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Episode 10 - The Waste Land
Breaking a world record caused Mike Foote to realize he needed help.
And, T. S. Eliot re-invents modern literature while depressed.
Episode 9 - Kintsugi
A divorce led Ben Gibbard to reexamine his creative approach to songwriting and trail running.
Plus, a brief history of Japanese ceramic repair.
Episode 8 - How Not To Make A Lightbulb
Fresh out of the Air Force Academy, a wrong turn forced Jim Walmsley to reconsider the trajectory of his life.
A few years later, another fateful turn would launch his running career.
Plus, the many ways to not make a lightbulb.
Episode 7 - Spirit Lines
Growing up on a Navajo reservation was hard, but Verna Volker tapped into the resilience that she associates with being an indigenous woman. When she didn't see herself reflected in running media, she set out to create her own community centered around native women and their stories.
Episode 6 - Song of Myself
Amelia Boone struggled with an eating disorder since high school, well into her hears as a champion obstacle course racer. After she was diagnosed with four stress fractures in three years, she decided to get help.
In order to truly heal, Amelia had to overcome her biggest obstacle yet: fear of feelings.
And, Walt Whitman was his own hype man.
Episode 5 - Powdered Feet
Alison Désir is a runner, mother, community builder and activist.
After marathon training gave her a new outlook on life, Alison decided to use her education and experiences to help others. Through her own mental health struggles, Alison has built communities based on inclusion and visibility where Black runners are empowered to take control of their mental health.
For additional mental health resources, check out Bigger Than The Trail, Heal Haus, and On the Mend.
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A running podcast not just for runners
Zoë brings exceptional journalism, production quality, and story-telling to the running podcast world. This is the only running podcast I recommend to my non-running friends! You do not need to be a runner to be inspired by these stories.
Thoughtful and inspiring
These stories hold both the shadow and the light to the what is most essential about running: being human. The production and approach is thoughtful, and the end result is a lingering sense of wonder and inspiration.
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Hands-down my fave “running” podcast. Zoë brilliantly unpacks the mess of being human through the relatable lens of sport. Each episode is masterfully crafted and the equivalent of enjoying the most unctuous chocolate chip cookie but for your ears. Thank you, Zoë, for all of your hard work and soul in bringing these stories to life!