Two Traits You Need to Rise Above the Trophy Generation

podcast May 03, 2019

I had already been thinking about the end of the school year and words to share with graduating seniors when "a situation" occurred at my house the other night. My daughter was the director for a feature film that her class created as part of their senior capstone project. It's a huge undertaking, and she was thrilled to be selected to direct. Throughout the process, there have been some challenges, but we've looked at them as learning experiences. There are some things that no book or college class can teach, and the obstacles provided great real-world experience. 

However, there becomes a point where people need to take responsibility for their actions and do the actual work--no excuses. At the end of every podcast, I ask my guest to list three traits that champions possess. This film production process has reminded me why dedication and work ethic are on my personal list. 

In the real world, if you have a job and you don't fulfill the requirements of the job, you are...

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Nick Symmonds: What it Takes to Crush Your Goals

podcast Apr 30, 2019

For this episode, I spoke with two time Olympian, Nick Symmonds. Nick competed for the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He focused on the 800 meters for the majority of his career, and now in retirement, has set a personal goal of beating 11 seconds in the 100 meters. He has also publicly expressed his desire to climb the seven summits, the tallest mountain on each continent. Nick stays busy hunting, fishing and running the company he co-founded, Run Gum. He also has a wildly-popular YouTube channel where he shares the wisdom he acquired over his 20 year running career. 

Because it's clear that Nick has a heart for working with young runners and sharing the knowledge he's accumulated over his 20 year running career, I made sure to ask him several questions specific to high school running, and questions related to thriving, even if your dream school doesn't want you. I think there's a lot here, even if you don't aspire to be a competitive runner. And, I think this episode is...

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Become Core Strong with Mark Campbell

core podcast Apr 23, 2019

You need a strong core to excel in running… but it’s also what is going to keep you moving under your own power and keep you chasing adventure in your 80s and 90s. I talked with Mark Campbell, of Core Strong Fitness, about the importance of core training, how you can use suspension training to become stronger, how you can have an 18 year old athlete and an 80 year old woman rebuilding leg strength both rocking the same class, some of the success stories from the people he's trained, ways to work exercise into your day in small increments, how he creates a supportive environment at his gym... and more!

“If you want to be able to climb a mountain when you’re 80 years old, you have to have a strong core. If you want to run your fastest marathon time, you have to have a strong core.”

--Mark Campbell

 

About Mark:

Mark Campbell is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of CORE Strong Fitness, the only studio with a TRX focus in Kansas City. He...

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Deliece Hofen, Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer: Running with Hope

cancer podcast Apr 16, 2019

Deliece Hofen is  the mother of two sons. Her youngest son, Braden, battled childhood cancer three times. During his second battle with cancer, he faced the words "no known cure" and his odds for survival were less than 10%. Three months after that diagnosis, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. They had chemo on the same days in two different locations in Kansas City for several months. They both achieved remission and life went along pretty well until two years later when Braden was diagnosed with a secondary leukemia that was actually caused by the treatments he had received to save his life from his first cancer. No child had ever survived this particular form of secondary leukemia after battling relapsed neuroblastoma.

In the podcast, we will share what happened next and how Deliece and her family are doing now. Deliece is also the founder of Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer, a foundation that funds research so that no other family will ever need to hear the...

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Celebrating Boston Marathon Champions

boston podcast Apr 14, 2019

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and it's a marathon almost everyone has heard of, even if they don't follow running. Running Boston represents dedication, commitment, grit and perseverance--and the runners who make it to the start line in Boston on the third Monday in April each year have poured their hearts into their training.

It's so exciting to be in Boston on race day and for the days leading up to the race, so I wanted to create a special Boston edition of the podcast to bring some of that excitement to everyone--those who are racing, those who are spectating, and those of us who are living vicariously through our favorite runners. 

There is so much that we can all learn about what it takes to be a champion in life, at work, with our loved ones, and in sport by studying how champions think, feel and train. No matter if we run, walk, row, cycle, swim or crossfit... the Boston marathon and the people who run it are inspiring. 

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Meredith Atwood, Swim Bike Mom on Triathlon, Addiction, Life and a Year of No Nonsense

podcast triathlon Apr 09, 2019

I am so excited to share this week’s interview. I talked to Meredith Atwood, who some of you might know better as Swim Bike Mom. She is a recovering attorney, motivational speaker and author of the newly released, Triathlon for the Every Woman: You Can Be a Triathlete. Yes. You. She is also the host of the podcast, The Same 24 Hours. Meredith lives in Overland Park, Kansas (for now!) with her husband and two children and writes about all things at MeredithAtwood.com. Her next book, The Year of No Nonsense, will be released December 2019. You can follow her everywhere at @SwimBikeMom.

In this interview, we talked about Meredith’s books, overcoming addiction, depression and suicide, and some of the fears we have as moms. She also tells us about some of the fun things she’s discovered since her move to Overland Park, and I share my favorite places to get BBQ in the KC area. If you’ve never done a triathlon, or can’t fathom dipping a toe in the water, I...

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Golden Rules of Race Day - Do Unto Others On The Course

podcast Apr 04, 2019

 

Race season is heating up across most of the U.S., so I wanted to do a special race week edition of the podcast to share the "Golden Rules of Race Day."

A few years ago, I was in amazing shape and was prepared for a half marathon PR, but when the race started, a few things happened that were out of my control. These things cost me several minutes and I wasn't able to hit the time I was shooting for that day.

As I complained to friends and had a pity party, some good conversations arose, and I realized that we needed more awareness around some of the "rules" of racing that no one tells us. 

I don't want to give you more to stress about, so most importantly, remember that runners are a good group of people. We love welcoming others to the runner family. And we are all there to have a good time and to participate in an activity that we love.

That said, I'm going to share some ideas that might give you, and everyone around you, a better race day experience. I'd love to hear...

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Laura Schmidt of Notes to Self Socks on Optimism and Positivity

podcast Apr 02, 2019

 

For those of you who have been around for a while, you know that I am always saying that the words we tell ourselves matter. I’m all about positivity and optimism and believing that we have the ability to write the story of our lives. Every day is a fresh, blank page and each morning, we have a choice—do we write a story that’s filled with love and light and hope and optimism and belief in ourselves? Or do we write a story that’s dark and hopeless?

Heck, you don’t even have to wait until tomorrow. You can start right this minute and choose optimism.

You’ve probably heard a variation on the story about the woman who got up late, fumbled around the house in hurry, spilled coffee on her shirt, gets into the car an angry mess, cuts people off in interstate traffic, lays on her horn, waves her middle finger at the other drivers, gets to the office slams the door, barks orders her assistant… and her day continues to spiral out of...

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Overcoming Obstacles with Linda Mitchell of Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T

obstacles podcast Mar 26, 2019

Linda’s personal story is one of overcoming obstacles. Time after time, she has been knocked down, only to rise stronger. From being abused by a close family member as a child, to leaving an abusive marriage as a stay-at-home mom, to the ups and downs of finding a way to support her family, the highs and lows of a career in the fitness industry, her experiences as a fitness competitor (and the torn hamstring she competed through)… plus her books, her podcast and the new women's fitness boutique she is about to open.

One of the things I love most about Linda is that she never gives up.  Every time she is hit with an obstacle, she evaluates, regroups and finds a way to continue achieving. You will leave this interview with Linda Mitchell feeling inspired and ready to take on the world.

Linda  is a 55 year old -- award-winning fitness competitor, women’s health expert and an elite obstacle racer. I met Linda a few years ago at a fitness convention, and was...

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How to Connect to Your Passion with Ashley DeLuca

podcast reading Mar 19, 2019

 

Don’t let the internet…

crush your optimism, define your worth, stifle your magic, wreck your wild or dull your self-love.

I found this quote as I was scrolling Instagram the other day.  There is some beautiful artwork  that goes with it by Dani DiPirro over at PositivelyPresent.

It really hit home for me because so much of the content that I put out into the world reflects what I feel like my daughters need to hear a certain week, or maybe it reflects what I need to tell myself in a particular moment. Or maybe it’s a message for a friend who I know is hurting.

I try to be a source of inspiration to help others chase their dreams, get through rough patches and believe in themselves. So when Rachel Hollis released her second book, Girl Stop Apologizing, and I saw multiple negative articles and book reviews, I took it a bit personally. I felt like the criticisms could also apply to my work. 

I strive to put out uplifting and empowering...

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