Alison Désir is a runner, mother, community builder and activist.
After marathon training gave her a new outlook on life, Alison decided to use her education and experiences to help others. Through her own mental health struggles, Alison has built communities based on inclusion and visibility where Black runners are empowered to take control of the mental health.
For additional mental health resources, check out Bigger Than The Trail, Heal Haus, and On the Mend.
Katie Arnold used running as a way to work through grief and anxiety in the wake of her father’s death. But she never expected to win one of the country’s biggest 100-mile races.
Plus, Joan Didion quotes in context.
You can read more of Katie Arnold’s story in her memoir, Running Home.
A pep-talk of listener-submitted stories for a tough time.
At age 23, Brendan Leonard was a mess. After years of drinking past last call, fist-fights, wrecked cars, multiple arrests and two DUI’s and a stint in jail, Brendan got sober.
His story is about the optimism and courage it takes to quit drinking, and how wonderful it is to live in the after.
David Roche had the job he’d always dreamed of, working as an environmental lawyer and policy advisor. There was just one problem. David was deeply unhappy.
This week’s episode of DNF grapples with feeling unfulfilled at work, and knowing when to leave your dream job.
And, William Faulkner vs. the U.S. Postal Service.
In 2017, Cat Bradley was teaching kindergarten and training for Western States. Then, she was unexpectedly laid-off, forcing her to confront the relationship between her job and her identity en route to the biggest race of her career. Also, a brief history of blimps.
DNF is a podcast about failure in life and running. It’s about unfinished business, and the unglamorous work of picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and moving on.