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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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