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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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/

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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

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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!

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