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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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