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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Join Kelsey and Elena (our guest co-host this week!) as they interview Kait Hurley, founder of the Move + Meditate Method. 

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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.

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