Ben Jacobs started running in 7th grade to get in shape for hockey. He gradually learned to enjoy running and especially appreciated the community and team aspect, leading to running competitively in college. We chat with Ben about how he became a coach at the university level, as well as some injury and recovery advice. Ben also recently began coaching with a previous guest of ours on Episode 22, Victoria Phillippi with Run4PRs. Ben also tells us how he loves to give back to the running community and he’ll tell us about a nonprofit he launched in the twin cities of Minnesota called Rolling Thunder. Ben coaches athletes of all levels with custom plans. Be sure to listen for a special offer from Ben and Run4PRs.
Sasha Wolff started running in 2012 when her depression and anxiety flared up. She quickly fell in love with running and found that pushing herself and accomplishing goals helped her cope and manage her mental health challenges. Sasha recently started a group called Still I Run, that encourages people to run for their physical and mental health, raises awareness of mental health issues and seeks to stop the stigma surrounding mental health. Sasha tells us about the motivation behind this group, what it is all about, and explains what their logo means. She provides runners of all abilities helpful advice and reminds us that we are not alone, and there are communities like Still I Run that can help. You can purchase Still I Run products on their Etsy shop and find out more at their website.
Stacy Holden is a native Houstonian who discovered running at the early age of seven with her parents. At age 10, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and used running as a way to manage her disease. Stacy ran her first marathon at the age of 12 and has run consistently ever since. Stacy recently published a book entitled People of Memorial Park: Stories From Houston's Favorite Trail. Her book beautifully shares 45 amazing stories of people who frequent the park and running trail. Stacy tells us about the inspiration for the book and her efforts collecting the stories. She also describes a few of the stories that not only entertain and educate but also inspire readers. Stacy challenges listeners to share their stories since everyone has a valuable story that can inspire and help others. Be sure to check out the book’s website where you can purchase the book.
Deyl Kearin returns to the Runified Podcast (previously on episode 16) after completing the Grand to Grand Ultra, a six-stage, 170-mile race, starting at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and finishing at the Grand Staircase in Utah. Deyl talks about this amazing running experience and how he uses his ability to run to improve the lives of others through Run4Poverty and Opportunity International. Opportunity International helps people in third world countries by providing significant microfinance loans. Deyl talks about how his family, friends, donors, training partners, and a random stranger Jonathan, all made his race possible. He also talks about how running ultra marathons for others enables him to connect with and help people around the world through the money he raises. Deyl would love to have others join him with Run4Poverty, so please, reach out to Deyl if you have any interest in using your running for something bigger than yourself. You can reach Deyl at firstname.lastname@example.org.