Episodes
Chris Mosier is the first trans athlete to compete for Team USA, first trans man to represent the United States in international competition, and first trans athlete to qualify for the Olympic Trials in any sport in a category different than their sex assigned at birth. He’s been hailed by the BBC as “the man who changed the Olympics,” credited for the International Olympic Committee’s policy change for trans athletes.  In light of the recent tragedy at Club Q in Colorado Springs, we felt...
Published 12/02/22
Published 12/02/22
Knox Robinson is a writer, running coach, founder of the Black Roses NYC run crew, and was Tina’s co-host on the Running Realized podcast. In this wide-ranging interview, he shares his insights on summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Fela Kuti, coaching, Ryan Hall, and Eric Clapton, with excursions into Buddhist philosophy. For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode326.   Thank you to Patreon, Tracksmith, and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode.  ...
Published 11/25/22
Thirteen years ago, Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book, Born to Run, introduced the world to the Tarahumara tribe and created an intense interest in minimalist running. In it, Chris described his own journey from chronically injured runner to running 50 miles through Mexico’s Copper Canyon. He was guided by coach Eric Orton, without whom, he says, there would have been “no Born to Run. I would not have run; I would not be running today.” Chris and Eric have teamed up again to write...
Published 11/18/22
Tina answers listeners’ running-related questions every week on “Weekly Strides.” In this episode, she answers the question, “How do I know I’m ready for a marathon?” Thanks for listening! We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real.  If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us: Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media,...
Published 11/16/22
In 2018, Canyon Woodward teamed up with his friend and fellow climate activist, Chloe Maxmin, to manage her campaign running for the Maine House of Representatives. She became the first Democrat to ever represent her district. Two years later, he organized her state senate run, which saw her become the youngest female state senator in Maine’s history.  A champion ultra runner, Canyon sees parallels between trail running and the campaign trail. Running also gives him a respite from the...
Published 11/11/22
Tina answers listeners’ running-related questions every week on “Weekly Strides.” In this episode, she answers the question, “How has running helped your sustainability journey? Thanks for listening! We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real.  If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us: Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social...
Published 11/09/22
Join Tina and hundreds of other runners for the Tracksmith shakeout in Brooklyn the day before the 2022 New York City Marathon. Tina interviews runners and asks them to share a little about their journey as they run through the streets of Brooklyn with excitement and energy. Get as close as you can to running in the city the day before the biggest race in the world! Tina mentioned Tracksmith (use code TINA15 for 5% of your order to go to Runners For Public Lands and get free shipping!) ...
Published 11/07/22
Why do I find taking a rest day or periodization week so difficult? Are there any mental tricks to overcome this struggle with resting?  Oooh, I hear you with this one. Not so much nowadays, but in my past, taking a day off was much harder than pushing through and adding another training day. We are so used to the grind, to hustling. After all, that's what the very best athletes tell us, right? That they are gritty, they work the hardest, and they are willing to go deep into the hurt cave. I...
Published 11/02/22
This week’s episode is a little different. It’s been a while since Tina has given an update on what’s happening at Running for Real, so today she shares what she’s been doing lately and some thoughts about the future. She’s mentioned that she’s been feeling a little lost recently, not knowing what direction to go in. A few weeks ago, though, her purpose and her role became “crystal clear.” For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode323.   Thank you to...
Published 10/28/22
What are "Together Runs"? Can I use them for races?  This is one of those moments I wish that I were more concise, but let me do my best. The basic idea of a Together Run is that I take a small microphone with me on my run, and talk into it. First we start out with some meditative/grounding elements, such as touching an element of nature, completing a body scan, checking in with our five primary senses, and giving ourselves time to process the question, “How are you, really?”  It’s a mental...
Published 10/26/22
Join Tina for a run in San Francisco, next to the Golden Gate Bridge as she interviews people from the running community to share their stories. The run begins with Tina hosting a group body scan for this Allbirds x Hellabae Running event to celebrate the launch of the Silver Fern Tree Flyers. Then the group goes for a run starting at the Tunnel Tops. Hear from people who have battled cancer, worked through setbacks in confidence and belief, and come back to running for the first time in...
Published 10/24/22
Michael Wardian set out from San Francisco with the intention of running across the United States in 75 days. He covered the 3,234 miles, spanning 13 states and with 132,000 feet in elevation change, in only 62 days. In the process, he raised over $120,000 for World Vision’s clean water initiatives, changing the lives of thousands of people.  In November, he’ll be running the New York City Marathon as a guide, because, he says, “For me, one of the best things is crossing the finish line, but...
Published 10/21/22
What are some of the negative side effects of Vitamin D deficiency? Oooh, that’s an interesting question, and one that I have been interested in for years, long before my relationship with Athletic Greens began and long before Athletic Greens began that special offer of a one year free supply of Vitamin D and K2 for my friends (quick side note, that combination of D3+K2 is a powerful combination and helps maximize efficiency). We need Vitamin D for healthy bones as our bodies can only absorb...
Published 10/19/22
A Note from Tina about Together Runs and their future. Check out Running For Real on Patreon (where these workout, long run, and traveling Together Runs will be) NYC marathon? Let Tina know! Find Tina on Instagram @tinamuir88 and facebook here. Sign up for 100 days of sustainability  You can leave a review on iTunes.  Thanks for listening! We know there are so many podcasts you could be listening to, but we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we...
Published 10/17/22
Registrations for road races have declined since the pandemic. The number of people describing themselves as “burned out” has increased. Is there a connection? Why are so many of us experiencing burnout, and what can we do about it? Rachel Gersten, co-founder of Viva Mental Health and Wellness, shares her thoughts and advice. For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode321.   Thank you to Patreon, Athletic Greens, and Tracksmith for sponsoring this...
Published 10/14/22
What makes a "good" runner? Ooof! Well, that is quite the question! I believe we each have a different answer for that one. One of the beautiful things about running is that there are so many reasons people run, and our answers may change over time, which I think is wonderful. If you asked me what a “good” runner was five years ago, I would have told you something along the lines of, someone who competes at the local level and finishes in the top third of their field.  Now? I believe what...
Published 10/12/22
Join Tina and Tracksmith along with cohosts Tommie Runz, Alexandria Will, and Mario Fraioli for a shakeout along the lakefront the day before the Chicago Marathon. Tina begins with introducing the three cohosts, and asks them to help take us through a senses check-in. Then the four lead off the 250+ people shakeout run, where Tina interviews multiple runners who have journeys and stories of courage and strength to share with the running community. This shakeout is energetic and connective;...
Published 10/10/22
Dustin Martin is the executive director of Wings of America, an organization that empowers Native American youth and their families through running. Native American runners are some of the best the world has ever seen, and Wings wants to continue that legacy. They introduce elementary and middle school youth to the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of running and help enable them to compete in high school and beyond. Whether at local races, fitness camps, or national level track meets,...
Published 10/07/22
Is it safe to run during pregnancy? Should I start running in my third trimester if I haven't been running up to this point? I can’t answer that question fully for you. And I know you’re going to roll your eyes, it’s the last answer you want to hear, but I’m going to revert to what you knew I might say, which is ask your doctor about your specific situation. BUT, or AND, to give you my best suggestion on what I would do, I would need to know a few things. Primarily why you have not been...
Published 10/05/22
Together Runs are a way for us to connect as a community and go for a run together. It is part meditation, part run, part groundedness and quiet, part conversation. We go through a nature check in, body scan, senses check in, mental health check in, and chat about updates for the week. This sounds like a strange concept, but if you miss running with others, this is a really special way of doing it. Questions asked to you: How are you really? Do you ever get stuck in a comfortable running...
Published 10/03/22
Fell running champion Jasmin Paris is the overall record holder for the Spine Race, a grueling 268-mile ultramarathon along the Pennine Way. This year she completed three loops of the world’s toughest ultra, the Barkley Marathons, the first woman to do so in nine years. Rather than a corporate sponsor, she runs to represent Green Runners, an environmental group which she co-founded. For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode319.   Thank you to...
Published 09/30/22
Has the pandemic helped you discover more benefits to your running? Hmmm. Yes, but for me, I am not sure it is necessarily pandemic-related, but instead just general growth and maturity. That said, without the pandemic, I would likely not have created Together Runs, which yes, have been very popular, but have also been a gift to me to feel more connected to other runners. I love seeing where you are when you’re running, those of you who send me your images, and what you look like when you’re...
Published 09/28/22
Begin Together Run 64 as we always do with a nature check in, body scan, senses check in, and mental health check in. Then we have a conversation about changes within Together Runs (and exciting new versions coming in the future), as well as sharing what listeners might see on the outside vs. what is going on behind the scenes. Join us for Together Run 64. Remember to share on social media and let others know about what you are loving in these together runs. Check out Running For Real on...
Published 09/26/22