In this episode, Jay Dicharry, expert in biomechanical analysis, physical therapist, and director of the REP Lab, explores what it means to develop your inner athlete so that you can perform at your best, stay uninjured, and live your healthiest life. Jay explains how he became interested in the art of running injury-free: from his technique-driven background as a competitive swimmer to being an injury-prone high school cross country runner.
“I believe that you can fit everything in your life the way you want and still get better. It’s just how you structure your training to get better.” * In this episode, Karen Smyers, world class triathlete, coach, mother, race director, and cancer survivor, tells the story of how passion allowed her to persevere through cancer, injury, and setbacks to have one of the most historic triathlon careers. Karen is the only woman ever to win the 1995 Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the short course World Championship in the same year. Karen discusses her athletic background as a competitive swimmer and her introduction to running at Princeton University. She explains how she unexpectedly made the transition to professional triathlon. Karen provides insight on how the power of passionate positivity allowed her to overcome numerous setbacks, including a freak accident that sliced her hamstring, being struck by an 18-wheel truck on her bike, another bike accident during an important race, and her battle with thyroid cancer. She reveals her relationship with triathlon now, from the challenges she faces during a race to her experience as a triathlon coach. Karen reflects on the growth of triathlon in the USA and shares her upcoming athletic goals.
In this episode, Lisa Hamilton, an accomplished master’s runner, coach, and host of the Conscious Runner Podcast, discusses her background in athletics from swimming competitively throughout her youth in St. Croix to discovering running in college. She reveals what she prefers– track or cross country. Lisa recounts her most mentally challenging race and proudest race. She explains what being a “conscious runner” means and why she began the Conscious Runner podcast. Lisa provides insight on the relationship between spirituality and competition in running. She gives her perspective on balancing motherhood, work, and training. Lisa reflects on breakthroughs in the athletes she coaches and the importance of strength training. Lastly, Lisa shares upcoming races on her schedule and tips on how to stay motivated as a runner.