The Rambling Runner

#98 Natalie Mitchell

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By Matt Chittim
This is a podcast for and about dedicated amateur runners. Those of us who balance our love of running with jobs, families, friends, errands, and all of life's other responsibilities.
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#108 Brian Reynolds
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
“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 “Hungry Runner Girl”
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
#41 Ralph Peterson
All Ralph Peterson had to do was change everything. Severely overweight, struggling with addiction, and unhappy in almost every area of his life, Ralph knew he was capable of much more. His conversion into a dedicated marathoner is nothing short of remarkable. In this episode, Ralph details his running and dietary journey that was the foundation of his book “Adventures in Dietland: How to Win at the Game of Dieting from a Former Fat Guy.” We take a deep dive into some of the many tips he has for those of us who struggle with our food choices. You can get “Adventures in Dietland: How to Win at the Game of Dieting from a Former Fat Guy” here: https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Dietland-Game-Dieting-Former/dp/0998926809
56:41
March 8, 2018
#40 Jessica Hadley
“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity,” - Albert Schweitzer. Jessica Hadley’s running origin story is one that should be familiar to many people. She was a young mom of two, working a full-time job, and just couldn’t take it anymore. She felt like her life was too crazy and she just needed something to calm the noise. So, she took up running. Three years later she is an accomplished runner in spite of her hectic schedule. In this episode, we talk about our shared experiences in pre-5:00 a.m. runs, balancing running with young kids, and our love of 90s rap. Jessica also details her recent half marathon PR in Phoenix which included a crazy schedule that only parents of little kids can truly appreciate. You can follow Jessica at www.instagram.com/jessbug1122.
48:49
March 5, 2018
#39 Elizabeth Jansen
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." — Helen Keller. A common saying in the running community is "run to overcome." That is exactly what Elizabeth Jansen has done. From the shocking death of her older brother, to her struggles with binge eating disorder, Elizabeth has used running to help her overcome what ails her mind, body, and soul. Along the way she has grown to love the sport for its own sake and not only for it therapeutic effects. In this candid and open conversation, Elizabeth details her struggles, running progression, and what's next for her and the sport she loves. You can learn more about Elizabeth on her website www.runningforrobert.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/elizabeth_healthy_life.
43:38
March 1, 2018
#38 Bam Garcia
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn. What are you capable of? Have you ever dedicated yourself to finding out? Well, Bam Garcia certainly has. He has completely transformed himself in many ways. He is now a runner who can not only run a sub-three hour marathon, but push the limits of endurance. However, his physical abilities, as amazing as they are, cannot hold a candle to his mental make-up. Bam is the personification of the kind of positivity that is impossible to contain. You can follow Bam at www.instagram.com/bamup_runner.
31:14
February 26, 2018
#37 Bethany Davis
In this episode, I am joined by the amazing Bethany Davis. Bethany is an accomplished marathoner, coach, mother of four, and former CrossFit athlete. We talk at length about her varied experiences running and lifting before and after child birth. Including this current rendition that has allowed her to bounce back quicker than ever. We also touch on overcoming mental obstacles in races and talking big goals into existence - including her own goal of sub-3 hour marathon. You can follow Bethany at www.instagram.com/be.fit.davis and visit her website at www.befitdavis.com.
49:57
February 22, 2018
#36 Mark Bottenhorn
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb At first glance it looks like Mark Bottenhorn has it all. An ultra marathon winner, a former college soccer player, and a body that belongs on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. However, there is more to Mark than meets the eye. For a good part of his life he has been battling anxiety that has brought him to his knees. In this episode, Mark talks about his struggles in an open and honest way that illuminates a topic that is too often left in the dark. We also discuss his fantastic running exploits that are only getting better and better. You can follow Mark at www.instagram.com/bottenhornrunning and visit his website at www.markbottenhorn.com.
51:57
February 19, 2018
#35 Rhandi Orme
“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” - Norman Vincent Peale When I grow-up I want to be Rhandi Orme. Ultra marathon winner, OCR racer, 3:13 marathoner, Ironman finisher, and trail runner extraordinaire. Did I mention she is also a mother of four kids under the age of 12? Her athletic accomplishments are the result of good genes and a super-human enthusiasm for life. Learn how she has accomplished so much while balancing her athletic endeavors with a rich home life. You can follow Rhandi at www.instagram.com/run_rhandi_run.
1:12:49
February 15, 2018
#34 Tyler Underwood
Tyler Underwood is a beast! How else can you describe someone who went from a 4:12 marathon to a 2:18 - which is an Olympic Trials qualifier? His journey to that elite status included a lot of help from friends and family, but not a coach. We talk a lot about who he relies on, and who he doesn’t. Tyler also discusses the right mindset that he acquired about five years ago that helped to unleash his potential. As successful as he has been, the future is even brighter for this dedicated amateur runner. In fact, he might not be an amateur for much longer! You can learn more about Tyler at www.thecarboload.com.
1:15:57
February 12, 2018
#33 Lindsey Welter
“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.” - Andrew Carnegie The best way to describe Lindsey Welter is to say that she is pure energy. She has transformed herself from a competitive dancer who hated running high school cross country into an amazing endurance athlete. In less than 10 years since she started running seriously she has completed eight half-marathons, six full marathons, five Ironman 70.3 triathlons, and three full Ironman triathlons. She has done all of this while holding down a job and starting a coaching business. Her infectious energy and positivity are on full display in this episode. You can learn more about Lindsey on Instagram at www.instagram.com/Linzanityfit or on her website www.linzanityfit.wordpress.com.
57:24
February 8, 2018
#32 Toni DiRenzo
Toni DiRenzo is a former college soccer player turned dedicated amateur runner and coach. In this episode, we dive into her conversion to running and her current running successes and struggles. After running the Chicago Marathon last fall she has been dealing with plantar fasciitis. This is an issue that confronts many runners and we discuss it at length. We finish up the episode with a segment of Coach’s Corner. Toni and I really hit it off in this episode and I hope you enjoy what you hear.
1:02:05
February 5, 2018
#31 Melissa Becker
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” - C.S. Lewis Melissa Becker (@motherrunnermel) is one of the toughest and most inspirational people I know. She dedicated herself to running five years ago and has set PR’s year after year. But, there is far more to Melissa than mere races times. She has, and continues to, overcome health issues that have affected her and her young daughter. Her story is one that has gained an incredible following, and it is easy to see why so many people are rooting for Melissa in every aspect of her life.
1:13:43
February 1, 2018
#30 Molly Friel: Olympic Trials at Age 50
On December 3, 2017 Molly Friel did something that many would call impossible: she qualified for the Olympic Trrials in the marathon at age 50. At the California International Marathon she completed the race in a blistering time 2:43:57, averaging a 6:15/mi pace. Not only that, she almost even-split the course after a first-half time of 1:21:54. In this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast, we talk about how she approached this race, executed it to perfection, and her injury plagued build-up to race day. We also discuss her amazing career, including a ten year stretch of injuries that separated her first Olympic Trials Qualifier from her latest that would have ended many athlete’s professional careers. I hope you enjoy this episode with one of America’s best, and most interesting, elite runners.
47:13
January 29, 2018
#25 Kaitlin Gregg Goodman: A Pro's Perspective for Amateur Runners
In this episode of The Rambling Runner Podcast, I speak with professional runner Kaitlin Gregg Goodman. Kaitlin set her 10K, half marathon, and marathon personal records in 2017. We dive into those experiences as well as how she bounced back from her disappointing performance at the USATF Outdoor Track Championships. Lastly, we also talk about Kaitlin’s rise to prominence as a runner. She did not have the traditional accomplishments that many of her contemporaries did, like high school championships and all-american honors. Instead, Kaitlin improved year-after-year and eventually earned her place as one of the best American runners. We introduce a new feature on the podcast called “Coach’s Corner” in which I ask Kaitlin three questions that affect many dedicated amateur runners. I hope you enjoy this episode and happy running! You can learn more about Kaitlin, her blog, and her coaching services at www.trainingjoyfully.com.
30:17
January 27, 2018
#29 Tiffany James: Running for Carbs (and PR's)
“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” - Paulo Coelho Tiffany James progressed from a 4:29 marathon in 2014 to a Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:27 in 2017. Not bad for someone who used to skip-out on high school gym class. In this episode, Tiffany talks about her progression from occasional athlete, to runner, to running enthusiast and professional running marketer. She also details how she bounced back from barely missing her goal of qualifying for Boston, and all of the emotions wrapped up in that near miss, to set a PR in her next marathon. Finally, Tiffany, whose website is www.runningforcarbs.com, and I talk about our favorite thing - carbs! I hope you enjoy this episode and happy running!
1:02:51
January 25, 2018
#28 Nick Symmonds: On a Mission for sub-3:00
In 2017, Nick Symmonds chose to transform from one of running's most recognizable professionals (with two Olympic appearances and a silver medal at the World Championships in the 800m) to an amatuer attempting his first marathon. Not only that, but he did it in typical Nick Symmonds fashion - by being as transparent as possible every step of the way. In this episode of the Rambling Running Podcast, we talk about Nick's recent announcement that he will be running the Eugene Marathon, his previous and upcoming marathon training, and how he'd compare the pain of a marathon to the agony of a lactic acid producing 800m race. Nick also details how and why he started Run Gum and what his role as CEO entails. Enter to win a 4-Day, 3-Night Ultimate Running Experience capped with running the 2018 Eugene Marathon with Nick Symmonds by going to www.rungum.com.
45:24
January 22, 2018
#27 Patrick Cutter: Breaking the Mold
“Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.” - Suzy Kassem Patrick Cutter may be the most unique dedicated amateur runner I have interviewed on the show. Last week at the Chevron Houston Marathon he set a personal record by running to 2:35.23. However, if you ever see a picture of Patrick during that race you would never guess he was that level of runner. At 5’10” and 180 pounds he looks more like a star football player than a sub-elite marathoner. In this episode, we break down his most recent performance and talk about how his training has evolved in recent years - including how he prepared for 16 marathons in the last five years despite having a limited running background prior to 2012. Patrick also discusses his weightlifting routine and why he prioritizes strength training in a way that is at odds with conventional wisdom. You can follow Patrick’s running updates at www.instagram.com/irun26point2__.
55:02
January 18, 2018
#26 Christina Wood: Strength to Run
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” - Napoleon Hill   As the owner the Strength2Run and the Athlete Factory, Christina Wood lives the words of her business. However, as physically strong as she is, her mental and emotional strength is what allows her to do amazing things. In this episode, Christina talks about overcoming her father’s cancer diagnosis, and passing, in her early 20’s. She turned to running in the midst of that pain and sorrow and has never looked back. Today she is marathoner, triathlete, and coach. Beyond that, she has shown that by continually moving forward you can overcome and achieve. Learn more about Christina’s coaching service at www.strength2run.com.
50:33
January 15, 2018
#24 Natalie Hopkins: Bouncing Back and Achieving More
In 2013 Natalie Hopkins was hit by a car while riding her bike. This accident left her with numerous screws, and a couple of plates, in her leg as well as a significant brain injury. Yet, exactly one year later she was at the starting line of the Boston Marathon and ran it 12 seconds faster than she had two years earlier. In this episode, Natalie talks about that experience as well as her background as a Division I swimmer at Syracuse and how she overcame depression through running after her swimming career came to an end. 2017 was a breakout year for Natalie. We discuss her unique training methods that allowed her to run the 2017 Marine Corps marathon in 3:05 and how self-reflection put her in the right state of mind to capitalize on her increased fitness. As you’ll here, Natalie is a ball of energy and it’s easy to see why she can balance her training with her career as a fitness professional. You can learn more about Natalie on her website www.betterstrongertougher.com.
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January 4, 2018
#23 Matt Fitzgerald: "How Bad Do You Want It" and Training Like a Pro
In this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast I am privileged to be joined by the best endurance sport author of this generation - Matt Fitzgerald. Matt has written dozens of influential books including two of my favorites “How Bad Do You Want It“ and “Iron War.“ We dive into each of those books as well as his fascinating experience training full-time with the NAZ Elite running team before setting a PR, and finishing top-5 in his age group, at the Chicago Marathon. You can read his blog detailing that experience and his current training at http://finalsurge.com/seriouslyamateur. Also check out Matt’s new home on the internet http://8020endurance.com.
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January 1, 2018
#22 Liz Ferro: Overcoming and Defeating Adversity
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which [s]he has overcome.” - Booker T. Washington I can’t think of a better quote that encapsulates Liz Ferro’s rise and her impact on others. After going through the foster care system as a toddler Liz was sexually assaulted as an 8 year old. The trauma she experienced led her to create the non-profit Girls With Sole. This wonderful organization, which has been chronicled by USA Today and the Today Show, helps girls ages 9-18 overcome abuse through exercise and community. Liz has completed marathons in all 50 states, completed four Ironman triathlons, and run on the Great Wall of China. In other words, she walks-the-walk. I hope you enjoy this inspiring episode with one of the most special people I have ever met. Learn more about Liz and Girls With Sole at www.girlswithsole.org.
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December 26, 2017
#21 Scott Littleton: Unbreakable
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” according to Roman philosopher Seneca. If you want to know the meaning of bad luck ask Scott Littleton (www.instagram.com/chaoticscott). Scott took up running three years ago and quickly progressed to a borderline Boston Marathon qualifier, despite the fact that he made every rookie mistake in his first six months. With enviable persistence, and some high-quality coaching, he made rapid improvements. During his marathon build-up this fall, Scott PR’d at several distances and appeared to have a BQ in sight. Then it all came crashing down. Learn how Scott persevered by showing superhuman grit and determination. Many of us runners have had the rug pulled out from under us at crucial times - listen to how Scott dealt with that challenge and came out the other side better for the experience.
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December 19, 2017
#20 Amanda Cruise: A Dream Realized
“If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!“ Those words are the foundation on which Amanda Cruise (www.instagram.com/run2pr) has built her running career. After giving birth to her twin boys a little over five years ago, Amanda started her running journey with a 35:00 5K. Since then, her amazing progression enabled her to run an Olympic trials qualifying time of 2:44 at the California international Marathon. This inspiring and motivating episode with Amanda illustrates that if you work hard enough, and want something bad enough, you can achieve great things. Learn more about Amanda on her website: www.run2pr.com.
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December 14, 2017
#19 Lori Mitchener: Simply Incredible...
I’ve never met anyone with as many captivating running stories as Lori Mitchener (www.instagram.com/flatlori). Her stories range from the incredible to the irreverent to the tragic. In this episode, Lori details a running career that you will not believe – and she is just getting started. From being badly injured in her early 20’s, running a marathon with multiple lower-leg and foot fractures, running to the hospital to give birth, and being at the finish line during the Boston Marathon bombing – Lori tells each story with endearing humbleness and honesty. If you have ever fought through pain or struggles you’ll want to listen to this episode.
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December 11, 2017
#18 Esther Park: Running Across Haiti, Again
Have you ever run across a country? Esther Park has, and she's about to do it again! (www.instagram.com/estherp1e) After losing her mom to cancer when she was in her early 20s, Esther turned to running. Since then she has become an ultramarathoner and devoted her running life to improving the lives of others (in addition to being a mom and a doctor). I hope you enjoy this inspirational episode. If you do, please consider supporting Esther by visiting her donation page here: https://www.crowdrise.com/esthers-run-across-haiti-2018/fundraiser/estherpark26
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December 8, 2017
#16 Kim Chanelle Clark Underwood: Learning and Sharing for Running Success
Kim Chanelle Clark Underwood (www. Instagram.com/trackclubbabe) has had remarkable ups-and-downs in her 15 year running career - including a 10 year hiatus. In this episode, we talk about her PR breaking build-up to the California International Marathon, her early struggles with maintaining running consistency, and all of the things she continues to learn, and share, about her running. Some of these include falling into the "comparison trap," overcoming celiac disease, and what she learned from her four experiences at the Kara Goucher Podium Retreat. I hope you enjoy this episode with Kim as much as I did recording it!
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November 28, 2017
#15 Maria Betancourth: Preparing to Compete with Pro's
We all marvel at the amateur runners who compete with some of the best in the sport. How do these runners who start competing in their twenties reach that level so quickly? In this episode, Maria Betancourth (www.instagram.com/negativesplitspositivevibes) talks about how she did just that. She also gives a detailed description of her training leading up to the California International Marathon on December 3, including her 1:23 half marathon PR that she set in October without a taper, where she will compete with many of the best marathoners in the country.
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November 16, 2017
#14 Kristen D'Almeida: The Transformative Power of Running
It is easy to get swept up in the exploits of Shalane Flanagan, Ben True, and other elite runners, but the triumphs and struggles of everyday runners can be just as inspirational. In thiIt is easy to get swept up in the exploits of Shalane Flanagan, Ben True, and other elite runners, but the triumphs and struggles of everyday runners can be just as inspirational. In this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast, Kristen D'Almeida (www.instagram.com/kdalmeida) talks about her journey from trying to avoid the mile run in high school gym class to running 35 races, including seven half marathons, in three short years. Along the way she discovered the positive mental and emotional effects of running as she dealt with her father's cancer diagnosis.
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November 13, 2017
#13 Mike Sheehy: Grit Personified
Mike Sheehy makes the extraordinary sound so simple. He has set the world record for most miles run in a week (408 miles), run 500 miles from San Diego to Phoenix, completed all six Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2017, was on pace to do the same in 2012 before the New York Marathon was cancelled to due Hurricane Sandy, survived Army Ranger School, attended West Point, and run races of all distances. But, as you'll hear in this episode, Mike considers himself an ordinary guy with the simple gift of being able to persevere through pain. I think he is far more gifted than that - but you can judge for yourself in this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast. You can follow Mike's running exploits at www.instagram.com/mikewmm.
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November 8, 2017
#12 Maurice the Marathon Panda
Maurice Lowman, www.instagram.com/marathonpandamaurice, channeled his alcohol and drug addiction into running with amazing results. 20 marathons and a 655 day run streak, and counting, are among them.
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October 18, 2017
#11 Alana Kopelson: From Non-Runner to 2:59
In three years Alana Kopelson (IG: @alanaruns26.2) went from occasional runner to a sub-3:00 marathoner. In this episode, we talk about her path from a 3:35 marathon at age 20 to her 2:59 at Chicago.
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October 13, 2017
#10 Brian Lock: World Record Marathoner
Brian set the World Record for fastest marathon while dribbling a soccer ball on October 8, 2017! We talk about his prep, race day logistics, and why would someone want to do this?
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September 26, 2017
#9 David Principe: Elite Masters Runner
David is an elite amateur runner (2:42 marathon, 1:16 half-marathon, 17:02 5k) and the father of one of the best H.S. runners in the class of 2017. We discussed his training and parenting styles.
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September 7, 2017
#8 Jen Rhines: 3x U.S. Olympian
Jen Rhines discusses how she went from reluctant HS miler to 2x NY State Champ, how fast elite runners do mile repeats/tempo runs/easy runs, low-carb dieting, and her burgeoning coaching career.
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August 29, 2017
#7 Amber Schriner
Amber Schriner is a woman of many talents. Endurance athlete (despite starting only nine years ago), high school principal, wife, and mother of two teenagers. www.instagram.com/runningwithmoxie
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August 22, 2017
# 6 Dave Schaad: 1,000 Races
Dave Schaad is a Rhode Island road running legend. I first heard about Dave while in middle school! Hear about his incredible quest to run in 1,000 races and what he has learned along the way.
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August 15, 2017
#5 Jeff Fairbanks: 21 Days of 70.3
In five years Jeff Fairbanks (www.instagram.com/thetriumphproject) went from first-time triathlete to completing 21 half Ironman triathlons, in 21 days, in 21 different cities.
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August 8, 2017
#4 Cruz Figueroa
Cruz Figueroa (www.instagram.com/in_cruz_control) started racing in 2012 at the request of her sister. Since then, she has qualified for the Boston Marathon three times and run five half marathons!
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July 31, 2017
#3 Matt Kelso
Matt Kelso (www.instagram.com/matt_runs_atl) picked up running, on a whim, after college. Now he is working towards his goal of being a Boston Marathon qualifier.
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July 25, 2017
#2 Shawanna White
In this episode, we are joined by marathoner, and aspiring Olympic trials qualifier, Shawanna White.
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July 20, 2017
Running in the Rain
We've all had those days, or workouts, when unexpected weather conditions throw a wrench into our plans. In this episode I talk about how an early morning rain storm affected my workout and mindset
07:56
July 11, 2017
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