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.
Ro and I chat with friend of the pod Emily Sisson a few days after her amazing second place, 2:18:29 American Record run in the marathon-only her third crack at the distance, and talk about the build up, the race, recovery from covid, and how she’s grown as an athlete with her mental approach toward high pressure situations.
Molly and Alysia speak with Alison about the process of writing her book, who she hopes reads it, how she hopes it affects the running industry, her love of running and her approach to the disruption the book may stir. Alysia reads you a few sneak peeks from the book that are particularly powerful so tune in!
Dena talks to Molly about her career coaching a National Championship XC program at Stanford, the challenges faced by women with families coaching NCAA distance programs, how her track club came to be and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in the sponsored distance groupos in the US.
We speak to Dr. Cecile Reynaud, long tenured volleyball coach and professor at Florida State, about her new book The Winning Ways of Women Coaches and discuss the trajectory of women in coaching, how we can get more women involved as well as what resources are out there for them.
Alysia was live in Santa Cruz at the 5k and 10k moderating this great conversation with Alison Desir, Kriste Peoples, Nikki Hiltz and Kim Woozy. These athlete activists talk about how they have been advocating for underrepresented communities in sport.
We talk to Kim about her start in the sport, her breakout college season and how she rose up the ranks during her pro career. She tells us what she learned, what she's up to now and a little about managing her pulmonary embolism history.
Team USA Triple Jumper and 2 time American Record Holder Tori Franklin talks with Molly before heading to comepte for a spot on the US team at the 2022 World Indoor Track and Field Championships. Tori talks about her start in the sport, how she's training now and her off track skills as a writer, business woman, herbalist, Reiki healer and more. You'll want to follow her after this!
Roisin interviews Molly And Sara Slattery about their new book, How She Did It
available to preorder now/pub date March 8th (International Women’s Day!)
The book is part training advice for the developing high performance female distance runner, and part guidance and inspiration by way of 50 interviews with some of the best Woman Runners in history and currently. We hope it's a great resource for coahces, parents and young athletes -especially girls at the critical age where they may or may not stay in the sport.
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.
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