On this episode, host Matt Sorenson talks with three people he met while in Boston for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Listen as Jonathan “Scooby” Bolha, Jessica Marlier, and Kojo Kyereme tell Matt about their plans for the race and what Boston means for them. Matt also reflects on his own race and shares how previous Runified Podcast guests fared, such as Audrey Springer (episode 21), Steph Cash Hogan (episode 33), Bonnie Yessian (episode 45), and BethAnn Telford (episodes 39 and 40).
Bonnie Yesian started running in order to stay healthy when she started college, and gradually increased mileage up to the marathon. Having now run 21 marathons, Bonnie has learned a lot about running and training. Bonnie shares how she first learned about and qualified for the Boston Marathon, and shares some stories about past races. Having now completed 10 Boston Marathons, and preparing for 11th in 2017, Bonnie provides our listeners some advice on qualifying for Boston and training for this amazing race! Bonnie trains with Gilbert’s Gazelles, a running group in Austin, TX.
Martina O’Connell started running in her teens as a way to deal with stress and feel good. Little did she know that this would increase over the years and turn into marathons and now trail running and ultra marathon distances. We talk with Martina about how she loves the sense of adventure while running, and we even chat about porcupines. Martina shares how she finds balance with her very busy life, which also includes her five boys, her husband, and a full-time job. As she is currently battling significant injuries, Martina tells us how she stays motivated while she can’t run. Martina also inspires runners to have fun while they run and encourages them to not wait till they find the perfect time to run.
At the age of 30, Mark Sutcliffe began to run to get in better shape and because he was bored of working out in the gym. For years, Mark worked towards a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, which he accomplished in the 20th marathon he ran. Mark shares his running journey and the history of the Boston Marathon in his book, Long Road to Boston. We also learn about the magazine and podcast Mark started, iRun, as well as a story about Mark running with author Malcolm Gladwell. Mark also shares running advice, training inspiration, and a challenge for the Runified community.