About this episode

A popular Twitter follow and successful entrepreneur, Kelly Vaughn is no stranger to putting herself out there and taking chances. Having recently stepped into the world of running, Kelly  considers herself a “baby runner” who just passed the “everything hurts” stage of running. This episode explores running from a beginner’s perspective with a strong focus on intangible measures of success rather than prizes and podiums. Kelly is also the director of engineering at a video startup living in Atlanta, GA. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • starting running: overcoming the painful realities of becoming a runner
  • harnessing virtual running communities for motivation and inspiration
  • similarities between entrepreneurship and athletics: mindset, goal setting, and patience 
  • intangible measures of success and progress
  • identifying and navigating burnout and life changes 
  • managing parasocial and online relationships 

Follow Kelly on Twitter @kvlly and The Long Run @forthelrpod 

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Past guests on For The Long Run include: 177. Molly Seidel; 226. Mike “Kofuzi”; 228. Kara Goucher; 59. Shalane Flanagan; 234. Camille Herron; 198. Courtney Frerichs; 229. Jes Woods; 207. Tyler Andrews; 197. Dean Karnazes; 206. Katie Arnold; 220. CJ Albertson; 153. Joe Holder; 199. Kelly Roberts; 188. Gwen Jorgensen; 205. Emily Abbate; 209. Sara Vaughn; 174. Nick Bare; 97 Amelia Boone; 101. Courtney Dauwalter, 219. Dylan Bowman; 191. Matt Chittim; 200. David Roche; and more!


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