Rust Belt Running

Rust Belt Running

By Rust Belt Running
A podcast about running, sports, and whatever else is on our minds. Mostly running. Join Andrew Hettinger and Adam Wheeler as they discuss running and stuff that's mostly connected to running.

On the pod, we bring guests from around the running community, local race directors, and much more!

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Episode 47 - Planning for 2020
After a brief hiatus, the boys are BACK! This week they discuss different modes of training, getting inspiration for training, and the importance of mentors. It's gonna be a rad year, if you plan for it!
57:18
January 14, 2020
Episode 46 - Merry Christmas from Adam and Andrew
The last episode of 2019, the boys take a look back on the year in running and podcasting. Cheers to you and yours, and here's to a great 2020!
1:06:45
December 24, 2019
Episode 45 - With Bruce McIntosh
This week the boys are on an absolute roll.  From a splendid open, to a flawless close, they speak with Bruce McIntosh of the Justa Runner Podcast.  Bruce takes us on his running journey, talks to the Hall of Fame Marathon in Canton, Ohio.  We even re-hash the best review we've received on Apple Podcast.  Leave us a "friendly" (5 star please) review, and you could be next!
1:03:54
December 18, 2019
Episode 44 - A Healthy Diet - with Natalie Romito
This week Adam the reins, and discusses diet with friend Natalie Romito (@natalie_fatalie). Andrew was off running and eating pizza and drinking beer. Have you ever tried a "fad" diet? Do you eat whatever you want? This one's worth a listen.
40:31
December 11, 2019
Episode 43 - You Ask Us
This week, the boys fielded from questions from you.  Our listeners!  From talking about shorter races, committing to running and family over the holidays, and how Roombas can solve third world problems, the boys really get into the nitty gritty.
1:04:09
December 4, 2019
Sports Overtime - Hate Xichigan Week
A special episode, as the boys discuss the Ohio State football season, and preview the hate that will certainly be present as the Buckeyes take on That Team Up North this weekend.
1:08:20
November 30, 2019
Episode 42 - Uninterrupted - Adam vs. Andrew
With the holiday this week, the boys schedules couldn't quite match up.  This seemed as good a time as any for each to take some Uninterrupted time to themselves, to share what they're thankful for in running.
36:36
November 26, 2019
Episode 41 - Discussing Mary Cain - Abuse in Running
It was certainly a heavier than usual episode for the boys this week.  Listen as Adam and Andrew discuss the abuse in the Nike Oregon Project towards Mary Cain and others.  They also discuss the importance of how you may address yourself, and discuss your body and training in your own head.  A worthy listen to kick off our second year.
1:07:29
November 19, 2019
Episode 40 - The NYC Marathon with Erik Hardin
On the season finale, Adam is away at an Elton John concert. So Andrew decides to talk to an old high school friend. Erik Hardin joins us to talk about his experience running the New York City Marathon and training for his first full marathon. Andrew re-hashes moments of silence for John Ritter (trust me, it's relevant if you give it a listen), and the two reminisce for the first time in 15 years.
1:00:53
November 12, 2019
Episode 39: Running Myth(buster)s
This week, the boys recap the great American performances in the New York City Marathon.  They also go on to discuss so myths that reside in the running community, from stretching before runs, to eating whatever you want (as Andrew constantly eats pizza and drinks beer).  This episode is a very nice length.
1:09:36
November 6, 2019
Episode 38 - A Year at Rust Belt Running
In this weeks episode, the boys look back at the last year since the idea for this cast was conceived.  How are they celebrating?  Listen and find out (spoiler, it's a group run in November).  Adam confesses to watching videos of cadaver dissections, just in time for Halloween.  Andrew spends his anniversary podcasting with Adam.  Ground breaking stuff, as always.
1:12:30
October 30, 2019
Episode 37 - Recovering After Race Day
This week, the boys recap Andrew's Columbus Marathon performance.  They also talk about how much beer they love to drink the week after a race, and how debauchery is key to recovery.  Sprinkled in with this is way to tease your appetite when you are in a mandated "no-run" zone.  Adam and Andrew also wish well to Shalane Flanagan, who recently announced her retirement.
1:13:18
October 21, 2019
Episode 36 - Race Week - Columbus Marathon
This week Andrew and Adam talk about Race Week rituals.  The center of the Ohio Marathon world is on the Columbus Marathon, and these guys talk for way too long about what it means to them, and previewing the race this weekend.  To all participants, stay safe and strong, and enjoy your miles this weekend!
1:29:58
October 16, 2019
Episode 35 - The World of Running
Join Adam and Andrew as they talk about the world of running in October 2019.  Andrew is emotional at the defeat of his Atlanta Braves.  The boys discuss Alberto Salazar, a near World Record, Andrew cries about the Braves, and Nike Vaporflys.  The Braves broke Andrew's heart as they also discuss how/if running can be more effectively marketed.  Andrew is sad.
1:03:44
October 10, 2019
Episode 34 - Uninterrupted - Adam vs. Andrew
A little different format this week, as Adam and Andrew take a few minutes uninterrupted to talk about the past week.  Adam talks about his mindset from being left out of the Boston Marathon field by mere seconds for the second straight year, while Andrew talks about running the Akron Marathon, his first full in 2.5 years.
37:52
October 2, 2019
Episode 33 - Don't Let Results Define You
This week Adam and Andrew tackle countless technical difficulties, but show their professionalism, as it barely comes across in the published version.  Adam talks about whether being accepted to Boston will define him as a runner, while Andrew talks of finger-gunning passers by while running. A little dose of realism in how we aren't paid professionals, and we should run as such.
1:16:10
September 26, 2019
Episode 32 - Fundraising Follow Up W/ Erica and Heather
Erica Genarro and Heather McLeod join us for some frosty beers, and a follow up on their fundraising as they chase Six Stars for the World Marathon Majors.  Definitely worth a listen to the end, as we get away from the canned questions, and honestly talk about fundraising.  Adam also struggles to contain his excitement for the Cleveland Browns first Monday Night Football game in years.
41:11
September 19, 2019
Episode 31: What is Toughness?
After Andrew spends some reflecting on the loss of Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play voice, Fred McLeod, Adam and Andrew spend some time talking about toughness.  It isn't everything you think.  They discuss how toughness comes in the decisions you make, often in dialing it back, instead of pushing through things that can rob joy.  Also - Soft Voice Adam makes a return to try and calm down all of the antsy Browns fans after Sunday's debacle.
1:23:19
September 11, 2019
Episode 30 - Swimming for Runners with Special Guest Mark Dziak
Envious of Adam's beach vacation, Andrew hangs out with Mark Dziak to talk about swimming, and the benefits it can have for runners.  Mark is a (former) competitive swimmer and sub 2:50 marathoner.  Lots of experience, and one cranky child.  
55:10
September 4, 2019
Episode 29 - Anxiety in Running
In this weeks episode, Andrew and Adam talk about their recent struggles in running.  How do they deal with the anxiety that can come from the valleys of training?  C'mon, we all have them, even if we don't share them on the internet.
1:15:36
August 21, 2019
Episode 28 - With Special Guest Brian Polen - Akron Marathon Race Director
In this episode, we get to explore the mind behind one of the premier road races in the country.  Brian Polen discusses the massive course overhaul, running 100 mile races, and exclaims that running a 17:00 5k in high school after playing football the night before is no big deal.
58:32
August 6, 2019
Episode 27 - Improving Running Economy
Join Adam and Andrew as they discuss ways to improve running economy.  They do this all while their internet providers could learn a thing or two about the subject.  Pardon the gaffes, lags, and glitches in this show, as we strive to get better - even when it seems difficult.  Sounds a lot like marathon training, doesn't it?  
1:10:43
July 26, 2019
Episode 26 with Special Guest Darris Blackford - Race Director of the Columbus Marathon
In this episode, we have the tremendous honor of talking with Darris Blackford about all things running. It was only supposed to be half an hour, but we had just too much fun, you get the full hour. Find out why Darris started running, how he started as Race Director, and (potentially) when the Horseshoe will be added back to this wonderful course.
1:02:17
July 9, 2019
Episode 25 - Technology - The Good and the Bad
Recorded before the Fourth of July, and released just after, Adam and Andrew discuss plans for Independence Day.  Included in this is Andrew intermittently ranting about his disdain for residential fireworks.  As far as running goes, the boys discuss the reliance on technology vs. running on feel, and how technology has impacted their running. 
1:02:35
July 5, 2019
Episode 24 - Summer Runnin'
Summer runnin', having a blast. Summer runnin', runnin' so fast. In our newest episode we discuss what to watch out for during the summer months of fall marathon prep, dive into some current events involving plogging, discuss the mystery that is the RBR social media disappearance over the past week and there's a whole lot of stumping going on.   Thank you for listening!
1:08:57
June 19, 2019
Episode 23 - Global Running Day
On the Lebron James episode of Rust Belt Running, Adam and Andrew talk about the deep feelings they connect to the sport of running, in honor of Global Running Day.  They discuss the various events surrounding the great sport's recent holiday addition, they go over current events that highlight the best of the running world, and talk about the show's new logo.  Big thanks to Twitterverse's @DesignGuyEd for the amazing logo! Thomas did not make the episode due to illness, and oddly enough Andrew sighed a lot less in this episode.  Hmmmmmmm... Thanks for listening!  BTW, we aren't sponsored by Global Running Day.  We really like running. If you pledge on GlobalRunningDay.org select team Rust Belt Running!
50:44
June 4, 2019
Episode 22 - Cleveland Marathon Recap Featuring Sara November-Goggins
Episode 22 comes a few days removed from the Cleveland Marathon, and Cleveland Ambassador/half marathon finisher Sara November-Gobbins aka @redheadontherun_2 joins the podcast.  On the pod, we discuss how we're working through the loss of Taylor Ceepo and its impact on the local running community. Sara, Andrew, Adam, and Thomas discuss how their races went, and Sara shares about running a scorching hot race while twenty weeks pregnant, her journey to completing a 100 mile race, and running in cotton shorts. The pod ends with our wishlist for improvements involving race adaptability with unpredictable weather. Thank you for listening.
1:06:33
May 24, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Leah Backo - Marketing Guru
In the final Countdown to Cleveland Ambassador Series interview, Andrew and Adam talk with Clevelander, marathon veteran, and TTUN alumni Leah Backo.  Leah discusses how she became the runner she is today, her passion for helping others (people and animals) and an update on her recent injury concerns leading up to the marathon. Thank you for listening, and we'll see you in Cleveland!
34:33
May 15, 2019
Episode 21 - Cleveland Race Preview
Rust Belt Running does not hide their affection for the Cleveland Marathon.  We do an even worse job of hiding in episode 21 where the entire episode is focused on the upcoming Cleveland Marathon race weekend. Before we talk about our expectations for the race, breakdown all associated events, and share awesome tips on making the best of the weekend; we talk about Eliud's new sub-2 attempt, the new world record for running 50 miles, and Andrew and Adam share one sentence responses on Mo Farah and Galen Rupp running the Chicago Marathon. In Stump the Hosts, Adam and Andrew go head-to-head in a world record themed competition.  The final outcome will leave you on the edge of your seat!!! Ok, not really, but someone does win without the need of a tiebreaker. If you decide you want to watch this podcast on YouTube, you can see us do some wicked air guitaring.  If you opt only for audio, use your imagination and place an air guitar wherever you see fit.  Just watch your hands and don't hit someone in the cubicle next to you. Enjoy your miles!
1:12:03
May 13, 2019
Episode 20 - Running for a Cause with Erica Gennaro and Heather MacLeod
On this episode of Rust Belt Running, we welcome Berlin, Boston, and New York City marathoners Erica Gennaro and Heather MacLeod.  They discuss their history with running, how they met, and how they combined raising money for worthwhile organizations with running in the world marathon events. We talk about the track and field ruling for Caster Semenya, and the awesome story of a Cincinnati runner who's running with someone else's heart. All that and we play a May the 4th Star Wars edition of Stump the Hosts!  Contrary to what the episode may sound like, we are NOT sponsored by Trip Advisor.
1:08:27
May 4, 2019
Episode 19 - Medal Moments and Motivations
The episode this week is all about "medal moments" aka different memories we have associated with races; sometimes designated with a race medal.  We share our favorite medals, that you won't see because it's an audio podcast, but do explain the stories behind them (which works for your ear holes). In current events we discuss the recent London Marathon steroid scandal, discuss our thoughts on the believability of those who say they're clean, the Marvel Avengers 3 day marathon, and all the free stuff you get, in London, for completing the marathon. Andrew facilitates a rousing edition of Stump Adam! with a quiz about metal band names.  Shocking development: Adam does not listen to metal music (sarcasm). This pod is brought to you by nobody.  We have no sponsors.  We do this pod for you and only you.
1:14:22
May 1, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Allison Szedlock - Cleveland, Cap City, Glass City, and Rust Belt Running Ambassador
Allison Szedlock, aka @midwestmotherrunner, joins Rust Belt Running to talk about her long history with running, running through adversity, and her plans to hide in the plants at the Cleveland Ambassador event.  
21:29
April 26, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Michael Kelly - The Voice of the Cleveland Marathon
The emcee of the Cleveland and Columbus marathons talks with Rust Belt Running about how he got started voicing races, how Ralph Staph compares to the Terminator, and the eclectic sign choices in Andrew's kitchen.
29:56
April 26, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Scott Long - Not a Kid Rock Fan
Rust Belt Running welcomes Boston marathoner Scott Long aka The Active Guy!  Scott discusses how he decided his first races would be marathons, and how close he decided to time them.  Scott and Adam also have a “small world” moment in their Running lives.
39:37
April 13, 2019
Episode 17 - Rust Belt Reds
Rust Belt Running succeeds at surviving a week without Andrew Hettinger.  While Andrew's away, the soccer fans will play.  Adam and Thomas talk about Save the Crew, Cleveland SC, Hell is Real, and mostly about Liverpool FC. They share their predictions for the end of the CL and PL seasons, discuss the matches against Tottenham and Southampton, and play a word association game.
1:10:04
April 6, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Melissa Carney - A Not Not Enjoyable Interview
New Yorker turned Clevelander Melissa Carney joins the pod to talk all things math, double (quadruple?) negatives, but mostly about her life as a runner.  She talks about running whilst pregnant, running whilst not knowing she's pregnant, and how the extra dimensions in a person's height makes all the difference. The pod also discusses who is fastest (not Andrew) and tallest (not Andrew) of the RBR team.
31:46
April 5, 2019
Sports Overtime - 2019 Baseball Season Preview
Rust Belt Running takes a brief sabbatical from being a running podcast to focus on the upcoming (errr already happening) 2019 MLB season!  They share their fiery hot division, wild card, pennant, and WS picks.  In addition, Adam takes on the role of Cleveland Indians PR guy with a velvety smooth calming down of the Cleveland Indians fans with one finger on the lighter hanging over their Lindor jerseys.   You can't see it in the audio version but Thomas wears a beautiful hat.  Check it out on YouTube to see the beautiful cap.
44:14
April 2, 2019
Episode 16 - Flexibility in Training
Adam, Andrew, and Thomas discuss having flexibility in training.  Flexibility for vacations, injuries, and other setbacks that may get in the way.  They discuss their own personal setback stories and how they have worked their way back or are still working their way back.  They talk about Meb's new book "26 Marathons", cheater cheater pumpkin eaters, and we play Stump the Host: Adam's birthday edition! Andrew and Thomas wear party hats and eat cake throughout, but you can't see it in the audio podcast version for obvious reasons.
59:47
April 2, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Stephani Itibrout - Taking RBR To School
Rust Belt Running welcomes teacher, marathoner, and ultra-marathoner Stephani Itibrout to the pod.  Stephani talks about how an interaction with a student got her to run a half-marathon and tells all about co-host Andrew Hettingers debauchery.
38:33
March 29, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Steph Lesco - Most Hardcore Guest Award
Rust Belt Running welcomes Stephanie Lesco!  Stephanie is the most hardcore guest that's been on RBR with stories about how she began running, how her 10 year old sons can do just about anything involving athletics, and how she broke her back and was running a half-marathon within 5 months!
37:23
March 29, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Melissa Chamberlain - Running with Jazz Hands
Rust Belt Running is honored to have Melissa Chamberlain come on the pod to talk how she began running, her internet moniker, and how she definitely doesn't want her diet pop (or soda) from a fountain and NOT a can.  She's a runner, mom, wife, Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, and much more.
29:51
March 25, 2019
Episode 15 - Cleveland Marathon Race Director Ralph Staph
Rust Belt Running is honored to chat with the race director of the Cleveland Marathon: Ralph Staph.  Ralph talks about how the marathon has changed, what's new for 2019, and we learn about the feud between Ralph and co-host Andrew Hettinger.  After the interview we go through delicious current events and Adam and Andrew go head to head in Stump the Hosts!  
1:02:26
March 23, 2019
Countdown to Cleveland - Brian Burk - Running to Leadville
Rust Belt Running starts their "Countdown to Cleveland" interview series with discussion with Cleveland Marathon Ambassador Brian Burke.  Brian talks about his love of trail running, the Leadville marathon, and Cleveland Browns football.
30:58
March 17, 2019
Episode 14 - Alcohol and Running & Daylight Savings Time
This week Adam and Andrew talk about alcohol's impact in their running, and how it can impact running as a whole, Andrew drinks a ton of liquids but amazingly doesn't need a bathroom break, the hosts play the game that's sweeping the nation: Stump the Hosts!, and they talk current events.   In Rust Belt Running Sports Overtime, they discuss the Cleveland Browns recent acquisitions and expectations for the year.  Stay for the ending because it's the most smooth podcast ending ever recorded.
1:20:56
March 16, 2019
Rust Belt Running - Episode 13 - Sacrifices in Running & Celebrating Women
Welcome to Rust Belt Running: a podcast about running, sports, and whatever else is on our mind.  Join Adam and Andrew as they discuss running, marathon training, the life of a runner, and what's going on in sports. This week we cover the sacrifices of not only the runner but those in the runner's support group during marathon training.  We also celebrate the women who are close to them, and have made them the person/runner that they are today.  We also play Stump Andrew!
1:06:24
March 13, 2019