Episode 92: Quitting Can Be A Kindness – Nicole Antoinette

Episode 92: Quitting Can Be A Kindness

Interview with Nicole Antoinette

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Nicole Antoinette quit her thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail after about 1,600 miles and she’s ok with calling it a failure. In fact, Nicole questions why we have to choose either success or failure. Can’t we be gentler with ourselves? Can’t we set out to both succeed and fail?

Nicole Antoinette has a gift for applying lessons she’s learned to new chapters of life. We talk about how what she’s learned in sobriety applies to distance running applies to thru-hiking applies to us all.

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Featuring: Nicole Antoinette, host of Real Talk Radio Podcast

Cameos by Carrot Quinn, Rahawa Haile, and Karen Wang

Hosted by Gale Straub 

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Music is by Jason Shaw and Kai Engel via freemusicarchive.org using a CC by A license

In this episode, you’ll hear:

– How long distance running can be a gateway to thru hiking
– Physical activity as a way to cope with new sobriety
– Why you don’t have to be “good” at something to do it
– Why growth is a value for Nicole
– When making life changes is a lonely thing
– Why Nicole wanted to hike the PCT on her own but also wanted a trail family
– What the culture is like on the PCT
– The awareness Nicole has for her body while hiking
– “‘Success’, whatever that means”
– Giving yourself room to fail (on a trail and in life)
– Post-trail depression and why “this too shall pass”
– The mindset of embracing “both/and” vs. “either/or” aka we don’t have to be one thing

Nicole Antoinette On the Trail 


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