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I’ll Have Another Podcast Episode 33: Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky

I’ll Have Another Podcast Episode 33: Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky


Shalane Flanagan is an Olympic medalist, four-time Olympian, American record holder, and world-class marathoner. She finished second at the 2010 NYC marathon and ran the fastest time ever by an American woman at the 2014 Boston Marathon, completing the race in 2:22.02. At the 2014 Berlin Marathon, Shalane ran a personal best of 2:21.14, the second-fastest time ever by an American woman.

Nike has sponsored Shalane since she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. She has been running at an elite level for 16 years and typically runs 100-plus miles a week. She attributes her ability to sustain this level of training to her nutrient-dense diet. Focusing on fueling for health and performance is an integral part of her training regimen.

Shalane has been featured on the cover of Runner’s World, Womens Running, Running Times, Competitor Magazine, and Track and Field News. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, ESPN Outside the Lines, and Oprah. Her inspiring story has also been heralded in Womens Health, Shape, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. Shalane speaks passionately about the importance of healthy eating at running events across the country. Shalane lives and trains in Portland, Oregon.

Elyse Kopecky is a chef, food writer, nutrition educator, runner, and proud mother. Her friendship with Shalane began 16 years ago on the cross-country team at the University of North Carolina. After graduation, both moved to Portland, Oregon, to work for Nike—Shalane as a professional runner, and Elyse as a digital marketing producer.

Elyse’s career took her abroad, where she took cooking classes throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. Armed with amazing recipes from around the world, Elyse began cooking to fuel her athletic endeavors. She discovered that by incorporating more fats into her diet, she was stronger, healthier, and happier than ever before. She quit a successful marketing career of 10 years for the chance to help others eat right and moved to New York City to study at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.

Once back in Portland, Elyse reunited with Shalane over a home-cooked meal, and their conversation quickly shifted toward the detrimental fad diets pushed on female athletes. Elyse’s infectious enthusiasm for teaching other women the importance of “indulgent nourishment” inspired Shalane. That night, the idea for Run Fast Eat Slow was born between two friends with a shared passion to educate and coach athletes to nourish themselves for the long run. Elyse can be found at and on the trails in Bend, Oregon.

(Cited from Run Fast Eat Slow Website)

In this episode, we talk about Elyse and Shalane’s new cook book Run Fast, Eat Slow. We also talk about some important, fun moments in Shalane’s professional career such as the Olympic Trials, Rio and Boston 2014.

Show Notes:

Run Fast Eat Slow

Gem Nut Butters – Use code “Run Fast Eat Slow” and get $10 off

Boneyard Beer

Show Dog – Phil Knight

Bullet Journal

Stranger Things

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Elyse on Twitter


MHS Indiana


Ambetter from MHS is more than just a health insurance company. Helping you and your family stay healthy is their top priority. They care about you as members — but also as people.

Each year, Ambetter from MHS takes part in community health events throughout Indiana. And one of those is the annual Drumstick Dash. This year, Ambetter from MHS is partnering with the Drumstick Dash to help you stay healthy … and help those in need.

The Drumstick Dash is the second-largest running event in Indiana, and it kicks off Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. in Broad Ripple in front of Broad Ripple High School.

Register for the Drumstick Dash


Prep Dish


They plan the meals — you savor them. They are with you every step of the way with real food, stress-free weekly menus that truly hit the spot.

Here’s how it works: Prep Dish thoughtfully crafts a week’s worth of gluten-free and paleo meals that feature seasonal ingredients to make the most of your budget, save you time and surprise your taste buds. Along with a weekly menu, you’ll get a printable grocery list and instructions for prep day — just 2 hours of preparation yields scrumptious, good-for-you dishes all week long.

FRIENDS- Allison, the chef at Prep Dish is offering listeners of I’ll Have Another a FREE two week trial! Just use the link below and use promo code “ANOTHER” (all caps) for your trial. There’s no reason not to try it out!

2-Week Free Trial for I’ll Have Another Listeners!

Send me a tweet and let us and let us know how you’re loving it if you do try it out –@LindseyHein and @PrepDish

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