It’s never been more clear how disconnected we are with ourselves. An exploration of using running as a means to more deeply understand oneself, and how spirituality, introspection, and social justice intersect.

First, through the storytelling of Shaun Martin and how the Navajo have used running as a form of prayer for many, many years. Second, a discussion focused on the intersection of spirituality, introspection, and social justice with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh. Third, a breakdown and call to action on how the listener can take immediate next steps on being an active participant in helping oneself use running as a form of inner connectedness, to be tackle difficult subjects in the running sphere. Finally, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Tianna Bartoletta leads the listener through a breathing and meditative exercise.

Meet the guests:

Shaun Martin

  • The athletic director at Chinle High School
  • Founder and race director of the Canyon de Chelly Ultramarathon
  • Ultramarathoner

Simran Jeet Singh

Calls to action:

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A special thank you to Sanjay Rawal for his guidance on helping create this episode.

Running Realized is hosted by Tina Muir and Knox Robinson. Produced by Jon Phillips. Original music, sound design, and mix by Daniel Brunelle. Edited by Gordon Bramli. Cover image created by Mari De Monte and Toby Kelleher.

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