Meet Samantha Reilly one of the most energetic, excited, positive women on the planet. On June 23, 2018, she will attempt the legendary Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. The kicker? She’s only 26 years old and this isn’t her first rodeo. Sam ran her first 100-miler at age 22. She’s been hooked on running since she was a young kid watching the Atlanta Olympics.
Sam is interesting not only because she loves running really long distances so young but because she is so open about her journey at a time in life when many people are insecure and floundering. She will freely admit that she may be insecure and floundering herself, but she is self-aware of the process she is going through. She doesn’t put on airs or try to be someone she’s not. She’s open to new experiences that push her out of her comfort zone and she makes everyone around her feel like they also want to dig deep and try new things, if only to experience a touch of the positive energy that radiates off her.
Today we talk about:
- Running young: how running created both insecurities (eating issues) and confidence at the same time
- Running as an outlet for troubles at home
- The power of someone who actually listens
- Depression as a young woman: how being active helped her cope
- Coaching: this could be Sam’s calling – a way to give back
- What it’s like to exist on “the bridge”
Samantha is someone who I can only describe as having the world at her fingertips. She is on the edge of greatness, and every day I can see that she understands her amazing potential as she gives in to the process of growth in life. I love her final nugget, “Kindness always wins.” It really doesn’t get much more true than that! So when in doubt, choose kindness.
Thanks for tuning in today! As always, reach out to me with feedback, suggestions and more. And be sure to write a review on whatever medium you use to listen to this podcast. Now get out there and Run This World! Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week.Tags: coaching, nicole deboom, running, Samantha Reilly, trail running, ultrarunning