Nick Symmonds is an American middle-distance track athlete, 6-time US National Champion, and 2-time Olympian who won the silver medal in the 800 meters at the 2013 World Championships. He's also the CEO of Run Gum, energy gum that's designed to maximize your performance.
In this episode, Nick shares the story of how he first got into running, and many more stories about the 20 years he's spent as a competitive track athlete. We talk about goal setting, setbacks, and why it's crazy to let other people set limits and barriers for you - especially when it comes to age and what you might be considered "too old" to do.
He shares about periods of depression, why we need to own our goals, what drives him to keep competing after all these years, and about the legacy he hopes to leave behind in the sport. We also talk about business - both the business of running and how Nick has worked to brand himself, and also about his company, Run Gum, where he's the CEO.
I've been a big fangirl of Nick's for years, and it was such a treat to have this kind of honest conversation with him. I hope you enjoy it too!
Connect with Nick
Selected Links From This Episode
Books, Resources & People Mentioned
- Sam Lapray
- Men's 800m finals at the 2013 World Championships
- Lauren Fleshman (season 4 guest!)
- Picky Bars
- The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
- A Soldier of the Great War, by Mark Helprin
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance
- Losing My Virginity, by Richard Branson
Psst, want access to bonus behind-the-scenes content?
Join the Real Talk Radio support squad over on Patreon (just $8 per 8-episode season) and get immediate access to over 20 hours of bonus content. This includes personalized Q&As (where I’ll answer any question on your mind), exclusive long-form conversations and interviews with wonderful guests that aren’t aired publicly, and it even includes access to the SquadPod, a shorter version of Real Talk Radio where the guests are, well, YOU, the members of the community. And that's only the beginning!
To support the show, keep it ad-free and sponsor-free, and get access to all kinds of fun bonus content, simply head over to patreon.com/nicoleantoinette to make your pledge.
Thank you so much for your support!!