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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 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!

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    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
    Episode 52: Kim Conley Can Never Be Counted Out

    Episode 52: Kim Conley Can Never Be Counted Out

    This week we’re talking to Kim Conley, two time Olympian, pro for New Balance, UC Davis alum, who is currently chasing down a spot on the 2021 Olympic team. Kim has secured qualifying times for the 2021 US Olympic trials in the 10K and 5K. We talk about her evolution from running XC in high school on a team with Sara Hall (then Bei) to graduating UC Davis feeling like she had unfinished business, to going all in on the 2012 track trials and having her breakthrough moment and becoming a New Balance sponsored athlete. Kim shares how it was challenging to adjust to “being an Olympian” and how her mindset shifted her second time at the Olympics in 2016. Kim talks about her current training, how she is coping with the uncertainty of the Olympics this year, track meets in the time of Covid, and her excitement about ultimately turning her attention to the marathon.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    🚀 Her training and mindset with less than 100 days to the trials

    🧠 Training through doubts and postponements around the Olympics

    💗 Taking time last year to rekindle her love for running

    🚚 Decision to move to Flagstaff fulltime

    🏃🏼‍♀️Running in high school with Sara Hall

    🔁 Being process oriented as opposed to outcome focused

    👟Her history of shoes coming off in races

    ⏱ Flying under the radar in the 5K by gradually chipping away at her times

    🤩 Signing with New Balance and PRing after the 2012 Olympic Trials

    🎽 Adjusting to “being an Olympian”

    🙌 Getting excited to get after the marathon after the Olympics

    You can find Kim on Instagram @kfconley, Twitter @kimconley and her website is https://kimfconley.com/.

    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 Kim Conley  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!

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by John (JB) Barley.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 51: Fiona O'Keeffe Is a Pro Now and Ready to Pounce

    Episode 51: Fiona O'Keeffe Is a Pro Now and Ready to Pounce

    This week we’re talking to Fiona O’Keeffe, newly minted professional runner for Puma, Stanford alum, and climate change researcher. Fiona had a whirlwind 2020, starting a Masters program at University of New Mexico, training but never competing because of the pandemic, then in December she ran the smashed the 10K Olympic trials qualifying standard of 32:25 with a time of 32:12.28 for the 11th-fastest time as an American collegian. In January 2021, she signed with Puma and moved to North Carolina to join their training group. Fiona shares how her high school and college teams shaped who she is today, how the transition to pro is going so far, and her goals for the future.
    Some highlights from our conversation:
    😺 Who helped her make the decision to join Puma
    🎽 Alistair Cragg’s vision for Puma’s North Carolina training group
    🎓 The surreal experience of graduating college in her living room
    🌤 Her passion for studying climate change
    👖 Running the mile in elementary school in jeans and a t-shirt
    🏃🏻‍♀️ How Bill Gregg (Kaitlin Goodman’s dad) shaped her as a runner in high school
    🙌 Handling the pressure of running at a high level
    🔁 The importance of pre-race routines
    🔥 Why she subscribes to the Passion Paradox perspective of imbalance
    👟The fun, underground vibe of  COVID track meets
    🛣Mixing it up with some road races
    You can find Fiona on instagram @fiona_okeeffe and check out the new Puma’s distance crew @PUMAperformance
    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 Fiona O’Keeffe 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!
    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.
    Editing by John (JB) Barley.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 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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