Run This World

104 – Sandi Nypaver has the Power to Control her own Happiness

Sandi Nypaver is an accomplished ultrarunner. She did her first 100 miler at 21 years old and has been on a running journey through life ever since. She recently qualified for the USA’s Long Distance Trail Running Worlds team and was injured just days before the race. Most people (including a younger version of Sandi) would be demoralized and have trouble shaking that experience. But when I asked today’s Sandi how she feels about it, she said, “It’s all better…actually I think I’m now running better now (more efficiently) because it happened.”

But Sandi didn’t always see the world in a positive way. Her journey to love and acceptance started young and is admittedly ongoing, but the strides she’s taken to pull herself away from self-hate and into self-love are worth sharing for anyone else who believes you are not valuable.

Today we talk about:

  • Finding a place of peace in life – the long winding path to self-love
  • What we say matters: How words from others formed her self-image as a young girl
  • The identical twin experience
  • Exercise addiction
  • Social anxiety
  • Cutting to numb the pain
  • How to change your self-image from hatred to love
  • Volunteering gives people purpose
  • Connecting the dots: Each experience leads to greater understanding of yourself
  • Sage: How her boyfriend helps her look at the world in a more positive way

This is such a great episode: it’s raw and filled with deep emotions yet hopeful that change can happen. Please take a moment to share this episode with someone who needs it, because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.

Sandi and Sage: First Run Ever!

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All right then you know what time it is, it’s time to get out there and run this world. Have a great workout and we’ll see you next week!