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Runified Podcast

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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Aug 21, 2017

Crystal Hadnott lives in Houston, Texas. An injury in 2005 resulted in temporary paralysis on one side of her body from hip to foot. When doctors said she’ll need a cane and always walk with a limp, she told them that she wanted to run a marathon. This can-do attitude enabled Crystal to change her life, including running over 100 marathons and currently training for an ultramarathon. Crystal found pilates to be critical to her recovery and has even developed her own form of pilates and started her own business called Synergy Total Holistic Health and Wellness. Crystal tells us why she can often be found running in pearls and red lipstick, shares helpful running advice, and challenges our listeners to believe in themselves.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Crystal Hadnott’s Website, Crystal’s Instagram, Synergy Total Holistic Health and Wellness Website

 

Aug 7, 2017

Nico Ericksen-Deriso, Bailee Mulholland, Charlie Watson, Sadie Witt, and Ziv Epstein met up with Runified Podcast host Matt Sorenson while they were in Austin, TX on their Running Road Trip. The mission of The Running Road Trip is to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research. Partnering with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, their team is traversing all 48 contiguous United States, visiting and running in every state while spreading the word as they attempt to reach their donation goal. Before and during an easy run on a beautiful trail, Matt talks with the team about their favorite runs so far, how they have been able to connect with both the running and Alzheimer’s community, and has fun learning about stories from their adventure.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

The Running Roadtrip Website, Donate to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email: therunningroadtrip@gmail.com

Jul 31, 2017

Roy Smalley is from Wisconsin and is a personal trainer, and group exercise instructor, volunteer firefighter, hazmat response team member, husband, father, musician, volunteer, and cook. When he’s not busy with these things, you can find Roy running, but this wasn’t always the case. Roy shares how he was never active until later in life, when he realized he needed to make a change. We learn how Roy went from 250 pounds to 170 pounds through a weight loss competition, eating smarter, triathlon, and running. Roy also shares about how it was also the pending adoption of his daughter that inspired him to live a healthier lifestyle. Roy has run several marathons, half Ironmans, half marathons, obstacle course races, and many other shorter distances. We also learn how Roy uses running and exercise to help others, whether it be at a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, starting a running club at a non-profit coffee shop, or raising money for adoption or cancer-related causes. Roy shares training advice and challenges our listeners to never think that it’s too late to reinvent yourself and make significant changes.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Roy Smalley’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Jul 24, 2017

This episode is Part II of our conversation with Kristen Kirkland (Part I is Episode 58). We continue talking with about her personal connection with the work that Every Mother Counts supports to help make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Kristen shares a story about participating in the Hood to Coast Relay with Every Mother Counts. We learn about a number of ways runners can get involved with the organization, including running the New York City Marathon. Kristen shares training advice and challenges all our listeners to bring purpose to your running, no matter what it is.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Every Mother Counts Website, Facebook, Instagram, Team EMC Instagram, teamemc@everymothercounts.org

Jul 17, 2017

Kristen Kirkland lives in New York and has always been a runner. Running has always been a part of family activities and she ran her first marathon in college. Kristen has run 13 marathons, an ultra marathon, and has qualified for the Boston Marathon. Kristen tells us about an amazing non-profit called Every Mother Counts, a group with the goal of making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. We talk with Kristen about how running is integral to the efforts of Every Mother Counts and how the common theme of distance enables runners to connect with the purpose of the organization. This episode is Part I of our conversation with Kristen and be sure to listen to episode 059 for Part II.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Every Mother Counts Website, Facebook, Instagram, Team EMC Instagram, teamemc@everymothercounts.org

Jul 10, 2017

Tania Glenn started running in college and trained for her first marathon at the age of 30 after going through a significant breakup. She has since run 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. As a crisis and disaster response therapist for first responders, Tania helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Tania shares how running helps her patients recover from very significant events and diagnoses. As a runner, Tania shares running advice and stories from her races and challenges listeners to help veterans and first responders.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Tania Glenn’s Website, Facebook, Twitter

Jul 3, 2017

After suffering from a heart attack and cardiac arrest, Shane Johnson found himself with a number of side effects and taking 13 different medications. Through changing his nutrition and becoming physically active, including running, he was able to completely turn around his health. Shane has now run a number of marathons and ultramarathons, including the Twin Cities Marathon as a Medtronic Global Hero. His advice for runners is to not ever give up on yourself and to not let a medical diagnosis stop you from living life. Shane’s story provides inspiration and motivation for runners of all types and abilities, as he wants to be a beacon of hope for others diagnosed with heart disease as he continues running for his life.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Shane’s Facebook Profile, Wounded Heart Project Website, Medtronic Global Heroes

Jun 26, 2017

On this episode, we continue the theme of SportsBraSquad from the previous episode with Jessie Barnes, Teresa Krammer, and Vanessa Mitchell from Austin, TX. If you haven’t listened to episode 54 yet, please listen before listening to this one. We attended the Global Sports Bra Squad Day event on June 24, 2017, in Austin and we share sound bites and thoughts from the leaders of the event as well as participants. These ladies speak about having a positive body image, and how this movement and their community has helped them become more confident and strong in their own skin.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

#SportsBraSquadATX Facebook Group, Austin event, @thejessiest, @slimt1213, @sunshineface, Kelly Roberts original #SportsBraSquad post, Run, Selfie, Repeat Website, list of 2017 Global Sports Bra Squad events

Jun 19, 2017

On this episode, we have Jessie Barnes, Teresa Krammer, and Vanessa Mitchell from Austin, TX. After, learning about the growing #SportsBraSquad movement Kelly Roberts started, this group of running friends felt led to be a part of fostering a supportive place where women can shed their insecurities and step out of their comfort zone. In 2016 they hosted a Sports Bra Squad event in Austin, TX which encouraged women of all ages and body types, and they will be hosting their second event on June 24, 2017, for Global Sports Bra Squad Day. Jessie, Teresa, and Vanessa are honest and vulnerable, sharing personal stories about their own struggles with body image, and how this movement and their community has helped them become more confident and strong in their own skin. Our guests also share running advice and challenge our listeners to join a community and to base your self-worth and body image on your talents and strength, not the shape of your body.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

#SportsBraSquadATX Facebook Group, Austin event, @thejessiest, @slimt1213, @sunshineface, Kelly Roberts original #SportsBraSquad post, Run, Selfie, Repeat Website, list of 2017 Global Sports Bra Squad events

Jun 12, 2017

Bam Garcia is a husband, father, UPS truck driver, and all around great guy from Tyler, Texas. Bam’s competitive and addictive personality got the best of him when he was in his early twenties and he struggled with addiction for 15 years. After a friend introduced him to running in the fall of 2014 he quickly realized running is where he needed to be. Bam shares how running has helped him replace a destructive addition with a constructive one, and how he achieved his goal of going from the couch to losing fifty pounds and running the Boston Marathon. Bam describes how he loves to give back to the running community by encouraging others via social media and meeting new people at every race he runs. Listen as he provides helpful training advice and motivates our community to have a whatever it takes attitude.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Bam Garcia’s Instagram @bamup_runner

Jun 5, 2017

Keighly Rector is a lawyer, proud cat mom, and former competitive Irish step dancer from New York. While Keighly started running while in law school as a form of stress relief, she also found that running helped with her long-term battle with an eating disorder. Keighly opens up and shares how running and a reframed view of fitness and nutrition has helped her develop a positive relationship with her own body. With a balanced and holistic approach to training, fitness, nutrition; she finds herself stronger and faster, but more importantly, with decreased disorder behaviors and less anxiety and depression. Keighly is a recently Boston Marathon qualifier and provides helpful advice and encouragement to our listeners, focusing on listening to your body and taking the time to care for yourself.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Keighly’s Instagram @keighlyerin, National Eating Disorder Association Website, Something Fishy Website

May 29, 2017

Runified Podcast host Matt Sorenson reflects on common themes that were present throughout the last 30 episodes of the Runified Podcast. He focuses the topics of the Boston Marathon, training, diversity, veterans, overcoming obstacles, epic adventures, and changing lives with running. This is a great chance to learn what Runified is all about! Our guests in the past 30 episodes are Audrey Springer, Victoria Phillippi, Chris Sanders, Shawanna White, Deyl Kearin, Stacy Holden, Sasha Wolff, Ben Jacobs, Kim Eagle, Arne Robertson, Marcel van der Kuil, Steph Cash Hogan, Martinus Evans, Bill O’Shields, Kate McKenzie, Martin Parnell, Thom Singer, BethAnn Telford, Ben Luke Smith, Nico Ericksen-Deriso, Mark Sutcliffe, Martina O’Connell, Bonnie Yesian, Eric Spears, Zuleyma Chazari, Adele Garcia, and Andy Cloud. We chat about the marathon, half marathon, ultramarathons, trail running, injury, training, running advice, coaching, challenges in life, mental health, education, technology, nutrition, and more.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!


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May 22, 2017

Andy Cloud is a 39-year-old family man from Carthage, MO. When he’s not busy with his job, family, church, or other hobbies, he can be found running around southwest Missouri competing in everything from 5Ks to ultramarathons, but this wasn’t always the case. About five years ago Andy was very overweight, pre-diabetic, and had other health issues such as sleep apnea. He realized that he needed to change something. Though his faith, community, and inspiration from the 2013 Boston Marathon, Andy found the courage and discipline to improve his lifestyle. Andy shares how changes in his eating habits, exercising and connecting with other people enabled him to make this significant change in his life, losing over 130 pounds. He encourages our listeners to lean on others and your community, reminding us that running and life are hard and we don’t need to do it alone. Andy gives back to the running community by being a co-host of the Heartland Running Podcast and a race director for the Rallye 66 5K and Ranger Run benefiting Peterson Outdoor Ministries.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Heartland Running Website, Heartland Running Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Rallye 66 5K and Ranger Run, Peterson Outdoor Ministries

May 15, 2017

Adele Garcia lives in Michigan and started running in high school but never really liked it. After being injured by a roadside bomb while serving in the Army, Adele returned home with post-traumatic stress and survivor's guilt. She grew to love running as she found it to be an effective tool for channeling the negative energy and stress in a positive way. Adele has since run marathons and ultramarathons, as well as used running for more than just herself, including starting an event called Upward Spiral, a 24-hour run/walk to raise awareness around depression, self-harm, suicide, bullying, and mental health. She shares her inspiration behind starting Upward Spiral, the impact they have made so far, and her dreams for the program’s future. If you enjoy this episode, make sure to listen to Episode 28 with Sasha Wolff from Still I Run.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Upward Spiral on Facebook, upwardspiral.mi@gmail.com

 

May 8, 2017

Zuleyma Chazari is a hardworking student who is currently a biology major and junior at the University of Southern California. One of the ways she learned the power of hard work and setting goals was by training for and running her first marathon at the age of 12 with help from the Students Run LA program. Zuleyma tells us how the program and becoming a runner helped her become more socially and culturally aware since she was able to interact with some many different types of people while training and racing. Students Run LA and running has provided Zuleyma confidence and friends who are more like a family to her. Now having run seven marathons with the program, Zuleyma also gives back to the program by volunteering her own time to help students become who they want to be and to succeed in life and to make sure they know someone believes in them. If you want to learn more about the Students Run LA program, be sure to listen to the previous episode, 47, with one the founders Eric Spears.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Students Run LA Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

 

May 1, 2017

Eric Spears started running by tagging along with his father as he was getting back to health after a heart attack, training for a 5K. Even though while as a kid he thought he would die when having to run the mile, it was children who inspired him to become a marathoner. While as a high school teacher in Los Angeles, he and a couple other teachers wanted to find a way to help at-risk kids. They started Students Run LA, a program that uses running to help students with character building and goal setting, by training for and running the Los Angeles Marathon. What started as a humble program has now grown to a program serving 175 schools. Eric tells us why he is so passionate about this program and how running has changed over 63,000 students lives, as well as his own.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Students Run LA Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, eric@srla.org

 

Apr 24, 2017

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).

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Jonathan “Scooby” Bolha’s Instagram, Jessica Marlier’s Instagram, Kojo Kyereme’s Twitter

Apr 17, 2017

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.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Gilbert’s Gazelles

Apr 10, 2017

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.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Martina’s Instagram @marathonergonerogue

Apr 3, 2017

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.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Mark Sutcliffe’s Website, Long Road to Boston Book, Twitter, Facebook, iRun Magazine, iRun Podcast

Mar 27, 2017

Nico Ericksen-Deriso is a senior at Case Western Reserve University, where he runs track and field. His grandfather helped him discover running at the early age of four by running the Bolder Boulder 10K in Colorado and his love of exploration has led him trail running and running longer distances. Nico shares stories about his running experiences as well as the inspiration behind The Running Road Trip, in which Nico and his friends are planning to run in all 48 contiguous states to raise money for Cure Alzheimer's Fund, a nonprofit funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Listen as Nico also provides advice and challenges for runners of all abilities. Nico will join the Runified podcast again after the Running Road Trip takes place.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

Mar 20, 2017

Ben Luke Smith grew up in a small town in Alabama and spent his early years as most kids do, playing youth team sports and riding his bike. Ben describes how a series of very unfortunate events in his life over the past several years has shaped who he is as a man and runner. From being held at gunpoint, to losing his mom and others from cancer, Ben has encountered and overcome many obstacles in life. We talk with Ben about obstacle course racing, such as Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Rugged Maniac, and Warrior Dash, and how his faith, fitness, and running have helped him continue to recover from PTSD and become stronger and more resilient. Ben has served in the U.S. Air Force since 2010 and encourages listeners to always keep going and never stop. He also reminds runners that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and challenges listeners to always lend a helping hand to others.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Ben Luke Smith’s Facebook, Instagram, Montgomery Advertiser Article

Mar 13, 2017

BethAnn Telford continues telling her story from Episode 39 by talking about her recent experience running the 2017 World Marathon Challenge, which consists of 7 marathons in 7 consecutive days in 7 continents. As the first competitor with live cancer in her body, she used this race as a platform to spread hope for those with brain cancer and to raise money for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. BethAnn shares stories about other competitors like Ryan Hall and Michael Wardian and how they all came together as a community to help each other achieve their goals. We reflect on the reason BethAnn continues to run and she challenges runners of all abilities to find a cause they believe in to run for, and to help others join the running community.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

BethAnn’s Website, BethAnn's World Marathon Challenge, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Mar 6, 2017

BethAnn Telford began running in high school as a requirement to participate on her field hockey and soccer teams. After 9/11, BethAnn moved to Washington, DC and quickly began running marathons. In the 19th mile of the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon, BethAnn had an odd experience, leading to her discovering that she had a frontal lobe brain tumor. After surgery and recovery, BethAnn was back running the Marine Corps Marathon the following year. BethAnn has been utilizing her gift of life and running to raise money for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, an amazing organization supporting cutting-edge brain cancer research. To date, she has run a couple hundred marathons and has finished numerous endurance races and triathlons. BethAnn continues her story on Episode 40 in Part II, which will release on March 13, 2017.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

BethAnn’s Website, BethAnn's World Marathon Challenge, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 

Feb 27, 2017

When Thom Singer first joined the Runified Podcast on Episode 5, he was a non-runner. Over the past year, Thom has eased into the life of a runner and shares the many different ways running has improved his life. Thom talks about training for and running his first half marathon. We also talk about how running has been a source of inspiration to further his own business and career, and likens his running transition and journey to challenges and progression and in the business world. As a professional speaker, Thom speaks about the Paradox of Potential, which he thought of while running. Thom challenges listeners to encourage others to start running by actively helping them through the transition from non-runner to runner.

 

This episode is hosted by Matt Sorenson and is sponsored by goodr. Use code “runified2017” at playgoodr.com for a special Runified discount and to help support Runified and our running podcast!

 

Runified’s Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Thom Singer’s Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

 

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