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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 88 - Ohio Against the World
The boys kick off the New Year talking strictly sports.  Ohio sports.  More specifically, Ohio playoff sports.  Ohio State waxed Clemson.  The Browns are in the playoffs for the first time in nearly 20 years.  Ohio Against the World.  LFG!
January 10, 2021
Episode 87 - Again with Adam Wren
This week, the boys take the time to sit with Politico's own @adamwren.  After a crazy election season, Adam let's us know how crazy things have been, what it's like to get back to running, and how to embarrass yourself on MSNBC.
December 19, 2020
Episode 86 - Cancelled - THE Game
This week the boys discuss the heartbreak of having the Ohio State/Xichigan game cancelled.  They also talk about how much fun it is to have the Browns not be a complete dumpster fire, and appear poised for playoffs.  What a time to be alive.
December 12, 2020
Episode 85 - A Little Hope - With Eric Geyer
This week, the boys sit with Pharmacist and friend Eric Geyer to discuss the latest advancements in a vaccine, our best chance to return to normal(ish) soon.  We also discuss Christmas lights, lavender oil, and for the first time ever, rugby is mentioned on our podcast.  What a time to be alive!
December 5, 2020
Episode 84 - A Thankful Uninterrupted
It's Thanksgiving! And this week the boys talk about the things they are grateful for this crazy year.  It's a year of pain and sorrow, but also diagnosis and resolution.  We're so close, but with a long way to go.
November 27, 2020
Episode 83 - Trolling with McNeil
This week, the boys sit down with know Cleveland Twitter personality Chris McNeil (Reflog_18).  Not many know Chris has run a few marathons, so we talk to him (briefly) about this, before going off on many tangents.  We talk golf, the Mueller Report, and parades.
November 21, 2020
Episode 82 - Election Recap
This week the boys discuss their thoughts on the election.  While we are a running podcast, in the absence of much running to talk about, our political leanings and passion have clearly been on display.  With "ALL THE NETWORKS" declaring the race for Joe Biden, Adam and Andrew talk about things they are proud to have seen over the past weeks, and how messaging is important when it comes to politics.  We do talk some running too....
November 14, 2020
Episode 81 - Potpourri
This week the boys discuss a bunch of more random running topics.  It's a potpourri really. From running a marathon around a children's hospital, to DesTober, to why Adam is not going to be in a place mentally at all to record an episode next week after the election.
October 31, 2020
Episode 80 - Social Media in 2020
Social media is an amazing thing.  It has led to awesome friendships and keeps people connected.  But it is also insanely toxic, and this week the boys talk about how toxic it has been in the running community through this pandemic and election cycle.
October 24, 2020
Episode 79 - Train Wreck
This week's episode was... well... something.  Andrew's frustration from baseball playoffs really took this one off the rails.  The boys also talk some of their favorite things about race week, as this week would have been the Columbus Marathon.
October 17, 2020
Episode 78 - We Talk Racing!
This week the boys finally talk some racing.  Recapping the London Marathon, and Jared Ward accomplishing his ultimate goal.  They also talk running for 48 hours, and Adam rubs it into Andrew that his football team is better, for once.
October 10, 2020
Episode 77 - College Sports, Money, and the Pandemic
This week the boys talk about the effects of the pandemic on College Sports, specifically the Olympic Sports.  Many programs being cancelled under the guise of finances and Title IX deserves a discussion.  Also, Breonna Taylor deserves justice!
September 25, 2020
Episode 76 - Finding Motivation
This week the boys discuss finding motivation without the end goal of races in the immediate future.  Adam also thinks Parks and Rec is better than The Office, which is clearly wrong.
September 12, 2020
Episode 75 - The Sun Sets on Summer
As much as the boys don't want it to, summer is coming to an end. They discuss what this means to them in a running sense, but also in the world of coronavirus. Adam and Andrew also discuss the latest issues surrounding social justice, as our world still has a long way to go.
August 29, 2020
Episode 74 - Planning the Rebuild
This week the boys talk about planning the rebuild.  What can we do to make ourselves the best for 2021, and what might next year actually even look like?  There is also a little extra at the end, so don't this episode off too quickly.
August 22, 2020
Episode 73 - A Gray Fall - Cancelled Sports
This week the boys take time out of talking running, to discuss the impact of cancelled Big Ten sports in their lives.  There is a lot to unpack with the decision to postpone, and likely cancel, sports.  And these two dudes get heavy... and even a little angry.
August 15, 2020
Episode 72 - Katie Biro - Kidney Giver
This week the boys sit down to talk with Katie Biro about the usual things.  You know, the pandemic, running, giving kidney's to your dad.  The usual stuff.  Technical difficulties galore in this one.
August 1, 2020
Episode 71 - POP - With Michael and Tim Pavlak
5-6-7-8! It's time to start rebuilding that house!  This week the boys sit with Tim and Mike of Physio Orthopedics Performance in Akron, Ohio to discuss some of the preventative and corrective measures they take, to help runners to "Chase PRs. Recover Well."
July 25, 2020
Episode 70 - Tearing Down Your House
This week Andrew and Adam discuss starting over in running.  Seeing this pandemic as an opportunity to tear down our running house, with a clean slate, and a stronger foundation and more structurally sound house and body for future trainings.
July 18, 2020
Episode 69 - With the Akron Running Project
This week, Nicole Gareri-David and Verrelle Wyatt of the Akron Running Project join us.  This initiative is truly amazing, especially in the midst of this pandemic that is canceling all of our fall events.  They discuss how they're working to use the community to keep runners motivated throughout this.
July 12, 2020
Episode 68 - Dealing with Heartbreak
There's been a lot of heartbreak the last few months.  Vacations and races cancelled, inconsistent work and paychecks. An exhaustion in the apathy of our communities.  Adam and Andrew get a little dark and deep this week, but with some hope sprinkled throughout.
July 4, 2020
Episode 67 - Uninterrupted
This week the boys go solo, talking about summer running.  Adam gives all kinds of safety tips for running over the summer, staying safe in the heat.  Andrew really just talks about how glad he is this pandemic happened in better weather than the winter.
June 26, 2020
Episode 66 - Athletics in Social Issues
This week the boys discuss different athletic organizations, and how they have responded to the ongoing social issues of systemic racism in the country.  They discuss the importance of "knowing what you don't know".  Go read a book.
June 20, 2020
Episode 65 - Engage. Listen. Communicate.
After a week off to keep the eyes on the Black Lives Matter movement, Adam and Andrew return.  We make it clear, we are a running podcast.  But when it comes to societal issues that we see drastic change is needed, we will speak to it, and use our platform to try and communicate our message.  This one is for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the countless other names of black people who have died in police custody unjustly.
June 13, 2020
Episode 64 - Memory Lane
After a week off, the boys take some time to read some of the great memories you listeners shared from your favorite races.  This was a chance to try and talk positively about running, and the memories we all can't wait to create again.  We can't wait to see you at a finish line again some day.
May 25, 2020
Episode 63 - Lollipops and Roses - With Darris Blackford
As we continue to go down the road of Covid-19, this week we brought in Columbus Marathon Race Director Darris Blackford to let us in to the thoughts behind fall race planning amidst this uncertainty.  We also find out how constructive each and every comment is that Darris receives (and reads) about the race each year.  Some major changes to the start line playlist in the future?
May 10, 2020
Episode 62 - New Goals for the New Normal
This week the boys fly without a guest, and discuss different ways for goal oriented runners to move forward without races. It's a difficult time, with no determined end, but that doesn't mean we can't set goals!
May 2, 2020
Episode 61 - Conquer All - With Leah Backo
We bring Leah Backo back for the second time in as many months to talk her positive Covid-19 Antibody test, and what running has looked like during recovery from the virus.  She also discusses what it's been like to lose her mom during this pandemic. We offer our thoughts to her and her family through this, and hope they can wrap arms around one another soon!
April 26, 2020
Episode 60 - (Not) Staying Sane - With Sara Hoover
Well, this was supposed to be another edition of the "Staying Sane" series, but thanks to Sara being one of the craziest guests we've had, it turned into a full episode.  Hey, we aren't complaining!  This may be the silliest and most fun 45 minutes we've had here at Rust Belt Running!
April 19, 2020
Episode 58 - With Stephanie Lesco Teppner
We bring back an old friend of the pod, Steph Lesco Teppner, to discuss her work in public health during this crazy time.  Of course, no time with Steph would be complete without talking about beer and running, no matter how wrong her third favorite Ohio beer is.
April 12, 2020
Staying Sane - Episode 6 - With Hayes Hettinger
Oh boy - we talk with Andrew's boy this time.  They take a break from 1st grade homeschooling, and talk to Hayes about his quarantine so far.  This is truly a can't miss podcast.
April 9, 2020
Staying Sane - Episode 5 - Kelly Hettinger
As we continue our quarantine series, Staying Sane, Andrew takes some time to talk with his Sis-in-Law Kelly Hettinger.  They discuss Kelly's famous item from Bonefish Grill, the process of getting home from work in healthcare throughout this pandemic, and Kelly gives a different answer than everyone else to the question "What are you most looking forward to when this is all over?"
April 7, 2020
Episode 58 - Finding Certainty - With Mark Freeman
This week we bring on the author of "You Are Not a Rock" Mark Freeman to discuss the mental toll of issues like this pandemic, and our responses to it.  Mark digs deep into his past to talk about his own struggles with mental health, and how he has battled back to become a teacher, speaker, and coach for mental health battles.  
April 5, 2020
Staying Sane - Episode 4 - Will Mercer
As we continue the Staying Sane series, we get to talk to Will Mercer.  Will talks about having a kid who is immune compromised through this scary situation.  We also talk about beer, and his sound strategy at keeping himself stocked up on life's most essential product.  Somehow, there is about a five minute stretch where Will and Adam talk Marvel Movies, while Andrew just scrolled Twitter. 
April 4, 2020
Staying Sane - Episode 3 - Keegan Gallagher
On this special episode, the Staying Sane series continues as we talk to loyal listener Keegan Gallagher.  We talk about school during quarantine, how running stores are holding it together through this, and just kill some time getting to know one another.  We will get through this together!
April 3, 2020
Episode 57 - Cancelled! - With Erica Gennaro and Heather MacLeod
This week we continue to talk with guests about how Covid-19 is effecting their life, and their running. Erica and Heather were set to complete the final two legs of the World Marathon Majors, until their plans were completely derailed, starting with Tokyo in February.  As we continue to cope with this new normal, we are beginning to have more and more fun with you all.  Thanks for continuing to listen!
April 1, 2020
Staying Sane - Episode 2 - Stephani Itibrout
We continue our Staying Sane series by taking sometime to chat with friend of the pod Stephani Itibrout.  She finds out shortly after we recorded this that her race is in fact cancelled.  We can't record these fast enough!
March 27, 2020
Staying Sane - Episode 1 - Featuring Andrea Sanchez
A little bored during your quarantine?  We got your back!  Today we take a little time and talk to longtime interactive listener, Andrea Sanchez.  It's good to get social with people, while all this "social distancing" is going on, and that's what we're looking to do with these mini-episodes.
March 23, 2020
Episode 56 - Our New Normal - With Eric Geyer
This week we discuss a little what it's like in this world we are living in.  This new normal that we have been blindsided with over the last few weeks.  Rebellious pharmacist Eric Geyer joins us to discuss his side of things, and the boys try to find some positives in this time of fear and uncertainty.
March 21, 2020
Episode 55 - Panic at the Podcast - COVID-19 Thoughts
This week, the boys sit on chairs of toilet paper, and talk about the events of the week surrounding this novel coronavirus.  Strong opinions on the data, the need for community support, and how it's effecting running and other sports.  This is a time for serious action, but not a time for panic.  Join the boys as they try and maintain some sense of normalcy during this craziness.
March 14, 2020
Episode 54 - Uninterrupted with Adam and Andrew
After the Olympic Trials, the boys decide to take their time to talk alone for a little bit.  They discuss the results of the Trials last week, the upcoming extra hour of daylight in the evening, and the dawning of spring (thank God!).  Andrew would like to point out, he was 2 of 6 predicting Olympians from Saturday, while Adam didn't pick a single podium runner.
March 6, 2020
Episode 53 - Marathon Olympic Trials Preview
This week the boys preview this weekends Olympic Trials in Atlanta.  They each pick their top 3 from the men's and women's fields, give some Northeast Ohio connections to Atlanta this weekend, and discuss SHOES AGAIN! They also talk about the Salazar effect for Rupp and Hasay, and CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT SHOES!
February 28, 2020
Episode 52: With Special Guest Adam Wren
After discussing the divisive topic of food last week, the boys decide to try and mend fences by discussing politics.  To help in the proceedings, Adam Wren of Politico joins them to discuss life as a runner on the campaign trail with presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.  Adam shares some awesome stories of following candidates on both sides of the aisle, and how it all relates to running.  We also dive into what it truly means to represent the rust belt and the midwest... DISCOUNTS!
February 20, 2020
Episode 51 - Divisive Food Debates
This week, the boys go completely off the rails talking about food.  What was meant to be a basic opener, turned into a rage filled debate about tacos and pizza, as Andrew has an aneurysm live.  Adam is his calm usual self, and it's really annoying. 
February 16, 2020
Episode 50!!! With Special Guest Leah Backo
For the Golden Episode, the boys reunite with friend of the Pod Leah Backo. They discuss Leah's move to a new city, rebounding from injury, and running with dogs. Yes DOGS! ALL THE DOGS!
February 7, 2020
Episode 49 - Remembering Kobe Bryant and the Mamba Mentality
This week, the boys take a look at the impact of Kobe Bryant and his unfortunate passing.  The legacy he leaves has parallels in the running community, as Adam and Andrew talk about the bigger than life heroes of our sport. 
February 1, 2020
Episode 48 - W/ Special Guest Coach Kyle Kranz
This week, the boys spend some time talking with running coach Kyle Kranz. Kyle speaks about his passion in the environmental sustainability of running, what it takes to be a coach, and how he uses the upcoming election to motivate his athletes. Andrew is disgusted in his views of burritos and beer.
January 26, 2020
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  
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.
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.
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?  
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.
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. 
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!
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 select team Rust Belt Running!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.  
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!  
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.
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.
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!
March 13, 2019