How To Develop Self-Belief, Confidence With Empire Elite’s Dani Aragon

More Than Running

April 9, 2022

“I know I’m gonna have hard races, I know I’m gonna have bad races that are gonna come. I think I’m just working on committing to being like: I’m gonna see it through and as long as I’m healthy – Just keep showing up.”

This week’s guest is Dani Aragon. She is a U.S. 800m and 1500m specialist who was a star at Notre Dame, a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist, an amazing human and so much more. At the beginning of the episode, you’ll get a cameo from her current roommate and former Irish teammate Molly Seidel + coach Jon Green. In this episode, you’ll hear a bit about what it’s like being a pro runner at a training camp. She trains under coach John Trautmann and Tommy Nohilly with Empire Elite.

The reason why I wanted to bring Dani on the podcast is that her post-collegiate career has been one with trials and tribulations. She had her stint with injuries but persevered through it all due to her self-belief. Hopefully, this can resonate with other athletes as a lesson in developing your confidence in the midst of intense training.

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SEASON 4: Jasmine Todd | Logan Hackett | Dani Aragon

SEASON 3: Kate Grace | Chanelle Price |Lennie Waite | Raevyn Rogers | Amy Horst | Tatyana McFadden | Colleen Quigley | Liz Dolan | Keira D’Amato | Sara Vaughn | Heather MacLean | Anna Camp Bennett | Hannah O’Flynn

SEASON 2: Michelle Sammet | Porscha Dobson |Roberta Gibb | Katherine Burgess | Mrs. Space Cadet | Emma Abrahamson | Erika Kemp | Alexi Pappas |Nini Meyer | Emily Infeld | Taylor Treacy |Grayson Murphy | Courtney Wayment

SEASON 1: All 12 episodes are available to download and stream. Guests included Molly Seidel, Alison Wade, Nia Akins, Mary Cain and more.

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Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.