In this episode, Jay Dicharry, expert in biomechanical analysis, physical therapist, and director of the REP Lab, explores what it means to develop your inner athlete so that you can perform at your best, stay uninjured, and live your healthiest life. Jay explains how he became interested in the art of running injury-free: from his technique-driven background as a competitive swimmer to being an injury-prone high school cross country runner.
“I believe that you can fit everything in your life the way you want and still get better. It’s just how you structure your training to get better.” * In this episode, Karen Smyers, world class triathlete, coach, mother, race director, and cancer survivor, tells the story of how passion allowed her to persevere through cancer, injury, and setbacks to have one of the most historic triathlon careers. Karen is the only woman ever to win the 1995 Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the short course World Championship in the same year. Karen discusses her athletic background as a competitive swimmer and her introduction to running at Princeton University. She explains how she unexpectedly made the transition to professional triathlon. Karen provides insight on how the power of passionate positivity allowed her to overcome numerous setbacks, including a freak accident that sliced her hamstring, being struck by an 18-wheel truck on her bike, another bike accident during an important race, and her battle with thyroid cancer. She reveals her relationship with triathlon now, from the challenges she faces during a race to her experience as a triathlon coach. Karen reflects on the growth of triathlon in the USA and shares her upcoming athletic goals.
In this episode, Abbey D’Agostino, professional runner for New Balance and one of the most decorated athletes in Ivy League history, discusses her athletic background in swimming. She reflects on the sisterhood she experienced on her high school cross country team. Abbey explains why she choose to run at Dartmouth. She explains how her running and faith intersected for her in a mentally challenging race. Abbey recounts one of her most memorable races, the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships. She describes the transition from collegiate to professional running for Team New Balance. She shares three lessons she has learned from her coach Mark Coogan. Lastly, Abbey reveals upcoming goals and races for 2015-2016.
In this episode, Lisa Hamilton, an accomplished master’s runner, coach, and host of the Conscious Runner Podcast, discusses her background in athletics from swimming competitively throughout her youth in St. Croix to discovering running in college. She reveals what she prefers– track or cross country. Lisa recounts her most mentally challenging race and proudest race. She explains what being a “conscious runner” means and why she began the Conscious Runner podcast. Lisa provides insight on the relationship between spirituality and competition in running. She gives her perspective on balancing motherhood, work, and training. Lisa reflects on breakthroughs in the athletes she coaches and the importance of strength training. Lastly, Lisa shares upcoming races on her schedule and tips on how to stay motivated as a runner.
In this episode, Joanna Zeiger, accomplished runner, former professional triathlete, coach, and researcher of behavioral genetics, discusses her background in swimming from her beginning at the age of 7 to swimming competitively through college. She explains how an injury lead her to discover running. Joanna recounts the two most memorable races from her triathlon career. She describes the benefits of strength training for endurance athletes. Joanna reveals her current focus on running as a competitive masters athlete and upcoming races and goals, including qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. She reflects on why coaches need a coach. Joanna explains how she balances her work as a Research Associate at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics and training on a day to day basis. She honors the importance of her family’s support in her athletic endeavors. Lastly, Joanna provides three tips for endurance athletes those recovering from an injury and her nutrition philosophy for athletes of all levels.
Jack Weafer is a life-long athlete, psychotherapist, and author of Sacred Fall, which tells the story about his near-death experience when falling into a 50-foot ravine and his journey to completing a triathlon nine months later. In this episode we discuss Jack’s fall and his experience of coming back to life. Jack shares insight on how to be in the present, from cultivating awareness of one’s breath to letting go of control. Jack discusses his athletics background and his journey training for his last triathlon months after the fall. Jack reveals the power of dreams and how his life has changed since publishing the book.