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ROO #169: David Laney on Overcoming Mental Barriers

In this episode, David Laney, professional runner for Nike Trail Running and running coach at Trails and Tarmac, discusses how to overcome mental barriers in running and life. David reflects on his lifelong love for running that included a challenging high school career where his body wasn’t able to keep up with his passion for running. He reveals how the seed to run 100 miles was planted in him early on and why he transitioned to ultra trail running from a track and road background.

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ROO #109: Alicia Shay on Running as a Gift of Giving

In the episode, Alicia Shay, professional runner, coach, and nutritionalist, tells the story of why she started running in high school. She reflects on the transition to collegiate running at Stanford University and recounts the unexpected race result of setting the former NCAA 10k women’s record. Alicia discusses how she overcame the challenges she faced from injury and her husband Ryan’s unexpected death at the 2008 Olympic Trials. She reflects on her inspiration to open her Flagstaff home (“the Shay Hostel”) to other endurance athletes. Alicia provides insight on her work as a coach and how it allows her to give back to the running community. She offers fueling advice for marathoners from her experience as a nutritionist. Alicia discusses her transition to trail running and explains how she incorporates ski mountaineering into her training. Lastly, Alicia previews races on her calendar for 2015.

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ROO #93: Chris Vargo on Professional Ultra Running and Overcoming Alcoholism

In the episode, Chris Vargo, professional ultra trail runner and running coach, provides his background in endurance sports before he started running. He discusses on his Nike Trail Team sponsorship and the team’s mission. Chris explains what motivated him to become a running coach. He explores the connection between addiction and running. Chris shares his perspective on the drinking culture in the trail running community. He reflects on how his running coaching has also served as a platform for him to help people with alcoholism. Chris describes his journey overcoming alcoholism and the turning point in his recovery. He looks back at his year of racing in 2014 and the importance of active-recovery after one’s racing season is over. Lastly, Chris previews races on his calendar for 2015.

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