Welcome to Why We Run! My name is Beth Baker, and I am a running coach and owner of Running Evolution in Seattle. I coach new runners, but what I really do is chat them up to distract them from well…running. Before I was a running coach, I was an audio engineer. This has been a dream of mine for years, and I have loved the whole process and learned a lot. I love talking about music, art and what it means to be a human while running, and this podcast is dedicated to that, while people are actually running. Its steeped in heavy breathing and the footsteps set the rhythm to the conversations. My goal is to get a van and talk and run with runners from across the country, across the political landscapes and across the spectrum to see what makes them tick. https://runningevolution.com/
Episode 11. Music and Running Part 2. Megan Hanna My 10 Songs.
On a cold early Seattle morning, I interview Megan Hanna. Megan has this great podcast called My 10 Songs. She interviews everyday people to astronauts about the 10 songs that changed their life. She does such a great job holding the space for the music and for the guests to share their beloved treasures.
I got to be on there last year and had a great time.
Since this was our music month, I wanted to take her out for a spin and talk about the power of music and how it is the glue to people that we need right now.
Episode 10. Music and Running
One of my favorite things is listening to music when I am running. There is something so primal about beating my feat on the pavement in time with rhythm of a song.
I also just love talking about music, so I wanted to talk to someone who speaks that language fluently, so I talked to Lucinda. She is a music educator, conductor, musician, singer and a runner. She speaks so deeply and beautifully about music that I could just listen and run with her all day. It's truly her first language.
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Episode 9: The C-Word Club Part 2.
This is part 2 of our October breast cancer month series. Today I talk to Kelli who is a mom of 2, wife, professor, lawyer, fellow southern Californian and a new breast cancer survivor.
We have known each other since we both had babies in strollers (about 10 years) and she has always been such a supporter of my business and so generous with her brain and heart.
We set off on a trail today where Kelli had run before that is close to her house. There, she shares:
All of the hard decisions that had to made while having cancerHow she didn't like running, and thought running marathon would solve that. That there should be an honest passage in the owner manuals for having kids. The hardest part of having cancer.
This is a great episode, and I so appreciate Kelli's continues generosity of herself so that it will hopefully help others.
This episode is sponsored by Coach Running Evolution. If you are interested in coaching new runners and changing lives, check out CRE online course and make new runners.
Episode 9. The C-Word Club Part 1.
UPDATE! We are changing things up this round and are releasing one interview at a time, as opposed to multiple interviews in one episode. This month we have 2 interviews. This episode is part 1, and next week is part 2. (duh)
October is breast cancer awareness month, and I wanted to share a couple of stories from some of the women in my group who got the diagnosis and how they managed it.
I first talk to Karen who just completed her second marathon a few months ago. She's also an amazing mom, great friend, wife, sister, pastor, and a breast cancer survivor. She shares her story about growing up as a world-class couch potato and when middle-age knocked on her door, she found running. She got diagnosed with breast cancer after a year-long back and forth diagnosis. She described going through hell as she went through chemo on top of being a mom, wife, pastor, and trying to find peace through running.
This is a beautiful story from an amazing soul.
Here are some topics that really made my heart swell:
*How cancer affected her running.
*The first half marathon post-cancer.
*ALL of the hard decisions that she and her family had to make.
*Her new body.
*How boobs sell everything.
*How she is being brave for her daughter and letting her know that her value is not determinate on what you look like or how many boobs you have.
This episode is sponsored by Coach Running Evolution. If you are looking to start coaching new runners, you can get certified to be a coach. All online and right at your house.
Episode 8. The Struggle Bus
Let's face it, running isn't always the best. Sometimes you get injured, and you can't run, and when you look at everyone else running with all your friends, you are like, "Hey! I thought we were together!" This episode is about that spot. Injuries, being in your head and trying to find the loving mojo.
The first interview is Brenda who is definitely on the struggle bus. She is started off loving running and then they had a falling out, and now they are trying to get it back on.
Second, up is our Running Evolution coach Pamela who has a marathon in a few weeks in Berlin, and she hasn't been training for yet. She is very open about why she started running and what she likes about coaching. Spoiler alert, it's the people.
Last up is Greg who coaches for Rain Bear running up in Port Angeles with his lovely wife Carman (who was one of my first runners when I started coaching). He spins about how he started running and how he and his wife made some huge life changes and running was one of them.
**This episode is sponsored by Coach Running Evolution. If you are a runner and want to start coaching people to start running, check out Coach Running Evolution. Online classes start at the end of the week.
Episode 7: Late Bloomers Run Club
I am so excited to share these 3 stories of the woman who started a little later their life and are doing amazing things. I call them the Late Bloomer Running Club.
First up is Deb, who started to run at the age of 59, after she lost 90 pounds. She got hooked and has done 204 races from everywhere between a 1k to a 100 miler. She talks about the things she has learned along the way, and she isn't even close to slowing down. She race card is booked into 2020.
Next up is Tonia, who JUST started running in February at the age of 53 because of a new years resolution where she wanted to say yes to anything that would lower her stress level. It turns out, Tonia is a total speed demon and did an 8-minute mile on her 5k!
The last interview is Beth Whitman who started questioning the stories she was telling herself in her 50's and led her to question if she could really run a marathon, and then another, and then an ultra and so on. She is on fire with her goal motivation and has paired her new running passion with her travel background/career. This year she is doing 5 ultras on 5 different Hawaiin islands, and next year, she is running races in the big 4 deserts around the world. Whoa. She also has a great podcast called She's Bold!
So relatable! It’s WHY we run!!
The first guest, Kelly, everything that came out of her mouth could have come out of my own. Started running in college because I wasn’t doing sports anymore and needed to move (except in my case I also got fat and therefore motivated), stopped running when I had kids (like Kelly, my first two were also 21 months apart), then was inspired to run again by my first invite to a Ragnar team. I, too, was seeking community and knew that my mental health and overall well-being was much better when I exercised. My husband started noticing this, too, and would kick me out the door with my running shoes! Anyway, bravo, Beth Baker!!!👏👏👏👏🙌
I just listened to episode 2 and have never been more inspired to run. Listening to runners across a spectrum of talent not only run, but be vulnerable enough to talk on podcast while doing so is inspiring. That inspiration and motivation applies direclty to running but also tranlates to other areas of my life. Just get out there and do it. Nice work Beth, I can't wait to see where this takes us.
Friends in your ear on the run
Hit play and hit the road and you’ve got a ready to go running group. Beth’s guests are “people like you” and make you realize that real runners aren’t just the athletes we see in the public eye but the real life people who make this an inclusive, welcoming community and sport. Run with us!