We are really happy to welcome Whitney Heins to the Suite Run Podcast!

Whitney is a lifelong runner, founder of The Mother Runners, (a resource for moms who run), VDOT-O2 certified running coach, 2:56 marathoner, freelance writer, a former award-winning TV news journalist…and most importantly, a mom of two beautiful, crazy kids. She’s also the host of the podcast The Passionate Runner & a regular contributor to Runnerclick.com & Marathon Handbook.com. She currently resides in Knoxville, TN.

In this fun conversation, we chat with Whitney about her running journey, including running a 2:56 marathon despite dealing with an injury and with clear goals for trying to qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials. We talk about her path to founding The Mother Runners (which just hit 10k followers on Instagram - congratulations!), balancing work, mom and training life and her goals for the future, which include a fall marathon. In the second half of the conversation Whitney shares with us all about her beautiful hometown of Knoxville, TN! Whitney has it all dialed in for anyone that wants to visit: the BEST places to run, great places to dine out, amazing places of interest, races and more.

You won't want to miss this super fun conversation with Whitney!

Enjoy our conversation!

Whitney's recommendations for Knoxville:


1. Kate's Cove (11 mile loop - rolling green hills - closed to traffic)

2. Sequoia Hills (old historic neighborhood on the Tennssee River. Run the Trail down the main blvd. 2.5 miles - connects to the Greenway and nature preserve)

3. Ijams (Trails. The Greenway connects to it)

4. Norris Lake


1. Plaid Apron (Farm to table restaurant)

2. Treetop Coffee (Oat Milk Latte + baked goods)

3. The Oliver Royal (Farm to table food. Make a reservation!)


1. The Oliver Hotel (beautiful boutique hotel). It also has a Speakeasy with a secret entrance
2. The Dreammore Resort (Takes you right to Dollywood)


1. The Knoxville Marathon (Last weekend in March - hilly.)
2. The Fireball Race (July 3rd at night. A fast 5k - very patriotic)

Places of Interest

1. The Sunsphere (from the 1982 World's Fair. It is also where the Knoxville Marathon ends.) Can see views of the Smoky Mountains and The Tennessee River.
2. Dollywood (Dolly Parton's Amusement Park)
3. Gaitlinburg (rent a cabin and see the sights)
4. University of Tennessee (lots of sports)
5. Knoxville Zoo

Running Store

1. The Long Run
2. Runner's Market
3. Fleet Feet

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Where to find Whitney Heins:

The Mother Runners on Instagram

The Mother Runners website

The Passionate Runner Podcast

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