The Running for Real Podcast

The Running for Real Podcast

There are all types of runners -- from Olympians to recreational runners to those dreading getting on the treadmill. Join British Half Marathon World Championship Competitor and Olympic hopeful Tina Muir as she interviews psychologists, elite athletes, dietitians, authors, coaches, and runners just like you. Beyond fleeting motivation, each interviewee shares real experiences and struggles, along with practical tips to inspire any runner to be their best. Whether running makes you feel alive or totally kicks your butt every time, this podcast will inspire you to aim higher, live healthier, and be kinder to yourself as you become a better you. Let's get started, my friend!... Show More

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July 9, 2020 64 min

Sarah Crouch Takeover

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to train with a group of elite runners?  To experience their daily schedules, workout routines, and eating habits?  Matt Fitzgerald, author of dozens of running books and owner of a 2:39 PR for the marathon had the opportunity to do just that!  Matt went to Flagstaff, Arizona and trained with a group of elite runners and documented his experience in his book, titled...

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Think back to the first time you tried something new.   Were you scared?  Nervous that you may embarrass yourself or even fail?  Or did you feel like maybe you didn’t belong there?  Any one of these thoughts would be a perfectly natural response to trying something new.  However, changing our mindset from fear and nervousness to confidence in our abilities and believing in ourselves can help us eliminate doubt from our minds and al...

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The declaration of Independence for the United States of America was formally declared on July 2, 1776, and signed on July 4, 1776.  However, it was not for another 144 years that Congress passed the 19thAmendment and ratified it, granting women the right to vote.  It was not until nearly 70 years ago when the United Nations declared that women’s rights are fundamental human rights, and that women should have the right to live free...

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We have all experienced moments of grief.  It is devastating and life changing.  It is emotional, but very physical.  It is heavy and comes with aches and pains.  But it has also been said that grief does not change us, it reveals us.  Katie Arnold, author of Running Home: A Memoir, and winner of the 2018 Leadville 100, is no stranger to grief.  She experienced a devastating loss when her father passed away from cancer.  While she ...

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What has been your personal timeline coming back from pregnancy? Were you anxious to get back out on the road or into the workplace? Or did you feel like you could have been happy never leaving the house again? Did you feel pressure to do things that weren’t “just being a mom?” Or did you have mother’s guilt as soon as you left your child in the care of someone else?

However you felt, and whatever you ultimately decided to do, it w...

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We talk about motherhood a lot on this show. It’s probably second only to running itself, and for good reason. Since starting this podcast, our fearless host, Tina Muir, has been pregnant twice, and given birth to her beautiful daughter Bailey. Not only that, but Tina first stepped away from professional running to get healthy and start a family. 

Here we talk about what it’s like to be a mother and to be a runner. From professiona...

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You went out for another run this morning. It’s habitual, religious almost. Running is more than exercise to you. You often crave it (though sometimes you curse it). It can be difficult to explain to a non-runner how you feel—watching the sun peak over the horizon, listening to your steady breath or footfalls, inhaling the clean air just outside the city, along the beach, or in the mountains. How can you explain it? You love the co...

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We don’t often talk about track and field events that aren’t strictly running here, but this episode we took a slight metaphorical deviation. Hurdles: the thin barrier that stands somewhere between two and four feet tall, intentionally placed in between you and your next step around the track. It’s a perfect addition to the running analogy, something we need to overcome,that stands between us as the finish line.

Today’s guest is Em...

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In the running world we have witnessed some really heart-wrenching events. When you work for years to come seconds short of a podium position, the contention and controversy can quickly rise. Running is a beautiful sport, but it’s not always pretty. It’s simple, instinctive, and accessible; but it’s also competitive, agonizing, and at times, mercenary. Athletes such as Kara Goucher have faced the media and brands head-on in an atte...

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If there’s one message that I could get across to athletes at every level, it’s simply the idea of “You are enough.” It’s a beautiful message because it applies to you no matter how many awards you’ve received, your age, your goals—really anything.

If you are a person that has experienced a fairly trial-less life, maybe you consider yourself lucky or a natural, it may feel like you areyour accomplishments. On the other hand, maybe...

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Mindfulness. Meditation. Being present. Enjoying the journey. These are the trending approaches to everyday life, and for good reason. We don’t live on the podium; we live on the street, the trails, the concrete, the pavement. If life is to be enjoyed, shouldn’t we try to enjoy as much of it as possible?

I’ll Be Happy When...

Have you noticed that life can often be a string of when’s and what if’s? For example, “I’ll be happy when...

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The first pair of Altra Running shoes probably don’t look anything like what you have in mind. In fact, the first several hundred pairs of running shoes that co-founders Golden and Brian worked on had a variety of logos on them. Altering other running shoes is how they got their start in the shoe-making business and how they came up with their name, Altra. With a goal to fix the running shoe industry, Altra did whatever was necess...

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Mountain races and trail runs are becoming more and more popular within the running community. Something about the connection with nature, and wanting to know what lies in the next valley satisfies our spirit and our curiosity simultaneously. This type of running often keeps both our ticking watches and our social media notifications subdued. It really is one of the best ways to move our bodies.

Anna Frost was born in New Zealand t...

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There are moments when life seems out of our control. The loss of a loved one, the inability to find employment, or a broken relationship are examples of trials that can make us feel powerless. The spiral of depression can take us even further down as any attempt to better our situation is overcome by unfortunate events.

Seven years ago, this was the exact situation Alison Desir found herself in. Her dad was sick, she lost her job,...

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We all know the economic fallout of this virus is going to be huge, and many companies have already gone out of business, with many many more expected to not make it through the year. Rather than just cutting employees, this time, big, “untouchable” corporations have also gone under. And what about the small businesses out there, who are not sure if they can even make it through the year? When you and your family have sacrificed so...

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As an athlete, odds are you have heard the name Meb Keflezighi. But as a runner, not only have you heard of him, you’ve idolized his abilities and been inspired by his amazing career.  Meb, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon, winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, cementing his legacy as one of the best long-distance runners in history, joined the Running for Real Podcast to ...

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Have you ever considered using running as a way to tell people what you care about? If not, I’m sure you’ve seen people that have. Maybe a neighborhood boy or girl on the cross-country team has asked you to pledge a certain amount of money for each lap they run during a fund-raising event, or maybe you’ve seen a 5K go through your city with every participant wearing pink to raise breast cancer awareness.

When you run, you stand out...

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There is a lot of stress, fear, anxiety, overwhelm in our world right now. We have no idea what the future will look like, and that can be hard for us to function, especially when we are all told to stay inside our homes, which can make things even more intense.

I knew there was only one expert I wanted to bring on the show to talk us through, help us understand what we can do right now to make things feel a little more under our c...

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At what point did you consider yourself to be a runner? Odds are, you were a runner long before you felt comfortable saying it out loud. Maybe it wasn’t until after your first 5K, your tenth 5K, or even your first marathon. Perhaps you still don’t call yourself a runner, or when you do, you quickly follow it up with “but not a fast one.”

This is silly. Why do so many of us feel the need to qualify for the Boston Marathon before we ...

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Special report episode on Coronavirus. I interviewed Dr Emily Stoneman, an Infectious Disease Specialist working at the University of Michigan, to ask her all the questions we have been wondering, and then addressed what to do as runners. Emily has been working 18 hour days, but gave us almost an hour of her time to help the running community feel at ease.

In the second half of the episode, I address what to do if your goal race ha...

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