The Running for Real Podcast

The Running for Real Podcast

A collective of conversations that inspire, motivate, and encourage runners who know deep down that the world we want to create already exists. We all play a role in bringing it to life. Join former professional runner and life-long athlete, Tina Muir in this unique running podcast. We do not talk to professional runners about their wins or the Olympics. We do not talk about what shoes to wear or what training is best. Instead, we relate every experience back to you, and love to think hard about the questions you would always love to ask. While we bring on well known guests like Rich Roll, Kara Goucher, Michael Gervais, David Epstein, Alison Desir, and Des Linden, these are not the same old conversations. This feels more like overhearing two friends talking about the deep conversations that weigh on our hearts daily. Join us in discovering the power of running, why our sport has always been part of humanity, and how we can use it as a tool for realizing our truest self, uplifting our communities, celebrating cultures, and taking care of our Mother Earth.

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May 23, 2022 55 min
Join Tina for a run deep in the Pacific Northwest Forest in Portland, Oregon. On this Together Run, Tina goes on a trail run and takes runners through all the usual meditative elements of Togetehr Runs- a body scan, senses check in, physical and mental check in. Tina shares some updates and talks through some challenges in life, along with what she is doing to work through them.

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Reshma Saujani says that her best thinking is done when she goes for a run. Those thoughts have led to her founding Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms; writing the best-selling Brave, Not Perfect and her new book, Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work; becoming the first Indian-American woman to run for the U.S. Congress; and being included on the Fortune 40 Under 40 list.

When Reshma ran a marathon, it was because she’d ...

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It’s been nearly five years since Mario Fraioli was on Running for Real!  At the time he was an athlete, a running coach, a journalist, and was putting out his popular weekly the morning shakeout newsletter, but he had yet to launch his podcast of the same name. 

He’s now put out over 200 episodes and has been reflecting on “how fortunate I am to be able to have these conversations and to share them with other people.” Not only hav...

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If you’re a runner, Steve Magness’s upcoming book, Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, will resonate with you. Actually, if you’re a human being, it will resonate with you. Society leads us to believe that toughness is an inherent quality that we either possess or lack, but his research shows that it is, in fact, something that we can develop. As Steve says, “You have the capaci...

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May 11, 2022 20 min

Psychologist Guy Winch’s passion is “getting people to prioritize their emotional health and give them tools to do that with and concepts to understand it with.” He was already a TED Talk speaker and the acclaimed author of Emotional First Aid and How to Fix a Broken Heart when he was a guest on the podcast, but so much has happened since then!

He became TED’s first columnist with his science-based advice column, Dear Guy.  In 2020...

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A special Central Park in New York Together Run this week. Beginning as always with our nature check in, body scan, mental health check in, and senses check in before going on to a conversation as Tina shares why this trip happened and what it means. If you have been needing to try domething a little different, or have been feeling a bit off lately, give this Together Run a try, it may remind you why you connect to running in the f...

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Genevieve Gregson’s 32nd birthday should have been something to celebrate. The three-time Olympic and two-time World Championship finalist was competing in the 300m steeplechase at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the event for which she held the Australian record. But coming off the final water jump, she fell when her right Achilles tendon snapped and she was unable to finish the race. She and Tina talk about her journey to that point and...

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Courtney Dauwalter’s “passions lie in exploring with my feet and seeing what's possible when our brains and bodies are working together, and in hanging out with the people that I love.”  Her brain and body work together in amazing ways.

Since she was on Running for Real, her accomplishments have included winning the 2018 Western States Endurance Run (100 miles); finishing second overall and setting the women’s course record at ...

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We begin this Together Run as always with a body scan, mental health check in, and senses check in. The medtiative aspect of the run helps bring our body back to the present and feel gratitude for this moment. After the check ins, Tina opens up in a vulnerable and raw way about struggling to reconnect to her life back home after a life changing trip to Maui. She shares stories of her time in Maui and brings listeners into those mom...

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Leandrew Belnavis describes himself as “not your typical runner. I am a larger, big-frame black man. I embrace being a larger body and an even larger personality.” That personality is ideal for his roles as the Community Manager (or as he describes it, “the camp counselor”) at Tracksmith and as the founder and co-captain of Boston’s Unnamed Run Crew. 

Just as he created Unnamed Run Crew to bring more people who look and sound like ...

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April 27, 2022 24 min
Have you ever wondered what a podcast guest has been up to since you heard them interviewed?  We have, and so Running Reunion was born.  

Tina last interviewed filmmaker Sanjay Rawal in 2019, after the release of  3100: Run and Become, a documentary about the world’s longest running race, the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. You can learn more about the race in Running for Real episode 277 with Harita Davies, who has ...

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April 25, 2022 62 min
For the celebration of the 50th Together Run, join Tina for a run along the ocean in Lahaina on the island of Maui. Beginning with lots of sounds of nature, then moving through our usual body, mind connection points of  a body scan and senses check in. Tina then goes on to share about what has been a life changing week, including a spiritual moment on Earth Day. Tina finishes up the run along the beach, discussing the fact that we ...

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Lauren Antonucci’s philosophy is that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. She’s a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Sports Dietician and an athlete herself, so she not only understands the nutritional needs of runners, but the obstacles that can stand in the way of fueling properly.  Her book, High-Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes, focuses on those 35 and over, but the advice she shares in this episode will be ...

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April 20, 2022 21 min

Have you ever wondered what a podcast guest has been up to since you heard them interviewed?  We have, and so Running Reunion was born.  

This week we’re catching up with Amelia Gapin. Amelia says that she was “quote, unquote ‘famous,’ for like 10 seconds,” but she’s actually a groundbreaker. In 2016, she was on the cover of Women’s Running magazine, making her, as she says, “the first out transgender woman on the cover of a woman&...

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Join Tina and Tommie Runz for a shakeout from the Tracksmith Trackhouse the day before the Boston Marathon. Tina begins the run with a casual jog up to the Trackhouse, followed by the meditative aspects of our Together Runs through a sit down on a bench with Tommie, who takes us through a body scan and senses check in. Then Tina and Tommie lead off the 250+ people shakeout run where Tina interviews muliple runners with wonderfu...

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Evie Serventi was Tina’s sports psychologist during her elite career and is a very close friend. Her “lightbulb moment” about sport came when she observed her father using exercise to counter high levels of work-related stress and recognized the positive effects that physical activity can have on all aspects of life. This is her fourth time on the Running for Real podcast - a record for a guest!  In this episode, Evie and Tina talk...

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Have you ever wondered what a podcast guest has been up to since you heard them interviewed?  We have, and so  Running Reunion was born.  

This week’s guest is Grayson Murphy. Grayson is a world champion runner who was named the 2021 USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Runner of the Year in the open female division, but there’s so much more to her than her running career. She’s passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, and is ge...

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Another week, another Together Run. After almost a years worth of Together Runs, it has been fun to enjoy these runs alongside friends from the community, and if you are needing motivation, companionship, or running friends in your life, these guided runs are as close as we can come...without being in person to run together. Part meditation, part reflection, part conversation, all Tina. Come join us

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When Melissa Corley Carter was in 5th grade, an astronaut came and talked to her class.  She knew then that she wanted to travel into space herself.  She became a rocket scientist, but she wasn’t able to realize her astronaut dream. She did achieve another audacious goal, though; she ran a marathon on all seven continents.

 

She wrote Running the World: Marathon Memoirs from the Seven Continents about her outer marathon journey and...

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Have you ever wondered what a podcast guest has been up to since you heard them interviewed?  We have, and so Running Reunion was born.  

On this week’s episode, Tina catches up with brothers Aaron and Joshua Potts.  They’re the co-founders and co-hosts of Running Report and 2 Black Runners, a YouTube channel and podcast “produced for the culture and by the culture.”  They have a deep knowledge and love of running, and they’re usi...

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