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#214: Tales from Back-of-Pack Runners

back of the pack tri with namesTo get a view from the back, host Sarah Bowen Shea and co-host Coach Christine Hinton are joined by three runners who are often finishing last in a race. First up is Donna Lehmann, who tells of running a half-marathon slow and steady—and high-fiving pretty much any upheld spectators’ hand along the 13.1-mile course. This New Hampshire mother runner shares an epiphany she had when she thought she might end up be dead-last in a race, as well as a great analogy on how running is like a mullet. Next up is Rachel Franco of St. Paul who gives a brilliant race-selection tip. (She’s also in search of a best running friend, if you know of any 14:00-15:00 minute milers in the Twin Cities!) Then Kelly Keating-Caraway, a Weight Watchers leader training for the New York City Marathon, regales with several race stories, including one involving a police car escort and another on why she’s begrudgingly grateful to another runner for her current mantra of, “the body achieves what the mind believes.” Kelly is full of great one-liners summing up a healthy race attitude. Interwoven into the show are voice memos from other mother runners who bring up the rear, sharing anecdotes and insight. And find out how Coach Christine did in her recent 48-hour (!!!) ultramarathon.

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3 responses to “#214: Tales from Back-of-Pack Runners

  1. Really enjoyed this episode! As a slow (2.53 half) runner, its great to hear from others in the slower paces and hear how they enjoy aspects of the race experience besides speed and PR. Also, love getting to hear Christine’s terrific laugh!

  2. Really enjoyed the podcast this morning! (As I always do.) I am certainly a back-of-pack runner, and I’ve been feeling down about it lately. It was so reassuring to hear from others and to remember the good things about being toward the back!
    I also wish I were still in the Twin Cities, because I’d love to be Rachel’s running buddy. (We moved about an hour south of the cities last year.)
    Thanks, Dimity, SBS, Coach Christine, and all the mother runners on the podcast this week!

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