Season 2   |   Episode 18   |   March 08, 2017

The Secret to Feeling Alive with Nikki Kimball

The documentary “Finding Traction” tells the story of professional ultramarathoner Nikki Kimball and her successful quest to become the fastest person in history to run Vermont’s grueling 273-mile Long Trail. I found myself riveted by this petite 45-year-old woman’s attempt to break a world record, but was even more fascinated by her motivation to run.

In this episode, Nikki joins me to explain how her depression has become her “secret weapon” in her ultrarunning career, and describes how running has helped her to feel alive again after the numbness that can accompany depression. She also serves up some tips for non-pro athletes looking to reap the rewards of physical activity.