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The Runified Podcast is where we come together and talk with runners about their stories. We believe that anyone who runs is a runner, no matter the pace or distance. We also believe that runners are more than just runners. With these beliefs, the Runified Podcast will tell stories about what makes runners who they are, beyond the training and racing. Our hope is that these stories will change the way runners of all abilities think about running, and motivate you to live your own story with endurance, strength, and joy.
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Dec 26, 2016

Ben Jacobs started running in 7th grade to get in shape for hockey. He gradually learned to enjoy running and especially appreciated the community and team aspect, leading to running competitively in college. We chat with Ben about how he became a coach at the university level, as well as some injury and recovery advice. Ben also recently began coaching with a previous guest of ours on Episode 22, Victoria Phillippi with Run4PRs. Ben also tells us how he loves to give back to the running community and he’ll tell us about a nonprofit he launched in the twin cities of Minnesota called Rolling Thunder. Ben coaches athletes of all levels with custom plans. Be sure to listen for a special offer from Ben and Run4PRs.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Run4PRs Website, Instagram, Ben’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Email

 

Dec 19, 2016

Sasha Wolff started running in 2012 when her depression and anxiety flared up. She quickly fell in love with running and found that pushing herself and accomplishing goals helped her cope and manage her mental health challenges. Sasha recently started a group called Still I Run, that encourages people to run for their physical and mental health, raises awareness of mental health issues and seeks to stop the stigma surrounding mental health. Sasha tells us about the motivation behind this group, what it is all about, and explains what their logo means. She provides runners of all abilities helpful advice and reminds us that we are not alone, and there are communities like Still I Run that can help. You can purchase Still I Run products on their Etsy shop and find out more at their website.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Still I Run’s Website, Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy Shop

 

Dec 12, 2016

Stacy Holden is a native Houstonian who discovered running at the early age of seven with her parents. At age 10, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and used running as a way to manage her disease. Stacy ran her first marathon at the age of 12 and has run consistently ever since. Stacy recently published a book entitled People of Memorial Park: Stories From Houston's Favorite Trail. Her book beautifully shares 45 amazing stories of people who frequent the park and running trail. Stacy tells us about the inspiration for the book and her efforts collecting the stories. She also describes a few of the stories that not only entertain and educate but also inspire readers. Stacy challenges listeners to share their stories since everyone has a valuable story that can inspire and help others. Be sure to check out the book’s website where you can purchase the book.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

People of Memorial Park Website, Facebook, Instagram

Dec 5, 2016

Deyl Kearin returns to the Runified Podcast (previously on episode 16) after completing the Grand to Grand Ultra, a six-stage, 170-mile race, starting at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and finishing at the Grand Staircase in Utah. Deyl talks about this amazing running experience and how he uses his ability to run to improve the lives of others through Run4Poverty and Opportunity International. Opportunity International helps people in third world countries by providing significant microfinance loans. Deyl talks about how his family, friends, donors, training partners, and a random stranger Jonathan, all made his race possible. He also talks about how running ultra marathons for others enables him to connect with and help people around the world through the money he raises. Deyl would love to have others join him with Run4Poverty, so please, reach out to Deyl if you have any interest in using your running for something bigger than yourself. You can reach Deyl at dkearin@gmail.com.

Nov 28, 2016

Shawanna White began running in high school and quickly found her passion. Her desire to keep improving has kept her running through the years. Shawanna loves racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and she working towards a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials for the marathon. Shawanna tells us about a significant injury that kept her away from running for 6 months and what made it possible for her to return to running stronger than ever. She also shares helpful advice for runners of all abilities. Shawanna’s positive attitude and energy are contagious and you’ll be sure to take something of value away from her interview. Shawanna is sponsored by Skechers Performance, Zensah, and Greenville Running Company.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Shawanna’s Instagram, Facebook

Nov 21, 2016

Chris Sanders found running at an early age and was almost immediately drawn to the relationships and connections with his teammates. After running cross country in college, Chris gradually increased the distance he runs, having now completed 10 marathons as well as 3 Ironman races. Chris loves pushing the limits of his body and even races up skyscrapers! We talk with Chris about pushing the perceived physical limits of our bodies and how technology helps us connect with our body as well as others. Chris is passionate about connected health and how technology can enable us to not only understand more about our bodies but also engage us in our own health more. He mentions a handful of startups making a difference in this industry, such as humon, WHOOP, and HealthRhythms.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Chris Sanders Website, Twitter, Instagram, Athlinks

Nov 14, 2016

On this episode, host Matt Sorenson reflects on the recent Presidential election and the effects it is having. We as Americans are all different, but the common bond of running ties us together, making “we the runners” stronger as a group than any one of us individually. Running is a unique avenue or tool that has the amazing power to bring people together, as well as positively change individuals, communities, and the world. Matt reflects on personal experiences, the stories of previous podcast guests, and challenges the Runified Community with simple yet meaningful things they can do. This message revolves around the belief that running together, as well as running for others, can help heal, unify and strengthen our nation.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Nov 7, 2016

Victoria Phillippi started running in high school by simply running around the block in the neighborhood. In college, Victoria started running 5K races and ended up running on the cross country team. Her coach took a chance on her and taught her how to truly train, believed in her ability and opportunity to improve. Since then, Victoria has run 16 marathons and has qualified for the Boston Marathon 11 times with a personal record of 3:14. Victoria started coaching runners by helping her mom prepare for a 5K for her 50th birthday, and is now certified by the Road Runners Club of America. Through her business, Run4PRs, Victoria coaches athletes of all abilities with customized plans, helping runners reach their goals in a way that works with their lifestyle. Make sure you listen for a special offer Victoria is offering to our listeners.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Run4PRs Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Email (irun4prs@gmail.com)

Oct 31, 2016

Audrey Springer joins the Runified Podcast and tells us how she went from being a serious soccer player to a runner. Although she didn’t like running at first, she was drawn to the community and friendships. An unfortunate event also helped her realize that running was for something much bigger than herself. After college, Audrey decided to challenge herself with the marathon, a distance she idolized since childhood. She tells us how she recently qualified for the Boston Marathon and what she attributes this amazing accomplishment to, including an amazing running coach and training partner. Audrey also describes how she’s not a natural runner and gives advice for runners of all abilities. Her blog, Running the Alley, and Instagram account allow her to share her story and inspire others.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Audrey’s Running the Alley Blog, Audrey’s Instagram

Oct 24, 2016

Runified Podcast host Matt Sorenson reflects on common themes that were present throughout the first 19 episodes of the Runified Podcast. He focuses the topics of community, running for others, overcoming obstacles, and entrepreneurship while including sound clips from each episode. This is a great chance to learn what Runified is all about! Our guests in the first 19 episodes are Guthrie Hood, Mike Thompson, Talaya Frazier, Ben Abell, Stephen Lease, Thom Singer, Yvonne Treviño Hayek, Anna Quinlan, Ty Reagan, Jennifer Fisher, Jenni Lord, Jim Hall, Gilbert Tuhabonye, Deyl Kearin, Emily Allport, and Mike Gitre. We chat about the marathon, half marathon, ultra marathons, trail running, injury, training, running advice, coaching, challenges in life, nutrition, and more.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Oct 17, 2016

On this episode of the Runified Podcast we talk with Mike Gitre about how he became a distance runner and how his running community and competitive personality have helped him recover from a very serious injury. Mike has a very unique perspective on recovering that runners of all abilities can learn from. Mike also shares stories about how his running community has been important to him in all aspects of life, including his most recent recovery process. Mike is an accomplished runner, having completed 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. He appreciates the unique nature of a running community and the strength and motivation that results.

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Oct 10, 2016

Yvonne Treviño Hayek joins us again on the Runified Podcast! Yvonne originally talked with us back in episode 6 where we talked about her 20-year journey to the Olympics as a long jumper. In this episode, we talk with her about her experience in Rio and her performance. Yvonne provides some very helpful advice for runners of all abilities.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Yvonne’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Oct 3, 2016

In this episode of the Runified Podcast we are joined by the one and only Emily Allport. Emily hails from San Diego California where she started her very own running group. She began running when she signed up on a whim for a half marathon, but was really drawn to the community of runners that she was a part of while training for her first race. The social aspect of running was what led her to start a running group in San Diego when she moved there. Starting with only one friend, she went on to attract an amazing group of women that has been there for each other in good times and bad. We talk with Emily about how this running group has positively impacted her life as well as others. Emily also gives runners some helpful advice.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Emily Allport Fitness

Sep 26, 2016

We are joined by Deyl Kearin who tells us about how he went from being a one-and-done marathoner to literally running across the Sahara desert. Deyl will also tell us why he runs and let us know about his next race, Grand to Grand, which he’ll be running when this episode is released. For Deyl, from running a marathon to running ultra marathons, he has really learned to enjoy the experience and run for something bigger than himself. Deyl has used his ability to run to raise money for an amazing charity called Opportunity International through an effort he started called Run4Poverty. We’ll talk with Deyl about this and let you know how you can get involved and help people in 3rd world countries by providing significant microfinance loans through Opportunity International. Please consider heading over to Run4Poverty.org to learn more about Deyl’s endeavours and to donate.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Opportunity International, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Sep 19, 2016

In this episode, we bring Gilbert Tuhabonye’s story to present day. Continuing from Parts I and II, Episodes 13 and 14 respectively, we talk to Gilbert about how he was able to forgive the people who tried to kill him. For Gilbert, running was a big part of this. We also talk to him about how he turned his story of loss and survival into hope by the way of the Gazelle Foundation, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water for people in Burundi, Gilbert’s home country. We also talk with the president of the Gazelle Foundation, Peter Rauch. Peter is a long-time friend of Gilbert’s and he shares how the Gazelle Foundation was started on a long run while training for a marathon. Additionally, we talk about how the Gazelle Foundation enables runners all over the world to help people in Burundi, mainly with the Run for the Water.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Link to buy Gilbert’s book, This Voice in My Heart

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Gilbert’s Gazelles Website, Gazelle Foundation Website, Run for the Water Website

Sep 12, 2016

As we continue Gilbert Tuhabonye’s story from Episode 13, Gilbert describes how he barely escaped with his life when the opposing tribe in Burundi attacked his school. We talk about physical recovery in terms of running, as well as emotional and spiritual healing. While in the hospital, Gilbert received a letter that gave him a newfound hope in continuing his running career. Eventually, he was able to come to the United States to train for the Olympics. Gilbert describes his college years, including being a national champion, as well as how he serendipitously found himself as a running coach in Austin, TX. We close Part II of Gilbert’s story by talking with Roberto Diaz, a young man whose life was changed by being coached by Gilbert in high school. Part III of Gilbert’s story will be released on September 19, 2016.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified!

 

Link to buy Gilbert’s book, This Voice in My Heart

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Gilbert’s Gazelles Website, Gazelle Foundation Website, Run for the Water Website

Sep 5, 2016

Gilbert Tuhabonye was born in Burundi, a small country in east-central Africa. Despite the natural beauty of Gilbert’s home country, Burundi has had a history of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes, which Gilbert describes in detail. This turmoil reached a peak on a day Gilbert will never forget, a day he barely escaped with his life. In Part I of our interview with Gilbert, he talks about growing up in Burundi and how running was a part of everyday life. He also describes how he began to run competitively in high school. Part I closes with Gilbert beginning to describe the day in which he almost lost his life. We also talk with Ryan Hess, a runner and owner of Ready to Run, a running shoe store in Austin, TX. Ryan shares how Gilbert and his story have influenced him as a runner and man. Part II of Gilbert’s story will be released on September 12, 2016.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2016” at www.playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified!

 

Link to buy Gilbert’s book, This Voice in My Heart

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Gilbert’s Gazelles Website, Gazelle Foundation Website, Run for the Water Website

Aug 29, 2016

We begin Part II of Jim Hall’s story, which is continued from Episode 11, by talking with his wife Vicki to hear her perspective on how running has changed Jim’s life. Vicki also shares how she became a runner, as well as how their children have found a love for running and how running has become a familiar affair. We then continue our conversation with Jim learning about another significant curveball life threw at him, involving some serious and unforeseen health problems, including cancer. Even though life has provided many challenges for Jim, he believes that he has so much to be thankful for, helping him keep a positive outlook on life. Jim also highlights how his running community has significantly influenced him in a positive way and encourages our listeners to share their love of running with other people.

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Aug 22, 2016

Although Jim Hall was an active child, as he moved into adulthood he became less active. In August of 2010, at the age of 35, a very difficult and unexpected event prompted Jim to commit to running his first marathon. This was a very significant decision because he never ran more than two miles before he started training. In Part I of our interview with Jim, we focus on the circumstances that led to this drastic change in his life, as well as the process by which he became a runner. Jim also tells us how he has found motivation to keep improving as a runner, to now running ultra marathons. In becoming a runner, Jim has also been blessed to be a part of an amazing running community that has encouraged him in running and life.

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Aug 15, 2016

Jenni Lord fell in love with running when she had her first “runner’s high” in her late teens. When she was at the start line of her first half marathon, she realized that she needed to run for something more than herself. This was the genesis of Chosen, which is an organization that provides adoptive families financial, educational, and mentoring services. Additionally, they are involved in orphan and foster care around the world. We talk with Jenni about her running past, what motivated her to start Chosen, and also talk about some amazing stories that have resulted from their efforts. Jenni describes that the connection between adoption and running is quite natural, as they both take a lot of time, training, sacrifice, perseverance, and endurance. One way Chosen advocates for vulnerable children in need for homes is by organizing what has been called the “Prettiest Race in Texas”, which in it’s 7th year will be a 5K and half marathon. This year’s race is on November 19, 2016 in New Braunfels, TX. Use the discount code AB16MS for $5 off.

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

Chosen Half Marathon & 5K, Chosen Care, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Aug 8, 2016

Jennifer Fisher went from being a shy bookworm in elementary school to now running marathons and clawing through mud pits. Jennifer developed a love for fitness early in life and was serendipitously introduced to the idea of the marathon via a stranger in a park, leading her to barely missing a qualifying time for the Olympic trials. The Fit Fork is Jennifer’s very popular blog where she shares recipes for quick, healthy, and delicious meals. In our time together, Jennifer shares tips for leading a busy, balanced, and healthy lifestyle alongside three teenage boys and her husband. We also learn how incorporating strength training and the POSE running technique with Valerie Hunt of RUNATX and BVM Crossfit has helped her grow stronger and avoid injury. Jennifer is a Beef Team Member, as well as an ambassador for a number of running and fitness related brands.

 

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

The Fit Fork Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Aug 1, 2016

Ty Reagan joins the Runified Podcast to tell our community about how he went from following an unfulfilling career as a musician and band director to, through running, finding his path as a business owner and ultra marathon runner. Ty shares advice concerning setting goals and provides insight into what makes a great running coach. He is a co-founder of Motiv8 Health and Fitness, a fitness company with a holistic approach to running that helps their athletes stay injury-free. Ty lives in Austin, TX, loves trail running, and recently completed his first 100-mile race.

 

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

Motiv8 Health and Fitness Website, Blog, Facebook, Instagram

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Jul 25, 2016

Anna Quinlan shares the story by which her son Noah joined their family through adoption and the reason Anna chose to run her first marathon. It’s a unique and amazing story of sacrifice, endurance, and hardship. She also provides some helpful lessons learned from training and completing for the Big Sur International Marathon, in which she also raised money for the charity Every Mother Counts. Anna lives in Sacramento, CA, is the mother of two active boys, and is a professional writer.

 

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

Anna Quinlan’s Website, Instagram, CrowdRise, The Hardest Mile

Every Mother Counts Website, Run for EMC, Instagram

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Jul 21, 2016

Yvonne Treviño Hayek joins the Runified Podcast to talk about her 20-year long journey to the Olympics. Yvonne shares how she was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, where she was introduced to running and long jump at the age of 8. Her childhood coach saw something special in Yvonne and told her that she had the potential to be great, maybe even the best. Yvonne shares the story of developing as an athlete, including some significant personal and physical setbacks on her quest to qualify for the Olympics. Yvonne currently lives and trains in Houston, TX, holds the women’s Mexican long jump record, and will represent Mexico at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

 

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

Yvonne’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Jul 18, 2016

In this episode of the Runified Podcast we talk with Thom Singer. Thom is a professional speaker and is known as the “conference catalyst”. We talk with Thom as he is beginning to venture into the world of running. He provides a great perspective as a middle-aged man who very recently started to run to connect with his daughter and for health benefits. Even though Thom is adamant that he is not a runner, we chat about how he is gradually fitting running into his busy life. He highlights how he has learned to gradually increase his running mileage and also about the benefits he has already noticed.

 

Episode sponsored by goodr, use code “runified2016” for a special Runified discount!

 

Thom Singer’s Webpage

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast

Runified’s Webpage

Runified on Instagram

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