By the MRG Show team

Moving our bodies. Dealing with anxiety. Finding what inspires us. Cultivating and maintaining family relationships. Tending to our mental health.

These are among the topics Heather and her 21-year-old daughter Emma touch on during this decidedly more personal episode. While Heather has had a wide range of discussions with guests over the past 6 years, many of which took us into the minds and hearts of athletes, race directors, and healthy lifestyle experts, Heather and Emma share personal stories and dive deeper into areas of particular interest to them — and to longtime listeners who have shared with Heather over the years that the episodes that explore these kinds of topics and how others lean into movement to help them navigate life are often the most powerful. 

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Like many businesses and organizations in the past year and half of the pandemic, Michigan Runner Girl was forced to switch gears (no in-person events for awhile meant no race expos or women’s retreats) and reimagine what this community could look like. While we’re all tentatively returning to things we took part in pre-COVID, life of course has forever changed in numerous ways for all of us. What does this mean for MRG? Heather is still thinking this through, though she is excited to keep moving forward and see what unfolds — with the podcast and with the community. What won’t ever change: her hope to keep the conversation going around good health and well-being, staying true to ourselves, running (and all other movement that keeps us looking forward and feeling great), and continually striving to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. 

Emma Heather Gazelle Girl
Heather and Emma running Gazelle Girl in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Mentioned in this episode:

– Tiny Beautiful Things, a book by Cheryl Strayed
– Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, a memoir by Cheryl Strayed
– Tell Me Something True, a podcast with Laura McKowen
– The Man Enough Podcast, with Jamey Heath, Justin Baldoni, and Liz Plank
– Sasha Wolff, founder of Still I Run, a Michigan-based organization focused on defeating the stigma of mental illness


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