It’s a new year (welcome to the first MRG show of 2018!) and you just may have a big goal race on your race calendar this year. Maybe you’re going to tackle your first half marathon. Or you’ve decided to see what you’ve got in the marathon distance. On this latest episode, I chat with three Michigan runners (one of them a longtime coach) about the allure of distance running and racing. {To listen to the show, click on the player at the top of this post, or listen using your favorite podcast app}

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen and Candice Hamel both began running within the past four or so years. While their stories are quite different — Eric, who lost 100 pounds through running, has taken on just about every distance plus ventured into triathlon and finished an Ironman, while Candice has found a love for half marathons and acknowledges she’s felt reluctant to say the words ‘I am a runner’ — they both share how the sport and the friendships they’ve formed through running have been life-changing.

Candice Hamel

Eric and Candice both are members of the Traverse City Track Club and are serving as mentors in a newer training program — Bayshore and More Training Program — offered through this northern Michigan running and walking club. Lisa Taylor, who has been on the show several times in the past, joins the conversation and offers her racing and training insight as a longtime coach, runner, and executive director of the Traverse City Track Club.

Lisa Taylor

During this show I also share my own marathon training plans for 2018 — I am about to begin training for my 5th Bayshore Marathon (9th marathon overall) with my daughter Emma, a senior in high school, who is taking on her very first 26.2. An upcoming episode will highlight our training plans (and our new YouTube Channel, which you can check out here »)

Listen in to get inspired about running and racing in 2018 — no matter your distance or goal. These runners will definitely leave you feeling motivated to make 2018 your best running year yet.

*If you enjoy what you’re hearing on the Michigan Runner Girl show, I’d be so grateful if you’d take a few moments to write a review on iTunes. This will help more runners and Michigan lovers like yourself find the podcasts. Thank you!! Also, the quickest way to get the podcasts is to subscribe to the show via iTunes. Clicking this link will automatically download the shows to your iTunes account. 


The Michigan Runner Girl Show is made possible in part by the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

 If you enjoy what you’re hearing on the Michigan Runner Girl show, we’d be so grateful if you’d take a few moments to write a review on iTunes. This will help more runners and Michigan lovers like yourself find the podcasts. Thank you!! Also, the quickest way to get the podcasts is to subscribe to the show via iTunes or via Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. 

A special thanks to Mike Moran, Mike Youker and Jonny Tornga of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out this studio’s work here.

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