If you are open to being inspired by gritty women who have pushed through difficulties and finding motivation in the way we are all connected, this podcast is for you. Prepare to be inspired as Gina Meyer, Doctor of Physical Therapy and leader in the health and wellness industry gets up close and personal with athletes who have made it through seemingly insurmountable challenges. Connect to their struggle, find out how they were able to RISE, and apply their lessons to push past even your own expectations for your life. Come RISE with us.
Tonya: Be audacious with your life and don't wait to pursue your dreams.
Connect and Rise with Tonya Bradley, ultramarathoner, Lupus patient/ Lupus awareness advocate and health equity advocate. Tonya discusses what it means to her to be audacious and tells us more about running the Berlin, Chicago, and London marathons and her plans to also run the New York City Marathon. She reminds us that in running and in life we need to embrace the “I will cross the finish line” mentality- even if it takes longer than we planned or unexpected challenges arise. She discusses how making positive changes in our lives can bring positive people and circumstances our way. Tonya will inspire and encourage you not to wait on pursuing your dreams. It’s never too late!
Rette: Have all the fun.
Connect and Rise with Rette Green, triathlete, mom, and autoimmune warrior. Rette shares some of her journey and reminds us to take the chances. Always take the shots. She reminds us that the things that we value deserve to hold space in our lives; our actions should be bold. Rette also discusses carrying gratitude through it all, honoring the energy within you to press towards your goals. She tells us that on race days (or any difficult situation in life) the grit and bravery we develop through the struggle can be drawn on when needed later in life. Rette calls us to ask ourselves: when the audience goes away, what still matters? Hold those things close and also remember to have ALL THE FUN.
Miriam: Joy awaits.
Connect and Rise with Miriam Gilbert, ultrarunner and retired professor, as she discusses life, strength through struggle, and her book: Come What May, I Want to Run: A Memoir of the Saving Grace of Ultrarunning in Overwhelming Times. Miriam discusses what courage and boldness mean to her, shares some of her personal struggles and how they propelled her forward, and tells us how ultrarunning (or anything in life that is truly challenging) can push us to grow in endurance and strength. Miriam believes in embracing everything (the good and the bad, the struggles and the triumphs) in life and reminds us all that no matter what we are going through, JOY awaits.
Juliana: You will be found.
This is a sweet little episode with my niece Juliana that was recorded earlier in July before our shared birthday. She has such a big heart. The idea of the episode was to talk about an amazing song she knew from a dance performance. She felt very connected to the lyrics which simply put remind us that we are not alone. I love you, Juliana!
Adriauna: Remember the mission.
Connect and Rise with Adriauna Davis, Founder and Executive Director of The Harmonie Grace Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at empowering and supporting families of at-risk infants to inspire hope and serve those affected by preterm pregnancy and infant mortality. You will be be inspired by Adriauna’s story and her desire to take what she learned from a very difficult time in her life and use it to serve others. She reminds us that boldness builds confidence, to connect with yourself and acknowledge your strengths and your weaknesses, and that you honor yourself and others by sharing your authentic story. As you go through difficult times, remember the mission. Remember your why and don’t stop there.
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Anne: Look for the wins.
Connect and Rise with Anne Chang, marathoner, coach, mother, and Saucony Canada Ambassador. Anne opens up, sharing some of the struggles she has faced and the strength she has developed through those struggles. She is an advocate of taking the time to process loss and also remembering to live life to the fullest. Anne encourages us to both be objective through difficulty and to choose to have fun (which she reflects on so beautifully after running the Boston Marathon only a few days before the London Marathon). Anne will remind you to be ambitious while staying true to yourself. All things are possible.
I just started this, and I am currently binging it. So well written and many fantastic tips and ideas to listen to an incorporate into our daily routines, exercise related or not!