Lisa Rivera has a heart for community and it beats with a love of running. She is not only a runner and pacer with Harlem Run, but is a social worker working in child welfare, a veteran, a mentor, and a sponsored athlete with Gu Energy. She reminds us of the importance of surrounding yourself with people and experiences who challenge you and make you a better person. She embodies the ripple effect of bettering yourself and uplifting around you. Even if you don’t notice the changes at first, she talks about the importance of keeping your strength up because you never know who you are inspiring. 
“Trail running, run-walking, hiking. If you’re an athlete, you don’t have to look a certain way. You don’t have to be running by many miles. You are still a freaking athlete and people need to understand that and acknowledge that.”
–Lisa Rivera

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In this episode we cover…
  • What growth means and how we experience it. It could be conversations with friends, a session with a therapist. It could be listening to motivational speeches, listening to a podcast, or having a conversation with a friend. It’s about self-awareness and continuing to evolve into your best and most authentic self. 
  • Lisa’s experience as a run-walker and her encouragement for more people like her to join in on running. “ I want them to see, I look like you too. I am like you, I come from your communities.”
  • She’s running the TransRockies Run in Colorado in August and is doing the three day challenge through Google. She’ll be running her first ultra of 60 miles on the trails. 
  • We learn about the group, Harlem Run and why it’s a great group for strengthening the running community in Harlem. 
  • “The first time with Harlem Run community was just amazing, they stayed with me, I felt seen, I felt heard I felt supported and safe the whole time,” Lisa said. She shared that people there told jokes and gave advice like maybe not running in cotton socks. It was a great experience as a new runner and now is part of her every-week running training. 


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