Brett Rein currently lives in Durango, CO, is 28 years old, and is a substitute teacher and ski instructor. Although Brett has always been an athlete, including playing hockey and rugby, it wasn’t until college that he started running. Brett’s appreciation for running started when a buddy of his started training for the Navy SEALs, in which they would trail run for hours. During graduate school, he read the book The Last Lecture which inspired him to think about his own goals in life and he ended up signing up for the Death Race by Peak Races in 2014. Brett tells us about training for the Death Race, a race of unknowns and various events, including chopping wood, making a fire, hiking, four hours of ballet, and running up mountains. He also shares how he went from being tied for second place in that race to waking up in the hospital. Brett redeemed himself at his second Death Race and speaks about learning from failure. We also learn about Brett’s travels and other endurance races, including an attempt to swim across Lake Tahoe, running up a volcano, meditating for ten days, and paddle boarding hundreds of miles. Brett is currently training for the Bigfoot 200, a 206.5 mile ultramarathon. While training for this race Brett is undertaking a mental health awareness project called Miles From Ordinary in which he is helping people share their stories regarding mental health. Brett loves the community he has surrounded himself including The Endurance Society, as well as sponsors such as The Ultra House, SaunaSpace, and Garden of Life. Brett was introduced to the Runified podcast by Sasha Wolff, founder of Still I Run, who was on episode 28 of our podcast. Brett hopes to work with Sasha to raise awareness for mental health together.
Jon Towey is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is 39, married with three kids, and has been a stay at home dad for 10 years. We talk with Jon about how observing a picture of himself later in life made him realize he needed to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Also, as a young adult, Jon was in a dark place, leading to a drinking problem. He shares his story and how becoming a runner helped turn around his life through recovery from addiction. Specifically, we talk about the importance of the running community, not worrying about what you cannot control, and setting goals. Jon tells stories from a few of the six marathons and other races he has finished as well as lessons he has learned, including prioritization of things in life, not sweating the small stuff, enjoying the adventure, and focusing on things you can control in life and running.
Kelly Collins is from Southern California and was raised in an active family with her older sister Lauren Collins, our guest from episode 89. After playing soccer for most of her childhood, Kelly started running track and field in sixth grade and became more and more involved in running as she found that she could control her effort and affect the outcomes in her running. Kelly ran track and field throughout college and her strong work ethic helped her in a competitive sales career. We talk with Kelly about sports modeling, her motivation to keep running, and her desire to start a business called SISSFiT with her sister Lauren, in which they have designed treadmill interval workouts and strength training guides that are available on their website. Kelly encourages our listeners to find their swagger and to diversify their running routine and training by getting out of their comfort zone.
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