My guest today is a woman that prioritizes fun in her running above all else.
She is also an author and a run streaker, which are two topics we will surely cover in our chat.
I am looking forward to going a few fun-filled miles with Danielle Radden.
Strengthening Her Self-Image
Prior to running, Danielle was all in on bodybuilding and all that came with it.
Unlike running, the sport of bodybuilding is focused solely on appearance.
Danielle experienced quite a bit of negativity surrounding how she looked and was told that she would never succeed in the sport.
Simultaneously she was also going through a divorce.
At a particularly low point, Danielle’s best friend took her out for a run.
That first run for Danielle lasted only 3 minutes, but she was hooked.
It was freeing for Danielle to focus on how she felt rather than how she looked.
Fun Is a Mindset
Running can often turn into a very goal driven sport.
Danielle made it clear that being dedicated to goals doesn’t mean there is no room for fun.
Having fun doesn’t have to mean smiling and laughing, but it can also refer to being in a state of flow while running.
Fun isn’t an activity, rather it’s a mindset.
Dr. Stuart Brown identified 8 play personalities that Danielle references in her book which include:
As a way to help identify which one you are, it’s helpful to think back to childhood and what you considered fun.
Even if you strongly identify with one personality, Danielle recommends being aware of the other types.
Chasing Her Dreams
Danielle spent many years being a “ghost” writer and writing memoirs for others.
This work left her feeling under recognized and underappreciated without her name being attached to anything.
Danielle is passionate about wanting to teach adults how to have fun.
She found a way to combine her career with her passion by writing a book focused on how to make and keep running fun.
She primarily targets newer runners with her book, but seasoned runners can take away some advice as well.
Her book, “Becoming a Streaker: Fun Ideas to Get You Running,” is a compilation of funny stories based on each play personality.
Danielle is always looking for new ways to add fun into her life, including training for her first triathlon.
In a social media driven world, Danielle has found that others are more impacted by someone’s ability to let go and have fun rather than how they look.
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