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A Runner’s Life

Marcus Brown

A Runner’s Life
80 min2020 DEC 14
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This conversation is with runner Tawny Bybee, who has been targeting a US Olympic Trials Qualifier place.

Her Instagram profile was the inspiration for this podcast name and you can follow her journey on Instagram @arunnerslife.arl

We dive into her early athletics career, where she received a full scholarship to run at Southern Utah University (SUU) and she learned to steeplechase and that became her main event.

She refused to date runners, but a blind date with four-minute miler, Dustin Bybee changed things.

She left SUU and competed with Dustin at Brigham Young University (BYU). They married in 2006 and raced all over the country together.  She was lucky enough to compete in Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, New York, Florida, Oregon, and the list goes on.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from BYU in 2008, leaving with a 10’33” 3000m s/c, 9’47” 3k, and 17’ 5k.

Tawny is a mother of four, and she coached the boys and girls distance teams at Lone Peak High School in Cross Country and Track. Even with a busy family life, she took a team that could barely fill varsity to one of the best in the state.

Then in 2015, she had her fourth child.  After this, she trained hard but sickness and joint problems plagued her.  She discovered she had Lyme Disease.  Eventually, she overcame Lyme disease and was able to train again. She won the Nebo Marathon, but then had a knee injury.

Tawny is back marathon training and she inspires me and so many others to be their best.


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