The Rambling Runner Podcast

The Rambling Runner Podcast

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A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.


#202 Seth Baird
Dec 10 • 59 min
There are as many different running stories as there are runners, but Seth Baird’s path to the sport is more unusual than most. Up until three years ago Seth was working hard to pursue professional body building - the literal opposite of what he is doing…
#201 Meghann Featherstun MS RD CSSD
Dec 3 • 57 min
For the last 10 years, Meghann Featherstun has been working with people to help them find their happy place with nutrition, exercise, body composition, and in life. She specializes in sports performance nutrition, pre- and postnatal nutrition, family…
#200 - Reflections After Another 100 Episodes
Nov 26 • 33 min
One of the many unintended positive benefits of hosting the Rambling Runner Podcast is how it has helped improve life. As a constant work-in-progress, I need all the help I can get. Thankfully, the last 100 guests have provided countless insights and…
#199 - Project: Breaking 3 with Mary Johnson and Lauren Floris
Nov 18 • 51 min
The elusive sub-3:00 marathon is something that only the top 1% of women runners strive for. So what happens when a team of like-minded women come together, at one race, supported by some of the best running brands and coaches in the country?…
#198 - Carly Spataro
Nov 12 • 49 min
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…
#197 - Dr. Megan Roche
Nov 5 • 58 min
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…
#196 - NYC Marathon Preview
Oct 30 • 52 min
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…
#195 - Rachel Brenke
Oct 22 • 56 min
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…
#194 - Alissa Kolarik
Oct 15 • 51 min
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…
#193 - Kyle Merber
Oct 8 • 47 min
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…
#192 - Hannah Johnson
Oct 2 • 54 min
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…
#191 - Julie Sapper: Overcoming Injury
Sep 23 • 63 min
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…
#190 Aly Groft
Sep 17 • 74 min
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…
#189 Aaron Truesdale
Sep 10 • 53 min
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…
#188 Billy Richards: Striving for the Record of 100 Mile Races in One Year
Sep 3 • 81 min
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…
#187 Alison Wade - Fast Women
Aug 27 • 74 min
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…
#186 Sean Nakamura
Aug 20 • 59 min
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…
#185 Liz Camy
Aug 13 • 65 min
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…
#184 Katy Sherratt - CEO of Back on My Feet
Aug 6 • 45 min
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…
#183 James Dunn
Jul 30 • 60 min
“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…
#182 Tim Rossi
Jul 23 • 65 min
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…
#181 Jessica Dorsey
Jul 16 • 74 min
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…
#180 Molly Cuevas
Jul 8 • 52 min
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…
#179 Margaret Spring
Jul 2 • 50 min
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…
#178 Big Announcement!
Jun 30 • 12 min
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…
#177 Lindsay Walter
Jun 26 • 51 min
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…
#176 Ben Rosario - Coach of NAZ Elite
Jun 20 • 50 min
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…
#175 Molly Bookmyer
Jun 17 • 57 min
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…
#174 Natalie Sanger
Jun 13 • 57 min
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…
#173 Hayley Carruthers
Jun 10 • 72 min
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…
#172 Tanya Carrier
Jun 6 • 56 min
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…
#171 Jenny Donnelly - Changing a Mindset
Jun 3 • 51 min
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…
#170 Greg Macken: From 250 lbs. to sober and a 3:00 marathon
May 30 • 77 min
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…
#169 Sarah Bishop
May 27 • 77 min
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.…
#168 Lauren Floris
May 23 • 59 min
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…
#167 Katie Arnold
May 20 • 52 min
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…
#166 Ron Romano
May 16 • 52 min
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…
#165 Alys DiMercurio
May 13 • 77 min
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,…
#164 Ramblings with Carrie Tollefson
May 9 • 57 min
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…
#163 Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel
May 6 • 59 min
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…
#162 Lisa Etter
May 2 • 49 min
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…
#161 Teri Hutcheon
Apr 29 • 71 min
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…
#160 Michelle Roos
Apr 25 • 68 min
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…
#159 Mario Fraioli
Apr 22 • 49 min
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…
#158 Boston Marathon Takeaways with James McKirdy
Apr 18 • 45 min
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…
#157 Ryan Hall
Apr 15 • 49 min
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…
#156 Bronson Venable
Apr 11 • 56 min
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…
#155 Susan Loken
Apr 9 • 48 min
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…
UPDATED #154 Funny Running Stories III with Colleen Quigley
Apr 5 • 57 min
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…
#153 Laura Pierce
Mar 27 • 65 min
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…
#152 Tamarynn Bennett
Mar 24 • 68 min
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…
#151 Eric Tozer - 7 Days, 7 Marathons, 7 Continents with Type 1 Diabetes
Mar 20 • 76 min
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…
#150 Chris Chavez
Mar 17 • 66 min
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…
#149 Mary Wright - Co-Founder & Director of Arete
Mar 17 • 46 min
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…
#148 David Roche - The Happy Runner
Mar 10 • 78 min
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,…
#147 Stefanie Flippin
Mar 6 • 53 min
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…
#146 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
Mar 3 • 44 min
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…
#145 Sherri Armitage - Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Feb 27 • 52 min
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…
#144 Nick Klastava
Feb 24 • 65 min
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…
#143 Connie Shieh
Feb 20 • 55 min
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,…
#142 Kimberlie McBride
Feb 17 • 57 min
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…
#141 Coach’s Corner with Seth Baird
Feb 13 • 41 min
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…
#140 Tyler Mayforth
Feb 10 • 55 min
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…
#139 Christie Aschwanden - The Strange Science of Recovery
Feb 6 • 44 min
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…
#138 Amy Natalini
Feb 3 • 58 min
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…
# 137 Alison Staples
Jan 30 • 47 min
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…
#136 Brendan Carpenter
Jan 27 • 70 min
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…
#135 Julie Hartenbach: Anatomy of a Breakthrough
Jan 23 • 60 min
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…
#134 Kenny Ademolu
Jan 20 • 66 min
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 -…
#133 Paula Dubovoy - The Start of a Comeback
Jan 16 • 52 min
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…
#132 Julie Rembold
Jan 13 • 61 min
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…
#131 Marcus Smith, Part 2
Jan 9 • 56 min
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…
#130 Marcus Smith, Part I
Jan 6 • 51 min
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…
#129 Lyndsey Richards - Stroke, seizures, and strength
Jan 2 • 46 min
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.…
#128 Kevin Hopp - Non-runner to ultra runner
Dec 31, 2018 • 62 min
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…
#127 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy and Run Angel CEO David Caren
Dec 27, 2018 • 72 min
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…
#126 Elysha Omoomy - @elyshaomoomy
Dec 23, 2018 • 67 min
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…
#125 Sarah and Brian Bishop
Dec 19, 2018 • 57 min
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.…
#124 Tina Muir
Dec 16, 2018 • 76 min
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…
#123 Hayley Sutter - An Iconic Finish at CIM
Dec 13, 2018 • 61 min
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,…
#122 Crystal Harris- Olympic Trials Qualifier by 1 Second!
Dec 9, 2018 • 67 min
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…
#121 CIM Expo Panel: Heather Schulz, Jill Deering, Kim Clark Underwood, and Patrick Cutter
Dec 5, 2018 • 33 min
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…
#120 Sarah Crouch
Dec 2, 2018 • 40 min
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…
#119 Sara Hendershot - @sarahendershot
Nov 28, 2018 • 71 min
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…
#118 Erin Williams - @runstrongmama
Nov 25, 2018 • 73 min
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…
#117 Theresa Breslin - @theresa_runs; Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
Nov 20, 2018 • 71 min
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…
#116 Lindsey McSwain - @runnerrhea
Nov 14, 2018 • 53 min
“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…
#115 Karen Howe - @howeaboutarun
Nov 11, 2018 • 58 min
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…
#114 Melissa Becker - @motherrunnermel
Nov 7, 2018 • 41 min
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…
#113 Rachel Schilkowsky - @rachelandherlaces
Nov 4, 2018 • 79 min
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…
#112 Rhandi Orme - @run_rhandi_run
Oct 31, 2018 • 60 min
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…
#111 Crystal Seaver - @crystalseaver
Oct 28, 2018 • 61 min
“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…
#110 Thomas Paquette - @thomaspaquette
Oct 24, 2018 • 69 min
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…
#109 Erin Strout - @erinstrout
Oct 21, 2018 • 52 min
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…
#108 Brian Reynolds - @brianreynoldsrunner
Oct 17, 2018 • 72 min
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…
#107 Hollie Hughes - @runrchic1
Oct 14, 2018 • 87 min
“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,…
#106 Janae Baron - @hungryrunnergirl
Oct 10, 2018 • 64 min
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…
#105 Lindsey Hein - @lindseyhein626
Oct 7, 2018 • 78 min
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…
#104 Heather Jenson - @triandrungirl
Oct 5, 2018 • 68 min
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…
#103 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
Oct 2, 2018 • 48 min
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…
#102 Tony Post
Sep 30, 2018 • 54 min
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…
#101 Stefanie Flippin - @stefanieannflippin
Sep 26, 2018 • 67 min
“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…
#100 6 Lessons Learned
Sep 24, 2018 • 33 min
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…
#99 Jenn Kistler-McCoy - @seejennrun
Sep 19, 2018 • 68 min
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…
#98 Natalie Mitchell - @natrunsfar
Sep 16, 2018 • 70 min
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…
#97 Jenny Hitchings - @jennyhitchings
Sep 12, 2018 • 70 min
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…
#96 Sarah Bishop - @sarahbishopruns
Sep 9, 2018 • 72 min
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…
#95 Philippa Godoy - @philippa_runs
Sep 6, 2018 • 69 min
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…
#94 Ebony Blackwell - @livinginthebreeze
Sep 3, 2018 • 68 min
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…
#93 Robert Ressl-Moyer - @robertcorre
Aug 29, 2018 • 89 min
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…
#92 Ken Des Vignes - @ken868
Aug 26, 2018 • 66 min
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…
#91 Matt Chittim
Aug 22, 2018 • 85 min
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…
#90 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
Aug 19, 2018 • 35 min
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…
#89 Sanjay Rawal, Director & Producer - 3100: Run and Become
Aug 15, 2018 • 53 min
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…
#88 Heather Larson, RD, LD
Aug 12, 2018 • 75 min
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…
#87 Heather Schulz
Aug 8, 2018 • 72 min
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,…
#86 Jean Mike Remy
Aug 5, 2018 • 59 min
“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…
#85 Jill Deering, co-founder of Rabbit
Aug 1, 2018 • 67 min
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…
#84 Kaitlyn Morgan
Jul 29, 2018 • 85 min
“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…
#83 Sam Gardner
Jul 25, 2018 • 68 min
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…
#82 Brigitte Bradford Part II
Jul 22, 2018 • 45 min
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…
#81 Brigitte Bradford Part I
Jul 19, 2018 • 49 min
“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…
#80 Vic Morales
Jul 15, 2018 • 60 min
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,…
#79 Amanda Brooks
Jul 11, 2018 • 66 min
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…
#78 Victoria Phillippi
Jul 9, 2018 • 81 min
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…
#77 Starla Garcia
Jul 5, 2018 • 66 min
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…
#76 Maegan Dougherty
Jul 1, 2018 • 59 min
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…
#75 Product Review: Mighty and Topo ST-2
Jun 27, 2018 • 28 min
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…
#74 Sarah Canney
Jun 24, 2018 • 64 min
“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…
#73 Funny Stories II
Jun 20, 2018 • 63 min
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…
#72 Kindal Alysse
Jun 17, 2018 • 65 min
“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,…
#71 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy
Jun 13, 2018 • 37 min
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…
#70 Elyse Garza
Jun 10, 2018 • 62 min
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…
#69 Verna Volker
Jun 6, 2018 • 66 min
“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…
#68 Kimberly Chanelle Clark
Jun 3, 2018 • 60 min
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…
#67 Laura Anderson
May 31, 2018 • 64 min
“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…
#66 Amy Haenick and Sara Plumstead
May 29, 2018 • 60 min
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…
#65 Kimberlie McBride
May 27, 2018 • 82 min
“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…
#64 Jessica Rinehart
May 24, 2018 • 63 min
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…
#63 Amanda Ghent
May 20, 2018 • 62 min
“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.” -…
#62 Nicole Wade
May 16, 2018 • 52 min
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…
#61 Jonathan Greenwald
May 13, 2018 • 72 min
“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…
#60 Becky Snelson
May 9, 2018 • 65 min
“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…
#59 Marcus Brown
May 6, 2018 • 57 min
“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…
#58 Maurice Lowman
May 2, 2018 • 59 min
“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…
#57 Melissa Malani
Apr 29, 2018 • 63 min
“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…
#56 Jacky Hunt-Broersma
Apr 26, 2018 • 64 min
“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…
#55 James McKirdy
Apr 23, 2018 • 57 min
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…
#54 Carlos Del Pino
Apr 18, 2018 • 48 min
“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…
#53 Jessica Tondre
Apr 15, 2018 • 60 min
“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…
#52 Laura Pierce
Apr 11, 2018 • 71 min
“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.…
#51 Rachel Davis
Apr 9, 2018 • 76 min
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…
#50 Audrey Springer
Apr 7, 2018 • 52 min
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…
#49 Jeff Haden
Apr 4, 2018 • 53 min
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…
#48 McCall Lee
Apr 1, 2018 • 57 min
“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…
#47 Jen - FueledbyFrosting
Mar 28, 2018 • 49 min
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…
#46 Sara Turner
Mar 25, 2018 • 55 min
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…
#45 Ryan Vail
Mar 21, 2018 • 43 min
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…
#44 Funny Running Stories
Mar 18, 2018 • 67 min
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…
#43 Brooke Adams
Mar 14, 2018 • 52 min
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…
#42 Heather Szuba
Mar 11, 2018 • 52 min
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…
#41 Ralph Peterson
Mar 7, 2018 • 58 min
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…
#40 Jessica Hadley
Mar 4, 2018 • 50 min
“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…
#39 Elizabeth Jansen
Mar 1, 2018 • 45 min
“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…
#37 Bethany Davis
Feb 21, 2018 • 51 min
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.…
#36 Mark Bottenhorn
Feb 18, 2018 • 53 min
“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…
#35 Rhandi Orme
Feb 14, 2018 • 74 min
“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…
#34 Tyler Underwood
Feb 11, 2018 • 77 min
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…
#33 Lindsey Welter
Feb 7, 2018 • 58 min
“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…
#32 Toni DiRenzo
Feb 4, 2018 • 63 min
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…
#31 Melissa Becker
Jan 31, 2018 • 75 min
“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…
#30 Molly Friel: Olympic Trials at Age 50
Jan 28, 2018 • 48 min
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…
#25 Kaitlin Gregg Goodman: A Pro’s Perspective for Amateur Runners
Jan 27, 2018 • 31 min
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…
#29 Tiffany James: Running for Carbs (and PR’s)
Jan 24, 2018 • 64 min
“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…
#28 Nick Symmonds: On a Mission for sub-3:00
Jan 21, 2018 • 46 min
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…
#27 Patrick Cutter: Breaking the Mold
Jan 17, 2018 • 56 min
“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…
#26 Christina Wood: Strength to Run
Jan 14, 2018 • 52 min
“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…
#24 Natalie Hopkins: Bouncing Back and Achieving More
Jan 3, 2018 • 70 min
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…
#23 Matt Fitzgerald: “How Bad Do You Want It” and Training Like a Pro
Jan 1, 2018 • 48 min
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…
#22 Liz Ferro: Overcoming and Defeating Adversity
Dec 25, 2017 • 40 min
“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…
#21 Scott Littleton: Unbreakable
Dec 18, 2017 • 67 min
“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…
#20 Amanda Cruise: A Dream Realized
Dec 13, 2017 • 56 min
“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…
#19 Lori Mitchener: Simply Incredible…
Dec 10, 2017 • 46 min
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…
#18 Esther Park: Running Across Haiti, Again
Dec 7, 2017 • 38 min
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…
#17 Alissa Coffman: From 4:04 to 3:04
Dec 4, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode, I am joined by marathoner Alissa Coffman (www.instagram.com/alissamwc). Alissa set a 15 minute PR by running 3:04 at the California International Marathon on December 3! She accomplished this amazing feat after running the New York City…
#16 Kim Chanelle Clark Underwood: Learning and Sharing for Running Success
Nov 27, 2017 • 43 min
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,…
#15 Maria Betancourth: Preparing to Compete with Pro’s
Nov 16, 2017 • 42 min
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)…
#14 Kristen D’Almeida: The Transformative Power of Running
Nov 13, 2017 • 38 min
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…
#13 Mike Sheehy: Grit Personified
Nov 7, 2017 • 45 min
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…
#12 Maurice the Marathon Panda
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
#11 Alana Kopelson: From Non-Runner to 2:59
Oct 13, 2017 • 42 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
#10 Brian Lock: World Record Marathoner
Sep 26, 2017 • 33 min
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? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
#9 David Principe: Elite Masters Runner
Sep 7, 2017 • 40 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
#8 Jen Rhines: 3x U.S. Olympian
Aug 29, 2017 • 46 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
#7 Amber Schriner
Aug 21, 2017 • 38 min
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 —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
# 6 Dave Schaad: 1,000 Races
Aug 15, 2017 • 33 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
#5 Jeff Fairbanks: 21 Days of 70.3
Aug 7, 2017 • 62 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
#4 Cruz Figueroa
Jul 31, 2017 • 24 min
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! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
#3 Matt Kelso
Jul 24, 2017 • 32 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
#2 Shawanna White
Jul 20, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode, we are joined by marathoner, and aspiring Olympic trials qualifier, Shawanna White. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Running in the Rain
Jul 11, 2017 • 9 min
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 —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…