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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: December, 2016
Dec 23, 2016
We've got you covered for running outdoors throughout the next few months. In the "best of" MRG Podcast re-release, Heather Durocher and co-host Cassy Stone talk about their love of winter running and have a great conversation with fellow winter running lover Susan Hoddinott, assistant store manager at Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids. Susan shares her vast knowledge of essential clothing and gear to have for your outdoor running adventures. The trio talk about the importance of layers, and Susan explains why merino wool is great for your head and feet. Traction for shoes (and the right shoes to keep your feet dry) also is part of the discussion. One newer product Susan mentions -- a headlamp for your early morning or evening runs -- got Heather and Cassy thinking about adding this to their winter running gear (you just might do the same). Whether you've run outside throughout winter in the past, or you're thinking of giving it a try this year, you're sure to be inspired to stay active no matter the weather. 
 
Dec 15, 2016

At age 47, Rose Coleman took up running and decided to go big: train for a marathon. Since that day about six years ago, this mother and grandmother has racked up an impressive number of races  -- 8 marathons, 70 half marathons, countless 10Ks and 5Ks -- and has also delved into the world of obstacle races (Tough Mudder, warrior runs and Spartan races) as well as relay races; for the past three years, she has served as captain of a team of women running The Fred, a 200-mile relay race here in Michigan. Rose joins Heather in the studio to talk about her athletic journey that began after moving to northern Michigan from Florida as a single mom. Rose, who is also a mountain biker, has big plans for the future, too: Ironman Louisville, Kentucky in October 2017. (She's been swimming in the pool a lot lately and is killing it!) No matter where you're at in your own running journey, hearing this 53-year-old talk about how running alleviated stress in her life and her favorite kinds of adventures (and what she's learned along the way) is sure to inspire. It's also a reminder that no matter how old we are, it's always a good time to give running a try! 

 

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Heather Johnson Durocher
Writer/Editor/Publisher/Podcast Host
Michigan Runner Girl ~ In a state of motion
 
Dec 10, 2016
When you're a runner, injuries can happen. You might be injured now (we feel your pain, physically and mentally!) or you may have been injured in the past and know all too well what it's like to be sidelined for awhile. In this episode from the archives, Heather talks with Suttons Bay runner Krista Scott, a physical therapist, and Dena Johnson, a certified athletic trainer, about common runner injuries -- why they happen and what we can do to treat them. Dena, who was training for her first Boston Marathon at the time of this recording, has 20 years experience in the outpatient physical therapy setting. She is the clinic director at ATI Physical Therapy Traverse City West and the Running Institute. Krista, a former competitive swimmer and three-time Boston Marathon finisher, is a physical therapist and former clinic director for ATI Physical Therapy in Suttons Bay. All three women talk about different aches and pains they've dealt with throughout their running journeys, and also what has helped them get back out on the roads and trails. ATI Physical Therapy is a nationwide physical therapy business with locations throughout Michigan.

 

Dec 3, 2016
You may know of Epic Races, the Ann Arbor-based race management company, for their well-known Detroit Women's Half Marathon, 10K and 5K on Belle Isle each September and Tri Goddess Tri, a beginner-friendly triathlon held at Waterloo Recreation Area in June. But did you know this company also is behind a slew of southern Michigan road, bike, swim and ski races that take place throughout the year? Eva Solomon, who founded Epic Races in 2008 (Tri Goddess Tri was the inaugural event, held for the first time in 2009), joins Heather on the show to talk about the numerous events Epic Races is helping put on in the coming year. The timing of their conversation aligns with online registration opening this very week for 2017 races. You'll learn all about Epic Races' larger, more well-known races (how they've changed over the years, what's to come in the new year) and also details on races like the Frosty Ski Fest Weekend in January in Brighton, Swim to the Moon 5K and 10K in August, the Waterloo Gravel Road Race in March and several others. Eva also shares what's been going on with her own personal running and athletic pursuits (she opens up about a long-standing injury and how she's coping), and what she's looking to accomplish in 2017. 
 
Link: epicraces.com 

 

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