Doing Epic Shit With Robin Arzon
Meet Robin Arzon
Robin Arzon's forward moving energy is nothing short of incredible and her persistent notion to do is inevitably infectious. Robin is a corporate lawyer turned street athlete, a Head Coach at Peloton, a hostage survivor, Co-founder of UNDOORDINARY, and an ultramarathoner who runs over 100 miles a week all while continuing to manage a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. We're so honored to add her to the People Who Do roster and so very excited to share her story as part of our series collaboration with Create + Cultivate.
Occupations, affiliations, and projects.
People Who Do + Create & Cultivate focus on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to do and create?
I believe that actions breed every day that we have in life. I don’t think that we can really do things if we’re static. I think moments of stasis are good if they’re temporary, but if we’re really not doing things with passion, I don’t really see the point of living.
To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?
There are honestly so many and I’m really proud to say that. I was a corporate lawyer for 7 years, I just trekked through the Serengeti with nothing but amachete, I survived being held hostage, I run over 100 miles a week. I mean, if we’re not doing things to make us proud I think we have an obligation to re-create ourselves. Thankfully my list continues to grow.
#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.
The mantra I use most regularly is, “I am”. I use that a lot when I’m running.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?
Probably that survival is really an innate instinct and that we’re always capable of a little bit more.
What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned?
To take ownership of your scars. I think taking ownership of our flaws and things that have maybe dinged us throughout the way is actually a better way to approach individuality...and knowing really innately that we are one of one if something that is really powerful.
What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood and what are some of the ways that you relieve stress?
Hip Hop is my thing. If I had one album in general it would be Wu Tang Clan's,"36 Chambers", and as for an artist, Beyonce. The specific song would be “Upgrade You”.
Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.
My social media platforms, mostly Instagram.
What’s the biggest thrill that you get from all of the work that you do?
The biggest thrill I get from leading a public life as an athlete is seeing the look in other people when they realize that they can do it too. I find that there’s something really powerful about the community of athletes who have kind of arisen in the past 5 years which is really based on the regular person doing extraordinary things. That person is very apparent on social media but I think it’s really about the omni presence in our every day lives. I see that all the time in my riders and runners and people who train with me, and the biggest thrill of leading that life publicly is seeing people individually kind of grasp onto that narrative too. I like people putting inspiration into action because I otherwise don’t really see the point of any of these kind of "hash-taggy" social media things that, if you’re not doing in your own life and doing something to tell your own story, then I think that’s a real shame…so I think the most excitement and biggest thrill is seeing someone create themselves.
What is one thing that is so satisfying in your career that you wouldn't be able to do if you had chosen another career path?
I was a lawyer for a long time and I’m certain that I wouldn’t be able to push and pull my own body weight like I do now if I hadn’t chosen to become an athlete. I believe there’s something so powerful about being able to push and pull my own body weight throughout the world. That’s different from being physically fit and more about owning your space in the world.
Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.
Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and Jesus!
3 words that you want to be remembered by.
Do epic shit.
What’s the next goal?
Writing my book right now which will be published next summer, and I’m really excited about my documentary, “Run It Out”. My next goal as an athlete…I’ll do my first triathlon and then I plan on running across the whole country soon.
By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?
I would hope that my legacy is really seen through the lens of strength. I think that I am someone who believes in writing really powerful stories with how we move and act and think, and I hope my legacy is one that inspires people to do that in their own life.