Runner, mom, fan of craft beer, wine, and traveling — this is how blogger Emily White describes herself on her Instagram account, where she shares her love of movement, racing (23 Ragnar Relays and counting!), and staying connected with the many friends she’s made throughout her running journey.
Emily, who grew up in Flint, Mich., has a deep love of northern Michigan, and now lives with her husband and their teenage son in Arizona, joins me on the podcast to talk about her evolving relationship with running, dealing with injuries and getting older, her passion for all things Ragnar, life during the pandemic (both she and her husband were furloughed), starting a new job at the beginning of this year, and what she’s most looking forward to in 2021.
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“Over the last year, I have alternated back and forth between different injuries — and still have an IT band/hip injury that I’m dealing with. During the pandemic, I haven’t felt like I have been missing out on much, since there weren’t any races or racecations for me to attend. But now, as things are opening back up, I’m trying to fall back into my old routine of running a few half marathons a year (and lots of ragnars!), and honestly don’t know if it is realistic … I fear that some of that may be behind me. I used to have a 50 state goal where I wanted to run a half (or full) in each state. I’m only at 16 states right now and see very little chance of ever achieving it, now that my body is reacting this way.”
Emily and I got to know each other through the Michigan Runner Girl community and Ragnar Michigan, the latter of which we did together as part of Team MRG a couple of years ago. During our conversation, we talk about the similarities in our evolving running journeys and talk about the hope we’re both feeling at this point of the pandemic and as life starts to return to some semblance of normalcy.
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