In this episode, Ann Gaffigan, former American Record Holder in the Steeple Chase, Co-Founder of Women Talk Sports, and business owner, 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 steeple chase 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.
In this episode, Laura Hugo, runner for the Oiselle Team, mother, and educational consultant, discusses her background in athletics as competitive collegiate swimmer. She explains how she was inspired to start running– from her college roommate, former American record holder in the steeplechase, Ann Gaffigan. Lauren explains what it means to run for Oiselle and her favorite distance, the 5k. She reveals how motherhood and pregnancy has changed her relationship to running and tips on training with a stroller. Laura provides insight on how to schedule running workouts as a working mother. She shares why she looks up to Lauren Fleshman, another Oiselle Team athlete. Lastly, Laura previews upcoming races and goals.