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The RMA Podcast explores the lives of everyday women with an inspiring story to tell. We cover the highs and lows of their journey, the impact motherhood has had on their lives, and how running has inspired them to live wilder, dream bigger and change the world around them.

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    • 4.8 • 78 Ratings

The RMA Podcast explores the lives of everyday women with an inspiring story to tell. We cover the highs and lows of their journey, the impact motherhood has had on their lives, and how running has inspired them to live wilder, dream bigger and change the world around them.

    The RMA Podcast. Episode 40. Running out & Running Free. With Lucy Bartholomew.

    The RMA Podcast. Episode 40. Running out & Running Free. With Lucy Bartholomew.

    On Episode 40 of the RMA Podcast I sit down with world class trail and ultra runner, Lucy Bartholomew. I wanted to tell the story of Lucy’s amazing talent for trail and ultra running from such a young age, but more importantly, I wanted to tell the story about how running can eb and flow, and how you can almost lose your love of running when you aren’t true to yourself. This is the story of a woman who rose to the top of the trail and ultra running world, and then had time to (either forced or otherwise) think about what running really meant to her, where, how, and who with she wanted to spend her footsteps, and the message that she wanted to share with the world about how running can challenge you, bring you joy, strip you back, and change you. Running has formed just part of Lucy's story which is a rich tapestry, however it was when Lucy was faced with the realities of her story that she had to question just where running fit, who she was and who she wanted to be. Running can be for everyone, it doesn’t matter about winning, what size you are, where you have come from, or where you have been, and as Lucy shares in this podcast you can let your footsteps tell your story, and above all don’t lose the love of yourself.


    In this episode we not only discuss the highs and lows of Lucy's journey, but we chat about her recent film by Bryan Hynes "Running Out" which is available now via runningoutmovie.com. In the film you will see the real, raw, vulnerable and honest Lucy as she traverses the 230+km Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory Australia. As Lucy moves through the landscape solo, and at times afraid of the footsteps ahead, what she leaves behind on the trail, and what she discovers about herself on the journey may be the best lessons of yer life so far. 


    You can follow Lucy and her continuing story on instagram at @lucy_bartholomew


    This episode is brought to you by fisiocrem Australia and The Bare Creek Trail Run. 

    • 1 hr 40 min
    The RMA Podcast. Episode 39. Transitions in life, mental health and fear of failure with Libby Trickett.

    The RMA Podcast. Episode 39. Transitions in life, mental health and fear of failure with Libby Trickett.

    On this episode of the RMA podcast we chat to 4 x Olympic and commonwealth games medalist and swimmer, Libby Trickett! We chat to Libby about her career in sport, her struggles finding her passions out of the pool after retirement, and her journey to motherhood and beyond. 


    We discuss the highs of her sporting career, and the crushing lows of finding her identity after retirement, navigating motherhood and struggles with post natal depression. We also chat about Libby's running journey and how being active and healthy is part of her wholistic approach to her life.


    This conversation is for every woman who navigates the waters of life, and about seeking out what brings us joy and fulfilment, whilst juggling the balls that life throws at us, sometimes in the most unexpected ways. 


    It is about building character through setbacks, seeking opportunities that light us up, and dipping our toes into experiences that take us out of our comfort zones. 


    We talk about how to harness our fears to try new things, and how to not take ourselves too seriously when things fail, and that its important to find the humour in our everyday lives. 


    We openly share our thoughts on normalising conversations around mental health, and if you are struggling with your mental health, where and how to seek support.   


    Libby has moved on from her glory days in the pool to finding her passion in the mental health space, studying counselling, whilst juggling parenting, dabbling in podcasting on her podcast, "All That Glitters", and is now an author of a beautiful memoir, Beneath the Surface. 


    You can follow along Libby's journey over on instagram at @libby_trickett 


    This podcast is brought to you by Fisiocrem Australia. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The RMA Podcast. Episode 38. Episode 38. Spreading kindness. One woman’s story of being a foster carer & changing lives.

    The RMA Podcast. Episode 38. Episode 38. Spreading kindness. One woman’s story of being a foster carer & changing lives.

    On Episode 38 of the RMA Podcast we talk to Brisbane mum, Sandra Ehlers about her experience as a foster carer. Sandra was 15 when her parents fostered a friend of hers from her local school. She saw firsthand the difference foster care could make in a child's life. The kindness and love that was given was so easy, and so effortless for her parents. Later in life as a grown woman with children of her own Sandra and her husband decided after a few miscarriages that they needed to find another avenue of adding to their family. The stress the family all went through each time their pregnancy failed was enormous. They had love to give and Sandra knew first hand that there was vulnerable children out there that needed love and safety.  She wanted to help and give that love she ached to give to children that needed it most.


     


    As a foster carer. Sandra and her family believe foster care works best when the work as a team. They work with the families and eventually even become THE family together for the children. The process to become foster carers was long and arduous, as it should be, and we discuss this in this episode. The process is there for a good reason, to keep our most vulnerable children from further harm.


    Sandras first placement was an emergency placement, the first of many. Her goal was always to help families. Sandra imagined she would love them and keep them safe until their families were in a position to care for them again, and its been quiet the journey. Over the course of 10 years they have had 31 children aged from 5 hours old -11 come to their home. Some for just a few days and others weeks, months and years. Making a difference is a powerful thing. Being kind isn’t hard. Its free and is appreciated by so many.


    Sandra started running purely cause she couldn’t keep up with the little ones she had in her care. It made her realise how unhealthy she had become, and so she lost 44 kg over the course of a year, becoming a healthier version of herself for her family and those in her care. She loves to involve the children in her care in an active lifestyle, and in turn some of them love to run too. 


    This is a story of one mother who had a whole lot of love to give, and gave it in the most generous of ways. 


     


    To find out more about foster care you can visit: 


    NSW


    QLD


    VIC


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    NT


    SA


    WA


    This episode is brought to you by fisiocrem Australia. 


     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The RMA Podcast. Episode 37. Value, purpose & pursuit of your best. With Eloise Wellings.

    The RMA Podcast. Episode 37. Value, purpose & pursuit of your best. With Eloise Wellings.

    On Episode 36. of the RMA Podcast we chat with dual Olympian, 4 x times Commonwealth Games representative, mum, humanitarian, public speaker and soon to be author, Eloise Wellings. 


    On this episode of the podcast we dive into Eloise's journey with running from her roots as she ran along-side her mum on the trails around her local national park, to the tracks of little athletics, and onto the world stage as she advanced in her athletic career to pursue her dream of one day becoming an Olympian. 


    Having qualified for her first Olympic Games at the tender age of 16, for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Eloise was struck down with what would be the start of a long journey with bone stress injury after bone stress injury that would plague her career; one of the the results of abuse on her body with an eating disorder as a teen. 


    It was then that Eloise found faith, and along-side that purpose, and her journey to heal her body and her mind fortified her desire to continue on the path to Olympic glory. That she did, along-side support from those she trusted most around her, resulting in qualifying and competing in two Olympic Games, her first in London in 2012 where she felt the joy and fulfilment of her dream,  and again in Rio in 2016, where she had the performance of her career, running in the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic final. 


    But this story is more than just about running, it's about allowing your path to take you to experiences and people that can not only change your trajectory, but the world, and it was a chance meeting while Eloise was rehabilitating her injury in the USA that she met and formed a bond with Ugandan athlete, and former child soldier, Julius Achon. Through this connection she heard Julius' harrowing story, and the plight of the people of Uganda, and it changed Eloises perspective on what was important, and how running, and her new found purpose could fulfil the needs of the people in Uganda, and impact their health and sustainability, by empowering communities to overcome poverty. Not long after, The Love Mercy Foundation was born. 


    The Love Mercy Foundation exists to see communities in northern Uganda thriving independently, by increasing access to health care, clean water, food security and income generation. They do this through projects such as cents for seeds, well worth it (the water project), the maternity project, along-side supporting their health centre, the Kristina Health Centre which opened in 2012. 


    Running Mums Australia helped to found The Mother Run two years running now which supports the maternity project every May around Mothers day. So far the centre has delivered over 300 babies safely and the Mother Run has funded a much needed incubator for the clinic, however they require our ongoing support and funds to meet the needs of the ever-increasing demand for their services to expecting women and mothers. 


    In this episode we also talk to Eloise about motherhood and what this means to her, and the impact that she wants her journey to have on her children. 


    Eloise also speaks publicly at schools and corporate groups about unlocking an olympian mindset, and is soon to release her first book, a memoir titled "One more try". 


    To follow Eloise's journey, as she now moves up to the marathon and beyond, and continues the pursuit of her best, you can find her at @elzywellings on instagram. 


    To support the work of The Love Mercy Foundation, particularly the maternity project, head to https://love-mercy-maternity-ward-2021.raisely.com/  or lovemercyfoundation.org



    This podcast was brought to you by fisiocrem Australia .

     

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The RMA Podcast. Episode 35. The parkrun Australia story, and the man behind it. With Tim Oberg.

    The RMA Podcast. Episode 35. The parkrun Australia story, and the man behind it. With Tim Oberg.

    On Episode 35 we talk all things parkrun. If you have been running for a while you might have heard of parkrun. parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world. parkrun began in October 2004, with the first ever event in Bushy park, Teddington, UK, after its founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt was sidelined by injury and decided to gather his local running mates to do a 5k time trial. Not only was this the start of something special, the premise behind why parkrun started still exists today; social connection. 


    Fast forward to 2010, Australian, Tim Oberg stumbled upon his first parkrun event while living and working in the UK. He heard about this local phenomenon, and somewhere that he could take his beloved dog for a Saturday run. From his first step at parkrun, Tim knew that this concept was something that might take hold in Australia, and that quite possibly, it could be the start of a new life for him and his family.  With the blessing from its' founder, on Tims return to Australia, he set up the first parkrun event in April 2nd 2011 at Main Beach on the Gold Coast, QLD. 


    Fast forward 10 years later to today, parkrun is now a global gathering around the world every Saturday morning, forming one of the most impactful global health initiatives spanning countries and generations, enabling communities to connect with each other in an active and healthy way, not only through running or walking, but through volunteering and being a part of a weekly community event. parkrun has evolved over time to include not only large city events, but most importantly, impacting communities through the wellbeing that it brings, such as correctional facilities and jails, and small regional communities. The parkrun community continues to grow all the time, but it has always remained based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start: weekly, free, 5k, for everyone, and forever.


    We sit down with Tim and discuss the story behind what led him to bring parkrun to Australia, the highs and lows of the journey,  how parkrun is making an impact on our nation and beyond, and we talk about how sometimes people are put in places that they never knew would make such an impact on the world; and how Tim was one of those people that has been chosen to direct this mission.


     


    To find out more about parkrun visit https://www.parkrun.com.au


     


    This episode is brought to you by fisiocrem Australia 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    {BONUS EPISODE} Ultra-Trail Australia. Is it for you? With Nicole Bunyon, Jenny Morris & Jody Mullen.

    {BONUS EPISODE} Ultra-Trail Australia. Is it for you? With Nicole Bunyon, Jenny Morris & Jody Mullen.

    With women's participation in trail running on the rise over the past few years, so many women would have heard about one of the most sought after trail running events on The Australian running calendar - Ultra-Trail Australia. 


    With entries opening THIS THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER, 2021, we thought it would be good to give you a bonus episode, a little chat with RMA coaches Nicole Bunyon, Jenny Morris and Jody Mullen about their UTA experiences, and what you can expect at this event, and how much we are looking forward to supporting you at UTA 2022 with our newly created RMA Training package. 


    We discuss how we found UTA, what motivated us to compete or complete our chosen distances, and what are some of the barriers that women face when signing up to these events, and how we navigated them ourselves.


    We are excited to join you in your journey to Ultra-Trail Australia in 2022.  



    Our newly created UTA RMA training package for 2022 will be available Wednesday 15th September at 9am and we have had a great response so far!


     


    💥 💥💥 Don’t forget Ultra-Trail Australia 2022 entries open on 16th September for the 2022 event which take place between 12th-15th May, 2022. With an 11k, 22k, 50k & 100k on offer. Secure your spot on the start line at www.ultratrailaustralia.com.au.


     


     


    What will you get in our RMA UTA Training Package?
     


    ⛰ A 16 week online training plan for UTA50 or UTA22


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    ⛰ Access to a private RMA UTA Facebook group to meet up and train with other ladies.


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    ⛰ 10% off RMA 2021 AND 2022 membership to the member program.(valid until 31st May 2022)


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    ⛰ 10% off RMA merchandise (or 20% if you are an existing member …until 31st May 2022)


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    15% off in store or online with our program partner @bluemtnsrunningco to get all your gear for race day + an extra perk!


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    ⛰ Free webinars leading into the UTA race with your coaches Nicole Bunyon and Jenny Morris.


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    ⛰ Good vibes for being a part of something amazing


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    If this interest you, we will have this program ready for purchase before entries to UTA open on 15th September, so keep your eyes peeled on the RMA website.


     


    Cost is $230 inclusive of GST (10% off for current members of the benefit program) and the program will run from January 2022.


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    Who is it for? Anyone who has a heart for adventure, and wants to work hard and play in the mountains ⛰


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    You don’t need to have run UTA before. Our 50k program will start working on a prior base of a 2 hour long run by January and our 22k program a base of 1 hour, and the program can be done anywhere in Australia!


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    If you would like to chat base training, or one on one online coaching, our RMA coaches will be happy to assist! Get in touch!


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    See you on the trails ⛰🍃🏃‍♀️


     


    #runningmumsaustralia


    #rmauta2022


     


    To find out or join the package visit: https://runningmumsaustralia.com.au/rma-uta-2022-training-package/ 

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

bearcabil ,

Down to earth

A big shout out to Nicole Bunyon for bringing to light the stories of everyday women who run. Love to hear how they started and where running has taken them. Inspirational- keep it coming!

someonestolemynicknames ,

Great podcasts

Nothing more exciting than getting on the bus for work and discover a new podcast has dropped.

Love listening to stories of Australia mums and their racing journey

anothermander ,

RMA podcasts

Each episode has contained something special and motivating! Thank you to Nicole for creating a wonderful community and to the mums who have shared their story so far! Inspiring 🏃‍♀️🤗

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