Alysia Montano is a 2012 Olympian for Team USA in the 800m, and a 3 time global medalist and American Record holder in the 800m and indoor 600m. She is a Momma to 3 babies and an advocate for Dream Maternity and Clean Sport. She's a Cali girl, calling in from the Bay Area.
Roisin is a 2008 Olympic finalist and Irish record holder in the 3000m steeplechase. She is the Co-Owner of BelieveIAm training journals and practices sports psychology consulting and counseling as a licensed mental health counselor. She recently launched Dare to Believe , an Olympic values school program in Ireland. Ro is an Irish Mammy to three kids and lives in Providence, RI.
Molly is a 2 time Olympian for Team USA in the 5000 and 10000m and American Record holder in the 10000m and half marathon. 28 x National champions. She is currently chasing Marathon dreams as a pro runner for Saucony. Molly Splits time between Scottsdale, AZ and Providence RI.
Today we are sharing the second episode Alysia recorded live from TRE earlier in the month as she spoke with Shannon Woods, who is currently the senior manager of DEI at Brooks among other things, She tells us how her own upbringing as a mixed race woman and the experiences of both herself and the experiences of her parents during the civil rights movement as well as her own experiences as a mother who wanted to make sure her kids learned diverse histories she didn’t in school all informed her decision to work in DEI . She is working on dismantling systemic racism in the running community and on opening up opportunities in these jobs via her role at Brooks and on the Running Industry Diversity Coalition Board .
we talk to Viola Lagat, who you may know as recent second place woman at the 2021 NYC Marathon (and maybe you’ve heard of one of her many talented runner siblings, Bernard Lagat?)
She takes us through her family’s deep running roots, what her training is like, how she spends time between the US and Kenya, her journey from being a 1500m runner to nearly beating the Olympic Champion in her debut marathon, and her remembrance of her friend Agnes Tirop. Viola shares with us how close to home and ever present gender based violence, like what lead to Agnes’ murder, is in Kenya and what she and other women are doing to help change things for the next generation.
Alysia and Alexi get to talk live and in person in front of an audience as part of Team Altra at The Running Event 2021. They talk about being a multi-hyphenated athlete, Alexi's book Bravey, her Tracktown Movie, on not denying mental and physical pain as an athlete and finally her unique but special experience running vs racing the NYC Marathon.
We talk to Mary Wacera Ngugi, who most recently finished 3rd at the 2021 Boston Marathon, about her start in the sport, how Kenyan camp systems work and her journey to the marathon. You may be surprised to hear who is coaching her now!
We also talk to Mary about her brave and impactful efforts to help women of Kenya find confidence and escape abusive marriages. She recently started the Womens Athletic Alliance as part of the movement that has gained volume in East Africa following the tragic murder of Agnes Tirop by her husband, she was one of the brightest young stars in the womens 10,000m. Mary has always seen the need to change how women are treated as property and told from a young age they don’t matter and to be quiet. She hopes to provide a safe place of support, to celebrate the women athletes as people, provide legal aid and mentoring through the new Program.
We catch up on all the 2021 long awaited fall road racing action then talk with World Champ 400 hurdler Kori Carter and 2x Olympian 400m runner Natasha Hastings about their most recent seasons, struggles and future plans and of course we dive into their new Track and Field talk show on YouTube: TrackGirlSummer.
Molly and Patti talk one on one in the Copley Fairmont Hotel Lobby about the celebrations around Indiginous Peoples Day and her Mi'Kmaq heritage, as well as her late yet transformative start in running. Patti talks about harnessing the power of her mind in sport to help her win and set American Records, and how healing trauma is the way forward in life.
We are doing another episode swap-this time with Hear Her Sports Podcast. Host Elizabeth Emery was a pro cyclist in the 90's and now is uplifting stories of women in sport on the other side of the game. She talks to many athletes you likely have not heard of in a diverse range of sports. Today she speaks with a big name in the women sports world-legendary Notre Dame basketball coach Muffet Mcgraw. Hear her journey as an advocate for support of the game, equality in womens basletball and more.
Molly, Ro, and Alysia talk to prep phenom Mary Cain about the struggles and abuses she faced as a young track star under now banned (by USADA and Safe Sport) coach Alberto Salazar. Mary tells us how this journey inspired her to start a unique women's track club called Atalanta, what her future running and racing plans and dreams are, and other experiences we'd like to not see affect women in sport in the future.
Kate talks to Molly And Alysia about when she became serious about Track and Field, how she's faster than ever at 32, and how she grew in the sport through different training groups and events. We also talk Track And Field business, spike technology and rehash the 2016 Olympic Trials. At the end, we dispell some Olympic Myths.
Ro and Molly talk with newly minted 400m Olympian and 2019 World Championship 4th place finisher Wadeline Jonathas. We spoke about her Covid Year, graduation from the University of South Carolina, and insights on media coverage and storytelling of professional athletes.
We talk to Amy about her resilience, her best race, what she's learned as she enters the coaching world, and even dive into topics like shoe technology and social media.
Molly and Alysia talk anti-doping. We’re speaking on doping cases like Shelby Houlihan’s recent case where accidental contamination is named as the cause. How are the many cases like these in the USA alone over the last few years potentially affecting clean athletes and the progress toward anti-doping? We talk about the fear of setting a precedent for escaping a ban, and talk about the AIU, Alysia’s experiences fighting for clean sport and talking to Stepanova, how we are waiting to hear the other side of the case and why there are still real amazing performances out there.
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