Today I’m joining coach, mom, wife, and podcast host Lindsey Hein for a few easy miles.
Like me, Lindsey is a fan of the marathon for a reason that is convoluted to say the least.
Neither of us particularly enjoy the shorter races, but with the marathon we both enjoy the longer distances and being able to have fun for 15-18 miles before the hurting starts.
Never mind that we will then be hurting for 8-10 miles instead of the 3.1 miles of the 5k, which we both agree is simply miserable from start to finish.
Lindsey Hein Has Always Been an Athlete
Lindsey participated in a number of different sports when she was younger, and she started running in high school after her friend convinced her to go out for the cross country team–peer pressure for the win!
She wasn’t one of the top runners in her school, but she was good enough to run on the varsity team and to be competitive in meets.
But after college, she started to take running a little more seriously.
Overcoming Race Day Nerves
One of the things that Lindsey has dealt with since her high school days are race day nerves.
Now on one hand, a little bit of nerves before a competition can be a good thing. But being too nervous can negatively impact your race.
One of the ways that Lindsey keeps her nerves in check is to try to keep things in perspective.
At the end of the day, her race is just a race. Even though she wants to run hard and see her training pay off, it’s still just a race.
Keeping things in perspective isn’t always easy, but if you can, it can be a great way to keep the nerves at bay.
A Case of Plantar Fasciitis Gone Wrong
In my previous life as an athletic trainer, I’ve probably worked with over a 100 cases of plantar fasciitis.
One of the athletic trainer jokes was that if you had a really bad case of plantar fasciitis, all you needed to do was jump down off of a ledge, tear the plantar fascia, and that would get rid of your plantar fasciitis.
But as Lindsey shared, tearing your plantar fascia is no laughing matter!
As many runners know, plantar fasciitis is a running injury that ranges from a minor pain in the ass to a sharp pain. But with a torn plantar fascia, Lindsey literally couldn’t run for 12 weeks.
She’s finally on her way back from this issue, thankfully, and hopefully will be back to full speed soon.
Today’s Episode is Sponsored by the Running With the Bears Marathon, Half, and 10k
Lindsey’s Boston Experiences
Lindsey has run the Boston Marathon a couple of times (2009 & 2014), so I had to ask her about her experience at the race that I can’t wait to run one day.
In her experience, Boston is a great race to run but not so great to race.
In addition to the hilly course, the logistics of the race also makes it a little difficult to really race. We all have our pre-race routine, and very rarely does that routine involve a 10 am start after hanging out in the athlete’s village for more than a few hours.
Spectating and Partying at Local Race
As runners, we all appreciate the folks that come out to watch and cheer for local races.
The course for the Monumental Half Marathon runs right in front of Lindsey’s house, and this year her and her husband decided to throw a little race day party, complete with PBR and mimosas!
They got the neighbors involved as well, and the runners definitely drank all of the beer during the race!
Seriously, I need Lindsey to set up shop at my next race. PBR all around!
Starting a Podcast
Lindsey recently launched her own podcast, I’ll Have Another.
On her show, she talks with her guests about running and a whole lot of other random topics.
Sounds like another podcast I’m somewhat familiar with…
Lindsey was somewhat surprised at how difficult the tech side launching a podcast can be. In the past, she’s often relied on her husband to help her with some of the tech things in her life, but the podcast has been 100% her baby.
When it came to naming her show, Lindsey really struggled with finding the right name for her show.
She didn’t want the show title to be tied to running, and she was going around and around with friends and her sisters trying to come up with the right name for her show.
In the end, she went with I’ll Have Another because of the flexibility of the name.
- I’ll Have Another Mile
- I’ll Have Another Glass of Wine
- I’ll Have Another Episode of the Bachelor
For Lindsey and what she ultimately wants her show to become, I’ll Have Another is definitely the perfect name!
Lindsey’s biggest goal in terms of time is to break the 3 hour mark in the marathon.
She also wants to continue to have fun as a runner, which I think is an important goal for all of us to keep in mind.
She’d also like to run a marathon while pushing a stroller, and as a mom of two she has plenty of experience with stroller running! She’s currently a double stroller pro, but for her marathon she’s pretty sure she will stick to “only” running with a single!
She’s also got her sights set on an ultra, specifically a 50 miler, so clearly she’s a bit crazy!
If you haven’t done so already, I’d definitely encourage you to connect with Lindsey. Check out her website, find her on Twitter and/or Instagram, and give her podcast a listen, you definitely won’t be disappointed!
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