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Rebecca Tracy Running as Part of the Oiselle Team

Rebecca Tracy Finds a Balance Between Racing and Studying


You’d be forgiven if you thought that Rebecca Tracy might be burning the candle at both ends as she chases an Olympic dream while going through the wringer called med school.

But after talking to her, I think you could make a pretty strong argument that pursuing both demanding passions actually helps her stay balanced and focused one the current task at hand.

Rebecca Tracy Running as Part of the Oiselle Team

Rebecca Tracy Running as Part of the Oiselle Team

Rebecca’s Love of the Mile Runs Deep

Rebecca will be competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials for the 1500m distance, and her fondness for the history of racing the mile was made clear from the start. Read more

Anna Weber

Anna Weber Made a Difficult Choice That Has Paid Off In Spades


For Anna Weber, making the choice between running and pursuing higher education was a difficult one, but since focusing specifically on running she has definitely taken her career to the next level.

Anna Weber

Anna Weber

A Busy 16 Months

Anna has run a lot of marathons in the last 16 months!

Many of the elites that I’ve talked to in the past few years have said that they only race 1-2 marathons per year because of the wear and tear it takes on their bodies, Anna has raced the marathon distance 4 times between October 2014 and February 2016!

The reason for all of this racing was simple: 2016 is an Olympic year and she really wanted to qualify for the Olympic trials. Read more

Melinda Howard-Runner

Melinda Howard Started Running to Help Lose Weight, and Boy Has She Ever!


Melinda Howard is one of those runners who has seen a dramatic change in her life since she started running.

Melinda Howard

Melinda Howard

How dramatic? How’s 170 pounds of weight loss for dramatic?

Pretty dramatic if you ask me…

How Did Melinda Howard Lose 170 lbs?

Melinda wasn’t always at a point where losing 170 lbs. would have been considered healthy.

In fact, before moving to Colorado and getting sick, she was a trim and fit personal trainer!

But in Colorado, she was put on serval medications and at her heaviest she was tipping the scales at 275 lbs. Now, that’s a lot of weight for anyone, let alone for a woman that is 4′ 11″ tall! Read more

Becki Spellman in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

Becki Spellman is Still Going Strong After 20 Years of Competitive Running


On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joining 3 time Olympic Trials qualifier Becki Spellman for a few easy miles!

Becki Spellman in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

Becki Spellman in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

In addition to being an elite distance runner, Becki is also a wife and mother of twins that runs as part of the Oiselle Haute Volee team.

Even though she has seen most of her professional success as a pro at the marathon distance, her favorite race distance is actually quite a bit shorter: 3,000 meters.

Her love of the shorter distance goes back to her college days of racing the mile and the steeple chase, and even though she doesn’t get to race that type of distance much anymore, she still loves running the “shorter” stuff.

Exercise physiologist Matt Woods talked with her while she was working in a running store, and after running some tests on her (including a VO2max test), he was able to convince her to start running some longer distances events.

It’s easy to see that she made the right choice in going long.


Today’s Episode is Sponsored By: Running With the Bears

Today's Sponsor: Running With the Bears


As with many of us, running the longer races has almost been as much of a struggle mentally as it has been physically for Becki. Read more

Melissa Gacek

Melissa Gacek Has Set the Bar High in All Areas of Her Life


Melissa Gacek excels in running and many other areas of life as well.

Melissa Gacek

Melissa Gacek

In addition to being a member of the Oiselle Haute Volee team of runners, Melissa is also a mom, wife, and successful entrepreneur.

Melissa has qualified for the Olympic Trials twice, finished in the top 10 in a handful of pretty popular marathons (including a couple of wins), and was an All-American in college.

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

Here are some of the highlights from my run with Melissa Gacek. Read more