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.... Show More

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July 8, 2020 59 min

Is it better to jump into a new situation without full preparation and see what happens or to keep learning, practicing, and mastering your craft before testing it out.  What if you take your shot and miss?  What if you wait and miss your opportunity.  Practice, or put yourself out there?  When is it time to take your shot?

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There are a couple of differing schools of thought floating through the world of self improvement.  Doing good enough consistently will add up to monumental and drastic changes.  Alternatively, we should not be satisfied with being good enough and should be striving for greatness.  So which is it.  Does consistently good create great, or does a sense of satisfaction with being good prevent you from being great?

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They say that insanity is repeating the same action and expecting different results. However, change is incredibly hard, so we seek excuses and hold tightly to our self-imposed limits.  We do things the way we always have and hope that if we keep going for long enough the outcome will be different.  How big is your potential once you open your eyes to a world outside of your comforting habits?

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We talk about running as a universal sport.  It has a low barrier for entry and not a lot of rules to follow.  You can participate solo or in a group.  You can run races of many distances and on various terrain, or not race at all.  We believe that races highlight the best aspects of running, in which many people come together to accomplish the same goal, but by following their own path.  In the race environment, they can accomplis...

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June 10, 2020 52 min

There is some prevailing wisdom in the personal growth world that taking action will guide you in what to do next.  The thought is rooted in the idea that staying frozen while clinging to perfection will not get you anywhere, so you simply need to do something.  This striving for constant action can become counterproductive when the action is treated as the end goal.  Action should inspire the next step.  Action should lead to eval...

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Running should be an act of unity.  It is a sport with a low barrier of entry and people of all races, ages, and abilities can connect over the challenge of a run.  While we are currently without races, we are not without challenges.  Now seems like an important time to step back and see that the powerful statement “I am a runner and runners do hard things” applies to the roads and the trails, but to so much more in our lives as we...

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Personal statements that begin with “I am” carry power and strength.  They define us and lead our actions.  They are our label, often empowering, but sometimes limiting.  We also put labels on the world around us.  We group people together as though they are the same person.  We put simple labels onto situations and the people around us to make life easier.  While this is often done subconsciously, and rarely for a malevolent reaso...

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May 20, 2020 60 min

Structure and plans matter if you actually want to be successful.  Raw talent will take you pretty far.  Working really hard will get you pretty far.  Most people are not born with Olympic level running prowess.  Even runners who do hard things would appreciate some things being easier.  Today we cover the importance of structure in reaching your goals plus why you may be resisting structure in the first place.

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 Lack of motivation is a real issue that many runners are facing.  While it’s easy to simply say, choose to be motivated, it’s a little more complicated that just that.  We live in a world full of options and choices.  We are often bombarded with endless possibilities.  Choice creates a feeling of freedom.  In this current time period, the power of choice is becoming strikingly clear.  Today, we want to talk about how you have alwa...

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Running has a way of bringing down some of the privacy walls we put up around us.  There is a saying that everything comes out on a long run.  Sharing personal experiences and feelings can be very cathartic and we have mentioned that before.  Today, we go intimate, but not in a super emotional way.  We cover the areas of running that most people just do not understand unless they are a runner.  From feet to tummy trouble, it’s time...

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Runners love to run and if you talk to them about building a foundation, they will give you all sorts of stats about base mileage and speed workouts.  However, the complete picture of a well rounded foundation needs to include strength and mobility.  Without these ingredients our running is held back from its maximum potential.  Runners don’t want to be told that they have a limit on their potential, but how often are we actually h...

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Runners love other runners.  We love to talk about running and training and racing.  We will compare shoes and workouts and anything else we can think of.  Running, at its best, breaks down barriers because we all know that we run and we have that in common.  In this time we are physically distant, it is important to remember the value of community. 

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    While much of the world is locked down, stuck at home, and quarantined, in many locations runners are still able to get out and exercise.  In this episode we cover some practical issues related to running and exercising during the quarantine. Simple guidance that you could put into practice today.  We offer 9 practical tips to maintain safety when running during this era of COVID.

     

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    April 8, 2020 59 min

    We often wait for the perfect time to start a new activity.  We expect that the sky will part and a voice will give us permission to start.  We set up an endless list of excuses as to why we cannot start. We create a list of events that must occur before we can start. Let’s be honest, there is no perfect time to start, so why not now?

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    There are many reasons you may need to adjust a training plan.  You could get sick, bogged down at work, stay out late with friends, or just feel wiped and in need of an off day.  Perhaps there is a pandemic sweeping the globe that is making running easier or more difficult. Maybe a new race opportunity popped up or your race was cancelled.  Our ability to adjust is rooted in our long term goals and our belief in our success. Somet...

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    When we are approached with a new idea, opportunity, or challenge, our perspective will determine the result.  Do we approach timidly with fear and apprehension about what could go wrong? Do we try to make it fit into the world we already know because that is more comfortable?  Do we boldly step forward, prepared to gain the reward that will come from the new adventure?

     

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    March 18, 2020 54 min

    Races are being cancelled, training plans are being derailed, long term goals are hazy and short term actions have plenty of distractions.  There is an air of panic and confusion. Amidst the swirl of chaos, where and how does running fit? Should you go get in a run? Where is the motivation?  What is the point? This is a time that we need running more than ever, and with all of the extra time we have, we can take a step back and loo...

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    Many of us would like to run better.  That may mean faster, longer, stronger, more consistently, or some combination.  We may have tried various training plans or workouts routines only to have them not work for us.  We can all accept that the key to improvement is consistency, and consistency comes from building a habit.  In this episode, we talk about why the habit is easier to build when we start in our mind. 

     

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    March 5, 2020 47 min

    We are all runners.  We have covered this repeatedly.  We also have pointed out that we are still runners on days we do not run.  When that non-running day was supposed to be a running day, many of us are quick to place very harsh judgement on ourselves.  Remember, you are not just a runner, you are a real life runner and you choose how to run your life. 

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