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.
Kevin Brown lives in Utah, is married with four young children, and is in a band. He started running track and field in junior high with friends but didn’t get serious with endurance athletics until the age of 22 when he ran his first marathon. Kevin shares his inspiration behind his running and also lets us know why he tends to “go big or go home” when it comes to running, cycling, and triathlon. We talk about the Boston Marathon, the St. George Marathon, getting hit by a car, and the importance of Strava and the running community. Kevin believes that hard work, family support, and friends have made his athletic achievements possible. He challenges our listeners to set big goals and to chase their dreams. Kevin is married to Lindsey Brown, our guest on episode 71, and continues our conversation about incorporating fitness with young children. We recommend you listen to Lindsey’s episode to get the full story behind this amazing couple.
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