609. The Everyday Runner, Adina Crawford


“It was like the bell went off at that moment. And while I wasn’t the fastest or the most physical, I started. I put my foot down, and I started.”

Adina Crawford is a civilian supervisor for the Montgomery County Police Department. (A very intense, emotional job.) She’s a yoga instructor. And she’s a two-time marathoner who lives and breathes running. But that wasn’t always the case! Growing up, Adina was more of a “sit on the sidelines in gym class” kind of girl. It wasn’t until she was in her forties that she had a wakeup call, in the form of a tough-love conversation with her husband. She started running and, well, you know how the story goes. Now, at 58 years old, Adina has found her voice, her passion, and her purpose. This is her story.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Adina happy right now (4:10)
  • What Adina’s childhood was like (7:00)
  • What life looked like before Adina started running (10:45)
  • How — and why — Adina started running (13:00)
  • On adopting the “Runner” title, and moving up to the half-marathon (18:40)
  • On being a mentor for new runners (23:00)
  • Why Adina wanted to run a marathon, and what that experience was like (24:15)
  • How running has changed Adina’s life (33:50)
  • All about Adina’s job (35:35)
  • Why Adina started practicing yoga, and what her classes are like (39:20)
  • All about Adina Crawford Day! (46:20)
  • What’s next for Adina? (51:00)

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