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Strong Runner Chick Radio

By Megan Flanagan
SRC Radio by Strong Runner Chicks aims to educate, empower, and connect women-identifying distance runners. We believe that there is no one-size fits all approach to running and that everyone has a story to tell. Through our podcast, we strive to further this mission through conversations with runners of all backgrounds, as well as leading experts on a variety of topics and coaches in the field.
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Episode 84: Jamie King, Founder of Fit Approach, Flex and Flow, and an Ultra Running Mom

Strong Runner Chick Radio

Episode 84: Jamie King, Founder of Fit Approach, Flex and Flow, and an Ultra Running Mom

Strong Runner Chick Radio

Episode 152: Research on Eating Disorders in Sport and Athletes with Dr. Paula Quatromoni
Dr. Paula Quatromoni is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Boston University and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. She is a Registered Dietitian, a senior consultant for Walden Behavioral Care, and one of the leading experts on eating disorders in athletes. Dr. Quatromoni's research includes a focus on eating disorder prevention and treatment. She has published several papers featuring both clinical care and qualitative research on recovery experiences of athletes. In 2004, she pioneered the sports nutrition consult service for student-athletes at Boston University. In 2016, she led the creation of the Walden GOALS program, an intensive outpatient program treating competitive athletes with eating disorders. Dr. Quatromoni earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition from the University of Maine and her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. Questions we ask Paul include: How did you get into the field of nutrition? What inspired your research with student athletes? How has COVID impacted your work and nutrition for individuals, communities, and/or athletes specifically? Where do you see gaps in sports nutrition education, research, and/or dissemination? In 2017, you were the PI on a research publication titled, “A Tale of Two Runners: A Case Report of Athletes’ Experiences with Eating Disorders in College.” This publication shared the story of two elite athletes, recruited to the same Division I institution track and field program. However, one athlete was a male and the other was a female. Can you share with us some of the differences that the student-athletes experienced in their experiences with their eating disorders due to gender differences? When it comes to RED-S and/or eating disorders in sport, what are some red flags you encourage coaches, parents, and/or athletes to look for? You contributed to a post titled, “3 Ways Coaches Can Help Prevent Eating Disorders in Athletes” on Running in Silence, a platform created by Rachael Steil. What are a few ways you see coaches and/or parents play a key role in preventing and addressing eating disorders? References: What Made Maddy Run - Book by Kate Fagan Nancy Clark Sports Nutrition Guidebook RED-S - IOC Consensus Statement:
January 11, 2021
Episode 151: Year-End Recap, Including 2020 Highlights, Lessons, and Intentions for the 2021 New Year!
Happy New Year, SRC! We made it to 2021, and wow, has this past year been a doozy! While it's certainly brought its challenges, it's also taught us a lot of lessons that we can bring into the New Year. Join Megan, Kelsey, and Elena as they recap some of their favorite standout episodes from SRC Radio (guests, we love you ALL!) and share some of the lessons and intentions they are bringing into the New Year. You'll also hear a bit about what to expect from SRC and how you can join in! First SRC event of the year: Join us this Sunday, January 3rd at 4pm PST, 7pm EST for a Vision Boarding & Intention-Setting Workshop. Sign up HERE!
January 1, 2021
Episode 150: Hilary Spires of Trail Running Women Podcast on Athletics, Mental Toughness, and More
Hilary is an all around sports junkie. Her perfect day would include running 50 miles, watching golf, talking baseball, and coaching hockey. Before she found endurance sports she played NCAA hockey, high level fast pitch and fought in kickboxing and BJJ. She married her ski bum husband in the beer garden in between games at a slo-pitch tournament in their dirty uniforms, and they now have a 1 year old toddler named Baker - after the mountain. She's run multiple ultras, has a handful of FKT's and is the host of The Trail Running Women podcast.
December 28, 2020
Episode 149: Jessica Rodarte on Mental Health Advocacy, Marathoning, and Running for a Reason
Jessica Rodarte was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her running journey started at the age of 5 when her parents signed her up for track and field. Running has always been a big part of her life. Her love for running has grown throughout the years and has led her to become a marathoner. Jessica signed up for her first marathon in 2015 which was the 30th Los Angeles Marathon. Since then she has run 5 marathons and 8 half marathons, and she has only just begun. In 2016, Jessica was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. During those very dark days, running saved her life. Jessica has become a mental health advocate. She has been able to share her battle with depression and anxiety, as well as her love for running with people all over the world. She hopes that by sharing her story with people, it will inspire others to do the same.
December 21, 2020
Episode 148: Kristin LaFontaine on RED-S, Diet Culture, & Nutrition Education For Runners
In this episode, we dive into RED-S and nutrition for runners, including the rundown on RED-S and how fueling properly can help prevent and/or address it. We also discuss Kristin's running background, as well as her business and how she helps educate runners on fueling to perform well and empower their bodies for sport. Kristin LaFontaine is a health educator, nutrition coach, mama to a 15 month old son, and former collegiate distance runner turned marathoner. When Kristin looks back at the years she spent competing in both cross country and track in high school and college, she realizes that her relationship with food wasn't always healthy. Food was something to be earned, something to be burned off. She was limiting intake of certain foods or food groups was a misguided attempt to improve performance and achieve a certain body type. She often wonders why/how she developed such a disordered, unhealthy relationship with food. She realizes now that part of it was real or imagined external pressure to look a certain way, but part of it was that she just didn’t know better. When she was a teenager, no one taught her about nutrition. No one taught her how to properly fuel her body. Frankly, she didn’t know what she was doing. That gap in nutrition education still exists and Kristin is determined to fill that gap. In 2018, she quit her corporate marketing job, went back to school, and earned her Master of Science in Nutrition Education degree from American University.  From there, the Nourished Performance Program was born. Nourished Performance is a 100% online, video based nutrition education program designed to give young female athletes access to basic sports nutrition information. She hopes this program will find its way into the hands of as many young athletes as possible so that they are empowered to take control of their health and performance and understand how to properly fuel their bodies for sport. As a now 30-something, 20-time marathoner including one year of running one marathon every month, Kristin has seen first hand how vital proper fueling is to success. Questions we cover with Kristin include: How did you get started in running/athletics? Journey into collegiate running - overall experience, burned out, under-fueled? 20-time marathoner -- including a whole year with a marathon each month! Tell us more about that! RED-S -- big topic of discussion. You write that “Food was something to be earned, something to be burned off. She was limiting intake of certain foods or food groups was a misguided attempt to improve performance and achieve a certain body type.” What do you think contributed to this? How do social media and societal norms play a role in fueling decisions, food restrictions… and how is "diet culture" particularly detrimental for runners? Nutrition education -- what is lacking in schools, what can be done? The role you play in nutrition education and working with athletes; “Education can make all the difference.” Learn more about Kristin and her business below:
December 14, 2020
Episode 147: Therese Haiss on Navigating Transitions, LGBTQ+ Athletes, and Coaching
More about Therese Haiss: Pronouns: she/her Ohio native (Cleveland area) LGBTQ+ community member OUTrun ambassador - platform helping with running inclusivity (focus on LGBTQ+ support) Mental health and LGBTQ+ advocate Collegiate and professional runner (University of Arkansas, Golden Coast Track Club) Topics we discuss with Therese include: Recent life updates and 2020 as a whole How she got started in running Her experience transferring in college to Arkansas in a big team environment versus a smaller school Realities of professional running Challenges with injury, finding identity outside of sport Big life transitions, including a move from San Diego to Ohio, leaving professional running, and starting a new coaching career Out Run and LGBTQ+ advocacy Challenges with comparison and body image What being a Strong Runner Chick means to her Connect with Therese on social media (instagram): @therese_haiss @coach_haiss Out Run: Follow Addie + Cory
December 7, 2020
Episode 146: Katie Arnold, Author of "Running Home," on The Power of the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Katie Arnold is an elite ultra runner and the 2018 women's champion of Leadville Trail 100 Run. She's also a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years and created and the popular Raising Rippers column about bringing up adventurous kids outdoors. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is two-time overall champion and course record holder at the  Angel Fire 100K. Katie is a sponsored athlete for GU Energy Labs and Balega Socks. As part of her ongoing effort to encourage young athletes, she founded a children’s trail running club, gives motivational talks, and coaches girls’ lacrosse in Santa Fe. In 2019, she published her first memoir, Running Home (Random House), chronicling her "accidental" discovery of ultra running as a way to process grief during her father's terminal diagnosis and death, while also navigating new motherhood, a health anxiety diagnosis, and working as a writer and editor at one of the outdoor industry's most well-respected magazines, Outside. Questions we ask Katie include: How did you get your start in running -- and how did this end up leading you to trail/ultra running, including becoming the 2018 Leadville Champion? "Running Home" - discuss how and why she wrote the book -- from father’s terminal illness and death to motherhood, anxiety, and more. For listeners who have not yet read it, what makes this unique from the normal running novel? In your book, you use running as a metaphor, muse, and path for many things, including: family, parenting, grief, losing yourself, finding yourself, and so much more. What has been one of the most prominent correlations you've seen between running and/or your own life? What lessons did you learn throughout the process of writing a book and more specifically, a memoir? Any advice for an aspiring author? What are a few of your all-time favorite places to run? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you and what is next on your radar -- retreats, events, writing, races, etc.? Connect with Katie: — Follow Katie on Instagram and Twitter. — Check out her website and learn more about her new book, Running Home.
November 30, 2020
Episode 145: Mireille Siné on Running with Lupus, Prioritizing her Health + Self-Care, Public Health, & The Power of Community
About Mireille: I am a long distance runner based in Los Angeles. My runner's journey began after I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2013. This led me to gain control of my life and health while showing others that unfortunate circumstances don't have to stop you from achieving your goals. Since then, I've completed several marathons, half-marathons & a handful of ultra-trail marathons. I use my platform to advocate for running diversity, the empowerment of women and girls, and to raise awareness about our housing/homeless crisis + community health as I am also an MPH candidate. Over time, I've enjoyed sharing goals, ideas, personal stories, & insights with my followers! Questions we ask her include: • How and when did you get your start in distance/trail running? • Having been diagnosed with Lupus, how has this experience affected you in gaining control of your life and health? • How has this also informed and/or influenced your perspective on your health and achieving your goals? • You currently are juggling running and school as well as other responsibilities. How do you find time to take care of yourself and be present in the work you are doing? • What inspired you to pursue your MPH and become involved in the community work you do outside of running? What do you hope to use your MPH for in the future? • How do you see social determinants of health (race, income, gender, etc.) tie into running? • Tell us more about your running clubs in Los Angeles. • You recently got a tattoo with the words, “Still I Rise” inspired by Maya Angelou’s Poem. What encourages you and empowers you through her words? • What has been bringing you joy lately? • Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? • What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Mireille: Instagram: @mireille.sine Mentioned in the Episode: Running Groups in LA: Blacklist + Lista
November 23, 2020
Episode 144: Bri Sullivan on Tackling Life's Mountains and Creating Community
Bri Sullivan was born in a fly-over state and meant for the mountains!  Bri is a Storyteller | Trail Runner | Mountain Lover | Founder @_wildwomenrunning  Questions we ask Bri include:  We know that you haven’t always been a runner and even avoided running at all costs as you were a gymnast growing up. How did running help you to find your “why” and teach you to trust your body again?  Here at SRC, we talk a lot about embracing our strength, body image, and mental well-being. Is this something you have ever been challenged with, and if so, how have you found ways to help?  Tell us a little bit about your path into trail and/or ultra running.  You’ve started a pretty awesome community, Wild Women Running! Can you speak more on this, your group runs, and the role that community plays in running?  How have you adapted and/or stayed connected during COVID? How are you and the other women you train with staying motivated without many races on the calendar?  What does your life look like outside of running?  Any favorite trails in Arizona and/or races that you’ve done?  Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self?  What does being “Strong” mean / look like to you?  Books she recommends:  Running Home by Katie Arnold  Untamed by Glennon Doyle  Anything by Brene Brown!  True crime books  Races on her dream list:  Palisades - Idaho The Rut  Connect with Bri: @briwithaview   SRC feature on Bri at:
November 16, 2020
Episode 143: Alya Alghamdi on Overcoming Cultural Restrictions, Going After Your Goals, and More
Alya Alghamdi is a professional athlete, originally from Saudi Arabia, living and training fiercely, both in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. Her mission is to become an international track and field athlete as she competes for Saudi Arabia at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Questions we ask Alya include: Growing up in Saudi Arabia, how did you initially get started in running? What initially drew you to the sport of running? How did early experiences inform your decision to move outside of your country and pursue running elsewhere? You are going after breaking some major records, including your country’s record for track’s three main events – the 60-meter dash, the 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. What are some challenges you have faced during this process, both in terms of cultural restrictions and as a female athlete? What has your experience been like with diversity and representation in sports, particularly having lived and trained in various countries? What does your life currently look like with changes in the Olympics? How have you found ways to adapt and continue to stay focused on your goals? One of your many accomplishments includes climbing Mount Everest! Tell us more about the highlights and challenges of this experience. You mention that cooking is a form of self-care. What are a few recipes you enjoy cooking up most? Any other activities you enjoy for self-care? How do you hope to shift the narrative for Saudi women runners? Any advice you would give to them, or ways you hope to change their future? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
November 9, 2020
Episode 142: Annie Rodenfels on Body Image in Elite Running, Gender in Sport, and Balancing Health with Performance
Annie Rodenfels is a professional runner for ASICS Greenville Track Club-Elite in Greenville, SC. She's a 3x Division 3 national champion and d3 record holder in the steeplechase. She graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a psychology degree and minor in gender studies--both which greatly inform and influence her experience as a professional runner. Outside of racing on the track, Annie is a high school cross country and track and field coach, and a corporate wellness coordinator for Joy Real Estate. She is passionate about running, obviously, but also intersectional feminism and social justice issues, reading and writing, coffee, and being able to do 5 consecutive pull-ups at once. Topics we discuss with Annie include: Her background in running Collegiate experience at Centre College Her psychology degree and minor in gender studies--both which greatly inform and influence her experience as a professional runner Recent IG post about not identifying as an elite runner and the role body image plays in the sport: Life outside of work Doing pull-ups and the role that strength training plays in her training
November 2, 2020
Episode 141: Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel on Running as a Platform for Advocacy, Finding your Voice + Passion, and Intersectionality in Social Justice
About Jordan: Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel is a member of the Kul Wicasa (wee-chah-shah) Lakota and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. She is an advocate for Indian Country and all people. Jordan is the founder and organizer of Rising Hearts, an Indigenous led grassroots group designed to elevate awareness of Indigenous issues, and the intersectionality of all movements impacting brown, black and Indigenous communities. The group helps to uplift and center Indigenous voices and efforts, while building collaborative partnerships to accomplish equitable and just treatment of all people and the Earth through targeted organizing and advocacy. Currently, Jordan is using her running platform to help raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives by dedicating the miles she runs to a missing or murdered Indigenous person, with the #RunningForJustice, and is now intersecting this effort and prayers for Black Lives Matter and calling an end to police brutality. Recently, she climbed the highest peak in the lower 48, carrying 22 names in prayer for missing and murdered Indigenious women (MMIW) for 22 miles. She is among many Indigenous people working to elevate this crisis and to bring justice to the families and victims. Jordan has launched Mitakuye Oyasin (Mee- tah-koo-yay Oy-yah-seen)(which means We Are All Related), a COVID19 relief program for Indigenous communities, to send masks to Indigenous relatives and communities in order to help protect and keep the communities safe. She is sponsored by Altra Team Elite and is an ambassador for Ultimate Direction. Questions asked in this episode: • What's been going on lately -you just wrapped up the Indigenous Peoples Day Virtual Race series and also recently hosted the Running for the Health of All Nations virtual 5k to raise money for COVID relief efforts for Indigenous people.   • Your family has a deep history of running, how did your family influence your start in running? • Your passion in life is an activist and advocate for Native people, the earth, climate, and future generations--how did you become involved and find your voice to bring awareness to these areas? • “Running is my art form. Running is my way to give back. Running is how I offer what I have to give to something that I believe in.” - Jordan Marie Daniel (Popsugar article) Through these words running is much more powerful than the simple act of placing one foot in front of the other. How does running serve as your art form and provide greater meaning to the work you do? • November is Native American Heritage Month and in honor of the month one event your organization, Rising Hearts, is organizing is Indigenous Wellness Through Movement. What do you hope to shed light on through this event?  • What advice would you give to others who are searching for their passion and finding something to commit to in life? • You refer to the work you do as heart work, this shares such a special connection to your mind/body/spirit and the work you’re doing. How does this connection help to ground you during emotionally heavy times? • What is your vision for the future in terms of running becoming a more inclusive space and community for all as well as a platform for advocacy? • What has been bringing you joy lately? • What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Jordan: Instagram: @nativein_LA Support Jordan + Her Heart Work: Mentioned in the episode: Alison Desir @alisonmdesir
October 29, 2020
Episode 140: Kathleen Ralls, PhD, on Empowering Girls and Women Through Girls Gotta Run Foundation
Kathleen Ralls is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BA), American University (MAT), and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (PhD). She is an award-winning public educator with 15 years experience in multiple states and countries including Norway, where she was a Fulbright Foundation Roving Scholar of American Studies. Prior to teaching, Kathleen was a sports writer for a local newspaper. She has coached a variety of sports including field hockey, basketball, softball, and track & field. Kathleen lives in Massachusetts with her husband and cat, where she is the slowest runner in her household. How did you get your start in running? Foundation for everything that she did Soccer, as well Running and keeping herself in shape was the key to her success 20s-30s - about herself and clearing her head SRC Run Series Set some goals for the summer Running with family Amazing That people are just getting out and running -How did you get involved in GGR and what has this experience been like for you? Reached out to former director Through her doctoral program Passion project -Tell us more about your unique career path! What inspired you to pursue your many degrees and a career in education? Doctorate - limitless in education What will set her apart? UMass Lowell - had a program Very involved in voting Civics education Gender equity issues in international countries Sports, girls, women’s equity -I see the world through gender Personal and research level Men have the advantage in sports...this angered her Publicity and attention of male athletes What about the females? -Her work with GGR and research Wilder Retreat Wanted to continue running Academic writing...not sure what she wanted to do Had to sit with it for about 6 months Kept field notes and Applied to over 100 jobs Instead, what could she do with this research? Novel about Ethiopian girl runners “How could we ever forget?” - minute 23 - quote for Instagram New theory on creating voice and empowerment Creating a curriculum to have girls reflect on their voice What are the skills that they are developing as athletes Sport - ticket to having a voice and confidence -When did you get involved in coaching and what has been your favorite sport to coach? High school sports Spent time writing at the local paper -What advice would you give to your younger self? Do not take yourself so seriously Value in learning Avoiding perfectionism What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? “I think for me it means walking out my backdoor every morning to go for a run.” Get back, get moving consistently - for mental and physical health
October 26, 2020
Episode 139: Natalie Mitchell, 3:05 Marathoner on Balancing Motherhood, Embracing Community and Inclusivity
Natalie Mitchell is a Los Angeles based running coach, 12 time marathoner and mom to three athletic and zany kids. When she is not working with a client or chasing after her kids, you'll find her running on the roads or high up in the mountains near her home. Natalie also loves to cook healthy meals, bake and read in her spare time. Questions we ask Natalie include: How did you get your start in running? You've accomplished quite a bit -- from running over 12 marathons to coaching countless runners! What inspired you to start sharing your journey through blogging and eventually get into coaching? Having suffered from complications during pregnancy (covered in a Runner's World article back in 2014), how did you overcome this challenge, stay positive, and eventually return to running? Any tips for new mothers or those who are pregnant on continuing their running? You've been active in the running community for quite some time and spoken out about topics that matter, both to you and the running community. How have you seen (or have you seen) a shift in the running community addressing BLM over the past several months? What is your vision for the future in terms of running becoming a more inclusive space for all, and also for girls and women? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Natalie: @natrunsfar (IG) (website)
October 19, 2020
Episode 138: Erin Teschuk on Lasting Happiness and Health as Keys to Professional Running
"The greatest way to find lasting success is to find happiness and health in all areas of your life." - Erin Teschuk Erin Teschuk is a professional Canadian runner, 2016 Olympian in the steeplechase and former North Dakota State University DI athlete. She was featured in our "How the Pros Fuel" series on the blog and has been up to quite a bit since then! Questions we ask Erin include: How did you get started in running? What was growing up in Canada like? Differences in racing/training there versus in the states? Experience running in college -- how did you choose your university? What was running in North Dakota like? Since graduating, how have you navigated the post-collegiate running world? What does life look like in and outside of running? You are a 7x NCAA First Team All American and represented your country in the Steeplechase in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro -- very impressive! To someone with big goals like these, what would you say are a few factors that helped you achieve these goals? What were a few of your biggest lessons learned along the way? Have you ever been injured (short or long term) and if so, how did you handle these setbacks? We featured you on SRC in our “How the Pros Fuel” series, where you spoke about body image. From comparison to disordered eating and RED-S, these are all-too rampant in the running world. Is this something you have ever struggled with? Where are you finding silver linings right now and/or motivation to keep going? Advice you would give to your younger self?* 29 min What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
October 15, 2020
Episode 137: Adrienne Langelier on Body Image, Mindset, and More
Today we bring back on Adrienne Langelier, LPC, MA, and mental performance professional to discuss important topics: body image, mindset, and more!
October 12, 2020
Episode 136: Rebecca Mehra on Running for Oiselle, Political Activism, and Life Outside of Sport
Rebecca Mehra is a Pro runner for @oiselle & @runlittlewing 🏃🏻‍♀, Public policy nerd 🤓, Stanford Alum🌲, and lives in📍Bend, OR. “Because as a running community we seem to be far more comfortable talking about races rather than race.” - Quote from Rebecca Questions we ask Rebecca include: We just wrapped up the Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote! Tell us a bit more about this and what you’re up to! How did you get your start in running? You shared in a recent podcast with Ali (Ali on the Run) that you thrive when having multiple tasks to be involved with rather than solely just running because you experienced a few injuries during college. Could you share with us more about the importance of finding other activities other than running? What sparked your interest in studying international relations and communications? What have been some of the most rewarding projects you’ve been involved with during your career? How have you been adapting to training without having many (if any) races on the calendar and stayed motivated? What do you hope to share with other female identifying runners who see you running in the spotlight and hopefully soon -- the Olympics? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Listener questions: Favorite pre/post race meal? Favorite time of day to train? What suggestions do you have for those looking to get involved in BLM, social justice, and/or activism in their communities?
October 8, 2020
Episode 135: Coach Denise Sauriol, the Marathon Whisperer, on Marathon Training, Coaching, and Community
Coach/Athlete/Motivational Speaker- Denise Sauriol Coach Denise, aka, the Marathon Whisperer™ has been coaching runners of all abilities since 2010.   She started coaching after surviving a near fatal car accident. It was her way of giving back to running for what it has given and continues to give to her.  She is a certified running coach through USATF & Road Runners Club of America. Denise has been running since the 4th grade and is still best friends with the sport. Back in 1994, she ran her first marathon. That finish line turned the “I Can’t!” into “What else can I do?!” It led her to do other things that she was SCITED (Scared + Excited) about. This includes but is not limited to completing 2 Ironman races when she is still deathly afraid of open water, skydiving and bungee jumping even though she is afraid of heights, taking improv classes to get over her fear of public speaking and most recently, she left her 26-year career in accounting to coach full-time. This life-igniting feeling generated from doing something she did not think she could do is what she aims to share with runners and future runners.  Helping someone do something that they did not think they could do ignites her soul! To date, she has run 118 Marathons (including 12 Boston Marathons), Back to Back Comrades, 2 Ironman and 2 100-milers. She has completed the Abbott World Marathon Majors twice.  After completing the Mt. Everest Marathon and the Patagonia Marathon in 2019, Denise became a member of the Seven Continents Club. In 2018, she published her first book, “Me, You & 26.2 – Coach Denise’s Guide to Get YOU to YOUR first marathon”  Personal Achievements: 25 X Chicago Marathon Finisher 118 X Marathon Finisher (First Marathon 4:28, Personal Best 3:15) 32 X Boston Marathon Qualifier 2008 Chicago Marathon Woman's Illinois Masters Champion 2008 Antarctica Marathon - 3rd Place Female Co-Founder Girls on the Run Chicago Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim Finisher Completed 300+ road races to date Comrades Back to Back Finisher Connect with Denise: Email: Website: Instagram: Facebook Page Facebook Group:
October 5, 2020
Episode 134: All Things Trail, Ultra, and Obstacle Course Racing with Megan and Kelsey
In this episode, Kelsey interviews Megan Flanagan, Founder of Strong Runner Chicks, avid trail/OCR runner and strength/running coach. They cover obstacle course racing and trail running in more depth, including: Differences between trail, ultra, and obstacle course races -- and how to train for each How to start trail running Beginner-friendly trails in Portland, OR Gear for trail and ultra running Strength training and how to incorporate it into your routine And much more! Big thanks to our friends at @FEMProtein for their support. Use code "SRC15" for 15% off! You can also check out Crafted Energy's new Runner Bars and save 30% with code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS30"!
September 28, 2020
Episode 133: Sam Murphy on Coaching, Post-Collegiate Running, and Staying Patient While Pursuing Goals
In this episode, we interview Sam Murphy, an Olympic hopeful 800m runner for Canada training in San Diego. Sam is a Division I All-American for University of Illinois/University of Oregon and part of NCAA winning team at University of Oregon. She is looking to transition from athlete to NCAA coach over the next few years (exciting announcement in this episode!) while still chasing her own running goals.
September 21, 2020
Episode 132: Rachel Naar, R.D. on Food Intolerances, Breaking Free From Nutrition Rules, and More
In this episode, we chat with Rachel Naar, R.D., where we cover everything from gluten-free diets to food psychiatry and how to balance a healthy relationship with food and running. Rachel writes, "I'm a decaf coffee-loving Leo with a passion for people, places, running, Motown music, and especially health and nutrition. I enjoy long romantic walks down the produce aisle, and am a fiber fiend and tree nut-allergic smoked salmon fanatic. I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, currently covering the psychiatric unit, post-op surgery, and cardiac general health floors at Mount Sinai West. I have an undergraduate degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Theater. After a couple stints in marketing and sales, I was itching to get back to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture and Education. I completed my dietetic internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia." Questions we ask Rachel include: Why did you start running and what do you enjoy about it? You have a unique pathway to becoming an RD. Can you talk about that? Can you tell me more about why you started Rachel Naar Nutrition and the food philosophy you base your practice on? What influenced your food philosophy? Can you explain what nutritional psychiatry is and how you got interested in it? What is some interesting research in this field? How do you individualize your approach for each client? What is a common challenge that you see these clients face? I also think it’s interesting that you help people with food intolerances and allergies, and I know that it’s something you’ve dealt with in your own life. Have your intolerances or allergies ever affected your relationship with food? Do you have any advice for runners on how to maintain a healthy relationship with food and fuel themselves correctly when it might be a little bit trickier? What is something that you’re excited for that you’re working on? Where can our listeners find you? Show notes: Body Respect - good book to start Gratitude letter to future self - activity for body positivity You can connect with Rachel at or
September 14, 2020
Episode 131: Empowering Girls on the Run with Mavia Haight and Amy Fennell from GOTR Portland
Welcome to this episode with GOTR PDX (Girls on the Run Portland) members, Mavia Haight and Amy Fennell! We discuss how and why they joined GOTR, what keeps them involved, how they're adapting during COVID-19, the work they do to support girls, how you can get involved, and more! Learn more about GOTR Portland at: Join us next Sunday, September 13th at 4:30 PST for a Girls Running Book Club Discussion: EventBrite link. Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote Relay: Join our Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote Relay Team to support Black Lives! We still have spots available HERE: Show Partner (we are open to sponsors): Thank you, FEM Protein Powder for partnering with SRC! Save 15% off at FEM Protein Powder with code "STRONGRUNCHICKS".
September 7, 2020
Episode 130: Erin Menefee on Qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials after Open Heart Surgery
Erin Menefee is a 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with an incredible story to share about how she qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. You can read her article at and follow her on Instagram @emenfee. Our SRC hats bonus deal has been extended through September... Anyone who leaves a quick iTunes review (and sends us a message) will receive 30% off a SRC cap! We'll also be drawing for a free cap on a quarterly (or more frequent) basis for Patreon supporters :) Shoutout to FEM Protein for their partnership. Use code "LABORDAY" to save 20% on their Labor Day sale! Would you like to partner with SRC or sponsor the podcast? Feel free to reach out to us at!
August 31, 2020
Episode 129: Danielle Snyder, LCSW, on Self-Talk, Shifting Mindset, and Ultra Running
Danielle is a licensed social worker, running coach, and mindset coach. Through her business, Inner Drive Athlete, Danielle helps athletes with mental training, including self-talk, discovering their strengths, run coaching, and more. You can find more about Danielle at or on Instagram @diellesmells.
August 24, 2020
Episode 128: Elizabeth Carey on Being a Writer, Runner, Coach, and Author of Girls Running
Elizabeth Carey is a freelance writer and running coach. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Runner's World, Trail Runner, PodiumRunner, and DyeStat, and her first book is due out in August (GIRLS RUNNING, VeloPress). Her running journey started in 1999 on the Cleveland High School track team in Oregon. She ran Division I cross country and track for Columbia University and has coached at all levels of the sport. She explores trail and ultrarunning in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her husband and cat. You can visit Elizabeth’s website at Questions we ask Elizabeth include: How did you each get started running? What was your path like growing up and going off to high school and college?You've coached a number of athletes, including DI high-performing teams. What is your favorite part about the coaching process and do you have any favorite stories or highlights in your coaching career? You spoke yesterday at the Wildwood Wednesday about helping girls race with their periods and the importance of having one. Can you speak more on this and how coaches can help talk about these topics with their athletes? We hear you’re working on a new book (Girls Running)! Can you tell us a bit more about this and what to expect? What is your vision for female athletes, coaching, and/or distance running in the future? Advice you would give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any coaches and/or people you’d like to nominate for the podcast? Girls Running Book Club Chat: Be sure to join us for the book club discussion on Monday, August 31st at 4:30 PT, 7:30 ET! Send an email to to receive an invite. You can order your copy of Girls Running and save 15% with code "SRC15". Show Partner Shoutout: Big thanks to our friends at FEM Protein Powder for their support! Be sure to use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order.
August 17, 2020
Episode 127: Alana Sesow on Pursuing a Love for Running, Collegiate Experience, and Becoming More Than a Runner
Alana Sesow is a photographer, blogger and recently retired college runner from Lincoln, Nebraska. In May 2020, Alana graduated summa cum laude from Augustana University (S.D.) with bachelor's degrees in journalism and media studies. This fall, she plans on volunteer coaching cross country for her alma mater, Lincoln East High School, while continuing to impact the running community through mentorship and storytelling. Though Alana faced several athletic setbacks at Augustana, she now considers her imperfect competitive running journey to be a blessing. While navigating the ups and downs of collegiate distance running, Alana discovered a passion for sports photography, became a more empathetic teammate and learned to pursue a love for running rather than a love for being good at running. Most importantly, Alana developed a stronger relationship with God, whose Word says that she is unconditionally loved by the Creator of the universe. No amount of medals -- or lack thereof -- will change that truth. Alana is grateful to have participated in two high-achieving running programs that value their athletes as people first, runners second. She would like to thank her coaches and teammates at both Augustana University and Lincoln East High School for their constant love and support. Connect with Alana and on Twitter @alanasesow
August 13, 2020
Episode 126: Shoshana Gordon on Healthy Exercise, Positive Body Image, and Empowering Young Girls
Shoshana is dedicated to helping individuals make healthy lifestyle changes. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor and holds a Master’s in Social Work. Two of her areas of focus are 1) working with youth to help them create, develop and lead balanced lives; and 2) helping individuals who feel stuck, or like they’ve tried everything, find new ways to motivate and/ or challenge themselves to meet their goals. Shoshana's background includes working with individuals struggling with body image and disordered eating. She is dedicated to helping individuals make the changes they want to see both physically and mentally. Shoshana was born & raised in California, but Oregon has been her home for close to 30 years. She enjoys running, especially in organized races and spending time with her two girls and dog Tiger Lily. Facebook: Topics we discuss include: -How Shoshana got her start in running -Her path into personal training / the fitness and wellness space -Why she is passionate about working with young women and girls, specifically -- and the work that she does to empower them -How she is currently navigating COVID and finding the silver linings -Advice she would give to your younger self -What being a Strong Runner Chick means to her
August 10, 2020
Episode 125: Courtney Dauwalter on Ultra Running, Training Intuitively, and Staying Positive
In this episode, we interview ultra running legend Courtney Dauwalter, where we chat about training without a set schedule, listening to her body, staying mentally positive, and conquering new challenges!
August 3, 2020
Episode 124: Margaret Spring on Trail Running and Creating a Strong Community
In this episode, we chat with Margaret Spring (@runner4cake) about her running career, life, creating a community of women runners, and more! 
July 27, 2020
Episode 123: Obsie Birru on Being an American-Ethiopian, Finding the Why and Joy in Running, and Giving Back to the Community
Obsie Birru is an Ethiopian born American raised, enrollment adviser at university, graduate student, 5x NAIA National Champion, 18x All American, and part of team USA 2018 Pan American Cross-Country team.  You can connect with her on Instagram at: Questions we ask Obsie Include… How did you get your start in running? What was the collegiate transition like? How did you make this choice? You mentioned that your coach cared about you as a “person first, runner second.” Tell us a bit more about this and why it was important to you. You mentioned that running is like a language that unites us. Can you speak more to this and how you see running as a way to bring us together? What was the post-collegiate transition like for you, as well as your performance at CIM? You have a passion for working with younger athletes. What do you enjoy about working with youth runners? What knowledge and lessons do you try to instill in them? You write on your IG profile, “Different is beautiful. I rather be weird than be one of the herd. Ethiopian born American raised proud to be both.” How do you embrace both your Ethiopian roots and American life? We noticed you are involved with ChildServe! Tell us a bit more about this, as well as any other organizations you are involved with. How do you find ways to give back to running? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
July 20, 2020
Episode 122: Empowering Women Athletes Panel with Carolyn Su, Lucy Bartholomew, Natalie Mitchell, Shawanna White, and Tessa Chesser
This episode is part of our Summer 2020 Virtual Race Series, with the theme "Why I Run." Check out our virtual race series HERE. Our incredible lineup of women panelists include: Carolyn Su (creator of @diversewerun) Lucy Bartholomew  Natalie Mitchell  Tessa Chesser  Shawanna White Be sure to give each of them a follow! Episode Partner: This episode is brought to you in part by empowering women-brands, including plant-based protein, FEM Protein Powder. Give them a follow @femproteinpowder and use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off!
July 13, 2020
Episode 121: Cortney Berling, R.D., Military Spouse, Mom, and Owner of Eat Well Perform Better LLC.
Cortney Berling is a military spouse, mom to 8 month old Carly, and entrepreneur of Eat Well Perform Better LLC. She is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health. Cortney ran track and cross country at The University of Cincinnati and has continued to run competitively for Prado Racing Team in San Diego and the Western Mass Distance Project. In addition to her own personal training, she has been a coach for the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School Girls Cross Country team, Girls on the Run, and Girls with Sole. When not running or working you can find Cortney hiking on the local trails with her Golden Retriever, Murphy, paddle boarding on the river, camping in the mountains, or spending time with her family. Learn more about Courtney's upcoming nutrition group coaching program: SRC listeners can receive a 15% discount with the code SRC15 (valid until 7/22)!
July 9, 2020
Episode 120: Ariane Hendrix on Running a sub-2:45 Virtual Marathon, Setting Big Goals, and Repping Altra Footwear
Ariane's Bio: "I’m originally from Ventura, CA but recently moved to Detroit, MI. I have a twin sister and my mom is a back-up singer for Barry Manilow. I went to high and junior college in California before spending 1 year at UNC Pembroke on a basketball scholarship and then transferring to Minot State in North Dakota to finish my career and become and all-American. I am a tech rep for Altra footwear. After trying out for the pros overseas and not making a team, I fell in love with running because my dad always thought I would be a runner and since his passing it’s a way I still feel connected to him. My PRs are for the marathon 2:44:30 which I just ran in the virtual Pittsburgh marathon May 3 2020, 1:22 half marathon, 36:56 10k and 17:32 5k." Questions we ask Ariane include: You have quite the background in athletics, having played basketball and an all-American in college! Tell us more about your experience growing up and getting involved in sports. How has your family played a role in your life and/or running career? What was your experience running a virtual marathon like? Congrats on an amazing 10 minute PR in the virtual marathon. What shifts in your training and mindset do you believe helped you to accomplish that? Having tried out several distances, what has been your favorite thus far? What do you enjoy most about being a tech rep for Altra? How does your life look outside of running? Is there anything you are currently most focused on and/or silver linings you've found during these challenging times? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
July 6, 2020
Episode 119: Becky Hagedorn on the Joys of Coaching, Learning for Life, and Normalizing Mental Health
Becky Hagedorn is a 23-year old finishing her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Xavier University. In addition to her academics, Becky has the privilege of being an assistant cross country coach at her alma mater, Ursuline. Becky began running track and field her sophomore year at Ursuline and then expanded to run cross country as well. Recently, Becky paired her two passions, running and mental health, to plan a 5k race that centered around ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. In this episode, Kelsey and Becky discuss all things coaching, learning for life, and normalizing mental health!
June 29, 2020
Episode 118: Randi Whitley on Finding Community in Trail Running, TransRockies, and Believing in Yourself
Randi is an adventurer at heart. Calling Colorado and the trails that wind through it home, Randi thrives exploring this great world with her own two feet. Ultra running is her primary discipline and she enjoys embracing the process of training - the countless hours exploring, getting lost, challenging herself, and seeking new adventures. While she spends the majority of her time running, she also enjoys traveling abroad with her husband, backpacking and skiing with their husky pup, and learning their newest hobby, mountain biking! An accountant by day, a true weekend warrior at heart, and an advocate for promoting women in trail running and the great outdoors in between; you can find her sipping on an IPA, and playing cribbage when her legs just can't go anymore. Her race accomplishments include finishing first at TransRockies 6 day stage race in 2019 in the women’s open team category. She is excited to get back to racing in 2021.  Some of her favorite places to run include Switzerland, The Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains.  She is excited to explore Zion National Park, Moab, and Arizona in the coming year. You can find her on Instagram @randi_whitley and Facebook: Randi Whitley Questions we ask Randi include: Take us back to your early days. How did you get your start in running and/or athletics? Tell us a little bit about your path into trail running and the ultra scene. Congrats on finishing first at the TransRockies 6-day stage race in 2019 in the women’s open team category! What was this experience like? You travel quite a bit! How have you navigated this time without many races and the ability to travel? What are some lessons you’ve learned from your experiences traveling and favorite places you’ve been / trails you’ve run? During SRC, we talk a lot about embracing our strength, body image, and mental well-being. Is this something you have ever been challenged with, and if so, how have you found ways to help? You’ve started a pretty awesome community / IG account (Women of Running) and speak to the role. Can you speak more on this, your group runs, and the role that community plays in running? What does your life look like outside of running? And/or what is currently making you thrive? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being “Strong” mean / look like to you? Be sure to register for our Virtual Race Series, happening July-August 2020!
June 22, 2020
Episode 117: Melody Fairchild on Empowering Girls Running, Standing Up For Yourself, and Keys to Longevity
Melody Fairchild, one of America’s fastest high school girl runners ever, has spent the last two decades empowering girls with tools and self-knowledge to remain healthy, happy runners. Melody takes a comprehensive approach to life and running. She addresses the unique issues adolescent girls face in today’s culture, as well as the latest research on training and nutrition. Her first book,  co-authored With Elizabeth Carey, is due out in August. Titled “Girls Running,” it is a comprehensive and inspirational guide for girls who run. She and Elisabeth are proud to be the first to deliver such a guide to girls empowering them to trust their bodies and the physiological processes unique to females as they pursue their running journeys. Melody also directs the Boulder Mountain Warriors youth running club in Boulder Colorado. Her teams perennially qualify for the national junior Olympic cross country championships while learning to have fun and honor the process as they do. She is currently pursuing a Masters in teaching English to 7th to 12th graders and is excited to continue her camp and coaching of youth. Her four-year-old son Dakota is her greatest joy and teacher. She, Dakota and her husband Glen, live in Lyons Colorado. Questions include: How did you each get your start in running? What was your path like growing up and going off to high school and college? What was the pre/post collegiate transition like for you? How and when did you start coaching? How about your girls running camps? You spoke at the SRC Retreat in 2018 about your experience as a female athlete and how important it is to be good to our bodies. Can you speak more to this message and your story of standing up for yourself and teammates? We hear you’re working on a new book and speaking at the Wildwood Running Clinic in August! Can you tell us more about this and anything else you are currently working on? What is your vision for female athletes in the future? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any coaches and/or people you’d like to nominate for the podcast? Connect with Melody and learn more about her camps, as well as her book release at Purchase Your Copy of Girls Running: Take 15% off Girls Running at with code "GirlsRunningSRC" This episode is also the week of our Summer Virtual Race Series! Join us for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, vertical mile (or any combination!) throughout July-September. Every participant will have access to a series of virtual workshops, as well as be entered into a raffle for some giveaway prizes. Find out more information and register below:
June 15, 2020
Episode 116: Black Girls Run CEO Jay Ell Alexander on Community Building, Breaking Down Barriers, and Bringing Women Together
This week we're featuring Jay Ell Alexander, CEO of Black Girls Run. You can find more information and visit their website at Mission: Black Girls RUN! wants to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. *BRG has over 70 clubs and 200,000 members throughout the globe; joining BGR is free! Questions we ask Jay include: What inspired you to start running? We know you’ve run all distances of races from marathons to 5ks. How did you become involved with Black Girls Run? How did your involvement with the program grow? With the recent COVID pandemic, BGR has shifted some programming via online and social media platforms. How has this programming and the check-ins you’ve been doing helped to continue to foster community and conversation during difficult times? The role that the community plays for BGR is very evident. What are some challenges you/BGR has faced with such a large community and anything that has helped you get through them? All women are encouraged to join and support BGR, what is a vision you have for the future with BGR and other female running communities across the globe? Outside of BGR and running, what do you enjoy doing? We know you are a recent published author! What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can others support BGR and/or become involved? (
June 10, 2020
Episode 115: Paige Carter from Usually on the Run talks Collegiate Running, Loving the Process, and Enjoying Every Moment
Bio: From Paige: "I was born and raised in San Diego! I've always loved running from a young age and it was always something I did for fun growing up. My Dad and my brother were both runners and I looked up to them a lot so I think my interest for the sport started there. I competed in lots of track meets in elementary school but I started youth xc/track in 7th grade and that’s when I really fell in love with the competitive aspect of the sport. I ran xc/track at San Marcos High School where I learned a lot about discipline, dedication, and how to have fun with the sport. My teammates there are people who I consider my life long friends now and my memories running in high school are ones I will cherish forever. I was lucky enough to earn a spot on the UCLA xc/track team and am currently in my 3rd year here. I've run 21:10 across the 6k, 4:52 in the mile, and 2:13 in the 800. Here, I have learned the importance of consistency, loving the process, and rolling with the punches. I am so grateful for my time here at UCLA and am wishing that it will never end! Most recently I've started an Instagram account called Usually On The Run where I am working towards creating a community around distance running, as it’s played such a special role in my life. I love to be involved within the sport wherever I can whether that’s working youth track camps over summer, coaching kids, meeting up with runners from all around, or staying educated within the sport." Highlights include: “Everybody has a story" - 25 min~ Hardships/challenges  - 27 min Handling this time - 38 min Advice to self -- enjoy every moment - 42 min Loving the process, loving yourself at every moment in this process - 43 min
June 1, 2020
Episode 114: Jess Parker from Form in Focus on Identifying as a Runner, Getting Started, and Her Grit Coaching Guide
Bio: Jess is a tooth nerd turned lover of movement. She’s a Pacific Northwest native who spends as much time as possible on trails with her two dogs and traveling, when the world isn’t on lockdown. She works as both a dental hygienist and a run and lifting coach. She lives to teaching fellow badass ladies how to run and lift their way to an empowered life. Connect with Jess @forminfocus on Instagram or visit her website,
May 25, 2020
Episode 113: Marie Markham and Robyn McGillis of Wildwood Running on Coaching the Female Athlete
Marie and Robyn are long-time runners and high school coaches in the Portland, Oregon area, as well as the founders of Wildwood Running. They have a clinic in August 2020 called Coaching the Young Female Distance Runner. In addition to their coaching and upcoming clinic, they offer a variety of opportunities to bring athletes and coaches together to discuss important topics in our sport. Connect: You can learn more about them and sign up for their clinic at
May 18, 2020
Episode 112: Rachel Belmont on Conquering Your Fears, Ultra Running, Skydiving, and Giving Back
Rachel's Bio: Rachel is a 23 year old accelerated nursing student at Rutgers New Brunswick, a competitive Ultramarathoner, and a Licensed Skydiver. She has run a variety of race distances, ranging from marathons on 4/7 of the continents (in remote locations like Tunisia and deserts of Jordan) to 100 miles (most recently, she completed the 2019 Keys 100 miler and won the 2019 NJ One Day 24 Hour Race-finishing 106 miles after walking the last 2.5 hours with a hurt foot). Some of her biggest up and coming goals include becoming one of the few women to complete the Mt. Everest Ultramarathon next May (following in Vivian Lee’s footsteps as the first American woman last year) and one of the youngest females to complete Badwater 135 within the next few years. Questions we ask Rachel include: How did you get your start in running? Given that we’re currently in COVID-19, we wanted to highlight and commend you on your fundraising efforts (which we’ll get more into), as well as being a nursing student! What led you to pursue this path, and where do you hope to work upon graduation? From tackling ultramarathons to skydiving, you have had quite the number of experiences! What inspires you to embark on these feats? Do you ever get afraid before attempting to skydive or run an ultra? How do you battle through fear and sum up the courage to tackle these challenges? What has been your proudest moment in your ultramarathon / skydiving / or outside career thus far? You’ve raised money for a number of charities and volunteered your time and races in generous ways. What advice would you give to listeners wanting to get more involved in their communities and give back? How are you currently finding a silver lining in COVID-19? What’s been keeping you going? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a SRC mean to you? Connect with Rachel on Instagram at @_skyrnr_ or at:
May 13, 2020
Episode 111: Haley Markos, Podcast Host of Triple Knot, on Collegiate Running, Mental Health, and Sharing Stories
Haley Markos is wrapping up her final weeks as a student at Smith College in Massachusetts where she completed four years of cross country, three years of track, and one year of swimming. A New Hampshire native, Haley started competitive swimming and running in fifth grade and pursued triathlon throughout high school. While pursuing her degree in engineering, Haley explored her interest in making physical activity more inclusive through research in prosthetics and wearable robotic devices. However, it has been during her work with youth running programs that Haley has discovered what she aspires to pursue as a career -- coaching. Her personal experiences with mental health and eating disorders, ambition to use sport as a way to spark change in the world, and her overall zeal for all things running led her to start her own podcast, Triple Knot, as a space for female collegiate runners to share their own stories. Links to the podcast: · Apple Podcasts o · Spotify o Instagram: @markoshaley Email:
May 11, 2020
Episode 110: Ragen Chastain on Body Size and Privilege, Ditching Fatphobia, and Health at Every Size
Ragen was scheduled to be a guest at our 2020 SRC Retreat and will now be a speaker at our June 2021 Retreat -- while we are bummed to have to postpone, we are beyond excited to have her joining us! Learn more about her below. Bio: Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, and thought leader in the fields of Body Image, Health at Every Size, Inclusion In Sport, and Corporate Wellness. She is the author of the blog, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, and co-founder of the Fit Fatties Forum. Ragen has brought her signature mix of humor and hard facts to stages around the world, and writes for outlets including espnW, Glamour, and a monthly series in US News & World report about athletes breaking stereotypes. She has been featured as an expert internationally on radio, television and documentary film, and was recently a featured athlete in the Olympic Channels Body+ video series. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and Functional Fitness Specialist, three-time National champion dancer, and two-time marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their adorable dog, and is training for her first (and only!) iron-distance triathlon. Self-described: *Speaker, Writer, Activist, Athlete, Fatty, Budding Comic *NEDA Ambassador *she/her Resources:
May 7, 2020
Episode 109: Alayna Horvath on Investing in Life, Her Path to Becoming an RD, and Finding Gratitude
About Alayna: Alayna Horvath is a young, forward-thinking Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. She has been dedicated to helping others with their health after her father's passing from colon cancer as a child, and therefore, has spent most of her life studying nutrition. As a long distance runner herself for more than ten years, she is passionate about educating female endurance athletes how to properly nourish their bodies and minds to run their absolute best, without restriction of any sort. This includes quicker recoveries, improving performance, injury prevention, and having a harmonious relationship with food. Alayna loves exploring the world, building close relationships, trying new foods, and living a fulfilling life. Questions Asked in this Episode: We know you enjoy long distance running, how did you get your start in running? How has movement changed for you during the years? You always tend to find the light in the toughest of situations. How do you approach life? You recently became an RD, what was that process like for you? What inspired you to pursue this path? Who do you hope to work with as an RD? What advice do you have for someone navigating body image issues? What is one of your favorite recipes? Easy go to lunch/dinner recipes? What is currently bringing you joy? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Alayna:  Instagram: @alaynaflan
May 4, 2020
Episode 108: Emma Zimmerman on Eating Disorders, Sustainability, and Changing Conversation into Action
Emma is a writer and activist currently based outside of Chicago. Through her writing, Emma explores topics of women in endurance sports, sustainable farming, and environmental justice. Her work has been featured in Women’s Running, the Sacramento Press, and Girl Talk HQ. Originally from the East Coast, Emma is thrilled to return to New York to pursue an MFA in Nonfiction Writing this fall. You can follow her on Instagram @emma_zimmerman or at
April 30, 2020
Episode 107: Rachel Rae Drake on Paving Your Own Way, Finding the Joy in Running, and The Magic of Community
Rachel’s Bio: Rachel is in the 23rd grade at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She spent the first 17 grades in Minnesota, originally at White Bear Lake High School and eventually the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her MD/PhD focusing on fat metabolism in infants and intends to specialize in pediatrics/neonatology. Running has taken different forms throughout the years, but currently she is enjoying running with friends in wild places with Nikes on her feet and an Osprey pack on her pack. She is a proud plant mom to a fern named Milford and sensitive plant named Mims, coach, wife to a really great man and owner of beloved 1991 Toyota Previa, "Mr. B." Questions we ask Rachel include: Take us back to your early days! How did you get your start in distance running? You and I were both golden gophers at the U of M (ski U mah)! What were your collegiate running days like? (college selection process; favorite running events, academic major, life outside of running)? How did this experience set the foundation for your transition out West and getting into road/trail/ultra running? What led you to move to Portland from Minnesota, and how have you found a running community out here? You have hit some major milestones in your post-collegiate running career! From the USATF Mountain Running Championships to joining the Nike Pro Trail Team to qualifying & racing at the Olympic Trials, what have been a few keys to your success? Where do you hope to take things over the next year and few years? You recently qualified and ran at the Olympic Trials -- amazing!! What was this experience like for you, from qualifying to training and racing? Any major takeaways? What would you say is your “why” behind running? A major part of SRC is empowering female distance runners by sharing our stories, both successes and struggles. Have you had any major challenges or obstacles in your running career (that you feel comfortable sharing) and if so, how have those shaped you, both as a runner and as a person? As a coach with Trails & Tarmac, what is your process like for coaching athletes & what are some major lessons, running philosophy, and/or training principles you like to share with your athletes? In light of all that is happening in the world, how do you find the silver lining? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any final shout-outs, sponsors, ways that our listeners can connect with you? Connect with Rachel: @RachRaeDrake on Instagram Website: UltraSideHustle Shout-outs to Nike Trail Team, Osprey, Spring Energy, and so many others!
April 27, 2020
Episode 106: Haleigh Fisher on Mental Well-Being, Eating Disorder Resources, and Handling Tough Times
Haleigh Fisher is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, Texas. She owns a private practice, Grapevine Wellness Center, where she specializes in working with those struggling with eating disorders as well as with athletes. Her passion to work with eating disorders and athletes grew out of her own struggle with anorexia and her experiences with collegiate running.She describes herself as being a joy seeker, a trail running adventurer, a celebrator of food, an artist and a lover of people, thrift shopping, and cupcakes. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband, who’s also a therapist, and their blue heeler, Abbie. Connect with Haleigh: @Hales.Fisher
April 23, 2020
Episode 105: Anna Weber on Listening to Your Body, Working from Home, and Prioritizing Your Needs
Bio: Anna Weber is a 2x Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon and online running coach.  Originally from Michigan City, Indiana, Anna began her running career in 6th grade after going out for the cross country team at the insistence of the middle school girl's basketball coach.  She ran for Marquette University, and graduated with a degree in chemistry in 2011.  During graduate school at Indiana University, Anna began dabbling in marathons.  She qualified for the both the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials, and has been sponsored by Oiselle since 2015. Connect with Anna: IG: @anna_weber413 Website: Questions asked in this episode:  How did you get your start in running? You’ve mentioned that unlike most runners who identify as being a Type A person you align more with being a Type B person. How does your personality bring a unique perspective to the running world? What was your experience like running in college? How did your experiences in college shape your desire to run professionally? After running the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, you took 3 weeks off of running. Could you share with listeners what this experience was like for you and how you are approaching training moving forward? During this time in life there is a lot of uncertainty, what are some ways that runners can stay motivated to run and challenge themselves? As someone with a background in science, you have a great interest in sharing evidence-based articles and utilizing the signs our bodies share with us to improve your running as well as that of your athletes. Could you share a little more on the importance of listening to our bodies and how science can help inform us? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What is currently bringing you joy right now? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
April 20, 2020
Episode 104: Rachael Steil on Coaching Athletes, Her Upcoming Book, and Doing Things Even When Scared
Rachael Steil [“Style”] began in December 2012 in the midst of her binge eating disorder, and as a cross country and track runner at Aquinas College. Unable to find many stories about athletes dealing with eating disorders, Rachael decided to blog about her own journey in the hopes that it might speak to others running in silence. Rachael Steil is now an eating disorder recovery advocate and the author of Running in Silence, which shares her story as an All-American athlete struggling with anorexia and binge eating. She is also the founder and speaker for the Running in Silence nonprofit to break misconceptions and raise awareness for eating disorders in sports, serves on the board for the Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance (MiEDA), and is currently a mentor for the USTFCCCA Female Coaches Mentorship Program. Rachael has been interviewed for numerous publications including U.S. News and World Report, Vogue Magazine, and Women’s Running. She has delivered presentations at coaching clinics, high schools, and colleges across the country to share her story, create awareness, and bring hope to other coaches and athletes. Rachael is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she is writing her second book and coaches high school cross country and track. Connect with Rachael @runninginsilence on Instagram or
April 13, 2020
Episode 103: Jacqui Bell on Running an Ultramarathon on Seven Continents, Conquering Extreme Circumstances, and Giving Back
Bio: Jacqui Bell, 25 years of age from Brisbane, Australia. Jacqui grew up with the dream of being a professional tennis player, well Jacqui's life ended up going down the road less travelled and is now one of the most exciting young runners in Australia. Fast forward to 2019 and Jacqui became The Youngest Person in The World to run an Ultra Marathon on Every continent in the world. That is 250km's or more across some of the harshest deserts in the World from the hottest the Namib Desert in Africa to the Coldest Desert in Antarctica. Jacqui has also raised over $23,000 for the Mental Health Charity the White Cloud Foundation which is a charity that believes to have good Mental Health we need not only our physical health in check but also our mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Jacqui is still running Ultra Marathons but also sharing with others what she learn't through running almost 2000km's.
April 9, 2020
Episode 102: Amy Brennick on Lifting and Sprinting Your Way to Faster 5ks
Amy’s Bio: Amy Brennick has been racing 5k's for the last 20 years. She is a lover of the outdoors, creating and co-founding an outdoor running and kettlebell bootcamp called Lift & Sprint in the Bay Area with her Kiwi husband. She is the mom to a lively 4-year old daughter and dreams of traveling the world with her family while creating a vibrant online community of 5k Strong runners. Her mission is to make the 5k the new marathon. She believes that running faster and using kettlebells will elicit the health and aesthetic benefits in less time than traditional long distance running programs. She is in the final beta testing of 5k Strong, an online 5k specific running and kettlebell program designed to meet you where you are and help you to run your fastest 5k. Questions we ask Amy include: How did you get your start in running and since then, how has your journey evolved since then? What are a few fundamental lifts for runners interested in kettlebell training? For runners interested in training with kettlebells, where would you suggest that they begin? What are the biggest misconceptions that runners have about lifting, especially in terms of clients that you see? How do you combine and/or separate running from lifting in your workouts? Share a bit more about your business, Lift and Sprint, and what you're up to! Recently, we’ve both dove into online business coaching with Jill Coleman (@jillfit!). What has been your biggest takeaway so far and how do you hope to evolve over the next several months? What is currently making you thrive / what are you stoked for in 2020? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Connect with Amy on Instagram: @runfaster5ks
April 6, 2020
Episode 101: Karlee Wilkes on Wellness and Balance as a Spartan, a Mom, and a PE Teacher
Bio: Karlee Wilkes, is a wife and mother of two 2 beautiful fun kids! She is a certified Health and P.E. And English Language Teacher, personal trainer of 13+ years, and competitive athlete since 2008; Spartan Elite athlete since 2015.  She loves the outdoors, camping, good food, spending time adventuring and traveling with her family! Questions we ask Karlee include: How did you start running? What led you to Spartan races / OCR? What is your favorite obstacle? Least favorite? For those who don’t know much about OCR, can you share a bit more about what the races are like and how to make the transition to train for them? Tell us more about your life beyond running and the work that you do as a PE teacher and with Rise Up Athletics! How do you balance being a mom with training yourself and clients in your career? What advice would you give to your younger self? What is currently getting you excited for the year ahead? Any races we should look out for? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you?
April 2, 2020
Episode 100: Celebrating & Reflecting on Strong Runner Chicks + Q&A with Megan, Kelsey, and Elena
Questions we chat about include: How we each got our start with SRC / got involved in SRC. Favorite memories of being a part of the SRC team. Favorite interviews we’ve done. Lessons learned in the process of being a part of SRC. Listener questions include: What do you like to do outside of running? How have we tackled body image post collegiate running/athletics in general? How do you stay motivated (especially during times like these)? Will there be any SRC retreats locally and/or a single-day retreat? What’s the first concert you attended? (fun one!) Note from us: Thanks so much for supporting our show and being a part of the community!  A few ways you can show us love include: joining the Patreon community, leaving an iTunes review, and/or visiting our online shop, including our self-care calendars. Save 50% with code, "SPREADTHELOVE". xo, The SRC Team (Megan, Kelsey, + Elena) Strong Runner Chicks @StrongRunChicks
March 30, 2020
Episode 99: Bethany Wheeler, Registered Dietitian, on Sports Nutrition, Self-Compassion, and Eating Disorder Recovery
Bethany Wheeler is a dietitian specializing in eating disorders, body image and sports nutrition through social and health justice lenses and whose practice philosophies include Health at Every Size (R), weight inclusivity, body autonomy and self-compassion. She is the owner of B. Wheeler Nutrition, LLC in Sandy Springs, Ga. Bethany believes diversity is valuable and that all forms of diversity (size, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, immigration status, age, class, etc) need to be recognized and honored. Bethany holds a BS in Dietetics and an MS in Applied Exercise and Health Science. Prior to opening her private practice, she worked at Kennesaw State University where she was a founding member of their eating disorder treatment team and provided outpatient nutrition therapy for students including NCAA and club level athletes. She is currently a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians and Professionals (EDRDPRO) and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD). Connect with Bethany: (Website) @BethanyDietitian (Instagram) Resources mentioned: Fiona Sutherland Association of Size Diversity in Health
March 26, 2020
Episode 98: Sara Ibbetson on "Running Down the Dream," Chasing After the Olympic Trials, and Finding Community
Sara's Bio:  I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a competitive runner.  My husband, daughter, parents, extended family, and cats are my world. My career as the Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Services at a large developmental disabilities service agency makes my days fulfilling and interesting, and I also teach as an adjunct in Missouri State University's ABA Masters program.  I am active in my local running club, the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners, and lead a competitive training group.  I also enjoy reading, traveling, photography, and scrap-booking.  I am passionate about my running goals, the science of ABA, and about using my talents to serve others.  Really I'm just an ordinary woman trying to make the most of my God-given abilities. Questions we ask Sara include: How did you get your start in running and how has your running developed over time? You have a wonderful blog titled, “Running Down the Dream.” Tell us why you started the blog and what you have learned from having it. We’ve LOVED your pieces in the series, “The 2:45:01 and Beyond.” For listeners who do not know, would you mind sharing a bit about what this is? What motivated you to share other women’s Olympic Trials journey stories? We know you are an accomplished runner yourself! How can the female running community and running world in general better share and promote stories like the ones you are sharing? What has been your own inspiration to chase after the Olympic Trials? What keeps you going each day to do what you love? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
March 23, 2020
Episode 97: Prioritizing Self-Care & Mental Well-Being in an Unknown Time During COVID-19
We know this is a tough, unprecedented time for many of us, and that is why we're doing whatever we can to provide support and encouragement.  Kelsey and Megan share more about self-care and athletic mental wellness coaching, along with some ideas to take care of your physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. A few topics we cover in this episode include: Essential pieces of advice we would give to our community at this time; Tools to re-frame your mindset and find the silver lining, especially with race/season/semester cancellations; Athletic Mental Wellness Coaching with Kelsey -- book a 30-minute session with her here; The approach that Kelsey takes to working with an athlete, including activities; Our 4-week Self-Care Series workshop and some topics we'll be focusing on. You can get a copy of our 2020 Self-Care Calendar for 50% off with discount code "spreadthelove". We'll be posting additional resources during this time in a blog post on, on our Instagram page, @strongrunchicks, along with Facebook. If you found this episode helpful, be sure to share it with someone and leave a review on iTunes. Thanks so much for your support! Be sure to reach out to us via you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions.
March 20, 2020
Episode 96: Grace Staberg, SRC Ambassador, on Balancing Running, Skimo, and Big Dreams
Grace Staberg is a competitive track and cross country runner as well as a sponsored ultra-runner on the Dynafit team. She lives and trains in Summit County, Colorado. In the winter, Grace is a member of the US National Skimo Team, competing on the World Cup Circuit in Europe as well as in races in the states. Having recently finished high school, Grace is preparing to pursue a degree in nursing after graduation to further her education, after working towards her license as a Certified Nurse Aid. She plans to continue running competitively and pursue distance running and endurance sports. She is  passionate about performance and mental health advocacy. She hopes to use her platform to raise awareness about eating disorders and body image issues in sports to create positive change.
March 16, 2020
Episode 95: Sarah Menlove on Her HA Journey, The Power of Coaching, and Cultivating Self-Worth
Sarah's Bio: Former New Zealand age group rep triathlete Sarah Menlove learnt the hard way that skinny is not always healthy and one's body size and sporting performance is not the most important thing about them. After losing her period for over 4 years and suffering a stress fracture that ended her competitive sporting days, Sarah had to redefine health and her identity. She is now a certified holistic health and mastery level transformation coach, specializing in intuitive eating and body image. Sarah helps women from all walks of life break free from body shame, restrictive eating, guilt and negative self-talk so they can find freedom in their bodies and their lives. Questions we ask Sarah include: How did you get your start in running? You are pretty open about sharing your journey with hypothalamic amenorrhea, also known as HA. Would you mind sharing more with us about your process to recovering your period? What was your desire to recover from HA and how has that shaped how your identity and the way that you view running? Tell us more about your coaching practice and the work that you do to help women recover from HA and reclaim their identity! What advice do you have for those who are facing hypothalamic amenorrhea and not sure where to turn to for help? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? You can learn more about the work that she does through: or Instagram Find out more about Sarah's retreat here:
March 2, 2020
Episode 94: Olivia Ballew on her Marathon Olympic Trials Journey, Boyfriend/Coach Relationship, and Work-Life Balance
Olivia's Bio: Olivia Ballew is an Olympic trials qualifier in the marathon and will be representing Brooks Running. Following high school graduation, Olivia decided to focus solely on academics and took a break from running competitively. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from UNC in 2012, Olivia worked as a full-time research scientist for two years before being accepted into a PhD program at Indiana University in 2014. While attending IU, Olivia began running again. During this time, she met someone who not only encouraged her running but who became both her boyfriend and coach, Brad Robinson. Together, they developed a focused training plan of running, strength training and nutrition. In the three years since Olivia began training again, she has qualified for the 2020 US Olympic Trials in the marathon in a time of 2:43:15. Olivia has begun her final year of study at IU and will graduate in the spring 2020 with a PhD in Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology. She plans to continue pursuing research after she graduates. Questions: How did you get your start in running? How do you balance training and your Ph.D program? What sparked your interest or motivation to qualify for the Olympic trials? What’s been the most rewarding part/aspect of your running journey thus far? What has been the most difficult part of training for the Olympic trials? How do you fit in recovery and meal planning/nutrition after training sessions? What are you most looking forward to after the Olympic trials? What is currently making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How to connect with Olivia: IG: @oballew
February 28, 2020
Episode 93: Connie Weissmuller, Registered Dietitian, on Eating Disorders and Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Food & Body
Connie is a registered dietitian living in Denver, CO. She joined Hannah Turnbull’s outpatient private practice specializing in eating disorder and disordered eating recovery in August after she graduated from California State University Los Angeles with her Masters in Nutritional science. Connie has her own recovery story and is passionate about supporting others on their journey to a better relationship with food and body.
February 24, 2020
Episode 92: Caitlin Jacobsen on Eating Disorder Recovery, Mindfulness, and the Journey to Healing
Caitlin Jacobsen is the founder of Endurecovery. She holds a M.S. in Integrative Physiological Sciences from UCLA, a B.A. in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College and is a certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach through the Carolyn Costin Institute. Before starting Endurecovery, Caitlin was a Staff Research Associate in the Stimulant-Abuse and Addiction Lab at UCLA and the UCLA Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity. She completed her thesis on neural substrates involved in impulse control and addiction. Endurecovery grew out of the need for focused and individualized support for the athlete with an eating disorder. Caitlin’s personal recovery journey and professional experience highlighted the gap in treatment of competitive endurance athletes who suffer from eating disorders. Caitlin is also a mother to two very strong, athletic daughters and one very artistic son. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her children and husband, Alan, who is a PhD level scientist and inventor at Amazon. She still runs competitively with Rose City Track Club, preferring trails over roads and real food over gels. Connect with Caitlin @endurecovery on Instagram or
February 17, 2020
Episode 91: Dana Katz on Risk Taking, Ultra Running, Strength for Runners, and Establishing a Strong Community
This episode features a conversation between Megan and Dana Katz, a coach for ultra runners both in Portland, OR and online. Dana Katz is the head coach and owner of UltraU, as well as a coach at Evolution Healthcare & Fitness in Portland, OR. She started UltraU in 2012 as a way to incorporate geeking out on running data and her love of working with others. She combines over 10 years in teaching and corporate training with my own endurance experience to provide practical training plans for athletes at all levels. Her specialty is providing completely personalized plans that use data to ensure progress toward your goal. You can find Dana working out on stairways, hills, hiking trails, bike paths and lake sides in all types of weather. When not working out, she loves to travel, bake and eat. Personal accomplishments include running the Grand Canyon, rim to rim to rim, finishing four 100 mile races and surviving a run injury without killing anyone!
February 10, 2020
Episode 90: Whitney Heins, Founder of The Mother Runners, on Family, Motherhood, and Empowering the Next Generation
Questions we ask Whitney include: How did you get your start in running? Would you tell us a bit more about your passion to start The Mother Runners? How do you feel The Mother Runners has impacted the female running community? You are an advocate for self-care as a mom. What tips or tricks do you implement to help you prioritize self-care in your daily life? As a mom, balancing running and family needs can lead to feelings of guilt. Can you talk about this a little? In our conversations, you’ve mentioned to me how important it is for you to be an example for your daughter. What recommendations do you have for listeners who want to set an example for the next generation? What are some aspirations you have for The Mother Runners? What is currently making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
February 3, 2020
Episode 89: Tina Muir on Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Podcasting, Motherhood, and Running For Real
Tina's Bio: Tina Muir is a former international elite runner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland who shocked the running world by stepping away from the sport at the peak of her career to get her health back from medical malnutrition. Having run a personal best of 2:36 in the marathon just three months before, Tina brought awareness to the issue of amenorrhea, the cessation of menstruation, by sharing her story. Dozens of outlets covered Tina's story, including People magazine, Outside, Runner's World, ESPN, Women's Health, Glamour, and many more. In 2017, Tina was voted one of the 21 women changing the running world for the better by Women's Running magazine, and in 2018, she became the first cover model of a fitness magazine to be featured with a running stroller (and her daughter, Bailey) for Women's Running UK. Tina is a keynote speaker and the host of the Running For Real Podcast, which amassed over 2 million downloads in just over two years. Tina created the Running For Real community, a place for runners to share struggles and support one another through the difficult moments life brings. Major Resources & Takeaways: No Period, Now What? Promise yourself a month Journal Get your thoughts down on paper Do the things you’re scared to do Connect with Tina at and tune into her podcast, Running For Real.
January 27, 2020
Episode 88: Megan Marshall on Motherhood and The Importance of Mental Health In Running
In this episode, we bring Megan Marshall back on (previously episode 12 back in 2018!) to share recent life updates (including a big one: motherhood!). Learn more about Megan below. Megan E. Marshall, M.Ed., is the Business Core Administrator in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. She is also the co-founder of the F.L.Y. Movement (Fuel. Love. You.). They seek to provide educational workshops to cultivate safe spaces for athletic teams to discuss body image, social media, sport and performance. Their mission is to create transparency in the way you think and talk about body image and eating disorders in athletics. Megan began her time at Penn State as a Division 1 student-athlete on the track and field team. She was a Big Ten Medalist in the Distance Medley Relay, a Big Ten Scorer in the 800 meters, and a member of the Penn State school record-setting Distance Medley Relay team in 2007. Megan has worked in Higher Education for 8 years. She has been a part of many wellness efforts on campus such as: The Body Project, a dissonance-based body acceptance intervention program & Stand For State, Penn State’s bystander intervention program focusing on sexual and relationship violence, mental health concerns, acts of bias, and risky drinking and drug use. She has also collaborated with multiple stake-holders across campus and presented at the DUS Advising Conference on Mental Health on College Campuses. In addition, Megan will be speaking at our upcoming Strong Runner Chick Retreat this June in Mt. Hood, OR, this time to focus on the importance of self-care and mental well-being. Connect with Megan @fuelloveyou on Instagram!
January 13, 2020
Episode 87: Starla Garcia, Registered Dietitian on Eating Disorder Recovery and Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Food & Exercise
Starla Garcia, is a Registered Dietitian in Houston, Texas and is currently training to qualify for the Olympic Trials at CIM in December. Her current PR is 2:47. Her journey to wellness came after battling an eating disorder as a student athlete during her collegiate years. She was pursuing her Master’s in Education with a concentration in health at the University of Houston, yet she was secretly unhealthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. Her competitive nature and the pressure to perform as a runner lead her to develop restrictive eating habits, anorexia, and engaging in excessive exercise. It wasn’t until she sought help from a dietitian and therapist that her unhealthy obsession with nutrition could begin to heal. That experience was the catalyst that set her on the path to re-evaluate how she ate and develop a healthy relationship with food and exercise. Now her story is what fuels her mission to remove the limiting beliefs and unproductive habits that men and women create around diets, exercise, body image, and worthiness.
December 9, 2019
Episode 86: Tessa Chesser on Longevity, Real Talk in Running, and Learning How to Reset
In this episode, Megan interviews Tessa Chesser, an ultra runner and adventurer who recently completed some big races. Tessa shares more about these, as well as how she keeps it real in relationships, career, and life. This one's an episode you don't want to miss! Tessa’s bio: Tessa describes herself as a full time superfood slinger, attempted full time adventurer, ex collegiate soccer player turned ultra runner thrill seeker who enjoys a good cup of coffee and solid conversations with passionate people. She says, “I really only two things well, consumer packaged goods and athletics. As a wee one, my pop had us watching all the Bruce Lee movies and working out together as a family in the living room. Today, I not only try and channel his passion, but also the passion of what being outside gives me. The connection with nature has the ability to nurture my soul during stressful, complicated, and happy times. I enjoy pushing the limits of the mind body and soul as we are complicated specimens. I don’t always know what that means, or how it all works, but eventually one day the light bulb goes off and it’s magical.” Questions we ask Tessa include: How did you get your start in running? You’ve had quite a YEAR! You conquered two new distances, 110k and a 100 miler, and made podiums for just about every race. Can you tell us a bit more about the process of training and racing these new distances? Now that it is off-season, how are you taking time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation? You’ve openly spoken about body image in running and amenorrhea, which have hit home for many of us. Would you mind speaking a bit more to this? In addition to some amazing trail adventures, you also have a pretty awesome job! Can you tell us more about the company you work for and work that you do? What is currently making you thrive / anything you’re psyched up about? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any final shout-outs?
December 2, 2019
Episode 84: Jamie King, Founder of Fit Approach, Flex and Flow, and an Ultra Running Mom
Jamie King is founder of the Fit Approach influencer community, and Flex & Flow, a yoga and fitness studio. Through her work, she creates and produces influencer and event strategies for brands like AfterShokz, Takeya, Ragnar Relay, and NOW Foods. Jamie is an athlete and yoga instructor who created the popular HIIT & Flo workout and leads advanced yoga and HIIT & Flow teacher trainings. Outside of work, Jamie is an ultra runner, handstand junkie, taco aficionado, travel and adventure lover, dog mom, and can often be found chilling in a park with her husband and son whose middle name happens to be Danger (seriously). Connect with Jamie on Instagram @jamiekingfit, and on her websites / Questions we ask Jamie include: Take us back to your early beginnings. How did you get your start in distance running? What has kept you going? You are the founder and owner of TWO companies! Fit Approach and Flex & Flow Yoga Studio. On your website, self-described as “a natural born hustler.” Has entrepreneurship always been in your blood? Give us a glimpse into the process of starting Fit Approach and a bit more about the work that you do. You just completed the Rio Del Lago 100-mile race… not your first 100 :) incredible!! Can you give us a race recap? What are your favorite foods / ways to fuel during an ultra such as a 100 mile race? Tell us a bit more about the process, both mentally and physically, to prepare for an ultra, such as a 100k or 100-mile race. Seems like there is a lot going on in your life! Avid runner, mom, business owner, yogi… What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with @jamiekingfit on IG, FB, website; @fitapproach; Flex & Flow Yoga in Portland, OR!
November 11, 2019
Episode 85: Post-Collegiate Marathon Training to an Olympic Qualifying Time and Coaching with Tavyn Lovitt
Tavyn's Bio: After Tavyn Lovitt ran for the University of Mississippi, she discovered that she was much stronger as a long distance runner. In the past few years, she coached herself to an Olympic Trials qualifying time at the Los Angeles Marathon in 2019. Tavyn currently resides in San Jose, CA where she loves to run with her Dalmatian, Louie, who never seems to get tired. She makes running a staple of her day as a form of meditation, an opportunity to enjoy nature, and an appreciation for moving her body! Her favorite post-race meals are chips and salsa or really spicy Pad Thai and her favorite band to run to it Matt and Kim.  In this episode, we discuss Tavyn's collegiate running experience, how she got into coaching, lessons she's learned along the way, and the process of self-coaching her way to an Olympic Qualifying Trial time in 2019.
October 29, 2019
Episode 83: Lucy Bartholomew on Ultra Running, Community, and Identity as More Than a Runner
Lucy Bartholomew began racing at age 15 as a way to spend time with her dad. Since this time, she has accomplished many great feats such as competing in the 6-day multi-stage race in the Simpson desert; being the world junior female sky running champion; and finishing in one of the top spots western states. After graduating high school, Lucy has made running and healthy living her life. She hopes that through sharing her journey she encourages people to challenge themselves and give life their all. Questions we ask Lucy include: Running began for you at age 15 as a way to spend time with your dad. Had you always known you wanted to run? Your first experience running an ultra was by accident. Tell us about that experience. Did you know right then and there that you wanted to run ultras? How do you approach your races both mentally and physically? A big part of SRC is embracing the idea that all body types are welcome in the sport. Having spoken openly about challenges with body image, how do you hope to redefine distance running for others? Has there ever been a time where you recognized that you needed space away from the running? What was this experience like? What has your identity become in the process... what did you replace with “being a runner”? What is currently making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any final shoutouts / sponsors / things to look out for? Connect with Lucy on Instagram @lucy_bartholomew or at
October 28, 2019
Episode 82: Grayson Murphy on Life Transitions, Trail Running, and Becoming a Hybrid Athlete for Saucony
Welcome back to the podcast, Grayson Murphy! We had Grayson on previously (on episode 41 and episode 19), and bring her back on to catch up with her on several recent life changes. These include switching from road to more trail running, becoming a hybrid athlete, moving from Arizona to Utah, and balancing life as a professional runner.  Follow Grayson @racin_grayson on Instagram Photo credit: Michael Scott, @urimiscott.
October 21, 2019
Episode 81: Dr. Riley Nickols from the McCallum Place Victory Program - Eating Disorder Treatment for Athletes
In this episode, we cover the Victory Program, a unique athlete eating disorder treatment center with the McCallum Place in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Riley Nickols joins us to share more about their program. Questions we ask Riley, include: How did you get your start in this field? How do you help athletes find identity outside of sport? What distinguishes The Victory Program from other eating disorder treatment centers? Can you provide the main differences between residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization? How does someone know which is right for them? This can be a rather controversial topic in the eating disorder world. How do you believe that the athlete’s performance concerns can be interwoven into the treatment process? And/or what does this look like at the McCallum Place Victory Program? What advice do you have for someone struggling with an eating disorder, or someone who knows a friend who is struggling? To find out more about The Victory Program, visit their website at:
October 14, 2019
Episode 80: Minisode with Elena on Self-Care and the 7 Day Self-Care Challenge
We know so many of you enjoy the monthly self-care calendars, so we wanted to change it up a little with a weekly challenge! As this new season approaches in life whether you are a student, parent, or working the energy of change surrounds us.  We dive a little deeper into what self-care is, the importance of adding it into your life, and how the 7 Day Self-Care Challenge can best serve you. One way to focus and spend a little time reconnecting with yourself is by intentionally setting time aside for yourself. This weekly self-care challenge focuses on themes for each day. As the intro in the worksheet states, maybe some of the themes are something you work on for a week or month. Find what works best for you.
September 23, 2019
Episode 79: FEM Power Protein Founder, Mallory Lefkowitz
In this episode, Kelsey interviews Mallory Lefkowitz, athlete and founder of FEM Power, a protein powder company. Use the code "SRC15" for 15% off!
September 16, 2019
Episode 78: Tedi Searle on Trail Running, Juggling Multiple Interests and Running as a Way of Life
In this episode, we chat with Tedi Searle, a trail runner, photographer, fitness enthusiast, and Endorphin Junkie!
September 9, 2019
Episode 77: Minisode with Megan on Overcoming Overwhelm and Life Priorities
A minisode with Megan on overcoming overwhelm, including a few tips to set boundaries, assess how you're spending your time, and re-evaluate life priorities.
August 26, 2019
Episode 76, Minisode with Kelsey: On Taking a Break From Running
In this first-ever minisode (10-15 minutes), Kelsey shares her experience with taking a break from running and how it has impacted her, as well as lessons we can all learn from taking a break or making any change in our lives, big or small. For more tips on taking a break from running, visit our website at or our Instagram @strongrunchicks.
August 18, 2019
Episode 74: Dr. Nicola Rinaldi, Author of "No Period, Now What?" on Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
Dr. Nicola Rinaldi has a PhD in biology from MIT. Since experiencing hypothalamic amenorrhea (missing periods) herself, Dr. Rinaldi has been on a mission to spread awareness of the condition and how to recover. In 2016 she published the book "No Period. Now What?", updated March of 2019 to be more Health At Every Size aligned. This book is a comprehensive resource that includes much of the medical and scientific research that underlies our current understanding of the triggers for amenorrhea, what steps to take for recovery, and treatments to use for recovery and pregnancy as needed. In addition, Dr. Rinaldi performed the largest survey to date of women who likewise experienced amenorrhea, and includes results from the survey answering many of the common questions women have, such as "How long will it take to recover?" "Will I be able to get pregnant?" and "Will I resume cycling after pregnancy?". Finally, the book includes Dr. Rinaldi's own story along with those of hundreds of other women, providing hope and reassurance to women following in their footsteps. Since publishing "No Period. Now What?" Dr. Rinaldi has been on a mission to spread awareness about hypothalamic amenorrhea and recovery, appearing as a guest on dozens of podcasts, attending and presenting at industry conferences, as well as continuing to participate in ongoing academic research studies. She now also works with clients on period recovery and getting pregnant.   Facebook support group:, getting pregnant support with me:
April 8, 2019
Episode 73: Sasha Wolff, Founder of Still I Run, on Mental Health Awareness
Spreading Mental Health Awareness is a mission SRC is passionate about and strives to do more of. In doing so, we are joined by Sasha Wolff, founder of "Still I Run," a community dedicated to running for mental health awareness.
March 25, 2019
Episode 72: Jennifer Kreatsoulas, Founder of Yoga for Eating Disorders
NEDA (National Eating Disorder Awareness) Week occurred recently. In honor of continuing the conversation, Elena interviews Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT and Founder of Yoga for Eating Disorders. You can find more information and connect with Jennifer at
March 18, 2019
Episode 71: Julia Robleski from Julia's Plate on Eating Disorder Recovery and Transitioning into Running in College
Julia is a freshman at Hope College in Michigan.  She’s been running cross country and track since 6th grade, and she loves it! She’s from Chicago, Illinois and She has a big extended family that she loves like crazy!  She loves running, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and doing ceramics. She began treatment for anorexia during her junior year of high school, and since then, she’s become incredibly passionate about using her experience to help others and prevent eating disorders from starting. She also runs a food Instagram and blog called Julia’s Plate that she started about 2 years ago, where she shares recipes, thoughts, and some really tasty treats!
February 25, 2019
Episode 70: A Call for Feedback from Megan, Founder of Strong Runner Chicks
Megan, founder of Strong Runner Chicks, checks in and provides a brief update on SRC Radio - where do we go from here? We invite you to share your thoughts, suggestions and feedback to or @strongrunchicks on Instagram.
February 11, 2019
Episode 69: Dr. Ellie Somers, Physical Therapist on Injury Recovery, Strength Training and Optimal Performance
Dr. Ellie Somers writes, “I AM AN ATHLETE, LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND A FIERCE ADVOCATE FOR BETTER CARE, PARTICULARLY FOR WOMEN. I am tired of the status quo and am actively seeking to defy gender limitations and biases in healthcare and fitness. My hope is to empower, foster autonomy and fearlessness, and to help people discover resilience in the healing process.” Ellie owns a business in Seattle, WA called Sisu Sports Performance & PT, where she focuses on work with female runners and athletes. Questions we ask Ellie include: How did your own athletic background and experience with injury lead to your choice to pursue a career in physical therapy? What are the main differences between an athletic trainer and physical therapist? You wrote a post titled “3 Common Pitfalls of Runners.” Can you share with us more about what these are and how to prevent / address them? What do you see as the most vital components to recovering from and preventing injury, particularly for female runners? (strength training, core work, recovery, nutrition, etc). General advice and words of wisdom for someone recovering from injury? What are some tips you would give someone interested in pursuing physical therapy? Connect with Ellie: Website: Instagram: @drelliesomers
January 28, 2019
Episode 68: Jacqueline Alnes on Writing Books, Running, Pursuing a PhD and Self-Care
Jacqueline Alnes (All-Nis) is a former Division I athlete who once ran a marathon around town as a way of celebrating her 25th birthday. As a PhD student, she studies Creative Nonfiction, teaches creative writing and composition courses at the university, and just finished her first book, a memoir about running and neurological issues, which is currently on submission with editors. When she’s not reading, writing, or running, she loves baking way too many cookies to share with friends, as you can see through her many #PhDough posts on Instagram. Visit her website at
January 20, 2019
Episode 67: Emily Infeld on Professional Running, Injuries, and Making a Fabulous Life!
In this episode, we interview Emily Infeld, an eight-time individual state champion in Ohio, a current Ohio 1600m state high school record holder, as well as a 2008 high school national champion in the mile. After graduating from high school, Emily attended Georgetown University where she was an 11-time All American with three NCAA runner-up finishes and one win in the indoor 3k. In addition to these extraordinary accomplishments, Emily has competed in the World XC Championships, won a world bronze medal in the 10k, competed in the 2016 Olympics, and in 2018, was the U.S. XC Champion. She has a cat named Boots, whom she adopted from the humane society in 2016 and shared with us that Boots is a snuggler and the softest cat! Emily has a fabulous boyfriend named Max and loves spending time in the kitchen together, in addition to going out to eat. In her spare time, Emily loves to read, cook, and listen to podcasts. We hope you enjoy this special episode as much as we did!
January 14, 2019
Episode 66: New Year's Intentions with Kelsey
Join Kelsey for a minisode as she shares some insightful and valuable advice on setting your New Year's intentions! Bonus: We're giving away a Grayson Murphy's RacinGrayson 2019 planner and running journal to ONE lucky listener! Enter our giveaway on Instagram and be sure to visit the review on our website for more tips on reaching your goals and setting intentions this year.
January 7, 2019
Episode 65: Sarah McMahon on 30 Days of Blogging, Feminism and Overcoming an ED
We interview Sarah McMahon on her blog, The Prosiest; what feminism is and how we can embrace it; her journey through an eating disorder; lessons learned; and more! Sarah McMahon is a fundraiser and Grants Manager for the American Red Cross in Orange County, CA. She graduated from Bradley University in 2016 with her Master's in English after earning Academic All-American accolades and a host of other less memorable awards. Sarah struggled with an eating disorder throughout her running career, and writes about her experiences in her blog called The Prosiest. After moving from Chicago to California, she was introduced to trail running and has a goal to complete a 50 mile trail race next summer. Background on Sarah and more information for listeners:
December 31, 2018
Episode 64: Megan Medrano of Run Whole Nutrition on Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and Navigating Diet Culture During the Holidays
Megan Medrano, RD, LD is an eating disorder and sports dietitian based out of Lexington, KY. As a runner herself, she is passionate about helping athletes and non-athletes alike cultivate a peaceful and enjoyable relationship with food and their body. She utilizes principles of intuitive eating and Health At Every Size into her sports nutrition education in order to help athletes find a pattern of eating that genuinely helps them feel their best, without engaging in restrictive or unhelpful behaviors. Megan is the owner of her private practice Run Whole Nutrition, where she sees clients both in-person in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as virtually all over the country.
December 23, 2018
Episode 63: Minisode with Megan and Kelsey on SRC Proudest Moments and Future Directions
Join Kelsey and Megan for our first "minisode" of SRC, where we answer a few listener questions, including proudest moments of 2018 both individually and for Strong Runner Chicks, as well as future directions for the SRC community! Remember to complete the challenge by sending us a DM or email with your proudest moment of 2018, for the chance to be featured on our website!
December 17, 2018
Episode 62: Kait Hurley on Movement, Meditation and Yoga
Join Kelsey and Elena (our guest co-host this week!) as they interview Kait Hurley, founder of the Move + Meditate Method.
December 10, 2018
Episode 61: Rachel Schilkowsky on Running with a Full-Time Job, Body Image, and Overcoming Self-Doubt
Introduction / Bio: Rachel Schilkowsky (née Sorna) has been running competitively for 10 years. After a successful senior year of high school which culminated in a 3rd place finish at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in the 2000m Steeplechase, she began her collegiate career at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she earned a total of five All-American honors, including two 4th place finishes in the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2013 and 2014 Division 1 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Since graduating, Rachel has transitioned primarily to road racing where she has found great success, particularly over the longer distances. She won the Hartford Marathon - her debut at the distance - in October of 2018 with a time of 2:41:03. That performance earned her a spot on the line at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Georgia. In March of that same year she set a personal best of 1:15:52 in the half marathon. She is a member of the USATF club, New England Distance, and is professionally sponsored by rabbit running apparel and Topo Athletic running shoes. When she wasn’t busy training or racing at Cornell, Rachel was hard at work earning first a Bachelors in Biological Engineering and then a masters in Mechanical Engineering, also from Cornell. Upon graduating in December 2014, she started her career as technical consultant at a medical devices consulting firm in Boston, MA.
December 3, 2018
Episode 60: Sammy George of Raleigh Distance Project on Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Pursuing Big Goals
We bring on Sammy George, runner with Raleigh Distance Project, to discuss her time running in college, post-collegiate running experience, overcoming an eating disorder, pursuing a health coaching career path and goal of qualifying for the 2020 US Olympic trials in the 5k.
November 26, 2018
Episode 59: Mental Health versus Mental Toughness with Adrienne Langelier and Erin Haugen
Join licensed counselors and sports psychologists Adrienne Langelier and Erin Haugen as we discuss all things mentality including if you can struggle with mental health and still be mentally tough, handling mental challenges in running and tips on how to optimize your mental wellbeing. This is a valuable episode you with some incredible takeaways.
November 19, 2018
Episode 58: Kaitlin Goodman, BAA Runner, Public Health Professional and Coach at Running Joyfully
Kaitlin Gregg Goodman is a pro distance runner, public health professional and running coach. Currently she is running for Boston Athletic Association HIgh Performance Team and coaches runners at her run coaching business, Running Joyfully. We ask Kaitlin about her experience as a runner, including lessons learned and balancing running with life!
November 12, 2018
Episode 57: Elle Purrier, Pro Runner for New Balance, on Work Ethic, Team Dynamic and Post-Collegiate Running
You may have heard of Elle Purrier as one of the best athletes in University of New Hampshire history. She competed in the steeplechase and is now running professionally for New Balance. In this interview, we ask about her experience getting into running, keys to success in college and discuss her plans for big goals ahead. Elle is certainly a strong runner chick and we hope you find some value by learning through her experiences!
November 5, 2018
Episode 56: Simi Botic on Breaking Up with Perfection
Simi Botic is a coach, speaker, and the author of Letting Go Of Leo: How I Broke Up With Perfection. Through her work, she helps women all over the world ditch perfection, heal their relationships with food and body, and embrace their beautifully imperfect lives. Learn more at
October 29, 2018
Episode 55: Mary Johnson, Running Coach at Lift, Run, Perform
Mary Johnson, avid runner, running coach and founder of Lift, Run, Perform, joins us to discuss a variety of topics including her running journey to Oiselle, eating disorder experience and advocacy, what working with a running coach is like and the importance of lifting for runners.
October 22, 2018
Episode 54: Colleen Quigley AKA "Steeple Squigs" on Life as a Professional Runner, Fast Braid Fridays and More!
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Colleen Quigley is a current Nike and Bowerman Track Club team member whom she signed with after her incredible career at Florida State University. While at Florida State, Colleen won the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during her senior year. She totaled nine NCAA All-American honors between cross country and track & field and broke multiple school records. Colleen graduated from Florida State in 2015 completing her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a 3.94 GPA within the honors program. Outside of Track & Field, Colleen worked as a helpline volunteer for the National Eating Disorders Association during the summer of 2014, and worked for Glamour Magazine as an intern for the booking editor during the summer of 2012. Quigley was also a model for Wilhelmina Models from 2007-11, and worked in New York, London, the Bahamas, Amsterdam and the Turks and Caicos Islands for such clients as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Prescriptives, Escada, Fornarina, Simons and Glamour Magazine.
October 15, 2018
Episode 53: Emma Zimmerman on Social Justice and Defining Your Path Beyond College
Emma is a distance-runner, writer, and activist who explores the intersection between agriculture and social justice. She recently graduated from Grinnell College, where she majored in Political Science and Environmental Studies and ran four years of Cross Country and Track and Field. Currently, Emma is conducting a year-long research and writing project, traveling around the western United States, and collecting stories from women in agriculture, with a particular focus on immigrant women. Aside from running, writing, and social justice, Emma enjoys getting lost in the woods, dogs with human names, and smashed bananas covered in peanut butter.
October 8, 2018
Episode 52: Lauren Floris, The Foodie Runner on Running as a Mom and Coach
Lauren Floris is a wife, mother, cross country coach, and runner living in sunny Southern California. She currently runs for rabbitELITE and 361 degrees. Her two biggest passions in life are running and motherhood. Lauren strives to be an example to other women that they don't have to give up their running (or general fitness) goals once they become mothers. Last December, Lauren ran her fourth marathon, the California International Marathon, ran a 22 minute PR and qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Currently pregnant with her second daughter, due in January 2019, Lauren loves to spend time with her family, enjoying good food, and writing on her blog The Foodie Runner. Follow Lauren on Instagram @TheFoodieRunner and check out her blog at!
October 1, 2018
Episode 51: Andie Cozzarelli on Post-Collegiate Running, Olympic Trials Goals and the Road to Success
Former engineer turned real estate appraiser, Andie is a semi-professional distance runner for Oiselle (Haute Volee Elite Athlete), Jasyoga, InsideTracker, Generation UCAN, and the newly formed Raleigh Distance Project. Prior to beginning her post-collegiate career, Andie graduated from North Carolina State University where she was a 2x10k All-American with multiple All-ACC performances. In 2015, Andie set big PR’s in the half marathon (1:12:50) to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Trials Marathon. In 2016 she also won her debut marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon in a time of 2:38:47. Last year she made a big career change to further pursue her passion for running and her stewardship within the Raleigh running community. The road to success has not always been a smooth ride. The ups and downs of being a distance runner have helped shape Andie into the strong athlete she is today. In the fall, Andie will be back racing the Indy Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis. Her big goal is to snag the A-Standard for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon. Beyond her own personal running goals, Andie seeks to continue growing the Raleigh Distance Project and further the support of women chasing big goals. She is an avid gluten-free baker/chef with an emphasis on fueling the body right!
September 24, 2018
Episode 50: Q&A with Kelsey Varzeas, SRC Radio Co-Host
We celebrate our 50th episode with Kelsey Varzeas, your SRC Radio co-host!  Kelsey is an Ed.M., runner, yoga enthusiast, and lover of Mother Nature. She recently accepted a job with Amherst College Athletics as the program coordinator for Amherst LEADS. A program dedicated to giving life skills and leadership development to student-athletes. When not in the office, you can find Kelsey on her yoga mat, running wherever her legs take her, with her nose in a book, or in the kitchen…possibly eating whole avocados, spoonfuls of nut butter, lots of fruits and veggies, and creating recipes. Kelsey is fairly new to both running and yoga, but has had some amazing experiences in both activities. From running and qualifying for the Boston Marathon, to teaching individuals with disabilities to enhance their yoga practice, Kelsey loves any opportunity to connect with others and bring positive change to the world. Megan apologizes for the audio quality on her end in this one. We hope that doesn't deter you from this wonderful chat with Kelsey!
September 17, 2018
Episode 49: Heather Caplan, Registered Dietitian and Co-Founder of Lane 9 Project
We chat with Heather Caplan, Registered Dietitian and co-founder of Lane 9 Project, an up-and-coming nonprofit organization dedicated to discussing topics such as eating disorders and amenorrhea in female athletes and active women.
September 10, 2018
Episode 48: Elena Lancioni on Graduate School, Transitions and Keeping Self-Care a Priority
Join Elena, Kelsey and Megan as they chat about Elena's graduation from collegiate running, her recent Europe backpacking adventure, moving to a new place to start graduate school, her role as a Perfect Bar ambassador with SRC, what's next for the SRC Self-Care calendar, tips on maintaining a positive outlook on life and more!
September 3, 2018
Episode 47: Allie and Michaela Hackett: On Life as Twins and Next Steps After Collegiate Running
Allie and Michaela Hackett join us to chat about life as twins, their life as collegiate runners at Abilene Christian University and post-collegiate plans! Learn more about the Hackett sisters at:
August 27, 2018
Episode 46: Catrina McAlister on Big Goals, Bravery and Nonconformity
After being kicked off her high school track team for wanting to practice with the boys, Catrina McAlister went on to accept a scholarship to run for the University of Colorado at Boulder. A California native, Catrina acclimated to the Colorado environment, but was sidelined during her undergraduate career with an unfortunate series of injuries that left her feeling defeated and doubting herself. Nevertheless, she graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in English in 2015. Catrina decided to take some time off to heal and refocus. She is currently running for Team Run With Us and has her sights set on making it to the Olympic Trials. Catrina admits, that her goals are big, but she hopes to inspire others to chase their own purpose and passions in life, to fail often, and to be brave.   Follow Catrina @cat_mcalli or with her mom @thegeneteam
August 20, 2018
Episode 45: Shawanna White, PeachTreeRunner26.2, on Pursuing Big Goals and Olympic Marathon Dreams
Shawanna White is a 2004 graduate of University of West Georgia, where she participated on the West Georgia Women’s Cross-Country & Track teams. At UWG, she made all-conference all four years and placed 2nd in the Gulf South Conference for XC. Since leaving West Georgia, Shawanna has continued to compete in running events ranging from the 1 mile up to the marathon. She was named 2016 & 2017 USATF South Carolina Road Runner of The Year . She is a sponsored athlete for Skechers Performance Team and is currently coach by Orinthal Striggles (Coach O) former SC Runner of year in 2004 & 2009. In 2016, Shawanna was the covered model for Pace Magazine. Being the 7th African- American woman to run sub 3 hours for the marathon, she aspires to qualify for the 2020 USA Olympic Marathon Trials. When Shawanna is not training or racing she is working full-time as a physical/health teacher at Saint Matthews K-8 in St. Matthews, SC. You can follow her on Instagram @ PeachTreeRunner26.2!
August 13, 2018
Episode 44: Alexis Fairbanks, Co-Founder of Lane 9 Project
Meet co-founder of Lane 9 Project, Alexis Fairbanks! Alexis is a teacher and run coach. She also has a strong passion for health and received her master’s degree in Health Promotion Management from American University. Alexis was a collegiate runner and continues to chase big goals at the half marathon and marathon distances. Her perfect day is a morning run, followed by plenty of coffee and cuddles from her giant lap dog, Troy. Show links:
August 6, 2018
Episode 43: Ellie Abrahamson on Life as a Professional Triathlete and Runner
In this episode, we interview Ellie Abrahamson, professional triathlete turning into professional runner! Ellie Abrahamson attended Wake Forest University, where she studied Business Management and ran D1 cross country and track. Ellie improved significantly on the track during her final outdoor season, posting PRs of 16:01 for the 5k and 9:56 for the 3k steeple. She received First-Team All-America honors after finishing in 7th place at the 2017 NCAA D1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, her final race as a Deac. Rather than continuing with running after college, Ellie joined USA Triathlons Collegiate Recruitment Program, which provided her with funding to train for Olympic distance triathlon full-time. While Ellie enjoyed the challenge of training for a new sport, she recently left triathlon to pursue what she loves most - running. She hopes to compete in the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and marathon at the professional level. When Ellie isn’t running, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, taking photos with friends, working on her next YouTube video or hanging out with family.
July 30, 2018
Episode 42: Part Two with Maggie Head on Weight Stigma, Body Image and Speaking Out on Eating Disorder Awareness
We're bringing Maggie Head back on the show to discuss what she's been up to lately, her experience at the SRC Retreat, recent research in the field of body image, weight stigma and eating disorders and tips on how we can speak out on these topics. We hope you enjoy the show as usual, and please be sure to leave us a quick five-star review if you did!
July 23, 2018
Episode 41: Grayson Murphy on Exciting News, Future Plans and NCAA Steeplechase Championships
We're bringing Grayson Murphy back on the show to chat about exciting news (hint: she's running professionally!), future plans beyond college, NCAA National Championships in the steeplechase and lessons learned along the way. Enjoy the show, and like always, be sure to leave us a review if you enjoy the podcast!
July 16, 2018
Episode 40: Steph Yoder on Life Coaching, Bravery Through Transition and Finding Identity
Steph is a Certified Life Coach who is passionate about helping others live self-aware, confident, and purposeful lives. She enjoys providing the space for people to adventure and express their unique voice boldly. Through her holistic coaching business, Braveroot, she meets one-on-one with clients seeking stability and clarity to provide process-coaching, as well as creates workshops for small groups around a variety of topics, including self-care, "stuck" areas, and values discovery. In her free time, Steph enjoys rock climbing and camping!
July 9, 2018
Episode 39: Samantha Calderon and Ashley Mena on Post-Collegiate Running, the Marathon and Pursuing the Olympic Trials
In this episode, we interview Ashley Mena and Samantha Calderon, runners for Run Boulder Athletic Club, coached by Kathy Butler. We interview them on life after college in Boulder, CO, life of professional runners, pursuing the Olympic Trials in the Marathon, and much more. Enjoy this episode and if you liked it, be sure to leave a review!
July 2, 2018
Episode 38: Sara Brekke on Body Image, Eating Disorders, Mental Health and More
Introduction: Sara Brekke, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, recently attended the Strong Runner Chicks Retreat. Majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology Sara hopes to pursue a career in research to help further the understanding of mental illness. She hopes to specialize in eating disorders and other anxiety disorders. Sara loves all things science, enjoys drawing, painting, designing her own clothes, and has an intense appreciation for funky socks.  She is a lifelong runner who has benefited greatly by learning what running can do for mental health. Running has also allowed Sara to explore the world and connect with other people like nothing else can. Sara’s current goal is to eventually break three hours in the marathon.  Questions we ask Sara include: How did you get your start in running? Recently you attended the SRC Retreat: What was/were the reason(s) you attended the retreat? What was this experience like for you?  Did you have any major takeaways from the presenters? If so, who and what?   In speaking with you, you shared with me that you have a history of an eating disorder. Would you mind elaborating on this further?     How has your eating disorder and experience at the SRC Retreat changed your mindset regarding your future career plans?   It was a decision of yours not to run for a team in college. Why did you decide to make this decision? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Brekke.sara (insta), Sara Brekke (FB),
June 25, 2018
Episode 37: Megan and Kelsey Recap the First-Ever SRC Retreat 2018
Did you miss the Strong Runner Chick Retreat? No worries, we've got you covered! In this episode, Kelsey interviews Megan on the first-ever SRC Retreat of 2018, held just outside of Boulder, Colorado. With 20 incredible women and 10 amazing speakers, this was a memorable event and a major highlight of Strong Runner Chicks thus far. Megan and Kelsey recap the three days and discuss next steps for the future of SRC.
June 18, 2018
Episode 36: Becky Wade on Run the World
Join professional runner, Becky Wade, and Kelsey as they discuss Becky's recent book, "Run the World," which shares her running journey around the globe, and so much more! Questions we ask Becky include: How did you get your start in running? You received the Watson Fellowship from Rice University in 2012. Would you mind telling us more about this fellowship? What did it mean to you to receive this award? Upon receiving this award, did you know what you wanted to do in your yearlong time period? Tell us about your experience traveling around the world logging more than 3,500 miles. You visited nine different countries during this time. Do you have a favorite? What did you notice about running in different cultures around the world? Anything similar or different that the United States? You are a self-proclaimed foodie. What were some of your favorite foods you tried on this trip? Any concerns about fueling your body while traveling and running so much (especially with foreign foods)? Upon arriving back to the United States, when did you decide it was time to write a book about your experience or did you have this in the back of your head while on the fellowship? Do you plan on writing any other books? Any races on the horizon? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can our listeners connect with you?
June 11, 2018
Episode 35: Dani Moreno on Trail Running and Challenging the Appearance of a Runner
Dani Moreno is a professional trail runner sponsored by shoe company Hoka One One, as well as a female run apparel brand named rabbit. She was a member of the USA Long Distance Mountain team last year and will be trying to earn a spot on the USA Short Distance Mountain Team this year. She currently trains and resides in Santa Barbara, CA. She was also won the XTERRA world trail championships last year. Her first race this year will be at the GO PRO mountain games in Vail! Questions we ask Dani include: How did you get your start in distance running? You mention that it was “everything outside those PR’s” that made your time in college memorable. Can you elaborate further on that? What was the transition like to post-collegiate running? What drew you to trail running? How was that transition? You wrote a powerful blog post about looking like a “true runner.” Can you elaborate further on your intention behind writing this post? In your eyes, what does it mean to be a true runner? What is currently making you thrive in life? What does “a day in the life of Dani” look like? Sounds like The GoPro Mountain Games will be fun!! What is in store for you at that race? What can runners expect? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Any final shout-outs (sponsors, etc.)
June 4, 2018
Episode 34: Emma Abrahamson from One Crazed Foodie on Everything Georgia
We're bringing Emma Abrahamson back with a Part Two! In this episode, we discuss her decision to "retire" from her running career at University of Oregon, graduation onto her exciting new job, big move to Georgia, training for the Georgia Peachtree 10k and what's next in store for One Crazed Foodie.
May 28, 2018
Episode 33: Rachel Peter on Collegiate Running and Overcoming Obstacles
Rachel Peter has a pretty amazing story. She was diagnosed with a tumor in her patella and has worked hard to battle through it, using friends and family for support, while also pursuing collegiate running. In this episode, you will learn more about Rachel and how she overcame this obstacle. Photo credit to Bell Lap Photography.
May 21, 2018
Episode 32: Miranda DiBiasio on Finding the Silver Lining of injury and Strength
Miranda DiBiasio is a senior NCAA runner at George Washington University originally from Cleveland, Ohio, a SRC ambassador and contributor and an all-around amazing person. Miranda, welcome to the show! Questions we ask Miranda include: How did you get your start in running? What has your collegiate experience been like, both on the running side and academically? You’ve handled some pretty challenging injuries, as mentioned in your SRC post, “Finding the Silver Lining.” What has this process been like for you? Any advice for SRC listeners who are going through injury? “There are two mantras that really helped me through my injury. They were: “control the controllables” and “this too shall pass.” Anytime I found myself worrying about things that I could not control or getting upset about my injury, I would remind myself of these words.” What is currently making you thrive? Future direction post-graduation? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? As a contributor for SRC, you started up our Workout Wednesday series on stretching, injury prevention exercises and strength training. Why would you say these are important components to our training and what are the most common misconceptions runners have about them? A few strength exercises every runner should integrate into their routine?
May 14, 2018
Episode 31: Rachael Reddy on Mental Health and Overcoming Obstacles in Collegiate Running
Rachael Reddy is studying Nutrition and Psychology at The University of Alabama. ​She runs​ cross country and track at Alabama and ​has made All SEC teams for cross country and track, as well as regionals (still with the goal to make a national meet). ​Rachael​ competed for USA at the Junior Pan Americas and brought home a gold medal in the 5k. ​ She is passionate about creating healthy recipes, volunteering with kids, writing letters for others, and of course running! Questions we ask Rachael include: How did you get your start in running? In high school you transformed from a soccer player to a runner. What drew you into running rather than soccer? Due to your success, you were able to attend your dream school, the University of Texas. What was the recruitment process like? What did you major in? How did you know Texas was the right school for you? Upon arrive to the University of Texas, you spoke with your coach about your eating disorder. What was this conversation like? How did you gain the confidence to speak with him? Instead of spending your first semester of college at the university, you took a leave of absence and went to The Victory Program. What were some events that led you to seek recovery in The Victory Program? What was your time like here? What was the most valuable thing you gained or learned? What was it like when you were “forced” to transfer to the University of Alabama? Throughout your collegiate career you suffered an incredible amount of injuries...hamstring tear, mono, sacral stress reaction, Iliac crest avulsion fractures, IT band syndrome, and currently an Achilles tear. What was this like emotionally and physically for you? What were some of the aspects of this time that “kept you going”? Did you ever consider giving up your running career? How has the rehabilitation process for your Achilles tear been? A quote you mention in the piece you wrote for the SRC website is, “May the comeback be greater than the setback.” What do you envision for your comeback? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can our listeners connect with you?
May 7, 2018
Episode 30: Kaitlin Wheeler, Chasing Bravery on Social Change
Meet Kaitlin Wheeler, podcast host at Chasing Bravery! In this interview, we discuss creating social change, cultivating connection, working through imposter syndrome, and what it's been like to start and host her podcast, Chasing Bravery. Introduction: Kaitlin, also known as Kait, is 24 years old and is currently in graduate school working towards her Master’s in Social Work. She will be starting Law School after completing her Master’s degree. Kait is hoping to use her combined degrees to influence social change on the policy level for the Indigenous tribes of North America. Kaitlin is also the founder of a podcast titled, “Chasing Bravery.” Kaitlin, welcome to the show! Questions we ask Kaitlin include: How did you get your start in running? What was it like as an intern on the Cheyenne River Reservation? Was running a part of the Cheyenne culture? Tell us how you came to the idea of Chasing Bravery. What was the experience of starting the Chasing Bravery Podcast like? On your website you write, “It is remarkable how different we all are, yet how much comfort can be found in the commonalities we share with others.” What are some of the commonalities that you have noticed? What does being a Strong and Brave Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you?
April 30, 2018
Episode 29: Lauren Ross, Registered Dietitian
This week we interview Lauren Ross, a Registered Dietitian, MPH student, Health Improvement Strategist and avid trail runner! Lauren was born and raised in Wilbraham, MA. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition from The University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where an awesome campus dining experience grew her love of eating a nutritious diet full of fresh, local foods into more than just an interest. She went on to complete her dietetic internship with a community nutrition focus at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lauren works with the executive chefs to implement healthy food options into the menus, counsels students, faculty, and staff, and develops programming to help you learn to love eating healthy too! Questions we ask Lauren include: How did you get your start in running? What was your desire to become a Registered Dietitian? You mentioned that RDs have a set of uniques skills that are completely underutilized. What are some of these skills? Noticed you are finishing your MPH - curious to hear more about your interest in pursuing that degree? Like Megan, you are also now a Houstonian! Differences from New England? How have you gotten involved in the Houston running community? It seems like a major focus of yours is a non-diet approach to healthy eating. Would you mind speaking about this further? Any general advice for fueling an active individual? What does the interplay of running and fueling mean to you in your own life? Next race? What is in the future for Lauren Ross? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
April 23, 2018
Episode 28: Nikki Hiltz, All-American NCAA Collegiate Runner
Nikki Hiltz is an All-American 1500m runner for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks with an inspiring story. She transferred colleges and has made quite a name for herself in the collegiate running world. In this interview, we dive deeper into her running career, decision to transfer, personal life and future goals. We hope you enjoy this episode and if you do, please be sure to leave us a review! Questions we ask Nikki include: Would you mind telling us about yourself and how did you get your start in running? What has your collegiate experience been like, both on the running side and academically? You transferred from Oregon to Arkansas. What was the decision like to transfer? Why did you decide to make this move? We had a SRC Community member write to us saying that you are a role model of hers, not only due to your superb running, but because as far as she is aware you are the only openly lesbian runner in the NCAA. Would you be open to speaking further about this experience? Have you faced any scrutiny or criticisms? If so, how did you stay mentally strong? What would you say to runners who are nervous about coming out with their teammates or community? After facing back-to-back years with injuries you mention that, “it was all about patience, and I think that the experience was ultimately good for me. I grew a lot as a runner and as a person. I found myself.” How would you say that you “found yourself” during this process? Who were some of your role models growing up and/or now that inspire you? For listeners who don’t know, what is your favorite event? Any standout or breakthrough performances that have shaped you as a runner? Future direction for next year / running post-collegiately? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
April 16, 2018
Episode 27: Hannah Meier, Intuitive Eating RD/LDN
Tune into our episode with RD/LDN Hannah Meier, a Registered Dietitian, avid runner and all-around inspiring indvidual! We discuss in-depth about intutitive eating, body image and nutrition, including fueling strategies and struggles as a runner. This is a must-listen episode, featuring a Part 1 and Part 2! Some facts about Hannah: She grew up in Minnesota and went to college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied dietetics and psychology. Hannah moved to Boston after graduating to complete her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital​. She is currently finishing up her graduate degree in nutrition communication, interventions and behavior change at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. She loves long distance running - has completed 4 half marathons and one full marathon (NYC 2016) but is not stopping there. Hannah uses her understanding of nutrition science and the psychological implications of eating to empower others to reject diet culture and unhealthy body ideals and approach personalized health from a holistic perspective that is realistic, attainable and sustainable. She is an advocate for intuitive eating, health at every size, eating disorder prevention and treatment, and moderation in moderation. Questions we ask Hannah include: How did you get your start in running? What was your desire behind becoming an RD/LDN? What are some of the things that people should be aware of? When we met back in June, you were taking a bit of time off from running. Would you elaborate further on this? You work closely with the Lane 9 Project. Tell us a bit more about this initiative and your reasoning behind being a part of it. Currently you are pursuing your Master’s Degree in Nutrition Communication and Behavior Change at Tufts University. What does your current research entail? While at Tufts you worked as a Sports Performance Nutritionist for undergraduate athletes. What were some of the common trends and themes you noticed with these athletes (can be positive or negative)? What advice do you have for collegiate athletes and fueling strategies? In your IG bio, you mention you are “pro-intuition”...How does tuning into your eating transfer over to your daily life? Anything new and exciting in the life of Hannah? What is making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
April 9, 2018
Episode 26: Lindsay Walter on Alopecia and Running
Lindsay Walter is a Health Educator, runner and Children’s Alopecia Project Representative located in Charlotte, NC. She loves inspiring others to go after all of their dreams & show the real meaning of beauty while educating on Alopecia. Questions we ask Lindsay include: How did you get your start in running? At age two your hair began falling out. Do you remember this time? As you grew up, you wrote that you noticed you were different and didn't feel worthy of love, happiness, or joy. What was this like for you? It seems as though movement and being an athlete was a great outlet for you! Tell us about your experience with basketball and how that transitioned into running. What was it like for you to run races all over the country? What was the transition like from running wearing your wig to gaining the confidence to take it off? You are a fellow Oiselle runner, but enjoy to run on your own. What was your decision to join this community and how has this been for you? ran 27 marathons before you turned 27...INCREDIBLE!!! What are some of your best memories from these races? Favorite/least favorite races? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? What advice do you have for runners who may feel as though they are “different” that others in the running community? Anything new or exciting in your future? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self?
April 2, 2018
Episode 25: Adrienne Langlier on Sports Psychology and Mental Training
Tune into Kelsey and Adrienne Langlier, MA, LPC and Sports Psychologist, where we discuss the mental aspect of training and sports performance, handling mental burnout and techniques to improve your mindset in running. Adrienne began her work as a sport psychology consultant and counselor shortly after obtaining her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology; pairing her background as a lifelong athlete with a passion for helping others become their best and strongest selves. Adrienne’s work is designed around the individual athlete’s unique needs, goals, and style; using a number of techniques to enhance performance and work through any difficulties an athlete or team may be facing. She is passionate about helping the athlete not only perform better, but develop lasting skills that generalize to all areas of life. She now calls The Woodlands, TX home and has served as an adjunct professor in the Kinesiology Department at Sam Houston State University.   A passionate runner, Adrienne regularly trains and competes when not working with athletes and is a two-time Local Elite Athlete for the Chevron and Aramco Houston Half Marathon in addition to being a multiple-time qualifier for the Boston Marathon and USA Triathlon (USAT) Age Group National Championships. She currently runs for the Houston Harriers racing team. When not working with athletes or competing, she can often be found volunteering in the local athletic community.  Questions: How did you get your start in running? During graduate school you became more “serious of a runner.” What does being a serious runner mean to you? And what was this experience like? How do you find racing and training connect you with others? Please tell us about how you got into the field of sport and performance psychology. Everyone is unique, but do you find that there are some overarching techniques that most athletes can use? If so, what are they? You mention that you love doing imagery and relaxation with your clients. Would you mind describing these tools to our listeners? What are some of the benefits of working with a sport psychology consultant? How does sport and performance psychology help outside of sport? How can I deal with mental burnout?  What is currently making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can readers/listeners connect with you?
March 26, 2018
Episode 24: Ann Mazur of Runners Love Yoga
We interview Ann Mazur, founder of Runner's Love Yoga! Ann is a 200 hour ERYT with Yoga Alliance. She is also a serious runner, who specialized in the 5k/10k while running for the University of Notre Dame.  Ann earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia in 2014. While in her graduate program, she taught more than 570 yoga classes while continuing to run and race.  She believes her training and background in English literature helps her communicate more effectively as a yoga teacher. Ann is very happy to be able to pursue both a career in academia and her goal of bringing more yoga to the running community!  Questions we ask Ann include: How did you get your start in running? You specialize in the 5k and 10k, but have also dabbled in some half and full marathons. Do you have a favorite distance? In your marathon training you are a fan of low mileage? What is your reasoning behind this? Going back to college (for our many listeners who are currently competing in college), what was your collegiate running experience like? Congrats on earning your PhD in English! Would you mind telling us why you decided to pursue this degree? How do you find that yoga and running are intertwined? What are your recommendations for runners who want to begin to incorporate yoga into their training? (already kind of asked this)... Favorite poses? What was your desire behind creating Runners Love Yoga? Can you further elaborate on RLY and what it is (for those who don’t know)? Where do you envision RLY heading in the future? What is currently making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner / Yoga Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Links Mentioned: IG: @runnersloveyoga Discount codes: Apparel and DVD shop: SRC15 for 15% off! Streamable yoga workouts: SRC15 will get you 15% off the most recent yoga bundle: “Lengthen and Strengthen Legs + Core and More Yoga”
March 19, 2018
Episode 23: Ashley Jensen of 2FabFitChicks on Longevity in the Sport, Self-Doubt, Dreaming Big
In this episode with the other half of 2FabFitChicks, Ashley Jensen, we dive into her collegiate running experience, balancing training with hard work weeks, longevity in the sport, overcoming self-doubt and dreaming big. Ashley Jensen is a former Division I runner for Providence College and the University of Southern California. She is currently working with coach Ray Tracey, has won six trail races this past fall and set two course records. Her greatest running achievement to date was placing 5th at the 2015 Xterra World Championships 21k.  Questions we ask Ashley include: How did you get your start in running? You ran cross country and track at both Providence College and the University of Southern California. What was this experience like? What did you major in? What was your transition from high school to college like? When did you know you need a break from running? When did you know when you were ready to come back? Your events included the steeplechase, 5k and 10k. I am wondering if you would mind expanding on the steeplechase. We haven’t had many others on the podcast aside from Megan! In talking about steeplechase and Xterra races, what would you say draws you to these races? Now that you are no longer running in college you have had the opportunity to run a variety of different races. Do you have a favorite distance, race or event? How do you balance 80+ weeks with your full-time job? What has been your biggest lesson in running? What does the future of 2fabfitchicks hold? Next race? What is currently making you thrive? What would you achieve your longevity in this sport to? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick/fabfit chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Memorable quotes/themes: Believing in yourself Handling self-doubt: “Put the [doubt] demons to bed… you’ve put the work in, you’ve hit the long runs, you’ve had the buildup… it’s about believing you belong there.”  Dreaming big and setting reach goals: “Don’t limit yourself. You still can hit those PR’s and the opportunities can still keep coming.” Keys to longevity in the sport: fueling your body (food), sleep, knowing when to take a break and always being honest with your coach.
March 12, 2018
Episode 22: Gina Lucrezi, Founder of Trail Sisters
We interview Gina Lucrezi, founder of a women's online running community called Trail Sisters! Gina’s roots stem from short distances on the track, but after a few wild jaunts on the trails she was convinced to trade in her beloved speedy flat asphalt for rugged desolate mountain terrain. Her proudest achievements include a 5th place finish at the highly competitive CCC 100k, completing the Western States Endurance Run (100 miles), winning a USA Track & Field 10k Trail Champion title, and being awarded a 10 time NC-double A All-American while in college (including one NCAA National Title). Off the trail, Gina has spent 10 years working in the outdoor industry with a focus in the marketing arena. Gina's athletic and work experiences were the reason she was compelled to start a women's trail running online journal:! Questions we ask Gina include: How did you get your start in running? What was the transition like from running on the track to the trails? What are some main differences between road running and trail running? What advice do you have for strength training to avoid injuries while trail running? Have you worked through injuries in your career? Tell us about your experience running the Western States Endurance run! Do you train for most of these races alone? What role does community play in training? How did you create Trail Sisters and what was your mission behind this? Take us back to when you first started… Listener question from Chelsie: First off, she wants to say a giant thank you for all the work you’ve done! Chelsie says, “As a female runner just getting into trail running, Trail Sisters is everything to me.” She is also curious: is Trail Sisters different now from how you envisioned it to be? Anything new and exciting in your life currently? What’s making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick / Trail Sister mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Special thanks to InsideTracker, a biomarker performance testing system and one of our SRC Retreat sponsors. Use the code "SRC" for 10% off your first test!
March 5, 2018
Episode 21: Hannah Frazee on Eating Disorder Recovery
This week we bring you a special NEDA episode in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, featuring Hannah Frazee, a former NCAA distance runner who shares her honest and transparent story of her eating disorder, seeking treatment and the process towards recovery. Bio: Hannah began her love of running at ten years old and admits that it was love at first run, or post race party. She participated in cross country and track in middle school and high school and was offered a scholarship to run at the University of Northern Iowa. Hannah ran cross country during the start of her freshman year; however after treatment for eating disorder, came to the realization that it would be best for her to pursue other fitness opportunities. Hannah still runs for fun, and has begun to find the fun in running again without having the pressure of running at the Division 1 level. Questions we ask Hannah include: How did you get your start in running? What was your running experience like in middle and high school? Would you mind telling us about your transition into collegiate running? You wrote a very honest piece for SRC titled, “55 Rules that were Meant to be Broken.” What was your inspiration behind writing this piece? Based on this feature, it seems as though running and your eating disorder consumed you life. How did you know it was time to seek help? You have been working though recovery at the Victory Program. What has this process been like for you? What changes have you seen in yourself? What’s new and exciting in the life of Hannah? What is making your thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Find out more information at and help spread awareness with hashtag #NEDAAwareness.
February 26, 2018
Episode 20: Mindful Running with Elinor Fish
In this episode, we chat with Elinor about self-compassion, stress and the effects it has on our body, practicing mindful running, bringing together women through running retreats and more. Introduction: Elinor Fish has worked in the travel, tourism and running industries since 1999. The Canadian ex-pat, who now calls Colorado home, has long been an avid trail runner, writer and champion for women’s participation in the sport. She spent four years as the managing editor of Trail Runner magazine, during which she founded Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010. Throughout this time, Elinor’s personal health challenges led her to a deeper mindfulness practice. She soon recognized ways to blend running with mindfulness to create one powerful practice that could alleviate the effects of at-times debilitating chronic auto-immune diseases.  Questions we ask Elinor include: How did you get your start in running? For four years, you were the managing editor of Trail Running Magazine. What was this experience like? It was working at Trail Running Magazine that you founded Run Wild Retreats + Wellness. What was your basis for developing these retreats? Why did you feel the need to create the retreats? A major part of Mindful Running is reducing stress. What are some of the positive impacts that you have witness from those who attend the retreats? During this time, you went through some personal health struggles that led you to develop your own practice with mindfulness. Would you mind telling us about this time? What does mindfulness practice look and feel like for you? How would you suggest listeners develop their own mindfulness practice in day-to-day life? We would love to hear more about how you blend mindfulness and running. Frustration and mindfulness? Tell us what a typical day at the Run Wild Retreat might involve. What is next for Run Wild Retreats + Wellness?    What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick (or Mindful Runner Chick) mean to you? How can listeners connect with you (or sign up for a retreat!)
February 19, 2018
Episode 19: Grayson Murphy on the Collegiate Running Experience
You may know her on Instagram as Racin Grayson. Meet Grayson Murphy, a three-time All-American collegiate runner at University of Utah, originally from Salt Lake City, as well as a top civil engineering major with plans to run professionally after college. Grayson was featured in our How the Collegiates Fuel series and recently started a blog of her own.  Questions we ask Grayson include: How did you get your start in running? How did this lead to you playing collegiate soccer and then choosing to pursue running? What have you noticed are differences between soccer and running? You have had quite the collegiate experience after transferring colleges three times! (from Sweet Briar to Santa Clara to Utah). Can you tell us more about what this process has been like? As a civil engineering major, how do you balance running, academics and your future career aspirations (as well as finding an identity outside of running)? You write that one of your lessons learned in 2017 is “Not everything has to be a goal.” What do you mean by saying this and what advice do you have for listeners who make everything into a goal? What do you see for your future as an athlete? You wrote a blog post titled, “When you fall down, you get back up,” on making it to the NCAA Indoor National Championships in 2017 and breaking 16 minutes in the 5k. What was breaking this barrier like for you? What do you think help you achieved this incredible feat? What is something IG followers/fans might not know about you? (can be a random fact, or something that’s making you thrive lately). What’s your go-to racing mantra and/or favorite running quote? What advice would you give your younger, pre-college self? What does being a Strong and Brave Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you?
February 12, 2018
Episode 18: 100-mile race recap with Gabi Maudiere
In this BONUS episode, we welcome back Gabi Maudiere! Since our first chat together, Gabi has accomplished some incredible feats!! Questions we ask Gabi include: -Since the last time we chatted, what has made you thrive? -Recently you were working through  finals...what are some of you self-care habits during this time? -You finished your 100-mile race and you CAME IN FIRST PLACE (holy moly!!). Would you mind telling us about this experience? -What was your mindset like at different stages of the race? -What physiologically happens during to your body during a 100-mile race? -How do you handle these physical/mental challenges? Nutrition/fueling? Aches/pains? -Recently you announced that you have begun run coaching! What was your draw to do this? -What sorts of services will you offer? -How do your services differ from other coaches? -How can listeners connect with you to schedule coaching?
February 7, 2018
Episode 17: Neely Spence Gracey
Learn more about Neely Spence Gracey, Professional Runner for Adidas, soon-to-be mom and a special guest at our Strong Runner Chick Retreat this summer of 2018! Neely was born into this sport, literally. Her dad (Steve Spence, 1992 Olympic marathoner and 1991 World Champs Bronze Medalist) was running the Boston Marathon on the day she was born. She grew up in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and in 8th grade set some big goals for herself, which led her to run for Shippensburg University, where she broke several records and was named conference athlete of the year for every season she competed. She is an eight-time NCAA Division II Champion and still holds two NCAA records. In 2016, Neely debuted at the Boston Marathon and was the first American finisher in 2:35. Later that year, she took it a step further with 2:34 and 8th place finish at the NYC marathon, following up with several 2017 victories. She is excited for what the next year will bring as she pauses her running career to start a family. She ultimately hopes to build towards the 2020 Olympic year. Today, Neely lives in Boulder, CO with her husband Dillon and their Vizsla, Strider. They are happily entrenched in the running community. Between training, and competing, she enjoys coaching her team of athletes through her Get Running coaching business. Questions we ask Neely include: How did you get your start in running? Your dad was an Olympic Marathoner and World Championship Bronze!! Since running was such a major part of his life, did you ever feel pressured to continue in his footsteps? Tell us about your experience running as a girl in Shippensburg, PA. What was it like being homeschooled? Many teens have the desire to attend university elsewhere, but you decided to stay in your hometown. What was your reasoning behind this? What was your collegiate running experience like? How could it have been better? What was it like to have your dad as a coach? We would love to hear about your top American finish and 13th in the World in the 2013 World Cross Country championships in Poland! Several bouts of illness and injury have kept you from competing in the past (most notably at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials). How did you physically and mentally combat these unfortunate circumstances? What advice do you have for others dealing with injury or illness? In 2016, you makes your debut at the Boston Marathon coming in as the top American and ninth overall. What was this experience like for you? Recently you announced that you will be welcoming an addition into your home! Congrats! What does this mean for you, Dillon, and Strider? Do you hope to continue to run? What is currently making you thrive? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners/readers connect with you? Also: are you currently accepting new running coaching clients?
February 5, 2018
Episode 16: Jill Puleo on Amenorrhea
Jill is a former collegiate soccer player, triathlete, marathoner, and ultrarunner who went through almost five years of amenorrhea before finally addressing her issues to get healthy. Shocked at just how much she didn't know about hormones and menstrual health for athletes, she decided to share her research and wisdom on both Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and Overtraining Syndrome through her YouTube channel. Her passion for counseling others even led her to go back to school to Harvard University's Extension School where she is pursuing a Master's Degree in Psychology in order to fully support athletes in their path to health. Questions we ask Jill include: How did you get your start in running? Tell us about your experience with amenorrhea. How did you know something was wrong? What did you hear from other people? Was it normalized? When/how did you get the courage to seek help? Would you mind describing to our listeners overtraining syndrome? What happens when a person is doing “everything right,” but isn’t getting their period? What would you suggest for people to take the first few steps for healing? What role does stress play in amenorrhea? You write that you hope to see a world where all women get their periods. How do you hope to accomplish this? What are some of the ways that listeners can help themselves and others? What are some of your favorite resources that you would recommend? What are you currently up to? What is making you thrive? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can readers/listeners connect with you?
January 29, 2018
Episode 15: Allie Kieffer with Oiselle
This week we welcome marathoner and Oiselle professional runner to the show, Allie Kieffer! Allie is a 30 year old Buffalo, NY native who was exposed to running at an early age. In middle school, Allie found solace darting through the wooded single track trails and has been in love since. She is the former indoor marathon world record holder, fifth place finisher in the NYC Marathon (2nd place American), and most recently won the Doha Half Marathon. Allie admits that the other career she fantasizes about is being a mother and her superpower is believing in herself. Questions we ask Allie include: How did you get your start in running? Where did you attend university? What did you study? Would you mind describing to us about your experience running in college? We would love to hear from you your experience of the NYC Marathon! What was going through your head during the race? Were you expecting to PR by so much or did you surprise yourself? At the beginning of the year you wrote an article for Self titled, “My Weight has Nothing to do with How Good a Runner I Am.” What was your reasoning behind writing this article? What response have you received from it? In the article you mentioned various times where people mentioned that you were a “bigger runner” or “that you could run so well for being built bigger.” I can imagine that hearing these words didn’t always sit well with you. How did you adopt a mentality to ward off those negative thoughts about body image and weight? What advice do you have for athletes who are experiencing similar experiences?   How did you manage to gain weight quickly after realizing that you had lost enough to impact your performance negatively? We LOVE your habit of adding as many nutrients to you possibly can instead of focusing on calories. How do you go about achieving this? What are some of your favorite foods that pack a nutrient punch? You recently signed with Oiselle (whoot-whoot!). What was the driving force behind that decision? In your first race as a Bird you won the Doha Half Marathon! How did it feel to win this race and represent Oiselle? How do you “get in the zone” before races? Are there any special things you do to get ready? Instead.. Any favorite recovery methods? What’s next in the life of Allie Kieffer (can be running related or not!)? What is currently making you thrive? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can our listeners connect with you?
January 22, 2018