For The Long Run

For The Long Run

By Jonathan Levitt
Exploring the why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated.

The cover photo is my Why: finishing my first 50k, which was a last minute change of plans due to TNF50 cancellation, supported and surrounded by some of the best humans in the trail running world.

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95. Kurt Decker: Community to the core
Kurt Decker is a trail runner who truly loves his state (Minnesota) and the emphasis on engaging in outdoor activities with the people around him. In this episode we discussed: -making his life all about community -switching careers to follow his passion -working in the running industry -his passion for running and being outside -running his first 100 miler in 2002 -racing western states in 2003 -running in the Grand Canyon in 2015 for his birthday -Twin Cities Running Company and the trail running scene in Minneapolis -what runners can do to help support their local running stores  -crosstraining/biking for fun -and much more! Follow along with Kurt’s adventures at https://www.instagram.com/mntrailrunner
46:19
August 7, 2020
94: Peter Bromka: Running it Back
Peter Bromka comes back for round two! Peter’s a runner, writer, dad and husband from Portland, Oregon. In this episode, we talked about: -his return to the podcast -why he’s the most referenced man on FTLR -running in 2020 and not being motivated to do a virtual race -motivation in general -living in Portland, OR during the protests -explaining the murder of George Floyd to his five year old son  -missing goals  -learning from a “failure” -OTQ standards and the differences with men/women -Tommy Rivers Puzey and their relationship -chasing big goals -his storytelling and ability to take us along for the ride -fall goals, both his and mine -and so much more! Follow along with his journey at twitter.com/bromka and instagram.com/bromka Peter's first episode was episode #10. This episode is brought to you by UCAN. If you know me, you know I’m all about personalization and not having a one sized fits all solution. That applies to training, nutrition in general, and nutrition for training and UCAN is another tool in the toolbox I’ve loved over the years.  Along with professional athletes like Alexi Pappas and Meb, I’ve used UCAN for marathons in the past and have recently been incorporating their SuperStarch into my day-to-day routine, and before my long runs for steady energy. Superstarch provides long lasting energy and helps keep your blood sugar stable with tasty summer flavors like cran-raz, tropical orange and more. I also LOVE their bars, particularly the chocolate peanut butter as a late morning or mid afternoon snack. Take 15% off your order at ucan.co with the code FTLR
1:15:37
August 4, 2020
93. Lex Gillette: "Challenges help us grow and ascend" 🚀
Lex Gillette is an athlete, a Paralympian, world record holder, speaker and person who loves life at the end of the day. In this episode we discussed: -being a Paralympian and losing his eyesight at a young age -how he’s handling 2020 and the uncertainty around the Olympics and Paralympics -his background in athletics -getting into adaptive athletics -what it’s like to be a blind Track and Field athlete -getting to and maintaining a high level of excellence, with his first Paralympic Games being in 2004 -winning gold at the Games and what it would mean for him -where his motivation comes from -gratitude  -his Why -the meaning of life (yep, we went there!) -and much more! Follow along with Lex’s journey at https://www.instagram.com/lexgillette and https://twitter.com/lexgillette
36:08
August 1, 2020
92. Alexi Pappas: Be a Bravey
Alexi Pappas is a runner, film maker, writer, actress and Olympian for Greece. In this episode we talked about: -what she means when she says Bravey -her upcoming memoir and what will be in it -writing poetry -her social media presence -role models -how she has used nutrition  -carbs and eating whole grains and how her nutrition experiences have been different in different places -eating more and the impact it has had for her -post Olympic blues and her experience with mental health -getting stuck in Greece during COVID -how she’s handling the unknown when it comes to the Olympics -why she runs -balance -and much more! Follow along with Alexi’s adventures at instagram.com/alexipappas and twitter.com/alexipappas This episode is brought to you by UCAN. If you know me, you know I’m all about personalization and not having a one sized fits all solution. That applies to training, nutrition in general, and nutrition for training and UCAN is another tool in the toolbox I’ve loved over the years.  Along with professional athletes like Alexi Pappas and Meb, I’ve used UCAN for marathons in the past and have recently been incorporating their SuperStarch into my day-to-day routine, and before my long runs for steady energy. Superstarch provides long lasting energy and helps keep your blood sugar stable with tasty summer flavors like cran-raz, tropical orange and more. I also LOVE their bars, particularly the chocolate peanut butter as a late morning or mid afternoon snack. Take 15% off your order at ucan.co with the code FTLR
55:41
July 28, 2020
91. Jacky Hunt-Broersma: The limit does not exist
Jacky Hunt-Broersma is an amputee, cancer survivor and Ultrarunner who has been running for the last four years, living in Cary, North Carolina, though she’s originally from South Africa. In this conversation we talked about: -trail running as an amputee -motivation -pushing boundaries and doing things people have told her she can’t do -running 100 miles on a treadmill -her first trail race being a 40 miler -perseverance -gratitude  -the logistics of trail running with a blade -being a role model for her kids -balance -getting “used to” people saying she’s crazy -big scary goals she has -some of the lessons she’s learned over and over -and much more! Follow along with her adventures at instagram.com/ncrunnerjacky 
38:36
July 24, 2020
90. Laura Cortez: Grace and Space
This conversation is with Laura Cortez, a dog mom, intersectional environmentalist and runner living in Denver, Colorado. In this episode, we talked about: -Progression to running (and winning!) 50k’s -Her take on and appreciation for rest days -Her start with David Roche/SWAP coaching -Giving grace to herself -Digital marketing for a running brand -Diversity (or lack thereof) in trail running -environmentalism and accessibility -her running community -what she’s learned over the years -favorite trails in Colorado -running in 2020 -and much more! Follow along with Laura’s adventures at www.instagram.com/mamita_laurita/
37:42
July 21, 2020
89. Allison Cleaver: "Stay patient"
This episode is with Allison Cleaver. Allison is an elite runner and nurse living in Austin, Tx.  In this episode we talked about: -working as a nurse and beginning right before the pandemic -why she got into nursing -processing her day with respect to running -running post-collegiately -running for Rabbit -her experience at the Olympic Trials -persistence and determination -what she misses about racing and running in 2020 -goals for the future -breakfast tacos -what she loves about the marathon -the Austin running community -coming back from a stress fracture -and much more! Follow along with Allison’s journey at twitter.com/aminicleaver and www.instagram.com/aminicleaver This episode is brought to you by a new group coaching program that I launched with my friend Melissa, a RRCA certified coach and 12 time marathoner. Are you struggling with motivation or consistency? Not sure when to run or when to rest? What about all the options for virtual racing? We’re here to help. Kicking off July 20th, our program is focused on a virtual fall race. For $37/month ($149 total), you’ll get giveaways, swag and preferred pricing from some of our favorite tools and fuels, as well as monthly zoom calls and access to a sports dietitian for all of your nutrition related questions. You’ll get a sixteen week program with two skill levels available, leading into a race day experience with as much of a community vibe as possible in the age of COVID. For more info: https://rabrev.com/coaching (option 1!)
47:30
July 16, 2020
88. Heather Caplan: RD Real Talk x FTLR 🎙️
This episode is with Heather Caplan, a mom of two, a dietitian, runner and human who is interested in having good conversations with other humans. In this episode we talked about: -getting into distance running -2020 and 2021 goals in running -the anti-diet movement -her own podcast -Lane 9 Project -Lift Run Perform -carbs -unlearning what we’ve been taught -nutrition communication, specific to 2020 and coronavirus -obesity as a stigmatized term -public health policy -zooming out when thinking about health -why she became a dietitian -and much more! Follow along with her adventures at www.instagram.com/heatherdcrd and https://twitter.com/heatherdcrd/ This episode is brought to you by a new group coaching program that I launched with my friend Melissa, a RRCA certified coach and 12 time marathoner. Are you struggling with motivation or consistency? Not sure when to run or when to rest? What about all the options for virtual racing? We’re here to help. Kicking off July 20th, our program is focused on a virtual fall race. For $37/month ($149 total), you’ll get giveaways, swag and preferred pricing from some of our favorite tools and fuels, as well as monthly zoom calls and access to a sports dietitian for all of your nutrition related questions. You’ll get a sixteen week program with two skill levels available, leading into a race day experience with as much of a community vibe as possible in the age of COVID. For more info: https://rabrev.com/coaching (option 1!)
55:30
July 13, 2020
87. Wilfredo Benitez: "Doing my best to help others be their best"
This episode is with Wilfredo Benitez, of Portland, OR. Will is a self described passionate guy trying to do his best at helping others do their best. Will works with some of the top trail and ultra athletes in the country. In this episode, we talked about: -realizing that the job he was in wasn’t his life’s passion -changing his career -his professional nutrition journey -getting into endurance sports with triathlon and then into ultras -why he loves ultras  -nutrition requirements for high level athletes -working with an athlete who has never considered making a change to their nutrition -working with high level athletes -planning to do his first hundred miler this year -and much more Follow along with Will’s adventures (and nutrition tips!) at www.instagram.com/onpacewellness/
44:53
July 10, 2020
86. Alan Scherer: “You are always enough”
This episode is with Alan Scherer. Alan lives with bipolar disorder and is a recovering alcoholic who loves to run.  I met Alan in 2013 with November Project Boston in the early days, and I’ve always been inspired by his passion for the community and getting out and living life. In this episode, we talked about: -getting into running -his focus and love for community -trail and ultra running -the euphoria of running longer and stronger -his experience with alcoholism and his sobriety -hitting rock bottom in 2010 and how he turned himself around -“those are my yahoos” -the power of just showing up -and so much more I hope you enjoy this one. If Alan’s story resonates, I’m sure he’d love to hear that. You can follow along with his adventures at https://www.instagram.com/stigmafighter.alanscherer/ and instagram.com/strongbeginswithin The fundraiser he mentioned for Father Bills is https://www.facebook.com/donate/733544874121221/1128926324129479/
45:57
July 7, 2020
85. Kamilah Journet: Most things worth fighting for are uncomfortable
This episode is with Kamilah Journet. Kamilah is an observer, runner and marketer in the outdoor industry. In this episode we talked about: -diversity in the running world -setting boundaries with WFH life -Black Lives Matter and learning about Kamilah’s voice -getting uncomfortable -analogies between running and life -consistency -using her voice in a powerful way “Are you only a runner come race day?” -her experience in the outdoor industry -trail running and how inclusive and accepting it is -running distance vs sprints, when the sprinters looked more like her -her running in 2020 and doing whatever she wants -why runners (and athletes) are uniquely equipped to handle societal change that takes a long time Follow along with Kamilah’s journey at instagram.com/kamilahjournet This episode is sponsored by Addaday. I’ve been loving their BioZoom, a portable, myoacial release device, essentially a massage therapy gun. In these times when I’m not able to see my chiropractor for ART and other manual therapies, the BioZoom definitely hits the spot… pun intended of course. BioZoom is designed to help with recovery and can target specific areas of the body in different ways with one of the five attachments designed for tissue specific treatments. Quieter than the other therapy guns out there, I love using mine while sitting on the couch relaxing, or honestly, even while on a Zoom call. You can get your own at Addaday.com and use the code FTLR15 to save 15% off.
1:00:51
July 3, 2020
84. Coree Woltering: Be the Light ☀️🌈
This episode is with Coree Woltering, a professional trail runner who likes to run really far. In this episode, we talked about: -his 1200 mile Ice Age Trail FKT  -starting the FKT right around the time of the George Floyd protests -deciding to continue his adventure to share something positive  -what he fueled with for 1200 miles spread out over 12-18 hour days on the trail -what kept him going from a motivational standpoint -choosing discomfort on the trails -lessons from the trails that carry over into life -his initial goals as a pro triathlete -moving from triathlon into trail running while living in Boulder -coming out when he was 25 -his experience as a professional athlete working with brands -living in the flatlands and racing in the mountains -and much more! Follow along with Coree’s adventures at https://www.instagram.com/coreewoltering/ and https://coreewoltering.com. This episode is brought to you by Forward Spine and Sport, a Boston based top spot for evidence informed sports injury and pain assessment, diagnosis and management.  I’ve been seeing Bryan Kent for two years now and recently he opened his own practice called Forward Spine and Sport with another chiropractor in the Boston area. At Forward Sport and Spine, they use the right tool for the right job, not the same tool for every job. Every treatment is tailored to your specific needs and physiology utilizing hands on myofascial work and taping techniques, joint motion restoration, And the part that I’ve loved most is the specific rehab exercises, so that you can fix yourself.  Check them out at forwardspineandsport.com! If you’re not from the Boston area, their Instagram account is full of runner specific tips and guidance! instagram.com/forwardspineandsport
57:19
June 30, 2020
83. Adam Merry: from 13.1 to 50k and beyond! 📈
This episode is with Adam Merry, an elite trail runner from Monterey, California. In this episode, we talked about: -Adam's entry into running which included his first half marathon and first 50k in rapid succession -getting further into trail running -the trail community -diversity, or lack thereof in the trail world -how to address this lack of diversity -what it's like to be a mixed race man growing up in a mostly white community -addressing difficult conversations head on -use of social media for activism and engagement -his professional background related to ocean conservation -coaching by David Roche and what David has taught us -love for the process and day to day and much more! Follow along with Adam's journey at www.instagram.com/amerryrunner
52:39
June 26, 2020
82. Kelsey Bruce: Let's taco bout tacos (and running)
This episode is with Kelsey Bruce, an assistant coach at Dallas Baptist University and elite marathoner. In this episode we talked about: -her first run, a mile down the road as a three year old -Let’s Run opportunity at the CC World Champs -run coaching -coaching and running the 800 -balance -hunting and fishing with her dad -tacos 🌮🌮🌮 -nutrition and recovery -how her routine has changed in 2020 -solo running -how faith plays a role in her running -moving up in distance -the Olympic Marathon Trials -recovery and napping -and much more! Follow along with Kelsey’s adventures at https://twitter.com/2KelseyMae and https://www.instagram.com/kelseymae_2/
37:32
June 22, 2020
81. Erin Fredrickson: “It’s fun because it’s hard”
This episode is with Erin Fredrickson. Erin’s a DO, MPH, and Raleigh Distance Project alumni (and co-founder), now living in Seattle, WA. In this episode, we talked about: -identity as a runner and more -getting into healthcare in the time of coronavirus -why she considers herself a leader -Raleigh Distance Project and what it means to her -what she learned from a time that might’ve otherwise been considered a failure -moving during a global pandemic -becoming a family physician during said pandemic -the power of community -“the marathon doesn’t owe you anything” -and much more! Follow along with Erin’s adventures at /www.instagram.com/eeclark3/ and https://twitter.com/eeclark3 The blog that she referenced can be found at https://raleighdistanceproject.org/blog/kym33hbh4wsnwcmcnxk8zhc3htks32
54:43
June 18, 2020
80. Ellie Pell: Dedication + Time + Health = Progress
This episode is with Ellie Pell, a runner and cafe manager in Ithaca, NY. This episode was recorded at the end of March 2020. In this episode we talked about: -a balanced approach to training leading to progress -having fun in training -qualifying for and racing in the Olympic Trials -starting with running because it was “free therapy” -pressing limits and seeing progress -community -running vs racing -burnout -running through the winter in upstate New York -having a 3-5-10 year plan -mental training and positive psychology -mental health Follow along with Ellie’s adventures at twitter.com/gazzellie and www.instagram.com/gazzellie/
40:08
June 15, 2020
79. Mary Johnson: "You don't have to work out, you choose to"
This episode is with Mary Johnson. Mary is a running coach, business owner, athlete, mom, insane. Her words. In this episode, we talked about: -Running for the joy of it -Lift Run Perform -a breaking three project with athletes she coached -big scary goals -coming back from pregnancy -working with David Roche and SWAP -effort based workouts vs time based workouts -changing/swapping workouts with easy days or full rest -Uncle Bob and racing ultras in the future -signing up for a 100 miler???? -balance/shifting seasons -being a coach, a mom, and a wife in addition to being an athlete -her use of social media Follow along with her adventures at instagram.com/itsamarython This episode is sponsored by Addaday. I’ve been loving their BioZoom, a portable, myoacial release device, essentially a massage therapy gun. In these times when I’m not able to see my chiropractor for ART and other manual therapies, the BioZoom definitely hits the spot… pun intended of course. BioZoom is designed to help with recovery and can target specific areas of the body in different ways with one of the five attachments designed for tissue specific treatments. Quieter than the other therapy guns out there, I love using mine while sitting on the couch relaxing, or honestly, even while on a Zoom call. You can get your own at Addaday.com and use the code FTLR15 to save 15%.
1:05:37
June 12, 2020
78. Emma Spencer: Growth through challenges and competition
This episode is with Emma Spencer, a runner and software engineer who lives in Durham, North Carolina. This episode was recorded on May 29th, the fourth day of protesting in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s violent murder. Normally “just” a running podcast, we dove into this right off the bat. In this episode we also talked about: -how she got into running -her prioritizing rest/recovery and how that has helped her over the years -the parts of running that give her value, and what that value is -intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation -challenges with moving -competition, comparison and validation -North Carolina brewery scene -her least favorite style of workout -the 2020 Olympic Trials -training in 2020 -and much more! Follow along with Emma’s adventures at twitter.com/enspencer and instagram.com/enspencer
51:34
June 2, 2020
77. Rochelle Basil: The silos will be chockablock!
This episode is with Rochelle Basil, a runner, coach and wife living in Boulder, Colorado, though she’s originally from New Zealand! In this episode we talked about: -pivots in life -starting running again after a post collegiate break -goal of breaking four in the marathon… and eventually running mid two hours -coaching -Lift Run Perform -stoke level as a barometer of readiness -setting goals -another coach’s take on what to do without races on the calendar -disassociation from the outcome leading to better performance -another discussion on the Grand Canyon adventure 😅 -helping a group of women break three in the marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon -creating community, digitally -meditation -and so much more! Follow along with Rochelle’s adventures at instagram.com/run.kiwi and twitter.com/sceats_tweets
57:20
May 29, 2020
76. Scott Fauble: Remember to have FUN
This episode is with Scott Fauble, a professional runner in Flagstaff Arizona who trains with Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite.  In this episode, we talked about: -how he and the team is handling training in 2020 -virtual racing/time trialing -a sense of community even while separated -failure and success and not being defined by one or the other -his evolving Why -the importance of FUN -mental health -lessons learned from the 2020 Olympic Trials -Top Gun (the GOAT of movies) -his own podcast, and the struggles of podcasting in today’s era -burritos, and what makes a perfect one for him -who would play Scott in a movie -support of sponsors as a pro athlete, and being involved with innovation -much more! Follow along with Scott’s adventures at instagram.com/sfaubs and twitter.com/scottfaubs  This episode is brought to you by The BOLDERBoulder, America’s All-Time Best 10K.  The BB, which normally takes place on Memorial Day each year, is keeping the tradition alive by hosting their VirtuALL Memorial Day 10K. Registration is free with the option to purchase limited edition gear, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Colorado's COVID-19 relief fund Register for free and get more details at bolderboulder.com 
58:12
May 22, 2020
75. Becki Spellman: "We get to do this"
This episode is with Becki Spellman, an elite runner, mom, wife and coach. In this episode we talked about: -running with gratitude -competing in four Olympic Marathon Trials -what Atlanta 2020 was like -resiliency over the years -experiences learned across 25 years of running -rolling with the punches -women’s running in 2020 and beyond -“we get to do this” -her running community, online and in person -and much more! Follow along with Becki’s adventures at instagram.com/beckispell and twitter.com/beckispell
48:42
May 19, 2020
74. Vanessa Fraser: Trust The Process
This episode is with Vanessa Fraser, a professional runner for Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Oregon. In this episode, we talked about: -trusting the process -training with Shalane and the Bowerman Track Club -breaking 15 minutes n the 5k -achieving big goals -race day glitter vs race day mustache -focusing on the journey vs the outcome -getting better vs tangible goal setting -increasing mileage as a pro -the origin of her twitter handle, locknessmonstar -and much more! Follow along with her adventures at instagram.com/nessafraser and twitter.com/locknessmonstar Photo credit: Talbot Cox
49:27
May 15, 2020
73. Hillary Allen: Science, exploring the world and bugs 🐛
This episode is with Hillary Allen, a self described super curious science nerd constantly looking for bugs and asking the question Why? She’s also a professional trail and ultra runner for The North Face, a coach and podcaster herself. In this episode, we talked about: -the initial interest in this podcast -science -disassociating her sense of self-worth with her status as an athlete -her community -why she got into running -what she likes about long distance running -her own Why and how it has shifted -setbacks and injuries -the injury recovery process -progress and consistency -injury recovery alongside Rob Krar -podcasting and coaching  -and much more! Follow along with Hillary’s adventures at www.instagram.com/hillygoat_climbs and www.twitter.com/hillygoatclimbs
50:30
May 8, 2020
72. Lindsay Crouse: Running and Writing with Bravery
This episode is with Lindsay Crouse. Lindsay is a senior editor and reporter at the New York Times, and also a marathon runner. In this episode we talked about:  -some of the big stories she’s shared over the years -Alysia Montaño and Allyson Felix’s stories (#DreamMaternity) -Mary Cain’s story, one of the top 100 stories at the NYT in 2018, and many other individual athletes’ stories -what inspired her to chase those stories -bravery and wanting to help others improve -the baton pass from pro women to elite to sub elite -the idea of a race not because you’re winning, but because you’re improving -takeaways and lessons learned through her reporting -using social media for motivation -the best description of balance I’ve ever heard -North Star vs goal setting -and much more! You can follow along with Lindsay’s stories and running at twitter.com/lindsaycrouse, instagram.com/lindsaycrouse and https://www.nytimes.com/by/lindsay-crouse
52:43
May 5, 2020
71. Rebecca Mehra: Kindness For The Win
This episode is with Rebecca Mehra. Rebecca is a professional track and field athlete on Little Wing Athletics, public policy nerd who works for the mayor of Bend, Oregon. In this episode we talked about: -women supporting women -being supported by Oiselle -training with Little Wing Athletics and having Lauren Fleshman as her coach -improving as an athlete and a person -focusing on mental strength -public policy -social media as a professional athlete -struggle with burnout -team experiences in college and pro athletics -her evolving Why -going viral -how nutrition and blood analysis has played a role in her progress and how it helps her stay healthy -her favorite distance -using comparison in a healthy way -and more! Follow along with Rebecca’s adventures at instagram.com/rebecca_mehra and twitter.com/rebecca_mehra This episode is brought to you by Wellness In Motion, the clinic in Boston that I’ve been going to for chiropractic and sports massage for the last few years. Normally an in person experience, they closed in mid march to help promote social distancing. While they aren’t able to treat patients in a traditional sense, they have pivoted so that they can continue to help all of us by offering complimentary 30 minute telehealth consults to not only their current clients but anyone who wants or needs advice regarding an injury or about maintenance in general. Yes, that’s anyone, nationwide, at no cost. You’ll be able to connect with a trained practitioner, get prehab or rehab exercises and self-treatment options so that you can continue to run strong. Head to wellnessinmotionboston.com and let them know I sent you!
41:35
May 1, 2020
70. Latoya Shauntay Snell: Consistently reevaluating Why
This episode is with Latoya Shauntay Snell, a runner, mom, wife, chef, writer and all around athlete living in Brooklyn, New York. In this episode, we talked about: -consistency vs being motivated -re-evaluating failure as a way to be successful -going “too far” as a way to learn -meditation and introspection -constant re-evaluation of her Why -being a sponsored athlete and working with brands -therapy -social media as a gift and a curse -and much more! You can follow along with Latoya’s adventures at www.instagram.com/iamlshauntay/ and twitter.com/latoyashauntay
46:23
April 28, 2020
69. David Roche: YOU ARE SO LOVED
This episode is with David Roche! David's my coach, and the first guest to come on the podcast for a third time! In this episode we talked about: -current state of affairs, mentally and globally -my injury recovery -his approach to coaching at this time -"pressure makes diamonds" -takeaways from a global pandemic -four points to focus on as a runner these days "yes, thank you" -missing the Boston Marathon -long term development -strides and hill training -finding joy in PLAY -David talking through a drop in audio -and so much more! Follow along with David's journey at instagram.com/addiedoesstuff and twitter.com/mountainroche
1:01:45
April 24, 2020
68. Kaci Lickteig: Exploring the Unknown
This episode’s guest is Kaci Lickteig! Kaci is a professional trail runner and physical therapist who lives in Nebraska. In this episode, we talked about: -Evolution of distance running -Her love of the community -Finding out what she’s made of in ultras -Signing up and running a marathon with her mom -Running and exercising with her mom and grandma -Practicing gratitude -What she does professionally as a PT, working post-surgery -how to decide rest vs continuing to train -Goal races and getting out of her element -Western States and why she loves it -changing sponsors and her use of social media -and much more! You can follow along with Kaci’s journey at instagram.com/ultrarunnerkc and twitter.com/runner_kc
33:22
April 20, 2020
67. Teal Burrell: From 4:07 to 2:39... and beyond!
This episode is with Teal Burrell, a mom, science writer with a PhD in neuroscience, and marathoner who has gone from 4:07 to 2:39. In this episode, we talked about: -big scary goals -hitting goals, and then dreaming bigger -the process of getting better -explaining science to nonscientists -her experience in the 2016 vs 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials -planning to have a baby post-Trials -freelance/WFH tips -balance -Oiselle and the community she is a part of -Lizzo -and much more! Follow along with her journey at https://www.instagram.com/runnerteal/ and https://twitter.com/runnerteal
38:35
April 17, 2020
66. Sabrina Little: Exploring the Why... with a PhD Philosopher
This episode is with Sabrina Little! Sabrina is a wife, a soon to be mother, philosopher, and a professional runner. In this episode, we dug into the exploration of Why. Not just Sabrina’s Why, but the process in general.  We also talked about: -doing the work, and her love of the process -how suffering plays a part of a flourishing life -her ability to persevere -why she started running -what’s next after taking racing out of the equation -her PhD program -trails and life as a pro runner -telling her sponsors about being pregnant -her upcoming journey into motherhood -an epic mistake in her first ultra -more about the Why! Follow along with Sabrina’s adventures at  twitter.com/beaninsneakers, https://www.instagram.com/mrs.little_engine_that_could
44:21
April 14, 2020
65. Danielle Snyder: Being Brave is Being Authentic
This episode's guest is Danielle Snyder.  Danielle is a licensed clinical social worker, wellness coach, running coach, an ultra runner, living in Portland, Oregon. In this episode, we talked about: -how Danielle knew (or didn't know!) she wanted to go into the mental health field -managing normalcy during times like these -how to handle a global pandemic like an ultra -what she's learned as a runner that applies to today -bravery and hope -how to run when you know it will help but can't get out the door -what her North Star and guiding light is currently, and then she flipped it around and asked what mine is! -Bigger Than The Trail, an organization aimed at using trail running as a platform to advocate for mental health -how a crisis can force us to make change -and much more! Follow along with Danielle's adventures at https://www.instagram.com/diellesmells and her website at https://innerdriveathlete.com/. You can reach out to her directly on Instagram or at daniellersnyder@gmail.com Check out Bigger Than The Trail at https://bttt.run/ 
1:08:51
April 10, 2020
64. Ben Bruce: Running with the Bruces
This episode's guest is Ben Bruce.  Ben is a coach, professional runner, father, husband, and much more. We recorded this episode back in Flagstaff in October, so it's free of any coronavirus talk! In this episode, we did talk about: -balance -HOKA NAZ Elite and working with Ben Rosario -coaching taking a bigger role -how he's able to keep up with his own fitness -racing a 2:26 marathon as a pacer while preparing for a 10k on the track -his streak of USA Championships -how his goals have shifted as part of #TeamBruce -his wife Steph Bruce and how Ben is a major part of her training -breaking down the 2019 Chicago Marathon -training in Flagstaff and what it means to Ben -focusing on the process -what's ahead and much more! Enjoy! You can follow along with Ben's adventures at https://www.instagram.com/bbjamin15/ and https://twitter.com/bbjamin
33:36
April 7, 2020
63. Ladia Albertson-Junkans: Running on Hope
This episode's guest is Ladia Albertson-Junkans.  Ladia works in health research, and is known for her incredible energy and positivity on the roads and trails.  This episode started off stronger than most, and we dove right into it. Ladia is a good friend and helped me through some of the hardest weeks of my life as I went through my first experience with loss. We talked about that, and much more: -running on Hope -Gabe Grunewald and the relationship Ladia had (and still has) with Gabe -Justin Grunewald and their relationship -running Western States 2019 and what that was like -running Boston 2019 and her incredible experience -her growth as a runner -experiences with loss, grief, and joy -why pain can be gift and blessing in the presence of loss -bravery and so much more. I hope you enjoy this one. I sure did.
52:27
April 2, 2020
62. Nick Klastava: Finding the joy again
This episode's guest is Nick Klastava! Nick is a dad, husband, coach, and runner who lives in Baltimore, MD. In this episode, we talked about: -running as a social activity -taking a long break from running and getting back as an adult -getting back to competitive running and racing -doing workouts without splitting laps on his watch (and why!) -SWAP Team and his relentless positivity -mental health and therapy -“toughness” -goals going forward -coaching with Lift Run Perform And much more! Follow along with Nick's adventures at https://twitter.com/nklastava and https://instagram.com/nklastava! This episode is brought to you by @synchroknitbywigwam. SynchroKnit uses breakthrough technology creating a truly fitted sock that doesn't slip, and it enhances the performance of a running shoe... especially on the trails or when you’re climbing and descending. Go to synchroknit.com and enter in code LONGRUN25 to receive 25% off of your first order. I'm so excited to get out onto the trails with them soon!
32:43
March 30, 2020
61. Jacob Puzey: Running, coaching, and home-schooling
This week's guest is Jacob Puzey. Jacob is an elite trail and ultra runner who lives in Alberta, Canada.  Jacob is a coach, a dad to six, race director, and more. In this week's episode we talked about: -the many hats he wears -living and running in Alberta, Canada -his entry into running -the running community  -what RD's are dealing with during these times -his background in education -a dive into homeschooling and his tips for parents who are now working from home with school aged kids -and much more! You can follow Jacob's adventures at https://www.instagram.com/jacobpuzey/ and https://twitter.com/jacobpuzey, and his coaching group is called Peak Run Performance. This week's podcast is sponsored by SynchroKnit, powered by Wigwam! SynchroKnit uses breakthrough technology creating a truly fitted sock that doesn't slip, and it enhances the performance of a running shoe. They're tight on the arch and heel which makes it feel snug. Go to synchroknit.com and enter in code LONGRUN25 to receive 25% off. I'll be wearing them this spring and you should too!
50:45
March 27, 2020
60. Aliphine Tuliamuk: Running on Gratitude
This week's guest is Aliphine Tuliamuk. Aliphine is a professional runner on HOKA ONE ONE's Northern Arizona Elite, based in Flagstaff, Arizona. In this episode (which was recorded before the announcement was made about postponing the Olympics), we talked about: -racing (and winning) the Olympic Marathon Trials -her roots and moving to the US after growing up in Kenya -rest and recovery after one of the biggest races of her life -uncertainty and her approach to moving forward -Northern Arizona Elite and the team environment -re-watching the Trials -crocheting and keeping busy  -her favorite spots in Flagstaff -gratitude  -consistency -much more! Follow along with Aliphine's adventures at https://www.instagram.com/aliphine and https://twitter.com/aliphinetuliamu This week's podcast is sponsored by SynchroKnit, powered by Wigwam! SynchroKnit uses breakthrough technology creating a truly fitted sock that doesn't slip, and it enhances the performance of a running shoe. They're tight on the arch and heel which makes it feel snug. Go to synchroknit.com and enter in code LONGRUN25 to receive 25% off. I'll be wearing them this spring and you should too!
45:18
March 24, 2020
59. Shalane Flanagan: Run Fast, Eat Slow
This week's guest is Shalane Flanagan.  Shalane is an Olympic Medalist and American Record holder, who is now a coach for the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Oregon. In this episode, we talked about:  -graduating from a pro runner to a pro coach -running for the joy of it -uncertainty in the weeks ahead and what runners can and should do -gratitude -the secret to successful running -"stuffing the silo" -"the joke's on them, I would've done this for free!" -her excitement for what's ahead and paying it forward -Run Fast, Eat Slow -Running the Boston Marathon again some day... for fun! -the running community -her goals for the future  and much more!  You can follow Shalane's journey at https://www.instagram.com/shalaneflanagan/ and https://www.twitter.com/shalaneflanagan/, and you can find her cookbook co-authoried by Elyse Kopecky at https://runfasteatslow.com/ This week's podcast is sponsored by SynchroKnit, powered by Wigwam! SynchroKnit uses breakthrough technology creating a truly fitted sock that doesn't slip, and it enhances the performance of a running shoe. They're tight on the arch and heel which makes it feel snug. Go to synchroknit.com and enter in code LONGRUN25 to receive 25% off. I'll be wearing them this spring and you should too!
53:49
March 20, 2020
58. Jen A Miller: "Running: A Love Story"
This week's episode is with Jen A Miller. Jen is a runner and freelance writer who lives in New Jersey.  Please note: The first few minutes of audio aren't great, but it gets better after that! In this episode, we talked about: -getting started as a writer -her journey as a runner -why she runs today -therapy and mental health -tips for people working from home who have never done so before -balance -rejection -keeping it real and much more!  You can follow along at https://twitter.com/byJenAMiller and https://jenamiller.com/
50:10
March 16, 2020
57. Camelia Mayfield: Running Happy on the Roads, Trails and Trials
This week's episode is with Camelia Mayfield. Camelia is a trail and ultra runner who lives in Bend, Oregon. In this episode, which we recorded the day before the Olympic Marathon Trials, we talked about: -going from the trails to the road -how she got started with ultrarunning -mental health and what it means for her -how she balances/juggles training, life, and work -approaching a race  -how she uses nutrition to fuel her performance -the US Olympic Marathon Trials -much more! Follow along at https://www.instagram.com/cameliamayfield and https://twitter.com/cameliamayfield
34:04
March 13, 2020
56. YiOu Wang: From the Trails to the Trials
This week's episode is with YiOu Wang. YiOu is a trail and ultra runner who lives and trains in Northern California. In this episode ahead of the Olympic Trials, we discussed: -qualifying for the Trials due to a last minute race change -training for the Trials as a trail runner -lessons learned from the trails that carry over to the roads -her "couch to Boston Marathon Qualifier" while living in Boston -going up in distance beyond the marathon -sponsorship and social media as a pro athlete -"luck is when preparation meets opportunity" -being process focused vs results oriented -her travels -and more! Follow along at https://www.instagram.com/ywangruns/ and https://twitter.com/Magicsquid
49:03
March 6, 2020
55. Erin Strout: Writing, Running, and the Olympic Marathon Trials
This week's special episode is with Erin Strout! Erin is a writer for Women's Running, and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. In this episode, we talked about: -behind the scenes of being a journalist -how Erin got into the profession -which of her stories are her favorite or the most meaningful -why we're seeing women's distance running the best it has ever been -women's running in general, and how to continue to move things forward -a "state of affairs" with running  -some predictions for the industry and of course... THE OLYMPIC TRIALS! You can find Erin at https://twitter.com/erinstrout and https://instagram.com/erinstrout, and at Women's Running Magazine!
57:21
February 27, 2020
54. Kaitlin Gregg Goodman: Training Joyfully 😊
This week's guest is Kaitlin Gregg Goodman. Kaitlin is a professional runner who lives in Providence, RI and trains with the BAA High Performance team. In this episode, we talked about: -Training Joyfully, and what that means to her -her development as an athlete and coach -how she finds joy during times of adversity -what she's afraid of -her take on balance  -dealing with the comparison game as a professional runner -her favorite part of the Boston Marathon course… which is coincidentally my least favorite part -Public Health Policy and how to have better conversations around health metrics and progress -her educational background -The Olympic Trials, as she's qualified in the 5000/10000 and marathon! -and much more! Follow along at https://twitter.com/runnerkg and https://instagram.com/runnerkg Tune in next week for a special Olympic Trials preview episode with Erin Strout, which will be released on Thursday instead of Friday, so you can have an extra day to listen ahead of Saturday’s Olympic Marathon Trials race down in Alanta! The NFL study referenced in this episode can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25649084/
56:22
February 21, 2020
53. Allie and Michaela Hackett: Twins on the Run
This week's podcast is with Allie and Michaela Hackett, a pair of twins living in Boston and running for the Boston Athletic Association. In this episode, we talked about:  -running in the Olympic Trials -what to expect -living together and the vibe when one is crushing it and the other isn't -training on the Boston Marathon course -Boston Marathon goals for later this spring -collegiate running and underfueling -injury and recovery -cortado club vs cold brew club ☕ -fear -training tools and tips -some lighter questions from fans and friends -much more! Follow Allie at https://www.instagram.com/allie__hackett and Michaela at https://www.instagram.com/michaela_hackett/
41:54
February 14, 2020
52. Lou Serafini: Helping Others Find Joy In Running
This week's episode is with Lou Serafini, an elite runner in Boston. In addition to running at a high level, Lou is the Community Manager at Tracksmith. In this episode we talked about: -balancing work and training -his second Olympic Trials coming up -Tracksmith and how his role has evolved -a little more behind the scenes of a fast-growing running brand -the Boston running community -what he's scared of -his approach to running and rest -how his relationship with running has changed over the years -much more! Follow along at instagram.com/louserafini1 and twitter.com/LouisSerafini
45:33
February 7, 2020
51. Julia Hanlon: Running On Om
This week’s episode is with Julia Hanlon. Julia is a runner, yogi, and podcaster herself! In this week’s episode we talked about: -podcasting, and getting back into it after a break -where she finds her inspiration and motivation -her travels all across the country (and world!) -therapy and mental health -getting her Masters in Boulder -leading/participating in writing/mindfulness retreats (Wilder Retreat) -having Lauren Fleshman as her mentor -living with Little Wing in Bend, OR -what she’s scared of -much more! You can follow along with Julia’s adventures (and podcast!) at instagram.com/runningonom 
49:37
January 31, 2020
50. Amanda Nurse: Amanda Runs Boston (and beyond!)
This week's episode is with Amanda Nurse! Amanda is a professional runner who lives in Boston. In this episode, we talked about: -her progression as a runner -wearing many hats as a mom/wife/coach/sponsored runner and more -pregnancy, and coming back stronger after giving birth to her now two year old son -her mental game and how she focuses in/on a race -training leading up to the Olympic Trials -Wellness in Motion -and much more! Follow along with Amanda's adventures at instagram.com/amandarunsboston! 
46:58
January 24, 2020
49. Jesse Thomas: Work, Play, Love... podcast!
This week's guest is Jesse Thomas. Jesse is the CEO and co-founder of PickyBars, a professional triathlete, husband, father, and so much more. In this week's episode, we talked about: -balance with Work, Play, and Love, which is the name of the podcast he co-hosts with his wife, Lauren Fleshman -"graduating" from life as a pro triathlete into full time with PickyBars as CEO -struggles with PickBars, and choosing to be open about it -struggling (and mental health in general) -athletic goals going forward -social media use as a pro, and primary marketing driver for PickyBars -adventure racing -life in Bend -much more! Follow along with Jesse's adventures at www.instagram.com/jessemthomas, twitter.com/jessemthomas, and PickyBars.com! This week’s episode is sponsored by PickyBars. I’ve been a customer of PickyBars since their early days, and they get better every year. Created from a need to have a performance and real food bar, PickyBars are one of my favorite fueling choices.  I’ve been a member of their monthly club subscription for years now. I have a bar before all my weekday runs, and enjoy their oatmeal before long runs… both are so easy on the road. I’m excited to share 20% off a one time purchase OR your first month of the PickyClub with code FORTHELONGRUN. Enjoy!
32:59
January 17, 2020
48. Dana Giordano: Do Your Job... and Run Ugly.
This week's episode is with Dana Giordano.  Dana is a professional runner living in Boston, MA. Dana made the leap into full time/pro running last winter as a mid distance runner, and we talked about her progression from working full time into training full time. In this episode we also talked about:  -taking chances and putting herself out there -being a professional athlete in Boston -SLEEP (all 9.5 hours/night worth) -inspiring others, especially high school girls -what she's scared of -working with a sport psychologist -social media as a pro -Do Your Job and Run Ugly -so much more! Follow along with her adventures at instagram.com/dana_gio and twitter.com/dana_gio6
58:15
January 10, 2020
47. Amelia Boone: Training and racing with an ever evolving Why
This week's podcast is with Amelia Boone, an attorney and obstacle course racer and ultra runner from the Bay Area. In this episode, we talked about: -exploring limits and boundaries -mental health -her journey and experience with an eating disorder over the last 20 years -her Why, which has evolved over the year -rest day brags -personal growth -sponsorship as a professional athlete with a full time job -so much more Follow along with Amelia's adventures at instagram.com/arboone11 and twitter.com/ameliaboone/
52:32
January 3, 2020
46. Cody Reed: The Importance of Living YOUR Life
This week's guest is Cody Reed. Cody is a trail and ultra runner living in Flagstaff, Arizona. As you'll hear him share right off the bat, he really likes running long distances.  In this episode Cody talked about: -why he likes running long -the mental side of running these "long ass distances" -the importance of balancing life and training -what he does in his spare time away from running and coaching -his big goals -what he's scared of -the Grand Canyon as a training ground for the Coconino Cowboys -sponsorship as a pro -and much more! You can follow Cody's adventures at instagram.com/codyreeeed and twitter.com/ReedSpeeeed
31:54
December 27, 2019
45. Grayson Murphy: Follow Your Arrow Wherever It Points
This week’s guest is Grayson Murphy. Grayson is a road and trail runner living in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this episode, we talked about: -not labeling herself as *just* a road or trail runner -HAPPINESS and what it means for her -taking risks and following her arrow -leaving a sponsor and signing with a new one -her start with trails -what scares her -how she uses social media -therapy and mental health -her 2020 Training/Life Planner -The Why behind she runs -Guidance from Megan and David Roche -so much more! Enjoy! You can follow Grayson’s adventures at instagram.com/racin__grayson and twitter.com/racin__grayson
49:19
December 20, 2019
44. Patrick Reagan: Running long and feeling strong
This week’s podcast is with Patrick Reagan. Patrick is an ultra runner who lives in Savannah Georgia. We recorded this episode in the days prior to his third hundred miler of the year, which he ended up winning. In this episode, we talked about: -his love for running long distance races -why he loves what happens beyond six hours -mental toughness -why he trains and races the way he does -logistics of training in a state without much elevation… but plenty of heat -much more! You can follow along with his adventures at instagram.com/patrickreaganrunning and twitter.com/preaganrunning
38:41
December 13, 2019
43. Abby Levene: Aligning your Job (and Life) with your Passion
This week’s episode is with Abby Levene. Abby is a trail runner living in Boulder, Colorado. In this episode we talked about: -Abby’s dive into trail running -her first 50k -her injury earlier in 2019 and coming back healthy later in the year -her love for Mother Nature and the environment -the running community -running at CU Boulder and the community in Boulder -so much more! You can follow her adventures at instagram.com/aplevene and twitter.com/levene_machine The quote I butchered from Maggie Rusch's Instagram post (discussed around 38 minutes in was: "It’s about these three questions with whatever we’re doing in life, which are: what am I doing, why am I doing it, and  is it in the highest divine alignment or alignment with my authentic blueprint—who I am—so a huge clue is what brings me joy. If you can find that thing that gives you that feeling, spend time doing that; make sure you spend time in that joy every day as often as you can."   - Julie Piatt on a brilliant throwback Rich Roll podcast
54:00
December 7, 2019
42. Keely Henninger: Taking Care of Your Body and Loving the Process
This week’s podcast is with Keely Henninger. Keely is a trail runner living in Portland, Oregon who runs for Nike Trail and works as a biomechanics researcher. This was a shorter episode, as our coach David and his wife Megan (and their dog Addie) showed up for a pre-TNF meet up, and we’ll hopefully record another (and longer) episode in 2020! In this episode we talked about: -the journey and ups and downs -coming back from a big injury -lessons learned as a result -health and nutrition -the definition of good health -nutrition and the importance of a personalized diet -what Keely learned from working with GU and InsideTracker about her own personal dietary needs -much more! Follow Keely’s adventures at instagram.com/runwidkeel and twitter.com/runwidkeel
23:43
November 29, 2019
41. ‪Mario Fraioli : The State of Affairs in Running (and where do we go from here?)
This week’s podcast is with Mario Fraioli. Mario is a coach and very solid runner himself, living in Northern California. In this episode, we talked about: -the state of affairs in running -how Mario thinks we can all help turn the tide for the better -mental health and Mario’s experience with an eating disorder as a younger runner -the guidance he has for other coaches and athletes. -how Mario has seen the running industry change over the years. -coaching an athlete through different parts of their journey, including through injuries and the offseason. -predictions for TNF, and Mario was pretty spot on -Mario’s podcast, The Morning Shakeout and much more! You can follow along at instagram.com/mariofraioli and twitter.com/mariofraioli. Mario’s podcast is called The Morning Shakeout, and it’s awesome!
55:16
November 22, 2019
40. Kellyn Taylor: Chasing the Olympic Dream
This week's episode is with Kellyn Taylor. Kellyn is a mom, wife, and pro runner for Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite in Flagstaff, Arizona. In this episode we talked about: -being all in on her big goals -taking chances and coming up short sometimes -importance of a long term focus -social media use as a pro athlete -pursuits outside of running -HOKA NAZ Elite -much more! Follow along at twitter.com/kellyn_taylor and instagram.com/kellyn_taylor!
35:30
November 15, 2019
39. Sara Hall: Running Fast and Taking Chances
This week’s episode is with Sara Hall. Sara is a professional runner living in Flagstaff, AZ. In this episode we talked about: -her racing this season -listening to her body -taking calculated risks, and doing things that make her happy and fulfilled -her approach to social media -faith and running/life -much more! You can follow Sara at twitter.com/sarahall3 and instagram.com/sarahall3
46:19
November 8, 2019
38. A Grand Canyon Wrap-Up with David Roche 🏜
I sat down with my coach David Roche to discuss the Grand Canyon adventure. In this episode we talked about: -Training and setting big scary goals -Progress over the last year -Fueling a 13 hour adventure -David's approach to recovery from a big day like R2R2R -How my approach to running (and life) has changed recently -How therapy has helped my running -What happened immediately after we finished -and much more!
58:01
October 31, 2019
37. Lindsay Flanagan: from Chicago to Boulder, and beyond!
This week’s guest is Lindsay Flanagan. Lindsay is a pro runner living and training in Boulder, CO. In this episode, we talked about: -pancakes -the Boulder bubble -2019 Chicago Marathon and her goals for it -social media as a pro -balance -her experience at the Boston Marathon -much more! Follow along at instagram.com/lflanagan2 and twitter.com/lflanagan242
48:11
October 18, 2019
36. Amanda Basham: from marathons to mountains
This week's guest is Amanda Basham. Amanda is a trail and ultra runner (and coach!), living in Boulder, CO. In this episode, we talked about: -living in Boulder -her love for Western States -how she trains and races 100's -running in the 2013 Boston Marathon -her eating disorder and how running helped her take control -progression from marathons into ultras -much more! You can follow Amanda’s adventures at instagram.com/amanda_basham and twitter.com/trainer_ab
51:34
October 11, 2019
35. Noah Droddy: A [Really Fast] Blue-Collar Runner 👔
Noah is a professional runner living in Boulder, Colorado, currently training for the Chicago Marathon this fall. In this episode we talked about: -Noah's training over the last few years -why he took the leap -living in Boulder -balance, or lack thereof, as a pro runner -what he struggles with -what he's afraid of -Chicago Marathon 2019 -what's ahead -some fun fan (and girlfriend) submitted questions You can find Noah at twitter.com/ibuilttheark and instagram.com/noah_droddy
56:17
October 4, 2019
34. Kara Goucher: An Olympian Tackling New Adventures
This week's guest is Kara Goucher. Kara is an Olympian, a mom, wife, and fighter for clean sport. She’s also a new trail runner! In this episode, we talked about: -her adventures in trail running -what it's like trying something totally new -what it was like to have things go the way they did at Leadville -how she's changed training -mental health and therapy -Clean Sport -what's next for her -so much more! Follow Kara's adventures at Twitter.com/karagoucher and Instagram.com/karagoucher
1:05:21
September 27, 2019
33. Reed Fischer: Tinman Elite and Marvel Comics
This week's guest is Reed Fischer. Reed runs for Tinman Elite in Boulder, CO. In this episode, we talked about: -how Tinman got started -how they approach training and connecting with fans -sponsorship -a few lighter/entertaining questions submitted from fans -Reed's focus on longevity and progress over time -staying motivated -his top three cereals -Reed's diet as a pro -much more! Follow along at www.instagram.com/reedfisch and twitter.com/reedfisch
47:25
September 13, 2019
32. Hayden Hawks: Running on Faith
This week's episode is with Hayden Hawks.  Hayden is a professional trail runner, husband, father, and coach.  In this episode, we talked about:  -what gets him really excited in life and sport -Western States training camp -UTMB -the strength and power of a mustache on race day -how he's honed his diet in the last few years  -how faith impacts his training and life -much more! You can find Hayden at Twitter.com/hawks1hayden and Instagram.com/hawks_hayden
49:07
September 6, 2019
31. Brad Lindeberg: Running on Dad Jokes
This week's guest is Brad Lindeberg, or as I like to call him, Dad Joke Brad. Brad is a hard working amateur runner, and in this episode we talked about: -Dad Jokes -what got Brad into running -what keeps Brad running -balance -some of the challenges he's faced -Brad the Kudos Bot -how he uses social media to connect with other runners -and much more! You can find Brad at https://twitter.com/BradRunsFar and https://www.instagram.com/bradrunsfar/
54:49
August 30, 2019
30. Shalaya Kipp: Running on Science 🤓
This week's episode is with Shalaya Kipp. Shalaya is a runner, scientist, PhD student, and Olympian. In this week's episode, we went deep down the running nerd rabbit hole. We talked about: -the Nike 4% project -blood biomarkers and athletic performance -sponsorship as an elite athlete -her experience at the London Olympics in 2012 -what gets her really excited in life -much more! You can find Shalaya at twitter.com/shalayakipp and instagram.com/shalayakipp
45:26
August 23, 2019
29. Reid Buchanan: sharing the road towards excellence
This week's episode is with pro runner Reid Buchanan. Reid runs for On, and lives in Mammoth Lakes, California. He's one of my favorite athletes to follow because of his no-BS approach to training, social media, and life. In this episode, we talked about: -his journey and progression as a college athlete into a pro runner -why and how he's taken a calculated and long-term oriented approach -how he structures his training -his training environment in Mammoth Lakes, CA -how he uses social media... and much more! You can follow Reid's journey at instagram.com/reidbuchanan and twitter.com/reidbuchanan22
46:43
August 16, 2019
28. Dorothy Beal: Marathons and Mileposts
This week's episode is with Dorothy Beal, founder of @mileposts and #irunthisbody. In this episode, we talked about: -listening to your body... and what that really means -why Dorothy loves racing marathons -why Dorothy loves racing MULTIPLE marathons in the same cycle -Dorothy's history with social media -the benefits of therapy and focusing on mental health... and much more! You can find Dorothy on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mileposts and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/mileposts!
50:26
August 9, 2019
27. Cat Bradley: from DFL to winning Western States
This week's guest is Cat Bradley. Cat's a pro trail runner for Salomon living in Colorado. In this episode, we talked about: -her love for 100 milers -what she's scared of -how she practices gratitude and appreciation on the run -SWAP Run Coaching -what keeps her going through tough times -fueling at altitude  -carrot cake -much more! You can follow along with Cat's adventures on Instagram at www.instagram.com/catberad!
51:56
August 2, 2019
26. Neely Spence Gracey: life on the run in Colorado
This week's guest is Neely Spence Gracey. Neely is a professional marathoner for Adidas, and we covered a wide variety of topics in this episode including: -balance -mental training and coming back from a hard race -her entry into the running world -Top American at Boston 2016 -motherhood and pregnancy -sponsorship and childbirth -social media as a pro athlete -much more! Neely can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/neelysgracey and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/neelysgracey/
53:50
July 26, 2019
25. Paddy O'Leary: running meets science meets community
This week's episode is with Paddy O'Leary. Paddy is an ultra runner from Ireland, living in San Francisco. In this episode, we talked about: -Getting into running -His experience leading and participating in November Project -Why he loves racing short distance trail races and cross country -His professional career as a cancer researcher -His relationship with his sponsors and thoughts on racing full time You can find Paddy at instagram.com/poleary87 and twitter.com/poleary87!
44:20
July 19, 2019
24. Mike Wardian: truly loving the process
In this week's episode, Mike Wardian talks all about: -what it's like to race every weekend -some of the amazing adventures he's been on -what balance means to him -what scares him -what keeps him motivated -why he pushes his body to such limits You can find Mike at www.instagram.com/mikewardian and www.twitter.com/mikewardian!
54:25
July 12, 2019
23. Anna Mae Flynn: Making hard decisions and focusing on longevity in sport
Anna Mae Flynn and I sat down in Tahoe the week of Western States to talk about her DNS and what she and others can and should learn from it. In this episode we covered: -Longevity vs chasing short term goals -Connection and community in the trail world -Sharing the journey  -Future goals and much more! You can find Anna Mae on Instagram at instagram.com/annamaeflynn
48:23
July 5, 2019
22. The Mocko Show X For The Long Run
This week’s guest is Chris Mocko.  Chris is a trail runner, ultra marathoner, and long distance specialist who is currently training for the Western States 100 Miler at the end of June.  We talked about what excites him about the hundred mile distance, as he feels he’s figured out the road marathon but still is pretty uncertain about the hundreds, which he finds to be a fun challenge to try and figure out. We talked about Mocko’s experience as a full time athlete, as he’s quit his job twice now. He talked about balance as well as his YouTube channel and general social media presence. Chris opened up a bit about vulnerability and the shared struggle of things not going well all the time, as well as what scares him.  Enjoy! Chris runs for Nike and hopefully one day, Kodiak Cakes. You can find Chris on Twitter at @chrismocko, on Instagram at @cmocko, and his YouTube at youtube.com/themockoshow
47:36
June 27, 2019
21. Matt Daniels: From Sub-4 Miler to Western States 100
This week’s guest is Matt Daniels.  Matt is a trail and ultra runner, as well as a coach. Matt has run a sub 4 minute mile, and this summer he’s taking on the hundred mile distance for the first time, after coming from a track and short distance background. Talk about range!  Matt spent three years stationed in Japan with the US Navy. After that, he returned Stateside to run for a DII running powerhouse where he truly sharpened his speed and ran that sub 4 minute mile.  Over the next few years, he found himself loving the trails after moving to Boulder, Colorado, where we recorded this podcast.  We talked about the dangers of comparison and sticking to your own path, especially in a town like Boulder where the running joke is that “Boulder Average” means having a shoe sponsor. Towards the end of the episode we talked a little about mental strength and Matt’s experience with battling depression and how running helped to bring the joy back into his life. I hope you enjoy our chat!  Matt runs for Nike Trail, Unived Sports, Little Tree Labs, and InsideTracker.  You can find Matt at @mattdaniels480 on Twitter and Instagram!
41:19
June 21, 2019
20. Corrine Malcolm: Science Meets Ultrarunning
This week’s guest is Corrine Malcolm. Corrine is an ultra runner, coach, writer and scientist with a degree in Health and Human Performance, living in San Francisco, California.  We sat down to chat about all things ultra running and science, and this one had a lot of tangible takeaways for athletes, particularly heading into the summer. We talked about heat and altitude, as well as what got her into high performance sport as both an athlete and on the scientific side of things.  Corrine was training for nordic skiing at the Olympic level, and talked about how she was overtrained during the 2010-2012 Olympic Cycle in biathlon and found the trails and mountains and hasn’t looked back. We talked about how to find joy in the day to day, how to reframe discomfort as something productive, and so much more. Enjoy! Corrine runs for Adidas Terrex, InsideTracker, coaches for TrainRight, and writes for iRunFar. You can find Corrine on Twitter and Instagram at @corrinemalcolm.
41:37
June 14, 2019
19. Kyle Robidoux: the first visually impaired runner racing Western States
This week’s guest is Kyle Robidoux. Kyle is an avid skier, runner, local beer enthusiast, and non-profit manager who has worked tirelessly to ensure that he is not defined by the boundaries that others place on him and his vision.  Later this month, Kyle will be the first visually impaired athlete to race the Western States 100 miler… while having a visual field of about 2-5% of what a normal eye would see.  In this week’s podcast, Kyle and I talked about his experience as a visually impaired athlete and what motivates him to explore his limits both on the roads and on trails.  We talked about what got him into running, and why he continues to do it. Kyle’s no excuses approach is pretty awesome and I’m excited to follow along with his journey from Squaw to Auburn in just a few weeks! You can find Kyle on Twitter at @kylerobidoux and on Instagram at @blindbeerrunner
44:02
June 7, 2019
18. Sally McRae: Community and Connection
This week’s guest is Sally McRae. Sally is a pro trail runner, mother, wife, coach, speaker and world traveler.  Sally uses her platform as a pro athlete to connect with people all across the world, often through sport.  We sat down in Woodstock Vermont at Sarah Canney’s Rise Run Retreat, where Sally was a guest and speaker.  This was a fun one. As you’ll hear in this interview, I’m a big fan of Sally’s, and not just because of her accomplishments on the trails. If you follow her on social media, you know that she’s one of the most positive people out there, always supporting others and helping people to see the best in themselves.  We dug into that and talked about her history which has helped shape her into the person she is today, and about her fears and dreams.  This one could have gone on for hours, and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!  Sally runs for Nike Trail, Spring Energy, Coros, O2 Health Lab, LiquidIV, Igloo, and InsideTracker. 
49:40
May 31, 2019
17. Teri of A Foodie Stays Fit
This week’s guest is Teri of a Foodie Stays Fit, which is her blog all about food and fitness. Teri was born and raised in Utah and now lives in North Carolina. She's run a handful of marathons, and we spoke on Wednesday after the Boston Marathon, so that’s why I might sound a little horse!  Teri wrote in her journal when she was 21 that one of her life goals was to qualify for Boston. At the time, she was running 11 minute miles, and over the years, she got closer and closer to making it happen, and eventually did. She has now run Boston twice! We talked about some of her tips for finding enjoyment and fun in the process, even if you’re far away from your goal. Teri just left corporate america after 13 years to run her own business. We dug into this, taking risks, and her take on balance. We also talked about how important racing something like a 5k can be, for the lessons you can learn in running and in life in general. You can find Teri on Instagram at @AFoodieStaysFit
44:55
May 24, 2019
16. David Roche and I talk training, life, puppies and capturing unicorns
I sat down with my coach to talk about our progress over the last year and what led into the Providence Marathon breakthrough, a race that we decided on only about 8 weeks out. We covered the idea that without struggle, successes aren’t as meaningful, and that acknowledging discomfort and pressure is necessary and helpful in both running and life. I hope there are a lot of fun takeaways in this one for everyone to learn from!
1:05:50
May 18, 2019
15. Tim Ritchie: A Little Real Talk
Tim and I spoke before the Boston Marathon, a race that he grew up watching as an athlete and coach at Boston College, which is right after Heartbreak Hill. In the interview which took place on the Friday before the marathon, Tim shared that he hadn’t run in the last 7 days and more about the dark place he was in leading up to race day and how he was managing that. Tim had a 2:21 debut at the 2013 Boston Marathon, and has brought his marathon time down to 2:11:56 en route to winning the USATF Marathon Championships at CIM in 2017. We talked about what got him out the door the first time, his progression and how he keeps the fire lit as a pro runner. We talked about his love for the journey, both his own and those of the athletes that he coaches now at UMass Amherst and with McKirdyTrained. We dug into his Why and the spiritual and religious connection he feels when he’s running and racing. Tim runs for Saucony and coaches at UMass Amherst and with McKirdyTrained, and can be found on Instagram at @timritchiewtd
38:13
May 17, 2019
14. Tyler Andrews: Setting Big, Public Goals
Tyler Andrews is a pro ultra runner who just raced in Hoka One One’s Project Carbon X 100k world record attempt. Tyler and I talked about setting challenging and very public goals, and why he loves continuing to do.  Tyler and I dug into what it means to be a successful runner, some tips on how to continue to improve over the years and his love of the process, and what balance means to him. Tyler runs for Hoka One One, Nuun Hydration and Strive Trips.  Enjoy! 
45:48
May 10, 2019
13. Talking Injury Prevention and Recovery with Stephanie Howe
Bonus episode! We're talking about injury prevention and recovery, when to rest and when to keep training, and how to continue to be your own best advocate when it comes to the medical system!
28:21
May 7, 2019
12. Stephanie Howe: PhD, coach, ultra champion
Stephanie and I sat down while she was in Boston for the marathon, just after we shared a run around the Charles River.  Stephanie grew up in Minnesota, and raced Nordic Skiing and Cross Country at Northern Michigan University.  She fell in love with running on the trails after college in Bozeman Montana, where she was studying Exercise Physiology at Montana State University before she moved further West to Oregon to pursue a doctoral program at the University of Oregon studying Human Physiology and ultimately earning her PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Science.  Stephanie is the 2014 Western States champion, Course Record holder at the Lake Sonoma 50 Miler and has many other professional career highlights both academically and athletically.  Stephanie is passionate about nourishing the body through physical movement and real food. She also makes incredible pizza (trust me!) and loves cooking for and eating with friends.  We talked a lot about this some of the other components of running that fuel her passion for the sport, and what she’s seen change over the years in the trail running scene. Stephanie runs her own coaching and nutrition business, and also runs at the professional level for North Face, Clif Bar, Nathan, Squirrels Nut Butter, Julbo, Kahtoola, Drymax and InsideTracker! Enjoy!  
45:25
May 3, 2019
11. Andie Cozzarelli: Community
Andie Cozzarelli is a pro runner for Oiselle, Generation UCAN, Jasyoga, Big Spoon Roasters, InsideTracker, and the newly formed Raleigh Distance Project, that she helped to create. In addition to running, Andie is a former engineer turned real estate appraiser. Andie’s been a runner for nearly 15 years, and has learned a lot over that time. Andie is all about the community aspect of running, and joining Oiselle’s Haute Volee team in 2015 helped to kick start that.  In this episode, we talked about the Andie's community focus, her health journey over the last few years, and what keeps her excited about running. We sat down while she was in Boston for the marathon, so please forgive us if we still seem to have a second hand runners high or a lack of a voice from too much cheering!
44:25
April 26, 2019
10. Peter Bromka: Keep On Dreaming Even If It Breaks Your ♥️
Peter Bromka is a marathoner with Bowerman Track Club Elite, a father and husband, as well as a writer and consultant living in Portland, Oregon. Peter has roots in the Boston area, attending Tufts University for undergrad, and is on a passionate journey to achieve the Olympic Trials Marathon Standard, a 2:19. In this podcast we talked about setting and striving for big scary goals, and what it takes to see progress like he's seen over the years.  We talked a lot about numbers and pace in this episode. While Peter's pace is faster than most, the goal is to help explain that no matter if you're running a 2:19 marathon to qualify for the Olympic Trials, a sub 3 marathon (or 3:30) to Boston Qualify, or twice that, you can always strive for more.
48:36
April 19, 2019
9. Amanda Brooks: Run to the Finish
Amanda Brooks is a runner, avid traveler, coach, journalist, and much more. Amanda lives in Colorado, and has been blogging about running for nearly a decade. We talked about the progression of social media and what she's seen change over the years, her soon to be released book, her tips on recovering from injury, and much more!
37:03
April 12, 2019
8. Emily Saul: Community to the Core
Emily Saul is a mover, shaker, and hugger. As co-leader of November Project Boston and a sport psychology coach, she's all about the power of community and just showing up, for yourself, and for each other. In the podcast, we talked about sport psychology and the importance of therapy (both in and out of sport!), community, what keeps her motivated on a long day or on a morning where she'd prefer to ignore the alarm and stay in bed, where her energy comes from, and much more.  Emily can be found on Instagram at @emilysaulboston. Her new work is called E Saul Movement, and if you're interested you can message her on Instagram or through the Wellness In Motion Boston website!
41:03
April 5, 2019
7. Devon Yanko: Health Comes First
Devon Yanko lives in California where she enjoys both trail and road running. Devon co owns a bakery called MH Bread and Butter. We talked about what keeps Devon excited about the running community, the Donner Party 50k that she helped support, sponsorship and how the running community has changed over the years, and all about the importance of being in control of your health and being your own strongest advocate.
59:38
March 29, 2019
6. Seth Waltz: Common Athlete
Seth Waltz is a runner living in Boston with a running squad about as big as his goals. Seth, or "Common Athlete" not only knows everyone in the Boston running community, but runs with just about all of them on a weekly basis. We talked training, motivation, and how he went from nearly a 4 hour marathon to his goal of lining up in the elite corral at the Boston Marathon... and why that's important to him. 
57:04
March 22, 2019
5. Adrienne Langelier: the Psychology of Sport
Adrienne Langelier is a sport psychology consultant and we dove into the mental side of training. We talked about how to crush anything from a 5k to a marathon and beyond, and more about the value of being able to accept that a race is going to (and should) be painful. There are some great tips for dealing with and managing injuries, as well as many other awesome takeaways from this one!
1:04:06
March 15, 2019
4. Magda Boulet: Running Down a Dream
Magda Boulet is the VP of Innovation at GU Energy Labs and runs for Hoka. She has many podiums and race wins to her name, including the prestigious Western States 100, and she’s also a US Olympian in the marathon. In today’s episode we talked about how Magda got her job at GU nearly 20 years ago, and how things have changed since then. We also talked about GU’s partnership with InsideTracker, and how Magda and her team have used a science based approach when it comes to product innovation. Magda clearly loves the running community, and what got her out the door the first time was simple: to make friends. Magda shared some tips on how to manage a busy career alongside her training and family life, as well as what gets her excited when it comes to training, travel, and racing. What Magda seems to have the most pride in talking about is how she is able to inspire other runners as well as her son Owen to see that anything truly is possible, and that dreams are certainly worth chasing, no matter how big they are. 
45:03
March 8, 2019
3. Sarah Duffy: On Keeping the Fire Lit
"Sometimes you have to listen that there's no fire within." I sat down to chat with Sarah while she was in Boston to get some practice on the course on a mid January weekend. We shared the magic of the Newton Hills, full of runners and volunteers handing out water, and it stoked the fire for Sarah's upcoming training cycle. We talked about motivation, taking time off, and how to keep that fire lit.
33:41
March 1, 2019
2. Allie Kieffer: Body Positivity and Staying Authentic
Allie Kieffer is a professional runner for Oiselle and Asics, We talked about how she got into the sport, how she briefly got out of it and then back in again. Allie shared her passion for body positivity, and we talked about trends in social media and the requirements of being an athlete in today's day and age, and much more. Find Allie on Twitter at @AllieKieffer and Instagram at @KiefferAllie
50:47
February 22, 2019
1. A chat with HOKA NAZ Elite’s Coach Ben Rosario
I sat down with Ben Rosario, head coach of the HOKA Northern Arizona Elite team to talk about his background in running, and how he brings out the best in his athletes. We covered the benefit of a process oriented approach versus being goal/time oriented, leaning into the pain of a tough race, a look into what it's like to train as a pro athlete, why you should sign up for something out of your comfort zone... and much more!
45:38
February 16, 2019