My Strength is My Story with Matt Fitzgerald, Life is a Marathon
Life is a marathon. As an endurance athlete and coach, Matt Fitzgerald reveals how the marathon transforms the lives of everyone who attempts it, especially how it has helped his own family cope with serious adversity.
Matt Fitzgerald is a husband of 18 years to Nataki. But really Queenie, their puppy, rules the house, especially with her 5am wake-up licks.
Matt is an endurance sports writer and certified sports nutritionist. He is a coach and spokesperson for PEAR Sports and former senior editor at Triathlete and Competitor.
Matt has also contributed to Men’s Health, Outside, Runner’s World, Shape, and many other publications. He is also the author of more than 20 books, including his brand new book, Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance.
“I thought I solved the problem by quitting.” ~ Matt Fitzgerald
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including mental illness, marriage, running, endurance, and love.
- Charmed Childhood
- Pain of running
- Mental toughness
- Love of my life
- Triathlon on St. Maartan
- Endurance training
- Personal growth
- Mental Illness
- George Sheehan
- Don Delillo
- Inner journey
- Clear vision
- Cross country journey
- Choose your thoughts
- Reflective responses
- “You’ve changed!”
- Ironman Triathlon – Santa Rosa
- Fall in love with running
“What a gift is can be to tell the whole story, to show it all.” ~ Matt Fitzgerald
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Quotes and statements within the interview:
“I didn’t write this book ten years ago ’cause I didn’t have my happy ending yet.”
“I do it (running) for the adventure; for the inner journey it takes me on.”
“I view it (marriage) as marriage.”
“Every kid is a sucker for something they have a gift for.”
“I failed to show up to the start line of a very important track race.”
“A coward on the race course, is a coward off it as well.”
“But something about that particular humiliation brought me all the way back to that high school race that I failed to show up for.”
“It was almost like my sport was my mistress, in a sense in the relationship.”
“It wasn’t an easy balance.”
“Things really had to go haywire before I realized she was sick.”
“I was doing what I wanted to do.”
“It became my best opportunity to be the man I wanted to be.”
“The good comes at a cost.”
“No matter what sort of life you live, you need to be strong, and it takes courage to live a good life.”
“The life we have together now feels like something we earned and we deserve, and something to be relished.”
“What is a good life?”
“I was going on nothing but hope.”
“So many runners have stories that aren’t that different where they were able to use this way of challenging themselves to bootstrap their way to gaining the strength they needed to overcome whatever it was that they were dealing with.”
“How much control you really have about what goes on inside your head.”
“One of the things I love about Nataki is that, like I said, she’s real.”
What has your story gifted you?
“You have to be a strong person to live a good life.”
“A story of finding the strength to live the life I want to live and to be the person I want to be.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- Connect with Matt Fitzgerald
- BOOK: Life is a Marathon
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitzgerald.matt/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattfitwriter
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