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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