About this episode

Erika Kemp is a pro runner who was born in Japan, born in South Jersey, now living and training in Boston, MA for the BAA High Performance Team.

In this episode we talked about:

  • coffee, as she’s a formally trained barista
  • her entry into running
  • the recruiting process onto the BAA High Performance Team
  • what it felt like to have someone believe in her and her future skills
  • the Boston running community
  • training in 2020
  • shifting goalposts with the Olympic Track Trials
  • racing the mile and 5k
  • failure
  • where she sees herself in 10+ years
  • what she’s most proud of
  • some reflections on consistent answers from other pros
  • her psychology background
  • and much more!

Follow along with Erika’s training and adventures at instagram.com/imtinyrik and twitter.com/imtinyrik 

Thanks to Janji for sponsoring this episode. As a runner you know the importance of hydration, but you might not know that almost 800 million people lack access to drinking water. By working together, we can create viable solutions and collectively, we can have a greater impact. 


The Janji Collective is one way to do that. It’s a membership that earns you tons of perks like discounts on gear and first access to new collections. It’s also a community of adventurous runners around the world. 100% of the membership fee goes towards supporting clean water programs 


I’m a member and enjoy knowing that it is a small step that each of us can take that when pooled together, can have quite an impact. 


If you use the code FTLR, you can join the Janji collective for $50. You’ll receive a free singlet as well as a special members only discount for life. Every dollar from that will go towards supporting clean water programs. 

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