About this episode
Bailey describes herself as a dedicated friend and dog mom, runner and science nerd. Born into a running family, the sport is in Bailey’s DNA, and today she competes as a professional trail runner for Nike. Bailey opens up about struggles with an eating disorder, toxic coaching and team cultures, and her identity as a runner.
In this episode we talk about:
- navigating an ever evolving running identity
- being fuelled by curiosity and the unknown
- the impact of coaching relationships: both good and bad
- mental health struggles and recovery growth
- running at an elite level, happy and healthy: competing can be fun!
TW: This episode does discuss eating disorders and recovery, so if that’s something that can feel triggering for you, we understand if you need to skip this one. We’ll be here for you next week!
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