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More Than Running with Dana Giordano

More Than Running with Dana Giordano

By CITIUS MAG
Listen as Dana Giordano, a professional middle-distance runner for the Boston Athletic Association, sits down and talks with some of the most inspirational and insightful women in running. Whether they're doing amazing things on the track or working tirelessly to promote the sport as industry leaders and entrepreneurs, hear how they've found success.

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Season 2 Wrap Up + Injury + Training Update + Plans for Season 3
To wrap up Season 2 of More Than Running, Dana Giordano sits down with producer Chris Chavez to breakdown the biggest lessons from speaking to this season's guests.  We featured: Michelle Sammet, Porscha Dobson, Bobbi Gibb, Katherine Burgess, Mrs. Space Cadet, Emma Abrahamson, Erika Kemp, Alexi Pappas, Erin Kinney, Nini Meyer, Emily Infeld, Taylor Tracey, Grayson Murphy and Courtney Wayment. Dana provides an injury update after a foot issue sidelined her for much of the indoor season, plans for her upcoming training camp and racing before the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials kick off in Eugene, Oregon on June 18.  SPONSOR: Do you want to run further and faster and recover quicker and easier? Do you want to feel healthier than you've ever felt before? You need to make a change and that's what InsideTracker is all about. Founded by leading scientists in aging, genetics and biometric data from MIT, Tufts and Harvard, InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. They used a patented algorithm to analyze your body's data to paint a clear picture of what's going on inside you. They then give you a concrete, science-backed trackable action plan for reaching your performance goals and feeling your best. For a limited time, InsideTracker is offering the ultimate prize package giveaway to a lucky listener of More Than Running. One lucky winner will get more than $1,500 in InsideTracker value. To enter go to http://insidetracker.com/dana ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
29:52
April 7, 2021
Episode 13 | Courtney Wayment, 2x NCAA Champion for BYU
Courtney Wayment is a fifth-year senior at BYU and recently notched victories at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the DMR (won in the second-fastest time in NCAA history) and 3,000m (9:01.47).  She has a bubbly, sparkling personality and she speaks very highly of her team. There has been a lot in the media recently about unhealthy programs, challenges within the NCAA system and so I wanted to shed some light on a team that is having great success under a female coach, Coach Diljeet Taylor. This podcast episode was really special to me because I think sometimes we are so used to sharing stories about negative things in the media and I really wanted to highlight what it means to come together as a sisterhood to rise up and focus on any given day.  Courtney is about to start her outdoor NCAA season. She’s definitely on fire right now so she’s one to watch. She is the first active collegiate star we have had on the podcast so give her a follow. SPONSOR: Do you want to run further and faster and recover quicker and easier? Do you want to feel healthier than you've ever felt before? You need to make a change and that's what InsideTracker is all about. Founded by leading scientists in aging, genetics and biometric data from MIT, Tufts and Harvard, InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. They used a patented algorithm to analyze your body's data to paint a clear picture of what's going on inside you. They then give you a concrete, science-backed trackable action plan for reaching your performance goals and feeling your best. For a limited time, InsideTracker is offering the ultimate prize package giveaway to a lucky listener of More Than Running. One lucky winner will get more than $1,500 in InsideTracker value. To enter go to http://insidetracker.com/dana ▶  Follow Courtney: @courtsasport20 ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
54:15
March 31, 2021
Episode 12 | Grayson Murphy, Mountain Running World Champion and Pro for Saucony
Grayson is a multi-talented athlete with success on the trails and track. She got started in soccer and currently does cross-country skiing on the side. After transitioning from being a collegiate soccer player at Santa Clara, she got more into running and found All-American success at Utah. The steeplechase was her event and she owns a 9:48.57 personal best in it. She signed a professional contract with NAZ Elite but then made a change and signed a contract with Saucony to explore the trail running scene. She lives and trains in Bozeman, Montana.  In this episode, we talk about how she manages her time while mostly training alone. She shares her interests outside of running and she sees those pairing with her running career in the future.  She just ran a 15:44.61 personal best for 5,000 meters at the Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier after not having access to a track in the brutal Montana winter. SPONSOR: Do you want to run further and faster and recover quicker and easier? Do you want to feel healthier than you've ever felt before? You need to make a change and that's what InsideTracker is all about. Founded by leading scientists in aging, genetics and biometric data from MIT, Tufts and Harvard, InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. They used a patented algorithm to analyze your body's data to paint a clear picture of what's going on inside you. They then give you a concrete, science-backed trackable action plan for reaching your performance goals and feeling your best. For a limited time, InsideTracker is offering the ultimate prize package giveaway to a lucky listener of More Than Running. One lucky winner will get more than $1,500 in InsideTracker value. To enter go to http://insidetracker.com/dana ▶  Follow Grayson: @racin_grayson ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
47:38
March 12, 2021
Episode 11 | Taylor Treacy, Founder of The Virago Project
Taylor Treacy is a former UNC volleyball athlete. After graduating, Taylor played volleyball professionally overseas where she developed several mental health struggles. Inspired by her own journey and wanting to help others she founded the Virago Project. "Virago" means female warrior and its mission is to provide empowerment tools for female athletes. I hope these resources are helpful to you or someone you love. I’ve been focusing on mental health this season of MTR because we all have unseen struggles. SPONSOR: Do you want to run further and faster and recover quicker and easier? Do you want to feel healthier than you've ever felt before? You need to make a change and that's what InsideTracker is all about. Founded by leading scientists in aging, genetics and biometric data from MIT, Tufts and Harvard, InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. They used a patented algorithm to analyze your body's data to paint a clear picture of what's going on inside you. They then give you a concrete, science-backed trackable action plan for reaching your performance goals and feeling your best.  For a limited time, InsideTracker is offering the ultimate prize package giveaway to a lucky listener of More Than Running. One lucky winner will get more than $1,500 in InsideTracker value. To enter go to http://insidetracker.com/dana More resources: Instagram: @theviragoproject For more information visit: https://viragoproject.org/ ▶  Follow Taylor: @TaylorATreacy ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
51:37
March 5, 2021
Episode 10 | Emily Infeld of the Bowerman Track Club
Emily Infeld is heading into her ninth year as a professional runner with the Bowerman Track Club. She's currently training with her team in Flagstaff, Arizona for an altitude camp. She recently ran her first outdoor track race since 2017 and will soon run her first outdoor 10,000m race since the 2017 world championships. In this episode, we discuss the highs and lows (including injuries) of her career, what she shares on social media, what her hopes are for the next phase of her professional career including the marathon. I respect Emily a lot for her honesty and candor in how she addresses mental health and how to keep yourself in the present moment while training, especially when you're on one of the best teams in the world and the urge to compare yourself to others can be high. It's always fun to interview women who I've looked up to from afar. ▶ Follow Emily: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
48:15
February 17, 2021
Episode 9 | Nini Meyer, CEO & Founder of Positive Tracks - Sweat For Good
Nini Meyer is the founder and CEO of Positive Tracks an organization that engages youth socially and physically to “sweat for good." I was connected with Positive Tracks while at Dartmouth during a summer internship back in 2014. Things have changed a lot since my time working with the organization but I'm proud to share how Nini and her powerful team have evolved to support the change-makers of the future. To date, they've helped 73,600 Positive Trackers turn 383,675 miles of athletic activity into advocacy, activism and $11.1 million for causes shaping our future.  The core of this podcast is running but it is essential to understand how running and movement can create so much good in our lives and the lives of others. Organizations like Positive Tracks almost seem too good to be true but are an available resource for anyone who wants to Sweat for Good. Learn more about Positive Tracks. Visit positivetracks.org or checking out @postracks on Instagram ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
45:12
February 8, 2021
Episode 9 | Re-Visiting Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions with Erin Kenney of Nutrition • Rewired
"I don't think that the mental aspect of nutrition gets enough attention and when we start to focus on the mental aspect, our energy, our mood, our hormones, how we feel and how we carry ourselves throughout the day are the things that get me fired up and I'm passionate about. It's showing people that there is no one-size-fits-all in finding your optimum nutrition lifestyle. It's integral to showing up as just a better person in every aspect of life." Erin Kenney is a registered dietitian out of Boston who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders, sports nutrition and medicinal cannabis use who was featured on Season 1 of the show. I decided to get her back on the show since I frequently receive questions from listeners and followers on fueling and nutrition on TikTok so I decided to have an open discussion with Erin to address some of the questions. ▶  Follow Erin on Instagram here: @nutritionrewired | https://www.nutritionrewired.com/ ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
35:21
January 27, 2021
Episode 8 | Alexi Pappas, Olympian, Actress, Mental Health Advocate and Author of "Bravey"
"I learned from this doctor that I was injured in my brain and I could get better. That was an epiphany for me and it made me feel much calmer. I was like, 'OK. I'm just injured.' As athletes, we totally understand. Before that, I felt like whatever I was going through was my own fault and it was a choice. I just didn't understand that comparison because I didn't have the vocabulary." This week's guest embodies the spirit of being more than running. Alexi Pappas is a fellow Dartmouth alumnus. In addition to her success as a distance runner at Dartmouth and Oregon, she went on to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and she's a talented writer, poet, filmmaker, Instagram celeb and actor. Alexi's first book of essays "BRAVEY" was just released. In the book, she shares her journey as a runner, her mental health struggles and much more. Alexi recently opened up about depression and her mother's suicide in a video op-doc with The New York Times. The strength and grace with which Alexi speaks to the issues are incredible. I hope you enjoy this episode between two friends. Pick up a copy of BRAVEY here: https://amzn.to/3oIN5CG ▶ Follow Alexi on Instagram: @AlexiPappas ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
53:30
January 13, 2021
Episode 7 | Erika Kemp, Boston Athletic Association Pro and Formally Trained Barista
"I think I would like to see a wide recognition and acceptance that there is an infinite number of ways to be good. One of the things that irk me the most is when I see people and fans who are part of the same community and asking for very specific tips and tricks. 'How do I get fast?' or 'How do I do this?' and 'How do I do that?' I wish that everyone would recognize that every body is unique. Every backstory is unique. Everyone's personal life and circumstances are unique. Not everyone has the same support system or coaches. Feet! The same pair of shoes don't work for everyone. I totally understand that there are absolute basics that can apply to everyone like certain drills or foods that are known to be good on a tough stomach...but at the end of the day, I just wish there was more of a wider acknowledgment that there are a million ways to get to the starting line. Not everyone needs to be running the same amount of miles or doing the same workouts." Thrilled to introduce my Boston Athletic Association teammate Erika Kemp. We are currently in Tallahassee, Fla. for a warm-weather training camp. Erika was the 2019 U.S. national champion in the 15K and also finished second at the 2018 U.S. 5K championships. She is a formally trained barista. She was a standout runner at NC State and attended high school in Mount Holly, N.J. She's got some interesting perspectives about how she views training, how she wants to improve and her goals for the future. Enjoy this candid conversation between me and my teammate. Hopefully, this gives you a little bit of an inside look at what training camp is like and how we keep ourselves entertained.  ▶ Follow Erika on Instagram: @imtinyrik ▶ Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram ▶ Follow CITIUS MAG: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
39:13
January 7, 2021
Episode 6 | Emma Abrahamson, Content Creator Extraordinaire on YouTube, Instagram
So excited to welcome Emma Abrahamson onto the podcast. She's a full-time content creator with a popular food Instagram account titled One Crazed Foodie, a thriving YouTube channel and is constantly sharing her life's ups and downs in Portland, Ore. While attending the University of Oregon, she started vlogging the day in the life of a Ducks student-athlete. In this episode, we discuss the pressure that comes with a public social media presence, her pandemic mental health journey and how she's kicked off her New Year's resolution for 2021. I was definitely inspired by how she's growing the popularity of the sport in an authentic way.  ▶ Follow Emma on Instagram: @emmaabrahamson Subscribe to her YouTube Channel: Emma Abrahamson SPONSOR: InsideTracker - As a professional runner, I use InsideTracker to help analyze my blood to help optimize my nutrition and overall energy levels through their expert recommendations and wellness strategies. Take control of your health with their best offer of the year. ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
48:40
December 21, 2020
Episode 5 | Mrs. Space Cadet, Tik Tok Star Running Through Life One Struggle At a Time
"I was in medical device marketing and I was trying to get into more into social media for that company. I'd always hear Gary Vee talk about TikTok. I thought, 'What is with this? Does he have stock in TikTok?' I never understood it. I thought I'd join it for fun and I made a video almost immediately. I'm the type of person who won't understand something unless I do it myself. I just put something up there. I didn't put a running video up until months later. I just let it go and forgot that I had TikTok. It was maybe the second running video that went viral almost had two million views. I was like, 'What? This is a video of me running with my fogged-up glasses.' There was no story behind it. Nothing. It went viral and I figured I'm onto something here. If this is what I'm doing anyway: I'm already trying to run. Maybe I can meet other people who are trying to run? Something about it seemed to be relatable to other people. That's how it took off. It's just luck." In this episode, I welcome a TikTok star. I've been on the social media platform for about a year. At first, I spent a couple of months just observing and then I finally started making my own videos. It is addicting. One of the first people I followed in the running space on TikTok is Mrs. Space Cadet, also known as Erin. She has nearly 400K+ followers on TikTok. She'll take us through her learning experience from not being able to run a mile to completing her first marathon. She runs in a banana suit. She'll paint herself gold. She's just utterly authentic and amazing. I love being Erin's TikTok friend. Join us for a fun conversation where we bounce around her experience of becoming a marathoner, her goals for the future and how TikTok is her job. This is a fun episode and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ▶ Follow Erin: @immrsspacecadet SPONSOR: InsideTracker - As a professional runner, I use InsideTracker to help analyze my blood to help optimize my nutrition and overall energy levels through their expert recommendations and wellness strategies. Take control of your health with their best offer of the year. ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
58:33
December 10, 2020
Episode 4 | Katherine Burgess, Graphic Designer
This episode hits at the core of why I started this podcast. Women reportedly only receive 4% of all sports media coverage. When I learned of this statistic, it truly stuck with me for years. In September, I was scrolling on Instagram and a cool project popped up where it was the New York Times' sports section with all men's sports coverage cut out. There was occasionally a little picture in the corner but it was mostly empty. The visual representation gripped me and I wanted to know more about the person behind the project. Katherine Burgess is a runner and graphic designer based in Pittsburgh. Her project examining the New York Times' sports section is just one of many projects that she's put together. Her goal is to combine some of that passion for running with her creative energy and skills. She's multi-talented. In this episode, we discuss what got her interested in doing that project, her thoughts on the media coverage of women in sports, her background in Division II running and much more. ▶ Follow Katherine: @katherine_kart SPONSOR: InsideTracker - As a professional runner, I use InsideTracker to help analyze my blood to help optimize my nutrition and overall energy levels through their expert recommendations and wellness strategies. Take control of your health with their best offer of the year. Get $200 off their ultimate plan, which is their most comprehensive package. All you have to do is use the code GIFTFROMDANA at checkout.  ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
45:21
December 1, 2020
Episode 3 | Roberta Gibb, The First Woman to Finish the Boston Marathon
“In that moment I thought like the world is never going the same again. A pivotal moment... I had open the gates of prison and let (women) out” – Roberta Gibb If you know some of your women's running history, you might familiar with Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb. She was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon. In 1966, she was 23 when he popped out of the bushes near the starting line of the race and joined the all-male field of runners. In this episode, you'll hear her tell that story and what it was like being in that pack as she made her way to the finish line. It was still a time when women were not accepted as official entrants but she took it upon herself to be a pioneer for future generations. It would not be until 192 that the Boston Marathon officially accepted female entrants. Beyond running, you'll also get to know Bobbi's curiosities as a kid. You'll get an understanding of her free spirit that inspires her work as a contemporary artist and Renaissance woman. SPONSOR: Inside Tracker - Go to info.insidetracker.com/earlyaccess to be the first to hear about InsideTracker’s BEST DEAL of the year. You can check out Roberta's artwork at BobbiGibbArt.net. Follow her on Twitter @bobbigibb. If you can't get enough of her story, she's also written two books Wind in the Fire and To Boston with Love. ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:14:14
November 19, 2020
Episode 2 | Porscha Dobson, Dartmouth Director of Track & Field and Cross Country
Super thrilled to bring on Porscha Dobson, who is the new director of Dartmouth’s track and field and cross country programs. She is making history as the first African American woman in Ivy League history to oversee the programs. Dartmouth is my alma mater and she takes over after Barry Harwick announced his retirement in August. Porscha served as an assistant coach and assistant head coach at the University of Pennsylvania. In this episode, we discuss her career as a coach, her hopes and expectations for the program, the importance of diversifying the community around her and much more more. SPONSOR: Inside Tracker - Go to info.insidetracker.com/earlyaccess to be the first to hear about InsideTracker’s BEST DEAL of the year. ▶ Follow Porscha: https://www.instagram.com/coach.dobson/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
52:13
November 12, 2020
Episode 1 | Michelle Sammet, Communications Consultant, Commentator, Content Creator
Welcome back to Season 2 of More Than Running with Dana. In this first episode, I sit down for a candid conversation with media extraordinaire Michelle Sammet. Michelle wears many hats working with World Athletics at international events. She is a content creator by trade and has close relationships with many athletes who she assists with their own respective storytelling. As an announcer, social media expert and writer, Michelle works tirelessly to bring world-class coverage of athletics to life. In our conversation, we talk about how Michelle got her start in the sport from her hometown in Germany to how she's using her work to elevates female voices. It’s only fitting that a podcast about sharing women’s stories in running kicks off its second season with an expert.  Welcome back and I hope you enjoy the conversation! ▶ Follow Michelle:  https://www.instagram.com/michellesammet/ https://twitter.com/michellesammet ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:02:34
November 6, 2020
Inside the London Marathon Bubble with Molly Seidel (BONUS EPISODE)
A quick bonus episode of "More Than Running" as we're in-between seasons. We get to catch up with the inaugural guest and 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials runner-up Molly seidel as she gets ready to run the London Marathon. The race is typically held in April but was postponed until October and then scaled down into an Elite-only race involving 19 clockwise laps of a 2.15-kilometer course around St James’s Park and finishing on the Mall as per tradition. Seidel is one of three American women racing.  Molly tells us what it's been like living in the 40-acre biosphere where all elites, coaches and staff members have been quarantined ahead of the race to prevent any possible coronavirus outbreak or spread. ➡️ Follow Molly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bygolly.molly/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
21:00
September 30, 2020
Episode 12 – Season 1 Wrap Up + What's In Store for Season 2
"As athletes, we all have to address: Who are you if you are not racing and what do you represent to your community? What can you share? What can you give? I want to be a mentor to girls and women. I want to be inspiring. I want to tell my story. If my story isn't interesting when I'm not racing then that's a problem." To put a bow on the first season of More Than Running, Dana Giordano sits down with producer Chris Chavez to unpack what she learned from speaking to 11 inspiring women in the first 11 episodes of her podcast. Plus...learn what Dana has in store for Season 2! ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
27:53
August 28, 2020
Episode 11 | Heather MacLean, New Balance Boston
We love to hear about the stories of athletes who always wanted to be Olympians since they were young but what about athletes who took a more circuitous route to success in the sport?  If you told Heather MacLean in high school that she would be running professionally and ranked in the top 40 in the world she would have looked at you with three heads.  Heather started running track at Peabody because her friend who drove her after school ride to work at a local grocery store  was also doing track. The first in her family to graduate from college from UMass Amherst, Heather's story is one of resilience, drive, and grit.  As an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and cross country All-American, Heather’s collegiate success fell mostly under the radar of the general public. In 2019, Heather had a breakthrough year training in Boston under Mark Coogan with Team New Balance Boston and ran a massive PR in the 1500m of 4:05 and placing 7th at USAs. In a single season, Heather dropped 9 seconds from her personal best in the 1500m.  Currently living and training in Boston, Heather has big plans for the upcoming Olympic year. Her story can teach us all about what it means to fight for yourself and how anyone can make an impact on another’s life. ▶ Follow Heather: https://www.instagram.com/heather_maclean31/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:19:36
August 3, 2020
Episode 10 | Natalia Petrzela, Ph.D. – New School Associate Professor of History, Marathoner
“I am definitely not the first person to write about the history of fitness but I will say I think I am one of the first people who is connecting fitness culture in America to bigger political and cultural questions and doing so in a kind of popular way...I draw on the work of amazing scholars who have been working on fitness and physical culture but their work has been more within the academy. That’s a real privilege to be doing real research and to help amplify the work of people who have come before. As to why people haven’t thought about this as a meaningful and historical topic, it’s interesting. A lot of times, there’s this irony that our nation is obsessed with fitness. It’s being pushed on us all the time. ‘Work out!’ ‘Buy this machine!’ ‘Join this gym!’ At the same time, we’re one of the least fit nations out there. The question that animates my research is: How did we become a country obsessed with exercise? That is a really new thing. But also, why are we not more fit? Why is access to fitness not a democratically assured right, if most people in America would tell you ‘Yeah, exercise is a good thing.’” On More Than Running, I try to talk to women from all aspects of the sport of running and beyond in order to expand my own personal knowledge and learn from thought leaders in their respective fields. This week’s guest is no exception to that; Natalia Petrzela is a self-described “scholar, writer, teacher, and activist” and I will add mother, podcaster, fitness instructor, and runner to that impressive list. After discovering Natalia on Twitter, I was drawn in by an interesting Jezebel article she wrote about the history of “working out from home.” Natalia is currently writing a book titled Fit Nation: How America Embraced Exercise as the Government Abandoned It, which tackles questions about fitness culture in America, access to fitness, and our fitness identity as a nation. Most recently, Natalia was featured on NPR’s Code Switch discussing the whiteness of Running and its historical origins dating back to Bill Bowerman’s 1977 book title Jogging which sparked the jogging boom for white America. In this episode of the podcast, we bounce around and discuss Natalia’s own fitness identity, her goals as a historian, and her hopes for the future of fitness. Enjoy! Follow Natalia on Instagram here. Follow Dana: Twitter | Instagram
50:08
July 21, 2020
Episode 9 | Erin Kenney of Nutrition • Rewired
"I remember going through a pretty awful breakup and just mentally wasn't in a great place. Not knowing much about nutrition, I thought that I wanted to be a better athlete and I had this newfound sense of motivation. What ended up happening was developing this sense of putting a lot of pressure on myself. I just started doing Google searches like people do all the time. It was 'How to be a better athlete?' or 'How to be stronger?' or 'How to be leaner?' And what do you think the results are that came upas ? There are different fad diets, cutting out carbohydrates, only eat this or don't eat that or fruit. Gosh, I must have tried everything. I remember being so depleted at the end of some days. I thought, 'OK. This is just how it's supposed to be. They said this would happen. Just keep eating more protein or do things like that.' There was a point that I got to where I determined, 'This is not sustainable. My performance is now suffering. My mental health is suffering.' That's when I started learning actually and truly what nutrition means." Erin Kenney is a registered dietitian out of Boston who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders, sports nutrition, medicinal cannabis use. The reason I wanted Erin on this podcast was because I thought that she would be super helpful in navigating many relevant topics about fueling by runners. A little bit over a year ago, I reached out to Erin to get some of her advice on how I should be approaching things as a professional athlete.  She is also the author of 'Rewire Your Gut' and hosts her own Nutrition Rewired podcast. ▶  Follow Erin on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/nutritionrewired/ Check out her website here: https://www.nutritionrewired.com/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:04:54
July 6, 2020
Episode 8 | Nia Akins, Brooks Beast and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Grad
"I definitely felt very different from everyone else and that's definitely, to be honest, a huge reason why I don't really like cross country as much as track. I do feel like there are less people I can relate to or I can even talk to some people about some things I'm experiencing or feeling. I know when I was being recruited at Penn, there was a specific middle distance group that was a mix between 400-800-milers. Those people didn't necessarily run cross country. I was excited about coming into a group like that. When the coaches changed a bit, now I was a distance runner. I was running cross country and I was the only individual of color. I think that was a very different experience. To anyone who is listening, who is one of very few or maybe the only person of color on their team, you're supposed to be in that space. Just being in that space is doing a lot for not only you but the Black community at large. You're immersing people in your experiences and perspectives, even if you're not saying that much or anything about being Black. It's felt by everybody. Your presence is definitely felt and you're making an impact by doing that. I've had some really great people in my circle outside of just my immediate training group that did a good job of telling me, "You're supposed to be here. You can do well here." I think that helped me have that degree of success that I had in cross country and prepared me well for track." ------ Nia Akins joins Dana Giordano just days after signing a professional contract to run for the Brooks Beasts training group in Seattle, Washington. She just wrapped up an accomplished career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a two-time NCAA runner-up in the 800 meters and boasts a 2:00.71 indoor personal best in the event. She also graduated with a degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In this episode, they discuss her decision to turn pro amid a global pandemic, the accomplished final goals wiped away due to COVID-19, balancing her coursework at the No. 1 nursing school in the country, her conversations regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and what her hope is for society and sport moving forward.  In May, she opened up about an incident where a man yelled racial slurs at her while she was working out. She spoke about it on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3JUpSnfjg/ | She also wrote about it for Runner's World here: https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a32825698/nia-akins-ncaa-runner-racial-discrimination/ ▶ Follow Nia on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/nia_akins/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
55:59
June 29, 2020
Episode 7 | Jen Rhines, One of America's Best Distance Runners Of All-Time
Jen Rhines is one of the most accomplished American distance runners in history. She's made 15 U.S. national teams including three Olympic teams. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she competed in the 10,000 meters. Four years later, she ran the marathon in Athens. In  2008, she dropped all the way back down to run the 5,000 meters in Beijing. Jen has been an Adidas athlete for more than 20 years. From her website, she boasts that she ranks in the top 10 all-time for the United States in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. We chat about her longevity in the sport and how most of her PRs came between the ages of 33 and 36. We'll also learn about her introduction to pro running, what she thinks has attributed to her successes, an inside look at her favorite Olympic memories and much more. Jen currently lives and trains in San Diego, where she helps coach the Golden Coast Track Club alongside her husband Terrence Mahon. For the first time, we have a co-host as Daniel Winn, a professional runner with the Brooklyn Track Club in New York City, joins the show. He was a former teammate of Jen's with the Boston Athletic Association. ▶ Follow Jen on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jenrhines/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:09:24
June 23, 2020
Episode 6 | Marla Runyan, Para Athlete Manager for the Boston Athletic Association
Imagine you are running a track race but instead of seeing your competitors and the clock you can only see blurred colors. You only know who you are racing based on their sponsor kit blur and the colors of the ponytails. When you cross the finish line you don’t know what place you came in or how many people you passed on the final straightaway. This is what racing was like for U.S. Olympian Marla Runyan. On this episode of ‘More than Running with Dana Giordano’: We dive into Marla’s athletic story and her current work to champion for the rights of Para athletes.  After losing her vision in elementary school, Marla found freedom in running. Through an unusual path, Marla was successful in many athletic disciplines including high jump, heptathlon, middle distance events and even the marathon.  Marla became the first woman to compete in both the Paralympics and Olympic Games. Her story is one of persistence and refusal to let her vision loss define her as a competitor. Marla is currently the Para Athlete manager at the Boston Athletic Association and recently created several new competitive Para Athlete divisions for future Boston Marathons. Follow Marla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marlaruns ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:27:14
June 12, 2020
Episode 5 | Mary Cain, NYC Manager and Runner for Tracksmith
“I don’t really feel that I need to disprove the idea of burnout. But to me, it’s all a mental thing. The only reason you really walk away is because 1) You just come to hate it and you never really want to do it again or 2) You never come to terms with the fact that you might have to do it differently to get back there. As young women, you wake up, you drink a glass of water, you put your shoes on and you’re out the door. The older you get, maybe you need to stretch a little bit beforehand or do so some extra drills. It’s kind of understanding that’s OK and that your body is going to grow, change and adapt. The longer you’re in the sport, the more you’re going to create rhythms for yourself and knowing that being 24 is still young and there’s a lot of life as a runner and otherwise to live.” Mary Cain joins Dana Giordano for a conversation just days after she announced that she is now a full-time employee of Tracksmith and will help oversee the company's New York City community engagement as a manager. Cain made headlines last fall when she came forward with allegations that she was "emotionally and physically abused" by coach Alberto Salazar as a member of the Nike Oregon Project. She has become one of the running's biggest advocates for women's sports and safe coaching practices as a result of sharing her story. Mary is still training at a professional level and is targeting the 2021 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 1,500 meters, 800 meters or 5,000 meters. In this conversation, Dana and Mary discuss how Mary overcame her longest injury cycle, her drive growing up, tapering intensity, balancing the concept of burnout, how the New York Times op-doc came about and much more. Subscribe and listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor. ▶ Follow Mary on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/runmarycain/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
01:11:20
May 25, 2020
Episode 4 | Tiffany Chenault: Salem State Sociology Professor and Black Girls Run Boston Chapter Leader
“The more I ran, the more questions I started to ask about this space. When I would run, I never saw anyone who looked like me. I am an African American woman. I lived in a neighborhood that is not African-American and is a predominantly white and Latinx population. Running in the neighborhood I started to wonder, ‘Do black women run? Do other African American people run? Because I’m not seeing them. I knew I couldn’t be the only person to run. This kind of peaked my curiosity and the questions that I had about this space.” Tiffany Chenault is a sociology professor at Salem State University and the Black Girls Run Boston chapter leader. She is also working on a book about race and its place in the running community.  Dana and Tiffany discuss how she found the sport and her initial reaction to seeing very few women like her on the starting line, what got her hooked (she's now run 46 half marathons in 46 states) and the changes/conversations that can take place to do better. Note: This conversation was recorded before the death of Ahmaud Arbery sparked a greater conversation about diversity, race and representation in running. Subscribe and listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor. ▶ Follow Tiffany on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/tiffygc1/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
57:40
May 18, 2020
Episode 3 | Alison Wade of the Fast Women Newsletter
Alison Wade used to operate fast-women.com from 2000 to 2006 and continued covering the sport but worked in other avenues of the running industry. In 2019, she resurrected her coverage in the form of a weekly newsletter that has become a hit within the running community. When she re-launched it, she said: “as a lifelong fan of women’s distance running, I’ve always wished that I could nerd out with more people over the latest news in the sport.” Dana and Alison geek out over Skype to peel back the curtain on how she follows the sport and amplifies the coverage of women in running. On this episode, Dana and Alison discuss: How she balances her time as a mother, coach and author of the newsletter The evolving coverage of running Caring more about the U.S. Olympic track trials compared to the marathon trials Supporting and uplifting all women in the sport The state of female coaches in sport and her experience within athletic departments What’s giving her more hope in the sport How does the newsletter come together and get to people’s inboxes on Monday morning at 5 a.m. And much more... Subscribe to Alison's newsletter here: http://www.fast-women.org/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
50:57
May 11, 2020
Episode 2 | Elle Purrier: Indoor Mile American Record Holder, Pro Runner for New Balance
“My biggest goal right now is making the Olympic team for 2020. I feel like that’s a start. Sometimes I get a little scared thinking about bigger goals for years and years down the road. I like to do incremental ones. I think I would want to be known as a tough runner. I feel like I’m not super glamorous but a little more blue collar – just getting the work done and being tough. I like to be a badass.” On Feb. 9th, Elle Purrier broke a 37-year-old American record when she won the Millrose Games mile in 4:16.85. Her time took seven-tenths off Mary Slaney's time and now ranks as the second-fastest indoor mile in history. Before her breakout indoor season, Dana and Elle sit down during a high-altitude training stint in Flagstaff, Arizona to dive into some of her upbringings on a dairy farm in northern Vermont and what led to her success at the University of New Hampshire and post-collegiately. She now has her sights set on making her first U.S. Olympic team in 2021. In 2019, Purrier qualified for her first national team and competed in the 5,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Doha. She finished 11th with a personal best of 14:58.17. She is one of 16 American women who have broken 15 minutes on the track for 5,000 meters. Her personal best of 4:02:34 for the 1,500 meters also makes her a contender for that squad to Tokyo. On this episode, we touch on: - Growing up on a farm in Montgomery, Vermont - Brief basketball aspirations - Experiencing a runner’s high - Her favorite parts of training and some of the craziest workouts that she’s done - Advice for a high school runner pursuing running at a higher level - Envisioning her legacy within the sport as a competitor - The 5th Avenue Mile finish: “That’s a classic example of not overthinking something and just competing. That’s when I think I have my best races. That’s definitely a good lesson.” - And more... ➡️ Follow Elle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elleruns_4_her_life/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag Recommended read: Olympic hopefuls Gevvie Stone, Elle Purrier have very different paths ahead to Tokyo in 2021 (NBC Sports) | https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2020/03/25/tokyo-olympics-gevvie-stone-elle-purrier/ Photo for this episode's cover art by Kevin Morris | https://www.kevmofoto.com/
47:13
May 4, 2020
Episode 1 | Molly Seidel: 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Runner-Up, Pro Runner for Saucony
“How I would like people to see me is ‘She didn’t give up.’ I’ve had so many times where I’ve had to come back from injuries – even as recently as this past summer. I remember calling coach Sparks after I hurt my hip again and literally sobbing to him on the phone that my running career was over because I thought that was it. After my surgery two years ago, they had given me a 50% chance of being able to run competitively again. They didn’t know if the surgery was going to take. It’s really difficult having to deal with that and mentally realizing this is the thing I love the most in the world and I may never get to do this again. I don’t know if it’s because I’m too dumb to do anything else but it was just this thought that I can’t quit now because I feel like I haven’t done the things that I’ve wanted to do yet and this feeling that I’m leaving something on the table. I know that I’m capable of more but if I don’t sort everything in my life and get over this victim mentality or get through some of these things, I’m not going to get there. That’s why I feel like there’s never been another thing that I love as much as this. That’s why even though I couldn’t run for six months. I just keep coming back to it." The first guest on 'More Than Running with Dana Giordano' is Molly Seidel. Just a few weeks after finishing second at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Dana and Molly sat down in her Fenway–Kenmore apartment to discuss how her much her life has changed since making her first U.S. Olympic team. The conversation was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021.  Topics touched upon in this episode include: - The build-up to the biggest race of her life - Putting us in her shoes for her marathon debut - Speaking up in response to the criticism of her Olympic teammates Aliphine Tuliamuk and Sally Kipyego for being Kenyan-born Americans.  - The media’s coverage of her after the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and why she felt uneasy about it. - Handling the spotlight since being a star as a high school - How life changed after making the Olympic team - Donuts, hot ham and rolls - Seeking out a group and the perfect training set up with coach Jon Green - What she and her coach expected that she would place at the Olympic trials - What she wants to leave behind as her legacy within the sport - Advice for younger generations of runners: Just because you fail doesn’t make you a failure. - Showing off different bodies and diversity on the starting lines in the sport - And much more... ➡️ Follow Molly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bygolly.molly/ ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag Recommended listen: Molly on Running on Om with Julia Hanlon |  https://runningonom.com/podcast-225/ Photo for this episode's cover art by Kevin Morris | https://www.kevmofoto.com/
01:14:35
April 27, 2020
Introducing More than Running with Dana Giordano
Welcome to ' More Than Running with Dana Giordano.' This new show from the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network will give an inside look at women's running from all types of perspectives. The goal is to bring you a different side to the athletes, coaches and notable people from the sport that you may know. This is a podcast about just that – more than running.  The first season of guests will include 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials runner-up Molly Seidel, American indoor mile record holder Elle Purrier, Fast Women newsletter's Alison Wade, Nutrition Rewired's Erin Kenney and more. ▶ Follow Dana: https://twitter.com/dana_gio6 https://www.instagram.com/dana_gio/ ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag instagram.com/citiusmag facebook.com/citiusmag
00:27
April 23, 2020