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 well.
How running unites people in the simplest way. 2:00
Racial inequality and the running world. 04:25
Running is available for everyone. 7:05
The roots of Real Life Runners. 12:05
Being part of the change and its ripple effect. 13:31
The starfish story. 15:00
Empowering yourself through running. 18:06
Bridging the gap between the diversity among us. 30:34
Choosing which charities and causes to support. 39:10
Approaching everything with equality and love. 45:44
The inclusive characteristics of...
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 reason, labels can be incredibly detrimental. Other people can feel confined or burdened by the label. On this episode, we cover the two sides to the power of labels.
The pros of labeling. 2:27
I am a real life runner. 4:22
Understanding that your identity as a real life runner is different from someone else's. 9:21
The cons of labeling. 13:18
What happens when you stop limiting yourself. 16:47
Looking at the whole picture beyond the label. 24:55
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.
Success - in a runner’s perspective. 3:09
Why success matters. 8:07
Success and happiness - the connection between these two. 12:25
Your own journey towards success - this matters more. 25:49
Does structure really limit you? 28:59
Choosing the right plan for you and sticking to it. 30:54
Embracing new possibilities. 38:00
Understanding that your success from other things can be applied to your running journey and vice versa. 45:10
The importance of focusing on today. 48:40
Accepting the fact that the people...
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 always had choice and how you can use that to highlight your power and bring the most joy to your running and life. This power of choice can help bring us out of a motivational funk.
When the urgency factor goes down the drain. 3:10
Assessing the reasons or issues that make our choices so much harder. 4:23
Finding the other good reasons why you run – there should be other good reasons that you might have not noticed before. 8:48
The thing called friendly competition....
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 to open up about the funkier side of running.
Highlights of the Episode:
The runner connection. 2:17
Blisters and easy fixes. 8:31
Purple and missing toe nails. 18:08
Choosing the right running shoe size. 18:11
For female runners: The connection between pregnancy and your running shoe size. 23:00
Chafing – what most people have probably experienced. 26:20
Tummy troubles: why do runners end up having GI issues?. 33:43
Bowel movements. 37:17
Runner’s trots. 38:50
Reconsidering your food intake types before and...
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 holding ourselves back by simply logging miles and not seeing the importance of strong and mobile muscles and joints?
Strength training and mobility work are essential ingredients for a strong running foundation. Are these missing from your training plan?
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.
The nature of human beings physically drawn to one another. 3:18
The different aspects of human beings and their needs. 10:36
The natural behavior of human frequency. 14:50
The RLR Tribe. 22:18
The RLR Tribe spot on challenge. 25:06
Community and learning – how they work together. 30:06
Why community is important. 35:55
The importance of knowing whether you’re in the right community or not. 41:35
Eliminating the gap among runners. 48:05
Connection - What matters most right now. 54:50
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.
Highlights of the Episode:
Tips for social distance running. 2:13
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?
Highlights of the Episode:
The area outside of our comfort zone. 5:35
Dealing with time issues. 6:00
The perfect time to start something new. 7:25
The art of making excuses. 11:50
Accepting the fact that there is no perfect time to start something new. 13:17
Your perspective vs. what the world shows you. 21:40
Finding the significant positives in your daily life. 28:10
The downside of being too focused on something. 44:55
Validating and assessing the priorities you’ve lined up periodically. 47:09
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. Sometimes it helps to have some guidance.
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Highlights of the Episode:
How to adjust with training plans when a short-term hiccup comes up. 5:52
Missing a strength day – how to cope up. 15:00
The importance of having a purpose for every training week. 17:18
Tips in dealing with long-term hiccups on your training plan. 19:26
Assessing the amount you’ve missed in your training plan. 29:30
Figuring out what...
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