Dr. Karen L. Ostlund – A True “Feel Good Runner!”

Hi Runners,

I hope you enjoyed Episode #1 and now know a little more about me. Lindsey Hein is a great interviewer and was wonderful to speak to. Please give a listen to her podcast, I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein.

In Episode #2, we get to the format of Feel Good Running starting with a little blabbing by me with my thoughts. My friend recently sent me an Email that he went into Atrial Fibrillation the day after a triathlon and mentions his GPS & Apple Watch saved his life. He said this is common for older athletes. I’m not sure the age range that my audience will be when the podcast grows but this is a good discussion for any age. I talk a little about that.

The treat of this episode is my interview with Dr. Karen L. Ostlund. I’ve been friends with Karen and her husband Fred for a few years now. They come out to Maui from Austin, Texas at least twice a year and join our Wednesday Night Run and we do things outside of running.

Karen is a true Feel Good Runner! Besides her passion as a Professor, teaching science at the University of Texas – Austin, her passion is running. Karen has done over 100 marathons, numerous half-marathons, 10 & 5k races, and travels extensively to run them–many with friends. It seems every time I see her Facebook Post, she is running a race somewhere. She is also a running coach for Austin Fit.

In addition to all the running Karen does, she and her husband give back by volunteering at local races. What is most amazing, Karen is 79 years old but looks and acts as if she is 45!

I hope you enjoy this interview with Karen. She is such an inspiration to everyone she meets!

And I finish off the show with an inspirational quote for you to think about. Please share my podcast with all your running friends and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts from that we are on.

Thanks for listening and always feel good about your running!



News Links

Gene Dykes – 70-Year-old trying to break the age group record by Ed Whitlock of [2:54:48]. Whitlock was 73 at the time.

Man Kaur – 102-year-old runner, still running and winning medals. What’s your excuse?


Dr. Karen L. Ostlund

Here are some links and pictures related to Karen:

AmazonBooks Written by Karen L. Ostlund

Austin Fit

Hash House Harriers – Austin – A Drinking Club with a Running Problem!

Karen’s Facebook Page

Galloway MethodRun Walk Run Method that Karen Recommends

Texas Beef Team

The University of Texas at Austin – College of Natural Sciences – UTeach


Karen at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon

Karen & Fred


Show Notes:

Here are some links from the show this week.


Big Sur Marathon – Big Sur, California

Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, Minnesota

Marine Corp Marathon – Washington, DC

New York City Marathon – New York, New York

Twin Cities Marathon – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Valley Isle Road Runners – Maui Hawaii

Walt Disney World Marathon – Orlando, Florida



Be Somebody Nobody Thought You Could Be!”


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About the Host, Jim Lynch

Thank you for listening to my podcast. I'm a long time "Feel Good" runner myself completing 101 Marathons and a certified 50 State finisher having completed a marathon in all 50 states plus DC.

I am the Race Director of the Maui Marathon and former Vice President of the Valley Isle Road Runners on the island of Maui, a certified RRCA Running Coach and now a recognized Podcaster!

Running is my passion and has really defined my life. With all the support over the years I have personally received from volunteers from all the races I have done, I would like to give back.

The "Feel Good Running" podcast is for the everyday runner. If you are a long time runner, fairly new to running or even just thinking about running, I hope to appeal to you and bring you inspiration and motivation with my guests and my many years of running experience. I hope to be one of your go to running podcasts for years to come.

If you like my podcast, please share it with your running friends and on your Social Media platforms. And a nice rating and review on Apple Podcast would be appreciated!

Thank you for listening and I hope you too will become a "Feel Good Runner" yourself! ~ Jim

1 Comment

  1. Lis Arcienega on 12/31/2018 at 10:24 PM

    Fantastic interview Jim!! Totally inspiring.
    Looking forward to “feel good” and have that incredible physical, mental vitality & zest for life that Karen has at 75. Amazing!
    I listened to all your podcasts, great job. I will join your Wed sunset runs in 2019. I’m excited.

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