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Women of Distance
Devon Yanko and Alison Naney
A podcast about the women of Mountain, Trail, Ultra and Road running worlds. Hosted by Devon Yanko and Alison Naney.
2 days ago
On this week's episode of Women of Distance we sit down with Amy Sproston. We discuss what it's like to run all over the world, shifting priorities with running and racing, and how to stay motivated over decades of running.
Sep 6, 2022
Despite many technical difficulties, we are excited to have Ellie Greenwood join us on the podcast! Ellie Greenwood is one of the best ultra runners of all time in a wide ranging career that span the trails and roads. Ellie is still the course record holder at WS 100 and has won the Comrades marathon as well as two World Championships in the 100k. Was fun to chat with Ellie about some of those performances, the state of the sport, injury and much more!
1 hr 15 min
Aug 9, 2022
On this episode, we are joined by Ultra legend Pam Smith. We had a great time discussing longevity in the sport, how she’s adjusted her goals through the years, and how she’s coping with the ongoing process of aging gracefully. From winning Western States to competing for Team USA on the 100k and 24hr teams, Pam has had an amazing career and has a lot of good perspective on the changing nature of the sport over the years. Enjoy!
1 hr 6 min
Jul 25, 2022
Today we’re talking to Katie Schide, fresh off her recent win at Val D’Aran in the Pyranees. An American pro runner for The North Face and skier living in France, we discuss the differences in being a pro in different countries, her background that ultimately led her overseas, and what she’s most looking forward to this year.
Jul 12, 2022
*This week we are joined by the long distance phenom and Hoka runner Annie Hughes. In her 24 years she’s already made a name for herself by winning the last four races she’s run, including Leadville 100 and most recently, Cocodona 250! We talk about her entry to the sport and what she’s most looking forward to. *
Jun 21, 2022
*This week we’re talking to another multi-sport athlete, Nikki LaRochelle. She’s a skimo racer, mountain runner and biker, mom of two girls, illustrator, and coach. We had a blast talking about ranging topics of pet fish, environmental impacts of FKTs, finding our place in sport and changing goals over time, and running in jeans. *
1 hr 11 min
Jun 7, 2022
*This week we’re joined by La Sportiva runner and registered dietician Maria Dalzot. We dive right in, hearing about her unique approach to nutrition, accessibility to not only sport but also healthy food, creating healthy boundaries with social media, and of course her own running. *
May 10, 2022
Today we sit down with the versatile Rea Kolbl, gymnast turned OCR, skimo, mountain bike, and adventure racer, among other things. Rea is on the US skimo team and explains what the heck the sport is, why it fires her up, and how being patient in a sport pays off.
Apr 26, 2022
This week, we chat with Clare Gallagher. Does she need an introduction? We think not. Clare is an accomplished ultra-runner, with wins that include UTMB's CCC 100k, Leadville 100 mile and Western States 100 mile. We discuss not only her life as a runner and finding ultra running, but also how to choose the authentic path and continually find joy and gratitude in the process. We also go deep with Clare about her environmental advocacy and have some real talk about what each of us can do to help make the world a better place.
Apr 12, 2022
Devon and Alison Catch-up End of Winter Edition
Today we talk to each other! Devon and Alison chat about all things racing including Umstead and the DY DIY Slam, choosing authentic goals and setting expectations and more. Enjoy!
Mar 29, 2022
*On this episode, we chat with Anne-Marie Madden who recently punched her ticket to Western States 100 at Black Canyon 100km, where she finished 3rd. Anne-Marie is a Canadian ultrarunner who is no stranger to the podium and has been racing ultras for over 8 years. We cover so many topics in this fun conversation including how she finds time to train as a busy doctor and dive into the complex topic of growth in the sport. *
1 hr 19 min
Mar 8, 2022
*We had the pleasure of sitting down with Sabrina Little, philosopher and ultrarunner, among other things. In this episode we hear how Sabrina got into marathons at the ripe age of eight and how that set the stage for her ultrarunning career. We dive into how she integrates running into her larger role as a philosopher, and how the growth of the sport requires self-reflection and big questions. Check out the article she wrote about the topic **here**.*
Feb 20, 2022
*This week we’re graced with the delightfully enthusiastic and talented Katie Asmuth. We discuss how adding running to an already very full life made everything better, her rise in the sport including her 2021 win at Bandera 100k, and how she balances it all, seemingly with the best attitude possible.*
1 hr 12 min
Feb 15, 2022
*In this episode we get to know Ellie Pell, Beast Coast runner of all kinds. We talk about what happens when you limit yourself to one kind of running, and when you let go of preconceived notions. Ellie tells us about how she transitioned from ball sports to running, to the Olympic Trials, and now to winning a golden ticket and tackling her first 100 at Western States 100. You can find out more about her on her website https://www.elliepell.com.*
1 hr 6 min
Feb 1, 2022
*This week on WOD we chat with Nike runner and 2021 #4 Ultrarunner in the country, Brittany Peterson. We discuss her entry and rise in the sport, finding variety over time, and how she balances the many aspects of her life. We also delve into the QUARTZ topic, and what it will mean for athletes and races. *
1 hr 11 min
Jan 18, 2022
*Welcome back to Women of Distance, Season 2. In this episode we sit down with Sarah Cummings. Sarah recently won the prestigious JFK 50 miler in the 3rd fastest time in the race’s history. She was just named the #5 Ultrarunner of the Year 2021 after an impressive season. We discuss with Sarah her early career as a figure skater, how she got into running, her collegiate/professional road careers and a nearly career ending injury. We loved catching up with Sarah and know you will enjoy getting to know her!*
1 hr 1 min
Oct 4, 2021
*In this episode, we sit down with woman of many hats, Addie Bracy, who literally wrote the book on mental training. She doles out a wealth of knowledge about mental training and performance, how she used a new mindset to win Run Rabbit Run 100, and also delves into how she’s increasing diversity in the larger running community, through her organization OutRun, and evolving our sport for the good. *
1 hr 8 min
Sep 22, 2021
In this episode we sit down with recent UTMB champion and course record holder, Courtney Dauwalter. Courtney is one of the most dominant ultrarunners on the scene right now and so we dig into how she handles and leverages failure, the mental game of ultrarunning, and basically try to glean some of her positivity and wisdom into our own running. Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min
Sep 9, 2021
Alison and Devon Catch up!
We're back! After a summer of craziness including injury, wildfire galore, kids, and another big change (ha-we saved it for the end, so you need to listen to learn what!), Devon and Alison catch up on life. They get into the mindset around injury, listening (or not) to different narratives, 100 mile training, and what to expect from the podcast moving forward.
Aug 24, 2021
Zoe Rom is not just a trail and ultra runner, she is very involved in the outdoor space beyond that. She is writer and journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of Trail Runner magazine, host of the DNF podcast and an outspoken advocate for environmental and social justice. In this episode we not only dive into Zoe's running and career, but navigating tough conversations in the sport and standing up for progress and necessary change.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 9, 2021
Kriste Peoples is a trail runner, writer, media producer, speaker, organizer, coach, board member of the ATRA, founder of Black Women’s Alliance (BWA) of Denver. She's also just a ray of sunshine and we had an absolute blast talking with her about her lifelong love of the outdoors, her community involvement and where change is necessary in our sport. Enjoy!
1 hr 18 min
Jul 23, 2021
Most people know Meghan Hicks as the managing editor of the awesome IRunFar, but as we dive into in this episode, she is also an amazing athlete, super competitor and one driven human being. It was fun to have her on the other side of the mic for a change and get to know her better! Cover photo credit to Eszter Horanyi. Meghan in front with past guest Maggie Gutterl (middle) and Melissa Beaury (back) in the San Juan Mountains.
1 hr 15 min
Jun 17, 2021
In this episode, we talk to Abby Hall who is an ultra/trail athlete who runs professionally for Adidas Terrex. We dive deep into the mental side of ultra running and important lessons Abby has learned along the way including learning to embrace/reframe failure and understand the expectations we place on ourselves. Abby recently came in second at the Canyons 100km and is just over a week away from racing Western States 100 mile. We also talk about her Nuumu Poyo (John Muir Trail) FKT attempts including last years unsupported attempt in which she ran the 2nd fastest time ever!
1 hr 8 min
Jun 10, 2021
In this episode, we interview Olivia Amber who is a trail and ultra athlete for Salomon North America. We discuss Olivia's career as a cross-country skier and how she got into ultra running. We get into the races she's taken on, how those experiences have shaped her goals and finding out what works best for her to be her best.
1 hr 27 min
May 27, 2021
*Maggie Guterl comes to the podcast fresh off her win at the Cocodona 250 mile race. In this episode we discuss her history in the sport, how she got into doing loop and last person standing races, and how to keep progressing our sport. Cover photo by * David Wilson.
May 20, 2021
Stefanie Flippin is a trail/ultra/road runner that recently won the USATF 100 mile road championships in course record time. In this episode we get to know Stefanie and marvel at how she went from picking up ultrarunning while in med school as a casual thing to winning a national championship; all while working as a DPM, co-owning her own clinic, as well as working as a coach. Stefanie also shares with us her experiences being an Asian-American runner and how interactions over the last year have affected her and her running.
May 13, 2021
*Corrine Malcolm is a science writer, professional Adidas runner, and coach with **CTS**. She came to the sport via Nordic skiing, and in the episode we talk about what it’s like to train with World Cup skiers many years older, overtraininig, coaching and youth development, and her awesome TRT FKT that she set last year. *
1 hr 11 min
May 6, 2021
*Carla is a UK ultrarunner and coach, who runs for HOKA One one. Among other things, Carla hold the World Record for the LEJOG route across the UK, in 12 days 30 min. And 14 sec.! In this episode, we dive into running exorbitant mileage, going after things that sound daunting, fell running, and cheese rolling. Carla can be found on Instagram @carlamolinaro or through her **websit**e. * *Links:* *What is cheese rolling, you ask**?* *LEJOG** route*
Apr 29, 2021
*Yiou Wang is a bay area ultrarunner for Under Armour. In this episode we talk about how she got into the sport after hating running growing up, her transition from roads to trails, and then moving from 50 milers into 100s. Finally, we discuss how to get more women and women of color involved in running. *
1 hr 4 min
Apr 29, 2021
*Krissy Moehl has been in the forefront of ultrarunning since she began in 2000! In this episode we go down memory lane a bit, and talk about how she’s evolved in the sport. We discuss her longevity with running, her coaching career, and her experience as a race director in the time of Covid. * *Link to **Ted talk* *Link to **Chuckanut* *Link to **book*
1 hr 6 min
Apr 15, 2021
*Amy Leedham is a Solomon sponsored trail and ultrarunner, and now a mother to an 8-month old. In this episode, we discuss how expectations of both pregnancy and having children can vary from reality, and the challenges that arise from that, including returning to sport at an elite level. *
Apr 15, 2021
*Keely Henniger is a Nike sponsored trail and ultrarunner, who lives and trains in Oregon. In this episode we dive into how she got into the sport, and how body image plays into our long-term visions of ourselves. Keely wrote on this topic **here**. *
Apr 1, 2021
*In this episode we jump right in with Larissa as she explained her transition from working non-stop in the NYC finance world to running a half-marathon, to moving across the country and working at a little startup called Strava, where she’s now a senior marketing manager spearheading their access and equity initiatives. Along the way, she and her husband started **San Francisco Running Company**, cementing her into the Northern California trail scene. * *She discusses getting after her personal running goals while also working full-time, and raising three children, and moving to Colorado right before a pandemic. Find her on IG @larissa3963 and strava **https://www.strava.com/athletes/192983?oq=lari*
Apr 1, 2021
*Courtney runs professionally for **Hoka OneOne** and started **Bellingham Distance Project**, an elite racing team in Washington of which she’s a part. Courtney is fast with everything, including her progression in ultrarunning, which started at the world championships. Plan on seeing more of Courtney in the years to come. * * Find her on IG @courtneymarieolsen!*
Apr 1, 2021
*Amelia is an attorney, ultrarunner, and obstacle course racer. In this episode we discuss her transition to ultras, dealing with injury, body image, and mental health, a topic she’s increasingly bringing to the forefront. She has an **awesome website** where you can find out about her many accomplishments, and read her thoughtful and thought provoking blog posts. * *Find her on IG at @arboone11 or Twitter @ameliaboone*
Mar 12, 2021
Episode 1: Introducing Women of Distance
Welcome to our podcast! In this episode, Alison and Devon dive into who they are, what this podcast is all about and what we are looking forward to sharing with you in future episodes!