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93 – Susie Rinehart Chooses Brave Over Perfect


If you’ve been listening to the podcast, you may have heard Episode 92 which was my ode to motherhood. This means you’ve already experienced a glimpse into the mind of today’s guest, Susie Rinehart, because I stole one of her quotes as my title, “We are right where we need to be.”


Today’s episode with Susie is so full of incredible quotes that I could probably steal about 50 of them for future episodes (and maybe I will!). I think that when someone goes through a profound, life-changing event, and then actually has time to reflect on it (that’s the key), that’s when these nuggets of pure gold start shining through for all the world to see. Susie for all practical purposes was living a beautiful life as an accomplished ultrarunner, professional career woman, perfect wife and perfect mom of two. Then out of the blue she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive, brainstem tumor that threatened to end her life whether she operated on it or not. Susie is healthy today and living a beautiful life – a very different life than she lived before.



When you sit across from Susie, you feel a certain energy full of love, acceptance, and yes, Joy. I often wonder if energy is palpable. I think Susie’s is. And what’s really interesting is that I can almost guarantee that her energy prior to her tumor, prior to her surgery, prior to this massive life change, was not the same. Here’s that this tells me. We may be born “who we are.” I say that in quotes because I’ve heard it before. We are who we are when we’re born. And I bet this is true in many ways, but here’s what Susie has shown me. We can change the way we look at the world, we can change the things about ourselves that don’t make us happy, and we can change the energy that we put into the world.


This is POWERFUL. This is POWER.


Today we talk about:

  • Ultrarunning: How running insane distances gives you a sense of superpowerdom
  • Trying to achieve perfection
  • Antidepressants: Why Susie opted for antidepressants before and not after the tumor
  • Who do you want to be? Now go be it.
  • Fear: How it holds us back from making decisions
  • Her rare brainstem tumor
  • Redefining yourself for life
  • Her voice: How she used it & how she uses it now
  • Susie’s upcoming TedX Boulder talk
  • And more


You don’t need to go through a life or death situation to make the changes that will lead to more fulfillment. You just need to DECIDE to make them. It’s ironic that Susie was living the “perfect life” and she was on antidepressants to live it. Now she leads a joyous, brave and admittedly imperfect life and her main drugs are vitamin c, saying no to the things she doesn’t want to do and saying yes to naps.


Incredible. I want some of that and I bet you do too.


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All right everyone. That’s it for today. You know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and Run This World. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!