Road to the Olympic Trials

Road to the Olympic Trials

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The Road to the Olympics Trials podcast features eight elite runners, four men and four women, who are excited about pulling back the curtain and being open and honest about their training, racing, and goals in their lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in February, 2020. The athletes who will be sharing their journey are Jared Ward, Kellyn Taylor, Roberta Groner, Parker Stinson, Lou Serafini, Sarah Bishop, John Raneri, and Dr. Stefanie Flippin.


55 - Diljeet Taylor: BYU Women’s XC and Distance Coach
Mar 18 • 29 min
Diljeet Taylor is the women’s cross country and distance coach at BYU and one of the best coaches in the country, at any level. Last fall her Cougars finished second in the NCAA Championships after improving year after year since she took over. How did…
54 - Jared Ward: Olympic Trials Wrap-Up
Mar 16 • 47 min
In the lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials, Jared Ward was considered to be the safest bet to make the Olympic team on the men’s side. While no means a guarantee, he was perceived to be in a very good position to represent the U.S.A in Japan. His years…
53 - Lou Serafini: Olympic Trials Wrap-Up
Mar 11 • 34 min
In our Olympic Trials wrap-up with Lou Serafini we hear from an amazingly self-aware runner who has started to channel his inner drive and goals. Lou did not run the time that he anticipated but he still achieved his over-arching goal. In addition, Lou…
UPDATED Ep. 52 - Roberta Groner: Olympic Trials Wrap-Up
Mar 9 • 39 min
What an amazing year 2019 turned out to be for Roberta Groner. The World Championships then six weeks later NYC Marathon was a marathon double of epic proportions. Unfortunately, the Olympic Trials did not go her way. Roberta did not finish the race and…
51 - Sarah Bishop: Olympic Trials Wrap-Up
Mar 5 • 63 min
In the most emotional episode we have published, Sarah Bishop details the overwhelming response she had to bringing her children to the Olympic Trials to watch her compete. Sarah is one of the most competitive, no-nonsense, people we have had on this…
50 - Kellyn Taylor: Olympic Trials Wrap-Up
Mar 3 • 34 min
In our first Olympic Marathon Trials recap we catch-up with Kellyn Taylor after she finished 8th in a time of 2:29:55. We talk about the complexity of falling short of her goal while being elated for her teammates, the shin/calf issue affected her…
49 - Olympic Trials Recap with Jason Fitzgerald
Feb 29 • 54 min
What an amazing event the Olympic Marathon Trials turned out to be. The men’s and women’s races were absolutely spectacular. In this episode I am joined by Jason Fitzgerald, from the Strength Runner Podcast, immediately after the finish and we take a deep…
48 - Kellyn Taylor
Feb 26 • 32 min
In our final episode before the Olympic Marathon Trials we reconnect with Kellyn Taylor. Kellyn details her recovery post-NYC Marathon, the challenges of starting a new marathon cycle, how her coach Ben Rosario changed this up time around, and her outlook…
47 - Parker Stinson & Men’s Trials Preview
Feb 24 • 53 min
In this two-part episode with Parker Stinson he details the specifics around his decision not to run in the Olympic Trials and we do a preview of the event. The first part of the conversation is dedicated to his health This decision for Parker was…
46 - Women’s Marathon Preview with Erin Strout and Alison Wade
Feb 21 • 46 min
We are now one week away from the Olympic Trials. It’s time to start analyzing the field and make predictions about what could happen on race day. In this Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials preview I am joined by two of the most knowledgeable peoplep in the…
45 - Lou Serafini
Feb 17 • 35 min
Lou Serafini is officially ready to roll. After the TCS NYC Marathon he took a short break in November before embarking on a series of shorter races through the winter. It wasn’t a typical build-up but Lou states clearly in this episode that he fully…
44 - Sarah Bishop
Feb 13 • 42 min
Our pre-Olympic Trials prep continues with Sarah Bishop. This episode is the full Sarah Bishop experience. We talk about her training after the China IRONMAN 70.3, how she increased her running after the triathlon season, her decision to run the Mesa…
43 - Roberta Groner
Feb 10 • 38 min
With the Olympic Marathon Trials approaching quickly, we will reconnect with all of our entrants that we have followed since June. First up is Roberta Groner. We talk about her rest period in November, her struggle to find the fire to train hard in…
42 - Kate Landau
Feb 6 • 50 min
Kate Landau comes to the show with one of the best marathon resumes in America. She finished top-15 at both Boston and the NYC marathons in 2019 and has improved year-after-year. She is also a masters runner and a single mother! In this episode, Kate…
41 - John Raneri
Feb 3 • 37 min
What a year and a half it’s been for John Raneri. A PR in every distance from the mile to the marathon that he recently topped-off with one of the best half marathons in U.S. history. John arrived at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a plan to compete…
40 - Neely Spence Gracey
Jan 28 • 45 min
Neely Spence Gracey is back! Neely ran 2:44:03 at the Houston Marathon to qualify for her third Olympic Trials. This was her first race since she gave birth to her son Athens over a year ago. It’s been a long way back for Neely, who was one of the best…
39 - Jared Ward
Jan 22 • 44 min
On Saturday morning at the Houston Marathon expo I was an fortunate to record a live show with Jared Ward. He was his typical energetic and expansive self, making this conversation an immediate hit with everyone in attendance. Our topic was “Preparing for…
38 - Jennifer Hughes
Jan 14 • 39 min
Jennifer Hughes is on a mission. A mission to OTQ. At the 2019 Houston Marathon her journey began as she ran a disappointing 2:51. Her quest them took her to the Chicago Marathon then the California International Marathon, where she ran a heart-breaking…
37 - Katrina Spratford
Jan 7 • 54 min
What a year 2019 was for Katrina Spratford. Katrina, who had specialized in cross-country after college, battled injuries throughout, and preceding, the build-up to her marathon debut at the California International Marathon. She fought through them all…
36 - Ann Mazur a.k.a RunnersLoveYoga
Dec 30, 2019 • 51 min
Ann Mazur just capped a decade of non-traditional training by qualifying for the Olympic Trials at the California International Marathon with a time of 2:44:45. Ann had a successful college running career at Notre Dame where she teamed up with Molly…
35 - Meriah Earle
Dec 23, 2019 • 49 min
From collegiate runner, to non-runner, to the podium at the California International Marathon as a masters runner. Meriah Earle ran a 2:34:35 am to finish third at CIM and she is just getting started. She went into the race hoping to get an OTQ. It turns…
34 - C.J. Albertson
Dec 16, 2019 • 48 min
Last weekend C.J. Albertson finished in a close second place at the California International Marathon with a personal best 2:13:40 - a mere four seconds behind Elisha Barno. C.J. has had a remarkable year including setting the world record in the indoor…
33 - Peter Bromka
Dec 13, 2019 • 64 min
I’ve recorded nearly 300 podcasts in my life and this episode with Peter Bromka was the most emotional and insightful one that I’ve ever done. Peter just ran 2:19:02 at the California International Marathon to nearly miss the Olympic Trials qualifying…
32 - Laura Thweatt
Dec 12, 2019 • 63 min
Who doesn’t love a comeback story? Amazingly, Laura Thweatt has two of them. After four years at Colorado University that didn’t progress the way she hoped, Laura seriously considered stopping her running career. Luckily she did not. She quickly rose to…
31 - Jared Ward
Dec 9, 2019 • 35 min
Jared Ward once again proved himself worthy on the highest stage. At the TCS NYC Marathon, Jared Ward clocked a 2:10:45 on his way to a sixth place finish. This fantastic time on a challenging course showed, once again, showed that Jared will be a…
30 - Kellyn Taylor
Dec 2, 2019 • 32 min
It was great to catch-up with Kellyn Taylor after her recent performance at the TCS NYC Marathon. Kellyn finished finished just behind fellow U.S. elite marathoner Desiree Linden for seventh place , crossing the line in 2:26:52. This was the fifth fastest…
29 - Dr. Stefanie Flippin: OTQ Attempt
Nov 25, 2019 • 50 min
At the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Dr. Stefanie Flippin was ready to put it down and earn her Olympic Trials Qualifying time. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and she was unable to reach this amazing goal. Stefanie was so effected by the…
28 - Lou Serafini
Nov 19, 2019 • 47 min
What’s better than seeing someone reach a goal they have spent years trying to accomplish? That’s exactly what Lou Serafini did at the TCS NYC Marathon. In his seventh marathon he battled cramps and a grueling 23rd mile to a stellar 2:16 finish. In this…
27 - Carrie Tollefson: NYC/CHI Recaps and Way-to-Early Trials Talk
Nov 14, 2019 • 61 min
In this episode we welcome former professional runner, and a member of the New York City and Chicago Marathon broadcast teams, Carrie Tollefson. She breaks down both major marathons and provides her early insight into some of the top contenders for the…
26 - John Raneri
Nov 11, 2019 • 40 min
It’s been a long road for John Raneri to realize his potential in the marathon. At the TCS NYC Marathon John did just that. 2:14:13, 15th Place overall, and 5th American. This huge performance was matched only by his excitement to finally get the marathon…
25 - Roberta Groner
Nov 8, 2019 • 31 min
She did it! With her stellar performance at the TCS NYC Marathon last Sunday, Roberta successfully completed the marathon double that many thought was too much, too soon. Five weeks before NYC she ran the marathon at the World Championships in Doha. After…
24 - Race Preview with Dr. Stefanie Flippin and Heather McKirdy
Nov 6, 2019 • 37 min
This coming weekend is the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Dr. Stefanie Flippin Is ready to roll. She is on a mission to earn her Olympic Trials qualifying time of sub-2:45 In this episode she talks about how she is feeling in all areas…
23 - NYC Marathon Preview
Oct 30, 2019 • 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…
22 - Sarah Horbol
Oct 28, 2019 • 50 min
Five years ago Sarah Horbol was running 25 miles a week in preparation for her first marathon. Today she has won several marathons and half-marathons. In this episode we talk about this amazing progression and how she is preparing for the Olympic Trials.…
21 - Parker Stinson: Chicago!
Oct 22, 2019 • 53 min
He did it! Parker Stinson has been open and honest about his goal of breaking 2:11 in the marathon for two years. Last weekend at the Chicago marathon he turned that vision into a reality. He was one of 10 American men to break 2:12 in a phenomenal group…
20 - Matt Llano
Oct 14, 2019 • 70 min
Matt Llano came away from the Berlin Marathon with a lifetime personal best of 2:11:14. A time that shows the promise he’s been waiting to demonstrate since he ran his precious PR, again in Berlin, four years ago. The past three years have included…
19 - Carly Gill
Oct 10, 2019 • 93 min
The only thing better than seeing someone achieve a dream is having an opportunity to speak with them afterwards. Carly Gill ran the race of her life at the Berlin Marathon with an Olympic Trials Qualifying time 2:42. Carly is the personification of…
18 - John Raneri
Oct 7, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we welcome back John Raneri after two stellar performances. He recently competed in the Crim and Surf City 10 milers. While both races are quite different, John performed well in both. After we talk about each race, and the preparations…
17 - Roberta Groner: World Championships
Oct 3, 2019 • 37 min
Roberta Groner’s amazing world championship marathon performance in Doha, Qatar by the stats: - 90 degrees and 73% humidity - 6th place finish - First American - 2:38:34 - One of only 40 finishers of the 68 entrants - Six laps of a 7k course - One core…
16 - Lindsay Crouse
Sep 30, 2019 • 51 min
Lindsay Crouse is an editor, producer, and writer at the New York Times. A native Rhode Islander, she ran cross country and track at Harvard before landing at The Times. This spring her work was the talk of the sports world. She helped she’d light on how…
15 - Sarah Bishop
Sep 24, 2019 • 73 min
When we last spoke to Sarah Bishop she was starting her journey into triathlon after a short build up that followed a string of injuries. She quickly evolved from an athlete who purchased her first road bike in February to one of the top amateur…
14 - Parker Stinson: USATF 20k and Crim 10 Miler
Sep 9, 2019 • 45 min
What a difference a week makes. In consecutive weeks Parker Stinson ran the Crim 10 Miler in the USATF 20K Championship. The beginning of this doubleheader did not go well. In this episode, Parker details, with brutal honesty, exactly what went wrong in…
13 - Dr. Stefanie Flippin
Sep 2, 2019 • 55 min
The last time we checked in Dr. Stefanie Flippin she was feeling good and ready to embark on a summer filled with speed-work. Quickly thereafter she was slowed by an unidentified feeling. She just wasn’t herself and couldn’t hit her normal paces in…
12 - Lou Serafini: Falmouth and NYC Marathon Build
Aug 26, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we reconnect with Lou Serafini. We spoke about how he has recovered from Grandma’s Marathon and how that recovery compared to previous races. We then dive into the the beginning of his marathon build-up for the NYC Marathon and his…
11 - James McKirdy
Aug 19, 2019 • 55 min
In a new twist for the show we are speaking with a coach of one of the athletes we are following. James McKirdy has been coaching John Raneri for two years but has known him for far longer than that. In this episode, we discuss how he has helped John get…
10 - Kellyn Taylor: USATF Outdoor Championships
Aug 12, 2019 • 35 min
What an exciting summer for Kellyn Taylor. At the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships Kellyn competed in the 5k and 10k against the nations best. In this episode we take a deep dive into both races where she placed third and tenth respectively. We…
9 - Roberta Groner: World Championships and NYC Marathon
Aug 8, 2019 • 36 min
Earlier this week the TCS New York Marathon announced their elite field. It is stacked with high-level runners, including Roberta Groner. This exciting news was made even more interesting when coupled with the fact that 37 days before New York Roberta…
8 - Jared Ward
Aug 5, 2019 • 44 min
Jared Ward is one of the best marathoners in the United States and he is poised to compete for another spot in Olympic marathon. In this episode, Jared discusses his training for, and recovery from, the 2016 Olympics, how he learned to proactively work on…
7 - Dr. Stefanie Flippin
Aug 1, 2019 • 54 min
Our latest installment is with Dr. Stefanie Flippin. Stefanie is the lone member of the Road to the Olympic Trials roster who is striving to achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon. She began running as an adult in medical school and is…
6 - Sarah Bishop
Jul 29, 2019 • 73 min
As a wife and mother of four young children, Sarah Bishop understands how overwhelming daily responsibilites can be, and the importance of having an outlet to channel her incredible energy. For her, training goals not only improved her life in many ways…
Emergency Pod - Marathon Trials Gets Gold Label Status!
Jul 25, 2019 • 71 min
Big news was announced on Tuesday by the IAAF and we are here with a comprehensive reaction with Mario Fraioli, Parker Stinson, and Ben Rosario. Here is an excerpt from the USATF release: ”The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF),…
5 - John Raneri
Jul 22, 2019 • 54 min
John Raneri is a runner who has come into his own over the last two years. After a solid career at the the University of North Carolina it look him a while to tap into his enormous talent. Once he re-dedicated himself, and began working with his longtime…
4 - Kellyn Taylor
Jul 18, 2019 • 36 min
Kellyn Taylor has established herself as one of the top American marathoners since she debuted at the distance running a 2:28:40 at the Chevron Houston Marathon. Ever since she has been one of the top runners in the country a various distances. In this…
3 - Lou Serafini
Jul 15, 2019 • 43 min
Lou Serafini has become a staple of the Boston running scene through his blockbuster performances and community leadership. Lou has succeeded at many distances, including breaking four minutes in the mile last year. In addition to running over 100 miles a…
2 - Roberta Groner
Jul 12, 2019 • 47 min
For Roberta Groner, 2019 has already been a year of unparalleled success and she is striving for more. Roberta is one of only nine U.S. women who currently have the 2020 Olympic standard. She achieved this in April at the Rotterdam Marathon, finishing in…
1 - Parker Stinson
Jul 11, 2019 • 60 min
Welcome to the first episode of the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast. This episode features Parker Stinson. Parker is a nine time All-American from the University of Oregon and has been a fixture in the American running scene for some time. In this…
Trailer - Road to the Olympic Trials
Jun 27, 2019 • 1 min
The Road to the Olympics Trials podcast features eight elite runners, four men and four women, who are excited about pulling back the curtain and being open and honest about their training, racing, and goals in their lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials…