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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 58: AAPI Representation, Advocacy, and Identity with Deanna Kwong

    Episode 58: AAPI Representation, Advocacy, and Identity with Deanna Kwong

    This week we’re back with Deanna Kwong to talk about her experience as a proud member of the AAPI community, her work on representation and advocacy, and how current events have brought light to issues that have always been present but were being ignored by the non-AAPI community.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    🚩How the pandemic forced her identity as an asian woman to the forefront

    🔺Finding and facilitating safe spaces to be open about talking about her identity and experience

    📌How she’s identified new support networks

    📍Seeing situations things through different lenses

    🎈How our history, like the Page Act of 1875, continue to shape us

    ❤️ Her thoughts on the stop AAPI hate movement

    🚨The importance of listening as a key component of allyship

    🌈 The “Invisible Minority” and model minority problem

    🔺Feeling like a perpetual foreigner

    📌The importance of diversify your feed and seeking out stories that challenge your experience

    🎈Why it’s a privilege to stay out of the conversation

    🚩How to normalize discussions about discussions about race

    ❤️Why runners are an ideal community to embrace tackling uncomfortable topics

    🚨Representation in sports

    🌏How the world defines us versus how we define ourselves

    🚩The emotional tax of being a minority

    💥The power of finding points of commonality

    You can find Deanna on Instagram @myfavoritemoment38 and follow her training on Strava

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay

    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com

    Amazing photography by Ian Tuttle: https://www.ituttle.com/ @iantuttle

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 57: Deanna Kwong Chases Big Goals and Delights in Spontaneity

    Episode 57: Deanna Kwong Chases Big Goals and Delights in Spontaneity

    This week we’re talking to Deanna Kwong, a corporate lawyer, road and trail runner, mother, and advocate. We talk about discovering her talent and passion for running and overcoming imposter syndrome to find her place in the running community. She shares how she balances the desire for spontaneity and unstructured training with chasing big goals on the roads and trails.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    ⏱ How the high school mile revealed her talent for running

    🏃🏽‍♀️ Imposter syndrome hindered her ability at track and field

    🙌🏼 Why running has always been a place where she’s find community

    ✨ Signing up for her first half marathon on a whim

    🔂 Finding her first running group and creating consistency around running

    💎 Seeing easy running days as a luxury

    🦄 Racing Boston to Big Sur and Boston to Canyons!

    ⚖️ Balancing structured training with spontaneity

    🎽Dealing with disappointing races

    🧐 Figuring out what works specifically for you

    👩‍💻 How trail ultras have help her professionally

    🌦 Being prepared but being agile and adaptive

    🥑 Her love for avocados and running!

    💪🏼 Focusing on longevity and durability in running

    You can find Deanna on Instagram @myfavoritemoment38 and follow her training on Strava

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay

    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com.

    This week’s episode with Deanna Kwong is brought to you by:

    EverAthlete, the online strength and mobility training community for outdoor enthusiasts!  Visit www.everathlete.fit/ and use code ROTB50 to get 50% off your first month!

    UCAN. Visit ucan.co/discount/rotb/ for 15% off!

    Amazing photography by Ian Tuttle: https://www.ituttle.com/ @iantuttle

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 56: Tantek Çelik Helps Us Reconsider Our Time

    Episode 56: Tantek Çelik Helps Us Reconsider Our Time

    This week we’re talking to Tantek Çelik, a computer scientist, trailer runner, and yogi among many other things. We talk about the philosophy of taking care of your future self and playing around with the perception of time before diving into Tantek’s journey from an asthmatic child to ultra trail runner. It was Bay to Breakers and the November Project that pulled Tantek into the world of running. That community led him to SFRC and the confidence to train for his first 50k and 50 miler. Tantek describes the falls he’s taken and how the hard days are big deposits in the grit bank.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    🧽Procrasta-cleaning

    🔮Taking care of your future self

    🧘🏻‍♂️How yoga brought him to meditation

    🕰Playing around with perceptions of time

    📋Terrible memories of the physical fitness tests from grade school

    💫The power of tackling fears and practicing falling

    ⛰Taking big falls while running down Mt. Tam

    👫Running his first race with his mom and dad at Bay to Breakers

    🙌Finding community and training partners to train for his first 50k and 50 milers

    🏦Making deposits in your grit bank

    You can find Tantek on Instagram @tantek, on twitter @t,  and follow his training on Strava

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay

    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com.

    This week’s episode with Tantek Çelik is brought to you by:

    EverAthlete, the online strength and mobility training community for outdoor enthusiasts!  Visit www.everathlete.fit/ and use code ROTB50 to get 50% off your first month!

    UCAN. Visit ucan.co/discount/rotb/ for 15% off!

    Amazing photography by Ian Tuttle: https://www.ituttle.com/ @iantuttle

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 55: Amy Diallo Sets The Pace

    Episode 55: Amy Diallo Sets The Pace

    This week we’re talking to Amy Diallo, an infectious disease scientist at UCSF who has been working tirelessly on COVID-19 this past year. We talk about the unseen stress of being one degree removed from the front lines and how she handles the pressure of a demanding job with her big ambitions as a runner. You may recognize Amy from Tracksmith’s incredible photography (Emily Maye we love you!). In the episode we talk about her work in science, working with Tracksmith, running with West Valley Track Club, her love for middle distance racing, and how she got her start as a runner.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    🌪 Adjusting to the pace of work and the focus of work as a scientist in the post-pandemic world

    👩🏾‍🔬 The unseen sources of stress being a scientist during a pandemic

    🔬How she got started as a scientists and what attracted her to infectious disease

    🚨 Why her first half marathon was a “disaster”

    🎽How she got started running track and XC with a running group in Paris

    🇫🇷 French nationals as a goal that inspired her to take running more seriously

    🏃🏾‍♀️Finding her run community when she moved to SF

    👟 Running XC and track with West Valley Track Club

    🗣 The differences between running culture in Paris and SF

    🤩 The behind the scenes of Tracksmith photoshoots

    🙏 The one item of clothing she wishes Tracksmith would bring back

    🥳 What she’s excited about this year

    🌎 Her ideas on a post-COVID world

    You can find Amy on Instagram @dreaming_amy and follow her training on Strava

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay

    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com.

    This week’s episode with Amy Diallo is brought to you by:

    EverAthlete, the online strength and mobility training community for outdoor enthusiasts!  Visit www.everathlete.fit/ and use code ROTB50 to get 50% off your first month!

    UCAN. Visit ucan.co/discount/rotb/ for 15% off!

    Amazing photography by Ian Tuttle: https://www.ituttle.com/ @iantuttle

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by John (JB) Barley.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 54: Abbie Attwood Returns To Remind Us That If We Move, We're An Athlete

    Episode 54: Abbie Attwood Returns To Remind Us That If We Move, We're An Athlete

    Abbie Attwood returns to answer all of your questions about nutrition, body image, properly fueling for performance, RED-S, and eating disorders. This is an amazing episode full of actionable insights, helpful ways to think about performance and nutrition, and vulnerable oversharing from Abbie, Brigitte, and Mimi! If you missed Abbie’s first episode where she shares her amazing story, check out episode 47.

    In this episode we tackle:

    🥖 Why is it so hard for athletes to fuel appropriately?

    🤔 Why do we often discredit how much energy we expend?

    💜 How to begin to improve body image?

    🌧 The difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder

    🥞 If I ate a large meal before a run, do you still need recovery fuel after?

    🏃🏻‍♀️Thoughts on fasted runs? Benefits? When to do them if at all?

    🦴 How does RED-S happen? How to heal from it?

    ⌚️ What *can’t* smart watches tell us about our health?

    ⚡️ What counts as intense exercise?

    🗣 How to talk to the negative voices in your head

    🩸 Exercising while on your period

    🛑 Why we need to stop “what i eat in a day” content

    🙈 Why sometimes it is better not to look at race photos

    🦄 Why there is no holy grail or one-size fits all diet when it comes to nutrition

    Follow Abbie Attwood on Instagram @abbieattwoodwellness and on Twitter @abbie_attwood. Find out more about her and her coaching on her website and go here to and book a FREE 20 min consultation!

    Photography by Ian Tuttle @iantuttle

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @Runnersofthebay

    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com.

    This week’s episode with Abbie Attwood is brought to you by:

    EverAthlete, the online strength and mobility training community for outdoor enthusiasts!  Visit evertathlete.fit and use code ROTB50 to get 50% off your first month!

    Beam. Use code ROTB for 15% off at beamtlc.com

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 53: Lizzy Rountree Designs Her Own Path

    Episode 53: Lizzy Rountree Designs Her Own Path

    This week we’re talking to Lizzy Rountree, a member of the Impalas, 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials Qualifier, winner of the 2021 Arches 50K, and product designer. Lizzy says that her high school self would be shocked by her current identity as a runner (she impressively scored on her own team twice in school). She shares her journey from a non-athlete who smoked to the Olympic trials, and how running fuels her creativity as a product designer. We talk about the mental aspects of training and racing and how the sisterhood of the Impalas inspired her identity as a runner and fueled her progress as a runner by helping to block out doubts.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    🎽 What it was like to race at the Texas Qualifier track meet

    👤 Dealing with imposter syndrome at big races

    🇨🇷 How a classmate helped her get started running while they were studying abroad in Costa Rica

    🌄 How the pandemic and post-trials training drove her to trail running

    🏆 Training for her first 50K and WINNING IT

    💀 The “stomach grim reaper”

    💡Translating her creativity into a career in product design

    ⚡️ Finding creative energy while running

    🔗 How bonds with runner friends are different than bonds with other friends

    🔂 How seeing the impalas doing their track workouts inspired her to join the team

    👯‍♀️ The power of a tight knit community of women

    🛑 Using teammates to help block out the doubts

    You can find Lizzy on Instagram @lizzy.rountree and follow her training on Strava

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay

    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com.

    This week’s episode with Lizzy Rountree is brought to you by:

    EverAthlete, the online strength and mobility training community for outdoor enthusiasts!  Visit www.everathlete.fit/ and use code ROTB50 to get 50% off your first month!

    Beam. Check out their hydration and CBD productions beamtlc.com use code ROTB for 15% off your order!

    Amazing photography by Ian Tuttle: https://www.ituttle.com/ @iantuttle

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by John (JB) Barley.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Great interviews

The hosts do a great job interviewing people in the Bay Area running community. I’ve been really inspired and informed by many of the conversations.

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These ladies are killin' it!

I'm loving Mimi and Brigette and the energy they bring to this podcast. Such a fun show. Keep up the great work!

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Interesting stories about Bay Area runners

I love this podcast! The Bay Area is home to tons of highly driven people who are not only runners but also changing the world in new and exciting ways. This podcast highlights the diversity of people from amateurs through local legends and highly successful professional runners. No topic is out of bounds! It's fun listening to which routes and trails people prefer for different workouts which really ties it specifically to the Bay Area.

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