Podcast 155: Devon Yanko: Trail, Mountain, Ultra and Road Runner on a Life Without Labels

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“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried”
– Stephen McCranie

This was the quote that began Devon’s Instagram post this morning following her 2:42 performance on Sunday at the London Marathon. She fought hard, braved headwinds for the final 6 miles and never gave up on herself. Her warrior efforts did not yield a personal best and she’s walking away proud but admittedly hungry for more. She knows that she has more inside of her and she’s willing to let it all spill out as she continues to find her highest and best with each performance.

Devon is no rookie in this school of life and she has learned so many lessons from not learning the lesson. She is queued into how it all works and knows the universe will continue to line up life situations for her to grow into her most powerful self. Today we get a deep insight into where Devon is now within her journey of life.

If you know of or have heard Devon speak before then you know you’re in for some good conversation. In this episode, she opens up about embracing her self-worth and the deep work she has been moving through with the guidance from her health coach Sasha. We talk about the pressures and labels that go along with identifying ourselves as a certain type of athlete and how to live in freedom beyond those labels. Devon lives with fierce bravery and there are many moments of gold in this conversation so pay attention, take notes and definitely have a re-listen or two.

Devon has run more than 40 Marathons and 40 Ultras since 2006. She is a 3-time member of the USATF 100k National Team. She is the 2007 RRCA Marathon National Champion, 2010 50-mile road National Champion. She is a 2-time Olympic Trials marathoner and has a marathon PR of 2:38:55 which she is in pursuit to break. In 2011 she was the 100k National Champion and also that year she set the FKT on the Grand Canyon R2R2R trail with Krissy Moehl. She’s taken 3rd place at the prestigious Two Oceans Marathon (56k) in Cape Town, South Africa and 5th in Comrades Marathon (89k, as well as first novice and first American). At the 2015 Javelina 100 she ran the 3rd fastest trail 100 mile ever for a North American running and also won her way into the 2016 Western States 100 via winning Sean O’Brien 100km. She placed 3rd at Western States in 2016. In 2017, she bounced back from injury (sort of) to place 2nd in the 2017 50km Road National Championship, 10th at the 2017 Comrades and then onto the win at the prestigious Leadville 100 mile trail race on a broken foot.

I can go on an on about Devon’s accomplishments but the greatest achievements are the ones that she is unearthing from within. We are honored to share this beautiful woman with the YT community, someone who is not afraid to be afraid and someone who will continue to do great things in this life because of her courage.

Namaste –

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Episode 155 Show Notes:

Podcast 154: Mendocino 50k Smackdown with Team YogiTriathlete

Podcast Lake Sonoma 50 Interview with Jess and Liz – Watch Now

Join the Tribe, Get Faster. Triathlon | Running | Mindfulness | Plant-Based Nutrition

Connect with YogiTriathlete Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Connect with Jess Instagram | BJ Instagram

Connect with Devon Instagram | Website

Coach with Devon – Services and Philosophy

The Morning Shakeout podcast with Devon

Devon on The Ginger Runner

Life in a Day Documentary

Flock to Finish Documentary

Podcast 25: Mike Wardian

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Bird Strike Documentary

Comrades Marathon

Fuck It Diet – the book that Devon refers to during the podcast.


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