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Ladia Albertson-Junkans Pre-2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k Interview – iRunFar



Ladia Albertson-Junkans is a pressure — each in working and in life — and he or she’s bringing that power to the 2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k. On this interview, Ladia talks about how the dream of working the Western States 100 once more helped her by means of the challenges of her being pregnant, how working has advanced for her in her lengthy profession in sport, and the way she’s planning to remain versatile and see what her racing day brings her this weekend.

You should definitely take a look at our in-depth Canyons 100k ladies’s preview, after which observe our reside race-day protection!

Ladia Albertson-Junkans Pre-2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k Interview Transcript


iRunFar: Megan Hicks of iRunFar. I’m with Ladia Albertson-Junkans. It’s a pair days earlier than the 2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k. Hello.

Ladia Albertson-Junkans: Hello. Good to see you.

iRunFar: Likewise. It’s been fairly some time.

Albertson-Junkans: It has, yeah.

iRunFar: You grew to become a mother since I final noticed you.

Albertson-Junkans: I did. Sure.

iRunFar: It’s not new information for you although.

Albertson-Junkans: I don’t know. It really at all times looks like new information. I have a look at him and I’m like, “The place did you come from?” Actually although, it’s wonderful.

iRunFar: Nicely, he’s … Let’s see … 16 months previous?

Albertson-Junkans: Yep.

iRunFar: And so, you’ve had a while to readjust to working once more since having a child and now coming again to competitors?

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. And I really simply wish to thanks for phrasing it that approach, saying “readjust to working”.

iRunFar: Oh.

Albertson-Junkans: As a result of I hear loads, “getting again to working” and that idea, which we hear that coming off of harm as nicely. But it surely’s simply one thing that has caught out to me in the way in which we discuss being pregnant and postpartum, and I feel it’s actually essential to spotlight that I by no means stopped working. I imply, I definitely adjusted my working all through my being pregnant and there have been lengthy durations of time when possibly I didn’t run. However I didn’t cease being a runner, and I don’t really feel like I’m again to something as a result of I don’t really feel like I ever left. I actually admire that you simply phrased it that approach.

iRunFar: Okay.

Albertson-Junkans: And I feel that it’s essential that we proceed to develop the narrative and the way in which that we discuss working for ladies specifically and particularly ladies once they undergo being pregnant and postpartum. As a result of all these … The best way we are saying issues does matter, proper? And we internalize these messages, so thanks for saying it that approach.

iRunFar: I simply assume it’s actually … Having a child is without doubt one of the most troublesome issues your physique can do in the midst of its life. It has to alter every little thing about your physicality.

Albertson-Junkans: Mm-hmm.

iRunFar: Yeah.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah, it does. And I feel one factor I’ve been simply so amazed by is also it has the capability to alter within the being pregnant, and the capability to alter after the being pregnant, and the capability to proceed altering, proper? As a result of everybody’s physique is constant to alter in a roundabout way. And positively, sure instances of life it’s extra noticeable than others. However I’m simply amazed by the human physique.

iRunFar: It’s simply a tremendous entity.

Albertson-Junkans: It’s, yeah. And I imply, I feel loads of us see that in our ultrarunning too, proper? And I imply, it’s wonderful {that a} human physique can transfer itself for 20 miles, 30 miles, 60 miles, 100 miles at a time, more-or-less.

iRunFar: About 59 miles uphill this weekend?

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. That too. Hopefully, we’re hoping the physique can try this.

iRunFar: Please, physique.

Albertson-Junkans: Sure.

iRunFar: So, let’s discuss what introduced you again to this area of the world. We’ve seen you race the Western States course going the opposite path, that what we’ll do on Saturday.

Albertson-Junkans: Sure. And I’ve additionally run the Manner Too Cool 50k.

iRunFar: You might have, sure.

Albertson-Junkans: Not removed from right here, and on among the similar path, and I like that course. I had such a blast there. I did that, I feel that was 2018.

iRunFar: Okay.

Albertson-Junkans: Simply had such a good time and beloved being on this area. I imply, it’s so beautiful, and also you’re proper, I did Western States in 2019, and that was such a magical and actually transformative expertise for me. And it was a distinct form of expertise than extra of, “Let’s see how laborious and quick I can run and what I’m able to at that 100 mile distance.” I beloved the expertise I had and I wouldn’t change something of about it, and I additionally wish to attempt to have a distinct expertise one other time round.

Curiously, halfway by means of my being pregnant, once I was not working very a lot, I used to be doing loads of walk-jogging and actually simply attempting to embrace my physique because it was within the second, and respect it, and honor it, and working was feeling actually troublesome, and for no matter purpose, I simply began dreaming about, nicely, working at Western States after which successful Western States. And I laughed at myself as a result of it’s like, “Ladia, you’re not even working minutes at a time at this level,” proper? And it’s so uncomfortable and so laborious, and I used to be like, “You understand what, that’s loads like my expertise at Western States.”

iRunFar: I used to be going to say, working a couple of minutes at a time appears like ultrarunning.

Albertson-Junkans: Sure. Precisely. So, it’s not that totally different. So possibly it’s not that bizarre to assume that’s potential, possibly sometime I can win it. And it’s not even about successful it, it’s extra the act of honoring the truth that I do assume something is feasible and simply being open and embracing of the thrill that may include not placing limits on your self. So I used to be like, “Hey, it is a enjoyable dream to have proper now. It’s serving to me get by means of a extremely troublesome a part of my being pregnant, so I’m going to hold on to that so long as it feels good and proper.” It was like a enjoyable factor to consider once I was deep within the being pregnant section of life.

iRunFar: I like that.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. And so when registration opened, I had really set my alarm as a result of I do know this race fills up actually quick, and I set it for midnight, no matter day it was in December, November, and received registered, and there have been already fairly just a few individuals who had already registered.

iRunFar: How had been all of you on-line?

Albertson-Junkans: Nicely, and I used to be texting with considered one of my pals, Becca, as a result of she did it too, and I used to be like, “I see you. You’re up proper now.” I don’t know. It was like, I needed to offer myself the chance. And one factor I’ve been actually conscious of in my postpartum working is, once more, simply persevering with to honor my physique as it’s within the second, and there’s a lot altering on a regular basis, which suggests, possibly on this second, I don’t really feel comfy working 10 miles. However that doesn’t say per week from now, or a month from now, or two months from now, I don’t really feel nice working 10 miles. And so it was like leaving that chance open that I’d really feel prepared for 100 kilometers in … What’s it? Finish of April, now.

iRunFar: Yeah.

Albertson-Junkans: 16 months postpartum.

iRunFar: And 5 months after that midnight day.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. And at that time, I used to be not prepared for 100k in any respect. I wasn’t prepared for 50k but both. However once more, I simply needed to offer myself the likelihood, the choice. And I’m additionally actually privileged that I can afford a race entry and doubtlessly not present up firstly line. And I wish to acknowledge that as a result of I feel there are loads of ladies on the market the place that’s an actual barrier. And truthfully, that’s one thing I’ve been pondering loads about as a result of I used to be registered for 5 races final 12 months. A part of that was carry over from COVID, and once more, leaving the alternatives open postpartum, not realizing essentially what I used to be prepared for but. However I solely made it to the beginning line of two of these 5 races. And many of the causes I didn’t make the opposite ones had been immediately associated to parenthood and likewise simply postpartum physique and the place I felt like I used to be in my working. But it surely’s like, you don’t know, and you’ve got to enroll in this stuff thus far upfront.

iRunFar: And also you’re proper, it’s a privilege to really feel like, economically, that you may take up that house, and who is aware of what’s going to occur.

Albertson-Junkans: Proper. Yeah. Anyway. So I’ve simply been pondering like, “How may we assist assist different individuals who need to have the ability to join a race that’s six months down the road?” However financially, it’s a giant dedication, proper? Anyway, that’s simply kind of an apart.

iRunFar: I see a venture for someone, possibly.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. Sure. I forgot what your query even was.

iRunFar: It was simply the selection to be right here.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah.

iRunFar: Yeah. To dream huge and to look in the direction of a possibility to search out the most effective model of your self on a day, someday sooner or later.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. Precisely. And I’m so glad that I did enroll as a result of I do really feel able to attempt 100k. I don’t know what’s going to occur, but additionally if any of us are sincere, we by no means know what’s going to occur if you …

iRunFar: And that’s why we do ultrarunning.

Albertson-Junkans: Precisely. However I really feel how I’d really feel going into 100k at any level, proper? And that’s simply actually empowering, and so I’m glad I gave myself the possibility to be right here.

iRunFar: Yeah. You might have had fairly a journey with working over your lengthy profession. While you look again out within the collegiate model of your self, and possibly the pre-mom model of your self, after which the in the present day model of your self, do you see the totally different varieties that this has taken for you?

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. Undoubtedly. I feel the collegiate model of myself was far more wrapped up in attempting to be good, and my self-worth was actually wrapped up in my outcomes. And I feel it will be stunning to folks to listen to that I had low vanity, however I didn’t worth myself. And so working was the way in which I attempted so as to add worth, however that’s clearly not how self-worth works. You possibly can’t get it from exterior issues, and I attempted actually laborious, and it made me depressing, and it additionally —

iRunFar: However we had been simply youngsters. You had been only a child.

Albertson-Junkans: Precisely. No, I’ve loads of compassion for my youthful self and I’ve loads of compassion for anybody who’s within the throes of that proper now, and has been themselves, and I feel most of us have some level in our lives. And so, it’s a quite common expertise to have, particularly I feel at that age, and within the faculty setting, and doubtless exacerbated a bit by the collegiate athletic expertise. And fortunately, I feel I’ve advanced.

iRunFar: You might have.

Albertson-Junkans: Thanks. Respect that. I don’t know. The factor concerning the perfectionism was that it actually took loads of the enjoyment away from working, and I had this intrinsic pleasure and love of working. That’s what received me into it, that’s what stored me into it, and that’s why I’m nonetheless in it. And I’m simply so grateful that I’m in a spot in my life the place the enjoyment actually overpowers every little thing else. There’s nonetheless nerves that include it, there’s nonetheless instances once I marvel if folks have expectations for me, I’ve expectations for myself. All of that’s a part of being human, proper? But it surely’s simply extraordinary to be in a spot the place the enjoyment feels actually entrance and heart, and likewise feels just like the factor that’s pulling me onto the path, and to maintain doing it. As a result of it’s laborious to do, anytime in life, and I feel particularly if you’re caregiving.

iRunFar: Nicely, you segued your self to my final query for you. I’ve solely had the privilege of realizing you for about 4 years now, however one of many issues that I see in you is that there’s this simply white, sizzling power inside you that simply goes out. You direct it out to the folks round you. You might have a lot power to offer to the people who find themselves surrounding you. The place does that come from and the place can the remainder of us get some?

Albertson-Junkans: Oh, thanks. That’s actually candy of you to say. I really feel a little bit emotional, and the solar is popping out.

iRunFar: That is wonderful.

Albertson-Junkans: So, white, sizzling power is popping out of the sky.

iRunFar: It’s you.

Albertson-Junkans: Nicely, possibly that’s the place I get it.

iRunFar: No, actually, you might be so infectious. You appear to have a lot power to offer. The place do you create it? The place does it come from?

Albertson-Junkans: I truthfully assume it comes from the folks round me.

iRunFar: Do you assume?

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah, I do. I get power from different folks and I don’t know, similar to the love and the assist. Even what I really feel proper now, being right here with you, it simply offers me power and provides me pleasure. And I feel possibly that pleasure is the power that you simply’re speaking about a little bit bit. However thanks for saying that. I imply, that’s simply such a stunning factor to say. Thanks.

iRunFar: Yeah. This interview was little or no about working and loads about life, however I really feel like I’ve interviewed you a pair instances and that’s how all of them have gone.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. Responsible of that. Sorry.

iRunFar: It’s nice.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah.

iRunFar: Working is the factor that connects us, proper? It’s only one factor that brings people collectively.

Albertson-Junkans: Yeah. For positive.

iRunFar: So good luck to you in that working factor that you simply’re right here to do that weekend, and I hope you discover the most effective model of your self on Saturday.

Albertson-Junkans: I hope so too, and I feel all of us will, as a result of we’ll be on the market doing it collectively and … Can I offer you a hug?

iRunFar: Oh, after all.

Albertson-Junkans: Thanks.

iRunFar: All proper.

Albertson-Junkans: This was superior.

iRunFar: Good luck to you, girl.

Albertson-Junkans: Thanks a lot. Thanks.

iRunFar: That was enjoyable.



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