Ep 43: Doubt, Identity, and Vulnerability with Bad Ass Ultra Runner Devon Yanko

Devon and I on the Women Run Strong Panel before the 2017 London Marathon. 

Devon and I on the Women Run Strong Panel before the 2017 London Marathon. 

As if running 30-100 miles (often up mountains) isn't super human enough, imagine being one of the greatest ultra runners in the world. Well, Devon Yanko doesn't have to imagine it, she is one of the strongest ultra runners around. 

I could sit here and list her many accolades (OK, I'll list a few--from placing third in the 2016 Western States 100 to qualifying for and competing in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials (CLICK HERE to see Devon's race highlights), Devon is known for kicking ass and taking names both on the roads and on the trails. But what I love about Devon isn't just that she knows how to run her heart out, it's that she runs with her heart.

I know that sounds cheesy but I could sit and talk to Devon about life, running, set backs, break throughs, feeling defeated, inspired, or what it means to be a strong woman all day long. It's so rare to find professional athletes open up about what it's like to be a leader in the field and still have everything they say be so incredibly relatable. But with Devon, it doesn't matter if you're an ultra marathoner or if you just got bit by the running bug, she'll remind you that we all struggle. But if you take it one step at a time and invest in believing in yourself, you can't lose.

CLICK HERE to watch Life In A Day, the incredible documentary shot during Western States. (It's incredible.)

To learn more about Devon, you can keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter, on her website, or on Strava.