When she was a child, Alexi Pappas lost her mother to suicide. So when Alexi faced a season of deep depression she knew had to find a different way forward. That’s when her training as an Olympic runner became invaluable. In this conversation, Kate and Alexi discuss, The difference between stress and trauma The discipline—and joy—of sheer effort Good pain vs. bad pain and how to stay inside the uncomfortable for a bit longer The highs and lows of realizing your dreams How viewing mental illness as an injury not only destigmatizes depression, but offers tangible next steps toward healing Too often professional athletes fall into the pure motivational speaker category. But this conversation with Alexi gently threads the needle about what is possible if you stay a little longer in uncomfortable situations when even getting out of bed feels like a win. There is so much wisdom we can glean from Alexi’s discipline and willpower.CW: suicide, depression, mental illness***Find me on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.Be sure to subscribe to my weekly email for bits of wisdom, prayers, free downloads, and more.No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) is now available wherever books are sold. Order your copy today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Brain Is A Body Part - Alexi Pappas (Olympian + Filmmaker)
For all that Alexi Pappas knew about her body in 2016 - enough to push it to setting records in the 10,000m event at the Olympics in Rio - she knew very little of her mind back then. What followed gave her a crash course in the critical role our brains play in any performance: suffering severe depression, she began to think of suicide, only saved by the intervention of her father. Now on the other side of her darkest days, she uses her filmmaking, writing and acting to show how mental health and wellbeing are inseparable from sustainable high performance, especially for those trying to climb their own Mt Olympus.
ALEXI PAPPAS is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and Olympic athlete. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Outside, among other publications, and she has been profiled in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, New York, and Rolling Stone. Pappas co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film Tracktown with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley. Most recently, she co-wrote and starred alongside Nick Kroll in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to ever be filmed at the Olympic Games. A Greek American, Pappas holds the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters and competed for Greece in the 2016 Olympics. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed a “renaissance runner” by the New York Times, Alexi Pappas competed (and broke records) for Greece in the 2016 Rio Olympics and was training for Tokyo when the pandemic hit. As a writer, she has built a supportive community on social media with her free-spirited persona and inspirational poems. She is also an actress and filmmaker, co-creating and starring in the films Tracktown (with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley) and Olympic Dreams (with Nick Kroll), the latter of which was filmed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics as part of their Artists-in-Residency program and premiered at SXSW ’19 with distribution from IFC Films. Pappas’ latest artistic feat is an empowering, funny and fearless memoir-in essays: BRAVEY: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas (The Dial Press Hardcover; On Sale January 12). Pappas candidly opens up about what she has learned about confidence, self-reliance, and mental health, including her struggles with post-Olympic depression and how her mother’s suicide when she was four-years-old altered the course of her life and set her on a journey to self-actualization. BRAVEY is filled with personal stories that span from Pappas’ early search for female role models, to her ongoing fight to pursue both her athletic and creative dreams, to learning about motherhood from a chance meeting with Maya Rudolph, who wrote the foreword to the memoir. Pappas’ charm and go-after-it attitude are evident throughout, as she reveals her honest and entertaining reflections on each touchstone moment and the valuable lessons she learned along the way—foremost among them, how to be brave.
This week I'm talking to writer, actor, filmmaker + Olympian runner Alexi Pappas about her mum, who died when she was 4. As ever we talk grief, lessons not regrets + determinationFollow Alexi on Twitter @AlexiPappas and you can follow Griefcast on Twitter and Instagram @TheGriefcastGriefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018."the pandemic's most important podcast" TelegraphSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sarah and Dimity talk with Alexi Pappas, Olympic runner, actor, and author of Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas. The hosts are smitten as Alexi details: -the definition of a “Bravey,” a resonate term she coined;-the hardest part, for her, of the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games;-the paramount importance of sleep; -actionable strategies for dealing with pain during a race or workout; and,-the self-preservation power of “willpower budgeting.”Before Alexi hops on at 14:17, Dimity details her first strokes (pool + bike) for her Aquabike race.When you shop our sponsors, you help AMR. We appreciate your—and their—support!Sleep better: Enjoy 40% off a Calm Premium subscription at Calm.com/amrA super deal on a superblend: Get 15% off any product using promo code AMR at Organifi.com/AMRProducts to make you love your hair: Save 20% on your first order at FunctionOfBeauty.com/amr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
149. Alexi Pappas, Runner, Olympian, Actor & Author
Alexi has conquered a lot of hurdles her life, from navigating her mother’s suicide at a young age to battling depression herself after running for Greece at the 2016 Olympic games. It’s no wonder why her triumphant story has inspired so many, recently told within the pages of Pappas’ first book, Bravey. For episode 149, I’m chatting with the multi-hyphenate about everything from her upbringing in California to her mental health struggles. On the heels of a slew of press for her new book, I made it a point to ask her what haven’t you been talking about? She also answers a lot of tough questions, like how to pull yourself out of a dark place, how does someone get better at self-care when they have no established practice, and what she really sees when she looks at herself in the mirror. SOCIAL @alexipappas @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to AthleticGreens.com/hurdle to get a year’s receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Baronfig | Head to baronfig.com and use code HURDLE20 at checkout to receive 20% off of your first purchase of a Guided Edition Journal. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. NEWLY LAUNCHED: Goal Setting Workshop JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP SIGN UP: Weekly Hurdle Newsletter SIGN UP: Hurdle Book Club (Throw your next-pick suggestions in this link, too!) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hurdle/message
What happens when you have two very big but different dreams vying for your focus? Do you choose one? Or do you risk it all to pursue both?This was the dilemma faced by today’s guest—a woman who knows a thing or two about what it takes to execute at the highest level.Meet Alexi Pappas—Olympic athlete. Award-winning writer. Filmmaker. And so much more.An extraordinary runner, Alexi set the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters and competed for Greece at the 2016 Olympic Games. An equally noteworthy artist, her words have graced the pages of The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Running Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Outside.Not enough? In the exact same year she competed in the Olympics, she also co-wrote, co-directed, and starred alongside Rachel Dratch in Tracktown, her first feature film. Executing on just one of these goals is an exceptional accomplishment. Doing both in parallel is downright superhuman.More recently, Alexi co-wrote and starred alongside Nick Kroll in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to ever be filmed at the actual Olympic Games.Profiled in every major publication from Sports Illustrated to Rolling Stone, my interest was recently piqued by an amazing New York Times OpDoc (produced by friend of the pod Lindsay Crouse), which poignantly portrays the emotional toll of chasing an Olympic dream.In her excellent new memoir Bravey, Alexi dives deeper. An exuberant and unflinching primer on the struggle of self-actualization, it’s the beautiful story of surviving trauma and navigating disparate dreams—filmmaking and athletics—in competition for her attention. Why she refused to pick just one lane. And how, setbacks and deep lows aside, Alexi ultimately succeeds at both.How is possible that this human is so good at so many things simultaneously? And what is the cost (if any) of setting the bar so high?I needed to know more.This is a conversation about the courage required to blaze your own path. It’s about self-belief. And it’s about setting audacious goals and how to work towards them.It’s also about depression, loss and sacrifice.It’s about the intersection of athletics and art. And how to prioritize synergy over balance.But more than anything, this is about what Alexi calls being bravey.In Alexi’s case, trauma helped fuel her success. But it was in healing that trauma that she learned to thrive—and find the joy in the journey.The visually inclined can watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.This one’s for all the Braveys and soon-to-become Braveys seeking to replace can’t with maybe.Alexi is my new favorite person. 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Alexi Pappas on Overcoming Depression and Improving Mental Health
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, actress Robin Tunney chats with multihyphenate extraordinaire Alexi Pappas, the filmmaker and Olympic athlete whose excellent new memoir, Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain and Other Big Ideas, is out now through Random House. Tunney, most recently seen in ABC’s The Fix and best known for her roles in Empire Records, The Craft and TV’s The Mentalist, is not only one of Pappas’ mentors, but she’s also her cousin by marriage, and their familial ease with each other is evident in a very open, insightful and sometimes funny conversation that takes in such topics as the shadow of mental illness, the challenges of finding the balance between career and family, bonding with others over trauma, how the thing we’re best at may still give us discomfort or pain, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.
Lele Pons Gives Advice, Peppermint Talks Traveling While Trans, Olympian Alexi Pappas Goes Home
Thrillist host Wil Fulton gets some much needed travel advice from musician LeLe Pons; the legendary Peppermint shares her experiences traveling as a trans woman; Olympic runner and author Alexi Pappas learns about the "Greek way of life" during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com