Roy Smalley is from Wisconsin and is a personal trainer, and group exercise instructor, volunteer firefighter, hazmat response team member, husband, father, musician, volunteer, and cook. When he’s not busy with these things, you can find Roy running, but this wasn’t always the case. Roy shares how he was never active until later in life, when he realized he needed to make a change. We learn how Roy went from 250 pounds to 170 pounds through a weight loss competition, eating smarter, triathlon, and running. Roy also shares about how it was also the pending adoption of his daughter that inspired him to live a healthier lifestyle. Roy has run several marathons, half Ironmans, half marathons, obstacle course races, and many other shorter distances. We also learn how Roy uses running and exercise to help others, whether it be at a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, starting a running club at a non-profit coffee shop, or raising money for adoption or cancer-related causes. Roy shares training advice and challenges our listeners to never think that it’s too late to reinvent yourself and make significant changes.
This episode is Part II of our conversation with Kristen Kirkland (Part I is Episode 58). We continue talking with about her personal connection with the work that Every Mother Counts supports to help make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Kristen shares a story about participating in the Hood to Coast Relay with Every Mother Counts. We learn about a number of ways runners can get involved with the organization, including running the New York City Marathon. Kristen shares training advice and challenges all our listeners to bring purpose to your running, no matter what it is.
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.