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ROO Podcast #35: with Greg Faxon on Living Deliberately and Spartan Racing


Greg Faxon is a consultant, accomplished Spartan Racer, blogger, and positive psychology enthusiast.

In this episode Greg explores what it means to live deliberately. Greg explains his background in obstacle racing as a natural transition from his years of high school and collegiate wrestling. Greg found obstacle racing while in his undergrad at Wesleyan and has had success at Spartan Racing, competing in Spartan World Championships in 2013. He discusses his training and what he thinks about when racing. Greg then explores interesting phenomena within positive psychology and how this intersects with his work as a marketing consultant for HawkPartners. Lastly, Greg discusses mentors who have inspired him and what he is looking forward to for 2014.

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Tuesday Truth: Courage

“If you have the courage to fail, you have the courage to succeed.”

- Shalane Flanagan

* Although Shalane Flanagan may not have gotten the win she was hoping for at the 2014 Boston Marathon, she set an American course record and ran a brave race!

{Photo taken at the Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014 by Julia Hanlon}

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ROO #34: Dr. Nick Campos on Mind-Body-Spirit Health

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Dr. Nick Campos is a chiropractic physician, spiritual teacher, and author. In this episode we discuss Dr. Campos’ early interest in the mind-body-spirit connection from the teachers that inspired him to his first chiropractic adjustment at the age of seven. Dr. Campos explains the role of dharma in his life and work in starting the West Hollywood Healing Arts Center. He shares a window into how he maintains wellness– from his daily mediation practice to the benefits of juicing. Lastly, Dr. Campos discusses his upcoming book.

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Kale Chips

Every health nut has their own kale chip recipe. I recently made kale chips for my parents and my dad was in love (it was his first kale chip experience). I promised him I would post my recipe, so that when I was not home, he could make them– here you go, dad! They are easy to make, yummy, and adored by many.

photo 1Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Nutritional yeast


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Remove kale stems and leaves. Wash kale, dry it in a salad spinner, and move to a large bowl.
  3. Massage kale with olive oil.
  4. Place kale on a single layer of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the sheet, and bake for 10 minutes more. The kale chips should be crispy,have brown edges, but not burnt.

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ROO #33: Dick Beardsley on Professional Running and Overcoming Addiction


Dick Beardsley is a former professional runner, motivational speaker, and author. Dick is a renowned American distance runner who is best known for his 1982 Boston Marathon, “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar, where he ran 2:08:53. Dick is also a two-time Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier. He is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only person to ever run 13 consecutive personal bests in the marathon. After retiring from running in 1988, Dick had a series of near fatal accidents that left him addicted to pain killers. He become sober, returned to his active running lifestyle, and was inspired to start the Dick Beardsley Foundation that educates people on the disease of chemical dependency.

In this episode we discuss Dick’s running background, from what inspired him to begin running in high school to time as a professional runner. Dick recounts the 1982 Boston Marathon, “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar and the challenges he encountered during the race. He shares his journey of chemical dependency from how he overcame his addiction to pain killers to starting the Dick Beardsley Foundation. Dick reveals his relationship with running now and thoughts on the upcoming Boston Marathon.

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ROO #32: Heather Anderson on Hiking and Ultrarunning


Heather Anderson is an experienced hiker, ultramarathoner, and record holder of the fastest self-supported Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hike (60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes). 

In this episode we discuss Heather’s numerous hiking endeavors she completed before her speed PCT hike, including the Continental Divide Trail, Appalachian Mountain Trail, and the PCT once prior. Heather reveals the challenges of her record-holding PCT hike, including a recount of her most difficult day and four encounters with mountain lions. She shares on her love of ultrarunning, including her most recent attempt at the Barkley 100. Heather describes her food/nutrition philosophy and what trails are on her bucketlist.

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