Episode 98: Boston Marathon Winner and Coach, Lisa Rainsberger, Has the Mindset of a Champion


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What a thrill to speak with 1985 Boston Marathon winner, Lisa Rainsberger! Lisa shares this accomplishment with only two other American women, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Des Linden. Lisa also competed in four Olympic Marathon Trials (1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996) during which she placed fourth, missing a spot in the Olympic games. For some, this would be a huge disappointment, but for Lisa, her fourth place served as a springboard for multiple marathon wins, in addition to Boston, including the Chicago Marathon in 1988 (2:29:17) and 1989 (2:28:15), something no American woman has repeated since, the Sapporo Marathon, the Twin Cities Marathon, and the Montreal Marathon, to name a few.

Lisa ended her twelve-year professional running career after becoming a mom, and now her daughter, Katie, is a professional runner who recently signed with Team Boss. Lisa also founded the Kokopelli Running Club for youth runners through which she has coached hundreds of youth runners in Colorado.

Lisa shares her champion mindset and how we can all create opportunities out of our disappointments.

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