This podcast allows runners to connect and envision what they could become. Everyone starts somewhere but it’s how you move forward that determines which path you’ll take. For some, running is just exercise, however we believe it is much more than that: it’s mental, physical and in some cases even spiritual. Our guests are inspiring in terms of their accomplishments but they put one foot in front of the other just like everyone else.
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On this episode of Le Run Down I speak with pro vegan triathlete, coach and Skechers athlete, Antoine Jolicoeur Duroches.
He discovered at a young age that his passion was in endurance sports. Antoine split his time between cross country skiing in the winter and short track triathlon in the summer finding that they complemented each other quite well.
Now 25, he’s been racing pro for the last 5 years and has been vegan athlete for just as long. In 2018 he placed 4th at Ironman Mont Tremblant and is looking for a better performance in just a few weeks. We’ll be tracking and cheering him on every step of the way.
On this episode of Le Run Down I speak with endurance athlete and competitive Ironman age grouper, Tony O’Keeffe.
He found running when he joined the military as a way to lose weight and reduce stress. Due to a running injury he took up biking, which inevitably led to his first Triathlon.
Completing this first race made him so proud that he quickly decided to sign up for his first Ironman, and the rest is history. He's completed over 30 Ironmans, 9 Ultramans, and the Ride Across America 3 times. Tune in to find out how he got to this point and what fuels his inner fire to succeed.
On this episode of Le Run Down I speak with one of Canada’s best elite distance runners, Tasha Wodak.
Wodak grew up playing multiple sports and fell in love with running on the track. Hailing from B.C, she studied in Arkansas on a running scholarship and eventually at Simon Fraser University. She's been running ever since.
Find out how Tasha pushed through setbacks, overcame injuries and found success late in her running career. Tasha is an Olympian and holds the National Record in the 10,000m. She is off to an amazing start for 2019, already winning 5 races. We can’t wait to see what’s next.
On this episode of Le Run Down I spoke with mental skills coach, Camille Charbonneau.
She grew up playing rugby, and took a liking weight lifting and martial arts. Charbonneau embraced mindfulness and meditation in order to balance and counter the often aggressive nature of those activities.
We go in depth on the topics of mental skills, confidence, self-talk, visualization, stress management, and goal setting, all of which might help you in your own development as an athlete.
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On this episode of Le Run Down I drove down to Ottawa to speak with Marathon mom, Olympian, and dietitian Krista Duchene.
Growing up she played hockey over the winter and ran in the summer, creating balance in her life. Her breakthrough came after her win at the Mississauga Marathon on mothers day.
In 2016 she ran in the Rio Olympics, and in 2018, at the age of 41, she finished 3rd at the Boston Marathon. The results speak for themselves and Krista is proving that age is only a number.
On this episode of Le Run Down I had another great chat in Boston with ultra runner and strength coach Mat Dore.
Growing up playing hockey, he used his competitive spirit to constantly challenge himself. That same intensity later translated into running and often pushed him to the limit. Since then, he's learned to harness that energy to train and race smart.
We got to speak about this experience in ultra trail running, adventure racing and what he expected for his first ever Boston Marathon. Safe to say his prediction was pretty damn close.
On this episode of Le Run Down I had a chat with Ottawa City Run Club member, triathlete and coach, Kelsey Hunter. She grew up as a swimmer and competed through university until it just wasn’t fun anymore.
She retired from the sport she loved, until a few friends encouraged her to sign up for her first triathlon just 6 years ago. Since then she hasn’t looked back.
We discussed Ottawa Race Weekend, her journey to becoming a triathlete, the stresses work can put on training.
Growing up with professional athlete as a parent has taught Kelsey hard work. And with the Toronto Waterfront Marathon coming up this fall. She’ll use that mentality to try and get a Boston Qualifier. Can’t wait to see how she does!
On this episode of Le Run Down I was lucky to have a great talk in Boston with professional endurance athlete, Tommy Puzey. From early childhood through high school and into university, running remained a constant in his life. In fact, once he started he never really stopped.
Years of hard work and determination brought him to where he is today. He’s a student of sport and continuously pushes himself, to unlock his true potential.
With the U.S Olympic Trials in his sights, he’ll lean on the unconditional love and support of his family to make that dream become a reality.
On this episode of Le Run Down I spoke with pro wakeboarder, Ben Leclair. He always had an interest in extreme sports but truly found his passion on the water.
Determined to improve, he quickly found himself climbing the ranks and competing at the highest level. But one day an accident took that all away, paralyzing him from the neck down.
2 years later he sits in a wheelchair but has regained mobility in both arms. Ben has stayed positive since day one and definitely has the mindset to defy the odds and prove everyone wrong.
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In this episode of Le Run Down I got to interview the fastest marathoner on show to date, Nicole Stevenson. She took up running at a very young age, and competed through high school and university. She enjoyed long distance running the most, and won her first coached marathon in Toronto with a time of 2 hours 36 minutes. She went on to improve to a personal best time of 2 hours 32 minutes and earned the Canadian national marathon title. Nicole is now retired from competitive running but she continues to share her passion and knowledge with high performing athletes. Coaching and helping them reach their full potential, the same way she was supported throughout her successful career.
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On this episode of Le Run Down, I'm excited to share a conversation with Ultra Triathlon couple, Katherine and Kevin Becker. Their journey in fitness began a little later than most, but it’s been incredibly eventful.
They started with team sprint triathlon, but now they've completed multiple Ironmans, 4 marathon world majors, crossed the grand canyon, and hold the Guinness World Record for most completed Ultraman races by a married couple.
Their goal has always been to race for fun and fitness, and they've shown that anything is possible, if you set an objective and put your mind to it.
Kat & Kev's website - https://endurancetriathletes.wordpress.com/
Grand Canyon R2R2R- https://endurancetriathletes.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/grand-canyon-r2r2r-october-2016/
Guiness World Record- http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/410750-most-ultraman-world-championships-completed-by-a-married-couple
On this episode of Le Run Down I got to speak with ultra trail runner, Scott Sternthal. His journey in endurance sports began at the age of 18, when he started racing mountain bikes with his buddies.
His passion for being in nature ultimately led Scott to trail running. So far he's had some great results, with a 2nd place finish at the Bromont Ultra 80k in 2015 and a 5th place finish at the Harricana 125k a year later. All while establishing himself as a top osteopath and being a family man too. One thing’s for sure, Scott knows how to push his limits and we’re excited to see what he gets up to next.
On this episode of Le Run Down I had a great chat with Elite Quebec Marathoner Melanie Myrand. She started running at a very young age and it's clear that her passion for the sport has only gotten stronger.
She continues to push herself and strives to bring down her best marathon time of 2 hours and 34 minutes. Mel has a natural talent for running, but still trains hard every day because she never takes it for granted.
On this episode of Le Run Down I spoke with Anne Bouchard, one of the best ultra trail runners in the province.
At a young age Anne enjoyed rock climbing as a great way to explore nature. She went on to build her career as a chartered accountant, started a family, and discovered a love for running that set her down an incredible path.
Her resume is impressive, finishing top 30 at the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc and winning the Bromont Ultra 160 in 2017. She's accomplished a lot in six years at the sport, and it sounds like she's just getting started.
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On this episode of Le Run Down I had an energizing conversation with spartan athlete Sam Hebert.
His love for running began in high school, where he immersed himself in cross country racing. From there his dedication only grew.
Seven years ago he did his first spartan race and hasn't looked back.
He's become one of the top obstacle course athletes in the country,
and this season he’s aiming even higher.
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Sam Hebert IG - @the.modern.superhero
On this episode of Le Run Down I had a nice chat with Ravi Handa. He’s an entrepreneur and part owner of September Cafe, who uses running as a way to disconnect and meditate. With his background in soccer and cross country skiing, he has the endurance to tackle long distance running. And while has yet to sign up for a race, by the sound of it, 2019 might be the year.
From the news:
“Parkcours” Run indoor at Dix30 - https://www.facebook.com/events/294500641249026/
Strava 40 | 80 Challenge - https://www.strava.com/challenges/lululemon-40-80-challenge-2019
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The Perfect Runner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNPyKooF2PY
Social Media Handles:
Architecture IG - @rhaworks
Ravi Handa IG - @rizmoon
September Cafe IG - @september_surf
WRG Run Club IG - @wrgruns
On this episode of Le Run Down we’ll delve into running at length with elite Quebec runner, Arianne Raby. Find out how she made the jump from winning 5 and 10ks to half and full marathons while maintaining her competitive edge and desire to win.
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On this episode of Le Run Down I spoke with run coach, crossfit trainer and community leader Raul Bugueno. He talks about how a career change opened new opportunities for him in the world health and wellness. And in the spirit of winter, we go in-depth on ways you can enjoy running even during the cold winter months. He’s a smart guy who loves to help people reach their goals, and he’s even got a few of his own.
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Raul Bugueno FB: www.facebook.com/raul.bugueno
Raul Bugueno IG: @raulitomtl
Mile End Miles FB page: www.facebook.com/events/710740112619461/
Mile End Miles IG: @mile_end_miles
On this episode of Le Run Down I had a chance to speak with CCC run club leader, Marc Langevin. We spoke about how he grew his run club from 10 people to over 150 in only 5 years. He also explains his journey to the Boston Marathon and how he plans to run the Harricana 125k in Charlevoix, Quebec. He’s a coach, a teacher, an ultramarathoner and overall a really good guy. He inspires me, and I'm sure he'll inspire you too.
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CCC FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/393168874047475/
Marc Langevin FB: www.facebook.com/marc.langevin.37
Marc Langevin IG: @runmarcfast
Boston marathon: www.baa.org/
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On this episode of Le Run Down we’ll discuss following a passion and making your dreams become a reality with triathlete, Olivier Moraine. We talk about how he followed the process and excelled at the long course distance. Which ultimately lead him to the starting line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
On this episode of Le Run Down, we’ll talk about goal setting with Essentrics trainer, Meg Feeney. We discuss her understanding of running and how Essentrics can help athletes of all levels find their stride.
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Meg Feeney: IG @meg_feens
24 Hour Move Challenge: www.facebook.com/events/568200420302618/
WRG Run Club - IG @wrgruns and www.iamarunner.ca
On this bonus episode of Le Run Down I got to throw down with UFC fighter Alex Garcia, as he prepares for his upcoming fight Saturday Oct 27th.
We are doing this bonus episode in support of Alex, who was actually my first guest during the test phase of this show. So it’s a pleasure to have him back in the studio again.
He talks about how running has really helped his training and overall endurance. In fact, he a regular at WRG Run Club every Monday night on Mount Royal.
We wish him the best of luck this Saturday, we know he’ll do great.
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On this episode of Le Run Down I speak with my friend Scott Gold.
He traded in smoking and being overweight for a life of running and good health. It’s now 9 years later and he hasn’t looked back. He’s now done 50 races including 12 marathons and 23 ultras, which is a feat in itself.
We also get into his attempts of the Leadville 100. A one hundred mile trail race across the high-altitude and extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies.
He explains how it’s not just about running but simply the will to keep moving forward.
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Time for the second lap! Welcome to Episode # 2 of Le Run Down!
In this Episode I sit down with the smart, talented and witty, Sabrina Cassis. From runner to entrepreneur, she’ll speak to us about her spiritual journey and how running has balanced her life. We’ll touch on her personal development and how it has lead her down a path of passion, health and wellness.
It's here! Welcome to the first Episode of Le Run Down!
In this Episode I sit down with Pierre-Alexandre Cardinal.
Pierre is a great dude. We met and became friends at a run event a few years ago, even ran a 65km trail run together last year. He’s a run leader, trail runner and community leader in Montreal. We spoke about how we got into the sport, why we started running in the first place and even touched on nutrition, as we’re both plant based athletes. We’re also both involved in a few upcoming run events, so there was no shortage of things to speak about.
Running is more than a form of exercise, it’s a symbol of health, fitness and passion. It’s something we all know how to do. We ran to the park as children, we played sports that involved running growing up and we ran for the bus at one point or another. No matter what the speed, what distance, we all simply put one foot in from of the other and that is what connects us all.