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I’m really excited about today’s guest, David Roche. I feel like he is a kindred spirit, especially after reading his awesome book, the Happy Runner that he co-authored with his wife (who is also an incredible human), Megan Roche.  Author is just one of the hats that David wears.  He started his own coaching company in 2013 called SWAP – Some Work, All Play where he and Megan coach some of the top trail runners and obstacle course athletes in the world.  Their coaching speaks for itself with over 17 US National Championships won, athlete appearances on Team USA 14 Times, Spartan World Champions, and more.   David is also well accomplished as a runner as a two-time national champion, a three-time member of Team USA, and was Sub-Ultra Trail Runner of the Year in 2014.  He also is a writer for Trail Runner Magazine.  If that’s not enough, he is also a former lawyer.  David and Megan’s book really resonated with me because it’s about being a happy athlete. We talked about important topics like sport as a celebration instead of a measuring stick of how good of a person you are, we talked about having a healthy relationship with results, we talked about how to have more self-acceptance, and even contemplating mortality.  I think you’ll get a lot out of this podcast feel like you’re walking, running, or riding away with your cup and your heart more full.

Topics Discussed in the Podcast 

  • removing pressure with authenticity (as a writer and an athlete)
  • getting away from looking at achievement as a benchmark for success
  • Imposter syndrome
  • how to cultivate more self-acceptance
  • Dissociating with results
  • how to view competition in a healthy way
  • positive affirmations and mantras to help you enjoy the process more
  • viewing the human as a whole when it comes to coaching
  • why training more hours won’t necessarily make you faster
  • fun stories about some of the athletes he coaches

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