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What does it mean to flourish? Join Resilience Trainer and Certified Applied Positive Psychology Coach Kari Gormley as she interviews scientists, experts, coaches and authors on how to live a flourishing life. You'll hear the latest research and recommendations for growing and strengthening your relationships, identifying your passions and priorities, and living healthier, happier life. The Flourishing Experiment podcast starts where The Running Lifestyle Show crossed the finish line and is a great listen for avid runners, casual athletes, or anyone looking to make a positive change in their life. Listen along to learn how you can go from functioning to flourishing!

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What does it mean to flourish? Join Resilience Trainer and Certified Applied Positive Psychology Coach Kari Gormley as she interviews scientists, experts, coaches and authors on how to live a flourishing life. You'll hear the latest research and recommendations for growing and strengthening your relationships, identifying your passions and priorities, and living healthier, happier life. The Flourishing Experiment podcast starts where The Running Lifestyle Show crossed the finish line and is a great listen for avid runners, casual athletes, or anyone looking to make a positive change in their life. Listen along to learn how you can go from functioning to flourishing!

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By SoudertonRunner - Apr 16 2018
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What a fun show! Great to listen to for all runners Joe D

Great info!!

By Bella7645 - Jul 20 2017
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Kari and Serena are so fun and informative. My absolute favorite podcast!

iTunes Ratings

195 Ratings
Average Ratings
175
7
6
1
6

Awesome!

By SoudertonRunner - Apr 16 2018
Read more
What a fun show! Great to listen to for all runners Joe D

Great info!!

By Bella7645 - Jul 20 2017
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Kari and Serena are so fun and informative. My absolute favorite podcast!
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The Flourishing Experiment

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What does it mean to flourish? Join Resilience Trainer and Certified Applied Positive Psychology Coach Kari Gormley as she interviews scientists, experts, coaches and authors on how to live a flourishing life. You'll hear the latest research and recommendations for growing and strengthening your relationships, identifying your passions and priorities, and living healthier, happier life. The Flourishing Experiment podcast starts where The Running Lifestyle Show crossed the finish line and is a great listen for avid runners, casual athletes, or anyone looking to make a positive change in their life. Listen along to learn how you can go from functioning to flourishing!

Rank #1: 80: Protein Bars as Fuel w/ Serena Marie, RD

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It’s all about protein bars, Kari checking in with Jeff Galloway, and our runner of the week, Russ Perry. Russ talks about Ragnar trail races and running in Arizona. We’re having a protein bar parade. Woo hoo! Listeners of the show, well actually friends since they have contacted us, have been asking what are Serena Marie, RD’s, favorite protein bars and why. We hear you loud and clear so “we are a answering”. It makes perfect sense why bars are so popular as they are portable, easy, and convenient. Here’s what goes down on our protein bar focused episode:

  • What Serena Marie, RD, looks for when selecting a protein bar
  • WHEN (this is HUGE) to eat a protein bar
  • Lara Bars and why Serena says the ingredient list is gorgeous
  • Why Serena says to have the peanut butter cookie bar IF you are going to choose a Lara Bar
  • Kind Bars and why Serena Marie, RD, has mixed feelings
  • If Serena has a sweet tooth or not and what she has to be mindful of
  • The strange breakfast I had before a 4.5 mile trail run with Team Healthy Kids teammate, Todd Miller
  • Why Quest Bars are a treat and not real food enough for our Real Food Dietitian, Serena Marie, RD
  • XO Bars and how they have a lot of fat and protein and the surprise ingredient
  • Epic Bars which Serena likes and let’s just say I tried one (bison) and need to try some more as my first impression wasn’t a great one
  • Bricks Bars which are made in Brooklyn, NY, use grass fed meat, whole ingredients and Serena says are so delicious
  • Why we discuss Norway and how it brings on the “sillies” and why we want to hear from Norwegians
  • Serena’s final recommendation when it comes to protein bars
  • Our mantras when we go shopping so we don’t buy trigger foods
  • We want to try more bars - just contact us through the contact form and by registering for the 5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Live the Running Lifestyle

Jeff Galloway is back, back again, but to check in to see how three weeks of running Galloway style in preparation for the Chicago and New York City Marathons are coming along. I had a lot of questions and comments about running the Galloway method and cross training, and Jeff answered them all. Like Jeff, Meb, and Dean Karnazes, I too am cross training with an ElliptiGo. Thank you ElliptiGo for sponsoring me with a “Go” (for short) for my fall marathon training.

If you haven’t heard, Serena Marie, RD and I are running both the Chicago and NYC Marathon for Action for Healthy Kids. Action for Healthy Kids provides grants for school breakfast and lunch programs and fitness equipment.

Donate Here!

Our runner of the week, Russ Perry, claims he is not a runner, but then is convinced that he is. Don’t you love those types of runners of the week? :-) We learn about the Ragnar Trail Race in Arizona (so want to do this race!), and how to train and not train for a race. It’s kind of funny what Russ reveals and a lot of people can probably relate. :-)

Contact:

Serena Marie, RD: Website: www.SerenaMarieRD.com Facebook: /SerenaMarieRD Twitter: @SerenaMarieRD Instagram: SerenaMarieRD

Jeff Galloway: Website: jeffgalloway.com Facebook: /jeffgallowayfan Twitter: @JeffGalloway

Russ Perry: Website: DesignPickle.com Facebook: /russperry Twitter: @russperry

Jul 02 2015
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #2: 17: The Power of Intention and Productivity with Jeff Sanders

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Jeff Sanders is the host of the 5 AM Miracle podcast, a 10-time marathoner, productivity strategist and a highly motivated guy who shares his love of running with us.  He shares with us how he structures his time to accomplish his goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.Show Notes    What happened when he returned from studying in Prague    How he started to get his health back    The mistakes he made running his first of 10 marathons    Productivity strategies    The power of intentionality    What running does for him    What he has found out the hard way in regards to running     His favorite app to grab his thoughts while running    What to listen to while runningApp discussed: Say it Mail itQuotes discussed:"Never limit where running can take you.” Bart Yasso“The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John BinghamShout outs:Johnny Gillespie (episode 7) of Balanced AthleteSteven Brown (episode 4), coach for Team in Training Website: Jeffsanders.comFacebook: facebook.com/jeffsanderstvTwitter: @jeffsanderstv

Aug 20 2014
34 mins
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Rank #3: 214: The Latest Science about Running and Summer Running

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Denny Krahe, certified athletic trainer and conditioning and strength coach, discusses his book, Be Ready on Race Day: How to Create a Custom Training Plan for Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon, the latest science about running, and how his experiments with heart-rate variability and heart-rate training have impacted his speed. Serena Marie, RD, and Kari discuss how to research flights for your dream races, the importance of savoring your food, and what foods to eat to help heal a concussion.

Find out the 11 Strategies to Live the Running Lifestyle HERE.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of Team TRLS.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Jun 07 2018
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #4: 41: Dean Karnazes, On the Road to Fulfillment and Happiness

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Time Magazine has called Dean Karnazses one of the most influential people in the world, and he comes on the show to discuss how he has used his passion as his vocation. We take a nice road trip with Dean and discuss how and why he left the corporate world to become a board member for Girls on the Run. We hear about favorite travel memories with his family, the people who have been affected by what Dean has done, and so much more. In addition, we talk with our listener of the week, Leeann Faust, about her upcoming dream marathon, the New York City Marathon. Serena Marie, RD answers a listener’s question about a fat-adapted diet.

Oct 30 2014
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #5: 190: How To Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Sara Gillespie—a personal trainer, certified Balanced Athlete coach, yoga instructor, and collegiate swimmer—shares why she’s passionate about kinesiology (the study of body movement mechanics). Through Sara’s deep knowledge and experience, she shares the one exercise that runners need to do before running, how to decide whether or not to run a race, her experience with a thyroid disorder, things to be aware of (especially for women as they age), and how to do a pull-up. Serena Marie, RD, and Kari discuss what their current running routines look like, how vitamin C and zinc help heal burns, and which nutrients can help rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

2017 is the year of the Flourishing Experiment! If you’d like to join a group to help you with your habits and resolutions, or create a Flourishing Experiment yourself, reach out to Kari at Kari@TheRunningLifestyle.com for more information.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of Team The Running Lifestyle Show.

Find out the 11 Strategies to Live the Running Lifestyle HERE.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Aug 24 2017
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #6: 73: 15 Tips of How to Fundraise for a Race and/or Walk

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Dean Karnazes, Chris O’Brien, and Linda Canning from Team Healthy Kids for Action for Healthy Kids together share 15 great ideas to help you raise money for a fundraiser near and dear to your heart. Dean and I talk about the benefits of a standing desk, the sleep challenges kids have and what can be done about it. Serena Marie, RD, answers a listener’s question about coffee and how much is too much.

May 21 2015
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #7: 42: What You Need to Do to Be a Distance Runner with Vinnie Tortorich

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Vinnie Tortorich comes back on the show to share with us why it's key for runners to strength train. He also discusses what Zone 2 Training is all about and how it can help you run faster. Serena Marie, RD comes on to discuss another set of food myths associated with a well-known food.

Nov 06 2014
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #8: 26: How to Start Running and Keep on Going with Cheryl Brown

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Cheryl Brown, personal trainer and running coach, shares with us how she started running and what is the key to success for beginners. We discuss the number one mistake new runners make, the equipment a runner needs, how to strength train at home, and how to mix things up when you’re looking for a change.

Sep 10 2014
42 mins
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Rank #9: 247: Take the Express Lane

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Steve Sisson, a running coach and professional runner, and Kari discuss how mindset and burnout affect a runner. The two of them discuss how using a running coach and/or flourishing coach can get an athlete to their goals faster. Serena Marie, RD, explains oral sensing and why to rinse and spit out carbohydrate drinks, such as Gatorade, to achieve faster times.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Find the 11 Strategies to Live a Running Lifestyle HERE.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of The Running Lifestyle Show team. Please tweet me your biggest takeaways at @KariGormley!

Feb 14 2019
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #10: 179: Fueling Before, During, and After a Run

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Serena Marie, RD, and Kari discuss the best ways to fuel before, during, and after a run, plus the “dos and don’ts” regarding fat, fiber, and carbs. They provide product and real-food suggestions, along with some background information about ketosis.

2017 is the year of the Flourishing Experiment! If you’d like to join a group to help you with your habits and resolutions, or create a Flourishing Experiment yourself, reach out to Kari at Kari@TheRunningLifestyle.com for more information.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of Team The Running Lifestyle Show.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Apr 13 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #11: 33: I LOVE 5Ks with Dominick Martino

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Dominick, who is a massage therapist and yoga teacher, discusses bad memories from his childhood of being chased by bullies to actually embracing the sport of running and liking it. We hear about the fun 5K races that Dominick runs and how he uses running as a time to meditate and be mindful of how his body is moving.

Sep 26 2014
32 mins
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Rank #12: 232: Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule

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Want a quick and easy way to get your brain from feeling something to actually doing it and taking action? Kari discusses Mel Robbins’ book, The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, how the rule works, the research behind it, and Kari’s experience with it. The Runner of the Week is Sarah Baker Andrus, who ran her last half marathon six years ago. She shares how and why she has pulled back from distance running and what her running routine looks like now.

Find out the 11 Strategies to Live a Running Lifestyle HERE.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of The Running Lifestyle Show team.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Please tweet me your biggest takeaways at @KariGormley!

Nov 01 2018
25 mins
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Rank #13: 66: Dean Karnazes, How To Get in to the Chicago Marathon & Have an Amazing Experience

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Join Dean Karnazes, coach Seth Kopf of Kopf Running, Serena Marie, RD, and me when we discuss what an amazing marathon Chicago is and the benefits of being a part of the Action for Healthy Kids team. We discuss the course, the fans, the training you get with coach Seth, and the pre-race party.

Apr 08 2015
52 mins
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Rank #14: 4: Steve Brown: Listen to Your Body, Not Your Running Plan

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Stephen (Steve) Brown is a husband, father, Team in Training coach, and someone with chronic leukemia who is sharing his passion for multi-sports one person at a time.  He shares with us information about how to start running and where to invest your money in the sport, how to transition from a marathoner to a triathlete, how having chronic leukemia has changed his life, and how it's impacted others.  There is a ton of inspiration in this podcast about how listening to your body is the best thing you can do.Races Events and Organizations Discussed in the PodcastTeam in TrainingPhiladelphia MarathonNew York City MarathonIron Distance Triathalon - Challenge Atlantic City - Challenge USASept 20 Cambridge MD IronmanFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/remissionmanTwitter: @stephensbrownWebsite: Remission Man

Jul 20 2014
45 mins
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Rank #15: 178: How to Make Running a Habit

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Nir Eyal is a writer, teacher, and consultant who specializes in the intersection of technology, psychology, and business. He shares how to build a habit, how being an overweight child has affected his life, how to put tech in its place, ways to get in screen time while being on the move, and more. Serena Marie, RD, and Kari discuss what to do when someone ups his or her fiber and has flatulence.

2017 is the year of the Flourishing Experiment! If you’d like to join a group to help you with your habits and resolutions, or create a Flourishing Experiment yourself, reach out to Kari at Kari@TheRunningLifestyle.com for more information.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of Team The Running Lifestyle Show.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Apr 06 2017
49 mins
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Rank #16: 225: How to Move Now So You Can Move Later

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Sara Gillespie, a trainer with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Maryland returns to the podcast! This time, she discusses important exercises that anyone can do to be able to move later in life. Kari and Sara talk about C7 humps, how to align yourself for better posture, how to warm up before a run, how Sara took care of herself after both of her sons were in a major accident, why to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose, how to prevent bunions, and much more. Serena Marie, RD, discusses how to determine how many carbs you should eat per day.

Find out the 11 Strategies to Live a Running Lifestyle HERE.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of The Running Lifestyle Show team.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Please tweet me your biggest takeaways at @KariGormley!

Sep 13 2018
59 mins
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Rank #17: 203: Whole30®, Shake Yo' Sugar Habit, Deficiencies & More

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Kari and Serena Marie, RD, dive into how they use social media to learn how to cook, Kari’s experience on the Whole30® Reset, Serena’s Shake Yo’ Sugar Habit program, how Serena is the Poo Poo Po Po, the importance of B12, K2, and more.

The Flourishing Experiment continues in 2018! If you’d like to join a group to help you with your habits and resolutions, or create a Flourishing Experiment yourself, reach out to Kari at Kari@TheRunningLifestyle.com for more information.

Click HERE to find out how you may qualify for a better life insurance rate by being a runner through HealthIQ.

Find out the 11 Strategies to Live the Running Lifestyle HERE.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of Team TRLS.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Feb 01 2018
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #18: 112: Running a Different Way with Running Form Expert Jae Gruenke

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Running technique expert, Jae Gruenke of The Balanced Runner™, lists the top two habits of bad running form (Hint: look at your hips and gait), return Runner of the Week, Jackie Thomas, talks about how she found TRLS and how running has changed her life, Mike Clarke, founder of the Big Beach Marathon, previews race course nutrition, and Serena Marie, RD, talks about a popular New Year’s Resolution—to cut out diet soda—and gives some no-calorie and low-calorie healthy drink options. Kari also gives shout outs and housekeeping tidbits at the end of the episode.

Jae Gruenke

Jae Gruenke, owner of The Balanced Runner™, rocks Kari’s world by taking a different approach in talking about proper running form. Learn how to run naturally and efficiently.

  • Jae tells listeners what a running form (US term) or running technique (UK term) expert does.
  • She details how she took her Bachelor’s degree in literary studies and being a professional dancer in college to become a running technique expert.
  • Listen to why she was offended by running and how she went about solving it.
  • She explores why gait and posture affect our running forms.
  • Learn about the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
  • Sometimes when runners try to change their forms, that can be the worst thing to do.
  • She shares what makes her cringe as a form expert—including how runners swing their arms (which affects foot strike) and how people try to apply what are considered the rules of posture to running (“posture is for posts”).
  • Jae shares how to position your head when running, how to shift your hips properly (which can lead to IT band issues if done improperly), how to lean from your ankles, and how to tip your pelvis from side to side.
  • Learn why Jae thinks stability shoes are heavy, and they interfere with your ability to use your arch as a spring.
  • Find a way to make running feel natural and safe. Better running form should feel easier.
  • Jae offers free running lessons, so check out her website here.
  • She debunks the “run from heel to toe” theory and details why running tired can actually produce a better form.
  • She tells Kari the three reasons why cross country runners tend to have better form.
  • Check out her Indie Go campaign here.

Runner of the Week: Jackie Thomas

“J Thom” (from Episode #72) joins Kari again to talk about how she found TRLS, why she listens, and how running has changed her life.

  • She found TRLS through an iTunes search and wanted something to distract her from her longer runs.
  • She loves TRLS because it’s not intimidating and it gives practical tips.
  • Check out her blog post that started it all here.
  • Jackie explains her involvement in the TRLS blog.

Jump for Jabra

Jabra’s amazing line of wireless earbuds—including the Sport Coach and the Sport Pulse—are a runner’s dream, because they stay put and don’t fall out of your ears like their contemporaries. Win a FREE pair of Jabra wireless earbuds by registering at Jabra.com/TRL and by signing up for the TRLS e-mail list at therunninglifestyle.com/join. Jabra will pick a winner at the end of January, so sprint on over today!

Mike Clarke

Founder of the Big Beach Marathon in Gulf Shores, AL, gives Kari a preview of race fuel and bathroom stops during the race.

  • There will be water and blue Gatorade (Glacier Freeze) every 1.5–2.0 miles and Gu (one being Chocolate Outrage) at Miles 18 and 23 or 24.
  • He answers the all-important question of how Race Directors figure out how many portable toilets to have on half marathon and marathon courses.
  • Toilets will be available around the following miles: 3.5, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 21.
  • There’s a 1:50 ratio of toilets to runners.
  • If you want to learn more about a Race Director’s role and why things are done in certain ways, check out Episode #67 that features Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray.
  • Don’t miss redeeming a 15% discount during registration by entering code “RUNLIFE” just for being a TRLS listener.

Serena Marie, RD

Serena Marie, RD answers a Facebook group member’s question about no- or low-calorie drink ideas besides diet soda.

  • Serena recommends the following:
    • La Croix flavored seltzer
    • Coconut water because it has magnesium for relaxation
    • Fruit-infused water with mint
    • Tea (like Tazo Wild Sweet Orange tea or green tea)
    • Unsweetened almond milk
    • Hemp milk

Upcoming Races

Do you want to meet Kari at an upcoming race event? Run on over to these races to say hi!

TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run (4 Miles and 1 Mile) Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016 Race start: 8:00 a.m. for the Women’s 4-Miler; 9:00 a.m. for the Men’s 4-Miler; 9:00 a.m. for the One Mile Walk/Fun Run Location: Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85735

3rd Annual Race on the Big Day 5K and 1.5-Mile Walk sponsored by Empowered Yoga Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016 Race start: 12:30 p.m. EST Location: 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806

Cupid’s Undie Run (maybe) Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016 Race start: 2 p.m. EST Location: Asia DC & Eden Nightclub, 1720 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Group Run in Harrisburg, PA Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016 Details: Sunday morning run at Harrisburg, PA leaving from the City Island Fleet Feet

Rock ‘n Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon (maybe) Date: March 12, 2016 Race start: 7:30 a.m. EST Location: Constitution Avenue at 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

The North Face Endurance Challenge: Washington, DC (maybe) Date: April 9–10, 2016 Location: Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, VA 20165

The North Face Endurance Challenge: Wisconsin (maybe) Date: September 17–18, 2016 Location: Kettle Moraine State Forest, S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI 53119

Book Club Check out these page turners that are part of upcoming Book Club books here.

January 2016: The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders

February 2016: Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin March 2016: Super Genes: Harnessing the Vast Potential of Your Genome for Optimum Health and Well-Being by Deepak Chopra and Rudy Tanzi

Next week, Liz Whitteberry talks about how she has been able to PR after many injuries and Wendy Cicek Steiger chats about picking up running later in life.

Namaste TRLS brothers and sisters!

Contact:

Jae Gruenke: Website: BalancedRunner.com Indiegogo Campaign

Serena Marie, RD: Website: www.SerenaMarieRD.com Facebook: /SerenaMarieRD Twitter: @SerenaMarieRD Instagram: SerenaMarieRD

Kari Gormley: Facebook: The Running Lifestyle Show Twitter: @KariGormley Instagram: @KariGormley

Jan 21 2016
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #19: 173: Injury Prevention and Running Intention with Physical Therapist Susan Nowell

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Susan Nowell, a physical therapist and ultra runner, shares the biggest “crimes” that runners commit and how not to be a culprit too. She specifically talks about intentional running, goal setting, common runner injuries, ways to support an ultra runner during a race, and approaches to racing after a long hiatus. Serena Marie, RD, shares an Australian study in which depressed adults were given a Mediterranean diet versus talk therapy and the exciting results that researchers found.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Mar 02 2017
47 mins
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Rank #20: 246: Creating Your Self-Care Vision Board

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Kari discusses how creating a self-care vision board can help you feel better (and there’s science backing this up). You’ll hear how to find images and words that line up with how you want to feel emotionally, physically, and mentally. This is an invitation to create a vision of how you want to feel, through pictures and words. The Runner of the Week is the running coach discussed on last week’s podcast, Steve Sisson. Steve has run in the world championships and many collegiate races.

Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

Find the 11 Strategies to Live a Running Lifestyle HERE.

Click HERE to receive special gifts and to be part of The Running Lifestyle Show team. Please tweet me your biggest takeaways at @KariGormley!

Feb 07 2019
30 mins
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