Welcome to Run This World with Nicole DeBoom – an inspirational podcast that features visionaries and people who are making change in the world. Our founder Nicole DeBoom interviews athletes, entrepreneurs, health & fitness experts, educators, people who have undergone life transformations or endured traumatic events – all within the framework of the amount of time it takes the average American to run a 5k – that’s 36:38. But we often go long, so get ready! Listen here & run on!
Neely Spence Gracey is not only a superstar runner, she's a superstar person. I met Neely many years ago at the Skirt Sports Half Marathon. She was a young, aspiring runner who was fortunately unsponsored at the time and looking for a training race. I gave her a skirt and a free entry and she won the race handily!
Mike Reilly has called over 350,000 athletes across the finish lines of over 180 IRONMAN races around the world for the last 30 years. People spend months and even years dreaming about the day that they will cross the line of their dream race and hear these four words, "You are an IRONMAN!" Mike has literally become a symbol of accomplishment for so many people.
Katie Hoff is a swimming legend. She swam at the world level from the age of 15 when she qualified for her first Olympics (2004) until 2015 when she retired, a move that was accelerated by a rare issue that caused blood clots in her lungs. Because they weren't diagnosed immediately, the remaining scar tissue caused her lungs to function at less than 100%, decidedly not good enough to compete at the world level any longer.
Damiana Corca is a sleep specialist. She discovered her passion for helping people solve their sleep issues after moving to the US from Romania and earning her acupuncture degree. Damiana is open, honest and she truly cares about the well-being of her clients. She is basically an expert puzzle-solver. People come to her with issues and it's her job to figure out the core so she doesn't waste time simply treating the symptoms.
Christie Bruner is an entrepreneur, swim coach, trainer, Girls on the Run coach, MRTT leader, healthy school advocate, Community Engagement Supervisor for Healthy St Pete, wife & mom of three daughters. That is a lot for one person to take on in this world. As you listen to Christie and start to understand her philosophy on life, you'll see how she does it - by prioritizing the most important things and carving off everything else that doesn't align.
Mirna Valerio is back for her sixth appearance on the podcast. What makes this woman so special? It could be her courage to step beyond perceived limitations to tackle the impossible. It could be her unapologetic approach to her unconventional lifestyle. It could be that she welcomes all into her fold. It could be that she's just so damn smart, funny and nonjudgmental. I'll make it easy and just say - all of the above!
Ali Kearney is gorgeous, vibrant, healthy and entrenched in the world of running and fitness. When she smiles, it blinds everyone around her with love, light and positivity. Like so many of us, you would never guess the struggles she has been through to get here. That is, unless she's wearing a bikini and you can see the actual scars she bears. Ali spent much of her formative teen years and early 20s battling depression and anxiety. Here's how she coped; by cutting herself.
Carolyn Yates is a healer - of an area that many women are afraid to talk about - pelvic floors. When we first chatted about the upcoming interview, she said, "Women should not have to suffer in silence about their pelvic floors." I agree - time to end the suffering! The only way to do that is to have open, candid conversations about body parts that can be very uncomfortable to discuss. It's funny - I've always had a bit of an aversion to using medical terms for various body parts and functions. Today we get into all of them: Vaginas, the uterus, rectums, feces, orgasms, urine, you name it.
Julie Piatt is an old soul who was born waiting for the time that she could break free to follow her own path. Her maternal grandfather was a Chilean energy healer; as she says, "We all know one person like me." She's a born healer who herself has been healing and growing and sharing her energy with anyone lucky enough to come across her. I realized partway through this interview that all I needed to do was give her the room to share her wisdom on a range of topics.
Pamela Robichaud is many things: Physical therapist, entrepreneur, athlete, road warrior, daughter, sister, wife and lover of spuds. Pamela and I go way back. I met her when she was a Skirt Ambassador, recruited by her husband Jon Robichaud (note: men don't usually recruit women to our brand!). The funny thing is that she quit being an ambassador to go on a year-long road trip - a life-changing experience prompted by many things including their decision to stop trying to have kids and a very scary bike crash.