In the five years since starting Michigan Runner Girl, I’ve discovered new places to run, different races to try, and made connections with runners throughout Michigan. It’s been an incredible ride.

I especially enjoy sharing running information with all of you. It’s been motivating to share my running journey — and the journeys of other Michigan runners — here on this site and also across social media, particularly Facebook and Instagram. Today, I’m excited to share an exciting new way of connecting Michigan runners: the Michigan Runner Girl Podcast.

This weekly show will dive into the Michigan running landscape — and I say landscape because we live in the most beautiful place on Earth and we get to run here! Each episode will highlight the running routes and races we all love and the events we can’t wait to try. I’ll interview runners and race directors and health/wellness/fitness experts, too. My goal is to inspire, educate and entertain listeners, whether you’re tuning in during a long run or catching an episode while driving to work or cooking in your kitchen.

To kick things off, the first episode features a closer look at this summer’s Grand Island Trail Marathon and Half Marathon in Munising. Three of my best running friends — Pam Carrigan, Erin Henshaw and Katie Kearney — join me in the studio to talk about our experience camping with our families and running this race together a few weeks ago. Also in this episode: my interview with race director Jeff Crumbaugh, of Great Lakes Endurance. He talks about the Grand Island race as well as the other trail running events Great Lakes Endurance puts on each year throughout the Upper Peninsula, northern lower peninsula and Wisconsin.

Some of you may be familiar with podcasts — there are so many great ones to listen to nowadays. If, however, you’re not quite sure what this podcast business is all about, you’re definitely not alone. Here’s the thing: podcasts are essentially on-demand radio shows. They’re easy to access, they’re FREE, and you’re bound to find shows that will speak to you. I’m hoping the Michigan Runner Girl Podcast becomes one of those for you.

Within the next couple of days you’ll be able to access the Michigan Runner Girl Podcast on iTunes (if you have an iPhone or iPad) and on Stitcher, if you have an Android device. Search for ‘Michigan Runner Girl’ and download episodes to your device. You can also subscribe, for free, to the show, which means new episodes will automatically download to your device when they become available.

If you have any questions, please contact me! I also welcome feedback and helpful critiques. I want to create the very best podcast about all things running in Michigan.

To hear this first episode — Race Weekend on Grand Island — please click on the audio player in this post. Thank you for tuning in!

A special thanks to Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out his work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show he produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

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