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Michigan Runner Girl

The Michigan Runner Girl podcast is where you'll find a passion for running crosses paths with a love of living healthy in the beautiful state of Michigan. Runner, mother, writer and lover of all things Michigan Heather Durocher, creator of the running and travel site MichiganRunnerGirl.com, hosts the show, along with regular appearances by fellow Michigan Runner Girls (and Guys). Expect to hear informative and entertaining conversations with runners, race directors and fitness experts throughout Michigan during this weekly show. You'll learn about new races to try and great places to explore on foot. The Michigan Runner Girl podcast is all about living in a state of motion.
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Now displaying: November, 2016
Nov 26, 2016
Kevin Fowler had an idea for a very different kind of team trail racing experience--a race that would allow four runners with varying distance preferences to race together who might not normally have the opportunity to race together. Strategizing pace, as a team, also would be a key component of his race. The end result: the Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail Race, also known as MUTT, that takes place each June in Harrison, Mich. Kevin joins Heather on the show to talk about this race that takes place on trails and starts and finishes at Mid-Michigan Community College. Kevin, who started running a decade ago, is a marathoner and triathlete -- his first marathon was in Grand Rapids in 2007 and he's completed 30 triathlons, including an Ironman. This trail lover at heart talks about what led him to start the Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail Race in 2014, how exactly it works (hint: it's NOT a relay), how it quadrupled in participation in 2015, and what runners can expect for the 2017 event, which is set for June 17. Kevin also shares a special race discount code for listeners, and offers up details on another race he's involved with, the Snow Moon Trail Run, an evening race in February, 2017 on Midland City Forest trails. 
 
Link: 
Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail Race: muttrace.com 

 

Nov 18, 2016
Heather and co-host Mike Moran are on-site at last weekend's Great Beerd Run 5K for this show. The event, held Saturday, Nov. 12 on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, celebrates all things beards (natural and otherwise) and Michigan beer. Runners show up donning beards of their own making -- and beards that they carefully crafted themselves (race swag includes your own knit beard cap and a bottle opener finisher medal). Three breweries are featured at this untimed fun run: Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, Shorts Brewing Company in Bellaire and Beards Brewery in Petoskey. This Michigan craft beer makers not only part of the post-run festivities, they also offer up tastings on the course. Heather and Mike talk with race director Kelly Yauk pre-run, sharing the race atmosphere and vibe, and then post-run, runner and brewer Jeff Houser joins in the conversation to talk about his love of the Great Beerd Run (he's won it a couple of times in the past, though this year he took a different approach to the event). The guys' interest in wooden ships also comes up...hear how they all try to bring it back to running and beer. It's an interesting and fun show, to say the least -- and there's even some live music in the background.
 
Links:
Great Beerd Run: http://thegreatbeerdrun.com
Right Brain Brewery: http://www.rightbrainbrewery.com
Shorts Brewing Company: https://www.shortsbrewing.com
Beards Brewery: http://www.beardsbrewery.com

 

Nov 12, 2016
Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, which means delicious food and family time--and racing! Turkey trots and Thanksgiving-themed runs take place all across Michigan, with some starting this weekend and many others happening on Thanksgiving morning. Heather shares her family's tradition of running their local turkey trot, the Traverse City Turkey Trot 5K (there's also a 5-mile option), and is joined by northern Michigan runner and race director Michelle Elliott to talk about this year's event that starts and ends at Thirlby Field. You'll also hear from Jenae Schultheiss, race director of the Gobble Wobble, a fun run now in its 9th year that raises funds for area children. The show's regular upcoming race segment highlights turkey trots and includes a few race discount codes. Also featured on this show: an upcoming pre-order holiday sale on MRG clothing AND save-the-date info on the 2nd annual Michigan Runner Girl Weekend taking place up north this coming spring.    
 
Links:
Traverse City Turkey Trot: http://www.tcturkeytrot.com
Gobble Wobble: http://gazellesports.com/wp/gobblewobble/
 
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Nov 7, 2016
As we near the holidays and the end of 2016, you might be thinking about your race calendar in the coming year -- and making plans for a race in another city or state. Heather is joined by Michigan Runner Girls Kelly Yauk (a regular on the show) and Coryn Briggs, both of whom enjoy traveling for running events, to talk about destination racing. Kelly is fresh off her latest destination racing adventure -- running a half marathon through California's majestic redwoods! -- and she talks about the planning that went into this 10-day trip out west with her husband Chris, who ran the race's 5K. Coryn, who happened to be out in California with Kelly for a few days (they attended an industry conference together) talks about finding some time to run the hills of San Francisco together. Coryn goes on to share her experiences traveling to Chicago for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon this past July (things got interesting when a storm came rolling in) and to Grand Rapids for Gazelle Girl Half Marathon earlier in the year. All three runners offer up been-there, done-that advice, tips and tricks for making the most of your race trip, including the importance of making restaurant reservations ahead of time, finding the best lodging, and pre-planning (don't forget your race fuel and go-to pre-race breakfast!) to ensure a memorable and seamless destination race experience. Also on this week's show: news about next week's Great Beerd Run at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, and the different ways to enjoy Traverse City Beer Week, which kicks off the day before this race and continues through Nov. 17, 2016.
 
Links:
Great Beerd Run: thegreatbeerdrun.com
Traverse City Beer Week: https://www.traversecity.com/tcbw/

 

 
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