Real Life Runners with Angie and Kevin Brown

Real Life Runners with Angie and Kevin Brown

This is a show to help real life runners to improve their running and their life, through conversations about training, nutrition, health and wellness, family, and all the crazy things that life throws at us. We want to live the best life we can and to help others do the same. In each episode, we will tackle topics that will make us better runners, better parents, better friends, better partners, and better people. The lessons that we learn from running can carry over into all aspects of our life, and we are here to explore those connections through current research, our experiences, and stories from real people out on the roads and trails, just like you. We are Kevin and Angie Brown, husband and wife, mom and dad, coaches, and runners. Kevin is a marathoner who has been coaching runners for over a decade. Angie holds her doctorate degree in physical therapy and uses running as part of her integrated fitness routine. Together, we want to help make running more accessible to more people, so that more people can gain the benefits of being a Real Life Runner.

Episodes

May 13, 2021 44 min

Breathing is essential for life.  We all know that. Today we want to talk about the importance of the breath, both when we are running and when we are not running.  How important is breath control? What techniques can we use to improve our breathing?

 

Highlights of the Episode

 

Two ways to think about breathing

Breathing through your mouth vs nose

Techniques for breathing

Breathing while running and exercising

 

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If you’re like a lot of runners that we work with, you may have noticed that your body isn’t responding the same way it used to.  As you get older, you may start to notice some aches and pains that weren’t there before.  Many runners experience some form of lower back pain, before, during, or after running.  Today we are going to address why it may be happening and what you can do about it.  

 

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Lower bac...

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April 29, 2021 55 min

How do you know if you are being consistent??Is it running 5 days a week? 6 days??Running hard??Running easy all the time??Truth is... consistency looks a little different for everyone.

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In this episode, we talk about consistency and why understanding your brain can improve all of our relationships with running days.?Understanding how our brain works is even more powerful than motivation. Not only will you BE more consistent, but ...

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We talk all the time about recovering after a hard workout.  Recovery is needed for adaptation, so sleep and nutrition matter.  What about the recovery during a workout?  How long should you break for during an interval session or a strength routine?  In this episode, we look at how the body recovers during a workout, and why you may not be getting the results you are aiming for. 

 

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Recovery during a wor...

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April 15, 2021 45 min

Runners often talk about a base-building phase as though high mileage is the only component. They think of it only as a build up to a longer race, or as something they might “need” to do. Maybe you’ve heard the term before but don’t really understand what it means or why it’s used. In this episode, we challenge the idea that base building is only about increasing mileage, and point out some other key components that need to be incl...

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April 8, 2021 57 min

Have you ever crossed the finish line thinking you should have gone faster because you are not that tired?  Have you ever begged for the finish line to be a few miles closer because you went out way too fast?  Today we are talking all things pacing.  We will cover pacing strategies for races as well as training paces to help you reach your goals.  Runners take your marks...go!

 

Highlights of the Episode

 

Why is pacing important?

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April 1, 2021 43 min

Races are starting to come back onto the schedule. Whether it is a smaller local race or a major marathon with thousands of runners, racing is returning. With racing can come a major issue for many runners - pre-race nerves. The anxiety around racing has disappeared for the past year, but as runners prepare to pin on their numbers, let’s take a look at these jitters and what to do about them.

 

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What caus...

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March 25, 2021 57 min

Quitting. It’s something we never want to do, but are there times when that might be the best option? How do we know when to push through or pull the plug? In this week's episode, we answer this and some other questions posed to us by our listeners. Tune in to hear the answers!

 

Highlights of the Episode

 

How do you bring yourself to go back to running?

How much is enough?  When should you stop?

Quick update on our running

 

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How do you see your body?  Do you use positive or negative words to describe yourself?  When we assess our physical body, we generally do so as a comparison to some image in our head.  In this episode, we want to discuss the physical stereotypes cast upon us.  We look into how these societal expectations are different for men and women, and how they change over time.  We also talk about the idea of loving your body for what it is, ...

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As runners, we understand that food is more than simple nutrition. Food is fuel. While many runners struggle with their poor relationship with food, the bottom line is that you can't optimize your run and training well if you don't fuel properly.

In this episode, Kristy Baumann, a registered dietitian and marathon runner, shares her wisdom about proper fueling and nutrition for runners. We also talk about her journey throug...

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March 11, 2021 51 min

Many runners head out for a run without worrying about pace or effort.  They take off and run and they finish pretty tired.  They fall victim to the moderate effort trap.  They never run that hard, but they never run that easy.  If you have moved to a more polarized approach, remember that moderate effort still deserves a place in your training, and could unlock much greater potential.  

 

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How do you mea...

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March 4, 2021 47 min

Running is hard and as much as a good inspirational message or video can make you want to run up a mountain, sometimes we just need to recover.  Sometimes recovery looks like some extra sleep and an off day, but sometimes recovery can be remarkably active.  As with most things running, understanding both where you are and where you are aiming gives you the best chance to reach the goal.  Recovery can take many forms, so which is ri...

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In order to consider different shoes for different race distances, you have to decide what the purpose of the race is?  The same consideration comes up when you decide that you would like to always be “race fit.”  Can you pull out your optimum race performance if you have a couple days notice?  Is that a beneficial goal or does it actually put limits on your ability?

 

Highlights of the Episode

 

Shoes into racing performance

Varie...

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February 18, 2021 49 min

There are so many different runners out on the roads and trails and they all run with a somewhat different look.  You can often pick out friends and family from quite a distance after you have run with them awhile.  Do the small differences in form really make a big difference in results?  As with most matters in running and life, it's a little more complicated than making one small change and getting a quick fix.  In this epis...

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In today’s bonus episode, we speak with one of our Real Life Runners, Angelica Flanigan, about her running journey during pregnancy and infertility. Angelica shares her story about her secondary infertility, how she bravely faced this challenge and found a good balance in her running.

Angelica is an occasional blogger and a mom of one sassy toddler girl with a baby boy on the way! She loves food and running, and a fitness enthusias...

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February 11, 2021 51 min

Running seems so simple.  It’s at the center of most sports.  Kids do it so easily.  It takes relatively little equipment.  Yet, beyond running is training to run, and that is a little more complex.  The wrong approach can lead to frustration, injury, and burnout.  Whether your goal is to run faster, longer, or simply more consistently, avoiding these costly mistakes will have huge benefits.

 

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The don’t ...

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February 4, 2021 51 min

Runners tend to fall into two categories when it comes to strength training, love or hate.  While some runners cherish strength days to feel stronger and tone their body, others would much rather be logging some extra miles.  In this episode, we talk about the dangers of both camps and why understanding the benefits can improve all of our relationships with strength days. 

 

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Strength day: love it or leav...

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January 28, 2021 50 min

How often do you reach the end of the day or the workweek and wonder what happened?  Where did the time go?  How did you get so little accomplished when you had such big plans?  Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe when this current thing is completed and I have more time...that’s when I will get to reach my goals.  Knocking off checkboxes is not going to change the 24 hours in the day.  Your time will always be the same.  What c...

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January 22, 2021 48 min

Remember when you were a kid and you used to just sprint from place to place without worrying that you would get tired?  Remember the thrill of flying down a hill or running across a beach?  Can you think back to the excitement of running so fast that you were not sure if your feet would keep up or if you would fall over?  We live in a world of practicality and safety.  Running slowly has enormous benefits, but what about the bliss...

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In today’s bonus episode, we speak with one of our Real Life Runners, Erin Gallardo, about her running journey and her quest to find her intuition through running. Erin shares how her running journey has helped her to grow into the person that she is today, and how achieving her goals in running has led her to achieve more in other aspects of her life as well.  

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What is intuition? 

How do I know if it is...

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