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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. Continue Reading >>
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Episode 95: Cadence McCracken on how running helps you discover your most authentic self This week we talk to Cadence McCracken, marathoner, trail runner, trans activist, expressive art therapist, and parent. Cadence shares her powerful journey exploring identity and gender through running, art therapy, poetry, and community.
Some highlights from our conversation:
🔗 How running connected her with her body in new ways
😅 Experience training with RUN365 for her first marathon
🏳️‍⚧️ Trans joy, gender euphoria, and passing!
🤼 What’s missing from the discussion around transgender athletes in sports
🤘 How punk rock and poetry slams gave her a place to explore and express herself
🫶 Her thoughtful approach to parenting
🧑‍🎨 Getting her masters in expressive art therapy
You can follow Cadence on Strava and 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.
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Episode 95: Cadence McCracken on how running helps you discover your most authentic self This week we talk to Cadence McCracken, marathoner, trail runner, trans activist, expressive art therapist, and parent. Cadence shares her powerful journey exploring identity and gender through running, art therapy, poetry, and community.
Some highlights from our conversation:
🔗 How running connected her with her body in new ways
😅 Experience training with RUN365 for her first marathon
🏳️‍⚧️ Trans joy, gender euphoria, and passing!
🤼 What’s missing from the discussion around transgender athletes in sports
🤘 How punk rock and poetry slams gave her a place to explore and express herself
🫶 Her thoughtful approach to parenting
🧑‍🎨 Getting her masters in expressive art therapy
You can follow Cadence on Strava and 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.
Episode 94: The Race Continues with Ron Douglas and Shamara Carney This week we talk to siblings Ron Douglas and Shamara Carney, who co-founded of The Race Continues Track Club and coach track and field at Notre Dame High School in Belmont. Ron and Shamara share their unique journeys with running, their surprising path to working together, and how they are inspiring the next generation of runners to have a strong sense of self on and off the track.
Some highlights from our conversation:
🏃🏾🏃🏾‍♀️ How racing their cousins inspired competitiveness early on
⚖️Learning balance after trying to do it all
🏈 Developing their coaching style by taking elements of practice and competition from different sports
🙌🏾 How being siblings impacts the kids they coach
🔗 Integrating mental health with physical health
🤗 Finding ways to make connections with everyone
🌳 Developing a strong sense of self outside of sports
You can follow Ron on Instagram @coachrondougie, Shamara at @shamaracarney, and check out The Race Continues Track Club.
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.
Episode 93: Frank Chan on the harmonious connection between running and art This week we talk to Frank Chan, a stalwart of the San Francisco running community. Frank may be best known for his incredible Strava art, but we learn so much more about Frank in this episode including his commitment to engaging and supporting the San Francisco community as a whole during the pandemic, and how is approach to running changes when he is in pursuit of different goals.
Some highlights from our conversation:
🏃🏻 How running evolved from punishment as a childhood to a key expression of himself
🌁 His journey running every single street in SF during the pandemic
🎨 His very first piece of Strava art and the ensuing evolution of his projects
💭 His detailed approach to mapping out and tackling his Strava art
🏅 How he balances his own goals and training with his artistic pursuits
🤗 Becoming a volunteer pacer for Run365
💪 How he views himself as an athlete
You can follow Frank 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.
Episode 92: Michelle La Sala on the return to (in person) racing! This week Michelle La Sala of Blistering Pace Race Management returns to talk about the return of in-person racing, what’s changed, how we can support races even if we aren’t running, and the inaugural Wineshine Half Marathon.
Some highlights from our conversation:
📣 How things have changed as in-person racing returns
💸 Why inflation isn’t the only reason race registrations have increased
🛠 How her team and work has had to adapt
🔮 The challenge with projecting the future
🌉 Why the Bay Area racing calendar will likely look different in the coming years
💎 Her passion for creating “forever memories” while promoting health, community, and wellbeing
🎉 Why now is a great time to volunteer at your favorite race
🥲 What brought her to tears at the SF Half Marathon
You can follow Michelle on Instagram and Strava and Blistering Pace on Instagram and Strava. Sign up for the Wineshine Half Marathon or 3.9-Miler https://wineshinehalfmarathon.org/registration/
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.
Episode 91: Matt Lenehan - from fighting for a spot on his college team to 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Matt Lenehan, member of the Peninsula Distance Club, 2020 Marathon OTQ, engineer, and videographer joins the podcast to talk about his journey from hating running in high school and being the last person to make the cut for UCSD’s team to qualifying for the 2020 marathon olympic trial and how skate videos inspired him to learn how to make videos.
Some highlights from our conversation:
🙌How early sparks of confidence built his love for running

⚡️Benefits of training with people who are faster than you

🎽What kept him running after college

⌚️ Learning about GPS watches and Strava

🌲Joining Peninsula Distance Club

👟Qualifying for the Olympic Trials with an untied shoe
📹Drawing creative inspiration
📱Why he feels like sending running a “u up?” text
You can follow Matt 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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