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The Rambling Runner Podcast

By Matt Chittim
A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.
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#269 - Alexis McCoy (Boston Marathon Virtual Series)
Today's episode with Alexis McCoy is the first in a series of episodes with folks who competed in the Boston Marathon Virtual Race.  Alexis has the Boston Marathon in her bones. She has been in love with the race, and everything it stands for, for years. While she has now run 17 marathons, Boston holds a special place in her heart. This former small-school college runner gave up the sport at the age of 20. Her love of running returned several years later when she was basically tricked into signing up for the Marine Corps Marathon. Then Boston 2013 happened. The tragic finish line bombing occurred shortly after Alexis crossed the fabled finish line. The tragedy of that day would haunt Alexis for years and drove her away from the sport she loved. After finding help and working through the trauma, Alexis once again returned to running. With stroke of serendipity, plenty of hard work, and a loving coach, Alexis began to thrive.  Last weekend at the first Virtual Boston Marathon, Alexis ran her best ever marathon in a race that she loves but in the odd circumstances that virtual races can create. In this special episode, Alexis details all of this, and so much more, with thoughtful grace and endless charm. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 10% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:09:56
September 18, 2020
Mastering 40 Bonus Episode: September Blood Analysis and Recommendations
When I first had the idea for Mastering 40 I knew that one of the major steps I would need to take was a detailed blood analysis. A mirror, scale, and workout data can provide insight but it doesn’t tell the whole story. I needed to know my exact starting point then track my biomarkers throughout the year. I reached out to InsideTracker, the leader in this space, and they agreed to help me out. Stevie Smith MS,RDN,CSSD,CDN, a registered dietitian at InsideTracker, and ten time IRONMAN finisher, dove into my tests and provided loads of feedback. Finding out how my body had reacted to me poor nutrition and reduced activity level put me on edge. I was worried that my health might be worse than I had imagined. Not simply for running but for life in general. While I was in the optimized range for nearly 40 biomarkers, several tests were off the mark. Especially the cholesterol numbers. Interested in having a test of your own? Check out InsideTracker - code: INSIDETWENTY for 20% off. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
45:02
September 16, 2020
#268 - Mastering 40, Ep. 3
September is upon on and it is a whole new world within the Mastering 40 series. School for my kiddos and wife are starting and our schedules are completely influx. This is the case for so many runners out there. Getting used to a new schedule that will work well for us and our families can certainly be a struggle. In this episode I dive deep with Adrienne Langelier, my sport psychologist, and Starla Garcia, my registered dietitian. Adrienne and I talk all about the anxiety and the unknown that the near future holds. Starla helps me work through my struggles to stick with some of her recommendations and my near constant self-judgement. Thank you to the Mastering 40 partners: - Supplements/Protein: Previnex - code: RUNNER15 for 15% off - Running Nutrition: UCAN - code: RRUCAN for 15% off - Health Analysis: InsideTracker - code: INSIDETWENTY for 20% off - Attire: Tracksmith - code RAMBLINGRUNNER for 15% off first purchase over $75 - Shoes: Atreyu - $55 per pair when you subscribe Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:26:59
September 14, 2020
#267 - Zoë Rom
Zoë Rom is the writer, producer, and creater of one of the best podcasts of any genre - the DNF Podcast by Trail Runner Magazine. Not only that, she is a badass athlete who set two FKT's (fastest known time) this summer. DNF is a show that combines the very best story telling in the running community with the production quality of a show on NPR. It focuses on the many faces of failure and how it can often be the starting point for reclamation, success, and even greatness. It has set a new standard of excellence in the running podcast genre. I am honored to talk with the brains and talent behind such a remarkable audio original - https://trailrunnermag.com/trailrunning-podcast. As good as Zoë is on DNF, she may be even better on the trails. Her love running, hiking, and being in nature is the foundational element in her show and marvel to behold.  Sponsor: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
55:11
September 7, 2020
#266 - Margi Johnson
Have you had a chance to talk to a real life super hero? Up until last week, I hadn't. Then I had the honor to speak with Margi Johnson.  Margi is a doctor in the Philly/NJ/NYC area and one heck of a runner. She has visions of trying to OTQ for 2020. Training was going well and she was the fittest she had ever been. This master's running was kicking butt and taking names. Then in late fall things started to slowly fall apart. Her fitness disintegrated and she, a knowledgeable doctor, could not pin point the problem. Five short months later, Margi had dealt with two bouts of COVID-19 and played a critical role in helping patients of this destructive virus in NYC. Not only that, she was literally fighting for her life.  We cover all of this, and so much more, in one of the most powerful episodes we've ever done at the Rambling Runner Podcast. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
58:41
September 4, 2020
#265 - Emily Abbate: Hurdles, Transformation, and Creation
Overcoming the hurdles in our lives are usually the paradigm shifting moments that set our lives on their ultimate path. Nobody knows this better than Emily Abbate - host of the Hurdle podcast, run coach, and prodigious writer, and all around media machine. About 10 years ago, Emily made the decision that she was no longer happy living with how her body made her feel. At that moment her life changed in many ways. In this episode, we talk about her transformation, marathon running, and sharing the healthy lifestyle that she personifies. We also spend considerable time discussing her transition from staff writer and editor at some of the countries most well-known publications to a one-woman media juggernaut. You can learn more about Emily: Twitter, Instagram, and Hurdle Podcast. . Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
44:33
August 31, 2020
#264 - Charlie Watson: The Runner Beans
It was a pleasure to finally have a chance to speak runner, RD, and author Charlie Watson. I say "finally" because I've wanted to have her on the show for a long time. I've long enjoyed following Charlie's many running accomplishments, she is a 6-Star Abbott World Major Marathon finisher, and culinary creations. After setting aside my nerves, I approached Charlie about coming on the show and was delighted when she accepted the invite.  Charlie's cookbook, Cook, Eat, Run, offers a no-nonsense approach to eating for runners and athletes of all levels. From filling breakfasts and high-protein snacks to post-run energy fixes and speedy suppers, it's an essential companion for anyone looking to seize control of their fitness regime. Not only that, it is the most used cookbook in our house. There's a section dedicated to on-the-go fuel including homemade energy gels, hydration drinks and energy bars, alongside recipes from elite runners including Sara Hall, Kara Goucher and Molly Huddle. You can learn more about Charlie at http://www.therunnerbeans.com/ and purchase her wonderful book at https://www.amazon.com/Cook-Eat-Run-Performance-Ultimate/dp/1787134296. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
51:52
August 28, 2020
#263 - Mastering 40, Ep. 2
The Mastering 40 is now well on it's way. Things are going well but there is still PLENTY of work to be do. In this episode we consult with our three specialists. With the help of a professional coach - James McKirdy, sports registered dietitian - Starla Garcia, and a sports psychologist - Adrienne Langelier, I am determined to have the best athletic year of my life. One that will end, hopefully, with a sub-40:00 10k. This is a huge stretch goal and I am determined to get it done. Over the course of this year I will also be turning 40 years old and become a masters runner. Hence the “Mastering 40.” I will be documenting the journey with two blog posts a week at www.mastering40.com and a podcast every three weeks. The podcasts, like this one, will include calls with these experts I will be leaning on, and learning from, throughout the process. Thank you to the Mastering 40 partners: - Supplements/Protein: Previnex - code: RUNNER15 for 15% off - Running Nutrition: UCAN - code: RRUCAN for 15% off - Health Analysis: InsideTracker - code: INSIDETWENTY for 20% off - Attire: Tracksmith - code RAMBLINGRUNNER for 15% off first purchase over $75 - Shoes: Atreyu - $95 per pair or $55 if you subscribe Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
2:02:36
August 24, 2020
#262 - Tanya Lerch: Delayed Gratification and 4:38 to 3:08
It was a blast to have Tanya Lerch on the show. This incredibly smart and energetic runner, teacher, mother, and founder of a pediatric non-profit brought the goods in this episode.   We touched on so many things, not the least of which was her transition from a 4:38 to 3:08 marathon. We also talk about an amazing project that her and her students are engaged in that provides prosthetics to children whose families can't afford such devices. Learn more about that here: https://www.sageprosthetics.org/ Not only that, in 1988 she participated in a follow-up study to the hallowed Stanford marshmallow experiment. This experiment was a study on delayed gratification in 1972 led by psychologist Walter Mischel, a professor at Stanford University. In this study, a child was offered a choice between one small but immediate reward, or two small rewards if they waited for a period of time. During this time, the researcher left the room for about 15 minutes and then returned. In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes in many areas. It was a controversial study that we had a lot of fun discussing. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:05:15
August 21, 2020
#261 - Sarah Bishop
Sarah Bishop is back on the show and she is bringing the heat. There is a good reason why she is not only our most frequent guest but also our most requested guest. In this episode we talk about how Sarah, a serial racer, adjusted to race cancellations, how full-time triathlon training has effected her schedule (10 hours of training per week before is now up to 20), how she helps her athletes work through the aimlessness of the COVID era, her so much more.  You can learn more about Sarah at https://www.instagram.com/sarahbishopruns/ and https://sarahbishopruns.com/. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
51:34
August 17, 2020
#260 - Marc Quiñones
Marc Quiñones is one of the best chefs in America. He has appeared on Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, been named 2017 New Mexico Chef of The Year and 2018 Best Chef in the City, and been featured in Forbes and many other publications. He is also one heck of a runner. Just like in his cooking career, Marc built himself from the ground up as a runner. He did so in an unconventional way and with undeniable grit and determination. Prepare to be inspired by this amazing man.  You can follow Marc's running at https://www.instagram.com/chefmqtherunner/ and his culinary career at https://www.instagram.com/chefmq/.  Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:10:14
August 14, 2020
#259 - Anne Maher: From 20:44 to 16:52 in the 5k
In 2018, Anne Maher set a new PR in the 5k with a time of 20:44. She was psyched and for good reason. She had started running in her mid-twenties and had given birth to two kids in the previous handful of years. Little did she know that she was about to embark on a running journey that would make 20:44 look like a relaxing jog in the park. Earlier this year, a scant two years later, she set a new PR in the 5k with a blistering fast 16:52! How did she do that?! Learn more about Anne at https://instagram.com/margsandmarathons. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
46:34
August 10, 2020
#258 - Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt
Ali Feller, host of the Ali on the Run Show, and I try to bring some fun and levity to these extraordinary times. We dive into what we are loving right now, looking forward to, our current running conditions, and a series of questions from our listeners. We had a wonderful time discussing all of these things, and we answered a handful of fun and thoughtful questions from our awesome listeners. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:14:58
August 6, 2020
#257 - Mastering 40 Announcement
Welcome to Mastering 40.  I just completed the worst athletic year of my life. One beset by injuries and a 25 lb. weight gain. Finally, I decided enough was enough.  With the help of a professional coach - James McKirdy, sports registered dietitian - Starla Garcia, and a sports psychologist - Adrienne Langelier, I am determined to have the best athletic year of my life. One that will end, hopefully, with a sub-40:00 10k. This is a huge stretch goal and I am determined to get it done. Over the course of this year I will also be turning 40 years old and become a masters runner. Hence the “Mastering 40.” I will be documenting the journey with two blog posts a week at www.mastering40.com and a podcast every three weeks. The podcasts, like this one, will include calls with the experts I will be leaning on, and learning from, throughout the process.   I hope you enjoy and learn from my year of reclaiming my fitness and pursuing an entirely new level of performance while trying to maximize my schedule as a dedicated amateur runner.  Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. Their Nourify Plus is my go-to protein shake after every run. It's convenient, tasty, and loaded with quality nutrients. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Generation UCAN is a running nutrition brand that I have trusted for years. Endurance athletes all over the world are drawn to UCAN for its ability to provide long-lasting energy, without sugar, that's easy on the stomach, and to improve your body's ability to burn fat as fuel. I'm a huge fan of UCAN Hydrate that I love to use before and during my morning runs. Use code RRUCAN to save 15% off anytime on anything at www.ucan.co Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:30:05
August 4, 2020
Bonus Episode: Run With Rivs ft. Jacob Puzey & Ben Rosario
In this special bonus episode I am honored to be joined by Jacob Puzey, older brother of Tommy "Rivs" Puzey, and Ben Rosario, head coach of the HOKA Naz Elite. We discuss the amazing fundraising work that is being done on behalf of Tommy and his family and the new Run With Rivs initiative. Jacob also shares some insight into the wonderful dualities that make Rivs a master competitor, dear friend, empathic communicator, beloved free-spirit, and so much more.  Run with Rivs - How to Get Involved Pick a day, or a few, between August 1st and 9th and take on a challenge of your choosing. Run, ride, hike, walk, etc. for as many miles as you wish to raise money for the family of Tommy Rivers Puzey as he battles Primary Pulmonary NK T-Cell Lymphoma: https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Anywhereintheworld/RunwithRivs Your challenge is totally up to you. It can be as epic as a century ride or as simple as a walk around the block. Rivers, a friend to so many across the globe, is a cyclist, a marathoner, a mountain runner, a trail runner, a triathlete, and an ultra runner. He’s also a father, a husband, a son, and a brother. Let's do this! Get out there and pour your heart into an effort, whatever it might be. Let's lift up Rivers and his family by doing what Rivers does best! Cover ground, breathe, and share your journey! Register via the link in our profile. Tag us and use the hashtag #runwithrivs. You can learn more at https://www.instagram.com/runwithrivs/ and get updates about Tommy at https://www.gofundme.com/f/Tommy-Rivers-Rest-Up. 
44:46
July 31, 2020
#256 - Olivia Baker
Olivia Baker is one of the best 400 and 800 meter runners in the country and will be battling tooth and nail for a spot on the 2021 Olympic Team. It was an honor to have her on the show to discuss her training pre-COVID and how it has looked over the past few months, balancing elite track with her desire to be a neurosurgeon, pushing through performance limits, her thoughts on Stanford, her alma mater, cutting 11 sports, and much, much more. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts with popular past guests by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
1:02:23
July 30, 2020
#255 - Diverse We Run Panel Chat: Safety In Running As A BIPOC
In this special episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast we are airing an important panel discussion created by three friends of the podcast. Hosts Carolyn Su, Natalie Mitchell and Shawanna White moderated a panel of extraordinary runners/people to discuss safety in running as a BIPOC. The panelists for this discussion are: Tammy Shakur, Connie Shieh, Ezra Williams, Da'Rel Patterson and Din`ee Dorama. This insightful and important Saturday, July 18th. You can follow these change makers at: Carolyn Su: https://www.instagram.com/irunfortheglory/ Natalie Mitchell: https://www.instagram.com/natrunsfar/ Shawanna White: https://www.instagram.com/peachrunner26.2/ Tammy Shakur: https://www.instagram.com/runlivelove2/ Connie Shieh: https://www.instagram.com/connosaurusrex/ Ezra Williams: https://www.instagram.com/ez_runs_az/ Din`ee Dorama: https://www.instagram.com/dinee_pink22/
1:54:28
July 27, 2020
254 - Brandy Talamoni
Brandy Talamoni is a powerhouse and a fountain of positivity all in one. She is one of my favorite amateur runners to follow and it was awesome to have her on the show. Brandy is a USMC vet, USMC spouse, mother of two little one, marathoner, ultra/trail runner, weightlifter, yoga lover, and all-around fascinating person. In this episode we talk about all of these areas of her life, and much more. You can follow Brandy on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/brandytherunner/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/brandytherunner. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushshrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
42:16
July 23, 2020
#253 - Melissa Malani & Sarah Canney
In this two-part episode we re-connect with two of our most popular guests: Melissa Malani and Sarah Canney.  Melissa first shared her amazing journey with her trademark energy and enthusiasm on Rambling Runner episode 57. In this conversation we discuss some of her recent successes, hurdles, setting new PR's at shorter distances, and breaking the 6:00 mark in the mile despite hoping to merely break 6:30! You can learn more about Melissa here: https://www.instagram.com/isamarathoner/ . Sarah Canney is back after her first appearance on episode 74 of the Rambling Runner Podcast. This amazing runner, snow-shoe racer, and founder of the Rise Run Retreat, has plenty to offer on those topics, home-schooling, parenting, the Rise Run Collective, and much more. You can learn more about Sarah at sarahcanney.com. If you liked this episode you can get more Rambling Runner follow-up episodes at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
53:07
July 20, 2020
#252 - Cancer, Fitness, and Faith with Jay Hewitt
At age 37, Jay Hewitt was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  A pastor at Friends Church in southern California, husband, and father to a little girl, this was a trying moment for Jay and everyone who knew him. He underwent brain surgery while remaining fully awake. Then, to everyone’s amazement and by the grace of God, he walked away from the surgery 100% healed with absolutely no degenerative effects. Then, one year later, he was diagnosed again. This time it wasn't simple a tumor. It was cancer. This experience created a massive shift in Jay's perspective. He has a desire to enjoy a deep connection with others. First, with his wife and daughter, then with close friends and faith community. Beyond that, he is embracing his journey and sharing it every step of the way. That journey includes an upcoming IRONMAN. A distance he has never raced before and the training for which has been done while subjecting his body to cancer treatments. Jay is one of the most remarkable people I have spoken with and I am sure you'll agree once you hear this episode. You can learn more about Jay at https://www.instagram.com/jayhewitt/. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
53:07
July 16, 2020
#251 - Caitlin Landesberg: Founder of Sufferfest Beer Co.
How many of us would love to turn our personal and professional passions into a successful business? Caitlin Landesberg, found of Sufferfest Beer Co., did just that! What started out as a simple project inspired by innocent curiosity, quickly developed into much, much more. In this wide ranging conversation, Caitlin details how she built a community around Sufferfest, the elements within the two-way communication that inform her brand, how they choose to partner with certain athletes and events, the characteristics of the endurance community that she most loves, and her own running journey and experiences.  Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. https://www.theramblingrunner.com
58:47
July 13, 2020
#250 - Working Through a Long-term Injury with Heather McKirdy
Are you a runner? Have you ever been injured? If you answered "yes" to the first question then you almost certainly answered "yes" to the second. Heather McKirdy is the co-owner of one of, if not the, biggest coaching services in the country. She coaches dozens of athletes of all abilities. She has lopped nearly an hour off her marathon time. And she has battled injuries like nobody's business over the last couple of years. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about dealing with injuries from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective. The role of cross-training, working with a therapist, leaning on friends, the self-imposed embarrassment of working with runners when you can't run, and so much more.  Heather underwent surgery for compartment syndrome nearly four months ago is well on her way to recovery. Thankfully. It's been a long journey and it was an honor to have her speak to it on the show. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
44:19
July 9, 2020
#249 - Ruby Wyles
Ruby Wyles is one of the most mentally, emotionally, and physically tough people I've ever met. She has battled through more in her life than most people two or three times her age. This was the first time that I've had a college runner on the show. Having Ruby tell her remarkable was an absolute honor. Ruby has battled anorexia, depression, and anxiety from the age of 11. She was at an inpatient hospital for a very rough two year period in her teens. Then, to her surprise, she became one of the best young runners in Britain. Ruby talks through every aspect of this harrowing tine. The fact that Ruby emerged to receive a chance to run at a Division I in the United States is simply remarkable. We also talked about how COVID-19 turned her freshman year at Southern Methodist University upside down. From eliminating her spring track season and leaving her in a country far from home. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
1:02:12
July 6, 2020
#248 - Coaching Calls: Seth Baird & Allyson Hodge
In this episode we have two coaching calls that were recorded last week with two fantastic people who are working through challenges that are relatable to so many runners: Seth Baird and Allyson Hodge. Seth was a guest on the show in Episode 202 when we discussed his transition from college baseball player, to body builder, to first time marathoner. In this conversation we talk about dealing with nagging injuries that forced his training from running to bike-only. This is an issue that effects so many runners every year. Not only did Seth handle that issue with aplomb, he set a 5k PR just six weeks back into his running schedule. Welcome to the sub-19:00 club! Allyson is an amazing women with an awesome super power - she can run forever without getting injured. Her and Seth have had the opposite experience over the past several months. We talk about that during our call, her foray into trail running during this spring and summer, and setup a race plan for her first 5k in a long time. If you're looking to get the benefits of working with an experienced coach who can help you reach your potential and guide you through rough patches in your training, head to www.mckirdytrained.com.  Follow Seth at https://www.instagram.com/mindfulrunz/. Follow Allyson at https://www.instagram.com/allysonloveslp/. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
1:08:44
July 2, 2020
#247 - Triumphing Over Hurdles with Hiruni Wijayaratne
Hiruni Wijayaratne is the kind of elite runner that amateur runners can related to in so many ways. She has battled against several difficulties throughout her career and continues to come back for more. Those challenges include years worth of injuries, running in the face of unrealized expectations, balancing her training with a demanding full-time job, and more. Last year Hiruni was blindsided when the Olympic Standard for the women's marathon was lowered to 2:29:30. A feeling people who who have spent years trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon can relate to. In 2016 she missed representing Sri Lanka at the Olympics by mere seconds. After that disappointment she lowered her marathon time to the mid-2:30's and thought she was well on her way to the Games. Unfortunately, Hiruni was mistaken. Now she is battling to either get under 2:29:30 or get top-10 at a Gold Race (whenever they start up again) to qualify to head to Japan in 2021. Heady stuff for the 10 time Sri Lankan record holder, University of Kentucky alum, and current Colorado resident. You can learn more about Hiruni at https://www.instagram.com/hiruni_w/.  Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
54:34
June 29, 2020
#246 - Jamison Michael: Jami's Reviews
Today I welcomed the one-and-only Jamison Michael to the show. Jami is one of the best, and most entertaining, running shoe reviewers on YouTube. His channel has over 60,000 subscribers and countless running shoe videos. In this episode we dive into the some current shoes, his favorites in different categories, what shoes are about to be released, and some of his all-time faves. If you love running shoes then you will love this  episode.  You can watch Jami at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWPzT9H7dH5i7FaI9-BuUmA. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, video coaching sessions, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
54:02
June 25, 2020
#245 - Bart Yasso
When I grow up I want to be Bart Yasso. It is an honor to welcome Bart to the podcast. He has been a hero of mine for a long time and this is a conversation I will never forget. The epitome of the dedicated amateur runner, Bart retired from Runner’s World at the end of 2017 after 30 years with the magazine. He served as Chief Running Officer for the last 10 years of his career - a title he richly deserved as helped spread and chronicle people's love of running wherever he went.  In this conversation we talk about how running has evolved in recent years, it's effect on runners of all levels, the evolution/revolution of women competing in the marathon after the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, and so much more.  Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, ad-free episodes, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
54:58
June 22, 2020
#244 - The Run Duo: India Cook and Tommy Mitchell
I was so excited to chat with two of my favorite podcast hosts for this episode, India Cook and Tommy Mitchell. The Run Duo Podcast is a biweekly show in which India and Tommy talk all things distance running with some shenanigans thrown in. The Run Duo interviews interesting and topical guest from across the distance running spectrum and do so with the an exciting and energetic style. They were even recently featured in Runner's World for their extraordinary work. You can listen to their show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, ad-free episodes, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
1:16:07
June 18, 2020
#243 - John Raneri and the Treadmill 13.1 World Record
For John Raneri, 2019, including the first few weeks of January, was a banner year. A PR in every distance from the mile to the marathon that culminated with one of the best half marathons in U.S. history. John arrived at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a plan to compete and break 62 minutes - and he did just that. John clocked a 1:01:51 to finish as the 11th American. Not only that, his performance as good for 34th all-time. After that performance John decided to pass on the Olympic Marathon Trials and put all of his eggs in the Boston Marathon basket. Then COVID-19 turned those plans to dust. John quickly pivoted and setup a string of solo and competitive time trials. The last of which was as ambitious as they come - a treadmill half-marathon world record attempt.  In this episode John details his wild spring and the steps he took to run 1:03:09 on a treadmill to set the world record by just under a minute. Sponsors: Previnex is a supplement brand that I trust, use, and have greatly benefited from. They source the highest quality ingredients in the most clinically effective and beneficial forms. Previnex manufactures to the highest standards possible, testing every ingredient, every step of production and every finished product. Visit www.previnex.com and use coupon code Runner15 to save 15% on your first order. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Get exclusive podcasts, ad-free episodes, and much more by joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner.
50:31
June 15, 2020