Joining us live from Beacon, New York last weekend was Mary Cain. We gathered at Tracksmith’s Outpost in Beacon, where they’re set up for the summer. After a trail run up Mount Beacon on Sunday, we had a BBQ in the back yard of the Outpost and got to listen to Tina and Mary have this conversation.

In this conversation with Mary, we go beyond touching on her Nike Oregon Project experience and her New York Time Article, I was the Fastest Girl in America Until I joined Nike. We get to learn from Mary about how she found a new relationship with running and how we can all be a little gentler on ourselves. We hear about her new non-profit, Atlalanta NYC that she’s launching, while working with Tracksmith and the New York Road Runners. We hear Mary’s wise wisdom on life, the future of running, and being yourself. 

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In this episode we cover…
  • Atlalanta NYC, Mary’s latest creation– the first professional team in New York City. It’s the first of it’s kind doing community service work within the broader New York City area,  serving as mentors to younger female girls and  bringing on a team of professional women to help make the sport a better place for everybody. 
  • Outcome-based models of success versus growth-based models of success. Thinking about our lives and running with a growth mindset instead of being attached to an outcome allows us to blossom as individuals. 
  • On the importance of being okay with change. “It’s okay for things to change with time. We’re all learning, we’re all growing in, our society is changing with time. Change is a really beautiful and  positive thing and growth should never be treated as a dangerous thing.”
  • Her analogy of pretending to run with an egg in your hand will help you feel more relaxed and help you be a better runner. The more you hold on tight and clench your fist, the more likely you’re going to break and burn out early. She shares the key is to relax and hold it gently for the majority of your race, then on the last 400 meters you can drop the egg and finish strong. 
Mary’s interview was so special in that it was such an intimate atmosphere for a live podcast and she really embodies what Running for Real stands for, being real and being yourself. 


Thank you to Tracksmith, Picky Bars, and Beam for sponsoring this episode.

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