“I viewed myself as a runner my whole life. That was my main identity. And so when I started considering the possibility that that might be taken away from me, I just felt this grief I didn’t even know how to handle yet, of who are you if you’re not a runner?”
Even if you don’t know Dr. Jacqueline Alnes by the name, you definitely know her work. She’s the woman behind the “tiny art” paintings you’ve seen all over Instagram featuring inspiring women from within the running community. (You can buy her prints on Etsy here!) Jacqueline is a creative writing professor in Pennsylvania, and on this episode, she opens up about the neurological disorder that left her passing out on the run as a Division-I athlete in college — and talks about how she came back and rediscovered her love for running.
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What you’ll get on this episode:
- Why Jacqueline is training to run the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon in honor of the Brave Like Gabe Foundation (5:10)
- Jacqueline explains the neurological disorder she’s been experiencing since college (8:20)
- What Jacqueline’s health and running are like today (26:35)
- The story behind Jacqueline’s “tiny art” on Instagram (31:00)
- The app that helped Jacqueline get over a bad breakup (41:40)
What we mention on this episode:
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I listened to this podcast while on a much needed solo long run today and it was just what I needed for a mini-escape from the craziness of this past week. What I realized by the end of the episode (and my 10 mile run) was that it wasn’t so much an escape, but much needed perspective on living genuinely, with kindness and empathy and like hitting the reset button on my attitude. Thank-you Ali for sharing Jacqueline’s amazing story!