The Flourishing Experiment

Elsie is a Mom, Yoga Instructor, Podcaster, and is Libsyn’s podcaster happiness expert.  She shares with us many ways to slip in activity when you can’t run and how to nurture yourself through tea, essential oils, sleep and yoga.   Elsie shares the essential hip opening yoga poses for runners in addition to the importance of back bends.

Going from Actress in Hollywood to Mom in Pittsburgh
How to slip in activity as she is currently not running
How she balances teaching yoga with her family life
What to do when you want to reach for caffeine
Listening to your thoughts and what they’re telling you
What is the worst thing you can do with your life
Her favorite essential oils and what they do for her confidence
Summer ice tea with Dandelion and Chamomille is a favorite right now
Favorite yoga poses for runners which are lounges, Pigeon, Half Frog Pose, Pigeon #2,  Hero poses (one of my favorites) and back bends

Links for yoga poses Elsie recommended:
Twitter: yogeek

Direct download: elsie-escobar-7-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Johnny Gillespie, a certified strength and conditioning coach, yoga teacher and meditation teacher shares with us how being present and mindful with our everyday movement impacts our running. We discuss how runners can use yoga to help them avoid injuries.

Show Notes:

    What is a Strength and Conditioning Coach
    When do we start moving in a way that is not helpful for our bodies
    Ideal running form
    What to turn to when times get tough
    Where to run and eat in the Philadlephia and Wilmington, DE area
    Words to live by

Links to People, Businesses discussed:


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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Serena Marie, a registered dietician and nutritionist, shares with us what a fat adapted diet is, how to figure out how many carbs your body needs, and how to fuel as a fat-adapted runner on a long run. If you've ever wondered about the ideal food for training as a runner, or what to eat in general, this is the podcast for you. Is a high carbohydrate diet a good idea for runners? What is a fat-adapted diet all about? Serena has a lot of gold nuggets and her enthusiasm for a fat-fueled diet does not disappoint.

Discussed this episode:

    Her Running History
    Why 5K training is more challenging than running Half Marathons
    What the difference is between a Dietician and Nutritionist
    What is fat-adapted running vs high cb running
    Fat adapted is less inflammatory on the body
    What can contribute to a “bad” run
    When to add carbs in if you are a fat-adapted runner
    Why high carb diet is not a great idea
    Women’s cortisol how it affects different parts of our body and why having some carbs can be good
    Why individualizing your eating plan is so key and more complex for a woman vs. a man
    When we increase carbs does it mean we are no longer fat-adapted and how to do it
    How to coordinate carb intake in relation to the days you train and when during the day
    Each body is different and how to add in carbs
    Fuel sources for long runs for fat-adapted runners
    When to take fat sources during a long run and when to take in sugar
    What Serena takes is honey and Energy Bits (receive 25% off when you type in RDFuel at check out at together to decrease inflammation for the later miles
    Kari’s plan to add in carbs
    Recipe for rice balls
    Kari’s plan (make a link to the plan that Serena made for me) that Serena gave
    Remember this advice is not to be taken instead of seeing your doctor

Serena's Diet Recommendations PDF

twitter: @SerenaMarieRD

Direct download: serena-marie-7-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 2:52am EST

Lane Olives is a wife and mother of two who is balancing being a business owner, an employee, and who is currently training for her fourth marathon. During our chat, Lane discusses how running helps her connect with friends and her family, how it became inspiration for her to start her own business, and a special trick she does for avoiding blisters while she trains for a marathon.

Races Discussed

Atlanta Half Marathon
Jacksonville Marine Corp Half Marathon
Seaside, FL
Atlanta Marathon
Kiawah, South Carolina Marathon

Facebook :
Twitter:  @EarnRaceKred

Direct download: lane-olives-7-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 2:29am EST

Stephen (Steve) Brown is a husband, father, Team in Training coach, and someone with chronic leukemia who is sharing his passion for multi-sports one person at a time.  He shares with us information about how to start running and where to invest your money in the sport, how to transition from a marathoner to a triathlete, how having chronic leukemia has changed his life, and how it's impacted others.  There is a ton of inspiration in this podcast about how listening to your body is the best thing you can do.

Races Events and Organizations Discussed in the Podcast

Team in Training
Philadelphia Marathon
New York City Marathon
Iron Distance Triathalon - Challenge Atlantic City - Challenge USA
Sept 20 Cambridge MD Ironman

Twitter: @stephensbrown
Website: Remission Man

Direct download: steve-brown-7-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 2:13am EST

Peter Shankman is quite a character. He shares with us how he became a runner (one of his reasons is especially interesting to women) and how he balances training for an Ironman with his family and career.  We discuss how Peter became a runner, how to fit in the training for an Iron Man, the mantra he says to keep on training for an event, why he listen to podcasts, and much more.

Other topics discussed:

    His run in with the NYC police in Central Park
    Why he enjoys meeting new people
    How he fuels for races
    How he is connecting business people all around the country and Canada
    The 13 marathons he has run
    How he trained for his best marathon
    What activities help him feel “normal” since he has the trait of ADHD
    Favorite Travel Memory
    Upcoming Races
    Words to live by
    Running Recommendations for NYC (hint Central Park and West Side Highway)

Running Resume Includes:


Ironman Resume:

    Training for 2014 Louisville Iron Man in August

Peter's Links

Twitter: @petershankman

Direct download: peter-shankman-7-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:54am EST

Susan Nowell,  a physical therapist of 10 years, joins us in this podcast as we discuss the most common running injuries, how to prevent them, and how to cross-train. One of the biggest challenges to making running a lifestyle is in dealing with injuries. It has been said up to 80% of runners will sustain some type of injury every year. We also learn about stage races and what goes in to the training to be ready for a stage race.

Other topics discussed:

What are the most common running injuries
How to prevent injuries
What is a stage race
Key to cross training
A great way to tie your shoes

Read Susan Nowell's top 3 running injuries and how to avoid them.

Upcoming Race - The Half-Ironman in Tahoe
Her Site -

Direct download: susan-nowell-07-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:34pm EST

1: Vinnie Tortorich: What is the Running Lifestyle Show?

Vinnie Tortorich is a best selling author, hit podcast host, and trainer to the stars. I asked him to interview me on my introduction podcast because he inspired me to do a lot of things, which is discussed through out the show. We take a lot of twists and turns during the interview and share a lot of laughs through describing what The Running Lifestyle Show is all about.

Vinnie’s book Fitness Confidential

People Vinnie and Kari discussed:

Marathon Training Academy

Chris Costman Anna Vocino

Timothy Noakes

Dr. De Agostino

Serena Scott Thomas

Jessica Gotleib

Dean Lorey

Peter Segal

Stephan Brown

Shannon Greifer

Tim Olson

Joann Baxas

Chris McCormack

Rich Roll

Mark Sisson

Howie Mandall

Dr. Sarah Gottfried

Races discussed:


LA Marathon

Ohi Marathon


Vinnie’s links:


Twitter: @VinnieTortorich


Direct download: vinnie-tortorich-7-2014-lq.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:10pm EST