Shawanna White began running in high school and quickly found her passion. Her desire to keep improving has kept her running through the years. Shawanna loves racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and she working towards a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials for the marathon. Shawanna tells us about a significant injury that kept her away from running for 6 months and what made it possible for her to return to running stronger than ever. She also shares helpful advice for runners of all abilities. Shawanna’s positive attitude and energy are contagious and you’ll be sure to take something of value away from her interview. Shawanna is sponsored by Skechers Performance, Zensah, and Greenville Running Company.
Chris Sanders found running at an early age and was almost immediately drawn to the relationships and connections with his teammates. After running cross country in college, Chris gradually increased the distance he runs, having now completed 10 marathons as well as 3 Ironman races. Chris loves pushing the limits of his body and even races up skyscrapers! We talk with Chris about pushing the perceived physical limits of our bodies and how technology helps us connect with our body as well as others. Chris is passionate about connected health and how technology can enable us to not only understand more about our bodies but also engage us in our own health more. He mentions a handful of startups making a difference in this industry, such as humon, WHOOP, and HealthRhythms.
On this episode, host Matt Sorenson reflects on the recent Presidential election and the effects it is having. We as Americans are all different, but the common bond of running ties us together, making “we the runners” stronger as a group than any one of us individually. Running is a unique avenue or tool that has the amazing power to bring people together, as well as positively change individuals, communities, and the world. Matt reflects on personal experiences, the stories of previous podcast guests, and challenges the Runified Community with simple yet meaningful things they can do. This message revolves around the belief that running together, as well as running for others, can help heal, unify and strengthen our nation.
Victoria Phillippi started running in high school by simply running around the block in the neighborhood. In college, Victoria started running 5K races and ended up running on the cross country team. Her coach took a chance on her and taught her how to truly train, believed in her ability and opportunity to improve. Since then, Victoria has run 16 marathons and has qualified for the Boston Marathon 11 times with a personal record of 3:14. Victoria started coaching runners by helping her mom prepare for a 5K for her 50th birthday, and is now certified by the Road Runners Club of America. Through her business, Run4PRs, Victoria coaches athletes of all abilities with customized plans, helping runners reach their goals in a way that works with their lifestyle. Make sure you listen for a special offer Victoria is offering to our listeners.