Welcome to a CORNUCOPIA of links and embedded podcast episodes! Mostly because I didn’t post about podcasts last week so I am making up for it now.
The MOST EXCITING TOP LINE NEWS is the release of our longform podcast (on the LibSyn platform) in the Apple Podcasts App! Here we are, the Fitness Protection Program, and now we got a podcast in which we talk about what we’re really talking about (because we’re never really talking about the running). Summer running, for example, is not easily solved with tips and tricks for how to stay cool - mostly because you just can’t. This morning it was a friendly-seeming 60 degrees for my 4:30 AM run, but thanks to quickly rising temps and the onset of summer humidity, my clothes were still heavy with sweat by the end of the run. Summer running can be hard to talk yourself into and we would argue that that makes total sense. We need to account for the schedule changes and added/modified pressures that come online in the summer time. The fact that we find running in the summer difficult and at times draining does not mean we are bad runners or that we need to embrace the suck - it means that we need to think about where the pressure is coming from and what needs to happen in order for us to get the work done. Because of course, the summer is also the time to train for the fall, and lots of people like to race in the fall. I think it’s a pretty good discussion. I think you’ll enjoy it, too.
And on our most recent episode, “Brainfire of the Vanities,” we take on THE WELLNESS INDUSTRY, a not-so-small topic that is not-so-unrelated to the fitness industry (which is also known as our industry). We talk about the episode of Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham in which they interview Taffy Brodesser-Akner about her experience profiling Gwyneth Paltrow - “everyone should aspire to be well,” as Taffy puts it, “but not everyone should aspire to Wellness TM.” This is only the beginning of a discussion we plan to keep having about what it means to be well and to be healthy and how running can be a force for good in that conversation.
I should also note that the Fitness Protection Podcast has big dreams - we want to grow our platform enough to give us a voice in what we hope will be a cultural reckoning with fitness culture, diet culture, and the many forces that guide our decisions, purporting to be about health while they’re actually about money. More to come. Much more.
It has been a busy, exciting, and exhausting couple of weeks. As you can see below, I have recorded a lot of Morning Mantra episodes, and I have failed to share them all with you in a timely fashion - so here’s a feast of embedded episodes for your listening pleasure (though you can subscribe on iTunes!). Ros even joined me to do the intro for the most recent episode, “Aboard My Boat” (Moana’s mantra, in my latest Movie Quote Friday on the Mantra pod). She did a pretty great job - I might have to talk her into doing my work for me more often.
And in a (not unusually) introspective mantra, I talk a little bit more about how it feels to cut ties with all the day-to-day minutiae of my academic career, beginning with my e-mail inbox. I had never really accounted for all the email I used to receive at multiple addresses, keeping my hungry and hustling for that tenure-track job. It’s been well over a year since I knew I was done, but some of the tethers haven’t detached yet, and that’s because I need to proactively detach them. It’s harder than I thought.
And speaking of detaching from a long-held dream, we were asked by one of our athletes to provide a mantra to help her through the difficult decision to stop trying to have another child, after a series of pregnancies that ended in miscarriage. These are the episodes that take me deep into my feelings and my hangups and my unresolved inner conflicts about the things I thought I could keep doing forever but, as it turned out, couldn’t.
And finally, a long-deserved and I think accurately emotional tribute to the tenacious as fuck Coach MK, who (as we discuss on a special episode of the Fitness Protection Podcast) has been going through a fairly major health crisis. MK is a rock, not just to me but to everyone she coaches, and she has not let go of any of her rock-like properties even in a time of uncertainty and discomfort - having a chance to remind her of her strength and durability and tenacity felt both fitting and momentous.
Just a reminder - if you need a mantra for a situation you are facing, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a request and we will add it to our queue!
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