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.
Jaqueline Alnes: Make space for failure.
Connect and Rise with Jaqueline Alnes, runner, writer, and author of the recently released book, The Fruit Cure. Jaqueline shares her story reminding us that our value can be found internally and intrinsically and is not based on any external demands that the world may place upon us. She advocates breaking free from an all-or-nothing mentality and invites us to celebrate all parts of ourselves. Making space for failure frees us to explore, play, and enjoy life. Joy awaits.
Susan: This is possible.
Connect and Rise with Susan Donnelly, minset and strategy coach for ultra runners who has finished 144 hundred mile races!! Have you ever wondered what it takes to finish a 100 mile race? Or to be a finisher in life? Susan tells us that you start by knowing what you are thinking instead of just reacting. You can then ask yourself if you are willing to make a change in your thinking. Susan discusses how women have been socially conditioned in ways that men have not, often keeping them off balance… Women are told to be beautiful, but not too beautiful, assertive, but not too assertive, successful, but not too successful. Women can shift their thinking and train themselves to think bold thoughts. Susan reminds us to be willing to gamble on ourselves and to also develop a relationship with discomfort and pain. Ask yourself: what am I willing to fight for? And remember, you don’t have to be perfect because you learn by failing. Holding yourself to perfection is unfair to you. You will come away from this amazing first episode of 2024 ready to find out what you are capable of and reminding yourself: all things are possible.
Jaci: Every race has a purpose.
Connect and Rise with Jaci Wilson, runner and holistic run coach. Jaci discusses how developing and working on our mindset must be practiced throughout our lives. She is an advocate for developing a gratitude practice, especially noticing the little and specific moments of joy in our lives. We open our discussion on leadership which will be a theme on the podcast as we head into 2024. Jaci talks about how important it is for a leader to be vulnerable and to keep learning. She also shares how life will continue teaching us the same lessons until we listen. Learning from the recurring themes in our lives can be a game changer. Jaci reminds us that the little things make a big difference and that every “race” has a purpose.
Patrice: Be empowered.
Connect and Rise with Patrice Bening, runner, mom, and Certified Financial Planner who empowers women through Herself by Morton. Patrice shares the amazing story of how she learned boldness from her mother as a child in Romania. She will remind you never to settle and that change is is the only constant in life (so it’s best to get comfortable with being uncomfortable). If we don’t take risks, we won’t know if we can succeed… so give it your all.
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.
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!