My name is Tina Muir, and I am a Great Britain Olympic hopeful and professional runner, but right now, I am getting used to my new life as a mother to my daughter, Bailey Grace.
My journey to this moment was kind of unique, but not because it doesn’t happen this way for runners of every level, but because I was the first person to really speak out about my 9 year battle with amenorrhea (no periods).
In 2017, I was honored to be chosen as one of 21 women changing the running world by Women’s Running Magazine.
For those of you who are interested, my PRs are 16:08 (5k), 33:24 (10k), 1:13 (Half Marathon), and 2:36 in the (Marathon).
In April 2017, I created Running for Real as a business, podcast, and community. I hope you will consider joining us (for free) as a Running for Real Superstar, where we use social media as a place for runners to foster a healthy mindset around running and training, no matter what level, speed, or experience. It is the most wonderful place, and I am sure you will love it!
The Running for Real Podcast launched in in April 2017, and has grown a lot, with some big guests like Sally Bergesen, Emma Coburn, Phil Maffetone, and Steve Jones.
In January 2018, the Running for Real Podcast Series launched, where you will get 5-6 hours with 6-7 interviews on a specific topic; mental toughness training, coming back from injuries, marathon training, running for beginners, running nutrition, and pregnancy/postpartum running. If you are interested in these topics find out more about the series here.
Now, my friend, I want you to remind you of something:
You are so much more than a runner. I had to learn this the hard way, as my identity was so tangled up in being an elite runner, but you are a wonderful, beautiful person for who you ARE, not what you do. Be Brave! Be Strong! Be You!
I promise you that I will be real with you, even if it means showing weakness or vulnerability. I may have run fast, but I am not as different to you as you might think?