19 Helen Shafran – Looking for the Lesson in Every Run

Helen Shafran on Sole Nation with Brook Kreder

Today I’m talking with Helen Shafran, who lives in Salem, OR. We met at the Portland Marathon, and she is such an inspirational lady.

Helen has run twelve marathons and is training for her thirteenth, not to mention the eleven relays (don’t worry, she’s training for her twelfth).

Listen in to hear her talk about her favorite race, her need to be outdoors, and how running has changed her perspective on life.

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The spectacle and the community and the connection, the inclusion – that’s what makes these events for me.” – Helen Shafran

Show Notes:

  • What it’s like to turn 50
  • Why she started running later in life
  • Why she jumped from a 5k to a marathon
  • How she pushed through her first marathon
  • Why she only competes with herself
  • How she balances advice from doctors with her own feelings
  • Why she needs to be active and outdoors
  • Why she pushes herself to finish tough races
  • What her favorite race has been
  • The difference that preparation and training can make

I’m really only competing against what I can do, ever.” – Helen Shafran

  • How she has struggled with finding time to train
  • When she started to believe she was a runner
  • Why she believes there’s a lesson in everything she does
  • Why she wishes life were more like a relay
  • Why she bikes the Tour de Cure
  • The differences between biking and running
  • Why the park where she runs is special to her
  • How running has given her perspective
  • Why you have to put in what you want to get out of it

I feel like myself the most when I’m active.” – Helen Shafran

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It’s not about competing, it’s about being part of something bigger than myself.” – Helen Shafran


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