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.