90 episodes

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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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

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 90: Ayako Sawanabori on running towards healing, advocacy, and learning

    Episode 90: Ayako Sawanabori on running towards healing, advocacy, and learning

    Ayako Sawanobori, accomplished runner, co-lead of the Anti-Racist Run Club and longtime supporter of Girls on the Run and Back on My Feet, joins the podcast to talk about her journey from gymnastics to running, running and advocacy, and how healing and comeback are a theme throughout her running.
    Some highlights from our conversation:
    🤸 Intense gymnastics training as a child
    👟 Finding track after getting injured⁣
    🎉 Loving being a middle of the pack runner
    🔂 Embracing being a forever beginner⁣
    👋🏽 How she and her dad have used marathons to bond and heal after a loss
    ✊🏾 How the Anti-Racist Run Club is focusing on awareness, education, and action
    🎽 Training for her first ultra!

    You can follow Ayako on Instagram and Strava, and follow Anti-Racist Run Club on Instagram 
    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.
    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.
    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 55 min
    Episode 89: Jessica de Leon on Having an Hella Good Time Leading Her Team at The Speed Project and Getting Ready for Boston

    Episode 89: Jessica de Leon on Having an Hella Good Time Leading Her Team at The Speed Project and Getting Ready for Boston

    Jessica de Leon, founder of Hella Bae Running joins us on the podcast today to talk all things Speed Project and her journey to the 2022 Boston Marathon, plus much more!

    This episode is dedicated to Athena Liberatos Dawes, the beloved mother of two of Hella Bae Speed Project runners. The love she had for her daughters represents all the motherly love we had carrying them through the desert.

    You can support Jess’s fundraising efforts for the 2022 Boston Marathon in support of MDA Team Momentum by going to: https://www.givengain.com/ap/jessica-de-leon-raising-funds-for-muscular-dystrophy-association/



    Some highlights from our conversation:



    🌉Finding her running community in the Bay Area



    🎽Starting Hella Bae running and how important that was during the pandemic



    🎉The epic-ness of The Speed Project



    🙌Setting milestones for yourself and being down for anything



    🦄The 2 year journey to run the Boston Marathon with MDA Team Momentum



    🚫Setting boundaries and making time for yourself



    💪Women’s empowerment in running and at work



    You can follow Jess on Instagram and 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.

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 88: Dena Evans on Her Unexpected Path to Coaching and a Childhood Spent Playing Outside to Become an Athlete

    Episode 88: Dena Evans on Her Unexpected Path to Coaching and a Childhood Spent Playing Outside to Become an Athlete

    Dena Evans, accomplished runner, soccer super-fan, coach, Club Director for the Peninsula Distance Club, mother of two, and Stanford track and cross country coach from 1999-2005, joins the podcast to talk about her unlikely journey to coaching and embracing opportunities outside of her comfort zone.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    🏞 Being challenged by outdoor fitness adventures early in life



    📈 Learning how to build up to big adventures



    🎽 Being a multi-sport athlete throughout college



    🙅🏽‍♀️ Thinking she never wanted to be a coach



    👋🏽 Coaching and recruiting athletes that weren’t much younger than her



    💅🏽 Developing her coaching style



    🎽 The role running plays in her own life



    You can follow Dena on Instagram and Strava, and follow Peninsula Distance Club on Instagram 

    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.

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 87: Jenny Grimshaw on Overcoming Running Anxiety, the Power of Community, and the Importance of Perspective

    Episode 87: Jenny Grimshaw on Overcoming Running Anxiety, the Power of Community, and the Importance of Perspective

    Jenny (Donnelly) Grimshaw, a new member of the Impalas, joins the podcast to talk about her start in running, how her relationship has evolved throughout her life, what led to a mental breakthrough, and what running means to her now.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    😂 Being tricked into her first “long run”⁣

    🙉 Struggling with race anxiety⁣

    👯‍♀️ Finding her running community in New York City⁣

    🐙The path to her QTQ and all things post-race octopus⁣⁣

    ❤️ Testing positive for the BRCA gene and her path to having her son, Tate⁣

    🗽Running the FKT of the NYC perimeter with some of her best friends

    🏃🏻‍♀️What running means to her right now⁣



    You can follow Jenny on Instagram and Strava.

    You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay

    Listen to Jenny on these podcast episodes!

    Jenny & Judi Donnelly on Ali on the Run

    Ali on the Run Friendship Fest with Jenny Grimshaw & Grace Keller

    Ali on the Run Live Olympic Trials Show
    Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at runnersofthebay@gmail.com.

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 86: Morgan Meade on Competition and Fostering a Growth Mindset

    Episode 86: Morgan Meade on Competition and Fostering a Growth Mindset

    Morgan Meade, a member of Peninsula Distance Club, joins the podcast to talk about her unlikely start in running, surprising herself, taking breaks, and training for her first marathon.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    👑 Her experience as a competitive cheerleader

    🌓 Focusing on fun when trying new things

    🎯 The power of being satisfied with a wide range of possibilities

    😍 Learning how to be a runner when you can’t run

    😫 Taking time off to rediscover her passion for running

    🎤 How a long run to Hawk Hill inspired her to run her first marathon

    🎧 Training for her first marathon

    You can follow Morgan on Twitter, Instagram, Strava, and her blog https://www.morganmeade.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.

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 85: Dana Giordano is Way "More Than Running"

    Episode 85: Dana Giordano is Way "More Than Running"

    Dana Giordano, elite track athlete, Host of the More Than Running podcast, women in sports advocate, and digital marketing professional, joins the podcast to talk about her recent move to the Bay Area, creativity and the importance of broadening the way we cover athletes, and trying new things and being playful with running and life.

    Some highlights from our conversation:

    👑 Jumping into SF running scene with the Chase the Throne series

    🌓 Realizing the benefits of separation between career and running

    🎯Throwing out timelines to achieve goals

    😍 The best run of all time

    😫 Embracing creative fits and spurts

    🎤 Encouraging more athletes to share their voices and perspectives

    🎧 The evolution of her podcast

    🤳 Having fun with social media

    You can follow Dana on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Strava, and listen to her podcast.

    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.

    Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic.

    Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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Love the show! Special request: can you add “favorite greater Bay Area race” to the end of the show questions? I’m new to the bay and races are finally coming back. I need recommendations for my calendar!

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I love this show!

Such a great peek into one of the best running communities in America. Mimi and Bridgette are great hosts and their passion for running (and the Bay Area) is omnipresent.

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Wonderful duo

I love the energy and the cool conversations that Brigitte and Mimi facilitate. Always makes me feel happy snd grateful for this running community.

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