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). I recently published a book sharing my story. If you or someone you know is trying to get their period back, Overcoming Amenorrhea has EVERYTHING I learned.
In 2017, I was honored to be chosen as one of 21 women changing the running world by Women’s Running Magazine, and in 2018 I was the first runner with a jogging stroller (and baby) to be featured on a Fitness Magazine, where I was the Women’s Running UK cover star.
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 Dean Karnazes, Kara Goucher, Sally Bergesen, Guy Winch, Phil Maffetone, and Siri Lindley.
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?