259: Janet Cherobon-Bawcom on Perseverance and Positivity in Running

“I feel really thankful that my words had that power. Now it’s about, how can I participate in having conversations, being part of rebuilding structures, holding brands accountable, and holding the industry accountable. So I think the first piece was an emotional truth telling. Now it’s about, what is the work that I can help do, what are the ways that I can pass the baton to other people, and hold people accountable for also being in this work.”
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom is a former professional runner now working as a registered nurse and a running coach. She lives and works close to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Born in Kapsabet Kenya, Janet came to the US on an athletic scholarship, before becoming a decorated professional runner. Janet has run in multiple Olympic Trials (including the most recent US 2020 marathon trials in Atlanta), and represented the US at the 2012 Olympics, placing 12th in the 10000m. She has a half marathon PR of 1:09:55 and a marathon best of 2:29:45, among other impressive running credentials.

This conversation covers the following topics:
  • Living by the Grand Canyon
  • Working as a nurse and working with her husband
  • Meeting her husband Jay
  • Wanting to go to college, and how she ended up on an athletic scholarship
  • Wanting to help her siblings go to college
  • How she got into professional running
  • Being coached by the great Jack Daniels
  • Her unusual approach to racing, and being supported by her coach
  • Competing at various Olympic trials, and racing at the 2012 Olympics
  • Where running fits into her life now
  • Coaching runners and her coaching philosophy
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