Don’t think you have what it takes to be a “runner”? Think you are too big, slow, or just not fit enough to run?
Well, I have a special treat for you today with our guest India Cook who is just a ray of sunshine and positivity.
India Cook is an avid Atlanta-based runner, YouTube vlogger, podcast host, RRCA
certified run coach, race announcer, and motivational speaker. India advocates for all
paces and body types in the space of road running and racing. She loves running but
also has a passion for encouraging and guiding runners and those who aspire to
become runners. India coaches independently through her company, Miles from India,
and coaches with a non-profit organization, A.R.C., Active Resolute Connected. This
organization empowers women through running and helps to break mental and
physical barriers. As of 2021, India also sits as a Board Member for Coaches of Color
Initiative (COCI), an organization whose mission is to provide meaningful opportunities
for people of color aspiring to successful careers as endurance coaches.
India started running in 2008 on the quest to lose weight and also engage in a healthy
social activity. India jumped into racing by signing up for her first race, The Peachtree
Road Race, which is the world’s largest 10k. In 2017, India ran her first marathon at the
Bank of American Chicago Marathon. Throughout training for her marathon, India
observed that many ladies wanted to know more about her journey to running 26.2
miles. Therefore, India developed a vlog to document her journey on FaceBook called
Miles From India. In 2018, as India documented her second marathon training journey,
she joined forces with a fellow running friend, Tommy Mitchell, and they started, The
Run Duo Podcast. On this bi-weekly podcast, the duo strives to connect with runners
and those involved in the community of running. They conduct interviews while
educating and entertaining their listeners by discussing their personal running updates,
running and racing current events, and much more. India wanted to continue to
broaden her reach to other runners in 2020; therefore, she launched a running vlog on
YouTube, Miles from India, which educates, inspires, and motivates runners by way of
race recaps, product reviews, “run with me” videos and tips and tricks. India’s vlog is
tailored to ensure that the content is digestible for all experience levels. To date, India
has completed three marathons, 15 half marathons, and countless 5ks and 10k’s.
India’s goal is to make the sport more diverse and less intimidating for her listeners and
viewers. She gives extra love to new runners and those that are “back of the pack
runners”. India continues to use her voice, experience, and connections to grow and
diversify the sport of running.
We chat about an all-important topic that any BODY can run as it relates to inclusion and diversity within our running community. India is an advocate for all paces and all body types in the space of road running and racing. She loves running but also has a passion for encouraging and guiding runners and those who aspire to become runners.
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
In this episode,
We talk about ways to make the sport more diverse and less intimidating as well as some other topics:
We even had some fun with a SPARK lightning round of questions and talked about India shared some great running bra tips for you ladies who struggle to find the right fit!
Resource mentioned in this episode:
SPARK Blueprint: 5 Tips To Run Stronger & Healthier
YouTube: Miles from India- https://www.youtube.com/c/milesfromindia
Podcast: The Run Duo- https://linktr.ee/Therunduo
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