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

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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?
50:55
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 www.jamiekingfit.com / www.fitapproach.com. 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!
54:18
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.
36:19
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 LucyBartholomew.com.
37:41
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.
49:31
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: www.TheVictoryProgram.com
23:10
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.
14:02
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!
29:28
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!
34:32
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.
16:03
August 26, 2019
Episode 76, a 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 www.strongrunnerchicks.com or our Instagram @strongrunchicks.
14:09
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: http://noperiod.info/Support, getting pregnant support http://noperiod.info/TTCWork with me: http://www.noperiodnowwhat.com/consulting www.noperiodnowwhat.com
56:56
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.
34:47
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 https://www.yoga4eatingdisorders.com.
43:19
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!
34:37
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 strongrunnerchicks@gmail.com or @strongrunchicks on Instagram.
04:43
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: https://sisuperformancept.com Instagram: @drelliesomers
41:23
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 https://www.jacquelinealnes.com.
54:50
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!
44:43
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.
12:06
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: https://www.theprosiest.com/about
47:19
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.
45:28
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!
25:52
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.
56:38
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.
1:00:45
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.
45:37
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.
1:02:42
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!
49:42
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!
40:29
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 www.simibotic.com.
55:16
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.
51:42
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.
58:58
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.
47:19
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 TheFoodieRunner.com!
47:10
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!
50:53
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!
1:04:20
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.
59:32
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!
50:36
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: http://www.strongrunnerchicks.com/strong-runner-twins-hackett/
48:04
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
54:48
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!
34:16
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: https://lane9project.org/ https://medium.com/lane-9-project
48:55
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.
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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), brekke1029@gmail.com
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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.
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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?
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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? So...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?
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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?
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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: http://www.runnersloveyoga.com/ 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”
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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.
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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: TrailSisters.net! 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!
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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 www.nationaleatingdisorders.org and help spread awareness with hashtag #NEDAAwareness.
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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!)
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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?
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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?
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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 Medalist...wow!! 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?
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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?
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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?
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January 22, 2018
Episode 14: Katie Bennett of 2FabFitChicks
Today we have on Katie, former collegiate runner and current blogger at 2FabFitChicks! Katie’s love of running came randomly in the 7th grade and has lasted her since. She went on to run and become captain cross country, indoor and outdoor track in high school and ran for Boston College. More recent race highlights include: 1st place Xterra Georgia Battle at Big Creek 5 mile, 1st place Xterra Little Mulberry Creek 10k, 7th place Spinx Marathon and 14th place Savannah Rock N Roll Half. She is now a blogger with friend, Ashley, at 2FabFitChicks. Questions we ask Katie include: How did you get your start in running? You are a former D1 athlete, running for Boston College. What was your D1 experience like? Tell us more about how you started 2FabFitChicks with your friend, Ashley... How has this shaped your friendship? What are a few lessons you've learned along your journey in running? Give us a glimpse into your life outside of running. What are you currently training for? Any exciting life news/updates? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
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January 15, 2018
Episode 13: Jen Brown of Sparta Chicks Radio
Introduction Jen Brown is the Chief Coach and owner of Sparta Chicks. She created Sparta Chicks to bring together women all around the world who enjoy triathlons or trail running and who want to feel more confident and pursue all the big, and sometimes seemingly impossible dreams they’ve always had (without self-doubt or fear standing in their way). Jen is a Running and Triathlon Coach, podcast host, and reformed Lawyer. In addition to being a stepmother, daughter, and sister, Jen is often found trail running, drinking coffee, and watching Criminal Minds. She has hiked or climbed mountains on 4 continents around the world after realizing in her late 20’s that running is an amazing way to change your life.  Questions we ask Jen include: -How did you get your start in running? -Tell us a bit about your drive, reasoning, and inspiration behind starting Sparta Chicks. -What was it like for you to be so transparent with others? -What advice would you give listeners who want to accomplish their dream, but are too nervous to take that first step? -How do you suggest individuals with busy lives incorporate “me time” into their already hectic schedule? -Comparison in social media? How do you suggest we deal with this? -Who have been some of your favorite guests/episodes on Sparta Chicks Radio? -What are you fearing right now? -It seems as though you lead a very adventurous life! Any new adventures on the horizon? -What advice would you give your younger self? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can listeners connect with you?
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January 8, 2018
Episode 12: Love FLY Movement with Megan Marshall
Megan Marshall, 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.). Additionally, Megan was a student-athlete on the Penn State track and field team where 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.  Questions we ask Megan include: Background story: how did you get your start in running? What was the transition like from high school to college and how did that transition lead you to what you are doing today? Tell us a bit more about the Love Fly Movement - mission, vision, what you do - what does FLY stand for/mean? What are some of the overlaps you have seen in some of the teams you worked with? What are some myths/controversies that you are trying to overcome with the Love F.L.Y. Movement? In talking with these coaches and teams, what are some positives? What are some things that need improvement? We get many readers who struggle with the comparison trap. What words of wisdom do you have for them? Recent PR….Congrats! Tell us about that experience. In your feature on SRC, “Looking Back - Lessons from a Former NCAA Runner,” you mentioned speaking out and reaching out as being key pieces of advice to your younger self. What advice do you have for listeners that might be struggling to reach out or seek help? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Where can listeners find or connect with you? @LoveFlyMovement or www.loveflymovement.com.
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January 1, 2018
Episode 11: Julie Buzzard, R.D. on The Importance of Carbs
Julie is a Registered Dietitian, graduate from University of Alabama, now a Sports Nutrition Graduate Assistant for Utah State University and is passionate about promoting a healthy and balanced life. Questions we ask Julie: -Tell us a bit more about your ketogenic diet experiment. Is that something you would recommend for athletes/runners? Why or why not? -What have you learned since working at the fueling station with athletes? What are some of the most common mistakes you see with athlete fueling, specifically in runners? -What are some tips for individuals who struggle with getting adequate fuel? -What are some of your favorite recipes of the moment? Especially for runners! -Any advice for a runner who get comments about how much they eat compared to non-athletes? -What do you like about the sports nutrition conversation/world and what is being done to help? What do you think needs to be improved? --What advice would you give to your younger, high school running self? -How can I establish healthy, sustainable habits around my eating? (overcoming the diet mentality) -What are you up to lately? Any exciting news? -What are you hoping to do post-grad school? -Quick question: favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner...GO! -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -Where can we find and connect with you?
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December 25, 2017
Episode 10: Q&A with Megan and Kelsey
We can't believe it's already time for Episode 10! In this Q&A, we dig into questions between Megan and Kelsey, including how we got our start in running, how we started the podcast, the history behind SRC, and much, much more! Enjoy this episode and let us know if you'd like to hear more of this format in the future.
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December 17, 2017
SRC Radio Episode 9 with Maggie Head
This is one of our best episodes yet! So much Real Talk in one episode - we promise you'll enjoy this one. Introduction: Maggie is a 23 year old graduate student who grew up in the California Bay Area. During this time, Maggie played A LOT of sports, but her first love was soccer, which she played for 13 years! Maggie previously had an eating disorder and focuses much of her time on visiting high schools and universities to give talks about research and myths surrounding eating disorders. As a very proud feminist, breakfast food fanatic, and lover of Harry Potter books, we would like to welcome Maggie to the podcast! Questions we ask Maggie include: -How did you get your start in running? -How did transitioning from a team sport (soccer) into an individual sport (running) help with your recovery? -In September, you wrote a VERY powerful post for SRC titled "You Don’t Have to be the Perfect Runner.” Tell us about your desire to write this piece. -Additionally, you followed this post with another in October regarding being good enough. This article poses the idea of being a “real” runner. Why do you feel as though this topic is important to bring forward in the female running community? -Currently you are attending the University of Western Ontario. What are you studying? Why did you decide to choose this path? ...Most important and most surprising things you’ve learned? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can listeners connect with you?
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December 11, 2017
Episode 8: Jackie Turner on Injuries
Jackie Turner is a 20 year old sophomore at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. She runs cross country and track and field and is currently majoring in elementary education. Jackie loves laughter, working with children, spreading awareness about mental health, being a part of the SRC team, attending her  home church in Sioux Falls, cooking/baking, and spending time with her friends and family. Questions we ask Jackie: -How did you get your start in running? -You have dealt with many setbacks regarding injury...what has this experience been like for you mentally, physically, emotionally? -Many of your posts are incredibly honest and vulnerable. How did you find the strength within to write these posts? -What are some of the ways that you cope with your long-term injuries? -Has this experience changed your career path and future aspirations? -What are some recommendations that you have for athletes who have a teammate that is working through an injury? -What are some ways you’re more than a runner? -What has being injured taught you, both positives and negatives? -How did you first discover Strong Runner Chicks? What was your thought behind starting the Coping with an Injury feature? Advice for athletes working through injuries? -What are you up to now?! Anything exciting in the life of Jackie Turner? -Being injured has clearly taught you a lot, both negative and positive. What advice would you give your younger, freshman year self? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can listeners connect with you? IG Handle, etc.
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December 6, 2017
SRC Episode 7 with Johanna Weber
Meet Johanna Weber, a top contributor at Strong Runner Chicks and our fueling guru behind How the Pros Fuel! Introduction: Johanna is a sophomore at North Dakota State University studying dietetics. She enjoys photography, baking, the mountains, and being outside. In her spare time, Johanna loves to read up on food and lifestyle blogs and some day would love to get into blogging herself! Questions for Johanna: -How did you get your start in running? -Describe a bit about your experience in collegiate running? -Tell us a bit about how you got into dietetics. -Any trouble balancing being a collegiate athlete and academics? -What do you see as being pros and cons of being a nutrition major? -Favorite way to refuel? -You seem to enjoy Vital Proteins and Lifeway Kefir, which are partner brands with Strong Runner Chicks. Can you tell us more about the brands and their benefits? -How the Pros Fuel series was/is a major hit with many of our readers! Thanks so much for this! What was your idea behind this series? -Biggest takeaways / patterns? -Recently you began a new series called Running on Empty? What do you hope to highlight with this series? What can readers expect from it? -Can you describe your experience with low iron? What were some steps you took to overcome it? -Anything new and exciting in the world of Johanna Weber? -What are your future plans? Dream job? -Fueling for the long run account/blog? Favorite food bloggers and instagrammers? -What advice would you give your freshman-year self? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can our readers and listeners connect with you?
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November 27, 2017
SRC Radio Episode 6 with Stephanie Hoppe
Warning: This episode may be triggering for some, as we discuss eating disorder related content and calories are mentioned. Introduction of Stephanie: From getting to run the mile in elementary school to her first half marathon as a college freshman, Stephanie Hoppe has always loved to run. Though she did not run for her college, she was co-president of the College of William and Mary's Running Club and credits that team for fully igniting her love for long distance running. Since college she has run for Fleet Feet Chicago's racing team, coached marathon and 10k adult training groups, and coached for Girls on the Run. She currently works part-time at a local running store in Bethlehem, PA. She is always seeking a new challenge and has completed countless half marathons, four marathons, a 50-mile ultramarathon and several triathlons, including a half and full Ironman. Welcome to Strong Runner Chicks Radio, Stephanie! Questions we ask Stephanie include: -How did you get your start in running? -You received your undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. What did you study here? -What was your transition like from high school to college? -How did running play a part in your college career? -How did training for your first marathon change your relationship with running? -Growing up with your mother’s battle with anorexia how did this shape the woman you have become?   -What was the process like as you began to realize you too suffered from an eating disorder?  -What has it been like knowing that you have gone a year without a binge/restrict cycle? -You completed an Ironman!!! Wahoo!! Tell us about this experience! -What are you currently doing (job, training, etc.)? Anything exciting on the horizon for you? -What advice would you give your younger self? (answered) -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can our listeners connect with you?
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November 19, 2017
SRC Episode 5: Self-Love with Elena Lancioni
This week we bring you an episode focused on self-love with SRC Contributor, Elena Lancioni! Elena is a senior at Bowling Green State University studying exercise science and journalism. She enjoys writing, reading, running and being creative. Elena is always up for an adventure and loves making connections with new people! Questions we ask Elena include: -How did you get your start in running?   -You are currently running for Bowling Green State University. What has the collegiate process of running been like for you?   -What is your major and how did you come to choose it? Where do you hope to go in the future career-wise?   -As a contributor for SRC you created a free yoga course for our email list. Would you speak more about this?   -Do you practice yoga? If so, how do you incorporate this into your week?   -Additionally, you are the mastermind behind Smile Sundays! What is your inspiration behind this series?   -Some of the topics covered include self-love, finding balance, and respecting yourself. Would you elaborate further on these?   -What are a few daily practices you use to practice these?   Start by listing 3 things you’re grateful for each morning in a journal.   -One of your tougher features spoke about Helping a Teammate with an Eating Disorder. What do you think was the most valuable take-away from this?   -We have an exciting upcoming event with Smile Sunday's...the November Self-Care Calendar! What can readers expect from this?   -What advice would you give to your Freshman-Year self?   -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?   -How can listeners connect with you?
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November 13, 2017
SRC Radio Episode 4 with Emma Abrahamson
Welcome to Episode 4 with Emma Abrahamson! Emma is PAC 12 runner for University of Oregon Cross Country & Track from Carlsbad, California, a recipe guru at One Crazed Foodie on Instagram, active vlogger on Youtube and all-around awesome person!   Questions we ask Emma include: -How did you get your start in running? -How did you decide on Oregon? What are you majoring in and where do you hope to go in the future? -Your Instagram account has taken off! What is the story behind One Crazed Foodie? -How did you decide to start v-logging and what has the feedback been like? Where do you hope to go with it? - Tell us a bit about what you're currently up to! -What is your favorite recipe of the moment? Of all time? - You are currently a student...how do you balance being a student and training? What do you enjoy doing outside of practice - hobbies, interests, etc?   Questions from readers: - What are your plans career wise after graduating college? - Quirky habits? - Favorite running gear? - Running plans after college? - What is your definition of balance? How do you put this into practice in your life? - What advice would you give your freshman year in college self? - What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can we connect with you? Music Credit - "Venice Beach" Episode Type: full
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November 5, 2017
SRC Radio Episode 3 with Rachael Steil
Her credentials include the following: Author of Running in Silence “This year-long struggle with raw food ended when she realized she had to find her self-respect beyond her identity as a successful runner on a perfect diet. Running in Silence opens the door on the secret world of eating disorders. It provides vital insights for those who don't suffer from this disease and an honest and harrowing personal story for those who do. Steil challenges the stigma of eating disorders, looks past appearance, and dives into the heart of obsession.” Writer for RunnerClick.com Speaker and advocate Recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College xc team 6th and 7th places NAIA All-American in xc and track Level One USA Track and Field Certified Coach Assistant coach at Grandville High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan We ask Rachael: -Background story: How did you get your start in distance running? -Tell us a bit more about Running in Silence. -What are you up to lately? Any exciting news/projects/races? -What do you like about the eating disorders conversation/world and what is being done to help? What do you think needs to be changed/improved? -What advice do you have to coaches, parents, or teammates on how to help address an eating disorder if they suspect a friend might have one? -What have you learned since becoming a coach yourself? Is this a path you hope to pursue further? -What advice would you give to your younger (20-year old) self? -What does your current routine look like? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -Where can we find you / connect with you? Also check out Rachael’s Day in the Life on StrongRunnerChicks.com! Special shout-out to Wildway, a gluten-free granola and hot cereal company. We’re giving away two free boxes of their delicious products! Enter the giveaway on our Instagram by sharing how you live wild. Also get 10% OFF any order on Wildwayoflife.com with the code “RUNWILD1.” Song Credit - "Venice Beach"
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October 30, 2017
SRC Radio Episode 2 with Gabi Maudiere
Tune into episode 2 of Strong Runner Chick Radio, where we interview Gabi Maudiere, an ultra runner with an impactful story to share. We apologize for any issues with podcast sound quality during this episode and we are working to address those. Hope you enjoy the show!
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October 28, 2017
SRC Radio Episode 1
Welcome to the first episode of Strong Runner Chick Radio! SRC Radio is dedicated to educate, empower and connect female distance runners across the world, inspiring them to embrace their strength and spread the message that there is no one size fits all approach to distance running. Hosts Megan Flanagan and Kelsey Varzeas cover topics including mental health, fueling, eating disorders, sharing struggles and stories in the sport of distance running. You'll find interviews with guests ranging from top collegiate and professional athletes, Registered Dietitians, coaches, sports psychologists and every day runners of all shapes and sizes.  Brands Mentioned:  Wildway Lions Choice / Lions Pack Lifeway Kefir Song credit: "Venice Beach" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTrQA2bHuaU
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October 24, 2017
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