“It’s been a gift to be able to confront some stuff. Because we all as humans, having been raised by humans, have stuff ,and if we don’t think through some of that, that impacts our ability to parent our kids in a wise and loving way.” *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: help support the Running On Om Podcast by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes!* In this episode, Mary Ostyn, mother of ten children, author, and nurse, explains the importance of writing in her life. She reflects on the beginnings of her motherhood. Mary provides insight on the adoption process from her diverse experiences adopting six children, two sons from South Korea and four daughters from Ethiopia. She discusses how adoption has challenged her to develop new ways of parenting and through her blog posts on adoption, has inspired others. Mary recounts the decision she made to homeschool her children and how she balances her role as a mother and teacher on a daily basis. Lastly, Mary offers an Ostyn family tradition for the ROO listeners.
“I realized that 100,000 is almost, not entirely, almost halfway to the moon, so I’ve decided, why not run for another 35 years and see if I can run from earth to the moon.” *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please leave a review of the Running On Om Podcast on iTunes!* In this episode, Wayne Levy, accomplished runner, guide at RunBoston, and father, shares the story of his running background from running as a child in Jamaica to winning the Connecticut State 5k Championship his senior year of high school. His discusses his experience working at the Boston Celtics for nineteen years. Wayne explains how he has already ran 10,000 miles in his lifetime and his plan to run this distance again. He recounts racing the Boston Marathon numerous times, including the mental and physical challenges he has faced. Wayne reflects on his involvement in the Boston running community, from being a guide with RunBoston Running Tours to establishing the Masters running team for the Boston Athletic Association. He offers insight from his journey balancing fatherhood, full-time work, and running. Lastly, Wayne reveals his running goals for 2015 and beyond.
“There is something noble about just going out and starting and putting yourself out there in races even when your not in your top shape.” – Kate Grace *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please share the podcast by posting a picture on Instagram of your listening experience and tag @runningon0m and @fastkate!* In this episode, Kate Grace, professional runner for the Oiselle Team, shares the story of how she began running in high school in preparation for soccer season. She discusses the importance of taking ownership over her running as professional. Kate recounts one of her most memorable races of her collegiate career at Yale University. She reflects on the power of the Oiselle community and her Little Wing teammates. Kate provides insight on strength training for runners and reveals her own strength program. She offers advice on overcoming and dealing with injury. Lastly, Kate shares her perspective on discovering her legacy as a runner and whats ahead for 2015.
“Wow, this guy just went from 4:25 to 4:08 in one year and its because of his diet. And they all changed their diets. And I’ll tell you what, most of them did a lot better.” – Ford Palmer *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please share the podcast by tweeting @gofordpalmer & @runningonom and let us know what you think about the episode!* In this episode, Ford Palmer, professional runner, vegan, and sub 4-minute miler, shares the story of how a series of concussions from high school football lead him to devote himself to track and gain a track scholarship at Monmouth University. He reflects on his junior year of college when he transitioned to a vegan diet and the positive impact it had on his performance and training. Ford reflects on the challenges of balancing a full-time job as a bartender with his training last year and the difference in his training now as a professional runner for New Jersey New York Track Club (NJNY). He recounts his first time breaking 4-minutes in the mile after numerous attempts and how he navigates pre-race pressure. Ford discusses how his vegan diet has impacted his NJNY teammates and what he eats on a daily basis. Lastly, Ford previews races on his calendar for 2015.
“I said yes. I said yes to myself clearly. I’m not only going to come back. I’m going to come back and enjoy every second of my life and of course, in reality, you know, we do the best we can.” – Fabienne Heymans * This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please share the podcast on your Facebook and help ROO Rise! * In this episode, Fabienne Heymans, intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and co-founder of Hashimoto’s Awareness Organization, shares the story of her spiritual explorations that began at the age of three when her mother died. Fabienne reflects on how chronic illness throughout her life lead her to study alternative medicine and instruct as a master-level teacher at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing for nine years. She discusses how she was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an auto-immune disease, and her work now bringing awareness to Hashimoto’s in founding the Hashimoto’s Awareness Organization. Fabienne reveals insight gained from her near-death experience and how it changed her life. She explains the role of inner listening in intuitive healing and offers a story of transformation of one of her clients. Lastly, Fabienne previews exciting developments for Hashimoto’s Awareness Organization in 2015.
“Everyday has its purpose. Whether its an easy run for recovering or a workout, there is a purpose to every single run. Keeping that in mind when I go out and lace up my shoes, is definitely going to help me in this last part of training for Boston.” – Louis Serafini
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In this episode, Louis Serfaini, runner and coach at Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company, shares his running background from being raised in his parents’ running communities to committing to running seriously in high school. Lou reflects on his experience running at Boston College, from the transition to collegiate running to his most mentally challenging race of his college career. He discusses the importance of finding work you love and how his time at Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company is a testament to this. Lou provides advice from his journey being self-coached and offers insight on the race tapering experience. Lastly, Lou reveals his goals for the 2015 Boston Marathon.