Episode 129: Running Towards the Sun
Interview with Verna Volker of Native Women Running
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Verna is Navajo, a mother of four, and days away from running a 50-mile ultra run. She started running after having her second child 12 years ago. Hear about Verna’s journey as a runner and how it’s underlined her resilience as a person. Now she’s bringing native women together by uplifting their running journeys, too.
Featured in this episode: Verna Volker
Hosted by Gale Straub
Music is by Swelling, Josh Woodward, Kai Engel, and Monplaisir using a CC by A license.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- About growing up Navajo in Northwest New Mexico
- How Verna took up running after her second child
- The ways running has emphasized Verna’s resilience
- Why Verna shares the stories of other native runners through her Instagram: @native_women_running
- Verna’s annual virtual run to raise awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
- Why Verna places an emphasis on safety (not fear) when running
- What excites her about the future of Native Women Running
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Verna Volker: Instagram
- Native Women Running: Instagram
- Native Women’s Wilderness: Instagram & Website
- Red Earth Running Co: Website
- About the inaugural virtual run for MMIW
- About Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
- Urban Indian Health Institute
- Women’s Running: The Importance of Running in Native American Culture
- Learn more about the land you’re exploring: Native-Land.ca
- She Explores Podcast Facebook Group
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