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Choose Strong

By Choose Strong with Sally McRae

Choose Strong is about choosing strength over fear in every situation in life. The podcast is filled with candid insight and interviews from host Sally McRae. As a pro athlete, wife, mother, and biz owner, Sally seeks to encourage others to live a strong and courageous life. She covers a variety of life focused topics including running, total wellness, mindset, parenting, life balance, the impact of social media, and staying motivated while working toward goals.
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#5 Shalane Flanagan: “One Who Leads”

Choose StrongMar 04, 2022

#28 Life Lessons & Answering Your Questions
Sep 22, 202301:06:19
#27 Three Things Destroying Your Mental Game (The Mental Game Part 2)

#27 Three Things Destroying Your Mental Game (The Mental Game Part 2)

In part 2 of the Mental Game, Sally discusses three critical factors that destroy our mindset both in everyday life and racing. Grab a pen & paper for this one- you’ll want to take notes! Please consider supporting our show by downloading the
Sep 16, 202328:43
#26 Finish the Race- BIGFOOT 200 RACE RECAP

#26 Finish the Race- BIGFOOT 200 RACE RECAP

When challenges begin to compound, do you second guess your mission or personal abilities? When is it time to throw in the towel and when should we keep pushing forward? In this candid episode, Sally and Eddie break down the Bigfoot 200 race- an event that took place just 17 days after Sally crossed the finish line of Tahoe 220. Sally takes the listener into the mindset that's helped her overcome again and again while reminding us that's it's okay to feel weak. Sometimes the greatest lessons are learned when we relinquish our expectations and we do the best with what we have to give in the moment.
Please consider supporting Eddie and Sally's work by downloading the SALLY MCRAE STRENGTH APP
Get Sally's latest book: CHOOSE STRONG and be sure to leave a review!
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Aug 25, 202301:42:43
#25 The Triumph of the Mind over the Failing Body- TAHOE 200 RACE RECAP
Aug 04, 202302:21:44
#24 The Mental Game (Part 1)
Jul 15, 202352:35
#23 Hellah Runs Western States 100 | Run Streaking, Racing, and Overcoming in Life & Sport
Jul 07, 202301:12:05
#22 Fitting it All In, Road to Trails, and More of YOUR questions

#22 Fitting it All In, Road to Trails, and More of YOUR questions

Sally answers your questions with candid responses and encouraging insight.

Support the podcast and download Sally's Strength and Running app here

Get Sally's New Book: CHOOSE STRONG and be sure to leave a review!

Thank you again for supporting our show! Every download means so much to us! Keep Choosing Strong in ALL you do!

Jun 28, 202359:53
#21 Cocodona 250 - Stronger than the Pain
May 14, 202302:30:02
#20 200 Mile Training | The Power in Building Your Team | The Return of Eddie
Apr 20, 202301:05:09
#19 Mac Jackson | Dad, Career, and Crushing His First 100 Mile Race
Apr 17, 202357:01
#18 The Stronger Way to Train-Quieting the Critics
Mar 17, 202344:53
#17-Ultra Strength and Community with Pro Tim Tollefson
Jan 28, 202301:27:44
#16 Courage to Create Something Big- Drew Darby & Tyler McCain
Jan 13, 202301:24:35
#15 Heather Jackson and Sean "Wattie" Watkins- The Power in Supporting Others & Heather's Jaw-Dropping Performance at Javelina 100

#15 Heather Jackson and Sean "Wattie" Watkins- The Power in Supporting Others & Heather's Jaw-Dropping Performance at Javelina 100

If you haven't heard of the power team that is Heather Jackson and Wattie yet, be prepared to add them to your "most inspirational" list of people. For 15 years Heather has crushed the Triathlon scene; a career that was lovingly encouraged by her husband, Sean Watkins. Known for her giant smile, disciplined training and relentless optimism, Heather is forging ahead to test herself in new ways in 2023! We are so excited for our community to hear this podcast because you will undoubtedly walk away with a smile and great inspiration for whatever goal you're chasing; you'll also be encouraged to give thanks for the incredible people who support you in your life- they are gold!

Topics Covered in our Conversation:

+Heather's start in endurance sports from soccer, ice hockey to triathlon; and how she excelled in all of them.

+The day Heather and Wattie met and how it changed both their lives.

+Heather's wild year of racing and her decision to race her very first ultra Javelina 100 just 2 weeks after racing Ironman World Championship in Kona

+How Wattie and Heather fast-tracked into learning about crewing, pacing, and nutrition with just a handful of days to prepare for race day.

+Heather's incredible, gutsy performance and sub-16 hour 100 mile finish!

As long time admirers of Heather and Wattie and their awesome YouTube channel, we couldn't wait to connect with them! Heather and Wattie's humble and fierce approach to training will no doubt impress you and we believe it's safe to say that if Heather continues racing ultras, she'll be hard to beat! Aside from athletics, Heather and Wattie have an incredible company PLUSH GLOBAL  which we encourage you to check out!

You can follow Heather and Wattie online (we highly recommend their YT channel!)

YouTube: Heather Jackson

Instagram: Heather Jackson and Sean "Wattie" Watkins

We want to thank YOU for choosing our podcast and for all the incredible support and thoughtful reviews! We love our community!

If you would like to support our podcast, please check out Sally's Run and Strength App here

Dec 09, 202201:23:18
#14 Motivation+Choose Strong 30 Challenge/Life Update
Nov 06, 202246:22
#13 Strength to Start Again-The Double Mount Whitney Summit

#13 Strength to Start Again-The Double Mount Whitney Summit

Oct 14, 202201:49:17
#12 Breakdown in the Swiss Alps (WildStrubel UTMB 108k Race)
Sep 22, 202202:14:22
#11 The Power in the Struggle at Leadville 100
Aug 27, 202201:56:47
#10 Start Strong, Fall Apart, Finish Strong
Aug 18, 202201:20:49
#9 Finding Strength in Weakness at Badwater 135

#9 Finding Strength in Weakness at Badwater 135

The World's Toughest Footrace starts at Badwater Basin in California, 282 feet below sea level and travels 135 miles, over 3 mountain passes; ending at Mount Whitney Portal (the entrance to the tallest mountain in the lower 48 States). The race is known for it's extreme heat and harsh conditions with temperatures reaching close to 130F. Over a decade ago, Sally crafted a goal for herself to win the race, which she did after her second attempt in 2021. In 2018 and 2021, Sally endured constant challenges and setbacks throughout the race, which she often describes as "lessons in strength training." Having achieved her goal in 2021, Sally decided to head back to the race with a goal greater than a podium finish.

In this podcast, Sally and I sit down to break down her reason for returning to Badwater; the role the race played in the Choose Strong Project; and how after 3 finishes, the race continues to not only humble her as an athlete but reveal to her what she is capable of accomplishing despite discomfort and setbacks.

We dive into the lead up to the race; her training; goals; and the glimmer of hope she held after the first 50 miles of the race to run the course faster than her two previous attempts. We talk about the surprising, unique challenge that popped up in the race and how she handled it and we discuss the overwhelming realization of walking the final 70 miles to get to the Finish line in 35 hours.

We want to thank YOU our listener for taking the time to hang out with us, please consider supporting our work by downloading Sally's Strength and Running app which we discuss at the beginning of the podcast: 

You can also contact us directly about the podcast or speaking inquires at or by visiting the website: 

You can follow and get to know Sally's Badwater Crew at:

Colin Cooley @runwicked

David Daley @daviddaley74

Sarah Attar @sarahattar

Eddie McRae @mobampin 

Choose Strong Project @choosestrongproject 


Jul 19, 202201:38:44
#8 The Choose Strong Project Announcement
Jul 10, 202217:33
#7 Deb Hamberlin's Race Recap of her Cocodona Experience

#7 Deb Hamberlin's Race Recap of her Cocodona Experience

In this episode I sit down with Deb Hamberlin, as she recaps her first try at the 200 mile distance. She finished 19th woman at COCODONA 250. I coached Deb for 4 years and this was my first time carving out a training plan for this distance. Deb is one of the kindest and most helpful runners in the ultra community and so to see her accomplish this incredible feat brought me great joy!

During our conversation we discuss:

+Deb's background as an athlete and her humble start in sports in school and how the single decision of just "choosing to try" running and different distances led her to believe she could run a 250 mile race.

+Training, workouts, and preparation to make her body strong and injury free for race day.

+What she did outside of training to ensure she would be ready for any scenario during the several days she was on the course.

+How Deb managed to overcome everything from nausea, a brush with Rhabdo; nerve pain; blisters; sleep deprivation and much more.

If you're considering one of these 200+ mile races you will find a wealth of knowledge and insight to help you in your journey; but even if you're not training for an ultra, the lessons discussed in this podcast will undoubtedly encourage you to Keep Choosing Strong in all you do!

Links and Sponsors:

You can follow Deb Hamberlin on Instagram & Twitter @debrunsfar

You can follow the podcast on YouTube & Instagram @choosestrongpodcast

To help support the podcast and Sally's work in both speaking and coaching, please consider downloading her app at this link: and gain access to hundreds of Sally's customized strength, running, and mobility workouts!

Jun 02, 202201:46:40
#6 Fear and Danger on the Run

#6 Fear and Danger on the Run

You'll want to save and share this episode because it's FULL of real-life experiences Sally has had in her 20 years as an endurance runner. In this episode, Sally is joined by Eddie as she discusses some of her biggest fears when she first started running, especially on the trails and how she overcame them. She offers advice, tips, and a good dose of FIRM responses that women can used when being harassed while out on a run or when threatened. 

Topics Covered:

-Being stalked and followed on road and trails.

-Being harassed in remote areas.

-Encounters with coyotes, bears, rattlesnakes, and bobcats.

-Making a terrible rookie mistake in the mountains as a pro. 

-Important gear and safety measures before heading out on the roads or trails alone.

-The importance of understanding the difference between the fear that paralyzes you and the fear that keeps you safe.

-Choosing the Strong Mindset

We want to thank you in advance for giving a rating and a review and for all your support of the podcast and the app! It is our goal to continue putting out content more frequently and we appreciate your belief in us! Thank you! 

To download Sally's Run and Strength app, visit:

Apr 27, 202201:18:35
#5 Shalane Flanagan: “One Who Leads”

#5 Shalane Flanagan: “One Who Leads”

When you know your purpose in life and you choose to give it your 100% best effort every day of your life; this is what it looks like! Meet the legendary Shalane Flanagan and hear her inspiring story from childhood to present day and what she’s planning to do this year! Shalane is an American distance runner, Olympic medalist, and winner of the NY City Marathon, to name just a few! Listen and be inspired; you don’t want to miss this episode!
Mar 04, 202201:12:37
#4 Training your Body & Mind

#4 Training your Body & Mind

In the final episode of The Body Series, I address the questions YOU sent me- which are some of the most popular I receive on a weekly basis. We discuss food, strength training while running, motivation, and how to approach running with a healthy mindset.

I am joined in this episode by the ever patient Eddie McRae; my best friend and husband.

For the links I discuss in the episode, you can check out:

My Strength Training and Running app:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us directly at we LOVE hearing from our audience.

If you are interested in supporting my podcast so I can begin putting out episodes more frequently, please consider becoming a monthly subscriber. Thank you to all who have signed up!

Follow my training, racing, and life adventures and thoughts on my Instagram: @yellowrunner and be sure to follow the podcast profile too @choosestrongpodcast 

Feb 16, 202250:59
#3 The Body Part II

#3 The Body Part II

This episode is brought to you by the Sally McRae App:
Finally an app that helps you understand how to incorporate strength training into your running program PLUS so much more! Check it out and thank you in advance for your support.
Show Notes:
-Joined by my husband as well as being my best friend since I was 18 years old, Eddie shares some stories and insight about his journey with body image and how it affected him as an athlete.
-I also share a brief story about how every sport I did as a child, I was told I was too small or too big.
-The overall takeaway is treat your body well and do what you love regardless of what society thinks of your image. If you love it, then go after it and continue showing the world that our lives are best lived when we focus on the doing and not what we look like.
-Keep Choosing Strong
You can follow Sally McRae on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and her Website:
IG: @yellowrunner
YouTube: CoachSallyMcRae
Jan 31, 202223:09
#2 The BODY

#2 The BODY

In this 3 part Body series, I answer questions from listeners about issues surrounding body image and address some of the common comments I have gotten over the years regarding my own body. My desire is to encourage others to focus on what the body can DO rather than focusing on criticisms or beliefs that we need to change our bodies in order to do what we love. This is one of my favorite topics to talk about so I am breaking it up into 3 parts. 

I am joined by my husband Eddie McRae, who kindly reads through the questions with me; and YES, we will hear more from him in the future.

And a special thanks to my NEW supporters. Your donations allow me to continue to produce content- which I am most passionate about. For those of you interested in supporting my work, you can do so here or by downloading my Sally McRae Strength App at

Nov 19, 202134:27
#1 Welcome to the Choose Strong Podcast

#1 Welcome to the Choose Strong Podcast

In this episode:

*Intro and Welcome to the first episode

*The launch of CHOOSE STRONG and what to expect from future episodes

*Call to action: Tell me what YOU hope to hear on my podcast by sending an email to

*Closing Encouragement: Be Courageous/ See IG post from October 20, 2021

Choose Strong is a podcast focused on encouraging others to live a strong and purposeful life. You can expect to hear life stories from your host Sally McRae and her guests that focus on information and insight to encourage YOU in your journey. As a pro athlete, wife, mother, and business owner, Sally aims to share candid conversations about the highs and lows of life and the wild adventure that has helped her get to where she is today. Topics include: running, mindset, total wellness, parenting, goal setting, life balance and much more!

Oct 23, 202111:51