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033 Hadley Sorensen – Overcoming Alcohol Through Running

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Episode Summary

Hadley Sorensen is a health and fitness coach, lifelong runner and author who is looking topublish her first book,Confessions of a Picture Perfect Mom. Today, Hadley joins the show toshare her journey to sobriety and how running played a pivotal role in helping her move pastalcohol. Whitney and Hadley talk about navigating the complicated relationship with alcohol,Mommy Wine culture, and the increased glamorization of drinking in the running community.

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Key Takeaways

00:57 – Whitney Heins welcomes Hadley Sorensen to the show to share how she used running as a way to navigate the world without alcohol and the work she’s doing now to help others facing similar struggles

06:25 – Regret, shame, and alcohol

10:20 – How the pandemic impacted Hadley’s mental health

11:29 – Huge life challenges Hadley went through

13:48 – Mommy wine culture

16:40 – The role running played in Hadley’s recovery

25:24 – Backlash that Hadley received from her decision to stop drinking

27:58 – How running has helped Hadley in her sobriety

32:18 – Does running have a drinking problem?

39:46 – Key takeaways Hadley would like listeners to leave with

42:01 – Whitney thanks Hadley for joining the show and lets listeners know where they can connect with her

Tweetable Quotes

I say that I was an enthusiastic social drinker. I drank the same way everyone around me was drinking. I had a problem, but my problem was a problem for me. I don’t think it was me being self-aware. I realize that lots of people feel… Click To Tweet (07:04) (Hadley)

Things really seemed to escalate from 2020 on. And I know lots of women were in that same situation because, as mothers, we were put in this impossible position by Covid. We faced more stress than ever. We were making impossible… Click To Tweet (10:45) (Hadley)

I was really excited to see what running would feel like when my body started healing and there were no more hangovers. Running is miserable if you’re hungover; you’re dehydrated. And I fought through a lot of runs like that. I was… Click To Tweet (20:43) (Hadley)

There was some attrition because I really changed my focus on my (Instagram) page. I was no longer talking about fitness for the average mom. I was talking more about my running and the alcohol-free life. I kind of grew a lot of… Click To Tweet (26:56) (Hadley)

Running was like my therapy. It gave me the space to think through so many tough situations that I was dealing with. It gave me a place to set goals that I could work for that really helped when I was going through this huge… Click To Tweet (28:57) (Hadley)

There are ways to drink responsibly as an athlete or just your everyday runner. But my whole point is let’s stop glamorizing and highlighting this link between the two. Same with ‘Mommy Wine. Click To Tweet (38:51) (Hadley)

Links Mentioned

Whitney’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitney-heins-02ba3b5

The Mother Runners Club – https://www.themotherrunners.com/

Hadley’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hadley_sorensen/?hl=en

Hadley’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/hadley-sorensen-3bbb979/

Link to Runner’s World Article – https://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-weight-loss/a42172932/running-alcohol-effects/

Link to the Lived App – https://lived.app/


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