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ROO #71: Sally McRae on Overcoming Mental Obstacles in Running

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Sally McRae is a professional trail-ultra runner, endurance sports coach, and mother.

In this episode, Sally discusses her background in athletics from collegiate soccer to training for her first marathon. Sally explain why she was drawn to the trails and the 100-mile distance. She shares the biggest personal challenge she has overcome. Sally recounts her three 100-miler experiences, including how she has overcome mental and physical challenges in her three races. She reflects on her recent top-10 finish at the Western States 100 and three things she will do differently in her training for Western States next year. Sally reveals who inspires her and how she balances motherhood, training, and coaching. She gives the inside scoop on her relationship with yoga and upcoming projects and races on her schedule.

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ROO #70: Blake Russell on Balancing Professional Running and Motherhood


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Blake Russell is a professional runner, Olympian, mother, and writer.

In this episode, Blake discusses her background in running and how she navigated the transition from high school to collegiate running. She recaps a breakthrough race in the 1500 from her time at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Blake recounts of her experience competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She reveals how she dealt with the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Team. Blake offers three lessons she has learned from her renowned Coach Robert Sevene. She provides tangible tips on proper running form. Blake explains how she balances motherhood and training. She shares her favorite workouts and upcoming races on her calendar. Lastly, Blake gives her perspective on strength training: a little bit can go a long way!

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Tuesday Truth: You Are a Spark of Divinity

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“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar

* On August 20th, 2014, B.K.S. Iyengar died at the age of 95. Iyengar was considered one of the central pioneers in bringing yoga to the Western world. Deep pranams to an amazing teacher!

{Photo taken in Venice Beach, California in July 2012 by Liza DeWitt}


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ROO #69: Andy Wacker on the Power of Motivation in Running and Racing

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Andy Wacker is a Boulder-based professional road and mountain runner.

In this episode, Andy discusses his background in running from why he started running in middle school to competing in high school. He recaps the transition from high school to collegiate running and recounts his biggest breakthrough race in college where he ran 13:41 in the 5k. Andy shares three central lessons he learned from Mark Wetmore, his renowned coach at the University of Colorado. He explains how he stayed motivated on a long-road back from an injury. Andy reveals why he started mountain racing and reflections on his recent third place finish at the Pikes Peak Ascent. He offers his favorite running spots and reads, including the craziest animals he has seen on a run! Lastly, Andy previews upcoming races and goals.

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ROO Video: Yoga For Runners – A Dynamic Cooldown

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When I tell runners I teach yoga, they often respond, “I can’t do yoga, I am too inflexible” or “I can’t even touch my toes!”

Runners are not meant to be super flexible– with many miles of running, runners’ bodies adapt to the repetitive motion and their hamstrings, hips, and more contract. I believe that the proper amount of tightness, matched with strength, stability, and mobility, can give runners the explosiveness they need for a powerful stride.

That being said, yoga is an incredible asset to runners’ training programs, when used at the right time. Runners should practice yoga after runs to aid recovery, promote mobility, improve balance, and strengthen areas of the body that running does not access.

Yoga should not compete or serve as a workout, but instead aid one’s running.

This Yoga For Runners: A Dynamic Cooldown video is meant to serve as a 40-minute yoga practice post run or done on a recovery day. It is focused on opening the hips and elongating the side body with twists.

I just returned from Green Mountain Running Camp in Vermont where I was a yoga teacher and running counselor. It was such an honor to get to introduce many high school runners to yoga and numerous campers asked me to make a video. I also plan to record other yoga for runners videos, focusing on restoration, visualization, and targeting other major body areas, such as hamstrings and back.

Let me know if you have any requests or feedback on this video– feel free to comment on the YouTube video or on this post directly.


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ROO #68: Ann Gaffigan on Mental Strength in Running and Life

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Ann Gaffigan is a former American Record Holder in the Steeplechase, Co-Founder of Women Talk Sports, and business owner.

In this episode, Ann discusses her background in athletics from balancing competitive soccer and running throughout high school to the transition from high school to collegiate running. She reflects on being apart of history as she ran the steeplechase the first year the NCAA had it as a women’s event. Ann reveals the power of mental strength in her 2004 Olympic Trials Race, in which she set the former American Record. She describes how she turned the disappointment of her 2008 Olympic Trials Race to constructive action as she has helped raise awareness for gender equality in women’s athletics. Ann explains how Women Talk Sports is changing the face of women’s athletics. She offers advice on how to balance motherhood, training, and work. Lastly, Ann previews upcoming projects for her web development business, Gazelle Incorporated.

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Excited to Represent Nuttzo as an Athlete Ambassador

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From thumbs up to freaking out, I am psyched to be a Nuttzo Athlete Ambassador!

I just returned from three weeks of working at Green Mountain Running Camp for high school students. One night at camp, we were discussing our favorite food and hands down, I exclaimed “nut butter, Nuttzo to be exact– I can eat it straight out of the jar!”

Since discovering Nuttzo through Lindsay Cotter, gluten-free goddess and ROO podcast interviewee #48, it has become a daily part of my diet.

As a plant-based, celiac, nut butter is an amazing source of protein and fat for me.

Nuttzo is unique in that it does not focus on only one nut, but instead it is filled with seven nuts and seeds. It is the only seven nut and seed butter on the planet — pretty cool!

It was created and founded by the extraordinary Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, in an effort to create nutritious foods for her two sons who were adopted from the Ukraine and were vitamin deficient. Danielle and her husband Kevin founded Project Left Behind, which supports orphaned and neglected children around the world. According to the Project’s website, “Nuttzo is the primary financial supporter of Project Left Behind and has donated more than $25,000 from the sale of its products over the last 5 Years.”

I am honored to represent Nuttzo as an athlete ambassador who is nourished daily by Nuttzo and fueled by its mission of giving back with Project Left Behind.

As you can see in my pictures, my shirt says #LLYMI, meaning LIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! Thanks to Nuttzo for sponsoring me in my journey to live my life like I mean it!

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For more info on the story of Nuttzo, watch this video.

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