Lauren Collins is from Orange County, CA, is married with a new son, and loves the beach and being outside with her family. She shares how she hated running while growing up and focused on gymnastics until she started track and field in high school in order to meet new people. She quickly fell in love with running and track and field, leading to an athletic scholarship at UC Irvine. Lauren tells us about barely missing the Olympic trials in 2008 and 2012 for the heptathlon and high jump, respectively, due to injuries. We also talk with Lauren about lessons she learned from being a sports model and a recent business she started with her sister called SISSFiT. Lauren and her sister Kelly have designed treadmill interval workouts and strength training guides that are available on their website. She also shares about her recent pregnancy and first child and how priorities in life have changed. Photo credit: Guzman @lesguzman
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Ryan and Jaime Maher are from St. Louis, Missouri and are busy with two little girls, full-time and part-time jobs, as well as being ultramarathoners. We talk with Jaime and Ryan about how they became runners and how they typically go big or go home, something that has translated into their running. They share how their competitive nature and desire to show their children that you can accomplish big and crazy goals has led them to accomplish some amazing things. Ryan and Jaime share an entertaining story about their first trail run together and an emotional story about Jaime running an amazing race and helping others along the way. The Mahers also talk about a running group they started that has since become the Arch City Run Club, a group where runners of all abilities support and encourage each other. We talk about the importance of the running community and how Ryan and Jaime’s running community has been one of the greatest gifts in their life together.
Kara Lubin is a fourth generation public school teacher from California, a mother to two children, and also maintains a small farm with horses, dogs, and a tortoise named Rachel. We talk with Kara about how Rachel the tortoise is her spirit animal and how she struggled with an unhealthy relationship with running, exercise, and food while growing up. She strives to keep a well balanced and positive outlook on exercise and food as she strives to set an example for her children and others. Kara loves the Born to Run ultra marathons and prides herself in running slow and steady. She shares how she started the 100 Mile Club in 1992 and how her instinct led to developing a program that now reaches over 1.2 million children a year. With the 100 Mile Club, Kara is passionate about using running or other activities to inspire kids, as well as adults, to set a goal, work toward it a little each day, and help others along the way. We talk about a recent partnership 100 Mile Club has with our sponsor Goodr, which has resulted in a beautiful special pair of sunglasses that when purchased, enables two children to benefit from the 100 Mile Club program. Kara also shares about the amazing community of supportive runners she has met, including Chris McDougall, the author of Born to Run.
This episode is recorded live in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts when host Matt Sorenson joined Jason Savageau for a relaxing run along the Charles River. Jason works as a social security disability attorney and is active in the visually impaired and blindness communities. He started running in 2015 after being fed up with how he felt and has since lost 75 pounds and has run seven half marathons. We talk about how his visual impairment affects him as a runner, the importance and impact of the running community, and the impact the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon affected Jason and the Boston community. Jason shares how he is preparing to train for his first marathon with goals of running the Boston Marathon in 2019. We also talk about donuts and beer, the November Project, Summerville Brewing, the Slumbrew Happy Soles and Achilles International Boston.