Run This World

94 – Rose Wetzel Embraces the Starting Line

Rose Wetzel is a runner, Spartan athlete & American Ninja Warrior participant. She ran at Georgetown, then pursued elite running post college until she got into Spartan racing and became one of the best Spartan athletes in the world. A couple years ago she started appearing on the American Ninja Warrior show. And then in the middle of her rising athletic career, Rose decided it was time to become a mama.


Her baby Taylor is now 9-months-old and Rose is experiencing the reality of sleepless nights, a cross country move to Boulder, Colorado, and a tough return to fitness, made tougher by a difficult birth experience. In a nutshell, she has taken a leap of faith and is currently living in the somewhat uncomfortable place between adventure and security.


I loved this interview for many reasons. Rose is real, she’s open, she lets us in to her life, to her process, and even to her mind when she’s on the starting line.


Today we talk about:

  • Growing up in a huge family of 9 kids
  • How she got into Spartan & American Ninja Warrior
  • Childbirth: What she wanted and what she got!
  • Athletic recovery from a difficult birth: the reality of how long it takes to get healthy
  • Toughness
  • Performance goals vs Outcome goals
  • The Starting Line
  • Tim Sinnett’s cancer journey: follow him on


I love this episode with Rose. It’s easy to share when you’re on top of the world. It’s not as easy when you’re struggling. One of my favorite takeaways is Rose’s centering exercise. It’s what she uses to help her find peace and clarity on the starting line. I think we can use that exercise throughout our lives and throughout our days. We don’t have to be giving birth to remind ourselves to welcome the sensation. The point is that it’s important to stop fighting and start embracing.


Thanks for listening – now get out there and Run This World! Have a great workout and we’ll see you next week.