Episode 44

Published on:

26th Jul 2023

044 Shanna Birchett - Embrace the Season You’re In

Shanna Birchett is the true definition of a ‘mother runner’ with an inspirational story. A mother of six kids under six years of age, Shanna returned to running with grit, determination, and compassion for herself. Shanna believes in embracing the season you’re in, whether that’s a new runner altogether or a seasoned runner who is looking for that next level of improvement.

Today, Shanna shares her relatable transformation story, talks about overcoming a medical condition, and provides tips and advice that all runners can implement in their daily routine.

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Key Takeaways

00:50 – Whitney Heins welcomes Shanna Birchett to the show to discuss her upbringing as the sixth of eight children in a military household and her running origin story

09:26 – Shanna opens up about her struggles with a health condition

15:06 – Getting gritty and overcoming the fear of her condition

16:28 – Serving a church mission, getting married and having six children (under six years old)

18:39 – A return to running as a Mother Runner

28:29 – ‘Mom guilt,’ not getting enough sleep, and other major obstacles Shanna has overcome

33:35 – Setting and defining boundaries and taking it day-by-day

37:14 – How Shanna is able to run 60 miles per week

39:24 – Asking for help and embracing the season you’re in

45:53 – Advice for those looking to enter or reenter the sport of running

47:18 – Growing into a more mature runner and mother

49:19 – Shanna’s big goals for the future

51:25 – Whitney thanks Shanna for joining the show, sharing her story, and for being so inspirational

Tweetable Quotes

“I always knew that collegiate running was something I loved and wanted to do, but on a spiritual side, I take a lot of those big decisions to heart. So, I did a lot of praying about it to try and figure out, ‘Ok, is this really my route?’ And, long story short, I ended up getting the answer of ‘No.’ I wasn’t supposed to run collegiate.” (13:30) (Shanna)

“I just had so many moments where I had gained so much resilience and so much strength from those dark periods. I felt like I just had to prove it to myself that there was still something in there inside of me of that had so much more potential.” (16:11) (Shanna)

“Mentally, I think I had to be ok with the state that I was in, and not forcing my fitness.” (28:57) (Shanna)

“If you take it day-by-day and you’re consistent at it, even in small doses, and you make the most of it, it will pay off in some way. That can vary for everybody. It could be just thirty minutes and that adds up. We don’t have to do big things all the time to make results.” (46:21) (Shanna)

“It’s hard to plan those big goals when you’ve had so many obstacles just to this point. You’ve tried to commit and then something has popped up and you ask yourself, ‘Is this my season now?’ But, as my husband has always said, ‘Don’t worry about the future. Focus on the now.’” (50:33) (Shanna)

Resources Mentioned

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

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

Shanna’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/motherhood_running/

Shanna’s Website – https://linktr.ee/motherhood_running


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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!

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