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 On the Pacific Crest Trail and the Arizona Trail 

Nicole on the PCT

 

Nicole on the Arizona Trail in 2017

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