351 episodes

Angie and Kevin Brown are here to help real life runners to improve their running and their life through conversations about training, mindset, nutrition, health and wellness, family, and all the crazy things that life throws at us.  The lessons that we learn from running can carry over into all aspects of our life, and we are here to explore those connections through current research, our experiences, and stories from real people out on the roads and trails, so that you can become a physically and mentally stronger runner and achieve the goals that matter to you. We are Kevin and Angie Brown, husband and wife, mom and dad, coaches, and runners. Angie holds her doctorate degree in physical therapy and uses running as part of her integrated fitness routine. Kevin is a marathoner who has been coaching runners for over a decade.  Together, we want to help make running more accessible to more people, so that more people can gain the benefits of being a Real Life Runner. 

Real Life Runners with Angie and Kevin Brown Angie and Kevin Brown

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 142 Ratings

Angie and Kevin Brown are here to help real life runners to improve their running and their life through conversations about training, mindset, nutrition, health and wellness, family, and all the crazy things that life throws at us.  The lessons that we learn from running can carry over into all aspects of our life, and we are here to explore those connections through current research, our experiences, and stories from real people out on the roads and trails, so that you can become a physically and mentally stronger runner and achieve the goals that matter to you. We are Kevin and Angie Brown, husband and wife, mom and dad, coaches, and runners. Angie holds her doctorate degree in physical therapy and uses running as part of her integrated fitness routine. Kevin is a marathoner who has been coaching runners for over a decade.  Together, we want to help make running more accessible to more people, so that more people can gain the benefits of being a Real Life Runner. 

    347: Training Adaptability: The Key to Successfully Integrating Running into Your Life

    347: Training Adaptability: The Key to Successfully Integrating Running into Your Life

    In this episode, we discussed the importance of adapting and adjusting a runner's training plan based on various factors such as missed workouts, upcoming goals, and the runner's experience. Emphasize the importance of understanding the purpose of each workout and suggest ways runners can maintain consistency in their training, even when life's unexpected events get in the way. 


    We talked about different scenarios in which workouts might need to be rescheduled or skipped altogether, and explained how such decisions are influenced by the runner's priorities and the demands of their life outside of running. 


    Key concepts include the importance of flexibility, consistent training, and understanding the 'why' behind each workout. We also underscore the value of having a coach to provide personalized guidance and support.


    01:38 The Importance of Training Plans Made for You
    02:12 The Pitfalls of Generic Training Plans
    03:06 The Need for Adaptability in Training Plans
    04:32 The Dangers of Over-Adjusting Your Training Plan
    05:51 The Role of Consistency in Training
    17:44 Adjusting Your Life to Fit Your Training
    31:39 The Importance of Expert Guidance
    39:36 The Role of Experience in Training Adjustments


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    Don't forget: The information on this website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition or to provide medical advice. It is intended for general education in the areas of health and wellness. All information contained in this site is intended to be educational in nature. Nothing should be considered medical advice for your specific situation.

    • 46 min
    Transforming Life and Mindset through Running: Lori's Journey with Lori Duesing

    Transforming Life and Mindset through Running: Lori's Journey with Lori Duesing

    In episode 346 of The Real Life Runners Podcast, host Angie speaks to Lori Duesing, a member of the Real Life Runners Academy, about her inspiring journey from non-athletic kid to runner, featuring her struggle with weight, depression, and self-doubt. Lori shares her experiences of learning to slow down, listen to her body, and develop herself as a runner - all key components of the trainings she's undergone through the academy. Today, despite her initial apprehensions, Lori is a successful athlete and has managed her mental health successfully, too. Having benefited so much from coaching, she is now on the path to becoming a coach herself, aiming to assist other women in body positivity and healthy aging.


    01:05 Lori's Early Life and Introduction to Running
    02:27 Lori's Initial Running Journey and Challenges
    04:56 Lori's Transition from Fitness to Running
    06:24 Lori's Struggles with Self-Perception and Running
    07:07 Lori's Return to Running and Joining a Running Group
    13:07 Lori's Journey with Real Life Runners Academy
    17:19 Lori's Transformation and Advice to Other Runners


    Connect with Lori!
    www.GetUpGirlsLife.com (launching in March)
    FB community: Get Up Girls Life


    Get Up Girls came from Get Up Off the Couch and lets make some changes to our life so we can live an active life by eating healthy wholesome food and getting movement and self-care into our daily habits.  


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    • 44 min
    345: Play the Long Game: Strategies for Long-term Running Success

    345: Play the Long Game: Strategies for Long-term Running Success

    Many athletes focus too much on short-term results and daily or weekly progress, often leading to a plateau or a rollercoaster of progress and regression. This week, we discuss the importance of having a vision and long-term objectives for your running journey. We highlight the significance of 'value capture', where the value of a goal tends to overshadow the reason for pursuing it. We also emphasize the concept of 'process over outcome', focusing on the steps required to reach the goal rather than just the goal itself. The podcast concludes with the importance of reverse engineering big goals into smaller steps and using 'training cycles' based on strength, mileage, speed, or maintenance to ensure continuous progress.


    01:51 The Importance of Having a Long-Term Vision in Running
    02:36 The Concept of Value Capture in Running
    03:39 The Role of Vision in Sustainable Running
    08:01 The Importance of Enjoying the Running Process
    16:21 The Concept of Infinite Games in Running
    23:12 The Importance of Training Cycles in Running
    38:37 Conclusion: Running Your Life


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    Don't forget: The information on this website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition or to provide medical advice. It is intended for general education in the areas of health and wellness. All information contained in this site is intended to be educational in nature. Nothing should be considered medical advice for your specific situation.

    • 38 min
    344: Take Care of Your Feet with Dr. Tonya K. Olson, DPT

    344: Take Care of Your Feet with Dr. Tonya K. Olson, DPT

    In this episode of the real-life runners podcast, Dr. Tonya Olson shares her wealth of knowledge on foot care for runners, emphasizing the importance of considering individual needs, terrain, distance, and footwear.


    Dr. Tonya Olson is a board-certified doctor of physical therapy who has a long history of working with runners of all disciplines. This year will be her 15th year providing footcare at the Michigan Bluff aid station at mile 55 at the Western States 100 Endurance Run. She is the co-author of the 7th edition of the book "Fixing Your Feet", and has been running ultramarathons since 2005. She has her own mobile physical therapy business based in St. Petersburg, FL, Centaur Physical Therapy. 


    Dr. Olsen insists on the awareness of the foot's connection to other body parts and its role in a runner's performance. She also recommends runners be proactive to avoid injuries. Tips range from toenail care and the management of callouses to the choice of an appropriate running shoe. Dr. Olson encourages runners to seek expert advice when necessary and to be mindful of putting the right care into their feet.


    If you want to connect with Dr. Tonya Olson, you can find her at the links below!
    Website: www.centaurphysicaltherapy.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/@tonyakolsondpt
    Email: tonyakolson@gmail.com


    00:05 Importance of Foot Care for Runners
    00:38 Introducing Dr. Tanya Olson
    00:50 The Role of Feet in Running
    01:34 Dr. Tanya Olson's Experience and Expertise
    02:21 The Importance of Physical Therapy
    04:57 Dr. Tanya Olson's Journey into Foot Care
    05:24 The Impact of Terrain on Foot Health
    07:23 The Importance of Proper Footwear
    08:23 The Role of Physical Therapy in Running
    11:14 The Importance of Foot Care in Ultra Running
    11:58 The Impact of Footwear Choices on Running
    14:21 The Importance of Considering Foot Health
    26:10 The Impact of Training Conditions on Foot Health
    27:33 The Importance of Proper Footwear for Runners
    28:04 The Role of Community in Learning About Running
    40:39 The Importance of Addressing Calluses for Runners
    51:46 The Importance of Seeking Professional Help for Foot Care


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    Don't forget: The information on this website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition or to provide medical advice. It is intended for general education in the areas of health and wellness. All information contained in this site is intended to be educational in nature. Nothing should be considered medical advice for your specific situation.

    • 53 min
    343: How Your Daily Movement Affects Your Running

    343: How Your Daily Movement Affects Your Running

    Understanding the Impact of Daily Movement on Your Running Performance

    In this episode, we dive into the topic of how our daily activities and movement outside of running impacts our performance as runners. We discuss the detrimental effects of having a sedentary lifestyle, how daily movement can affect our bodies, and ways to incorporate more daily movement for optimal health and improved running performance. We also tackle the issue of overactivity which can lead to tiredness, soreness, and even injury. You'll get to hear firsthand experiences, and practical advice on achieving a balance between running and daily activities to become better and healthier runners.

    Highlights:
    02:09 The Problem with 'Checking the Box' of Exercise
    03:08 The Importance of Daily Movement Beyond Running
    04:20 The Consequences of Sedentary Jobs
    05:30 The Impact of Seasonal Changes on Daily Movement
    07:11 Understanding Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE)
    09:21 The Effects of Sitting on Muscle Shortening
    22:39 The Impact of Neglecting Movement
    24:05 The Consequences of Too Much Movement
    28:15 The Balance of Work and Training
    29:21 The Impact of Extra Work on Training
    34:00 Practical Ways to Improve Daily Movement


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    Don't forget: The information on this website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition or to provide medical advice. It is intended for general education in the areas of health and wellness. All information contained in this site is intended to be educational in nature. Nothing should be considered medical advice for your specific situation.

    • 44 min
    342: Find Your Joy

    342: Find Your Joy

    Have you ever felt like you're running someone else's race, chasing goals that don't quite fit? This week, we get real about the pursuit of joy in running, breaking free from the comparison trap, and tuning into your own personal happiness frequency. Just like finding that perfect radio station in a rental car, we discuss how crucial it is to listen to your own rhythm in running, rather than getting lost in the static of others' expectations.

    Sometimes, the path to joy in running takes us on different routes. It's an invitation to redefine what success and fun look like to you in the world of running. Whether you're a marathon enthusiast or a weekend warrior, we encourage you to carve out your personal benchmarks for accomplishment. Remember, the joy of running is as varied and personal as your favorite vacation spot – it's all about finding what fits your life, your goals, and, most importantly, your joy. Join us on this intimate trip down the runner's lane, where every step is a celebration of your individual journey.


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    Don't forget: The information on this website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition or to provide medical advice. It is intended for general education in the areas of health and wellness. All information contained in this site is intended to be educational in nature. Nothing should be considered medical advice for your specific situation.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Runner Lori ,

Love this podcast

I listen to this podcast every week and I always learn something new about how to grow whether mentally, physically or improve my skills as a runner. I especially like the thought shifts about running as it has changed my view and love of running so much

Pin_Addict ,

Real people, awesome advice.

I love how Angie and Kevin bring us behind the scenes of their journeys as runners. I’ve always had a negative relationship with running and they have shifted how I think about moving my body in a way that supports the life I want to lead. Thank you!

dear running ,

Can’t wait for the next!

All I can say is… after this episode I can’t wait for the next! What a powerful experience to listen in on your strategies, challenges, and excitement in training for a 100 mile race. Thank you!

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