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#191 - Julie Sapper: Overcoming Injury

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#198 - Carly Spataro
In 2016, Carly Spataro was living a relatively sedentary lifestyle after years of playing soccer. By the end of 2017 she had run five marathons and improved her time from her debut 3:49 to 3:14. Needless to say, she was hooked. This last month Carly did the seemingly impossible for an amateur runner who works full-time as a pharmacist - she ran both the Chicago as NYC marathons (just three weeks apart) and did so in 2:55 and 3:05, respectively. In this episode Carly shares how she built herself into a successful and durable marathoner, how she came to love the sport, and how she stepped up her game in 2019.
46:34
November 12, 2019
#197 - Dr. Megan Roche
Megan is a legend. She was the 2016 USATF Trail Runner of the Year at the ultra and sub-ultra distances. She is a five-time national champion, the North American Mountain Running Champion, and a six-time member of Team USA. She graduated from Duke University, where she played field hockey before running cross country for one year, with a degree in Neuroscience and received her M.D. from Stanford Medical School. Megan started coaching with Some Work All Play in 2016 with the premise that she could help athletes learn to love the process of training, embrace their inner ninja, and recover using a Taco Tuesday approach. In this episode, Megan discusses many things, including: The mind-body connection, power of genetics, what is talent, not taking your physical gifts too seriously, bouncing back from injury better than before, the paradox of goalsetting, and embracing life in the short term and long term. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
56:16
November 5, 2019
#196 - NYC Marathon Preview
TCS New York City Marathon week is upon us and it is sure to be an amazing race. In this episode we hear from Kellyn Taylor, Roberta Groner, Jared Ward, John Raneri, and Lou Serafini. Each of them discuss their current fitness level, injury status, mental and emotional frame of mind, mantras and motivations, and goals for the race.
50:13
October 30, 2019
#195 - Rachel Brenke
Rachel Brenke had a newborn son, her husband was just deployed, and she wanted more. Next step: law school and entrepreneurship! 10 years later she faced a similar situation. Two degrees, five kids, and zero time for herself. Next step: become a triathlete! Rachel not only knows the legal ins-and-outs of running a business but she has a pulse on the industry as an athlete herself. With an impressive list of accomplishments such as: Team USA ’17 & ’18, competed in ITU World Championships Aquathlon (ranked #10 in 2017 & #12 in 2018) Ironman World Championships ’18 Ironman Maryland Ambassador ’18, 1st of 6 World Major Stars at NYC ’18 USAT Ambassador ’17, ’18, ’19 In this episode, Rachel discusses how all of this is possible for all of us and the time, effort, and belief it took for her to create this life. You can learn more about Rachel at www.fitlegally.com.  Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. 
 A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
54:12
October 22, 2019
#194 - Alissa Kolarik
I was so exited to get Alissa Kolarik on the show because I can’t get enough of comeback stories. In the same vein, I also love stories about people who buck conventional wisdom and find a better path for them. Alissa embodied both of these ideas on her way to a huge PR of 3:05:20 at the Berlin Marathon. In this episode, Alissa discusses her winding running journey, choices she’s made to improve her running, and her ability to work through, and past, setbacks. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
49:13
October 15, 2019
#193 - Kyle Merber
Kyle Merber is a professional runner specializing in the mile and the race director of the Long Island Mile - one of the most unique track meets in the country. In this episode we talk about the how he created an elite event featuring some of the nations best runners (Emma Coburn, Molly Huddle, Emily Sisson, Cory McGee, Nikki Hiltz, Brenda Martinez, Emily Infeld, Ben Blankenship, Ben Flanagan, and many others) at a nondescript Long Island high school, connecting dedicated amateur runners to the professionals, and the elements of a track meet that can me made more fan friendly and exciting.  Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
44:33
October 8, 2019
#192 - Hannah Johnson
Within three years of starting running Hannah Johnson has improved by leaps and bounds. From breaking the 30 minutes in the 5k to cranking out a 1:38 in the half marathon this fall. All the while, raising a one and three year old and teaching at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She even worked through a stress reaction during her first marathon and still finished in 8:30 pace. In this episode we talk about her low mileage training plans, learning how to think of herself as an athlete, and how she works around early morning training.  Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
51:57
October 2, 2019
#191 - Julie Sapper: Overcoming Injury
In this episode Julie Sapper talks about something that affects us all - bouncing back from injury. We discuss all things about mindset, planning and execution that got Julie back on the road very quickly. In the spring Julie tore her meniscus as she was preparing for the Boston Marathon. Then, Julie hit the comeback trail in time for a Last Chance BQ marathon. Julie and her friend Lisa Reichmann have been operating their Run Farther and Faster program for years and have helped many runners go through similar situations.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:00:40
September 23, 2019
#190 Aly Groft
People like Aly Groft was the reason  the Rambling Runner Podcast was created. At the Erie Marathon last week Aly got her fourth consecutive Boston qualifying time. Thankfully, it was her first time getting far enough under the qualifying time to run the race. That’s right, she had three straight BQ’s but none fast enough to register. Her commitment and determination are matched only by her optimism. With four kids under the age of eight, and a job as a first grade teacher, Aly is surrounded by little ones begging for her attention. In this episode we talk about maintaining a positive mindset, achieving goals, working with kids while planning training around your own, and so much more. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:11:53
September 17, 2019
#189 Aaron Truesdale
Aaron Truesdale has gone from a self-described “band geek“ to a sub elite marathoner in five short years. This amazing transformation needs to be heard to be believed. Even with his lightning fast speed, what really moves Aaron is the connection to others that he gets through running in his native San Diego.  One of those connections is with his mother. When she was diagnosed breast cancer her goal was to run with her son - and that’s exactly what she did.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
50:44
September 10, 2019
#188 Billy Richards: Striving for the Record of 100 Mile Races in One Year
Whether it was as a Marine, Spartan Death Race finisher, or an ultra marathoner, Billy Richards is the personification of persistence. In 2019 he embarked on a new mission: Break the world record for most 100-mile races in a calendar year. The current record is 41 and Billy is well on his way. He‘s completed 25 which means he has 17 to go - with 17 weeks left in the year. If you love following David Goggins then you’ll really enjoy listening to Billy‘s story.  You can learn more about him in the money he is raising at   https://diem.life/billy100.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:18:40
September 3, 2019
#187 Alison Wade - Fast Women
Alison Wade is single-handedly improving the running community. Her Fast Women newsletter is a staple of any running fan’s weekly reading. In this episode we dive into  Alison‘s running, coaching, and media history. All of these layers of contributed to the formation of a wonderful person who is doing amazing things. Here is a description of her work in her own words, “As a lifelong fan of women’s distance running, I’ve always wished that I could nerd out with more people over the latest news in the sport. Through this newsletter, I hope to find the existing running nerds, and help convert more of you. (Don’t worry, it’s a good thing, I promise!) When the runners in the pack learn about the runners up front, they can glean information they can apply to their own running, get a big dose of inspiration, and they often learn that they have more in common with the pros than they imagined.” Newsletter: www.fast-women.org. You can support Alison’s great work at https://www.patreon.com/fastwomen.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:11:27
August 27, 2019
#186 Sean Nakamura
Roughly 3,300 days ago Sean Nakamura started running and he‘s still going strong. His 3,200+ day run streak is incredible, as is his transition from two miles a day to owner of one of the most brutal race schedules in the country. This year he will run the Great Eight (the original 100 mile races) plus UTMB, Tahoe 200, and the Big Backyard Ultra. Wow! In addition to this amazing string of races, Sean works full-time as the head of IT in a company where he has worked for 16 years. This guy has mastered the long term power of consistency and positivity. You can follow Sean’s journey at www.instagram.com/ultrarunnersd.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. 
  Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. 
  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
56:40
August 20, 2019
#185 Liz Camy
I absolutely loved this conversation with Liz Camy. Her running career at Cal St. Northridge was curtailed by persistent race anxiety. Those feelings continued after graduation before she was finally able to put them behind her and begin running marathons. She progressed from a 4:08 marathon to the cusp of an OTQ before the 2016 Olympic Trials. She clocked a 2:46 in the heat of Los Angeles, just missing her goals. She clawed her way back and claimed her OTQ at CIM in 2017 with a 2:43. She got there while raising two young children, working as an educator in elementary special education, and finishing her doctorate.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:02:58
August 13, 2019
#184 Katy Sherratt - CEO of Back on My Feet
Katy Sherratt leads Back on My Feet as Chief Executive Officer. An award winning social innovation leader, Katy has been instrumental in increasing Back on My Feet’s programmatic impact by over 75% and introduced new and important measures to demonstrate the holistic impact of the program. Under her tenure, Back on My Feet has gone from early stage startup to sustainable organization and is now a leader in the homelessness services space nationwide. Funding has increased by over 50% thanks to the growth of existing, and cultivation of new, partnerships and fundraising streams and the geographic expansion of operations along the East and West coasts. Katy has been recognized across multiple media and news outlets including by The Economist’s Philanthrocapitalism program as a leader in social innovation and cutting edge non-profit management. In 2016 she was also named among Women’s Running Magazine’s “Top 20 Gamechangers” and most recently a winner at the Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards. “I’m honored to lead such a unique, dynamic and growing organization,” said Katy. “You don’t have to be a marathoner or even a 5K runner, to feel the power of what we do on the morning runs – the community we build for individuals experiencing homelessness is the critical missing link and the reason why we’ve had such huge success in enabling our members to transition out of homelessness and maintain that transition.” This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19.  Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5. 
43:23
August 6, 2019
#183 James Dunn
“I will run a marathon before I am 30.” With that drunken assertion, James Dunn eventually changed the course of his life. He transformed himself from 286 lbs. to completing one of the one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world, the Marathon des Sables (across the Sahara desert). Last year he was warded “Best Blogs 2018” - Running Awards for www.themorningcoffeerun.com. James has completed six ultras, 20  marathons, and 20 half-marathons.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
58:00
July 30, 2019
#182 Tim Rossi
Tim Rossi recently wrote a column for Tempo Journal about dealing with injuries that many people, including me, immediately connected with. Tim is works for Nike as a community manager and has built himself into an accomplished runner after deciding not to run for a college team. Along the way he experienced a myriad of injuries and PR’s, including a 2:31 in the marathon. In this we discuss the high and lows that come with injuries, the nature and characteristics of talent, and the running community he has helped build in the NYC area. You can read his column mentioned above at www.tempojournal.com, follow him at www.instagram.com/timrossi, and his team at www.instagram.com/lostboystrackclub. This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:02:37
July 23, 2019
#181 Jessica Dorsey
If you are feeling low-energy or need a spark then this episode with Jessica Dorsey is for you. Jessica is a force of nature who's  determination in all areas is remarkable. Whether she is hauling 100 lbs stones, breaking three hours in the marathon, or starting her own EMF blocking sports bra company, Jessica is constantly on the move. We also take a deep dive into how her training has evolved over recent years. You can learn more about Jessica and her company at www.wambas.com.  This year, take on a different running adventure. Grab some of your closest friends, grab your running shoes, and take on the challenge and conquer something BIG together. This year, conquer Ragnar. Visit RunRagnar.com to find the perfect race for you and get $80 off with promo code RAMBLING19. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.    A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:11:27
July 16, 2019
#180 Molly Cuevas
When it comes to ambitious running challenges there aren't many greater than running across the United States. For Molly Cuevas, an All-American college field hockey player, this challenge was quite literally the beginning of her running career. Molly has been a high level athlete, first in soccer and later in field hockey, since she as little. But, she hadn't started running until she dreamed of running across the country to support others. Motivated by her belief in the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Molly trained for a year before starting her epic run. In this episode you can hear about what drove Molly, how she was able to persist, and all that goes into this challenge. You can learn more about Molly at https://milesbymolly.com.  UCAN delivers smarter energy powered by SuperStarch to help you finish stronger. Olympians Meb Keflezighi & Dathan Ritzenhein, pro runner Sarah Sellers and more than 40 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers rely on UCAN to fuel their training. Save 15% on UCAN products with code RAMBLINGRUNNER. Visit www.generationucan.com/ramblingrunner to save. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
49:58
July 8, 2019
#179 Margaret Spring
Margaret Spring has been a dedicated runner since she was kid chasing after her oldest brother. These days, people are busy trying to chase her. This remarkable woman picked up trail running five years ago. She fell head-over-heals for the sport while trying to make sure she didn't do that, literally, on the rocky and challenging downhills. A few weeks ago Margaret has a breakout performance by finishing third in her age group at the Leadville Marathon, sharing the podium with Kara Goucher. Margaret isn't just fast and tough, she is running for a purpose far greater than herself. Learn more about this, and many other topics, in this episode. You can find Margaret's TransRockies for a cure page at: https://pages.lightthenight.org/rm/DenverL19/TransRockiesforaCure.  UCAN delivers smarter energy powered by SuperStarch to help you finish stronger. Olympians Meb Keflezighi & Dathan Ritzenhein, pro runner Sarah Sellers and more than 40 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers rely on UCAN to fuel their training. Save 15% on UCAN products with code RAMBLINGRUNNER. Visit www.generationucan.com/ramblingrunner to save. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.  
47:59
July 2, 2019
#178 Big Announcement!
It is with immense excitement and gratitude that I announce the newest addition to the Rambling Runner Podcast Network - the Road to the Olympics Trials podcast. This new show features eight elite runners, four men and four women, who are excited about pulling back the curtain and being open and honest about their training, racing, and goals in their lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta on February 29, 2020. The athletes who will be sharing their journey are Jared Ward, Kellyn Taylor, Roberta Groner, Parker Stinson, Lou Serafini, Sarah Bishop, John Raneri, and Dr. Stefanie Flippin. Their varied experiences, successes, and story lines are sure to make this a podcast that all running fans will enjoy. The first episode will premiere on Monday, July 8th so be sure to subscribe today! Podcast Links   Apple Podcasts Spotify Overcast Google Podcasts
12:09
July 1, 2019
#177 Lindsay Walter
In this episode, I am delighted to speak with serial racer and former college basketball player Lindsay Walter. Lindsay has run 36 marathons and 83 half marathons over the last eight years. In fact, she is hoping to run 100 half marathons by this time next year. Amazing. Not only that, Lindsay has alopecia areata universalis, an autoimmune disease that causes total-body hair loss. She struggled with this condition for most of her life. Then, in a moment of of life changing clarity while doing a 20 mile run, Lindsay tore off her wig and started a new life for herself. You can follow Lindsay at www.instagram.com/lindsayhannah3.   The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5. Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  UCAN delivers smarter energy powered by SuperStarch to help you finish stronger. Olympians Meb Keflezighi & Dathan Ritzenhein, pro runner Sarah Sellers and more than 40 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers rely on UCAN to fuel their training. Save 15% on UCAN products with code RAMBLINGRUNNER. Visit www.generationucan.com/ramblingrunner to save. Arete Women's Running Club is fast with a side of fun! They are an intermediate and advanced female running team with chapters across the country. They love to train and race together in a supportive and fun environment. If this sounds like a team you want in your life, registration closes July 1 for the 2019 season; visit www.runarete.com to learn more.
51:11
June 26, 2019
#176 Ben Rosario - Coach of NAZ Elite
In this episode of the podcast I chat with Ben Rosario, coach of the famed NAZ Elite. His team features some of the best men and women runners in the country at various distances. We discuss late bloomers, what he thinks about when he hears the term "running talent", how he approaches coaching youth runners, and what he looks for when identifying runners for his team. You can learn more about Ben and his group at www.nazelite.com. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5. Arete Women's Running Club is fast with a side of fun! They are an intermediate and advanced female running team with chapters across the country. They love to train and race together in a supportive and fun environment. If this sounds like a team you want in your life, registration closes July 1 for the 2019 season; visit www.runarete.com to learn more.
48:18
June 20, 2019
#175 Molly Bookmyer
Running at an elite level is hard enough when everything goes right and luck is on your side. Very few people get to that level even in the best of circumstances. For Molly Bookmyer, her running career could never be described in those terms. She has undergone two brain surgeries, hospitalized after having a seizure on a treadmill, and helped nurse her husband back to health after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer a week after they returned from their honeymoon. In the face of all that, Molly has earned an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon and placed third this spring in the U.S. 25k championships.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  UCAN delivers smarter energy powered by SuperStarch to help you finish stronger. Olympians Meb Keflezighi & Dathan Ritzenhein, pro runner Sarah Sellers and more than 40 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers rely on UCAN to fuel their training. Save 15% on UCAN products with code RAMBLINGRUNNER. Visit www.generationucan.com/ramblingrunner to save. Arete Women's Running Club is fast with a side of fun! They are an intermediate and advanced female running team with chapters across the country. They love to train and race together in a supportive and fun environment. If this sounds like a team you want in your life, registration close July 1 for the 2019 season; visit www.runarete.com to learn more.
55:57
June 17, 2019
#174 Natalie Sanger
When Natalie finished with college soccer she needed something to stay active and provide a competitive outlet. On a whim, she ran a local 5k mud run and placed 2nd female overall.  From there, she was hooked.  Natalie PR’d every marathon she ran over a four year period (with a best time of 3:11) before the 2019 Boston Marathon. On that day, however, her dream race became a nightmare. In this episode she details how she dealt with that disappointment, how she overcame an eating disorder that exacerbated a pre-existing heart condition causing her to have heart surgery, and how she uses her own experiences to help influence others as an active club soccer coach in Southern California. You can learn more about Natalie at www.runnergirlnatalie.com. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5. Arete Women's Running Club is fast with a side of fun! They are an intermediate and advanced female running team with chapters across the country. They love to train and race together in a supportive and fun environment. If this sounds like a team you want in your life, registration closes July 1 for the 2019 season; visit www.runarete.com to learn more.
54:56
June 13, 2019
#173 Hayley Carruthers
Hayley Carruthers was launched into the consciousness of most running fans when she collapsed at the finish line of the 2019 London Marathon with 2:33 on the clock. While that was an indelible moment, it does not define this remarkable woman. Hayley works full-time as a cancer research radiographer while also training full-time. She is now competing with the best runners in the world, which is an amazing feat for anyone - especially someone who ran for the first time (since grade school) in May, 2016. In this episode, Hayley breaks down the entire journey with her customary insight, candor, and humor. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com.  Arete Women's Running Club is fast with a side of fun! They are an intermediate and advanced female running team with chapters across the country. They love to train and race together in a supportive and fun environment. If this sounds like a team you want in your life, registration close July 1 for the 2019 season; visit www.runarete.com to learn more.
1:09:51
June 10, 2019
#172 Tanya Carrier
Have you ever met one of those people who seem to have endless energy and optimism? Tanya Carrier is one of those people. She has run 39 half marathons (PR-1:32), 14 marathons (PR-3:11), teaches first grade, and is a mom and wife.  We had a great conversation about how she has improved as a runner and maintained such an energetic and positive outlook. Tanya also revealed some of the struggles that she endured as a child that led her to being there for so many others. You can learn more about Tanya at www.instagram.com/track.tanya.run.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5. Arete Women's Running Club is fast with a side of fun! They are an intermediate and advanced female running team with chapters across the country. They love to train and race together in a supportive and fun environment. If this sounds like a team you want in your life, registration close July 1 for the 2019 season; visit www.runarete.com to learn more.
54:01
June 6, 2019
#171 Jenny Donnelly - Changing a Mindset
Often times running around on a track can serve as a metaphor for our own training. At first it may seem novel and result in fitness gains, but it can also become tiringly monotonous. Beyond that, we can also fall into a repetitive rut that finds us craving PR‘s while disengaging from the beauty of our pursuits.  This is exactly what happened to Jenny Donnelly after four years of running in college and a few more working hard for new records while working 80 hour work weeks. At the prodding of her boyfriend, she set out on a new adventure that changed everything. Running 155 miles in five days over 30,000 feet of elevation gain in New Zealand, Jenny rediscovered her love running through a paradigm shifting experience. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. 
49:17
June 3, 2019
#170 Greg Macken: From 250 lbs. to sober and a 3:00 marathon
When Greg Macken began running he was close to 250 pounds. He started that run by saying to himself, “Just jog to the stop sign, once you get there you can walk.” Later that year, Greg finally made the decision to get sober and, in doing so, reversed the trajectory of his life which was headed towards “prison, a psych ward, or death.” Since then, he has completed countless road races including 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and a handful of marathons. Greg recently set a new marathon PR with a smoking 3:00:50! In this episode, Greg takes a deep dive into the depths of his life and how he got himself out, all with the help of running.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:15:24
May 30, 2019
#169 Sarah Bishop
When runners get injured we often hear that we should cross train to maintain fitness. Sarah Bishop, an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon, took it to the extreme. After racing nearly every weekend in the fall she was sidelined with leg injuries. True to her personality, she dove into cross training with both feet. Not long after, she signed up for her first triathlon - IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3. Sarah proceeded to finish second overall and earn her pro card. In this episode we talk about how somebody with little to no biking and swimming experience achieved such a remarkable result.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. 
1:14:47
May 27, 2019
#168 Lauren Floris
Lauren Floris is an elite whose love of the sport was first sparked watching the start of the Boston Marathon every spring in her hometown of Hopkinton, MA.  Lauren ran four years of Division I Cross Country & Track for Pepperdine University. During her time as a Wave, Lauren set 5 school records in the 1500m, 3000, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, and DMR - all 5 records still stand today. Since college, Lauren has shifted her focus to the roads, but she still makes appearances on the track every once in a while. She currently runs for rabbitELITE and holds personal bests of 16:50 5k, 35:16 10k, 1:18:39 half marathon, and 2:44:16 in the marathon, which qualified her for the USA Olympic Marathon Trials, which she will be running in February 2020.  Lauren lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters Lavinia and Marigold (born January, 2019). Lauren is a full-time coach with Lift, Run, Perform (www.liftrunperform.com) and has a Masters in Kinesiology.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
57:10
May 23, 2019
#167 Katie Arnold
It was an honor and a privilege to speak with Katie Arnold, one of the best writers and runners in the country, for this episode. Her new book Running Home: A Memoir had an immediate and profound effect on me in many ways.  An elite ultra runner, Katie is the 2018 women's champion of Leadville Trail 100 Run, where she finished 11th overall in field of more than 700 runners. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is two-time overall champion and course record holder at the  Angel Fire 100K. Katie is a sponsored athlete for GU Energy Labs and Balega Socks.  Katie is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. She created and launched the popular Raising Rippers column, about bringing up adventurous kids, which appears monthly on Outside Online and has grown to become one of the site’s most popular blogs. Her 2014 story "Don't Let Youth Sports Hijack Your Life" was one of the most-read posts on Outside Online. Her 2018 essay in Outside Magazine, “Want a Strong Kid? Encourage Play, Not Competition,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in service journalism. In addition to Outside, her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, Marie Claire, Runner’s World, Elle, and Sunset, among others. Her essays have been anthologized in Woman’s Best Friend, Another Mother Runner, and P.S. What I Didn’t Tell you.  You can learn more about Katie at https://katiearnold.net.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   Is your recovery holding you back from taking it to the next level as an athlete? That’s where TuneUP CBD comes in. TuneUP was born out of this need for a line of quality CBD products geared to the needs of athletes. Right now, they have a special code for the listeners of this podcast with code RAMBLING for 10% off orders at www.tuneupcbd.com. 
49:37
May 20, 2019
#166 Ron Romano
Ron Romano may be the happiest guy in running. Not only that, he’s worked hard to become one heck of a runner. He’s run 42 marathons (with a PR of 2:40) and is a veritable wealth of knowledge on all things running. After taking a nine year break from racing he roared back with abandon and is now one of the best runners in the country for his age (58). You can learn more about Ron at www.instagram.com/ronrunsnyc.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
50:28
May 16, 2019
#165 Alys DiMercurio
When it comes to comeback stories, there aren't many better than Alys DiMercurio's. From 2011-15 Alys lived a life consumed by drug and alcohol addiction with trips to the ER, mental hospital, and jail. After all of that Alys transformed her life. Now, instead of being the patient she has focused her life on being a healer. She works as a medical assistant while studying to be a physician assistant and is also a trained EMT. She is also a newly dedicated marathoner who set a new PR of 3:45 at the Eugene Marathon a mere 13 days after running the Boston Marathon. Here about this amazing journey, and much more, in this episode. You can learn more about Alys at www.runwithalys.com.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a coach who can help you reach your potential and bring your running to the next level.
1:15:05
May 13, 2019
#164 Ramblings with Carrie Tollefson
In this episode, my friend Carrie Tollefson and I talk about some of the topics in the running community that have really drawn our attention. This is a slight departure from the normal episode that I do but I was excited to speak with Carrie given her expertise in so many areas of the sport. We touch on pressures and eating disorders that affect high school and college runners, the state of female coaching at the college and elite level, the road to the Olympic Marathon Trials, her recent broadcast of the Hoka One One Project Carbon X, and much more. You can learn more about Carrie, and her amazing podcast, at www.ctollerun.com.   The new intro music is from a song titled “Righteous Path” by Meta P featuring Reks Mayhem and Chip Fu, produced by Symphonik Bang. You can download Meta P’s new album on Spotify.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
54:43
May 9, 2019
#163 Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel
 When Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel ran the 2019 Boston Marathon she competed for far more than PR or a time goal. Jordan had 26 names in her prayers, and paint on her face and legs, to bring attention to the violence that indigenous woman are facing on a daily basis. For each mile of the marathon, she said a prayer for an indigenous woman who is either missing or was murdered. Jordan was also running for Wings of America, which helps native youth to become the next generation of leaders. In this episode, Jordan discusses this vital topics as well as the her family's dynastic running background, how she fell in love with running in college after she dealt with her eating disorder, and her vision, both running and socially, for the future. You can learn more about Jordan at www.instagram.com/nativein_la.   The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a coach who can help you reach your potential and bring your running to the next level.
57:04
May 6, 2019
#162 Lisa Etter
Special education teacher, mother of three, and consistent marathoner, Lisa Etter sets a great example for what can be accomplished in the short and long term. In this episode, Lisa talk about how and why she started going full-time into running in late-2015, successfully and unsuccessfully balancing training with the other areas of her life, setting marathon PR's from 3:52 to 3:25, and much more. You can learn more about Lisa at www.instagram.com/running_lisa_3. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
46:40
May 2, 2019
#161 Teri Hutcheon
The Boston Marathon can be a brutal race, especially when the weather takes an unexpected turn. That is why I am excited to have Teri Hutcheon on the show. She recently negatively split the course, and set a 10 minute marathon PR, on her way to a time of 3:17:50. Not only that, she endured a devastating 24 hours before her race started. You can learn more about Teri at www.afoodiestaysfit.com The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a coach who can help you reach your potential.
1:08:39
April 29, 2019
#160 Michelle Roos
Several years ago Michelle Roos was convinced that she would never break 3:40 minutes in the marathon. She had tried three times without success. In this episode, Michelle recounts how she became a 3:05 marathoner, how she dealt with the body pressures of the NYC fashion industry, the highs-and-lows that come with months of dedicated training, and balancing that training with a demanding job. Michelle does all of this with wonderful openness and honesty. You can follow Michelle at www.instagram.com/elleroos. While attending NYU, Michelle penned an article for Runner's World detailing her decision not to join an NCAA running program: www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a20787477/the-decision-to-run-in-college-is-not-easy.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:06:30
April 25, 2019
#159 Mario Fraioli
There are few people, if any, more plugged into the running scene than Mario Fraioli. It was a pleasure to have him on the show to talk about his background in running media and his recent running resurgence.  We also talk about how the elite runners fared at the 2019 Boston Marathon and what the future looks like for those runners looking to be at their best for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials.  You can learn about Mario and  subscribe to his newsletter at www.the morningshakeout.com.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a coach who can help you reach your potential.
47:32
April 22, 2019
#158 Boston Marathon Takeaways with James McKirdy
What an incredible Boston marathon we had this year. Not only did the winners of the race do so in an incredible manner, the race was enthralling for runners of all abilities. In this episode, James McKirdy and I take a deep dive into things that we learned about the race, and race prep, that we can use for future Boston Marathons (and plenty of other races, as well).  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
42:38
April 18, 2019
#157 Ryan Hall
It is an honor to welcome the great American runner Ryan Hall to the show. This week Ryan releases “Run the Mile You're In: Finding God in Every Step.“ A tremendous book sheds light on so much of Ryan’s life. In this episode, Ryan really opens up about the vision that started his running journey, how his faith has helped him through the ups-and-downs of his career, and how he continues to become the best version of himself. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a coach who can help you reach your potential.
47:14
April 16, 2019
#156 Bronson Venable
Who better to talk to in a lead-up to the Boston Marathon than Bronson Venable? This native New England-er set his marathon PR of 2:37 in the brutal 2018 race (finishing 84th) and has experienced everything that running in this area has to offer. In this episode he provides great tips for anyone looking to do well in Boston. Bronson's other PR's, 5k (Road) = 14:48, 5k (Track) - 14:28, 5 Miles = 24:54, and 13.1 = 1:10:19, illustrate the just how well-rounded he has become in recent years. Not only that, New Balance recently made plastered his face on billboards all along the course. I've gotten to know Bronson well over the years, as we've raced together over a dozen times, and I truly appreciate his wonderful perspective on the sport he loves.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
54:24
April 11, 2019
#155 Susan Loken
Susan Loken is who I want to be when I grow-up. Susan started running at the age of 35, after having three kids, and was striving for the Olympic Trials just a few years later. Not bad for someone who used to skip gym class. She has now qualified for the Olympic Trials three times and is a four time masters champion. With that said, she is far from done setting and achieving goals. Susan is currently aiming for the World Marathon Major’s Age Group World Championship in the 55-59 division. With a recent 2:55 at the Los Angeles Marathon, she is well on her way.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at http://www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
46:16
April 9, 2019
UPDATED #154 Funny Running Stories III with Colleen Quigley
The Funny Running Stories are back! My co-host for this episode is Colleen Quigley. Colleen is a 2016 Olympian in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and the reigning U.S Indoor Track Champion in the mile. We read through dozens of hilarious stories (a big thank you to everyone who submitted one) before providing our commentary on the best of the bunch while also sharing some of our own experiences.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
54:46
April 5, 2019
#153 Laura Pierce
Laura Pierce is back and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Laura just smashed her long-standing goal of breaking 90 minutes in the half marathon and was willing to discuss every aspect of the preceding 16 months that led to this performance. Laura transitioned from a burnt out runner in need of recovery to an athlete who is no longer beholden to positive workouts and races in order to appreciate the sport the loves. Along the way she started working with a therapist who helped her manage the anxiety that held her back in the past. We also discussed the benefits of leaving the typical spring marathon training cycle and opting to make the half marathon her “A” race. Laura talks about all of this, and more, with her fabulous humor and insight. You can learn more about Laura at www.instagram.com/nebraskarunner. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:03:15
March 28, 2019
#152 Tamarynn Bennett
Tamarynn Bennett is one of the most requested guests we‘ve ever had, and she exceeded even those lofty expectations. Tam has PR’d both the marathon and the 10k this year, but that isn‘t what makes her story remarkable. It was the twists and turns that led to those performances, coupled with her amazing spirit, that makes her success story so much fun to dive into.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential.
1:05:49
March 25, 2019
#151 Eric Tozer - 7 Days, 7 Marathons, 7 Continents with Type 1 Diabetes
The title of this episode says It all: 7 days, 7 marathons, 7 continents. Eric Tozer conquered the amazingly difficult World Marathon Challenge, a historic feat under any circumstances, while managing his type 1 diabetes. Eric‘s story is filled with inspiration, achievement, and the understanding that our potential is far greater than we imagine. Learn more about Eric at www.erictozer.com The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
1:14:11
March 21, 2019
#150 Chris Chavez
If you have consumed any running-related content in the last three years then you probably know Chris Chavez. An elite running and track writer for Sports Illustrated, co-creator of Citius Mag, host of the Citius Mag podcast, and co-host of the Runners of New York City podcast, Chris is literally everywhere in the running community. Not only that, he just set a marathon PR of 3:16 at Tokyo while earning his sixth, and final, Abbott World Marathon Major star. We talk about all of this, and plenty more, in this wide-ranging episode. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential.
1:03:45
March 18, 2019
#149 Mary Wright - Co-Founder & Director of Arete
Mary Wright is a mother, run-lover, and co-founder & director of Arete Women’s Running Club: an all-women’s running team geared toward intermediate and advanced runners, with chapters all over the country. She’s a 2:57 marathoner with aspirations of getting faster while having fun and spreading her love of women’s running community near and far. In this episode we talk about creating and maintaining culture, the benefits of community for runners, and the entrepreneurial spirit she, and her co-founder, have used to grow Arete. You can learn more at www.runarete.com. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5.
44:10
March 17, 2019
#148 David Roche - The Happy Runner
David Roche is the Renaissance man of the running world. An elite runner, writer, and coach, David has a wealth of knowledge on nearly every area of the sport. The running community/coaching business that he formed with his wife Megan, called “Some Work, All Play,” is the home of elite athletes, and everyday runners, looking to perform at a high level while also improving their lives. In this episode we discuss achieving happiness and high performance simultaneously, why belief is the most important thing a runner can have, Big Harry Audacious Goals, understanding what talent is and is not, mental health, and many other fascinating topics. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential.
1:15:40
March 11, 2019
#147 Stefanie Flippin
Stefanie Flippin is back on the show, and back with a vengeance. This amazing runner just rocked a 36:32 in the rain at the Birmingham Wine 10k. Her effort helped  McKirdy Trained to a team title. This huge PR came in the midst of a huge Boston Marathon training block that has brought her running to new levels. We also discussed her years of training that set the stage for her recent success. If you want to learn more about Stefanie check out episode #101 and www.instagam.com/stefanieannflippin. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “rambling” at checkout for to get your first bag of coffee of your subscription plan for only $5. Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential.
51:13
March 7, 2019
#146 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
For many people, me included, race anxiety is a real thing. During a conversation last week, my coach, James McKirdy, mentioned that after two solid months of running he wants to get me on a starting line. Those words made me tighten up and fill with dread. In this Coach’s Corner episode, James and I discuss all types of race anxiety, not only my own, and ways to cope.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential.
43:22
March 4, 2019
#145 Sherri Armitage - Eating Disorder Awareness Week
In this episode of the podcast I had the privilege of speaking with mental health professional, runner, and mother of quadruplets, Sherri Armitage. Sherri has personally dealt with eating disorders after developing one early in her teenage years. All told, she is able to speak on this important topic in a way that few can. This was one of the most impactful episodes we’ve done in the show’s history. You can follow Sherri at www.instagram.com/quadmom.running. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential. 
49:52
February 28, 2019
#144 Nick Klastava
I was honored to have 2:30 marathoner, OTQ hopeful, and Rabbit Elite team member Nick Klastava on the show. In spite of his blazing speed, Nick and I dove into topics on mindset, mental and emotional framing, and effort-focused training with an openness and relateability that can be appreciated by runners of all abilities. You can learn more about wonderful guy at www.instagram.com/nklastava.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential. 
1:03:57
February 25, 2019
#143 Connie Shieh
Connie Shieh’s childhood introduction to running wasn‘t what you’d expect for a 2:58 “hobby jogger” who balances running with being the mother of two and working a full-time job. Her parents, who came to the U.S, from Taiwan for graduate school, discouraged Connie from pursuing athletics. Sports were seen as such a luxury and her parent’s emphasis was on education to a profitable career path. She was told to, at most, do dance and that running would ruin her muscles, bones, and give her muscle tone that would make her look unattractive. Connie managed to find joy in running and continues to do so 15 years later. In this episode we also discuss her level-headed approach to training, the importance of community, and cultivating a joyful hobby while also pursuing goals. You can follow her at www.instagram.com/connosaurusrex. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential. 
53:49
February 21, 2019
#142 Kimberlie McBride
Last year Kimberlie McBride came on the show after the Fargo Marathon. She had an almost perfect build-up and was ready to roll. Then, it all came crumbling down in disappointment. The following five months were chock full of doctor’s visits and dreams deferred. Then, Kimberlie was finally able to get back at it and she sure made the most of it. She rocked a marathon best at the Phoenix Marathon in a fantastic comeback story. You can follow her at www.instagram.com/my.runstagram.life. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential. 
55:22
February 18, 2019
#141 Coach’s Corner with Seth Baird
In this episode we flip the script. I have a pre-race conversation with a runner I am coaching. Seth Baird is a gifted athlete with an effervescent personality. We discuss his race strategy heading into the Charlotte 10 miler with a focus on uphill racing, starting under control, and settling into threshold pace. At the end of the episode I give a race recap of what Seth was able to do. Follow Seth’s journey at www.instagram.com/mindfulrunz. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential. 
40:17
February 14, 2019
#140 Tyler Mayforth
Years ago Tyler Mayforth worked his way up from an average, at best, high school runner to a division one runner at Delaware. After a significant post-college hiatus, he re-ignited that drive for running success in his current mission to break 2:30 in the marathon, and beyond. You can follow his journey at www.instagram.com/tyler_runs_lifts.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  Looking for a high quality coach? Head over to www.lowellrunning.com to find a high quality coach who can help you reach your potential. 
53:17
February 11, 2019
#139 Christie Aschwanden - The Strange Science of Recovery
Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight, a former health columnist for the Washington Post, and a dedicated endurance athlete. In this episode we discuss her fantastic new book Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery which addresses nutrition-timing, inflammation, recovery drinks, placebo effect, sleep, and decades of fads.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
42:24
February 7, 2019
#138 Amy Natalini
After years of marathoning, United States Air Force Marathon Team member Amy Natalini was struggling to break into the 3:10’s and questioning if she’d ever get faster. She ran eight marathons in 2018 and the last four were the highlight of her running career - with three of them going sub-3:00. I’m this episode we dive into the making of an incredible year. You can follow her at www.instagram.com/af_amy_runs.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
56:03
February 4, 2019
# 137 Alison Staples
It was a privilege to have Alison Staples on the show this week. Alison has made herself a fixture in the Baltimore running scene as the co-leader of Riot Squad Running and as an ambassador for Run4AllWomen. Her relentless positivity can also be seen in her work with spinal cord patients who are re-learning how to use their limbs after catastrophic injury. You can learn more about this amazing woman at www.instagram.com/alioop_0_o_runs. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
44:53
January 31, 2019
#136 Brendan Carpenter
Brendan Carpenter finally decided that he had had enough. At 350 lbs. he was no longer content with the life he was living. He decided to change and did just that. This amazing Canadian eventually started running and now has PR’s of 19:16 in the 5k, 39:55 in the 10k, and 1:29 in the half marathon. You can follow him at www.instagram.com/brecarperuns. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
1:07:35
January 28, 2019
#135 Julie Hartenbach: Anatomy of a Breakthrough
15 months ago Julie Hartenbach ran a 3:07 marathon and was elated by her new PR and remarkable improvement. Little did she know, that was just the beginning. This past weekend she rebounded from a disappointing NYC marathon to run a scorching 2:48 at the Houston Marathon. In this episode we talk about that big  improvement, the pressures she faced as a college runner that caused her to quit the sport, and the mental and physical approach she now takes to reach her potential. You can follow Julie at www.instagram.com/hbach22. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
58:33
January 24, 2019
#134 Kenny Ademolu
2018 started with disappointment for Kenny Ademolu. He failed to PR in his A race, the London Marathon, the DNF’d six weeks later at the Stockholm Marathon. Then he got on a serious roll. Kenny proceeded to PR at every distance over the rest of the year - including a 2:55 at the Chicago Marathon. It was an amazing year for the IT specialist from the U.K. who started running in 2012 in an effort to lose weight from his 220 lb. frame. You can follow him at www.instagram.com/kenny_runz. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
1:04:29
January 21, 2019
#133 Paula Dubovoy - The Start of a Comeback
Three weeks ago Paula Dubovoy was planning for a robust 2019. Then, in a freak accident, she fully ruptured her achilles tendon. Instead of waiting until her comeback is complete, Paula has agreed to document her journey in real-time as she faces months is PT, challenges, and potential hurdles. She is a fitness professional who runs the three fitness centers at the LinkedIn headquarter, a former college track athlete, and a fixture in her community athletic scene. You can follow her at www.instagram.com/eat_lift_bemarried.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com and use “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. 
49:56
January 17, 2019
#132 Julie Rembold
In 2018 Julie Rembold set personal bests at every distance, including a 3:01 in the marathon. Sounds like a dream, right? Not quite. A year earlier Julie, and her five young children, learned that her husband Dan had leukemia. Within days he was bed ridden for months. Thankfully, by the end of the year he was back to full strength. At that point Julie felt incredibly blessed and significantly out of shape. Then, within weeks of getting back to running she dropped an incredible 1:34 at the Dallas Half Marathon and took off from there. You can learn more about Julie at www.instagram.com/txrunningmomof5. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
59:10
January 14, 2019
#131 Marcus Smith, Part 2
My conversation with Marcus Smith was so epic that we had to put it into two parts, and this is part two. If you haven’t done so already please listen to part one first. This episode focuses on his amazing recovery from a severe bike accident that left him close to death. After weeks in the hospital he had a remarkable 2018 that included 30 marathons in 30 days. You can follow him at www.instagram.com/mjd_smith.   The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com. 
54:25
January 10, 2019
#130 Marcus Smith, Part I
My conversation with Marcus Smith was so epic that we had to put it into two parts. A former pro rugby player, Marcus transitioned to extreme endurance events. But, along the way, he was hit by a truck into a brick wall while descending a mountain on his bike. His recovery was amazing, as is his story. You can follow him at www.instagram.com/mjd_smith. The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com. 
49:13
January 7, 2019
#129 Lyndsey Richards - Stroke, seizures, and strength
Lyndsey Richards is the personification of strength and resilience. After an undiagnosed stroke, Lyndsey developed epilepsy and was beset with seizures. Doctors initially told her she couldn’t be alone with her kids and that her running career was over. Lyndsey and her family found a way to make both of those predictions incorrect. Not only that, she ran two marathons in late 2018 to the shock of many.  The Rambling Runner Podcast is presented by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of high quality apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. This episode is also brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com. 
43:48
January 3, 2019
#128 Kevin Hopp - Non-runner to ultra runner
Kevin Hopp is someone who inspires me on a daily basis. He transitioned from swimmer as a young man, to non-athlete athlete in his 20's and early 30's, to ultra runner and 3:00 marathoner. In the final episode of 2018, we talk to this amazing and humble man who embodies everything this podcast is about. To top it off, Kevin decided in mid-December to go for 5,000 miles in 2018 by running 32 miles a day over the last week and a half of December. Simply incredible.  This episode is also brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.   A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Get great coffee at www.megatoncoffee.com. 
59:45
December 31, 2018
#127 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy and Run Angel CEO David Caren
The Coach’s Corner segment is back with my coach, and founder of McKirdy Trained, James McKirdy. We talk about the world‘s favorite topic this time of year - goal setting. We go over do’s/don’ts, the difference between a goal and vision, and the fallacy of “lost fitness.” In the second part of the show I am joined by David Caren, the CEO and co-founder of Run Angel. We take a deep dive into runner safety, preventing attacks, and how he and his wife built Run Angel because they couldn’t find a proper safety product that worked seemlessly for running.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Get great coffee at www.megatoncoffee.com. 
1:09:56
December 27, 2018
#126 Elysha Omoomy - @elyshaomoomy
Elysha Omoomy has been on a marathon mission over the past two years. She has strived for her goal of a Boston Marathon qualifying time with remarkable passion. Her journey has been filled with missteps, but, ultimately, she made her dream a reality at the 2018 California International Marathon. Her tale features some of the same running-related heartbreak as frustration that so many of us experience. This episode is also brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.  A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Get great coffee at www.megatoncoffee.com. 
1:04:37
December 24, 2018
#125 Sarah and Brian Bishop
I’m excited to welcome Sarah Bishop back to the show after her epic fall racing season. She raced nearly a dozen times over three months, including a some wins. She also has been coaching her husband Brian who just set a nine minute PR at CIM with a 2:47. Brian joins her on the show so they can talk about their epic year and how they balanced all that training while parenting four kids, This episode is sponsored by McKirdy Trained. What makes McKirdy Trained special isn't the workouts or results, 500 marathon PR’s in 2018, it's the relationships they develop with their athletes. Coaching is an art and McKirdy Trained has some of the best artists in the world at the ready. Learn more at www.mckirdytrained.com. This episode is also brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Get great coffee at www.megatoncoffee.com.
55:17
December 20, 2018
#124 Tina Muir
What an honor it is to welcome Tina Muir to the show. A professional runner turned podcaster, Tina has experienced so much in her running life and is willing to discuss all of it. From hiding in the bathroom during high school cross country tryouts, her approach to mental toughness and grit, achieving goals, and her struggles with amenorrhea. This episode is sponsored by McKirdy Trained. What makes McKirdy Trained special isn't the workouts or results, 500 marathon PR’s in 2018, it's the relationships they develop with their athletes. Being a good coach isn't about killer workouts or fads. It's about adapting, adjusting, and being willing to listen and understand. Coaching is an art and McKirdy Trained has some of the best artists in the world at the ready. Learn more at www.mckirdytrained.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Get great coffee at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:13:39
December 17, 2018
#123 Hayley Sutter - An Iconic Finish at CIM
In one of the most iconic race finishes that I can remember, Hayley Sutter crawled across the finish line to finish with a chip time of 2:45:00 at the California International Marathon - a potential Olympic Trials qualifying time. The strength, toughness, and composure she showed was awe inspiring and emotional to witness. In this episode, we dive into the race, the running background that prepared her for this achievement, and the “relentlessly positive” mindset that she has cultivated. This episode is sponsored by McKirdy Trained. What makes McKirdy Trained special isn't the workouts or results, 500 marathon PR’s in 2018, it's the relationships they develop with their athletes. Being a good coach isn't about killer workouts or fads. It's about adapting, adjusting, and being willing to listen and understand. Coaching is an art and McKirdy Trained has some of the best artists in the world at the ready. Learn more at www.mckirdytrained.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Get great coffee at www.megatoncoffee.com.
58:36
December 13, 2018
#122 Crystal Harris- Olympic Trials Qualifier by 1 Second!
Crystal Harriss was running the race of her life, a stunning 25:40 PR, and was mere seconds from achieving a long held dream or crushing disappointment. She dug deep and crossed the line at the California International Marathon at 2:44:59 - securing a spot at the Olympic Trials by one second in one of the most dramatic finishes you will ever see. In this episode we discuss not only this amazing race but the dozen stress fractures/reactions that almost forced her to quit the sport two years ago at age 38. This episode is sponsored by McKirdy Trained. What makes McKirdy Trained special isn't the workouts or results, 500 marathon PR’s in 2018, it's the relationships they develop with their athletes. Being a good coach isn't about killer workouts or fads. It's about adapting, adjusting, and being willing to listen and understand. Coaching is an art and McKirdy Trained has some of the best artists in the world at the ready. Learn more at www.mckirdytrained.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast.
1:05:50
December 10, 2018
#121 CIM Expo Panel: Heather Schulz, Jill Deering, Kim Clark Underwood, and Patrick Cutter
The second live show from the California International Marathon is here and I couldn’t be more excited. The expo was packed for this panel discussion with Heather Schulz, Jill Deering, Kim Clark Underwood, and Patrick Cutter. All of them are experienced marathoners with different stories to tell and advice to share. Each of them have alreday been on the show so you can learn more by listening to their solo episodes. This episode is brought to you by Topo Athletic. Topos allow your toes to spread and splay and remain secure in your midfoot and heel. Low drop platforms, plus lightweight materials complete our recipe for the perfect fit. Learn more at www.topoathletic.com. This episode is also sponsored by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
32:10
December 6, 2018
#120 Sarah Crouch
This interview with the amazing Sarah Crouch was done at the California International Marathon expo on the Friday night before the race. Sarah dives into her experience returning from having a tumor removed from her quad before finishing as the first American woman at the Chicago Marathon. We also talk about breaking limits, limiting running technology, striving for a personal best even if it’s been a while since you’ve reached that level. This episode is brought to you by Topo Athletic. Topos allow your toes to spread and splay and remain secure in your midfoot and heel. Low drop platforms, plus lightweight materials complete our recipe for the perfect fit. Learn more at www.topoathletic.com. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
38:50
December 3, 2018
#119 Sara Hendershot - @sarahendershot
Sara Hendershot, a 2012 Olympic rower for the U.S.A., breaks down the steps she took to reach the highest level of her profession. In doing so she discusses mental strength, anaerobic vs aerobic training, and preparing for the 2018 NYC Marathon. We also talk about supplements, how we were both hesitant to use them, and how they can be most effective. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:09:47
November 29, 2018
#118 Erin Williams - @runstrongmama
West Point graduate, Harvard grad school, mother of two, and boss athlete - Erin Williams does it all. In this episode we talk about her journey, prioritization, mental toughness, and how she has accomplished so much in so little time (including setting a PR on roughly 20 miles a week!). This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:11:54
November 26, 2018
#117 Theresa Breslin - @theresa_runs; Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
In this episode I am joined by Theresa Breslin to talk about her recent PR’s after taking a seven week break this summer, why she stepped away, the role weight training has played in her build-up, and her hopes for the future. After that conversation there is a Coach’s Corner segment with James McKirdy in which we go over my recent health issues, talk about how I can improve my mindset, trading sleep for running, and the next six weeks on my schedule. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:10:19
November 20, 2018
#116 Lindsey McSwain - @runnerrhea
“It took me five marathons to qualify for Boston, and when I did it was a time that wasn’t even fast enough for me to run it.” In this episode, Lindsey McSwain talks about how she improved from a runner who tried and failed to qualify for the Boston Marathon to running a scorching fast 3:06 marathon. Not only that, Lindsey brings her trademark humor and love if all things fun. You can learn more about Lindsey at www.instagram.com/runnerrhea. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
51:36
November 15, 2018
#115 Karen Howe - @howeaboutarun
How badass is Karen Howe? Well, she just beat fellow masters runner Meb Keflezighi in the New York City Marathon by 12 seconds in a time of 3:10:22. In doing so she finished 210th out of 22,112 women and 25th in her age group. Karen is a working mother of two and getting better as a runner every year. In this episode we talk about that performance, her decade of marathoning, along with how and why she took her running to the next level over the last year and a half. We also talk about how running has taught her patience, how to cope with failure, and balance versus achievement. You can learn more about www.instagram.com/howeaboutarun. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
57:31
November 12, 2018
#114 Melissa Becker - @motherrunnermel
It is my pleasure to welcome the amazing Melissa Becker back to the show. This past weekend Mel dropped a 12 minute PR by running a 3:07. Not only that, her second half was only 10 seconds slower than her half marathon PR. This accomplishment came after working through serious health issues at a few points in 2018 and before. If you want to learn more about Mel you can listen to episode #31 and follow her www.instagram.com/motherrunnermel. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
40:16
November 8, 2018
#113 Rachel Schilkowsky - @rachelandherlaces
For most people, their first marathon is a learning experience. For Rachel Schilkowsky it was a payday. She won the Hartford Marathon in a scorching 2:41 in her amazing debut. In this episode we dive into her All-American steeplechase background, training while holding a full-time engineering job, her pre-race body image hardship, and her open and candid approach to social media. You can follow her at www.instagram.com/rachelandherlaces. This episode is brought to you by the Citizenry. They bring handcrafted furniture and décor from around the world into your home. They partner with artisans in over a dozen countries like Mexico and Peru to create each unique collection. You can get a $50 voucher on purchases of $200 or more if you go to www.citizenrypodcast.com/Runner and use code RUNNER. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:18:27
November 5, 2018
#112 Rhandi Orme - @run_rhandi_run
Who doesn’t love a comeback story? In 2018 Rhandi Orme created a great one. In this episode, we dive into how she was able to bounce back from some physical challenges that forced her into her first DNF and had her searching for answers. Not only did she bounce back, she achieved new levels of fitness. In October she recaptured her trademark energy and set a new half-marathon PR in a scorching 1:23:50. You can follow Rhandi at www.instagram.com/run_rhandi_run. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
59:28
November 1, 2018
#111 Crystal Seaver - @crystalseaver
“If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” - Samuel Johnson. How badass is Crystal Seaver? She recently climbed up Stratton Mointain 17 times in less than 24 hours, the equivalent of climbing of Mount Everest, and it’s not even the hardest thing she has ever done. In this episode, we talk about this amazing challenge, how lifting has influenced her running, and why she challenges herself so completely. You can learn more about Crystal at www.instagram.com/crystalseaver This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that all runners will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
59:53
October 29, 2018
#110 Thomas Paquette - @thomaspaquette
All you need to know about Thomas Paquette is that he is just starting to scratch the surface of his immense potential. A strong, if unspectacular, Division III runner, Thomas has improved year-after-year since he graduated from Keene State. Over the last three years he has improved his marathon time from 3:07 to 2:36 and there is plenty more where that came from. In this episode, we talk about the mental shift that he made five years ago, how his training has changed, what it was like to run next to some of the elite women at the Chicago Marathon, and his hopes for running in the next Olympic Games for Paraguay. You can learn more about Thomas at www.instagram.com/thomaspaquette. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section in online questionnaire. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:08:22
October 25, 2018
#109 Erin Strout - @erinstrout
Erin Strout is one of the best journalists in the running world and can be found writing for Runner’s World and Outside. In this episode, we discuss the state of elite women’s and men’s running in the U.S., it’s impact on younger runners, and how social media is changing the relationship between professionals and their fans. We also take a deep dive into her article detailing the state of female coaches in the NCAA and professional running. Here is a link to this important article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2342711/why-we-need-more-female-coaches. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
51:18
October 22, 2018
#108 Brian Reynolds - @brianreynoldsrunner
Brian Reynolds is the marathon world record holder for bilateral below knee amputees and owns a personal record of 3:03:22. Despite those remarkable achievements already, Brian is not resting on his laurels. He is driven to break the three hour marathon barrier and was on the cusp of doing just that at the 2018 Chicago Marathon before disaster struck at mile 22. Learn all about that experience and what drives this incredible athlete in this episode of the podcast. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs Coaching. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:10:37
October 18, 2018
#107 Hollie Hughes - @runrchic1
“You’re done. You’re done with running.” When Hollie Hughes learned of her Addisons diagnosis she was confronted with these words. A couple years later this incredibly strong, and strong-willed, person ran a 3:08 at the Wineglass Marathon. Not only that, she did so while pushing her son Jonah. Jonah’s Journey began on September 2, 2010, when he was delivered prematurely at 29 weeks following a placental abruption. As a result, Jonah suffered a stroke and subsequent oxygen deprivation ultimately leading to multiple CNS malformations. Due to these malformations, Jonah has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, medically refractory epilepsy, and cognitive visual impairment, CSWS/ESES. He also has a contagious positive attitude and an intense passion to run. This amazing episode is one of a kind and Hollie is one of the most incredible people to appear on the podcast. This episode is brought to you by Megaton Coffee. Megaton makes great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine. It’s what fuels the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
1:25:39
October 15, 2018
#106 Janae Baron - @hungryrunnergirl
Hearing great people talk about how they reached an important stretch goal is one of the joys of this show. Janae Baron has spent years dreaming, writing, and talking about running a sub-3:00 marathon. Then, at the St. George Marathon, she finally turned her dream into reality. Janae has one of the most popular running blogs in the country, www.hungryrunnergirl.com, and she has written countless words about the trials that can impede a runner’s progress. In this episode, we take a deep dive into her marathon triumph, her nine months of training after the birth of her daughter, her doubts about this marathon effort, and so much more. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:02:39
October 11, 2018
#105 Lindsey Hein - @lindseyhein626
What a pleasure it was to talk with my professional role model, and amazing person, Lindsey Hein. Lindsey is the host of the I’ll Have Another podcast - one of the most popular and inspiring running podcasts in the country. She is also a talented runner who just gave birth to her fourth boy in six years. We take a deep dive into how she is feeling, getting back into running, future running goals, and all things podcast related. You can learn more about Lindsey and get links to her social media pages and podcasts at www.lindseyhein.com.
1:16:45
October 8, 2018
#104 Heather Jenson - @triandrungirl
In this episode, Heather Jenson dives into how she worked her butt off to go from a 4:35 marathoner to a six time Ironman finisher and 17 time marathoner. There were plenty of hurdles along the way, including a near miss for the Boston Marathon that left her heartbroken days before the St. George Marathon. How did she respond? With the race of her life. We also talk about her appearance on Quest for Kona 2017, forming a tight-knit training/racing group, and setting huge goals. You can follow her athletic journey at www.instagram.com/triandrungirl. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:06:40
October 5, 2018
#103 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
This edition of the Coach’s Corner segment with my coach, James McKirdy, touches on a broad range of topics. We discuss how sickness can affect race performance, the drive and dedication necessary to reach your athletic potential, the new Boston Marathon qualifying standards, and James’s strong opinion in banking time in the marathon. A big thank you to Megaton Coffee for making great tasting coffee with twice the caffeine and fueling the Rambling Runner Podcast. Learn more at www.megatoncoffee.com.
47:31
October 3, 2018
#102 Tony Post
Like many of you, I had heard of Tony Post’s exploits long before I knew his name. Specifically, that he ran both the NYC and London Marathons in dress shoes (in 2:47, to boot!). In this episode we discuss what it was like to see his story chronicled in the famous book “Born to Run,” his college conversion from scholarship golfer to runner, his experience in the Boston-area during the running boom, working in the show industry at Rockport and Vibram before founding Topo Athletic, and pursuing a career in a field that you are passionate about. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
53:17
October 1, 2018
#101 Stefanie Flippin - @stefanieannflippin
“When you know your why you can bear any how.” With those words Stefanie Flippin sets the stage for how she, or anybody, achieves remarkable running success. On September 15 she ran a 50 mile trail race through tough terrain. A week later she set ran a 1:30 half marathon in the wind and rain - a new PR. This amazing double header was after a year of nonstop racing. Not only that, she is also a foot and ankle surgeon. In this episode, we dive into those topics, how she went from a 3:50 to 3:25 marathon in one training cycle, and the differences between the ultra and road racing communities. You can follow Stefanie at www.instagram.com/stefanieannflippin. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:05:48
September 27, 2018
#100 6 Lessons Learned
100 episodes. Can you believe it? I am truly grateful for the amazing guests who have come on the show. They have imparted countless pointers and lessons and in this episode I dive into the most impactful. These six have made an impression on me and I’m excited to share them. Here’s to another 100! This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
31:53
September 25, 2018
#99 Jenn Kistler-McCoy - @seejennrun
Prohibited from playing sports as a kid to dreaming and training for an Olympic trials qualifying time in the marathon. Jenn Kistler-McCoy is nothing if not on fire for her goals. This amazing woman is getting faster at an amazing rate and there is plenty more where that came from. In this episode we talk about that transition, her last three years of serious racing that included remarkable improvement, and the ten years of running foundation that made it possible. In addition to kicking butt as a runner, Jenn is also the founder of the Sac Tour Company that leads running and walking tours through Sacramento. You can learn more about this venture at http://sactourcompany.com/. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:07:30
September 20, 2018
#98 Natalie Mitchell - @natrunsfar
If you are looking for proof of the power of positivity, look no further than Natalie Mitchell. This 3:11 marathoner, and mother of three, is a bright shining light. Her positity in infectious in this episode as we talk about how running became a social outlet as a child and a chance to prove herself again after her third child. We also talk about her new venture, www.suiterun.com, that provides travelers with safe running routes across the country. You can learn more about Natalie at www.natrunsfar.com. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of apparel and goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:09:08
September 17, 2018
#97 Jenny Hitchings - @jennyhitchings
If you start running seriously age 40 what would you be capable of achieving? For Jenny Hitchings that would include winning the Mountains 2 Beach marathon, setting an American 55-59 age group records in the 5k (18:02) and the 10 mile (1:01.20), and setting a huge PR. In this episode, Jenny explains how she was able to accomplish these feats and much more. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:08:45
September 13, 2018
#96 Sarah Bishop - @sarahbishopruns
What do you call a working mother of four who sets a string of PR’s and qualifies for the Olympic Trials in the marathon? A true inspiration. Sarah Bishop is one of my favorite people and one heck of an athlete. In this episode, we talk about her evolution as a runner, picking it back up in 2014, being a serial racer, setting audacious goals, and the joy she has found in coaching. You can learn more about Sarah at www.instagram.com/sarahbishopruns. You can get more info about her coaching at www.mckirdytrained.com. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:10:42
September 10, 2018
#95 Philippa Godoy - @philippa_runs
Three years ago Philippa Godoy was beset by anxiety and panic attacks. She was advised to start exercising for the first time in her life. Three years later, this amazing woman will be running the Berlin, Chicago, and New York City marathons in three consecutive months... after running two Under Armor Mountain races this summer! In this episode, Philippa also talks about overcoming mental obstacles, dreaming big, and the NYC running community. You can follow Philippa’s running journey at www.instagram.com/philippa_runs and www.instagram.com/harlemrun. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:07:55
September 7, 2018
#94 Ebony Blackwell - @livinginthebreeze
Ebony Blackwell has big goals for herself and her community and committed on both fronts. This former officer in the Louisiana National Guard is working to complete 50 marathons in 50 states. In addition, she works full-time at an amazing youth based non-profit called You Run NOLA that teaches the value of running and community. We also discuss goal setting, parenting, and cultivating a positive/mindful mindset. You can learn more about Ebony at www.instagram.com/livinginthebreeze and www.instagram.com/youthrunnola. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:07:29
September 4, 2018
#93 Robert Ressl-Moyer - @robertcorre
Robert Ressl-Moyer is one of the most amazing guests in the history of the Rambling Runner Podcast. Robert lost his younger brother to brain cancer before developing a brain tumor as well. After years of recovery Robert started running and became an elite level runner in a very short amount of time. You can learn more about this incredible man at www.instagram.com/robertcorre. This episode is brought to you by Run4Prs. If you want to reach your running potential you can learn learn more at www.run4prs.co and mention the Rambling Runner Podcast in the “how did you hear about us” section on the registration form.
1:28:21
August 30, 2018
#92 Ken Des Vignes - @ken868
When was the last time you decided to make a significant change in your life? Did you stick with it? If you’re like me, that change may not have lasted more than a couple of weeks. In this episode, Ken Des Vignes talks about how, when he was facing a significant diagnosis, he successfully turned his life around by overcoming a devastating car crash and subsequent surgeries, and how he walked for eight months before transitioning to running. After losing over 100 lbs., Ken is now a rare physical specimen, a doctor, and an inspirational figure. You can learn more about Ken at www.instagram.com/ken868. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:04:42
August 27, 2018
#91 Matt Chittim
In this episode, I hand the mic, and hosting duties, over to my friend Laura Pierce while I switch roles and become this week’s guest. Many listeners have requested this episode and I finally relented. I had a blast talking with Laura about why and how I started the show, my running goals and failures, balancing the show with my job and parenting responsibilities, my favorites workouts and races, and so much more. As you’ll see, Laura is an excellent host. I can’t thank her enough for helping me with this episode and pushing me to do it in the first place.
1:24:08
August 23, 2018
#90 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
In this episode of Coach’s Corner, my coach, James McKirdy, talks with me two days before a 5k I ran in July. We discuss the importance of racing during a tough training week, overcoming the mental block that has stopped me from fighting through pain in the past, and many other topics that runners of all abilities can relate to. If you want to learn more about James and McKirdy Trained you can visit www.mckirdytrained.com. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
33:59
August 20, 2018
#89 Sanjay Rawal, Director & Producer - 3100: Run and Become
The most elusive, elite multi-day race in the world, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, takes place in Queens, New York City each summer. This race is held around one square sidewalk block (0.56 miles) and requires at least 59 miles a day for 52 straight days to complete the event. In this episode, director & producer Sanjay Rawal dives into the themes that lay at the heart of this amazing documentary. The Race promises personal expansion and, indeed, participants come from around the world to shatter their limitations and discover a deeper sense of self. The film follows Aspirants of the Highest from three cultures whose own narratives parallel that of two 3100 Mile Runners – a diminutive paperboy from Finland, and a female cellist from Austria. These three heroic Aspirants (Shaun Martin-Navajo, Gaolo-San Bushmen, Gyoman-san-Monks of Mt. Hiei Japan) run for spiritual enlightenment, universal oneness or because they simply have the responsibility to run. More - www.3100film.com.
52:13
August 16, 2018
#88 Heather Larson, RD, LD
If you’re like me, dialing in the proper nutrition is frustrating and challenging. What should we eat? When should we eat it? What foods should we stay away from? Heather answers all of these questions, and more. Not only that, she is also a 3:14 marathoner and mother who has learned from first hand experience. You can follow Heather at www.instagram.com/run4prs.dietitian. If you interested in getting a weekly meal plan and grocery list from her you can go to www.run4prs.co. If you use promo code RAMBLINGRUNNER you will be entered into a drawing for a free 45 minute conversation with Heather. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:14:21
August 13, 2018
#87 Heather Schulz
As a former scholarship runner at UCF turned 12 time sub-3:00 marathoner, Heather Schulz has gained 25 years of experience as an elite amateur runner. In this episode, Heather talks about how she chipped away at her marathon goal over a number of years, her low mileage training schedule, and why she trains more like a 5k or 10k runner. We also take a deep dive into how and why she now prioritizes a positive mindset before and during her runs. Finally, Heather talks about raising and parenting a child who is interested in pursuing running. You can follow Heather’s running journey at www.instagram.com/heatherunz.
1:10:47
August 9, 2018
#86 Jean Mike Remy
“When you want to make a change - just start. Don’t wait for a dedicated time to begin.” Jean Mike Remy looks like Mr. Universe but it wasn’t always that way. In his mid-20’s he ballooned to 265 lbs and was put on medication for high blood pressure and was on the cusp of getting type two diabetes. As Remy says in the episode, “I didn’t want to be a statistic.” That is why he made a change and turned his like around. His dedication to diet, running, biking, and strength training is remarkable and the results are extraordinary. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
58:17
August 6, 2018
#85 Jill Deering, co-founder of Rabbit
In three short years, Jill Deering co-founded the running apparel company Rabbit, won the Carlsbad and Mountains 2 Beach marathons, and gave birth to her son Jett. In this episode, Jill discusses all of this, and more. We also dive into overcoming barriers, mental toughness strategies, and her advice for people with entrepreneurial tendencies. You can learn more about Jill at www.instagram.com/jillmariedeering and Rabbit at www.runinrabbit.com.
1:06:30
August 2, 2018
#84 Kaitlyn Morgan
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” - Thomas A. Edison If you think you have reached your potential then you need to listen to this episode. Kaitlyn Morgan’s running journey started five years ago when her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This shock caused her to dive head first into long distance running and she has never turned back. From running the 175 miles in seven days for MS Run the US relay (twice) to finishing 6th at the Leadville 100, and everything inbetween, Kaitlyn is a shining example of we are capable of doing when we keep pushing for more. You can learn more about Kaitlyn at www.instagram.com/kkroo917. If you like the show, you can get even more Rambling Runner content at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:24:28
July 30, 2018
#83 Sam Gardner
Victim to victory. In 2005, Sam Gardner was in college and training for a half marathon. During a run while home for Thanksgiving the unthinkable happened. Sam was abducted, attacked, and raped. She was held in the woods near her home for several hours until her attacker eventually let her go. However, her story is one of hope and triumph. After years of physical, mental, and emotional recovery, Sam has transitioned from victim to victor. The moment that best represents that growth was when she won the 2015 Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in New Orleans. It was an athletic accomplishment but, even more so, a spiritual achievement. You can learn more about Sam at www.mobilebayrunner.com and www.instagram.com/mobilebayrunner.
1:06:54
July 26, 2018
#82 Brigitte Bradford Part II
We have all had a race that was a complete disaster. But, what matters most is what you do when the inevitable happens. Brigitte Bradford experienced her disaster race at Mountains 2 Beach this spring. She expected to set a new PR. Instead, she quit the race at mile 18. In Part I of our conversation, we discussed her strong build-up to M2B, her experience grinding through a tough marathon at Boston in 2017, and the mental approach that failed her in 2018. This episode is part II of our conversation - Brigitte’s Redemption. If you like the show, you can get even more Rambling Runner content at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
43:39
July 23, 2018
#81 Brigitte Bradford Part I
“I’m not crying. You’re crying! Five weeks after a DNF at Mountains 2 Beach, I had the race of my dreams this morning! What changed? I focused on having fun. Turns out that positivity really is the best performance enhancer.” - Brigitte Bradford We’ve all been there. We have all had a race that was complete disaster. The question isn’t if we will have one, but, what will we do once it occurs. Brigitte experienced her disaster race at Mountains 2 Beach this spring. She expected to set a new PR. Instead, she quit the race at mile 18. In Part I of our conversation, we discuss her strong build-up to M2B, her experience grinding through a tough marathon at Boston in 2017, and the mental approach that failed her in 2018. Next week I will release Part II of our conversation - Brigitte’s redemption.
47:52
July 20, 2018
#80 Vic Morales
One of the hallmarks of the dedicated amateur runner is the ups-and-downs in training that parallel our life journey. Vic has experienced this several times and has bounced back on each occasion. From a significant weight gain to a severe blood infection, his path back to peak fitness has been filled with grit and dedication. You can follow Vic’s running journey at www.instagram.com/iowarunner3.0. If you like the show, you can get even more Rambling Runner content at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
58:35
July 16, 2018
#79 Amanda Brooks
Amanda Brooks has provided as much insight for dedicated runners as anybody over the last decade. Her writing on www.runtothefinish.com spans a wide variety of topics including injury prevention, running related travel, clean eating, and much more. In this episode we touch on all of these things, as well as her writing background, and how she transitioned from a career in web development to a professional writer.
1:05:31
July 12, 2018
#78 Victoria Phillippi
The one year anniversary of the Rambling Runner Podcast is here and we are celebrating with a pair of great guests this week. Today’s conversation is with dedicated runner and experienced coach Victoria Phillippi. Victoria has run dozens of marathons and half marathons and started the popular coaching service Run4Prs. After diving into her running and coaching background we conduct the longest Coach’s Corner segment ever. Victoria touches on a dozen topics that affect runners of all abilities and does so with enthusiasm and insight. You can learn more about Victoria at www.run4prs.co and www.instagram.com/run4prs. If you like the show, you can get even more Rambling Runner content at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:20:32
July 9, 2018
#77 Starla Garcia
The assumption of many is that an eating disorder is about a person’s relationship with food. In this episode, Starla Garcia M.Ed, RDN, LD proves that there is much, much more to that story. Starla achieved her dream of running in college when she committed to the University of Houston. She had a successful freshman season and was poised become a team leader. When she developed an eating disorder during her sophomore season her college running dreams took a backseat. All the while Starla was studying to become a dietician and seeing the benefits of a healthy diet. Why couldn’t she put those principles to good use in her own life? We discuss that question and many others in this episode. You can learn more about Starla and read her wonderful blog posts at www.starlashines.com and www.instagram.com/starla_shines. Starla is also a contributor to www.sweat.com.
1:04:47
July 5, 2018
#76 Maegan Dougherty
In this episode, I speak with psychologist, nationally certified counselor, and experienced runner Maegan Dougherty. We discuss some common mental health challenges and how running can affect them. We also talk about finding yourself through struggle, the interplay between genetics and upbringing, and the fear of racing. You can learn more about Maegan at www.instagram.com/watchmaegtriandrun. If you like the show, you can get even more Rambling Runner content at www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
58:20
July 2, 2018
#75 Product Review: Mighty and Topo ST-2
This episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast is a review of two products I've been eager to try - Mighty and the Topo ST-2. I've been using these two items for the past few weeks and I'm excited to share my thoughts with you. You can learn more about each at www.bemighty.com and www.topoathletic.com, respectively.
26:34
June 28, 2018
#74 Sarah Canney
“Embrace failure. Missteps and roadblocks are inevitable but are ultimately an opportunity to learn, pivot, and go after your goals with new perspective.” - Jenny Fleiss Ever since the first day of the Rambling Runner Podcast this was an interview that I dreamed of doing. Sarah Canney is an accomplished runner, coach, snowshoerer, and running blogger. She recently came in third at the Snowshoe National Championships and set a huge PR in the race up Mt. Washington. But, between those two races Sarah was bogged down by some of the same issues that many of us face. We also talk about her amazing running and wellness retreat. You can learn more about Sarah at www.runfargirl.com and her name on every social media platform is “RunFarGirl.” This episode is brought to you by Mercury Mile. You can get a box of goodies that any runner will love at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code “ramblingrunner10” at checkout.
1:02:41
June 25, 2018
#73 Funny Stories II
It's back - Rambling Runner Funny Stories Part II. We received dozens of submissions and I want to thank everyone who sent in a story. We made a couple changes this time around. Laura Pierce and I are joined by our friend Tasha DeVita. Also, half of the stories featured are audio clips in which the stories are told by the people who lived them. Enjoy! You can learn more about Laura at https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarunner/ and Tasha at https://www.instagram.com/tash_runs26.2/.
1:02:15
June 21, 2018
#72 Kindal Alysse
"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." - Mia Hamm For Kindal Alysse, 2016 was a dream. She set personal bests at nearly every distanced she raced in running and triathlon. 2017, however, was exactly the opposite. In this episode, Kindal details how she was able to reach her goals and then, when she was rocked by disappointment, how she dealt with it and bounced back. You can learn more about Kindal at https://www.instagram.com/runningwithstrength/ and https://runningwithstrengthblog.wordpress.com/. Thank you, Mercury Mile for sponsoring this episode. You can learn more about this amazing box service at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10".
1:03:46
June 18, 2018
#71 Coach's Corner with James McKirdy
This episode is a recording of a call with my coach James McKirdy in which we go over my recent performance at the Gaspee Days 5k and James's coaching philosophy. We also plan out the next few months of my training and how to get ready for races of varying lengths. Throughout the episode James brings his trademark energy, enthusiasm, and humor. This episode is one of the many types of exclusive content that will be available on my new venture www.patreon.com/ramblingrunner. If you want more of this kind of exclusive content please checkout the site. If you want to learn more about James and McKirdy trained you can visit www.mckirdytrained.com.
35:48
June 14, 2018
#70 Elyse Garza
Elyse Garza trained for months in the run-up to the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. She PR'd at a few races during that time and was ready to go on race day. Then she dropped a huge PR and beat her goal of a 3:20 marathon. How did she feel a few days after that major accomplishment? Crappy. In this episode, Elyse dives into the mental side of running that she has concurrently struggled with and improved on. She also details how her competitive nature fuels her to succeed, how she has battled body image issues, and the role a running group can play in helping you achieve personal and athletic goals. Lastly, Elyse details the way she structures her running schedule around her hectic life as a flight attendant. You can learn more about Elyse and follow her running journey at https://www.instagram.com/milestomedals. Thank you, Mercury Mile for sponsoring this episode. You can learn more about this amazing box service at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10".
1:00:54
June 11, 2018
#69 Verna Volker
“When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.” – Lakota. Verna Volker has the kind of passion and grit that can only lead to achievement. 10 years ago she was a non-runner. Today she is a five time marathoner and ultrarunner. Her recent 50k was held on a water logged mud path but that didn't stop Verna in her first ultra. Not only did she finish, she was first in her age group. Verna is from the Navajo tribe and grew-up on a reservation in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. In a addition to being a devoted runner, she is dedicated to increasing visibility to, and connections within, the Native American outdoor athletic community. To that end, we discuss the importance of Native American cultures and their representation in popular media. You can follow Verna at https://www.instagram.com/hozhorunner4 and https://www.instagram.com/native_women_running.
1:04:35
June 7, 2018
#68 Kimberly Chanelle Clark
This episode is a collaboration with my friend Kimberly Chanelle Clark where we explore our experiences in self-experimentation. Kim is constantly looking for various ways to improve her performance it was great to hear what has worked for her. The topics we discuss are sugar, sleep, caffeine, supplements, alternative races, etc. Kim also talks about how she prepared for the San Diego Rock n' Roll Half Marathon after coming down with the flu two weeks before the race after a tremendous build-up. You can follow Kim's running journey at https://www.instagram.com/trackclubbabe. Thank you, Mercury Mile for sponsoring this episode. You can learn more about this amazing box service at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10".
59:11
June 4, 2018
#67 Laura Anderson
“Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou. What did Laura Anderson do in her first postpartum marathon? She won it, that's what! This amazing woman has progressed from a college track All-American who hated anything longer than 800m, to a 3:47 marathoner, to winning the 2018 Buffalo Marathon in a time of 2:57. Her progression is extraordinary. Once you realize that she also works two jobs and is raising a toddler, Laura's story becomes truly incredible. In this episode, we discuss those topics as well as her ideas on goal setting, embracing the little victories, her decision to be a "low-mileage" runner, and how she balances her crazy schedule while striving for athletic success. You can follow Laura at www.instagram.com/losingrace and www.twitter.com/losingrace.
1:02:51
June 1, 2018
#66 Amy Haenick and Sara Plumstead
In our first three person interview I speak with accomplished runners, and creators of the Run Strong Project, Amy Haenick and Sara Plumstead. These two amazing women have a long history of running success while overcoming challenging situations in their personal lives. Their dedication to a sport they love, and each other, is deeply inspiring. You can follow Amy at https://www.instagram.com/amyrunsdetroit; Sara at https://www.instagram.com/michiganmarathoner; and the Run Strong Project at https://www.instagram.com/runstrongproject.
59:07
May 30, 2018
#65 Kimberlie McBride
"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way." - Robert Kiyosaki Kimberlie McBride was living the dream. A year into her re-dedication to running she was nailing her workouts and improving at a rapid rate. With her sights set on the Fargo Marathon, she even set a half marathon PR in the middle of a training block. Then, shockingly, it all came crashing down. In this episode, Kimberlie details her running journey and how it felt when her marathon dreams were dashed. She expresses her thoughts and emotions after the race with her trademark energy and enthusiasm. You can follow Kimberlie at www.instagram.com/my.runstagram.life. This episode is brought to you by one of my favorite things - Mercury Mile. You can learn more about this amazing box service that provides top of the line gear and accessories at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10" at checkout.
1:20:52
May 28, 2018
#64 Jessica Rinehart
The foundation of the Rambling Runner Podcast is balancing running with the life's necessities. This is exactly what Jessica Rinehart has done so well. With a full-time job and a thriving online coaching business and blog, Jessica was able to put in months of high mileage training. This work culminated in a personal best of 3:07 at the Eugene Marathon. In this episode Jessica talks about how she gets running in, her less than stellar build-up to Eugene (and her shocking result), and her dedication to yearly goals. You can learn more about Jessica at www.sugarruns.com and www.instagram.com/sugarruns.
1:01:49
May 24, 2018
#63 Amanda Ghent
"When I started running after college I ran away from all things. Expectations, healthy relationships (people, myself, food), mother's brain cancer and death, and infertility. When I picked-up running two years ago it was to run towards something." - Amanda Ghent. In this episode, Amanda Ghent goes deep into why running is such a big part of her life. Not only that, she provides color and context for how she grappled with an eating disorder earlier in her life. We also talk about her recent 5k PR and the two half marathons that preceded it. You can follow Amanda at www.instagram.com/amandaghent and www.therunningsenora.wordpress.com.
1:01:05
May 21, 2018
#62 Nicole Wade
In this episode, Nicole Wade uses her expertise as a holistic health and wellness coach to give me a mini-counseling session as I try to kick my sugar addiction. We also discuss our shared experiences with self-sabotage, her start in running, how she transformed into a 3:35 marathoner, and her 2018 Boston Marathon experience. You can learn more about at Nicole at www.heartandsolerunning.com and follow her at www.instagram.com/heartnsolerunning.
51:19
May 17, 2018
#61 Jonathan Greenwald
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot. Jonathan Greenwald is a 3:11 marathoner who qualified for the Boston Marathon in his forties. Those two facts alone are remarkable. Throw in the fact that he started running at age 40 and it becomes even more amazing. In this episode, Jonathan discusses why he started running late in life, the role of running groups in his rapid improvement, and his quest for Boston. You can follow Jonathan's running journey at www.instagram.com/runthesix and https://brooklyn2boston.com/.
1:10:59
May 14, 2018
#60 Becky Snelson
"We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us." - William J. Brennan, Jr., Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In matter of 2:49:50 Becky Snelson went from successful amateur runner to the talk of the running community. Her 14th place finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon, in a personal best time, set off a bit of a controversy. Becky didn't initially receive prize money because she didn't start with the elite women. This remarkable achievement was a testament to her hard work, toughness in training, and successful race strategy. In addition to her elite running ability, Becky also has a full-time job as an engineer and is in grad school. A true dedicated amateur runner in every sense. You can read Becky's account of her Boston Marathon experience on her blog www.beckyontherun.wordpress.com and follow her at www.instagram.com/bsnelson0411.
1:03:51
May 10, 2018
#59 Marcus Brown
"The good side of mental fortitude gets lauded in the press, but we don't talk about the other side enough without making it sound like weakness." - Marcus Brown. In this episode of the Rambling Runner podcast I am joined by world marathon major six star finisher Marcus Brown. Marcus completed the series at the 2018 Boston Marathon where he also, ahem, set a new PR. Shortly thereafter, improbably, Marcus toed the line of the London Marathon. We talk about all of this but, before we do, Marcus and I talk about his mission to raise awareness for those experiencing mental challenges in the United Kingdom. We discuss this issue generally before Marcus shares his own experiences with openness and candor. You can learn more about Marcus by following him at www.instagram.com/themarathonmarcus.
56:14
May 7, 2018
#58 Maurice Lowman
"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results." - Wade Boggs. It is great to have Maurice Lowman back on the show. If you want to hear Maurice's full and amazing back story check out episode 12. In this episode, Maurice and I discuss he recent Boston Marathon experience, how to keep a positive attitude despite difficult circumstances, and the power of positivity. Maurice also talks about how he talks to fellow addicts who are struggling with the daily challenges of sobriety. You can follow Maurice's running journey at www.instagram.com/marathonpandamaurice. This episode is brought you by C3fit high performance sportswear. Their high performance compression tights and arch support socks are tremendous and I cannot recommend them highly enough. You can learn more about them at www.c3fit.com.
58:17
May 3, 2018
#57 Melissa Malani
"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do." - Lucille Ball. A doctor of speech pathology, nutrition coach, mother of three, and marathoner - Melissa Malani is one busy woman. Despite that, or maybe because of it, she is able to cram an awful lot into one day. In this episode we discuss how and why she does it, her preparation for, and performance in, the 2018 Boston marathon, and her internal drive that propels her to achieve. Melissa also shares how a mentally and emotionally abusive first marriage caused her to stop running. She picked it back up for the best possible reason - because it was something she, she alone, wanted to do. You can follow Melissa at www.instagram.com/isamarathoner.com
1:01:45
April 30, 2018
#56 Jacky Hunt-Broersma
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are." - Bernice Johnson Reagon In 2001, Jacky Hunt-Broersma had the lower part of her left leg amputated after a sarcoma tumor was found above her left foot. From that point on she used her strong will and determination to live the life she chose and not one she was forced into. 15 years later she started running. She increased her mileage so quickly that she ran her first marathon a year later and is currently training for ultras. In this episode, Jacky discusses her running background, the logistics of being an amputee runner, and her recent experience running the Boston Marathon. You can follow Jacky at www.instagram.com/ncrunnerjacky.
1:03:02
April 26, 2018
#55 James McKirdy
In our first Boston Marathon review episode we hear from James McKirdy from McKirdy Trained. We talk about the race, how he and his fellow coaches prepared their athletes for the race, and how runners can be prepared for conditions they have have never experienced in training. After our Boston conversation we dive the history behind McKirdy trained and why, how, and when it was started. James and I finish up with a Coach's Corner segment that includes when runners shouldn't wear a watch during a race, fighting through discomfort, James's opinions on marathon predictor workouts. You can learn more about James and McKirdy Trained at mckirdytrained.com and www.instagram.com/mckirdytrained.
56:22
April 23, 2018
#54 Carlos Del Pino
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King Carlos Del Pino was born in the outskirts of Tampico, Tamaulipas, México. As a growing boy, his passion turned to running. Once in the United States he began making friends in the local running scene. Carlos's community building was just getting started. To this day, Carlos has developed a wonderful running community that includes people from across the world. The symbiotic relationship between this group has allowed all of them, Carlos included, to achieve great running feats. Carlos discusses all of these topics in addition to becoming the "King of Treadmills," an ultramarathoner, and more in this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast. You can learn more about Carlos at www.carlostherunner.com and www.instagram.com/carlostherunner.
47:03
April 19, 2018
#53 Jessica Tondre
“Turn your setbacks into comebacks.” - Anonymous Over the course of her running career Jessica Tondre cameback from many physical setbacks that have also challenged her mentally and emotionally. From serious leg injuries to a kidney disease, unfortunately there has been no shortage of comeback opportunities for Jess. Despite those issues, she continues to exhibit a contagious positive attitude. We also discuss fear of failure, coaching kids, and her goals for 2018. If you want to get new, high-quality, running gear sent to your home then check out our sponsor Mercury Mile. You can learn more at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10.”
58:50
April 16, 2018
#52 Laura Pierce
"If laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely dissolve your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them." – Dr. Madan Kataria In this episode, I was joined by my co-host for the Funny Stories Part I episode Laura Pierce. Laura will be running the Boston Marathon next week after putting together an amazing training cycle. As good as that cycle was, it was the result of a challenging and exciting 2017 that included five, yes five, marathons. We also discuss how she has used running as a form of therapy throughout her life, including after her mother's passed away a year after being diagnosed with ALS. The memory of her mother continues to inspire Laura as she focuses on the mantra "Because I Can," which is a reminder to maximize her physical capabilities. If you want to get new, high-quality, running gear sent to your home then check out our sponsor Mercury Mile. You can learn more at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using code "ramblingrunner10."
1:10:05
April 12, 2018
#51 Rachel Davis
At this time last year Rachel Davis ran her dream race at the 2017 Boston Marathon. She exceeded her goal by seven minutes and ran a six minute and negative split despite in unusually high temperatures. In this episode of the podcast, Rachel and I talk about her 2017 race, the injuries and over-training that followed, and how she made the transition from 800m runner to marathoner. We also take a deep dive into nutrition. Rachel is a Ph.D candidate in nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama Birmingham. We talk about several practical things that affect many runners no matter their running level. You can learn more about Rachel, her running, and her nutrition expertise at http://fuelbyracheldavis.com. If you want to get new, high-quality, running gear sent to your home then check out our sponsor Mercury Mile. You can learn more at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10."
1:15:16
April 10, 2018
#50 Audrey Springer
Sometimes you need to fight through discomfort to achieve your goals. Then, other times, you need to change course and find a new challenge. Audrey Springer has taken both roads and found success at the end of each. In this episode we talk about her college running experience that included her scholarship being revoked before she finished with successful senior year. We also discuss her recent half marathon PR, overcoming challenges, and working through burnout. You can learn more about Audrey at www.runningthealley.com. and www.instagram.com/runningthealley This episode is brought to you by one of my favorite things - Mercury Mile. You can learn more about this amazing box service that provides top of the line gear and accessories at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10" at checkout.
50:54
April 8, 2018
#49 Jeff Haden
Jeff Haden is a LinkedIn Influencer, ghostwriter, speaker, and Inc. magazine contributing editor. In 2017, his online articles for Inc. attracted more than 20 million readers. Not only that, he is also a dedicated amateur athlete. In his book, "The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win," Jeff states that motivation is not the catalyst of achievement but, rather, the result of small and consistent successes that build upon one another. We discuss the easy wins that can lead to increased motivation, the best ways to increase willpower, and how to organize your life so you don't have to use it. You can learn more about Jeff at www.jeffhaden.com.
52:25
April 5, 2018
#48 McCall Lee
"One of the nice things about being busy is it makes you focus on what's important to you and how you use your time." - Lorne Michaels. Who decides to pick-up running after giving birth to triplets? McCall Lee, that's who. That's not to say she wasn't an athlete before then. McCall earned a black belt by age 12 before doing a year of cross-country in high school (where she promptly ditched practice to hit-up some fast food). In this episode, McCall talks about why she picked up running, how she balances it with raising her girls, and her current training regimen that has seen her already run a 22:08 5k. You can follow McCall's running journey at www.instagram.com/see_mac_run. This episode is brought to you by one of my favorite things - Mercury Mile. You can learn more about this amazing box service that provides top of the line gear and accessories at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10" at checkout.
55:42
April 2, 2018
#47 Jen - FueledbyFrosting
Have you ever worked for years to achieve a goal and found yourself wondering if it was ever going to happen? Well, Jen is proof that if you keep working hard, and team up with the right people, you can breakthrough. It took her several years to break the 1:40 barrier in the half marathon but she finally did it this month with blazing fast 1:37. In this episode, Jen talks about what she changed in her training to finally get over the hump, why she makes a point to run with local running clubs/groups, and, of course, desserts! You can follow Jen at www.instagram.com/fueledbyfrosting. This episode is sponsored by Mercury Mile. You can learn more about this amazing box service that provides top of the line gear and accessories at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10" at checkout.
48:30
March 29, 2018
#46 Sara Turner
In this episode, it was a privilege to speak with with Sara Turner. Sara steadily worked her way from a 4:40 marathoner to a Boston Marathon qualifier. There were plenty of hurdles along the way including injuries, raising a newborn, and a disappointing DNF. Her humble nature is matched by her fierce persistence and desire to improve. You can follow Sara at www.instagram.com/therunningwife. This episode is sponsored by Mercury Mile. You can learn more about this amazing box service that provides top of the line gear and accessories at www.mercurymile.com and save $10 by using promo code "ramblingrunner10" at checkout.
53:53
March 26, 2018
#45 Ryan Vail
Fresh off is sixth place finish at the U.S. 15k Championships, in a scorching time of 44:11, Ryan Vail brings his professional wisdom to the Rambling Runner Podcast. In this episode, Ryan talks about how he has juggled his recent training with raising his newborn son, his upcoming plans for his first Boston Marathon, and some of the tips he gives to his running clients. You can follow Ryan's weekly training schedule at www.ryanvail.blogspot.com/ and inquire about his coaching service at www.rundoyen.com.
42:26
March 22, 2018
#44 Funny Running Stories
We asked and you delivered! After our call-to-action for funny running stories the listeners provided many great ones. In this episode, co-hosted by Laura Pierce, we read these hilarious tales of running folly and added our two cents. Kudos to everyone brave enough to send these to us. We had a blast recording this episode and hope to do another one in the near future.
1:06:14
March 19, 2018
#43 Brooke Adams
By the age of 29, Brooke Adams achieved an almost unbelievable feet. She completed all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors! Not only that, she did it with an average time of 2:59. This incredible runner did not come from a traditional running background. The daughter and sister dairy farmers, Brooke is now an assistant principal while pursuing her running dreams. In this episode she details her emergence from good high school runner to one of the only women to ever complete all six majors before the age of 30. We also discussed how she has drawn strength from her father who lost his ability to walk 20 years ago due to his battle with multiple sclerosis.
50:46
March 15, 2018
#42 Heather Szuba
Heather Szuba is living the amateur running lifestyle to a “T.” She has whittled down her marathon time from 4:00 hours to 3:12 while working as an engineer and starting a coaching practice. At the age of 24 she came to the realization that she needed to become a healthier person. She started with the elliptical before introducing 10 minute running segments into her routine. Then one day at the gym she was inspired by the goal of running for an hour. From there, her running journey took off. We had a great conversation about all of these things and how to live a balanced life while trying to achieve big running goals. You can follow Heather at www.instagram.com/itsheathersturn or inquire about her coaching services at www.mckirdytrained.com.
50:50
March 12, 2018