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    Episode 140: Kathleen Ralls, PhD, on Empowering Girls and Women Through Girls Gotta Run Foundation

    Episode 140: Kathleen Ralls, PhD, on Empowering Girls and Women Through Girls Gotta Run Foundation

    Kathleen Ralls is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BA), American University (MAT), and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (PhD). She is an award-winning public educator with 15 years experience in multiple states and countries including Norway, where she was a Fulbright Foundation Roving Scholar of American Studies. Prior to teaching, Kathleen was a sports writer for a local newspaper. She has coached a variety of sports including field hockey, basketball, softball, and track & field. Kathleen lives in Massachusetts with her husband and cat, where she is the slowest runner in her household.

    How did you get your start in running?


    Foundation for everything that she did

    Soccer, as well

    Running and keeping herself in shape was the key to her success

    20s-30s - about herself and clearing her head


    SRC Run Series


    Set some goals for the summer

    Running with family

    Amazing


    That people are just getting out and running




    -How did you get involved in GGR and what has this experience been like for you?


    Reached out to former director

    Through her doctoral program

    Passion project


    -Tell us more about your unique career path! What inspired you to pursue your many degrees and a career in education?


    Doctorate - limitless in education

    What will set her apart?

    UMass Lowell - had a program

    Very involved in voting

    Civics education

    Gender equity issues in international countries


    Sports, girls, women’s equity




    -I see the world through gender


    Personal and research level

    Men have the advantage in sports...this angered her

    Publicity and attention of male athletes


    What about the females?




    -Her work with GGR and research


    Wilder Retreat

    Wanted to continue running

    Academic writing...not sure what she wanted to do


    Had to sit with it for about 6 months



    Kept field notes and

    Applied to over 100 jobs


    Instead, what could she do with this research?



    Novel about Ethiopian girl runners

    “How could we ever forget?” - minute 23 - quote for Instagram

    New theory on creating voice and empowerment


    Creating a curriculum to have girls reflect on their voice


    What are the skills that they are developing as athletes






    Sport - ticket to having a voice and confidence

    -When did you get involved in coaching and what has been your favorite sport to coach?


    High school sports

    Spent time writing at the local paper


    -What advice would you give to your younger self?


    Do not take yourself so seriously

    Value in learning

    Avoiding perfectionism


    What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?


    “I think for me it means walking out my backdoor every morning to go for a run.”

    Get back, get moving consistently - for mental and physical health



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    • 45 min
    Episode 139: Natalie Mitchell, 3:05 Marathoner on Balancing Motherhood, Embracing Community and Inclusivity

    Episode 139: Natalie Mitchell, 3:05 Marathoner on Balancing Motherhood, Embracing Community and Inclusivity

    Natalie Mitchell is a Los Angeles based running coach, 12 time marathoner and mom to three athletic and zany kids. When she is not working with a client or chasing after her kids, you'll find her running on the roads or high up in the mountains near her home. Natalie also loves to cook healthy meals, bake and read in her spare time.

    Questions we ask Natalie include:


    How did you get your start in running?

    You've accomplished quite a bit -- from running over 12 marathons to coaching countless runners! What inspired you to start sharing your journey through blogging and eventually get into coaching?

    Having suffered from complications during pregnancy (covered in a Runner's World article back in 2014), how did you overcome this challenge, stay positive, and eventually return to running? Any tips for new mothers or those who are pregnant on continuing their running?

    You've been active in the running community for quite some time and spoken out about topics that matter, both to you and the running community. How have you seen (or have you seen) a shift in the running community addressing BLM over the past several months?

    What is your vision for the future in terms of running becoming a more inclusive space for all, and also for girls and women?

    What advice would you give to your younger self?

    What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?

    Connect with Natalie:

    @natrunsfar (IG)

    natrunsfar.com (website)


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    • 46 min
    Episode 138: Erin Teschuk on Lasting Happiness and Health as Keys to Professional Running

    Episode 138: Erin Teschuk on Lasting Happiness and Health as Keys to Professional Running

    "The greatest way to find lasting success is to find happiness and health in all areas of your life." - Erin Teschuk

    Erin Teschuk is a professional Canadian runner, 2016 Olympian in the steeplechase and former North Dakota State University DI athlete. She was featured in our "How the Pros Fuel" series on the blog and has been up to quite a bit since then!

    Questions we ask Erin include:

    How did you get started in running?

    What was growing up in Canada like? Differences in racing/training there versus in the states?

    Experience running in college -- how did you choose your university? What was running in North Dakota like?

    Since graduating, how have you navigated the post-collegiate running world? What does life look like in and outside of running?

    You are a 7x NCAA First Team All American and represented your country in the Steeplechase in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro -- very impressive! To someone with big goals like these, what would you say are a few factors that helped you achieve these goals?

    What were a few of your biggest lessons learned along the way?

    Have you ever been injured (short or long term) and if so, how did you handle these setbacks?

    We featured you on SRC in our “How the Pros Fuel” series, where you spoke about body image. From comparison to disordered eating and RED-S, these are all-too rampant in the running world. Is this something you have ever struggled with?

    Where are you finding silver linings right now and/or motivation to keep going?

    Advice you would give to your younger self?* 29 min

    What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?


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    • 34 min
    Episode 137: Adrienne Langelier on Body Image, Mindset, and More

    Episode 137: Adrienne Langelier on Body Image, Mindset, and More

    Today we bring back on Adrienne Langelier, LPC, MA, and mental performance professional to discuss important topics: body image, mindset, and more!




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    • 51 min
    Episode 136: Rebecca Mehra on Running for Oiselle, Political Activism, and Life Outside of Sport

    Episode 136: Rebecca Mehra on Running for Oiselle, Political Activism, and Life Outside of Sport

    Rebecca Mehra is a Pro runner for @oiselle & @runlittlewing 🏃🏻‍♀, Public policy nerd 🤓, Stanford Alum🌲, and lives in📍Bend, OR.

    “Because as a running community we seem to be far more comfortable talking about races rather than race.” - Quote from Rebecca

    Questions we ask Rebecca include:


    We just wrapped up the Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote! Tell us a bit more about this and what you’re up to!

    How did you get your start in running?

    You shared in a recent podcast with Ali (Ali on the Run) that you thrive when having multiple tasks to be involved with rather than solely just running because you experienced a few injuries during college. Could you share with us more about the importance of finding other activities other than running?

    What sparked your interest in studying international relations and communications?

    What have been some of the most rewarding projects you’ve been involved with during your career?

    How have you been adapting to training without having many (if any) races on the calendar and stayed motivated?

    What do you hope to share with other female identifying runners who see you running in the spotlight and hopefully soon -- the Olympics?

    What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?

    Listener questions:


    Favorite pre/post race meal?
    Favorite time of day to train?
    What suggestions do you have for those looking to get involved in BLM, social justice, and/or activism in their communities?


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    • 47 min
    Episode 135: Coach Denise Sauriol, the Marathon Whisperer, on Marathon Training, Coaching, and Community

    Episode 135: Coach Denise Sauriol, the Marathon Whisperer, on Marathon Training, Coaching, and Community

    Coach/Athlete/Motivational Speaker- Denise Sauriol

    Coach Denise, aka, the Marathon Whisperer™ has been coaching runners of all abilities since 2010.   She started coaching after surviving a near fatal car accident. It was her way of giving back to running for what it has given and continues to give to her.  She is a certified running coach through USATF & Road Runners Club of America. Denise has been running since the 4th grade and is still best friends with the sport. Back in 1994, she ran her first marathon.

    That finish line turned the “I Can’t!” into “What else can I do?!” It led her to do other things that she was SCITED (Scared + Excited) about. This includes but is not limited to completing 2 Ironman races when she is still deathly afraid of open water, skydiving and bungee jumping even though she is afraid of heights, taking improv classes to get over her fear of public speaking and most recently, she left her 26-year career in accounting to coach full-time. This life-igniting feeling generated from doing something she did not think she could do is what she aims to share with runners and future runners.  Helping someone do something that they did not think they could do ignites her soul!

    To date, she has run 118 Marathons (including 12 Boston Marathons), Back to Back Comrades, 2 Ironman and 2 100-milers. She has completed the Abbott World Marathon Majors twice.  After completing the Mt. Everest Marathon and the Patagonia Marathon in 2019, Denise became a member of the Seven Continents Club. In 2018, she published her first book, “Me, You & 26.2 – Coach Denise’s Guide to Get YOU to YOUR first marathon” 

    Personal Achievements:


    25 X Chicago Marathon Finisher

    118 X Marathon Finisher (First Marathon 4:28, Personal Best 3:15)

    32 X Boston Marathon Qualifier

    2008 Chicago Marathon Woman's Illinois Masters Champion

    2008 Antarctica Marathon - 3rd Place Female

    Co-Founder Girls on the Run Chicago

    Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim Finisher

    Completed 300+ road races to date

    Comrades Back to Back Finisher

    Connect with Denise:

    Email: deesauriol@hotmail.com

    Website: https://www.run-for-change.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marathonwhisperer/

    Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/runforchangechicago/

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1819736768312025/?epa=SEARCH_BOX


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