That’s your superpower and your name is not Harrison Bergeron.
December 27, 2018
12/26/18: SAFE!
Today’s mantra is SAFE!! Because we survived holiday round 1. Now we have to brace ourselves for the lull between now and New Year, and Coach MK wants to fill that space with NOISE.
December 26, 2018
12/24/18:Warned you!
Join Coach MK tomorrow in a Facebook Live where she talks you through navigating difficult conversations during holiday gatherings.
December 24, 2018
12/22/18: I Am AH-MAY-ZING!!!
If you have houseguests arriving this weekend, Coach MK has a mantra for you that sounds way politer then, “you can get an AirBnB, bee-yotch!”
December 22, 2018
12/21/18: It Matters.
A listener requested a mantra to get her through incessant conversations about the recent bans of, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” A two-time sexual assault survivor, Coach MK breaks down the controversy and reminds her that emotions are rational responses and consent is not enough.
December 21, 2018
A listener asks for a mantra to deal with grief, career inertia, and other closing doors. Coach MK reminds her to start with the question, “what do I have to work with?” And move forward from there. RECALCULATING is adulting at its finest, going with the flow until we are truly ready to disrupt it.
December 20, 2018
12/19/18: Happily Ever AFTER!!!
A listener requested a mantra to get through a really nasty divorce and all the feelings of failure she is experiencing as she struggles with her kids and her weight. Coach MK reminds her that women were happy with The Rabbit for nearly a decade before The Womanizer came along, living proof that YES better will happen, and until then you have options, which is the very definition of winning at life.
December 19, 2018
12/18/18: OFFSIDE!!!!!
Healthy families have healthy boundaries, and you should not be afraid to create and enforce them (with the assistance of a therapist!). Coach MK advises the use of a soccer rule to enforce boundaries during extended family visits. She also advises working with a therapist before introducing new boundaries, since this can threaten the stability of a system.
December 18, 2018
12/17/18: FUKKIT!!!
Holiday stress getting to you? Coach MK has a strategy for that!
December 17, 2018
12/15/2018: Bust It!
The mind replays what the heart won’t delete, so the holidays provide ample opportunity for the type of auto-looping that leads to depression. Coach MK wants you to bust right out of that auto loop and create the memories you deserve with people who love you back. If you can’t find any, there’s always extra room at her table.
December 15, 2018
12/14/18: WOW.
A former financial analyst, Coach MK knows that numbers only tell part of the story- the rest lies in the qualitative analytics that bind any data set together. She illustrates this point by sharing a game she plays with her children....and with herself, in moments when she feels ‘less-than’ or insignificant (yep, it totally happens).
December 14, 2018
12/13/2018: HELLOOOO!
What if the universe as conspiring to bring you heaps of happiness? Coach MK challenges you to try out a pronoid state today. Start with morningmantrapod and brooksmk12 on Instagram, then move over to Coach MKs personal Facebook page. Pronoia is real, and someone IS out to get you and make you really, really happy. #coachedandloved
December 13, 2018
12/12/2018: Onward
The girl in yesterday’s podcast won her order of protection today. So, what happens tomorrow?
December 12, 2018
12/11/2018: WATCH ME.
The transition from victim to accuser is horrifying and no one really prepares you for it. Coach MK is giving one listener a mantra to get her through the final stage of that transition: testifying in court.
December 11, 2018
12/10/2018: FOUND IT!!!!
Most people set SUPER high expectations for all things, and any deviation from the best case scenario renders the whole venture a total failure. Coach MK encourages you to flip that logic around and look for the YAY!...after letting out a velociraptor roar or two, natch.
December 10, 2018
12/8/18: VELOCIRAPTOR!!!!!!!!!
Some Saturdays, we just don’t want to run. Be it lack of sun or crazy cold, we feel weaker in the winter. Coach MK has a suggestion to make you feel STRONG,
December 08, 2018
12/7/2018: Alpha T Positive
When a nuclear reaction is no longer controllable, its coefficient of radiation, or Alpha T, is positive. This holiday season, Coach MK has a message for her clients assisting victims of domestic violence...and any victim she may not yet be aware of who may be listening.
December 07, 2018
12/5/2018: click
In a more muted episode, Coach MK reminds us to turn on our headlamps as we step out of out Timeout!! and back into an avalanche of shit.
December 05, 2018
12/4/2018: OMAHA!!!!!
A listener asked for a mantra to help her focus on tasks she doesn’t want to perform. Coach MK reminds her that she adults like a BOSS then points to the infinite wisdom of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
December 04, 2018
12/3/18: Timeout!!
The definition of anxiety can be reductive, assuming a person is dwelling on small problems, making mountains out of molehills. What do you do when your problems are big, and the resulting anxiety can’t be smoothed away with “perspective”?
December 03, 2018
12/1/18: GRACIOUS AF
Competition isn’t categorically positive; the need to ‘win’ outside of defined situations is fueled by deep insecurity. The best way to disarm a narcissist is to be really gracious, GRACIOUS AF.
December 01, 2018
11/30/18: MY TURN!!!!
We extend empathy and compassion to everyone around us, but rarely to ourselves. Instead of normalizing or excusing someone else’s butt headed behavior today, let’s try some self-empathy...or a new lipstick technique. Need a mantra? Facing a frustrating situation? Email and tell me about it! Would love to make a mantra for you!
November 30, 2018
11/29/18: BURN, MOTHERF*$KER
Most of us have been conditioned against burning bridges; Coach MK offers you a different perspective. ***if you have mantra ideas or requests or want totally unprofessional help navigating a situation with a subversive chant, send details to***
November 29, 2018
11/28/18: You’re WELCOME!
Today, we are going to travel back to 1981, when a group of cartoon bears threatened to shoot lasers outta their bellies at everyone in a bad mood. HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE IRL?!?!?
November 28, 2018
11/27/18: I Know This Game!
Drawing on the wisdom of T Bone Burnett and Justin Bobby, Coach MK reminds you that honesty is the best policy when dealing with a toxic person. They can’t handle the truth!! Recognize their game and refuse to play- there are no winners in the prisoner’s dilemma.
November 27, 2018
11/26/18: Gimme a Towel!
Here is an empowering command to kick start the countdown to year-end: *smile* GIMME A TOWEL! We will attack this mess called Monday morning, together, with a smile and a towel.
November 25, 2018
11/25/18: I’m Certain Enough
Sad and nostalgic that my final training plan is for sale at , I decided to stick my face in my happy place- Abby Wambauch’s Brain. I came out wondering what certainty really is. Spoiler alert: it’s less a loud, noticeable “YASSSSSS!” and more like relaxation. Absence of YASSSS is not presence of doubt, that’s what certainty can look like.
November 25, 2018
11/22/18: It’s Alright
Thanksgiving often becomes a performative should-do gratitude THROWDOWN that can leave us feeling empty. If you feel a little numb today, Coach MK wants you to have the mantra that helped her feel again.
November 22, 2018
11/21/18: I Exhale Glory!
Whether you are spending the holidays alone and REALLY don’t want to talk about it, or are surrounded by relatives whether you like it or not, you may find solace in today’s mantra (Or at least a creative idea to scare your drunk Uncle away).
November 21, 2018
11/20/18: I am Flawsome!
Flaws make us awesome- they enhance us. They make us real. Don’t let anyone at your next family gathering reduce you to the wrong side of a “less-than” equation by pointing out a part of you they perceive as a flaw.
November 20, 2018
11/19/18: Namaste, M*therf$cker
As the slide through the holidays begins, we are going to draw on an ancient greeting to remind ourselves of the humanity of everyone around us...even when we are reasonably certain we are dealing with soul-less demons.
November 19, 2018
11/17/18: “Imma Be Virtuous”
As the California fires rage on, many affected folks are focusing on everyday worries like their upcoming race. And that is ok, your coach is HERE for you. Everything else may overwhelm, but when it comes to your running, your fitness and your sanity- remember I got you. Make good choices. Be virtuous, be patient, and we will make it all right as soon as we can. If you want to help affected folks, this article lists terrific organizations to fund:
November 17, 2018
11/16/18: THANK U!!!
Drawing inspiration from the fires raging in California (prayers for everyone affected), Coach MK reminds us of the sage words of The Hills’ Justin Bobby, that “truth and time tell all” and prepares you for that moment when you realize that person you thought was so great is, in fact, toxic.
November 16, 2018
11/15/18: Snip, Snip Ya’All!
When you set a boundary to protect yourself from a toxic person, it can be scary. You may doubt yourself- don’t. Limiting their ability to contact you may be the only way to preserve your sanity, because it’s hard to find a priest willing to perform an ACTUAL exorcism.
November 15, 2018
11/14/18: Imma YAAAY This to the Finish!
Sometimes we have to interact with toxic people. The best way to get through that encounter is with truly INSANE levels of enthusiasm, just YAAY it to the finish and RUN.
November 14, 2018
11/13/18: My Gut is GREAT
Most of us have been taught to disregard our intuition, especially those of us with hormones, emotions, and vajayjays. I am here to remind you that hormones, emotions and vajayjays do not cripple brain function categorically and continually. Your gut is GREAT, just like your mind. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
November 13, 2018
11/12/18: YEAH BUDDY!!!!!
Toxic people suck, which can make Mondays TERRIBLE. Unless you can find a way to make those interactions FUN. For you. It takes two to tango, and if you MUST tango at work with a toxic person, take the lead with todays’s mantra.
November 12, 2018
11/11/18: Shine On, Woman!
This time of year, the slide towards Christmas, is supposed to be bright and shiny...but BOY it is stressful. As we slide towards the New Year, find a buddy to shine with, including your buddy in the mirror.
November 11, 2018
The freedom to say no in a gentle manner AND be heard, isn’t a privilege afforded everyone. Today, I tie a charm school lesson (yes, I went!!!) to my Japanese lessons to help you recognize moments you are not, in fact, free.
November 10, 2018
11/9/18: HELL YEAH!!!
You can make any ordinary task extraordinary by saying, “HELL YEAH!” right before you start. I dare you to try! Add a little Morgan Freeman narration to the boring parts of your day!
November 09, 2018
11/8/18: I Am LOVED
Having needs doesn’t make you needy, and EVERYONE needs to know they are loved. It’s a bedrock of our psyche, our sense of security. Return to this podcast anytime you don’t feel secure, because you are LOVED. Deeply, fiercely, ferociously loved. This love ain’t going NOWHERE.
November 08, 2018
11/5/18: I am SOOO GOOD!
The best story from the NYC Marathon is one you won’t hear on ESPN. Its the story of a runner who knew what she came for and celebrated when she got it.
November 05, 2018
11/3/18: I GOT this!
New York Marathon Special Edition!!! My three year old think she can fly, and is determined to prove it. If you are racing this weekend, toe the start line with the confidence of a three year old. You GOT this.
November 03, 2018
11/2/18: I am FANTASTIC
There are two sides to every story...but that does NOT mean you were 50% responsible for any cruelty you have experienced.
November 02, 2018
11/1/18: I am NOT crazy
The most damaging type of emotional abuse is called invalidation, and we do it to each other all the time. It is common, but not at all normal. You aren’t crazy, but invalidation can make you feel crazy.
November 01, 2018
10/31: I Don’t have to Fail
What is failure? Is it really the opposite of winning? Can we have more than one winner? How many things have you avoided in order to avoid failure? Is failure really the worst thing? Coach MK wonders if high expectations really lead to better outcomes and wonders if everyone should make room for a little failure each day.
October 31, 2018
10/30/18: Imma live in the WannaDo
My least favorite word is “should”. Nothing positive comes from the shaming of the ShouldDo, so let’s swap it for the WannaDo, just for today.
October 30, 2018
10/29: I Don’t Have to Do THIS
In elementary school civics, I learned that the most powerful action a sitting President has in his/her disposal, the one the Founders intended as a check and balance against the other branches of government, THE most powerful thing s/he can the veto. The power to say no. You have that same power in your own life, which means You have more power than you think you do. Let’s explore that power today.
October 28, 2018
10/28/18: Hate Can Be Unlearned
I see variations on this theme everywhere: “Hate is learned and can be unlearned”, and I want to believe that is true. But we gotta start with the person in the mirror.
October 28, 2018
10/24/18: I Am A Champion
Two quotes from Pat Head Summitt and one from her assistant coach Holly Warwick.
October 21, 2018
10/22/18: I Will Remain
Today’s mantra draws from Mark Nepo’s Book of Awakening
October 21, 2018
Morning Mantra, 10/21/18
Today’s morning mantra: “Rest makes me unbreakable” #coachedandloved #coachmk
October 21, 2018