Olympian Carrie Tollefson on Why Runners Are So Awesome

Feeling grateful for our running community doesn’t begin to describe how I feel. Running has brought so much to my life and I know that if you are reading this – you’ve gained a lot from it too.

Carrie Tollefson

Take a moment to reflect. Have you been able to accomplish things you didn’t think were possible through running? Have you pushed up against and beyond your limits? Have you met a friend through running, or maybe even your partner? Have you been part of a supportive community who encouraged you through the highs and lows?

I hope you answered “yes” to at least one of those. It’s quite certain that if you’re a runner, you benefit in ways far beyond cardiovascular fitness.

As we all find ourselves in these uncertain times, I want to offer a lighthearted and uplifting conversation that is sure to get you stoked. Today’s guest has been performing at the highest levels of the sport since an early age and still has so much passion for running – it’s contagious!

Olympian Carrie Tollefson and her LOVE for the Sport

Our guest is none other than 2004 Olympian Carrie Tollefson. You might recognize her as a 3-time national champion, or the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, or maybe you’ve just seen her on TV a lot. She’s been a broadcaster for years, having commentated on races for ESPN, NBC, ABC, and USATF TV. Her commentary has appeared in numerous world class races from the Boston Marathon to Footlocker Nationals, to the Tokyo Marathon. 

In our conversation, you’ll hear about her many accomplishments in the sport. But beyond those, she’s a very engaged member of the running community and an active mom of 3 kids.

We discuss what us recreational runners can learn from the pros and her advice to new runners on how they can become more involved in the running community. She also shares her experience about the advantages of long and short runs, depending on where you are at in your running career.

I hope you’ll come away as pumped as I was after this podcast. Here’s a preview and check out the full episode below!


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PATH Projects continues to be a great supporter of this podcast! I’m grateful for their partnership and want to share more about their products that I’ve been loving because they so durable and comfortable.

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In particular, I’ve just started wearing their 3” Sykes shorts and they’re a little different from the 5” Sykes shorts (you can see those in action here). The material is thinner and lighter, which is perfect in a performance short, and they’re obviously shorter. I’m not sure if my wife thinks they’re too scandalous or loves them, but I’m wearing them constantly.

PATH uses new technical fabrics, like the Japanese fiber called Toray Primeflex, to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner’s World’s 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.

You know you’ll be wearing the best when you select PATH Projects!

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