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RunChats with @RonRunsNYC

By Ron Romano
Talking all things running, exploring how inspiring endurance athletes keep grinding, and Stay in the Fight!
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Lisa Weightman - Running to Inspire! | RunChats Ep.97
I'm honored to introduce four-time Australian Olympian, Lisa Weightman, to the RunChats pod! Professional runner for Asics Running, associate partner at IBM where she oversees a team of 236 consultants, and mom to 7-year-old Pete, Lisa could write a book on how she juggles it all, but is quick to credit her incredibly supportive family, running community & colleagues at IBM. Her running journey is truly inspiring and nothing short of remarkable. Time and time again, Lisa was told she wasn't good enough or couldn't do something and has used that to fuel her enormous competitive fire! Lisa has a personal best of 2:25:15 in the marathon, 1:08:43 in the half marathon, 31:20 in the 10k, and was a bronze medalist in the 2008 World CrossCountry Championships. Lisa recently placed 2nd at the Gold Coast Marathon in early July, running 2:25:55 at age 43! Can you say #fasterasamaster?? Lisa grew up in an athletic family and enjoyed netball as a kid until one too many crashes with the concrete caused her to shift her focus to running. In her teens, Lisa would run sessions with her dad's Aussie footy team, the Fitzroy Lions, so he could keep an eye on her. No doubt trying to keep up or outrun Dad's athletes helped forge her competitive fire. It was also a full-circle moment, as she used to sneak into the locker room with her sister to try and listen to the halftime speeches from her dad who coached the Fitzroy Lions in Australian rules football. Topics: managing her training, her IBM team, and family during the pandemic; youth sports, netball, finding running; trying to stay healthy, finding orthotics, persisting through stress fractures; meaningful race moments—Gold Coast, 8th place at NYC, 5th at London Marathon, 2022 Sydney 10K 31:20 (the fastest time ever run in Australia), World Cross Country team medal in Edinburgh; athletes who inspired—Lisa Ondiecki, Benita Willis; mindset, her darkest hole; impactful coaches—Jeff Hawkins (junior coach), Pam Turney (coach in her 20s), Dr. Richard Telford (her mentor since 2000 and coach from 2009, who coached Lisa’'s dad in Australian Rules Football; community service—being an ambassador for Running Mums Australia and for a sustainability company called ZeroCo. I'm stoked to meet Lisa and Lachlan at the Berlin Marathon and am rooting hard for her to chase down a new PR! It was truly a privilege to host this convo and share Lisa's incredibly INSPIRING journey! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Lisa: Instagram: @lisaweightman Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com © 2022 Ron Romano
01:39:37
September 16, 2022
Emily Durgin - Coming in Hot for Her Marathon Debut at NYC! | RunChats Ep.96
Emily Durgin has always been driven, set big goals, and dreamed of earning a scholarship to run in college while in middle school. Her love affair with distance running was forged in the 4th grade when she won a 1500M race and she can still remember that amazing feeling today. How it inspires her to run from the front today as a professional runner for Adidas Running. Emily has a bunch of 2nd place finishes and is fearlessly chasing her 1st big victory. She ran a 67:54 at Houston this winter—the 6th fastest Half Marathon for American women—and is excited to be building for her NYC Marathon debut in November. Topics: coaches who've had an impact—Andrea Grove, Amy Begley, JJ Clark, Terrence Mahon—her collegiate running experience, working with Mark Coogan and the New Balance Boston team, transitioning to a professional runner, key race highlights, meaningful moments that shaped her, where her drive comes from, community service—running to inspire aspiring pro's—speaking to high school/college runners to help them navigate the landscape. We also discuss the unique approach Emily and Terrence are taking with her build for the NYC Marathon. I'm so excited to follow Emily's inspiring journey and am rooting for her to rock it in November! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Emily: Instagram: @em_durgin Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:14:53
September 09, 2022
Eoin Everard - The Man in the Arena! | RunChats Ep.95
Eoin Everard is a long-time listener of RunChats, who hails from Kilkenny, Ireland, and reached out to collaborate on this episode. I'm so stoked to share his inspiring running journey and lessons learned as a sub-4 minute miler, sub-14 5K, sub-30 10K, and 5X Irish National Champion. Eoin (pronounced Owen) is currently the 3K European Indoor Masters Champion and in his professional life is a chartered physio, who holds a PhD in Biomechanics. Part One: We discuss his amazing running journey. His sporty, competitive, turbo-fast family. With an older brother who ran for the National cross-country team, Eoin shared a funny story how he regularly razzed him about it. His sister ran the 800m in the Rio Olympics—can you say FAST FAMILY?! How he took a year off to fully dedicate himself to being his best, chasing an Olympic dream, worked on his mindset, and in his words, "ran like a donkey." He then had an epiphany that nobody gives a sh*t what times he was running. If he was happy, his family and closest friends were happy. He went on to become a 5X Irish National Champ after letting go of that self-imposed pressure. Part Two: Eoin has spent his life focused on how runners move and how to try and help them to move better, get stronger, and faster through his Pilates practice. We discuss muscle activation, running mechanics, injury prevention, carbon shoes, and varying training intensities. We took a deeper dive on how trying to improve one's running stride can be a cautionary tale and lead to injuries and on keys to avoiding injury long-term. I hope you will be inspired by Eoin's running journey, lessons learned and shared, and enjoy his proper Irish accent as much as my mom (née McCabe)! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Eoin: Eoin's Book 'Get To the Line in the Best Shape Possible': https://everardpilates.com/book Get a free trial of Sports Pilates: https://everardpilates.com/sportfreetrial Instagram: @everardpilatesphysio YouTube Clips From Our Episode:  Why trying to improve your running stride can cause injury: https://youtu.be/ZK5FW_z2Zlc Keys to avoiding injury long-term: https://youtu.be/KDErC4YTLeE Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:22:10
August 26, 2022
Adam Lowe - Harnessing the Power of Belief | RunChats Ep.94
In 2010, Adam Lowe was not happy about how he looked or felt. Adam was an extremely active kid in high school, playing soccer, lacrosse, & basketball, and wanted to get back in shape—so he turned to running. His sister had run the Marine Corps Marathon, inspiring him to sign up and give it a try. Adam ran his first 10K in 48:07 so he could register for his first Marine Corps Marathon and ran a 3:58 in his debut. Immediately after, he swore—while lying on the ground, praying to die—that he would never run again. Fast forward to 2021, running the JFK 50 Mile, Adam came off the AT (Appalachian Trail) in 64th place and proceeded to rock a 3:13 marathon split on the C&O Canal, and continued closing hard over the last 8.5 miles on the road to finish 21st overall and leading his CVAC Team to their 2nd consecutive 1st place finish! Adam finished in 6:38:19, a 17-minute PR at JFK (2020, 6:55:29) and it was his 2nd straight year being 21st overall. What a journey! Adam went from feeling self-conscious about his weight, appearance, what to wear, and having no clue how to train or fuel his runs. Now he's deeply involved in the running community as a race director of the Fire On The Mountain 50K, and started a running club for 3rd-5th graders at his elementary school, encouraging them to join and get active. Adam has big gratitude for Andy Mason writing an article about him in the Herald-Mail about a 70M run he did during Covid that led Mike Spinnler (the JFK50 Race Director) to ask him to run for his CVAC team. Mike believing in Adam was a big turning point. The unwavering support and partnership with his fiancée, Katie, crewing Adam for races, working together race directing, and raising their kids as a team has made all the difference. I hope you all are moved by Adam's inspiring journey! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Adam: Instagram: @adamlowe9940 Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:29:24
August 12, 2022
Kim Horner - Gamble + Grit + Sparkle = OTQ (2:36:43)! | RunChats Ep.93
Gamble + Grit + Sparkle = 2:36:43 OTQ! These are the founding principles of every race plan for Kim Horner, and she channeled them all brilliantly at Grandma's to make a 7-year dream come true! As early as 5K into the race, Kim was struggling with the pace/effort and let her Mill City Running teammate, Doron Clark, know that there could be some dark moments ahead and this was going to be a test of will as well as fitness. Good thing she worked equally hard at her mental/mindset game to prepare for that moment and being on the OTQ edge all day. Gamble - "Any big race is worth the gamble. I am toeing the line to put it all out there." Kim channeled the fierce self-belief of college coach, Yarrow Pasche, and current coach, Kyle Bennett, that she could hit the new, challenging 2:37 OTQ standard. Kim also tapped into how many family members, friends, and teammates like Gabi Rooker were betting on her and knew she had to bet on herself and go all-in for this race. Grit - "Being tenacious is something I value and want to be part of my core identity. Someone who will grind and be excited about it and I look forward to how my body and mind will respond." Despite being on the edge all race—and behind pace at certain points—Kim continued to grind and believed she would make it! Sparkle - Her college coach Yarrow sprinkled some glitter on the team's spikes as they toed the line at a national cross-country meet. She wears it on her face today to tap into race day magic. They say a rising tide lifts all boats... and I'm hoping Kim and Gabi's amazing back-to-back OTQ journeys will INSPIRE many ladies to keep grinding and get after their OTQ dreams over the next 18 months! Big INSPO, gratitude, and so many great takeaways in this one! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Kim: Instagram: @signed.rae Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:11:31
July 29, 2022
Gabi Rooker - 2:34:57—Betting on Herself & Crushing the New OTQ Standard! | RunChats Ep.92
"If you bet on yourself, it's contagious, and others will bet on you and wanna bet on themselves. Whether it's running, family, work, or a different hobby it's contagious positivity." -Gabi Rooker Close your eyes and think back in time to remember your first two marathons. Most of us were out there to challenge ourselves and prove we could finish... Gabi Rooker ran 2:54:57 in her debut at Grandma's 2021 and then proceeded to slash another 20 MINUTES at Grandma's 2022—running 2:34:57—easily beating the challenging new 2:37 OTQ standard! I'm so excited to share her amazing story to INSPIRE more ladies to get after that new target. Gabi was a competitive gymnast who started at the age of three! She loved the routines, the order, and the discipline required to continuously improve and won three Division III individual national titles and three team national titles, competing for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It's where her competitive fire was forged and her love for the grind has really helped her running flourish. Gabi only ran one year in high school and that was focused on sprints. We discuss: -️her college coach, Barbara Gibson, who was her most impactful mentor -finding running, joining Mill City Running, chasing OTQ goal with teammate Kim Horner -the husband-coach team dynamic -️gratitude for running a 1/2 PR of 1:17 with Shalane Flanagan at the Eugene Marathon in May & learnings from the experience -the initial frustration at the drop to 2:37 OTQ standard—and then turning that frustration into FUEL -a dream day: running a 2:34:57 with a 1:18:12 first half & 1:16:45 second half for a BIG negative split and a new 1/2 PR -️betting on yourself & inspiring others to the new OTQ standard -community—volunteering at Tracksmith races, giving back Gabi is focusing on speed this summer and will be racing and volunteering at the Tracksmith Twilight 5000 Series. I'm so stoked to follow her inspiring journey as she chases even faster times at CIM in December! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Gabi: Instagram: @gabirooker Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
59:51
July 22, 2022
Adam Kimble - Tapping the Power of Team to Go the Distance! | RunChats Ep.91
"I love my crew, I love this community, and I've never been more satisfied crossing a finish line than I was holding my daughter on Saturday night at Placer High. Love you all. God is good!" -Adam Kimble Adam is a high-energy, super positive professional ultrarunner, motivational speaker, and running coach, who is so easy to root for. His joy for running is infectious, whether on the course at Western States interacting with volunteers at aid stations, his beloved crew, or fellow runners. Adam has a big appetite for adventure and chasing down big goals with his MVP crew and the support of his brands, HOKA, BUFF, Rabbit, COROS, and Tahoe Mountain Realty. Adam has run across the USA (60 days, 2500 miles), run the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the 171-mile Tahoe Rim Trail—with 28K of climbing—in 37 hours, 12 minutes, and 15 seconds—beating the LEGEND Kilian Jornet's record—but he will be hard pressed to surpass the iconic moment of crossing the Western States Finish Line in 17:28:33 with his beautiful daughter Kaia in his arms. (MAJOR photo creds to Paul Nelson) We discuss: -the huge impact of the Western States live-stream by Billy Yang, Dylan Bowman, and Corrine Malcolm -2018 vs 2022 Western States—learnings, on-course feels, the finish of a lifetime -the power of team—how they push and pull him through his darkest and brightest moments -gratitude for his amazing NASCAR-like crew, his brands, and the sport of Ultra -TRT FKT—lessons learned & applied from his first failed attempt to smash the record and share it with the local community -his run across the USA to break a record, falling well short, finishing the job, but learning & inspiring many more -community—the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, crewing, pacing, coaching I greatly appreciate Adam bringing the fire and I'm stoked to follow his upcoming adventures! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Adam: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamkimble818/ Additional Links: https://zez.am/adamkimble818 Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronrunsnyc/ Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runchats_with_ronrunsnyc/ Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: https://www.instagram.com/_margittai/ © 2022 Ron Romano
01:33:42
July 15, 2022
Hidi Gaff - 2:59:52—Chasing Down a Nine-Year Dream! | RunChats Ep.90
"Breaking 3:00 wasn't just about one race. It was about the nine years of marathoning and overcoming injury, the thirteen years without running and racing, and the hope tucked away in 1999 when I was just a girl who thought 'someday.'" -Hidi Gaff When Hidi hit the 26-mile mark at Grandma's, she saw the clock and had 1:26 left to break sub-3! This mom of six had to dig deep, channel every ounce of grit, and turn on the jets to get across the line in 2:59:52 and make her sub-3 dream come true! Hidi has overcome many obstacles along the way. Back surgery. Knee surgery to remove a tumor. A divorce from her 1st husband who was cheating on her—who left her with 4 kids in diapers and newly relocated to Fort Wayne, In. She had no degree, job, money, vehicle, or even a driver's license. Working with her therapist, Hidi wrote down a list of where she saw herself in 5 years, what she wanted for herself & children, mapped out every step needed to achieve those goals, and set out to do the work. 5 years later, she had achieved everything on it. And a big part of that was coming back to running, connecting with runners in her new community. Finding her tribe. Meeting her new husband and having two more children. We discuss: key coaches/mentors: Highschool/college running; her favorite coach, Diane Philipp; favorite race moments; her progression; mantras; darkest moment; her Grandma’s breakthrough; becoming part of Three Rivers Racing Elite Team; community service; & so much more! It was beautiful to hear the raw emotion in Hidi's voice describing her race! How it was slowly slipping away and how she had to channel the dark side and think about how she would feel if she missed by a few seconds or a minute. So INSPIRING! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Hidi: Instagram: @hidigaff Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:49:07
July 08, 2022
Dakotah Lindwurm - Dare Greatly! | RunChats Ep.89
Dakota Lindwurm played hockey every free moment she had as a kid and dreamed of becoming a professional goalie. When her mom worried she was getting a little too obsessed, she told her she needed to add another sport for balance. Lucky for us, Dakotah chose running because she brings huge passion & joy to our sport. Dakotah managed to rock the Macarena at mile 24 of Grandma's Marathon 2022 while defending her title and running 2:25:01—the 12th fastest women's American marathon time ever! Dakotah was a walk-on at Northern State where she had to convince her coach, Kevin Bjerke, to take a chance on her before becoming a 2X D2 All-American. He became her biggest advocate, helped her to dream big, and convinced her she could make the Olympic Trials as a marathoner. Next, Dakotah connected with Minnesota Distance Elite Team and current coach, Chris Lundstrum, who is now working with her to chase down even bigger dreams. We discuss: key coaches/mentors: Andy Forbort, Kevin Bjerke, Chris Lundstrum; the gift of self-belief; becoming a biology teacher vs pursuing her dream; betting on herself and convincing others to get on board; Hawi Management & her Puma deal; learnings from CIM; her first marathon finish; getting the A-standard OTQ at Grandma's; the Atlanta Olympic Trials experience; race day feels from a 2:25; mantras; what's next; community service; & so much more! What makes Dakotah so easy to root for is that she loves to take big swings: "When I toe the line, I dare greatly. I push the envelope every time and try to find the top end of my fitness. I give myself the best shot to have the best day—which means I have a lot of bad days, but all of those bad days are worth one of these great days." Dakotah is a rockstar & I'm so grateful for the positive energy shared and the many great takeaways in this one! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Dakotah: Instagram: @dakotahlindwurm Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:38:54
July 01, 2022
Susan Loken - The Gift of Self-Belief & Running to Inspire! | RunChats Ep.88
"It was the best experience of my running career. Running a 2:45 marathon over four hilly loops of Central Park and winning the More Marathon for Masters women. Every woman out there was cheering for me, inspired by me—and not because I was some hotshot runner—but because I was a mom from Arizona. That changed how I looked at running. What I do can matter in the life of other people. My purpose became to inspire other people in any way that I possibly could." -Susan Loken Susan Loken began her remarkable running journey at age 35, after the birth of her 1st son, realizing she needed some "me" time and wanted to get active. Susan built up from her first 5K to completing her first marathon in 4:01 in San Francisco at age 36. Remarkably, just four short years later, Susan qualified for her first of THREE Olympic Trials marathons (2004/2008/2012) at age 40! Susan is also a 4X USA Masters Marathon Champion and has one of the most accomplished running resumes of anyone you'll ever meet! I really enjoyed diving deep with Susan to find out how a kid who came in last in her swim meets and was always the last kid picked to be on a sports team could progress to this amazing level! We discuss: her mom giving her the gift of self-belief; no excuses; finding her tribe in the running community & tapping into that power; Coach Brett Schumacher taking her under his wing; finding her purpose; where the fire comes from; her darkest hole; mantras; Run Now, Wine Later; community & giving back. Susan is a Rabbit sponsored athlete who cares deeply for the running community and giving back through coaching Girls on the Run and Healthy Kids Running. I'm so excited to follow her next chapter as she shifts her focus to trail/ultra running! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Susan: Instagram: @susan_loken Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:50:33
June 24, 2022
Rory Linkletter - Strengthening His Faith, Following His Heart, & Betting on Himself! | RunChats Ep.87
"In 2021, I had a really hard year of life and racing. Nothing seemed to go right, and I was desperate for answers. I feel like I trusted God, took a leap of faith and it's paid off big time." -Rory Linkletter After strengthening his faith, following his heart, and betting on himself, it paid huge dividends for Rory Linkletter in 2022. Rory set the Canadian half-marathon record at Houston in January, scorching a 61:08. Rory also competed gamely and ran 62:19 in the NYC Half, placing 10th in a stacked field. These and many other great results led to him being named to World Champs Oregon 2022 Team for Athletics Canada for the marathon, where he will have the great honor of competing for his country. On working with Ryan Hall: "Ryan has rewired my brain through his charisma, his wisdom, his faith. I couldn't have drawn up a better person to guide me through this transition in my career. In 7 months of working together, I couldn't have imagined someone working so quickly to change who I am as an athlete and as a person. Feels divine, super grateful it all worked out signing with Puma Running." Topics covered include: his coach & mentor, Ed Eyestone; online coaching with the Bruces (Steph & Ben); favorite races; Boston learnings; defining moments; Houston and breaking the Canadian record; mindset; his NAZ Elite experience; taking a leap of faith; Ryan Hall; exploring edges and reaching new limits; his respectful rivalry with Ben Flanagan; the lone wolf mentality; signing with Puma; drive, spirit, and the underdog mentality; deepening his faith; therapy; community service I'm stoked to continue following Rory's inspiring journey. This was such a fun chat with so many takeaways! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Rory: Instagram: @rory_linkletter Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:24:06
June 17, 2022
Roberta Groner - Staying Curious, Being Fearless, & Running to INSPIRE! | RunChats Ep.86
Roberta Groner is a 2:29 marathoner, full-time nurse, and mother of three teenage boys. And if that wasn't already enough to juggle, she recently became the road coach of my club team, Central Park Track Club. Roberta is a fiery competitor who runs with heart and pure grit. The tougher the conditions, the better she performs. On 9/27 in the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where real-feel temps were 105, she finished 6th overall, and was TOP American! Only 34 days later, Roberta came back and scorched a 2:30:12 in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, where she was 13th overall, and 4th American. The big themes: -Staying curious—pushing her limits to find the fastest version of herself -Being fearless—taking risks, accepting the chance to rep the USA at World's in Doha despite knowing she would also be running NYC 34 days later -Community—giving back, sharing her journey to inspire her boys & others -Bringing awareness to autism and Soles4Souls -Tapping into the big energy from her running community -Paying it forward—coaching -Imposter syndrome, her favorite races, milestone moments, and personal growth along the journey. On her decision to race World's and NYC 34 days apart: "Being invited to a World's team and putting on your country's colors, who gets to do that? I wanted my boys to see that anything is possible if you work hard, be consistent, and don't give up. Sometimes we have to make a decision on something and I chose it without questioning it. Being fearless and taking a risk and having an opportunity and doing it. Sometimes you just have to say yes, and look what happened." Roberta Groner may have set out on her running journey to inspire her boys, but has accumulated an army of fans and is so easy to root for! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Roberta: Instagram: @bad_boys104 Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:30:55
June 10, 2022
Maggie Rettelle - Why Not Me? I Am Worthy—Running a Sub-5 Half IronMan & Sub-3 Marathon 7 Days Apart! | RunChats Ep.85
Maggie Rettelle has been on a quest to run a sub-3 marathon. Having qualified for IronMan Kona twice and run a 3:30 marathon off the bike, Maggie believed she had the strength and grit to get it done. Race experiences and her fire to achieve it shaped her to dive deeper into nutrition, fueling, sleep, mantras, and her mental game. As athletes, we all hope for a perfect training cycle. We root for the best weather and optimal conditions to help us smash our goals. On Saturday 5/21 in Chattanooga, Maggie CRUSHED a sub-5 Half IronMan, running her fastest 1/2 (1:36) off the bike and WON her age group by an astonishing 12 minutes! 7 days later, on 5/28, she laced 'em up at the Bayshore Marathon where she ROCKED a 2:58:02, smashed down the sub-3 door, and made her dream come true. Maggie is a board-certified health & wellness coach and USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach at TS2 Coaching and is all about community and giving back. So much of our RunChat centers on gratitude. For anyone who has struggled with their nutrition, race day fueling plans, or mindset, there are SO many great takeaways. I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Maggie: Instagram: @coach_ironmag Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:22:44
June 03, 2022
Heather Pech - Channeling Grit, Gratitude, & Hope to a 3:03 Boston Course Record! | RunChats Ep.84
In February of 2021, Heather Pech tore a portion of her plantar fascia and it took until September 2021 before she could run again. It was a physically and emotionally exhausting journey. It was 1.5 years since her last race and 3 years since she toed the line at Boston. "I started to run 3 or 4 weeks before and just had so much gratitude. Pure, unalloyed delight that I could run. I wanted to Forest Gump. I wanted to run all day. Everywhere. Fast. I ran 3 or 4 workouts leading into Boston that were the fastest of my life. I had been deprived of running and was rediscovering the possibility. I stepped into the Boston corral with confidence I was whole, calmness that I didn't have anything to prove, overwhelming gratitude, and hope from a conversation with coach James McKirdy. And that's kind of powerful stuff!" Heather ran 3:03:47 this year at age 60, setting the Age Group course record, breaking the GOAT Joan Benoit Samuelson's previous mark. Her Age Grade Score is 99.88%, which equates to a 2:15 Marathon! Mind. Officially. Blown. Heather is now a 4-time Boston Marathon Age Division winner! We Discuss: -the influence of her dad—how he is still out there racing with her and how Heather can feel his presence and has seen him fly by on runs -the role Heather's family plays, what it means to have them out there on the course in Boston cheering and supporting -her team that keeps her healthy -how being coached by James McKirdy has freed her up as an athlete to be her best -the advice she gives to her athletes and how they kept her going when she was sidelined with injury: "Anything is possible if you commit, if you are relentless in the pursuit. We limit ourselves. If you think about who you want to be and take action, make choices, stay curious, and fearless, and are open to the possibilities... well, then we can truly find our best!" -nutrition and fueling—how making big changes with UCAN has been a game-changer -what's next... chasing more AR's and WR's. I'm so INSPIRED by Heather's running journey and all the great nuggets she shared! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Heather: Instagram: @heatherpech Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:45:33
May 20, 2022
Thia Angelo - Boston to Big Sur Champ! | RunChats Ep.83
The crazier and more difficult the challenge, the more it stokes Thia Angelo's competitive fire! During the quarantine, she ran 104 miles in 25 hours in the Backyard Ultra. In April 2020, she won the Broken Ladder Challenge—an event where you start running a mile a day and keep going up in mileage until everyone taps out. Thia started day one with her virtual Boston, running a 3:15 at 4:30am before work, and continued battling with her sister, Liz, and one other competitor, before winning it all by running 27 miles on the treadmill super early to take away their will to continue (she definitely has some David Goggins in her!) When she learned of the B2B (Boston to Big Sur Challenge), she convinced her sister to join her. They ran Boston 2019 (the Perfect Storm year) in 3:24 and bounced back with a 3:30 at Big Sur just 13 days later. Impressive stuff, particularly given Boston's weather that year. This year, she set a HUGE goal—go sub-3 in BOTH! Thia went for it at Boston, shooting to take down her 2:54 PR and suffered the last 10, but fought gamely for a 2:58 Boston PR. This time, she only had 6 days to recover before Big Sur! After a conservative 1:32:30 1/2, she ripped a big negative split and ran 3:00:46, finishing in 2nd overall at Big Sur! What Thia didn't know is that she WON the B2B Challenge and had set the record, becoming the 1st to ever go sub-6. (You'll have to tune in for a fun story with Ben Rosario, Steph Bruce, and Ben Bruce) We took a deep dive on her stellar recent racing, her friendly competition with her twin, Liz, and what's next. I hope Thia's drive to take on huge challenges will inspire you to tackle something new and exciting! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Thia: Instagram: @samefaceandwerace Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:29:31
May 06, 2022
Jeremy Bush - Manifesting a Boston Dream! | RunChats Ep.82
After gorging himself at a dinner eight years ago with his wife, Jeremy Bush didn't like how it made him feel and knew something had to change. He downloaded a Couch to 5K program and couldn't believe that running for only 30 seconds could feel so hard. He stayed with it and eventually worked his way up to 10 minutes of running. Jeremy watched Meb's historic win at Boston in 2014 and said, "I'm gonna run that race one day." And the die was cast. For those who know him best, when he sets his mind on a goal, he will move heaven and earth to get it done. Many small incremental changes led to continuous improvement. Becoming a student of the sport, honing his craft listening to the Running Rogue Podcast with Steve Sisson and Chris McClung, joining the Renegades—a virtual training group—working with a community of like-minded individuals. Then, working one-on-one the past 2 years with coach Steve Sisson, aka the Sorcerer, of Telos Running to further enhance his development, culminating with a 2:47 PR on Marathon Monday at Boston. Jeremy truly manifested his Boston dream. He's made amazing progress in his eight-year running journey and I'm stoked to see where he takes things next! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Jeremy: Instagram: @jb_running26.2 Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:20:40
April 29, 2022
Annie Hughes - Exploring Her Limits! | RunChats Ep.81
At the tender age of 23, Annie Hughes burst onto the Ultrarunning scene like a supernova! She won the brutal and storied Leadville 100 and Moab 240 and was ranked 3rd Ultrarunner of the Year by UltraRunning Magazine. Annie resides in Leadville, CO, and became the race's youngest winner—made sweeter still by running in front of her friends, family, and local community. Annie feels blessed that Hoka took a gamble on her and signed her and it looks like Hoka made a great addition to their pro roster! Annie is a fierce competitor fueled by exploring her limits, trying to find out just how far her feet and mind can take her. She is on a quest. Next up is the Cocodona250 and I'm stoked to follow! We discuss: her start in running, moving to the mountains, running at Adams State, burnout, climbing all 58 of the 14ers, moving to Leadville, finishing school, finding Ultra, the Silver Rush 50 Miler, qualifying for the Leadville 100, her 160M Collegiate Loop FKT, the Leadville 100, recovery, the Moab240, running at night, sleep-running, managing sleep in multi-day races, and her recovery strategy for the Cocodona250 My favorite parts from this conversation were Annie taking us out there on the courses at Leadville and Moab, sharing all the highs and lows of those two epic races! I'm so stoked to continue to follow Annie's exciting Ultra running journey! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Annie: Instagram: @outdoorable_annie Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:16:18
April 22, 2022
Sam Roecker - Running To Support the Mental Health & Well-Being of Nurses! | RunChats Ep.80
Meet Sam Roecker, nurse and sub-2:30 marathoner! Sam will be toeing the line at the 126th Boston Marathon in Moxie scrubs to support the mental health and well-being of healthcare workers. Sam will try to break the Guinness Book of Records marathon time of 3:08 while running in nursing scrubs to raise awareness and funds for the American Nurses Association for their well-being initiative. When Sam's physician assistant friend's NYC Pediatric Hospital was converted to an adult COVID care unit to accommodate the overflow, she put her life on the line to care for patients. She now suffers from PTSD, anxiety, and depression as do so many others. When Sam couldn't find resources to help, she decided to combine her two passions to raise money and awareness. We also discussed: running at Providence College, CIM, US Marathon Champs, Pan American Games (5th in Lima, Peru, repping the US), and going sub-2:30 at the Marathon Project The funds Sam will raise will go towards the American Nurses Foundation's Well-Being Initiative programs, supporting the mental health and wellness of Registered Nurses in the United States. Program support includes complementary therapy resources, expressive writing programs, financial consulting, podcasts and mobile apps dedicated to mental health and well-being, as well as content dedicated to grief and bereavement. You can find more information at: https://givetonursing.networkforgood.com/projects/152794-samantha-roecker-marathon-fundraiser Kudos to Sam for taking action on this important initiative! If you see her out there on Marathon Monday give her some well-deserved love! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Sam: Instagram: @samroecker Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:02:39
April 15, 2022
Jana Fridrichová - The Mountain Running Mama; Do the Work, Become Something Amazing! | RunChats Ep.79
Jana Fridrichová—the Mountain Running Mama—has been on FIRE of late, winning and setting course records at the Martin's Mill Covered Bridge 5 Miler & Buck Ridge Burn Trail 1/2 Marathon on the same weekend! Jana also recently completed her milestone 50th Ultra at the Terrapin Mountain 50K, with 7K of climbing, where she also placed 1st with a time of 4:55! After divorcing, Jana made the brave decision to make a counseling appointment to address her years of stress drinking to try and escape her marital problems. She was down, not feeling good about herself, and knew something needed to change. Those sessions changed everything. It has been 6-plus years of sobriety and it has helped her to feel happy, healthy, and embrace self-love. Those changes also led to her finding more joy in her running and in life, where she is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. We discuss: growing up in the mountains of Slovakia, finding running, divorce, facing her stress-drinking, counseling, getting healthy, happy, embracing self-love, best race performances, the JFK50, meeting Melissa, being inspired, channeling her spirit & legacy, mindset, mental strength, mantras, becoming unbreakable, injuries, cross-training, rehab, her fire, passion, & drive, inspiring others in her community, community service, Girls on the Run, race volunteering I'm so happy our paths crossed at the JFK 50 Mile Race, where Jana has run 7:57, come in 8th place, and INSPIRED so many in her local community of Hagerstown, MD. I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Jana: Instagram: @jafriruns Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:14:03
April 08, 2022
Oz Pearlman - Running 100+ Miles & Raising $100K to Save the Children! | RunChats Ep.78
It was an absolute honor and a blast to host this convo with world-class entertainer, mentalist/mind reader, and Emmy winner, Oz Pearlman. When Oz isn't blowing the minds of audiences around the world, he is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner, having completed such grueling races as the Badwater 135 Miler, Hawaii Ironman World Championships, Western States 100, and Spartathlon. Oz ran a 2:29 in the 50th NYC Marathon, placing 33rd overall, and holds a 2:23 Marathon PR! On 4/8/2022, Oz is trying to break the record for most miles ever run in a day around Central Park since it was founded in 1858. This means running over 100 miles nonstop from 6am to 1am, over and over around one of the most iconic loops on the planet. He is running in support of the Save the Children Ukraine Relief Fund (you can donate here). Oz matched the first $10K donated and has a goal of raising $100K! For NYC locals and run clubs, home base will be at Engineers Gate, 90th & 5th, come on out and share some miles for a great cause! We discuss: running with purpose, the NYC Marathon, Sparthalon, Badwater 135, his training approach for the Central Park FKT record attempt, his 'why', nutrition, his upcoming appearance on the Rich Roll Podcast, Adam Skolnick, David Goggins, power couple Mike Halovatch and Kate Pallardy, the Keys 100, and much more. My favorite part was getting my mind read at the end of the episode... and having it be FULLY blown! I'm rooting hard for Oz to get it DONE and raise that $100K! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Oz: Instagram: @ozthementalist Website: https://ozpearlman.com/ Donate to Oz's record-breaking 100 mile run for Save the Children: https://gofund.me/fa51fa12 Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
51:38
April 01, 2022
Sarah Cummings - Returning to WIN at JFK: Finding Joy in the Mountains and Ultra Running! | RunChats Ep.77
Sarah Cummings' running has been on fire of late, so much so that she was named the #5 2021 UltraRunner of the Year by UltraRunning Magazine after her stellar season. Her signature moment came at the JFK 50 Mile against a stacked field where she scorched a 6:18 to win, running the 3rd fastest time in the race's storied history! Sweet revenge for the year prior in her 50M debut at JFK, where she and a small group made a wrong turn early, before gamely battling all the way back to 2nd place behind legend Camille Herron. Sarah is a 2X Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier with a 2:34PR, a 3X member of Team USA (Road 50K 2X, Pan American Games Marathon), and ultramarathon trail runner. In August of 2020, she took a two-week trip to Park City, UT with her sister, Marisa, which became permanent when she realized she had an undercover addiction to the mountains and sunshine. They connected with the Park City trail running community, who really helped them learn the trail system and expose them to mountain running. Sarah struggled at first but was motivated to learn and improve, quickly becoming hooked on the views, exposure to nature, and the completely different feel on the trails. She had found home. We discuss: her move to Park City, the Grand Canyon Reunion Run, the idea to attempt the JFK50 without telling anyone, the 2020 & 2021 JFK races with her sister crewing, her storybook ending, celebrating at JFK, signing with Brooks, her coaching connection and approach with Hayden Hawks, hiking, poles, wildlife, safety, learning the ropes on trails, her next goal race, her competitive drive, the toughest hole she's ever had to dig out of and it being a transformative experience that changed her perspective on running, coaching in the community, gaining new perspective and joy from her kids, community, mentorship, and her work as the treasurer of the Board of Friends of Princeton Track I'm so stoked to follow Sarah's amazing running journey moving forward! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Sarah: Instagram: @sarahccummings Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:40:40
March 25, 2022
Yulady Saluti - Blazing a Trail, Sharing Her Breast Cancer Journey, & Building a Powerful Community | RunChats Ep.76
Yulady Saluti is one of the strongest people you will ever meet. Over a 10-year period, she endured 27 abdominal surgeries for colorectal pain, trying to correctly diagnose the source. She suffered severe pain, infections, adhesions, constipation, and the inability to have regular bowel movements, finally resolved by clearing a large intestinal blockage of scar tissue on the 27th procedure. She could finally breath normally and opted to keep her colostomy bag for life to mitigate potential infections. Then, breast cancer came calling and Yulady decided to share her journey with the world. Blogging, posting photos & videos of the emotional rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, connecting and building out a powerful, supportive community helped saved her. Her husband Gerald is her rock and biggest supporter. Despite the scarring and PTSD from all of it, she has learned to look past her scars and poop bag, to see beyond convention and love herself. Fast forward & Yulady discovered running during the pandemic—running on her Peloton at first with Becs' Beasts, finding yet another strong community to tap into. Progressing to the roads where she WON her first 5K, placed 2nd in the Atlantic City 1/2 Marathon, running 1:27:05, and running 3:12 in her debut marathon at Philly! As I'm typing this post for our POD drop, she just won 1st place in the 3000M at the Armory in NYC, running for Bella N Motion at the USATF Masters National Championships! In a word, AMAZING! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Yulady: Instagram: @yulady Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:39:44
March 18, 2022
Megan Flynn - Resilience Redefined: Breaking Through and Nailing a 2:46 at CIM! | RunChats Ep.75
Megan Flynn is resilience redefined, overcoming SIX stress fractures in her high school and college running years and one post-collegiately before a monster breakthrough at CIM, where she scorched a 2:46 marathon! That many injuries could've broken the will of even the most hardcore runner, but only served to strengthen Megan's resolve and send her on a quest to learn more about anatomy and nutrition, influencing her to pursue a career as a DPT, physical therapist. Growing up in a close-knit, super competitive family no doubt forged her competitive fires. Megan radiates positive energy and is excited about the opportunity to take a big swing at the new Olympic Trials marathon standard of 2:37, either returning to CIM or the Philadelphia Marathon in the fall. Megan recently joined Garden State Track Club, where she looks forward to racing on the track, developing her speed, and having fast friends to accompany her on long runs in her buildup. We discuss: family life, the competitive fire, mentors, injuries, nutrition, Inside Tracker, mindset—staying positive through all of it, getting healthy & stronger, breaking through, mantras, future goals, community service, and so much more. I'm so stoked to follow Megan's inspiring journey! Hope you all enjoy her infectious energy as much as I did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Megan: Instagram: @meganflynn02 Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:43:51
March 11, 2022
Stefanie Flippin - A Transformative Journey: Experiencing Life In a Day Over 100 Miles! | RunChats Ep.74
This episode image of Stefanie Flippin effortlessly flying through the air truly epitomizes Hoka's slogan, 'Time To Fly'! Stefanie Flippin is a dynamo with a huge heart, and channels it to power through long days as a foot and ankle surgeon, pro-athlete for Hoka, running coach with Lift Run Perform, and someone deeply invested in her community. She developed her love for trails and the mountains running with her dad at 7-years-old, watching him float over the hills, then come back down to get her and finish together. It wasn't until medical school that Stefanie started taking her running seriously and it really helped relieve stress and gave her mind a break from studying. Running 20-milers late at night, after crazy long shifts at Cook County Hospital during residency with her now-husband Mitchell forged their partnership. Running in an exhausted, sleep-deprived state with brain fog, unknowingly building all of the tools she would need to become a rock star at the 100-mile distance. Stefanie is the 2021 USATF 100 Mile National Champion and 2-time Tunnel Hill winner (2020 & 2021), with a 14:04 100-mile PR—which breaks down to 8:26 per mile pace!!! Stefanie enjoys pushing herself to the absolute limit to learn what she's truly capable of—which she had the chance to see at the 2022 USATF 100 Mile race, where she hit some dark patches early on at mile 40, but powered through and rallied to make the podium with help from her amazing pit crew. Topics discussed include: Transformation over 100 miles, the individual journey, best practices, lessons learned, fueling—gear—mindset, med school/surgical residency, her husband Mitchell—partnership—PIT CREW MAGIC, coming back from the dead, giving your best not being tied to race result, overcoming imposter syndrome, self-belief, growth, journaling, coaching, helping her athletes with mindset & self-belief, community, giving back to patients, athletes, and the running community. Stefanie is a force of nature who cares deeply for her patients, athletes, and the running community. I enjoyed this convo immensely and learned so much from it! I hope you all enjoy this convo as much as we did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Stefanie: Instagram: @stefanieannflippin Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:35:20
March 04, 2022
Erin Genova - Running Into Your Unknown: Crushing a 2:58—a 16 Minute PR—at CIM! | RunChats Ep.73
At age 13, Erin Genova's appendix burst, and she was hospitalized for a week. While she was there, she watched the Boston Marathon on TV and was so inspired she said, "I am going to run that one day!" That is where her amazing running journey began! Erin made good on that promise, running 3:42 in her 1st Boston in 2002, during her senior year of college at BU, on a sponsor's invitation bib from John Hancock. We discuss: -Post kids: her 8-year Boston streak (2005-2012) being broken from surgical complications on Violet's childbirth and the physical and mental trauma from an artery being nicked during her C-section and missing the race -The Bombing: how she felt guilty for not being there and how she stopped running completely until 2016, when a work colleague convinced her to join him on lunch runs at their gym and on the Charles River -Boston Marathon 2018: how she ran on the Charles River in the monsoon that day and came back inside to work and watched Des WIN, inspiring her to want to run Boston again -The Come Back: running a 3:18 in Erie in 2018, BQing, and then plateauing at 3:14. Reaching out to Brendon O'Leary because she sees his athletes hitting big goals and hires Olympic Trials Marathoner Casey Kilareski of O'Leary Racing Team, who makes key tweaks to her training and runs PR's in 5K & 10K before everything shuts down for Covid -Bec's Beasts: her stress level was very high with Covid, working from home, running outside with a mask, and not being able to race. She found an INSPIRING instructor, Becs Gentry, of Peloton and connected with a core group of athletes (Bec's Beasts) and super-positive community that kept her going and reinvigorated her running again -Her comeback post-COVID: CIM Race Day. Diving deep into an AMAZING, breakthrough performance where she ran a 2:58—a 16-minute PR! Trusting in the belief of a friend and training partner, Tyler, to take the big swing and run with the sub-3 pace group. Having the support of Team ORT and their runners, who were there that weekend, and family from home -Post CIM: Winning a 5K, continuing to get faster and stronger -Community Service: How Erin is a Girl Scout troop leader for daughter and 16 girls I'm so INSPIRED by Erin's 2:58—a 16-minute PR—at CIM and am stoked to follow what comes next! Erin is incredibly goal-driven, fiercely competitive and strong, and is setting a great example for her two children, Violet & Cooper, to follow (and they are 2 of her BIGGEST fans)! I hope you all enjoy this convo as much as we did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Erin: Instagram: @eringenova Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
02:00:16
February 25, 2022
Brendon O'Leary - 2:29 Marathoner: On Chasing Big Goals & Creating a Family Culture at O'Leary Racing Team | RunChats Ep.72
Brendon O'Leary epitomizes Boston strong and proved it in the 2012 Boston Marathon, where temps hit 89 degrees and there was carnage on the course. In a race of attrition, he was shocked to pass Geofffey Mutai, the 2011 winner—who ran 2:03:02, on the side of the road and kept his focus on getting in enough fluids and showed us all how to stay in the fight, running 2:34, placing 41st overall & 25th American. In 2014, the year after the bombing, Brendon had his breakthrough race, running 2:29, feeding off the crowds who were chanting "USA!" for Meb—who broke the tape in 2:08—and that big energy helped carry him home over the last 3 miles! Truly epic to rock your PR on such a historic day! We discussed Brendon's experiences running in the sub-elite field at the New York Marathon in 2016, 17, & 18 and compared and contrasted the courses and what they require. We closed focusing on the close-knit, family culture they've created at Team ORT and examined three big breakthroughs by their athletes: -The Soto's father/son team from Guatemala, who both ran sub-3 in 2018 at the Chicago Marathon, qualifying to run Boston together. -Stephanie Plummer running 5 marathons in 63 days, earning her Abbott World Marathon Majors Six-Star medal and finishing the last race at CIM with her fastest time, 3:42. -Erin Genova smashing through the sub-3 barrier at CIM, running 2:58 for an 18-minute PR. I'm stoked to see Brendon get fully healthy and start racking up some fast times again soon. And I'm equally excited to watch him and Casey Kilareski, who ran the Olympic Trials marathon in ATL, continue to grow Team ORT! I hope you all enjoy this convo as much as we did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Brendon: Instagram: @olearyracingteam Coaching Intake, Team Store, Running Plans, & More: https://linktr.ee/Olearyracingteam Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
01:24:59
February 18, 2022
Kim Conley - The Next Chapter: Moving Up to the Marathon, Finding Joy in Coaching, Taking Aim at her 3rd Olympics! | RunChats Ep.71
Kim Conley has had a storied career as a professional runner, proudly repping the USA eight times, including at the 2012 Olympic Games in London & 2016 in Rio! Kim has won two national titles—10,000m & 1/2 marathon—and earned the bronze medal at the 2019 Pan-American Games in the 5000m. Kim holds PR's of 15:05 (5K), 31:35 (10K), & 69:44 (1/2M)—all pre-carbon shoes! After a 10-year sponsorship run with New Balance, Kim is a free agent and is excited for her next chapter as she moves up to the marathon with the goal of running in the 2024 Olympic Trials, shooting for her 3rd Olympics. In 2021, Kim began Coaching with McKirdy Trained and is currently finding joy helping her athletes build their plans, hit big goals, and is drawing inspiration from the work ethic of her 29 athletes. We discuss: -Key coaches who had an impact: Larry Meredith, Mr. Walsh, Drew Wartenburg (her husband) -Key Races: 2012 Trials (coming from 5th to 3rd in last lap with a lean at the tape), 2014 US Champs edging Jordan Hasay in front of a hometown crowd and her whole family who were in town for her sister's wedding in Sacramento -Her 2012 & 2016 Olympics experiences -Finding joy & inspiration coaching -Creating a running camp -Community service (in 2018 Kim joined the board of the USATF Pacific Foundation, which awards grants to Olympic hopefuls) Kim's journey and story are so damn inspiring! I'm stoked to follow the next chapter. I hope you all enjoy this convo as much as we did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Kim: Instagram: @kfconley Website: https://kimfconley.com Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
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February 11, 2022
Tim Rossi - Keep the Dream Alive! | RunChats Ep.70
I am stoked to share this convo with local NYC running rockstar and co-founder of the Lost Boys Track Club Tim Rossi. It's been fun watching Tim's progression, as he continues to rip faster and faster times (2:31 Marathon & 1:11 1/2M PRs) and keeps honing his craft. We dove deep on the NYC running scene, Lost Boys vibe and culture, and the power of community. We discuss: -Team sports & coaches who've impacted him -His intro into running & being welcomed into the community -The local NYC running scene -Olympic Trials standards & the NYC women who inspire  -The genesis of Lost Boys  -The Speed Project & Hood to Coast -Running with Shalane Flanagan & Wesley Korir at NYC -His 2:31 NYC Marathon in 2018 & the lessons learned -The 50th NYC: DNF vs living cheering section to cheering section, celebrating NYC running (Boogie Down Bronx Runners, We Run Uptown Crew, Brooklyn Track Club) -Community & giving back I can't tell you how excited I am to continue following Tim's journey and seeing what new heights he reaches! I hope you all enjoy this convo as much as we did! If you enjoy the episode, it would mean the world to me if you would rate the podcast or write a review and share feedback wherever you get your podcast groove on. Connect With Tim: Instagram: @timrossi Lost Boys Instagram: @lostboystrackclub Connect With Ron: Personal Instagram: @ronrunsnyc Podcast Instagram: @runchats_with_ronrunsnyc Facebook: https://fb.me/runchats Website: https://ronrunsnyc.com ---- Produced by: David Margittai | In Post Media Website: https://www.inpostmedia.com Email: david@inpostmedia.com Social: @_margittai © 2022 Ron Romano
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February 05, 2022