In this episode, Joanna Murphy, professional runner, explores what it means to own your journey from her unorthodox running and life experiences. Joanna reflects on being homeschooled on her family’s Christmas tree farm in Washington State. She recounts her high school running experience from joining the team as a sophomore to winning the Washington State Championship in the 800m. Joanna discusses the highs and lows of her college career from battling numerous injuries to becoming an All-American in the 3000m Steeplechase.
In this episode, Roisin McGettigan, sports psychology consultant, co-founder of Believe I Am, Olympian, former professional steeplechaser, tells the story of how she began running in Ireland and and discovered the steeplechase. She discusses the role of mental focus and strength in competing. Ro explains how the techniques of sports psychology were paramount to her breakthrough 2007 World Championships race. She reflects on the recent experience of being retrospectively awarded the bronze medal for the 2009 European Indoors 1500 meters race in 2014. Ro provides insight on how to cultivate gratitude in both running and life. She recounts the story of co-founding Believe I Am and reflects on its continued growth. Lastly, Ro discusses balancing running in her life now and previews whats ahead for 2015.
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.