237: Kate Grace on Honoring the Opportunity

“If running is the thing that I have found that I can feel most fully alive doing, there’s like some value in me trying too just like, blow my light as big as possible, and that right now, thats through running and I can most fully express myself and hopefully in just doing that, I don’t know, somehow, be a positive force, be something positive in the world, or be an added benefit”
Kate Grace

Kate Grace is a professional runner for Nike and the Bowerman Track Club. She was a guest on ROO 120, which aired in 2015. She would go on to run for team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and has been a core member of the fiercely competitive Bowerman Track Club for a number of years, competing all over the world.

*This conversation was recorded in late February 2020 prior to the COVID-19 situation and her thoughts and comments regarding the Olympic Year and Olympic Trials reflect that

This is a insightful and honest conversation with Kate, which includes the following:
  • Reflecting on where she was when she recorded the last ROO podcast
  • What living in Bend, Oregon meant to her
  • The changes she made in 2015 and joining the Bowerman Track Club
  • Her perspective on her 2019 year, and how she values intentional goal setting
  • Training with the incredible women on the Bowerman Team, and growing as an individual
  • Humility and working on her weaknesses
  • Social media, telling stories and how she reconciles that as part of her job
  • Her 2016 year, and running at the Olympics
  • Her 2018 blog on ‘Race Weight’, and why she felt compelled to write that.
  • Her thoughts about the 2020* Olympic trials, and racing the 800m vs the 1500m

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