About this episode

This episode with Carrie Verdon is the fourth in a Oiselle-sponsored series with the Underbirds: a team of 5 female athletes being supported by Oiselle in the lead up to the 2024 Marathon Olympic Trials. A proud Boulder-ite, Carrie is a sister, girlfriend, and outdoor enthusiast, who juggles a full-time job as a teacher with elite running.

In this episode we talk about:

  • taking breaks from running 
  • balancing elite running with a full time job as a teacher
  • unlocking performance breakthroughs:sleep and consistent habits vs marginal gains
  • eating disorder struggles as an athlete 
  • social media sharings and boundaries
  • preparing for the 2024 Olympic Trials as a Oiselle-sponsored “Underbird” athlete

Like what you heard? Tune in next month for episode 5 in the Oiselle Underbirds series. https://www.oiselle.com/pages/year-of-the-underbird 

Listen to episode 1 here: 289. Underbirds Flying High: Molly Bookmyer’s Journey to the Marathon Olympic Trials

And episode 2 here: 293. Underbirds Flying High: Ari Hendrix on Racing, Representation, and Resilience 

Episode 3 here: 298. Underbirds Flying High: When The Hard Choice Is The Right Choice with Briana Boehmer

Follow Carrie on Instagram @carrieverdon and For 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!


This podcast episode is supported by Oiselle, one of my favorite brands in the running space, a running apparel company run by women for women. And this year, the Year of the Underbird, Oiselle is supporting a small group of women leading up to the Olympic Marathon Trials, as well as a series here on the podcast, helping to amplify and share the stories of these resilient athletes.

So, if you want to support Oiselle in their mission to help people feel like they belong here, you can check out more about the Year of the Underbird here.

And if you’re in the market for some great running gear, head on over to their website and use code FTLR10 for 10% off your first order.


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So go ahead and try some out over at 2before.com. The code FTLR will save you 30% on 20, 10 and multiserve packs. And remember, supporting our brand partners helps to support the greater For The Long Run team.  

Emich VW

We’re so excited to be partnering with Emich VW, a family-owned and operated auto group based in the Denver/Boulder area. When we think about partnering up with companies for the podcast, we want to make sure the company cares about our community, our planet, and has products we actually believe in. With Emich VW, it hits all the categories and then some.

Stop by the Emich VW dealer and say that we sent you. Their team is wonderful. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider electric, and consider the VW ID.4. Thank you so much to the Emich VW team for supporting this community!

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