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Bringing you untold stories behind the devoted amateurs and legends of the Bay Area’s running culture. Hosted by Mimi Albert and Brigitte Bradford.

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Bringing you untold stories behind the devoted amateurs and legends of the Bay Area’s running culture. Hosted by Mimi Albert and Brigitte Bradford.

    Episode 8: Mario Fraioli Takes on a Morning Shakeout, Running Us Through a Few of His Favorite Life Lessons

    Episode 8: Mario Fraioli Takes on a Morning Shakeout, Running Us Through a Few of His Favorite Life Lessons

    This week’s episode is with Mario Fraioli from Novato, CA. Mario is a road and trail runner, elite coach, and writer who lives in Marin. He shares his weekly thoughts on running and life in his must-read The Morning Shakeout Newsletter and must-listen The Morning Shakeout Podcast (https://themorningshakeout.com/).

    In this episode we discuss how Mario celebrated his 38th birthday by chasing down his high school PR in the mile and we do a deep dive into some of the 38 life lessons that he shared in his newsletter. Some highlights from our conversation:


    How adversity is just an opportunity to see how you respond to what’s being thrown at you

    Why simple is often better (but how simple isn’t easy)

    What he learned from living in different places throughout his life

    Why he runs without a watch at least once a week

    His favorite books, authors, and intentional approach toward his weekly newsletter

    Why he would never bet against Meb Keflezighi

    How he shapes his life around mood following action and why that important, especially during the pandemic


    Follow Mario on Twitter @mariofraioli and follow his training on Strava.

    Follow The Morning Shakeout on Twitter and Instagram @theAMshakeout.

    Subscribe to The Morning Shakeout podcast and newsletter at https://themorningshakeout.com/

    Check out Mario’s The Morning Shakeout Podcast episode with his college coach, Karen Boen.  He mentions this episode in our discussion as one of his favorites to date, and we agree.

    Follow Runners of The Bay on Twitter and Instagram @Runnersofthebay. Check out our website runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com. Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 7: Michelle La Sala is Riding The Wave and Ready for Whatever Comes Next

    Episode 7: Michelle La Sala is Riding The Wave and Ready for Whatever Comes Next

    This week’s episode is with Michelle La Sala. Michelle is the founder of Blistering Pace Race Management, which runs the San Francisco Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, the Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon, and the Big Sur Marathon.  She partners with both the Chicago and New York City Marathons.  Michelle is also the President of the West Valley Track Club.

    Michelle is a sub 3-hour marathoner who fell in love with the sport early on and is deeply invested in fostering a healthy, equitable, and strong running community.

    In this episode we discuss:


    What it was like to host one of the last major marathons in California before everything was cancelled due to the pandemic

    Her love of running and how it has evolved

    How she got her start in race management

    All of the decisions that need to be considered when thinking about races starting up again

    Her history with an Eating Disorder in college and how that impacts her life now

    Breaking 3 hours in the marathon

    How she is thinking about the running community and her passion for fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all runners

    How she is challenging the notion of “staying in her lane” and working towards rebuilding a more equitable running/racing community


    Follow Michelle on Instagram and Twitter at @lasala916 and follow her training on Strava. You can find her race management company, Blistering Pace, at https://blisteringpace.com/ and on instagram @blisteringpace.

    Follow Runners of The Bay on Instagram and Twitter @Runnersofthebay. Check out our website runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com. Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 6: Keira D'Amato - OutDJ, Outstud, Outrun

    Episode 6: Keira D'Amato - OutDJ, Outstud, Outrun

    In this episode, Mimi talks to elite runner, Keira D'Amato.  Keira is a woman of many talents.  She's a realtor in Virgina, a mother of 2, a DJ (listen to Episode 244 of I'll Have Another With Lindsey Hein for more DJ talk), and the 7th fastest 35 years or older in the WORLD for the 5K!
    Keira is the most decorated runner of all time in American University history where she was coached by Matthew Centrowitz Sr.  At American she was a 4-time All American and 11-time individual Patriot League champion.  Keira placed 5th in the 2005 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships where she beat a few up and comers by the names of Molly Huddle and Amy Hastings.
    Keira placed 15th in the 2020 US Olympic Marathon trials and was selected to represent the US in the World Half Marathon Championships originally scheduled to take place in Poland this spring - now rescheduled for this fall.  Earlier this week, Keira ran a 15:04 5K time trial on her home track.  For reference, the Olympic standard is 15:10.  Keira's 15:04 makes her the 7th fastest woman 35 or older all time in the world!  
    Another fun fact about Keira: she's a superfan of the television show, Survivor.  In this episode, Mimi and Keira catch up on all things running, but then get deep into Survivor talk.  We talk about:
    - How we started watching the show and why we keep watching
    - Our favorite seasons
    - Our favorite players
    - Our experiences meeting various Survivor players IRL
    - Past contestants we'd like to see play again
    - The importance and magic of Rob Has a Podcast 
    - The controversial fire making challenge conundrum at the Final 4 Tribal Council
    - Our pro-runner fantasy Survivor season
    - Alliance names
    - The Final 3 and Winner of Survivor: Rumble of the Runners

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 5: Devon Yanko’s Intrinsic Motivation Makes Her Unstoppable

    Episode 5: Devon Yanko’s Intrinsic Motivation Makes Her Unstoppable

    In this episode we talk to Devon Yanko. Devon is a 2-time US Olympic Marathon Trials participant, a 5-time member of TEAM USA in the 100K World Champs. She’s won both the Javelina 100 miler and the Leadville 100 miler. She finished 3rd at Western States in 2016, where her race was featured in the documentary film, Life in a Day. Devon loves to chase Fastest Known Times (FKTs) and continues to challenge herself whether there’s an official race or not. Devon started a bakery called M.H. Bread & Butter with her husband, Nathan, which is a Marin staple for hungry runners post-long run. This is only a small description of Devon’s incredible career and experiences. She is an all around awesome person who is an integral part of both the Bay Area running community and running community at large. Some highlights from the interview with Devon: Her epic virtual race calendar Her path from basketball to running Balancing running with running her bakery Her reluctance in running a 100 miler and path to doing it for herself, not for others How her intrinsic motivation keeps her going and leads her to the most flow state How she thrives in times where she is forced to work hard (like now) What brought her the Bay Area and how she met her husband What success means to her now and going forward Follow Devon on Instagram @fastfoodie and on Strava Check out her Bakery, M.H. Bread & Butter Follow Runners of The Bay on Instagram and Twitter @Runnersofthebay. Check out our website runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com. Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 4: Jeannette Mathieu is a Lifelong Learner in Medicine and Running

    Episode 4: Jeannette Mathieu is a Lifelong Learner in Medicine and Running

    In this episode, Mimi and Brigitte talk to Jeannette Mathieu.  Jeannette is a Radiology Resident at UCSF by way of Vanderbilt and grew .  She runs for the Peninsula Distance Club (PDC) and recently ran the US Olympic Marathon Trials this past February.  Jeannette qualified for the trials in her 2nd marathon at California International Marathon (CIM) in 2019.

    Jeannette shares:

    Her journey to qualifying for the trials and her experience as one of the women who qualified during that magical last minute at CIM in 2019.

    How she started running in high school but how she got serious about cultivating her talent during Medical School and into Residency.

    Training for the trials while on night-float.

    Why she chose Radiology and how it's benefited her own running.

    The parallels between a career in medicine and the journey of a runner.

    Where she's at with running now and why we shouldn't be surprised if we see her on the trails.

    Her short-term and long-term running goals.

    We loved getting to know Jeannette better and can't wait to continue to follow her career in both medicine and running.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 3: Vanessa Fraser is Playing the Long Game

    Episode 3: Vanessa Fraser is Playing the Long Game

    In this episode, we chat with Santa Cruz County (Scott’s Valley) raised, Stanford Alum, and current Bowerman Track Club member Vanessa Fraser. Vanessa shares: 

    How she went from a running a big PB at BU’s Last Chance to undergoing an Achilles and calcaneus procedure on both of her feet. 

    How she’s handling the longest time off running in her career. How she benefitted from a high school coach who saw her long term potential and didn’t ever let her overtrain for short term goals. 

    How being one of the youngest, slowest people at Stanford’s cross country camp in 8th grade paved the path for her to joining the Stanford XC/T&F team. 

    Her major and thesis at Stanford.

    What is was like going from Stanford to joining one of the most elite professional teams. 

    How social media has shifted what it means to be an athlete and the responsibilities professional athletes have to share more than just their running performances with their fans. 

    What she learned from each of her coaches. 

    Marielle Hall - Racing to Stay Alive (Runner's World) https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a32729943/marielle-hall-racing-to-stay-alive/

    Bowerman Track Club Store: https://www.bowermantc.com/

    Color of Change: https://colorofchange.org/

    Follow Vanessa on Instagram @Nessafraser and on Twitter at @locknessmonstar 

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