Lately I’ve been listening to a whole lotta Sophia Amoruso on Girl Boss Radio. I’ve also been feeling extraordinarily inspired by a handful of women and I want the whole world to know them. When I first sat down to write this, I titled it “5 Girl Bosses You Need to Know” not even realizing that they all have something in common: they’re runners. It wasn’t even intentional although it would seem so because this is a running blog, after all.
Runners are special people – gritty, determined, self motivated and tough – and these women are no exception. They fuel my fire in a big way. I was introduced to several of these girl bosses through podcasts (obsessed, I know), and I’ve linked to the episodes where I first discovered them so you can fall in love, too. I actually got goosebumps as I typed their little blurbs down below because their badassery is so beyond inspiring.
Some of these girls are no-brainers and you likely already know them while others may be new to you. I’m happy to introduce you to this group of women who will knock your socks off.
1 | Robin Arzon
Robin is a corporate lawyer turned Ambassador of Sweat, running coach, cycling instructor, ultra-marathoner and founder of Undo Magazine. She once ran 5 marathons in 5 days across Utah. Her energy is off the charts and her instagram serves as my daily run-spiration.
When the below Adidas commercial aired during the Superbowl, I was freaking out. It was like watching one of your friends suddenly appear on TV.
She recently came out with a book, Shut Up & Run, where she shares training plans, tips for getting started and her story of being held at gun point in NYC. I’ll be giving away a copy in the coming week – stay tuned!
Listen: The Rich Roll Podcast, Episode #99
Just like Robin, I’ve been obsessed with Kristina ever since hearing her interview on Rich Roll’s podcast. Her story is INCREDIBLE. For most of her young adult life, Kristina was in and out of hospitals, constantly sick, hyperglycemic, low on energy and losing hope that she could ever feel normal. She weighed less than 80 pounds and wasn’t getting better until she had a random encounter with a man at Whole Foods who recommended a raw diet. This radically changed the trajectory of her life.
She owns a co-op in Texas called Rawfully Organic, has a wildly popular YouTube channel with almost a million subscribers (and almost 1 million followers on Instagram), and she just came out with a book, The Fully Raw Diet.
I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I had the chance last week to go for a run along the harbor and enjoy a raw happy hour with Kristina the day before her big book signing event in San Diego. Her event drew hundreds of adoring fans and I was fortunate enough to get that time with her before the madness. She is even more vibrant in person and she just radiates warmth and health. I am seriously so honored I got to spend a couple hours with this sensational woman.
Kristina runs nearly every day for her mental well-being and while she’s run the marathon distance, she hasn’t run an official race because that is not why she runs. Running is a time of quiet, endorphin inducing introspection.
Listen: The Rich Roll Podcast, Episode #156
3 | Beth Gerdes
I have been following Beth’s journey since I first moved to San Diego in 2009, a year after she’d done her first triathlon. She was a talented triathlete but still worked a full-time job and led a totally normal life. Now she’s a pro who travels the world for races with her handsome pro triathlete husband Luke McKenzie and their daughter Wynne. They’re the most beautiful power couple ever. She lives half the time right here in Encinitas (about 5 miles from me) and the other half, in Australia.
Beth began racing triathlon professionally in 2012 and took a hiatus in 2014 to give birth to her adorable daughter, Wynne. She did an Ironman just four months postpartum (holy ROCKSTAR!) and then she went on to WIN Ironman Switzerland in 2015 – yes, you read that right. She took first place just a year after having a child. She runs a sub-3 hour marathon in an Ironman, you guys. I can’t even handle it.
Sheri and I ran into her while running along the coast a couple weeks ago and we stopped and said hello and she said, “Are you Kate?” I almost died. She follows me on Instagram and the fact that she knew who I was just made my whole month. I was starstruck and immediately wanted to crush the rest of our run.
Listen: Endurance Planet, Developing a Killer Run, Postpartum Ironman Success, and More
4 | Lauren Fleshman
Lauren has been a runner since she was 13 years old and has won state championships, NCAA titles, USA Championships and finished as high as 7th in the World so far. She’s 34, a mom, a business owner at Picky Bars, and the wife of a pro triathlete. She lives a very full, experience-seeking life. Her plan is to compete professionally for as long as her heart is in it, beat a bunch of people, try to set personal bests, and have a hell of a good time doing it and writing about it on her blog, Ask Lauren Fleshman. She keeps it real and she’s super deep, special kind of soul – I love her outlook on life.
I just recently started using Lauren’s Believe I Am training journal, and it has amplified my excitement for running. As a Run Coach myself, it’s nice to have encouragement, tips and guidance from another coach and she provides all that in her training journal.
Listen: Running on Om Podcast, Episode #149
5 | Becky Wade
Becky Wade is a runner for Asics, a 2:30 marathoner, an NCAA All-American runner and she spent a year traveling the globe and studying the way the world runs. During her journey, she met legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, ran at Roger Bannister Track in Oxford and powered up mountains in Switzerland. Twenty-two countries and more than 3,500 miles later, Becky returned to America armed with new techniques and fresh perspective, which she writes about in her book “Run the World,” published by Harper-Collins. Can you imagine having a book published by Harper-Collins at the age of 27? Me neither. #GirlBoss
I will also be giving away a copy of Becky’s book on the blog. 🙂
She learned a ton of lessons through her running travels, and one I found incredibly interesting was basically, Diet Schmiet. “While Americans are quick to swear off bread or whatever food is taboo at the moment, elite runners from Ethiopia and Kenya — the best in the world — have been found to consume between 64 and 76 percent of their calories in carbohydrate form.” In Japan, she fell in love with sushi as a pre-run meal. In Ethiopia, she watched the girls rely on injera crepes, pasta, white potatoes and white rolls. In London, she joined the Kenyans for vegetable stew and Ugali, a cornmeal bread also used as a utensil. Why am I not surprised?
Listen: Running On Om, Episode #18