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Women's Running Stories

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Women's Running Stories (formerly Strides Forward) explores the intersection of running and life, through thoughtfully produced story-telling and original music. Runners featured vary widely, from world record setters to mid-life fitness seekers, and the stories are as different as the runners who s… read more

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Dani Moreno: Track, Trail, Boston: A Pro Runner's Lifelong Running Journey

March 29th, 2023


Dani Moreno is a professional mountain runner with Adidas Terrex, and she is one of the best in the world. Her specialty has been sub ultra …

Race Report: Molly Huddle + 2023 New York City Half Marathon

March 23rd, 2023


Molly Huddle is already a legend in the running world, and her story continues to develop. She's a two-time Olympian, multi-time national champion, …

Race Report: Emma Grace Hurley + 2023 USATF 15k National Championships

March 10th, 2023


Emma Grace Hurley is a young professional runner with the Atlanta Track Club. She is relatively new to racing longer distances on the road, having raced her first road races as a pro last year.

In this race report, Emma …

Jae Gruenke: Running Form Expert & Feldenkrais Practitioner, with Hear Her Sports

March 9th, 2023


In this special collaboration with Hear Her Sports, we talk to Jae Gruenke, a Feldenkrais practitioner and running form expert, and founder of The …

Erika Kemp: Championships, Challenges, and a Marathon Debut

March 6th, 2023


Erika Kemp will be racing 26.2 miles for the first time ever at the 2023 Boston Marathon on April 17. As one of the top professional distance road racers in the United States today, Erika has had a lot of success. But …

Race Report: Lauren Hagans + 2023 USATF Half Marathon National Championships

March 3rd, 2023


Lauren Hagans (formerly Paquette), a professional distance runner and member of the HOKA NAZ Elite team, takes us inside the 2023 USATF Half Marathon …

Sara Mae Berman: Three Time Boston Champion & Running Pioneer

February 9th, 2023


Sara Mae Berman started running and paving the way for other women's distance runners in the 1960s and 1970s. She is best known these days for winning the Boston Marathon three times: 1969, 1970, 1971. In those years, …

Lindsey Cortes: One Runner's Nourishment & Body Acceptance Journey

January 10th, 2023


Lindsey Cortes is a runner and dietician who specializes in helping women athletes overcome the challenges of disordered eating and negative body image through her business Rise Up Nutrition. She brings both …

BONUS! Starting Line 1928: Bjorg Austrheim-Smith

December 20th, 2022


We're excited to bring you a something a little different and let you know about another women-hosted podcast that features women runners. Please enjoy this episode from the podcast Starting Line 1928, which features …

Maegan Krifchin: An Epic Marathon PR Story

December 12th, 2022


Professional runner Maegan Krifchin wanted to make the 2022 NYC Marathon an epic day. A native of Long Island, the Atlanta Track Club runner visualized bettering her 2:30 PR (2021 Chicago Marathon) while also breaking …

Tiffany Gayle Chenault: Running Through Grief, Creating Her Place

December 1st, 2022


Well into her 30s, Tiffany Gayle Chenault didn't have any interest in running, even when she said yes to a friend who asked her to run a 5-mile event …

Hillary Allen: An Unbreakable Will

November 11th, 2022


If you aren't familiar with Hillary's racing career, it's likely because most of the racing she's done is in Europe where the style and the terrain of the racing suits her; it's what she really loves. Hillary is also …

Alison Mariella Désir: Running While Black, Her Story, Her Book

October 18th, 2022


In this episode, Alison tells her running journey and touches on many of the topics that are featured in her book. Let this serve, then, as an …

Gina Lucrezi: Running Toward Equity, Establishing Trail Sisters

October 4th, 2022


Gina Lucrezi started to take note of the preferential treatment that the boys got in sports in high school. Her consciousness around this grew over …

Cherie Turner + Comrades Marathon: A Hear Her Sports Special Collaboration

September 23rd, 2022


Cherie is a lifelong athlete whose first serious competitive love was racing bicycles on the road and track; in the early 90s she earned her way on to a professional domestic team. Her post cycling life has primarily …

Erica Stanley-Dottin: A Sub-3-Hour Marathon Goal, a Team Dream Soars

September 6th, 2022


Erica Stanley-Dottin is a lifelong competitor and athlete, but it wasn't until she was in her 30s that she discovered her love of distance running: marathons and half-marathons, specifically. She also discovered that …

Pat Freeman: 30 Years Running Comrades, and Counting

August 21st, 2022


Pat Freeman jokes that the first time her neighbor invited her to run, she thought jogging down her driveway might be enough. Now, over three decades later, she's training to run her 31st Comrades Marathon, the 90km or …

Reair Celebrating the Return of Comrades!: Blanche Moila + Comrades Marathon: Inspiring Change

August 12th, 2022


Running legend Blanche Moila shares her story, which is a strong testament to the many ways running can be a vehicle for change. Blanche, who is now in her 60s, has been inspiring others through running since she …

Verity Breen: Running Far and Fast, A Life-Long Love

July 26th, 2022


From a young age, Verity Breen taught herself how to race the clock: she set challenges for herself to get from one place to another as efficiently and fast as possible. She also learned how to finish what she started. …

Camille Herron: Menstrual Health & Running Western States on Day One of Her Period

July 6th, 2022


We are honored that Camille Herron chose to tell her menstrual health story and the details of her Western States experience here first. We strongly support her adding her strong voice to the efforts to destigmatize …

Nicole Pinto: Running Boston while Pregnant

June 27th, 2022


Nicole Pinto has been a runner, from track racing to marathons, for years. We feature her backstory in our Road to Boston series. Nicole had been …

Strides Behind the Mic 4: Listener Stories, Updates, Recommendations, Comrades Training Has Begun! ParkRun!

June 22nd, 2022


Keep up with the women from our listener stories via these outlets mentioned on the show:  

Jenna: When the People Decide podcast and Democracy Works podcast


Sophie: What Next Mum podcast and blog

In …

Gael Henville: Life Lessons Learned, and Shared: Runner, Coach, Community Builder

May 29th, 2022


Gael Henville has run over 100 races, and counting, from 5ks to marathons, including four times at the Boston Marathon. She is a private coach as well as the long-time head coach for the Road to Wellness 5k. Recognized …

Strides Behind the Mic: Listener Stories! Updates; Recommendations; Track Racing & A New Approach to Training for Marathons

May 8th, 2022


In this episode, we recommended the following books: 

How She Did It: Stories, Advice and Secrets to Success from 50 Legendary Distance Runners by …

LIVE EVENT: Marilyn Bevans & Maegan Krifchin, Celebrating 50 Years of Women Running Boston, Officially, hosted by Strides Forward & Run Father & Faster

April 22nd, 2022


About the featured guests: 

Marilyn Bevans is a pioneer in US women’s marathoning. In the 1970s, she became the first nationally competitive American-born Black woman marathon runner in the US, and she is the first …

Bobbi Gibb: The First Woman of the Boston Marathon

April 13th, 2022


This is a very special episode, honoring a momentous anniversary. April 18th, 2022, is the 50th anniversary of women finally, officially, being allowed to run the Boston Marathon. Many women's brave efforts contributed …

Sarah Lavender Smith: Transitioning through Running Longevity

March 31st, 2022


Sarah has done races as "short" as a road marathon, numerous 50ks, 50-milers, and 100-milers, all the way through to several self-supported …

Strides Behind the Mic: Listener Stories! Podcast Updates; Racing Track & Processing Injury

March 17th, 2022


In this episode, we mentioned RunYoung50, which shares stories of women's running history and stories about older women runners. You can find …

Cathy Utzschneider: A Champion After 40, A Passion for Masters Racing

March 7th, 2022


Cathy has won multiple national championships on the track and earned a podium placing at the World Masters Games. She has written for National …

Sonia Samuels w/Jae Gruenke: Olympian Rediscovers (Pain-Free) Form

February 19th, 2022


Sonia Samuels discovered her love of running at an early age, and it led her to the biggest stages of sport. But after reaching the peak of …

Strides Behind the Mic: Updates + Listener Stories (We Want to Hear from You!) + Racing 800 Meters

February 9th, 2022


We're excited to share stories from you, the listener. Each Strides Behind the Mic episode, we'll give you a prompt. Please record yourself telling a 1-3 minute story related to the prompt and email it to Strides …

Roads to Boston 2021: We Ran the Boston Marathon! How It All Went Down, Season Finale

January 14th, 2022


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we followed the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Update & Reair: Camille Herron at the Comrades Marathon

November 16th, 2021


Camille Herron fell in love with South Africa’s 90-kilometer Comrades Marathon as a child in Oklahoma, and it became her number one goal to win this …

Roads to Boston 2021: The Final Pre-Race Check-In

October 7th, 2021


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we are following the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Roads to Boston 2021: How We All Got In

October 2nd, 2021


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we are following the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Roads to Boston 2021: An Inside Look at Marathon Prep

September 30th, 2021


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we are following the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Roads to Boston 2021: Why We Marathon, Nicole's, Yao's, and Cherie's Stories

September 19th, 2021


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we are following the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Roads to Boston 2021: Why We Marathon, Marija's, Rochelle's, Zarah's, and Jonna's stories

September 8th, 2021


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we are following the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Roads to Boston 2021: Why We Marathon, Patty's & Amanda's Journeys

August 30th, 2021


This episode is part of our Roads to Boston 2021 series, where we are following the journeys of 9 women from around the world to the 125th Boston …

Roads to Boston 2021: How We Started Running

August 12th, 2021


For this series, we're following the running stories of 9 women runners, from around the world, who are all preparing for the historic 125th Boston …

Introducing Roads to Boston 2021: 9 Runners, 1 Finish Line

July 27th, 2021


The last Boston Marathon took place April 2019. And finally, this legendary event is back, in person. For every participant who gets an entry to Boston, it's a victory all its own: you can't just sign up for Boston, you …

Megan Flanagan: A Young Runner's Journey through RED-s (relative energy deficiency in sport)

July 16th, 2021


Megan started linking thinness with performance at a young age. Body commentary, prevalent ideals of what a winning distance runner should look, and …

BONUS: Hear Her Sports: Dagmara Wozniak, Olympic Saber Fencer

June 16th, 2021


Since this episode ran in early 2020, Dagmara was named to the Tokyo Olympic Team, so you can learn about her here and  then cheer for her at the Games. 

From Hear Her Sports: Sabre fencer Dagmara Wozniak is a two time …

Beatie Deutsch: Pregnancy, Fast Marathons, and Shattered Stereotypes

June 3rd, 2021


Beatie Deutsch had always been athletic. But after getting married and having four children in quick succession during her 20s, she realized she’d left that athletic part of herself behind to care for her growing …

Ann Ashworth: A RED-s Recovery to Running Healthy, Strong, and Fast

May 6th, 2021


RED-s is the syndrome that used to be called the female athlete triad. It's very common among women long-distance runners, and it can be a tricky syndrome to diagnose: Ann's story gets into many of the reasons why. But …

BONUS: Keeping Track Podcast: Dawn Harper Nelson's Cinderella Story

April 23rd, 2021


Dawn Harper Nelson is an Olympic gold (2008) and silver (2012) medalist in the 100-meter hurdles. In this powerful and important interview, Dawn goes …

Barbara Hannah Grufferman: How Menopause and a (Literal) Sign Ignited a Passion for Running and Aging-Well Advocacy

April 12th, 2021


As Barbara Hannah Grufferman approached her 50th birthday, she was feeling, as she describes it, the “umpies”: lumpy, grumpy, and frumpy. Her health …

Sally Kipyego: Becoming a Mother Runner, Navigating Pregnancy Toward a Bid for the Olympics

March 25th, 2021


Sally Kipyego was born in Kenya and started running at a young age. She discovered early on that she had talent and a will be seek the ultimate …

Charlotte Gibbs: A RED-s Journey to Rediscovering the Joy of Running

March 10th, 2021


Charlotte Gibbs shares her very personal journey about how her pursuit to become the best athlete she could be led her down the far too common and …

Sophie Speidel: A Menopause Journey as a Competitive Athlete

February 24th, 2021


Sophie Speidel is a lifelong athlete: being a competitor is motivating, rewarding, and fun. But there's a simple fact that comes with aging: our …

Courtney Dauwalter: Problem Solving Ultramarathons, Bringing the Mental Game

January 22nd, 2021


Courtney Dauwalter is well known in the ultra running community, and news of her accomplishments has even extended into mainstream media. She started …

The Transformative Ability of Running: Highlights from the Comrades Series

December 21st, 2020


At Strides Forward, we're always interested to learn about how running is more than the act of putting one foot in front of the other. What do we take into our everyday lives that we learn from running? How does this …

Running Makes You Feel Better: Highlights from the Comrades Series

December 4th, 2020


This bonus episode features clips from ultramarathon runners Camille Herron, Renata Vosloo, Cathy Hopkins, Devon Yanko, Karen Williams, and Shirley …

Cheryl Winn + Comrades Marathon: A Comrades Trailblazer

October 16th, 2020


Cheryl Winn has a decades-long and multifaceted relationship with the Comrades Marathon. In this episode, we touch on all of it. Cheryl was an elite …

Karen Williams + Comrades Marathon: The Will to Try

August 19th, 2020


Karen Williams came to running later in life and it took some encouragement. But she discovered that she actually enjoyed running, and even more, she …

Shirley Mosiakgabo + Comrades Marathon: Keep Moving Forward

August 5th, 2020


We follow Shirley Mosiakgabo's story from the early days of discovering a joy for making running a regular part of her life through to her …

Enie Manzini + Comrades Marathon: Embracing Your Power

July 21st, 2020


South African firefighter and now single mother of two Enie Manzini discovered her love and talent for running at a young age and began running seriously in 2007. Not long after, Enie had the first child. Committed to …

Renata Vosloo + Comrades: Becoming An Elite Runner

July 1st, 2020


South African Renata Vosloo has loved running since she was young, and she had talent to run fast. For many years, half-marathons were her thing. But the pressure to run Comrades was so great, she decided, “Just once.” 

Team Massmart + Comrades Marathon: Empowering Women

June 18th, 2020


Ann Ashworth had a vision to make a difference and saw a lack of support for aspiring elite South African women long-distance runners. She made it her mission to create a team that brought more South African women into …

Ann Ashworth + Comrades Marathon: What It Takes

June 3rd, 2020


Every episode we highlight one entry from our long list of recommended resources, which are focused on women and running. And for this episode, the highlighted resource is Lessons In Badassery, a personal blog project …

Cathy Hopkins + Comrades Marathon: Strength in Community

May 20th, 2020


Canadian Cathy Hopkins shares her journey of finding her joy in running by sharing it with others. While running can often appear to be completely …

Blanche Moila + Comrades Marathon: Inspiring Change

May 6th, 2020


Running legend Blanche Moila shares her story, which is a strong testament to the many ways running can be a vehicle for change. Blanche, who is now in her 60s, has been inspiring others through running since she …

Camille Herron + Comrades Marathon: Dream Race

April 22nd, 2020


Camille’s journey includes finding ultra racing after years of being an elite marathon runner. Back to Comrades, in addition to winning it being her …

Anjali Saraogi + Comrades Marathon: Facing Firsts

April 8th, 2020


When Anjali entered a half-marathon, with no training, in 2015, she had no idea about the running talents she’d discover. Shortly thereafter, she learned about the Comrades and decided she had to run; when she …

Devon Yanko + Comrades Marathon: Her White Whale

March 25th, 2020


Devon Yanko discusses why Comrades, the largest and oldest ultra-distance running race in the world, is so close to her heart, and why she has …

Introducing Women's Running Stories (formerly Strides Forward)

January 17th, 2020


Welcome to Women's Running Stories, the podcast that explores the intersection of running and life, through thoughtfully produced story-telling by …

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