250: Dana Giordano on Pursuing a Dream in Professional Running

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“When I see myself at the Olympic Trials, I see myself with a flag over my shoulders. I think there is a very distinct difference between a dream and a goal. That’s my dream: to be an Olympian, to wear the US flag, to do the victory lap. Tangible goals on the other hand are daily, monthly, and weekly. My goal is to make the final and see what happens and when I get to the final, I am going to make a goal to make the team.”
Dana Giordano

Dana Giordano is a professional middle distance runner and the host of the More Than Running podcast. She runs for the Boston Athletic Association and lives in Boston MA. She graduated Dartmouth college with a Psychology Major and a Minor in Human Centred Design. Dana’s podcast, ‘More Than Running’, features female athletes and tells the untold stories often missed by traditional media. Dana is a 2021 Olympic hopeful. This is a wide ranging conversation that covers the following topics:

  • How Dana started her podcast
  • Traditional media’s coverage of women’s sports
  • An untold story of her own
  • Her sporting background and transition into running
  • Attending college at Dartmouth
  • Hard work and marginal gains
  • The importance of her notebook
  • Goal setting and confidence
  • Being busy
  • Dealing with a Plantar Fasciitis injury
  • Identity
  • Having active parents and growing up with three siblings
  • Enjoying the moment

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