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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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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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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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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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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