In Season Two: Running In A Woman's Body

“I . . . have a firm belief that we’re all capable of tackling big challenges and that lessons from long-distance running can be applied to any enduring and difficult pursuit. I’ve learned so much through these stories that I take into my own running and my everyday life, and I hope you will, too.”

—Strides Forward host, Cherie Turner

Introducing Season 2. The theme of the season is “running in a woman’s body,” and we’ll be focusing on the topics of menopause, RED-s (relative energy deficiency in sport), and pregnancy. These are all experiences that are common to many women runners.

Each episode features one woman’s running journey through a time of bodily change. The season features athletes from around the world and of differing levels of ability and interest. The one common thread is a love of running long distances, marathons and more.

Full Episode Transcript
Hello and welcome. This is Strides Forward, where we tell documentary-style stories about women marathon and ultramarathon runners. Each episode features one woman’s story; each season features a new theme.

But this isn’t a real episode, it’s a trailer for our second season, so I can get you hyped on the theme, tell you a bit about why I make these stories and why I think they’re awesome for anyone looking to strive for more.

Onward: the theme of season two is running in a woman’s body. We’re focusing on three topics that are common for many women runners: menopause, RED-s, and pregnancy. How do women navigate these situations in their running pursuits? We’re kicking things off February 24 with ultra runner Sophie Speidel and her menopause journey episode.

And I’ll be the one taking you through the season. I’m Cherie Turner, the host and creator of Strides Forward, I’m a 51 year old long-distance runner, so I’m in my menopause years. I have a long history as an athlete, and many years ago I raced my bike on a professional team; during that time I had my own experiences with RED-s.

I’m also a storyteller and I love uplifting stories about how other people navigate doing really hard things, so that’s what I focus on here. I also have a firm belief that we’re all capable of tackling big challenges and that lessons from long-distance running can be applied to any enduring and difficult pursuit.

I’ve learned so much through these stories that I take into my own running and my everyday life, and I hope you will too.

Subscribe now so you don’t miss our season 2 launch Feb 24. And in the meantime, listen and share our first season as well as our special standalone bonus episode featuring ultra champion Courtney Dauwalter, where we focus on her problem solving skills and strong mental game.

Until next time, on Feb 24, this is Cherie wishing you satisfying strides forward.

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