Natalie Dau lives in Singapore and is originally from Australia, is 46 years old, and has a nine-year-old daughter. We talk with Natalie about:
Rachel Davis is from Birmingham, Alabama, is 27 years old, married and has a cat named Toblerone. We talk with Rachel about:
David Goodstein is from Austin, Texas, is 57 years old and a proud father of three children. We talk with David about:
Robert Gonzalez lives in San Antonio, in a nurse, and is a proud father. We talk with Robert about:
Kelly Anderson is from McKinney, Texas, is 36, a wife, and a mom to three children. We talk with Kelly about how she started running 12 years ago to lose weight and to regain a healthy lifestyle after having her first child. She also shares how running became a passion of hers and how it served as an outlet as a new mom, gaining energy and feeling good about herself. We talk about some of her race experiences, including relays, marathons, half marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks. Kelly spends time talking about an amazing story regarding the Chicago Marathon in 2015, reminding her that she runs to connect with other people and for the experience. We also chat about being a supportive spouse or partner, teaching children life values through running, a rough year in her life, and recent program that has helped her improve her nutrition, fitness, emotional and spiritual well being. Kelly closes by sharing how she desires to train for triathlons, to be more energetic and present, and to develop and share a clear and powerful message to encourage others.
Brett Rein currently lives in Durango, CO, is 28 years old, and is a substitute teacher and ski instructor. Although Brett has always been an athlete, including playing hockey and rugby, it wasn’t until college that he started running. Brett’s appreciation for running started when a buddy of his started training for the Navy SEALs, in which they would trail run for hours. During graduate school, he read the book The Last Lecture which inspired him to think about his own goals in life and he ended up signing up for the Death Race by Peak Races in 2014. Brett tells us about training for the Death Race, a race of unknowns and various events, including chopping wood, making a fire, hiking, four hours of ballet, and running up mountains. He also shares how he went from being tied for second place in that race to waking up in the hospital. Brett redeemed himself at his second Death Race and speaks about learning from failure. We also learn about Brett’s travels and other endurance races, including an attempt to swim across Lake Tahoe, running up a volcano, meditating for ten days, and paddle boarding hundreds of miles. Brett is currently training for the Bigfoot 200, a 206.5 mile ultramarathon. While training for this race Brett is undertaking a mental health awareness project called Miles From Ordinary in which he is helping people share their stories regarding mental health. Brett loves the community he has surrounded himself including The Endurance Society, as well as sponsors such as The Ultra House, SaunaSpace, and Garden of Life. Brett was introduced to the Runified podcast by Sasha Wolff, founder of Still I Run, who was on episode 28 of our podcast. Brett hopes to work with Sasha to raise awareness for mental health together.
Jon Towey is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is 39, married with three kids, and has been a stay at home dad for 10 years. We talk with Jon about how observing a picture of himself later in life made him realize he needed to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Also, as a young adult, Jon was in a dark place, leading to a drinking problem. He shares his story and how becoming a runner helped turn around his life through recovery from addiction. Specifically, we talk about the importance of the running community, not worrying about what you cannot control, and setting goals. Jon tells stories from a few of the six marathons and other races he has finished as well as lessons he has learned, including prioritization of things in life, not sweating the small stuff, enjoying the adventure, and focusing on things you can control in life and running.
Kelly Collins is from Southern California and was raised in an active family with her older sister Lauren Collins, our guest from episode 89. After playing soccer for most of her childhood, Kelly started running track and field in sixth grade and became more and more involved in running as she found that she could control her effort and affect the outcomes in her running. Kelly ran track and field throughout college and her strong work ethic helped her in a competitive sales career. We talk with Kelly about sports modeling, her motivation to keep running, and her desire to start a business called SISSFiT with her sister Lauren, in which they have designed treadmill interval workouts and strength training guides that are available on their website. Kelly encourages our listeners to find their swagger and to diversify their running routine and training by getting out of their comfort zone.
As mentioned in the podcast, Kelly is offering a promotional code for listeners of the Runified Podcast. Use the code “RUNIFIED” (all caps) for 30% off all guides they offer on their SISSFiT treadmill and strength training workout guides, available on their website www.sissfit.com.
Lauren Collins is from Orange County, CA, is married with a new son, and loves the beach and being outside with her family. She shares how she hated running while growing up and focused on gymnastics until she started track and field in high school in order to meet new people. She quickly fell in love with running and track and field, leading to an athletic scholarship at UC Irvine. Lauren tells us about barely missing the Olympic trials in 2008 and 2012 for the heptathlon and high jump, respectively, due to injuries. We also talk with Lauren about lessons she learned from being a sports model and a recent business she started with her sister called SISSFiT. Lauren and her sister Kelly have designed treadmill interval workouts and strength training guides that are available on their website. She also shares about her recent pregnancy and first child and how priorities in life have changed. Photo credit: Guzman @lesguzman
As mentioned in the podcast, Lauren is offering a promotional code for listeners of the Runified Podcast. Use the code “RUNIFIED” (all caps) for 30% off all guides they offer on their SISSFiT treadmill and strength training workout guides, available on their website www.sissfit.com.
Ryan and Jaime Maher are from St. Louis, Missouri and are busy with two little girls, full-time and part-time jobs, as well as being ultramarathoners. We talk with Jaime and Ryan about how they became runners and how they typically go big or go home, something that has translated into their running. They share how their competitive nature and desire to show their children that you can accomplish big and crazy goals has led them to accomplish some amazing things. Ryan and Jaime share an entertaining story about their first trail run together and an emotional story about Jaime running an amazing race and helping others along the way. The Mahers also talk about a running group they started that has since become the Arch City Run Club, a group where runners of all abilities support and encourage each other. We talk about the importance of the running community and how Ryan and Jaime’s running community has been one of the greatest gifts in their life together.
Kara Lubin is a fourth generation public school teacher from California, a mother to two children, and also maintains a small farm with horses, dogs, and a tortoise named Rachel. We talk with Kara about how Rachel the tortoise is her spirit animal and how she struggled with an unhealthy relationship with running, exercise, and food while growing up. She strives to keep a well balanced and positive outlook on exercise and food as she strives to set an example for her children and others. Kara loves the Born to Run ultra marathons and prides herself in running slow and steady. She shares how she started the 100 Mile Club in 1992 and how her instinct led to developing a program that now reaches over 1.2 million children a year. With the 100 Mile Club, Kara is passionate about using running or other activities to inspire kids, as well as adults, to set a goal, work toward it a little each day, and help others along the way. We talk about a recent partnership 100 Mile Club has with our sponsor Goodr, which has resulted in a beautiful special pair of sunglasses that when purchased, enables two children to benefit from the 100 Mile Club program. Kara also shares about the amazing community of supportive runners she has met, including Chris McDougall, the author of Born to Run.
This episode is recorded live in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts when host Matt Sorenson joined Jason Savageau for a relaxing run along the Charles River. Jason works as a social security disability attorney and is active in the visually impaired and blindness communities. He started running in 2015 after being fed up with how he felt and has since lost 75 pounds and has run seven half marathons. We talk about how his visual impairment affects him as a runner, the importance and impact of the running community, and the impact the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon affected Jason and the Boston community. Jason shares how he is preparing to train for his first marathon with goals of running the Boston Marathon in 2019. We also talk about donuts and beer, the November Project, Summerville Brewing, the Slumbrew Happy Soles and Achilles International Boston.
Chewey Lam lives in Denver, Colorado and is a runner with type 1 diabetes as well as a number of other autoimmune conditions. He started running in 2016 and we talk about how he is heavily involved in the community, including being a Colfax Marathon ambassador, and an advocate for diabetes and migraine awareness. Chewey has run for or with a number of communities and groups such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Team JDRF) and Beyond Type 1. In 2017 Chewey completed 138 races and he credits his diabestie (a diabetic’s best friend) for making this logistically possible. Chewey never allows his medical conditions to be an excuse and challenges runners to run their own race, to think outside the box, and to have the courage to change.
Ben Abell and Stephen Lease live in California and they are a part of the Goodr team. We talked with Ben and Stephen back on episode 4 and wanted to have them back to provide an update on Goodr, tell some stories, and let us know what to expect from Goodr moving forward. Stephen talks about running and training for his first 100-miler and Ben shares about quitting his full-time job as a lawyer. We learn how Goodr has helped the running community, including a partnership with the 100 Mile Club and how they are helping make running more inclusive and accessible by making it more fun, one pair of running sunglasses at a time.
Rebecca Luhm lives in North Carolina, is a wife, and a mom to three children. We talk about how her running journey has had many ups and downs throughout life. Even through the hills and the valleys, Rebecca has been consistently running now since the summer of 2014. She shares how she makes running a priority and how she fits it into her busy schedule, often working out at the YMCA. We talk about a couple of the 10 half marathons she has completed, including a significant race this fall, in which she ran for a special cause, the Team Drea Foundation. Rebecca also shares about how her running teaches her kids life lessons, how she started a running group, and why she likes sharing her running story and journey.
Vic Morales is from Iowa and tells the story of how he knew he was meant to run since the 7th grade. For about 30 years Vic has made an effort to not only keep running fun but how it also helped him in a weight loss effort, losing 45 pounds in order to get back to a healthy weight. Vic tells the story of an infection that spread within his body, sidelining him from running for months. He shares details from this unique experience as well as his recovery efforts. We talk with Vic about the strength of the human spirit and he reminds us that it’s ok to ask for help. He also challenges runners of all abilities to know their strengths and weaknesses, to learn from their failures, and to take pride in the fact that they are a runner.
On this week's episode, we have Dr. Kyle Longest as our guest. Kyle is a Professor of Sociology, a husband, a father, and an avid runner for the last 5 years. He talks about reaching some of the ultimate highs in a runner's journey, including breaking the 3-hour marathon barrier and honoring his father by fulfilling a lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon. We also discuss the valleys he's endured from battles with overtraining, pelvic fractures and developing an unhealthy relationship with food, fitness and body image. Through it all Kyle has been able to reflect and gain some truly valuable insights on improving as a runner and being a more complete person. Kyle has recently begun to share these insights through coaching runners, helping them achieve their own goals.
Eric Snader lives in Austin, TX and is a husband, father, and an aspiring comedian. Although he didn’t appreciate running when he started 20 years ago, in the past five years he has completed six marathons. We talk to Eric about the importance of the running community and how changing up his training method led to him running the race of his life and qualifying for the Boston Marathon at the 2017 California International Marathon. Eric shares his great perspective about the Hansons Marathon Method, nutrition, mental strength, donuts, and challenges our listeners to find a training method that works for them.
Ben Davies lives in the United Kingdom and always loves a running adventure. Before he was a runner, Ben took a job at a running store and was embarrassed for not knowing anything about running. He learned more and more about running from the patrons of the store and has since run more than 50 races 26.2 miles or longer. Ben’s love for running and trail running quickly progressed from a half marathon to ultra marathons and he has traveled around the world to take part in races, including finishing nine 100-milers. He shares lessons learned from races he was unable to finish and tells us about memories from his favorite events. Ben also shares how running has helped him with his mental health and advises runners to never shy away from races that might appear to be more challenging. Ben was introduced to the Runified Podcast by Lindsey Brown from episode 71. We also share an update from Iain Nelson who was on episode 66.
Jacob Puzey lives in Calgary and is first and foremost a husband and a father of five children. We talk to Jacob about running, directing races, parenting, and coaching. Jacob has excelled at a number of distances, from marathon to ultramarathon, and even holds the world record for the fastest 50-mile effort on a treadmill. We talk with Jacob about how the running community has played a critical role in his life, including introducing him to the woman of his dreams and starring in a documentary with his brother, Tommy Rivers. Jacob emphasizes longevity and sustainability in running and is a student of the sport. We learn what makes Jacob an effective running coach and how he and his wife like to give back to the running community. Jacob finishes by telling us about how his company Peak Run Performance is seeking to make running as accessible as possible by providing coaching, nutrition, and others health services to diverse communities speaking different languages.
Melissa Malani is a speech-language pathologist, wife, and mother of three living in Winter Park, Florida. Melissa’s running story has many twists and turns, starting with avoiding running at all costs while growing up. After finishing her PhD in 2012 she unexpected and randomly decided to start running. Melissa’s determination and goal-oriented nature led her to complete many Disney races and a total of 12 marathons. She shares lessons from training and races that everyone can learn from. Melissa also talks about how her interest in the Boston Marathon evolved and how she finally qualified at the 2017 Snickers Marathon. Listeners will be challenged and inspired by Melissa as she encourages runners of all abilities to believe in themselves and to do something every day that puts them closer to their goal.
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Shelly Bush lives in northern Utah and is a mom to two boys, a wife, and works for a local school district. In her youth, Shelly hated to run, avoiding it all costs by participating in sports that didn’t require running. Things changed for Shelly at the age of 35 when she was inspired at the finish line of the St. George Marathon, causing her to start running and change her life. Shelly tells us how her life was turned upside down by bankruptcy and divorce, and how running was a part of the ups and downs of life. Running provided Shelly clarity, strength and endurance in life and running, and she tells us how her running community was an integral part to this. We learn how Shelly’s one and only marathon went and how an active and healthy lifestyle is a priority for her family. Shelly challenges us to put ourselves in situations where we can be inspired, to lose your excuses, and to adapt to life.
Calum Neff is an operations manager for an oil field company, husband, father to three young daughters, coach, and a volunteer. Even with these countless responsibilities, Calum has achieved something most runners never even dream of achieving, holding two Guinness World Records. Calum tells us about his half marathon and marathon records while pushing a stroller, and also talks about how running with his children is a benefit to everyone in his family. We also talk with Calum about helping with Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief efforts, as well as his love for coaching and giving back to the running community.
On this Veterans Day-themed episode of the Runified Podcast, we talk with two runners associated with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), an organization with the mission of enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. We first talk with Mike Erwin, the founder of Team RWB, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served as an intelligence officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, and taught cadets at West Point. Mike has completed dozens of marathons and ultramarathons and shares helpful training advice and encouragement. We also learn about Mike’s recent book, Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude, and how Jim Collins wrote the foreword for the book. Host Matt Sorenson then speaks with Philip Swift, an Army veteran living in Houston Texas, about how he discovered Team RWB and serving our country in Iraq. Philip shares about how he got lazy after getting out of the army, and how Team RWB has not only helped him physically but how it has also helped him re-engage with people, becoming more social and making quality friends he can count on. We also talk about how Philip’s running community helped his family recover from Hurricane Harvey. Philip tells us why he loves trail running and how it’s helped his mental health, enabling him to become a better husband and father.
On this episode, host Matt Sorenson reflects on the 2017 New York City Marathon which was on November 5, 2017. Matt talks about his own marathon experience, interviews other runners, and talks to a couple volunteers as well.