Episode 14

Published on:

18th May 2022

014 Michelle Baxter - The Best Is Yet to Come: Setting PRs & Getting Faster Every Day

Episode Summary

Michelle Baxter is a mother of two who lives and trains in Anchorage, Alaska. Michelle became obsessed with running at age ten and, almost thirty years later, she’s still setting PRs, coaching others in their running goals, and she finally achieved her dream of running a sub 3 marathon in 2021. Today, Whitney and Michelle talk about how Michelle stays motivated to train in the cold and dark climate of Alaska, the nutrition hacks that helped her achieve her goals, and how she’s been able to balance being a mother with continuing to improve as a runner.

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Key Takeaways

00:53 – Whitney Heins introduces today’s guest, Michelle Baxter, who joins the show to talk about her running journey, what brought her to Alaska and the difficulty of training in such a cold and dark climate

16:01 – What helps Michelle remain mentally strong during strenuous workouts and recalling the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

21:57 – Michelle reflects on how she balances pushing herself and giving herself breaks as she coaches herself

24:27 – What it took to achieve the Sub-3 Dream

28:21 – Running the California International Marathon

36:56 – What keeps Michelle motivated as a mother runner

42:41 – A wave of emotions after finally achieving her goal of a sub-3 marathon

46:29 – The Faster as a Mom Club

51:01 – Battling the feeling of being tired and the importance of sleep and recovery

55:00 – Whitney thanks Michelle for joining the show and lets listeners know where to follow her

Tweetable Quotes

“People say it’s manic-depressive. It’s depressing during the winter and manic during the summer just because you try to cram everything in in those three months. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, camping, all of those things we try to cram in during a very short period of time.” (10:55)

“I think college is when I realized how much I enjoyed it. It was my social time of the day and I realized how much I actually liked the activity of running.” (13:03)

“Your biggest cheerleader is your past self. Nobody’s cheering for you more than your past self. When I think back to myself as a college athlete, I was below average. So now to see the progress that I’ve been able to make over those fifteen years, it’s really cool. Even that motivates me to keep going and see how much faster I can get.” (40:28)

“I never thought I’d be faster after having kids. I mean I had the hope, but I didn’t know if it was possible.” (47:15)

Resources Mentioned

Whitney’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitney-heins-02ba3b5

The Mother Runners Club – https://www.themotherrunners.com/

Michelle’s Website – https://www.therunnersplate.com/

Michelle’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/therunnersplate/

Michelle’s Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/therunnersplate/

The Runner’s Plate Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/therunnersplate


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The Passionate Runner
Running has so many benefits for the mind, body, & soul. But it can be SO hard to keep going because, let’s face it, RUNNING IS HARD!

Join lifelong runner, running coach, and mother of two, Whitney Heins, as she talks with experts in areas such as nutrition, training and physical therapy to share their insider knowledge so you can run your best & BE your best in the time that you have.

If you’re an avid runner, we’re here to help you understand the science, simplify the complicated and remove hurdles so that your next run is not only fun and fulfilling, but fuels you with passion and purpose.