Kristen Kirkland lives in New York and has always been a runner. Running has always been a part of family activities and she ran her first marathon in college. Kristen has run 13 marathons, an ultra marathon, and has qualified for the Boston Marathon. Kristen tells us about an amazing non-profit called Every Mother Counts, a group with the goal of making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. We talk with Kristen about how running is integral to the efforts of Every Mother Counts and how the common theme of distance enables runners to connect with the purpose of the organization. This episode is Part I of our conversation with Kristen and be sure to listen to episode 059 for Part II.
Tania Glenn started running in college and trained for her first marathon at the age of 30 after going through a significant breakup. She has since run 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. As a crisis and disaster response therapist for first responders, Tania helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Tania shares how running helps her patients recover from very significant events and diagnoses. As a runner, Tania shares running advice and stories from her races and challenges listeners to help veterans and first responders.
After suffering from a heart attack and cardiac arrest, Shane Johnson found himself with a number of side effects and taking 13 different medications. Through changing his nutrition and becoming physically active, including running, he was able to completely turn around his health. Shane has now run a number of marathons and ultramarathons, including the Twin Cities Marathon as a Medtronic Global Hero. His advice for runners is to not ever give up on yourself and to not let a medical diagnosis stop you from living life. Shane’s story provides inspiration and motivation for runners of all types and abilities, as he wants to be a beacon of hope for others diagnosed with heart disease as he continues running for his life.