Episodes

  • Come join Tina for a early morning Together Run from St Louis, where she takes runners through the usual meditative, grounding exercises- nature check in, body scan, senses check in, mental health check in, and updates, before diving into her last week. What was it like taking photos for the cover of Becoming A Sustainable Runner (coming out August 2023) and what is The Running Event, Tina will explain all.

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    Find Tina on Instagram @tinamuir88 and facebook here.

    Sign up for 100 days of sustainability

    You can leave a review on iTunes.

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    We know there are so many podcasts you could be listening to, but we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

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    Thank you for joining, we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  • Chris Mosier is the first trans athlete to compete for Team USA, first trans man to represent the United States in international competition, and first trans athlete to qualify for the Olympic Trials in any sport in a category different than their sex assigned at birth. He’s been hailed by the BBC as “the man who changed the Olympics,” credited for the International Olympic Committee’s policy change for trans athletes.

    In light of the recent tragedy at Club Q in Colorado Springs, we felt that this was an appropriate time to reshare this episode, which was initially released in February, 2021.

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/chris-mosier-2.

    Thank you to Patreon, Athletic Greens, and Allbirds for sponsoring this episode.

    Come join us on Patreon! Do you enjoy Together Runs? Then you won’t want to miss our bi-weekly Travel Together Run episodes, available only through Patreon! They’ll give you an immersive experience of exciting locations, along with workouts and long runs. Southern California, Chicago, and Lake Tahoe are up first. We’ll have conversations about those runs, discussing your answers to Tina’s questions and talking about your thoughts.

    Other benefits include monthly Q&A Zoom chats with Tina and other Patreon members, the opportunity to ask questions of upcoming guests, and blog posts on topics of your choice.

    Go here to check out the different levels - we’d love to see you there!

    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

    Go here to get five free travel packs and a free one year’s supply of vitamin D3+K2 with your subscription.

    Allbirds’ performance running shoe, the Tree Flyer, is lightweight, super springy, and wildly comfortable. Its high-performance midsole is big on cushion and energy return, making long runs easier on your body. The external heel counter and flared, geometric midsole help keep your stride steady, and the lightweight, breathable eucalyptus fiber upper provides next-level comfort. Plus, the Tree Flyer has a carbon footprint of only 8.09 kg CO2e, so it’s not only good for your running, but good for the planet too.

    For women, be sure to check out their Performance Sports Bra - it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, but still provides plenty of support!

    You can see Allbirds’ complete collection here.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    "Thank you" to Chris. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.



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  • Knox Robinson is a writer, running coach, founder of the Black Roses NYC run crew, and was Tina’s co-host on the Running Realized podcast. In this wide-ranging interview, he shares his insights on summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Fela Kuti, coaching, Ryan Hall, and Eric Clapton, with excursions into Buddhist philosophy.

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode326.

    Thank you to Patreon, Tracksmith, and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode.

    Come join us on Patreon! Do you enjoy Together Runs? Then you won’t want to miss our bi-weekly Travel Together Run episodes, available only through Patreon! They’ll give you an immersive experience of exciting locations, along with workouts and long runs. Southern California and Chicago are up first. We’ll have conversations about those runs, discussing your answers to Tina’s questions and talking about your thoughts.

    Other benefits include monthly Q&A Zoom chats with Tina and other Patreon members, the opportunity to ask questions of upcoming guests, and blog posts on topics of your choice.

    Go here to check out the different levels - we’d love to see you there!

    Tracksmith is an independent running brand inspired by a deep love of the sport. For years the brand has elevated running wear using best-in-class materials and timeless silhouettes that perform at the highest level and can be worn everyday, not just for running.

    This Thanksgiving weekend, you can go here and use code Gravy20 for 20% off all apparel and accessories. Act now; this offer expires November 28th!

    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

    Go here to get five free travel packs and a free one year’s supply of vitamin D3+K2 with your subscription.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    "Thank you" to Knox. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.



  • Thirteen years ago, Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book, Born to Run, introduced the world to the Tarahumara tribe and created an intense interest in minimalist running. In it, Chris described his own journey from chronically injured runner to running 50 miles through Mexico’s Copper Canyon. He was guided by coach Eric Orton, without whom, he says, there would have been “no Born to Run. I would not have run; I would not be running today.”

    Chris and Eric have teamed up again to write Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide, with the goal of bringing more joy into running.

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode325.

    Thank you to Patreon, Allbirds, and Athletic Greens,for sponsoring this episode.

    Come join us on Patreon! Do you enjoy Together Runs? Then you won’t want to miss our bi-weekly Travel Together Run episodes, available only through Patreon! They’ll give you an immersive experience of exciting locations, along with workouts and long runs. Southern California and Chicago are up first. We’ll have conversations about those runs, discussing your answers to Tina’s questions and talking about your thoughts.

    Other benefits include monthly Q&A Zoom chats with Tina and other Patreon members, the opportunity to ask questions of upcoming guests, and blog posts on topics of your choice.

    Go here to check out the different levels - we’d love to see you there!

    Allbirds’ performance running shoe, the Tree Flyer, is lightweight, super springy, and wildly comfortable. Its high-performance midsole is big on cushion and energy return, making long runs easier on your body. The external heel counter and flared, geometric midsole help keep your stride steady, and the lightweight, breathable eucalyptus fiber upper provides next-level comfort. Plus, the Tree Flyer has a carbon footprint of only 8.09 kg CO2e, so it’s not only good for your running, but good for the planet too.

    For women, be sure to check out their Performance Sports Bra - it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, but still provides plenty of support!

    You can see Allbirds’ complete collection here.

    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

    Go here to get five free travel packs and a free one year’s supply of vitamin D3+K2 with your subscription.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    "Thank you" to Chris and Eric. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.



  • Tina answers listeners’ running-related questions every week on “Weekly Strides.”

    In this episode, she answers the question, “How do I know I’m ready for a marathon?”

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    Thank you for listening; we look forward to hearing your thoughts!



  • In 2018, Canyon Woodward teamed up with his friend and fellow climate activist, Chloe Maxmin, to manage her campaign running for the Maine House of Representatives. She became the first Democrat to ever represent her district. Two years later, he organized her state senate run, which saw her become the youngest female state senator in Maine’s history.

    A champion ultra runner, Canyon sees parallels between trail running and the campaign trail. Running also gives him a respite from the demands of politics, whether he’s on the old logging paths of his native North Carolina or competing in the UTMB.

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode324.

    Thank you to Patreon, Athletic Greens, and Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode.

    Come join us on Patreon! Do you enjoy Together Runs? Then you won’t want to miss our bi-weekly Travel Together Run episodes, available only through Patreon! They’ll give you an immersive experience of exciting locations, along with workouts and long runs. Southern California and a run along the Chicago lakefront with Lindsey Hein are up first. We’ll have conversations about those runs, discussing your answers to Tina’s questions and talking about your thoughts.

    Other benefits include monthly Q&A Zoom chats with Tina and other Patreon members, the opportunity to ask questions of upcoming guests, and blog posts on topics of your choice.

    Go here to check out the different levels - we’d love to see you there!

    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

    Go here to get five free travel packs and a free one year’s supply of vitamin D3+K2 with your subscription.

    Tracksmith is an independent running brand inspired by a deep love of the sport. For years the brand has elevated running wear using best-in-class materials and timeless silhouettes that perform at the highest level. Now, they're doing the same with footwear. The Eliot Runner was developed to meet the rigorous demands of committed runners, providing the perfect balance of cushioning and responsiveness with classic Tracksmith style.

    A limited run will be available in December. You can see it here and reserve your spot in line today.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    "Thank you" to Canyon. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.



  • Tina answers listeners’ running-related questions every week on “Weekly Strides.”

    In this episode, she answers the question, “How has running helped your sustainability journey?

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

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    Thank you for listening; we look forward to hearing your thoughts!



  • Join Tina and hundreds of other runners for the Tracksmith shakeout in Brooklyn the day before the 2022 New York City Marathon. Tina interviews runners and asks them to share a little about their journey as they run through the streets of Brooklyn with excitement and energy. Get as close as you can to running in the city the day before the biggest race in the world!

    Tina mentioned

    Tracksmith (use code TINA15 for 5% of your order to go to Runners For Public Lands and get free shipping!)

    Through a monthly donation on Patreon. To sign up, click here.

    You can share on social media and let others know about what you are loving in these together runs.

    You can leave a review on iTunes.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could be listening to, but we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that topic will relate to them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here.

    Thank you for joining, we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Check out this episode!

  • Why do I find taking a rest day or periodization week so difficult? Are there any mental tricks to overcome this struggle with resting?

    Oooh, I hear you with this one. Not so much nowadays, but in my past, taking a day off was much harder than pushing through and adding another training day. We are so used to the grind, to hustling. After all, that's what the very best athletes tell us, right? That they are gritty, they work the hardest, and they are willing to go deep into the hurt cave. I know it, as I told myself those things and did those things too. But here is the part they don't say, that I couldn't say; they struggle with days off too. When the Olympics, world championships or marathon major is done, often they feel empty, alone, and question their identity. Without the grind of pushing towards that goal, who are they?

    So to answer your question, why do you find it so difficult, I ask you what it is you get from running. Is your identity so wrapped up in it that even a rest day or a few easy days send you into a panic that you are losing fitness? That you are going to be “slow” (remember, slow is relative; stop comparing yourself to elites, slow for you), or that you won't know what to talk about with family and friends who know to talk to you about running as that's what you love to do?

    There are no mental tricks for this, because the only way to really work through it is to loosen your grip on running and what it means to you. I am not saying, “Don't go for a goal” or “Don't push yourself to see what you are capable of,” that is beautiful and I think good for us all in this world of comfort. But I suspect you are very tied to the outcomes of your training in terms of performance or in terms of your body and what it looks like, over what it has already accomplished. If you want mental tricks of what to work on, it is likely going to be to dig into why it makes you uncomfortable (through a journal, meditation, or just being still); what is it that you think you will lose by taking a day off? The running answer will come first, but dig deeper; what is it about YOU that makes taking your foot off the gas (likely in other areas of life too) so hard?

    For me, it was once I was able to realize that missing a few runs wouldn't do much harm, but also that I was still a valid human being, even if I didn’t reach my running goals (or any other goals, for that matter). Not the answer you wanted to hear, but it's likely a case of mental health and by working on that, either with a therapist or on your own, you will find those “mental tricks.” Just maybe not in the way you expected ;)

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    Thank you for listening; we look forward to hearing your thoughts!



  • This week’s episode is a little different. It’s been a while since Tina has given an update on what’s happening at Running for Real, so today she shares what she’s been doing lately and some thoughts about the future. She’s mentioned that she’s been feeling a little lost recently, not knowing what direction to go in. A few weeks ago, though, her purpose and her role became “crystal clear.”

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode323.

    Thank you to Patreon, Tracksmith, and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode.

    Come join us on Patreon! Do you enjoy Together Runs? Then you won’t want to miss our bi-weekly Travel Together Run episodes, available only through Patreon! They’ll give you an immersive experience of exciting locations, along with workouts and long runs. Southern California and a run along the Chicago lakefront with Lindsey Hein are up first. We’ll have conversations about those runs, discussing your answers to Tina’s questions and talking about your thoughts.

    Other benefits include monthly Q&A Zoom chats with Tina and other Patreon members, the opportunity to ask questions of upcoming guests, and blog posts on topics of your choice.

    Go here to check out the different levels - we’d love to see you there!

    Tracksmith is an independent running brand inspired by a deep love of the sport. For years the brand has elevated running wear using best-in-class materials and timeless silhouettes that perform at the highest level. Now, they're doing the same with footwear. The Eliot Runner was developed to meet the rigorous demands of committed runners, providing the perfect balance of cushioning and responsiveness with classic Tracksmith style.

    A limited run will be available in November. You can see it here and reserve your spot in line today.

    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

    Go here to get five free travel packs and a free one year’s supply of vitamin D3+K2 with your subscription.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.



  • What are "Together Runs"? Can I use them for races?

    This is one of those moments I wish that I were more concise, but let me do my best.

    The basic idea of a Together Run is that I take a small microphone with me on my run, and talk into it. First we start out with some meditative/grounding elements, such as touching an element of nature, completing a body scan, checking in with our five primary senses, and giving ourselves time to process the question, “How are you, really?” It’s a mental health check-in.

    After that, we have a conversation. I say “we,” because it really will feel like you and I are side by side running together. I do not filter what I say and do not plan it ahead of time; I just let my thoughts flow as they come to me naturally, and give spaces for you to share what's going on in your life. If you haven’t already tried it, I hope you will.

    Can you use them for races? Yes, I guess you could. They might be a little bit on the relaxed side for a race, especially if you are going for a goal or wanting to push yourself hard in a race, but stay tuned, we may have something coming for that in future ;) That said, I did record myself in one race, the GO! St Louis Half Marathon, so you could join me for that if you’re racing.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    Thank you for listening; we look forward to hearing your thoughts!



  • Join Tina for a run in San Francisco, next to the Golden Gate Bridge as she interviews people from the running community to share their stories. The run begins with Tina hosting a group body scan for this Allbirds x Hellabae Running event to celebrate the launch of the Silver Fern Tree Flyers. Then the group goes for a run starting at the Tunnel Tops. Hear from people who have battled cancer, worked through setbacks in confidence and belief, and come back to running for the first time in years. If you have struggled with motivation lately, this one will inspire you to find a group and get back out there.

    Tina mentioned

    Hellabae Running

    Through a monthly donation on Patreon. To sign up, click here.

    You can share on social media and let others know about what you are loving in these together runs.

    You can leave a review on iTunes.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could be listening to, but we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that topic will relate to them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here.

    Thank you for joining, we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Check out this episode!

  • Michael Wardian set out from San Francisco with the intention of running across the United States in 75 days. He covered the 3,234 miles, spanning 13 states and with 132,000 feet in elevation change, in only 62 days. In the process, he raised over $120,000 for World Vision’s clean water initiatives, changing the lives of thousands of people.

    In November, he’ll be running the New York City Marathon as a guide, because, he says, “For me, one of the best things is crossing the finish line, but doing that helping somebody else is even better.”

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode322.

    Thank you to Patreon, Allbirds, and Athletic Greens for sponsoring this episode.

    Come join us on Patreon! Do you enjoy Together Runs? Then you won’t want to miss our bi-weekly Travel Together Run episodes, available only through Patreon! They’ll give you an immersive experience of exciting locations, along with workouts and long runs. Southern California and a run along the Chicago lakefront with Lindsey Hein are up first. We’ll have conversations about those runs, discussing your answers to Tina’s questions and talking about your thoughts.

    Other benefits include monthly Q&A Zoom chats with Tina and other Patreon members, the opportunity to ask questions of upcoming guests, and blog posts on topics of your choice.

    Go here to check out the different levels - we’d love to see you there!

    Allbirds’ performance running shoe, the Tree Flyer, is lightweight, super springy, and wildly comfortable. Its high-performance midsole is big on cushion and energy return, making long runs easier on your body. The external heel counter and flared, geometric midsole help keep your stride steady, and the lightweight, breathable eucalyptus fiber upper provides next-level comfort. Plus, the Tree Flyer has a carbon footprint of only 8.09 kg CO2e, so it’s not only good for your running, but good for the planet too.

    For women, be sure to check out their Performance Sports Bra - it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, but still provides plenty of support!

    You can see Allbirds’ complete collection here.

    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

    Go here to get five free travel packs and a free one year’s supply of vitamin D3+K2 with your subscription.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    "Thank you" to Michael. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.



  • What are some of the negative side effects of Vitamin D deficiency?

    Oooh, that’s an interesting question, and one that I have been interested in for years, long before my relationship with Athletic Greens began and long before Athletic Greens began that special offer of a one year free supply of Vitamin D and K2 for my friends (quick side note, that combination of D3+K2 is a powerful combination and helps maximize efficiency). We need Vitamin D for healthy bones as our bodies can only absorb calcium when there is Vitamin D also present in our bodies. So a negative side effect would be that we are putting our bone density at risk by not giving our bodies the opportunity to be able to absorb calcium. Especially if there is a chance that RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) is present, we are putting our bones under a lot of stress.

    Beyond that, Vitamin D helps support our immune system, which helps us fight off sickness and be able to handle our training better. While I don’t have any science to back it up, a lot of runner friends I know who have been feeling extreme fatigue and struggling in workouts have ended up getting bloodwork done and found they had low Vitamin D levels. All of those things sound important enough to me to prioritize it! In the summer, we can get it easier from the sun, but in the winter months, we may need a supplement to support us (which again, is why I love that AG1 Vit D+K2 which is in an olive oil blend, so it absorbs easily).

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we’re honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people.

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe? You can find out here.

    Thank you for listening; we look forward to hearing your thoughts!



  • A Note from Tina about Together Runs and their future.

    Check out

    Running For Real on Patreon (where these workout, long run, and traveling Together Runs will be)

    NYC marathon? Let Tina know! Find Tina on Instagram @tinamuir88 and facebook here.

    Sign up for 100 days of sustainability

    You can leave a review on iTunes.

    Thanks for listening!

    We know there are so many podcasts you could be listening to, but we are honored you have chosen Running For Real. If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us:

    Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that topic will relate to them. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people

    Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here.

    Thank you for joining, we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  • Registrations for road races have declined since the pandemic. The number of people describing themselves as “burned out” has increased. Is there a connection? Why are so many of us experiencing burnout, and what can we do about it? Rachel Gersten, co-founder of Viva Mental Health and Wellness, shares her thoughts and advice.

    For complete show notes and links, visit our website at runningforreal.com/episode321.

    Thank you to Patreon, Athletic Greens, and Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode.

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  • What makes a "good" runner?

    Ooof! Well, that is quite the question! I believe we each have a different answer for that one. One of the beautiful things about running is that there are so many reasons people run, and our answers may change over time, which I think is wonderful.

    If you asked me what a “good” runner was five years ago, I would have told you something along the lines of, someone who competes at the local level and finishes in the top third of their field.

    Now? I believe what makes someone a good runner is that they love what they do. It is not about where anyone finishes; I think the real challenge, and the real beauty that comes from our sport, is when we are able to hold on to that joy of being able to run because we want to, because we love it, and because it makes us a better person. It is easy to slip into complacency and take each run for granted, but what makes someone good is that they recognize and appreciate what a gift each and every run is. That could be a world class athlete who sees the Olympics as an opportunity to enjoy themselves or it could be the person who finishes last in a local parkrun. I love that about our sport!

    Does that definition make me a good runner? Sometimes? Working on it? ;)

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  • Join Tina and Tracksmith along with cohosts Tommie Runz, Alexandria Will, and Mario Fraioli for a shakeout along the lakefront the day before the Chicago Marathon. Tina begins with introducing the three cohosts, and asks them to help take us through a senses check-in. Then the four lead off the 250+ people shakeout run, where Tina interviews multiple runners who have journeys and stories of courage and strength to share with the running community. This shakeout is energetic and connective; come join us!

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  • Dustin Martin is the executive director of Wings of America, an organization that empowers Native American youth and their families through running. Native American runners are some of the best the world has ever seen, and Wings wants to continue that legacy. They introduce elementary and middle school youth to the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of running and help enable them to compete in high school and beyond. Whether at local races, fitness camps, or national level track meets, Wings creates community around running for Native people in a positive way.

    Photo credit: Benjamin Weingart

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    Thank you to Patreon, Athletic Greens, and Allbirds for sponsoring this episode.

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    AG1 is an easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients. It promotes gut health with prebiotics, probiotics, and naturally occurring enzymes; supports your immune system with Vitamin C, zinc, healing mushrooms, and more; provides magnesium to boost energy; and it's packed with superfoods, adaptogens, and antioxidants to help recovery. It’s simple to make and it tastes good!

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    Allbirds’ performance running shoe, the Tree Flyer, is lightweight, super springy, and wildly comfortable. Its high-performance midsole is big on cushion and energy return, making long runs easier on your body. The external heel counter and flared, geometric midsole help keep your stride steady, and the lightweight, breathable eucalyptus fiber upper provides next-level comfort. Plus, the Tree Flyer has a carbon footprint of only 8.09 kg CO2e, so it’s not only good for your running, but good for the planet too.

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