The Rambling Runner Podcast

180 EpisodesProduced by Matt Chittim

A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.

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180 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

#181 Jessica Dorsey

July 16th, 2019


If you are feeling low-energy or need a spark then this episode with Jessica Dorsey is for you. Jessica is a force of nature who's  determination in …

#180 Molly Cuevas

July 8th, 2019


When it comes to ambitious running challenges there aren't many greater than running across the United States. For Molly Cuevas, an All-American …

#179 Margaret Spring

July 2nd, 2019


Margaret Spring has been a dedicated runner since she was kid chasing after her oldest brother. These days, people are busy trying to chase her. This …

#178 Big Announcement!

July 1st, 2019


It is with immense excitement and gratitude that I announce the newest addition to the Rambling Runner Podcast Network - the Road to the Olympics Trials podcast. This new show features eight elite runners, four men and …

#177 Lindsay Walter

June 26th, 2019


In this episode, I am delighted to speak with serial racer and former college basketball player Lindsay Walter. Lindsay has run 36 marathons and 83 …

#176 Ben Rosario - Coach of NAZ Elite

June 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast I chat with Ben Rosario, coach of the famed NAZ Elite. His team features some of the best men and women runners in the country at various distances. We discuss late bloomers, what he …

#175 Molly Bookmyer

June 17th, 2019


Running at an elite level is hard enough when everything goes right and luck is on your side. Very few people get to that level even in the best of …

#174 Natalie Sanger

June 13th, 2019


When Natalie finished with college soccer she needed something to stay active and provide a competitive outlet. On a whim, she ran a local 5k mud run …

#173 Hayley Carruthers

June 10th, 2019


Hayley Carruthers was launched into the consciousness of most running fans when she collapsed at the finish line of the 2019 London Marathon with …

#172 Tanya Carrier

June 6th, 2019


Have you ever met one of those people who seem to have endless energy and optimism? Tanya Carrier is one of those people. She has run 39 half marathons (PR-1:32), 14 marathons (PR-3:11), teaches first grade, and is a …

#171 Jenny Donnelly - Changing a Mindset

June 3rd, 2019


Often times running around on a track can serve as a metaphor for our own training. At first it may seem novel and result in fitness gains, but it …

#170 Greg Macken: From 250 lbs. to sober and a 3:00 marathon

May 30th, 2019


When Greg Macken began running he was close to 250 pounds. He started that run by saying to himself, “Just jog to the stop sign, once you get there you can walk.” Later that year, Greg finally made the decision to get …

#169 Sarah Bishop

May 27th, 2019


When runners get injured we often hear that we should cross train to maintain fitness. Sarah Bishop, an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon, …

#168 Lauren Floris

May 23rd, 2019


Lauren Floris is an elite whose love of the sport was first sparked watching the start of the Boston Marathon every spring in her hometown of Hopkinton, MA. 

Lauren ran four years of Division I Cross Country & Track …

#167 Katie Arnold

May 20th, 2019


It was an honor and a privilege to speak with Katie Arnold, one of the best writers and runners in the country, for this episode. Her new book

#166 Ron Romano

May 16th, 2019


Ron Romano may be the happiest guy in running. Not only that, he’s worked hard to become one heck of a runner. He’s run 42 marathons (with a PR of 2:40) and is a veritable wealth of knowledge on all things running. …

#165 Alys DiMercurio

May 13th, 2019


When it comes to comeback stories, there aren't many better than Alys DiMercurio's. From 2011-15 Alys lived a life consumed by drug and alcohol …

#164 Ramblings with Carrie Tollefson

May 9th, 2019


In this episode, my friend Carrie Tollefson and I talk about some of the topics in the running community that have really drawn our attention. This …

#163 Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel

May 6th, 2019


 When Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel ran the 2019 Boston Marathon she competed for far more than PR or a time goal. Jordan had 26 names in her prayers, and paint on her face and legs, to bring attention …

#162 Lisa Etter

May 2nd, 2019


Special education teacher, mother of three, and consistent marathoner, Lisa Etter sets a great example for what can be accomplished in the short and long term. In this episode, Lisa talk about how and why she started …

#161 Teri Hutcheon

April 29th, 2019


The Boston Marathon can be a brutal race, especially when the weather takes an unexpected turn. That is why I am excited to have Teri Hutcheon on the show. She recently negatively split the course, and set a 10 minute …

#160 Michelle Roos

April 25th, 2019


Several years ago Michelle Roos was convinced that she would never break 3:40 minutes in the marathon. She had tried three times without success. In …

#159 Mario Fraioli

April 22nd, 2019


There are few people, if any, more plugged into the running scene than Mario Fraioli. It was a pleasure to have him on the show to talk about his …

#158 Boston Marathon Takeaways with James McKirdy

April 18th, 2019


What an incredible Boston marathon we had this year. Not only did the winners of the race do so in an incredible manner, the race was enthralling for runners of all abilities. In this episode, James McKirdy and I take a …

#157 Ryan Hall

April 16th, 2019


It is an honor to welcome the great American runner Ryan Hall to the show. This week Ryan releases “Run the Mile You're In: Finding God in Every Step.“ A tremendous book sheds light on so much of Ryan’s life. In this …

#156 Bronson Venable

April 11th, 2019


Who better to talk to in a lead-up to the Boston Marathon than Bronson Venable? This native New England-er set his marathon PR of 2:37 in the brutal 2018 race (finishing 84th) and has experienced everything that running …

#155 Susan Loken

April 9th, 2019


Susan Loken is who I want to be when I grow-up. Susan started running at the age of 35, after having three kids, and was striving for the Olympic Trials just a few years later. Not bad for someone who used to skip gym …

UPDATED #154 Funny Running Stories III with Colleen Quigley

April 5th, 2019


The Funny Running Stories are back! My co-host for this episode is Colleen Quigley. Colleen is a 2016 Olympian in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and …

#153 Laura Pierce

March 28th, 2019


Laura Pierce is back and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Laura just smashed her long-standing goal of breaking 90 minutes in the half …

#152 Tamarynn Bennett

March 25th, 2019


Tamarynn Bennett is one of the most requested guests we‘ve ever had, and she exceeded even those lofty expectations. Tam has PR’d both the marathon and the 10k this year, but that isn‘t what makes her story remarkable. …

#151 Eric Tozer - 7 Days, 7 Marathons, 7 Continents with Type 1 Diabetes

March 21st, 2019


The title of this episode says It all: 7 days, 7 marathons, 7 continents. Eric Tozer conquered the amazingly difficult World Marathon Challenge, a …

#150 Chris Chavez

March 18th, 2019


If you have consumed any running-related content in the last three years then you probably know Chris Chavez. An elite running and track writer for Sports Illustrated, co-creator of Citius Mag, host of the Citius Mag …

#149 Mary Wright - Co-Founder & Director of Arete

March 17th, 2019


Mary Wright is a mother, run-lover, and co-founder & director of Arete Women’s Running Club: an all-women’s running team geared toward intermediate and advanced runners, with chapters all over the country. She’s a …

#148 David Roche - The Happy Runner

March 11th, 2019


David Roche is the Renaissance man of the running world. An elite runner, writer, and coach, David has a wealth of knowledge on nearly every area of the sport. The running community/coaching business that he formed with …

#147 Stefanie Flippin

March 7th, 2019


Stefanie Flippin is back on the show, and back with a vengeance. This amazing runner just rocked a 36:32 in the rain at the Birmingham Wine 10k. Her effort helped  McKirdy Trained to a team title. This huge PR came in …

#146 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy

March 4th, 2019


For many people, me included, race anxiety is a real thing. During a conversation last week, my coach, James McKirdy, mentioned that after two solid …

#145 Sherri Armitage - Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 28th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast I had the privilege of speaking with mental health professional, runner, and mother of quadruplets, Sherri Armitage. Sherri has personally dealt with eating disorders after developing one …

#144 Nick Klastava

February 25th, 2019


I was honored to have 2:30 marathoner, OTQ hopeful, and Rabbit Elite team member Nick Klastava on the show. In spite of his blazing speed, Nick and I …

#143 Connie Shieh

February 21st, 2019


Connie Shieh’s childhood introduction to running wasn‘t what you’d expect for a 2:58 “hobby jogger” who balances running with being the mother of two …

#142 Kimberlie McBride

February 18th, 2019


Last year Kimberlie McBride came on the show after the Fargo Marathon. She had an almost perfect build-up and was ready to roll. Then, it all came …

#141 Coach’s Corner with Seth Baird

February 14th, 2019


In this episode we flip the script. I have a pre-race conversation with a runner I am coaching. Seth Baird is a gifted athlete with an effervescent personality. We discuss his race strategy heading into the Charlotte 10 …

#140 Tyler Mayforth

February 11th, 2019


Years ago Tyler Mayforth worked his way up from an average, at best, high school runner to a division one runner at Delaware. After a significant …

#139 Christie Aschwanden - The Strange Science of Recovery

February 7th, 2019


Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight, a former health columnist for the Washington Post, and a dedicated endurance …

#138 Amy Natalini

February 4th, 2019


After years of marathoning, United States Air Force Marathon Team member Amy Natalini was struggling to break into the 3:10’s and questioning if she’d ever get faster. She ran eight marathons in 2018 and the last four …

# 137 Alison Staples

January 31st, 2019


It was a privilege to have Alison Staples on the show this week. Alison has made herself a fixture in the Baltimore running scene as the co-leader of Riot Squad Running and as an ambassador for Run4AllWomen. Her …

#136 Brendan Carpenter

January 28th, 2019


Brendan Carpenter finally decided that he had had enough. At 350 lbs. he was no longer content with the life he was living. He decided to change and did just that. This amazing Canadian eventually started running and …

#135 Julie Hartenbach: Anatomy of a Breakthrough

January 24th, 2019


15 months ago Julie Hartenbach ran a 3:07 marathon and was elated by her new PR and remarkable improvement. Little did she know, that was just the …

#134 Kenny Ademolu

January 21st, 2019


2018 started with disappointment for Kenny Ademolu. He failed to PR in his A race, the London Marathon, the DNF’d six weeks later at the Stockholm …

#133 Paula Dubovoy - The Start of a Comeback

January 17th, 2019


Three weeks ago Paula Dubovoy was planning for a robust 2019. Then, in a freak accident, she fully ruptured her achilles tendon. Instead of waiting …

#132 Julie Rembold

January 14th, 2019


In 2018 Julie Rembold set personal bests at every distance, including a 3:01 in the marathon. Sounds like a dream, right? Not quite. A year earlier …

#131 Marcus Smith, Part 2

January 10th, 2019


My conversation with Marcus Smith was so epic that we had to put it into two parts, and this is part two. If you haven’t done so already please listen to part one first. This episode focuses on his amazing recovery from …

#130 Marcus Smith, Part I

January 7th, 2019


My conversation with Marcus Smith was so epic that we had to put it into two parts. A former pro rugby player, Marcus transitioned to extreme endurance events. But, along the way, he was hit by a truck into a brick wall …

#129 Lyndsey Richards - Stroke, seizures, and strength

January 3rd, 2019


Lyndsey Richards is the personification of strength and resilience. After an undiagnosed stroke, Lyndsey developed epilepsy and was beset with …

#128 Kevin Hopp - Non-runner to ultra runner

December 31st, 2018


Kevin Hopp is someone who inspires me on a daily basis. He transitioned from swimmer as a young man, to non-athlete athlete in his 20's and early …

#127 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy and Run Angel CEO David Caren

December 27th, 2018


The Coach’s Corner segment is back with my coach, and founder of McKirdy Trained, James McKirdy. We talk about the world‘s favorite topic this time of year - goal setting. We go over do’s/don’ts, the difference between …

#126 Elysha Omoomy - @elyshaomoomy

December 24th, 2018


Elysha Omoomy has been on a marathon mission over the past two years. She has strived for her goal of a Boston Marathon qualifying time with remarkable passion. Her journey has been filled with missteps, but, …

#125 Sarah and Brian Bishop

December 20th, 2018


I’m excited to welcome Sarah Bishop back to the show after her epic fall racing season. She raced nearly a dozen times over three months, including a some wins. She also has been coaching her husband Brian who just set …

#124 Tina Muir

December 17th, 2018


What an honor it is to welcome Tina Muir to the show. A professional runner turned podcaster, Tina has experienced so much in her running life and is willing to discuss all of it. From hiding in the bathroom during high …

#123 Hayley Sutter - An Iconic Finish at CIM

December 13th, 2018


In one of the most iconic race finishes that I can remember, Hayley Sutter crawled across the finish line to finish with a chip time of 2:45:00 at the California International Marathon - a potential Olympic Trials …

#122 Crystal Harris- Olympic Trials Qualifier by 1 Second!

December 10th, 2018


Crystal Harriss was running the race of her life, a stunning 25:40 PR, and was mere seconds from achieving a long held dream or crushing disappointment. She dug deep and crossed the line at the California International …

#121 CIM Expo Panel: Heather Schulz, Jill Deering, Kim Clark Underwood, and Patrick Cutter

December 6th, 2018


The second live show from the California International Marathon is here and I couldn’t be more excited. The expo was packed for this panel discussion …

#120 Sarah Crouch

December 3rd, 2018


This interview with the amazing Sarah Crouch was done at the California International Marathon expo on the Friday night before the race. Sarah dives into her experience returning from having a tumor removed from her …

#119 Sara Hendershot - @sarahendershot

November 29th, 2018


Sara Hendershot, a 2012 Olympic rower for the U.S.A., breaks down the steps she took to reach the highest level of her profession. In doing so she discusses mental strength, anaerobic vs aerobic training, and preparing …

#118 Erin Williams - @runstrongmama

November 26th, 2018


West Point graduate, Harvard grad school, mother of two, and boss athlete - Erin Williams does it all. In this episode we talk about her journey, …

#117 Theresa Breslin - @theresa_runs; Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy

November 20th, 2018


In this episode I am joined by Theresa Breslin to talk about her recent PR’s after taking a seven week break this summer, why she stepped away, the …

#116 Lindsey McSwain - @runnerrhea

November 15th, 2018


“It took me five marathons to qualify for Boston, and when I did it was a time that wasn’t even fast enough for me to run it.” In this episode, Lindsey McSwain talks about how she improved from a runner who tried and …

#115 Karen Howe - @howeaboutarun

November 12th, 2018


How badass is Karen Howe? Well, she just beat fellow masters runner Meb Keflezighi in the New York City Marathon by 12 seconds in a time of 3:10:22. In doing so she finished 210th out of 22,112 women and 25th in her age …

#114 Melissa Becker - @motherrunnermel

November 8th, 2018


It is my pleasure to welcome the amazing Melissa Becker back to the show. This past weekend Mel dropped a 12 minute PR by running a 3:07. Not only that, her second half was only 10 seconds slower than her half marathon …

#113 Rachel Schilkowsky - @rachelandherlaces

November 5th, 2018


For most people, their first marathon is a learning experience. For Rachel Schilkowsky it was a payday. She won the Hartford Marathon in a scorching 2:41 in her amazing debut. In this episode we dive into her …

#112 Rhandi Orme - @run_rhandi_run

November 1st, 2018


Who doesn’t love a comeback story? In 2018 Rhandi Orme created a great one. In this episode, we dive into how she was able to bounce back from some physical challenges that forced her into her first DNF and had her …

#111 Crystal Seaver - @crystalseaver

October 29th, 2018


“If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” - Samuel Johnson.

How badass is Crystal …

#110 Thomas Paquette - @thomaspaquette

October 25th, 2018


All you need to know about Thomas Paquette is that he is just starting to scratch the surface of his immense potential. A strong, if unspectacular, …

#109 Erin Strout - @erinstrout

October 22nd, 2018


Erin Strout is one of the best journalists in the running world and can be found writing for Runner’s World and Outside. In this episode, we discuss the state of elite women’s and men’s running in the U.S., it’s impact …

#108 Brian Reynolds - @brianreynoldsrunner

October 18th, 2018


Brian Reynolds is the marathon world record holder for bilateral below knee amputees and owns a personal record of 3:03:22. Despite those remarkable …

#107 Hollie Hughes - @runrchic1

October 15th, 2018


“You’re done. You’re done with running.”

When Hollie Hughes learned of her Addisons diagnosis she was confronted with these words. A couple years …

#106 Janae Baron - @hungryrunnergirl

October 11th, 2018


Hearing great people talk about how they reached an important stretch goal is one of the joys of this show. Janae Baron has spent years dreaming, writing, and talking about running a sub-3:00 marathon. Then, at the St. …

#105 Lindsey Hein - @lindseyhein626

October 8th, 2018


What a pleasure it was to talk with my professional role model, and amazing person, Lindsey Hein. Lindsey is the host of the I’ll Have Another …

#104 Heather Jenson - @triandrungirl

October 5th, 2018


In this episode, Heather Jenson dives into how she worked her butt off to go from a 4:35 marathoner to a six time Ironman finisher and 17 time marathoner. There were plenty of hurdles along the way, including a near …

#103 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy

October 3rd, 2018


This edition of the Coach’s Corner segment with my coach, James McKirdy, touches on a broad range of topics. We discuss how sickness can affect race performance, the drive and dedication necessary to reach your athletic …

#102 Tony Post

October 1st, 2018


Like many of you, I had heard of Tony Post’s exploits long before I knew his name. Specifically, that he ran both the NYC and London Marathons in dress shoes (in 2:47, to boot!). In this episode we discuss what it was …

#101 Stefanie Flippin - @stefanieannflippin

September 27th, 2018


“When you know your why you can bear any how.” With those words Stefanie Flippin sets the stage for how she, or anybody, achieves remarkable running success. On September 15 she ran a 50 mile trail race through tough …

#100 6 Lessons Learned

September 25th, 2018


100 episodes. Can you believe it? I am truly grateful for the amazing guests who have come on the show. They have imparted countless pointers and …

#99 Jenn Kistler-McCoy - @seejennrun

September 20th, 2018


Prohibited from playing sports as a kid to dreaming and training for an Olympic trials qualifying time in the marathon. Jenn Kistler-McCoy is nothing if not on fire for her goals. This amazing woman is getting faster at …

#98 Natalie Mitchell - @natrunsfar

September 17th, 2018


If you are looking for proof of the power of positivity, look no further than Natalie Mitchell. This 3:11 marathoner, and mother of three, is a bright shining light. Her positity in infectious in this episode as we talk …

#97 Jenny Hitchings - @jennyhitchings

September 13th, 2018


If you start running seriously age 40 what would you be capable of achieving? For Jenny Hitchings that would include winning the Mountains 2 Beach …

#96 Sarah Bishop - @sarahbishopruns

September 10th, 2018


What do you call a working mother of four who sets a string of PR’s and qualifies for the Olympic Trials in the marathon? A true inspiration.

Sarah Bishop is one of my favorite people and one heck of an athlete. In this …

#95 Philippa Godoy - @philippa_runs

September 7th, 2018


Three years ago Philippa Godoy was beset by anxiety and panic attacks. She was advised to start exercising for the first time in her life. Three years later, this amazing woman will be running the Berlin, Chicago, and …

#94 Ebony Blackwell - @livinginthebreeze

September 4th, 2018


Ebony Blackwell has big goals for herself and her community and committed on both fronts. This former officer in the Louisiana National Guard is working to complete 50 marathons in 50 states. In addition, she works …

#93 Robert Ressl-Moyer - @robertcorre

August 30th, 2018


Robert Ressl-Moyer is one of the most amazing guests in the history of the Rambling Runner Podcast. Robert lost his younger brother to brain cancer before developing a brain tumor as well. After years of recovery Robert …

#92 Ken Des Vignes - @ken868

August 27th, 2018


When was the last time you decided to make a significant change in your life? Did you stick with it? If you’re like me, that change may not have lasted more than a couple of weeks. In this episode, Ken Des Vignes talks …

#91 Matt Chittim

August 23rd, 2018


In this episode, I hand the mic, and hosting duties, over to my friend Laura Pierce while I switch roles and become this week’s guest. Many listeners …

#90 Coach’s Corner with James McKirdy

August 20th, 2018


In this episode of Coach’s Corner, my coach, James McKirdy, talks with me two days before a 5k I ran in July. We discuss the importance of racing …

#89 Sanjay Rawal, Director & Producer - 3100: Run and Become

August 16th, 2018


The most elusive, elite multi-day race in the world, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, takes place in Queens, New York City each summer. This …

#88 Heather Larson, RD, LD

August 13th, 2018


If you’re like me, dialing in the proper nutrition is frustrating and challenging. What should we eat? When should we eat it? What foods should we …

#87 Heather Schulz

August 9th, 2018


As a former scholarship runner at UCF turned 12 time sub-3:00 marathoner, Heather Schulz has gained 25 years of experience as an elite amateur …

#86 Jean Mike Remy

August 6th, 2018


“When you want to make a change - just start. Don’t wait for a dedicated time to begin.”

Jean Mike Remy looks like Mr. Universe but it wasn’t always that way. In his mid-20’s he ballooned to 265 lbs and was put on …

#85 Jill Deering, co-founder of Rabbit

August 2nd, 2018


In three short years, Jill Deering co-founded the running apparel company Rabbit, won the Carlsbad and Mountains 2 Beach marathons, and gave birth to her son Jett. In this episode, Jill discusses all of this, and more. …

#84 Kaitlyn Morgan

July 30th, 2018


“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” - Thomas A. Edison

If you think you have reached your potential …

#83 Sam Gardner

July 26th, 2018


Victim to victory.

In 2005, Sam Gardner was in college and training for a half marathon. During a run while home for Thanksgiving the unthinkable …

#82 Brigitte Bradford Part II

July 23rd, 2018


We have all had a race that was a complete disaster. But, what matters most is what you do when the inevitable happens. Brigitte Bradford experienced her disaster race at Mountains 2 Beach this spring. She expected to …

#81 Brigitte Bradford Part I

July 20th, 2018


“I’m not crying. You’re crying! Five weeks after a DNF at Mountains 2 Beach, I had the race of my dreams this morning! What changed? I focused on having fun. Turns out that positivity really is the best performance …

#80 Vic Morales

July 16th, 2018


One of the hallmarks of the dedicated amateur runner is the ups-and-downs in training that parallel our life journey. Vic has experienced this several times and has bounced back on each occasion. From a significant …

#79 Amanda Brooks

July 12th, 2018


Amanda Brooks has provided as much insight for dedicated runners as anybody over the last decade. Her writing on spans a wide variety of topics including injury prevention, running related travel, …

#78 Victoria Phillippi

July 9th, 2018


The one year anniversary of the Rambling Runner Podcast is here and we are celebrating with a pair of great guests this week. Today’s conversation is with dedicated runner and experienced coach Victoria Phillippi. …

#77 Starla Garcia

July 5th, 2018


The assumption of many is that an eating disorder is about a person’s relationship with food. In this episode, Starla Garcia M.Ed, RDN, LD proves that there is much, much more to that story. Starla achieved her dream of …

#76 Maegan Dougherty

July 2nd, 2018


In this episode, I speak with psychologist, nationally certified counselor, and experienced runner Maegan Dougherty. We discuss some common mental …

#75 Product Review: Mighty and Topo ST-2

June 28th, 2018


This episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast is a review of two products I've been eager to try - Mighty and the Topo ST-2. I've been using these two items for the past few weeks and I'm excited to share my thoughts with …

#74 Sarah Canney

June 25th, 2018


“Embrace failure. Missteps and roadblocks are inevitable but are ultimately an opportunity to learn, pivot, and go after your goals with new …

#73 Funny Stories II

June 21st, 2018


It's back - Rambling Runner Funny Stories Part II. We received dozens of submissions and I want to thank everyone who sent in a story. We made a couple changes this time around. Laura Pierce and I are joined by our …

#72 Kindal Alysse

June 18th, 2018


"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." - Mia Hamm

For Kindal Alysse, 2016 was a dream. She set personal bests at nearly every distanced she raced …

#71 Coach's Corner with James McKirdy

June 14th, 2018


This episode is a recording of a call with my coach James McKirdy in which we go over my recent performance at the Gaspee Days 5k and James's coaching philosophy. We also plan out the next few months of my training and …

#70 Elyse Garza

June 11th, 2018


Elyse Garza trained for months in the run-up to the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. She PR'd at a few races during that time and was ready to go on race day. Then she dropped a huge PR and beat her goal of a 3:20 marathon. …

#69 Verna Volker

June 7th, 2018


“When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.” – Lakota.

Verna Volker has the kind of passion and grit that can only lead to …

#68 Kimberly Chanelle Clark

June 4th, 2018


This episode is a collaboration with my friend Kimberly Chanelle Clark where we explore our experiences in self-experimentation. Kim is constantly …

#67 Laura Anderson

June 1st, 2018


“Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou.

What did Laura Anderson do in her first postpartum marathon? She won it, that's what! This amazing …

#66 Amy Haenick and Sara Plumstead

May 30th, 2018


In our first three person interview I speak with accomplished runners, and creators of the Run Strong Project, Amy Haenick and Sara Plumstead. These two amazing women have a long history of running success while …

#65 Kimberlie McBride

May 28th, 2018


"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way." - Robert Kiyosaki

Kimberlie McBride was living the dream. A year into her …

#64 Jessica Rinehart

May 24th, 2018


The foundation of the Rambling Runner Podcast is balancing running with the life's necessities. This is exactly what Jessica Rinehart has done so …

#63 Amanda Ghent

May 21st, 2018


"When I started running after college I ran away from all things. Expectations, healthy relationships (people, myself, food), mother's brain cancer …

#62 Nicole Wade

May 17th, 2018


In this episode, Nicole Wade uses her expertise as a holistic health and wellness coach to give me a mini-counseling session as I try to kick my …

#61 Jonathan Greenwald

May 14th, 2018


"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot.

Jonathan Greenwald is a 3:11 marathoner who qualified for the Boston Marathon in his forties. Those two facts alone are remarkable. Throw in the fact …

#60 Becky Snelson

May 10th, 2018


"We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us." - William J. Brennan, Jr., Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In …

#59 Marcus Brown

May 7th, 2018


"The good side of mental fortitude gets lauded in the press, but we don't talk about the other side enough without making it sound like weakness." - Marcus Brown.

In this episode of the Rambling Runner podcast I am …

#58 Maurice Lowman

May 3rd, 2018


"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results." - …

#57 Melissa Malani

April 30th, 2018


"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do." - Lucille Ball.

A doctor of speech pathology, …

#56 Jacky Hunt-Broersma

April 26th, 2018


"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are." - Bernice Johnson Reagon

In 2001, Jacky Hunt-Broersma had the lower part of her left leg amputated after a sarcoma …

#55 James McKirdy

April 23rd, 2018


In our first Boston Marathon review episode we hear from James McKirdy from McKirdy Trained. We talk about the race, how he and his fellow coaches prepared their athletes for the race, and how runners can be prepared …

#54 Carlos Del Pino

April 19th, 2018


"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King

Carlos Del Pino was born …

#53 Jessica Tondre

April 16th, 2018


“Turn your setbacks into comebacks.” - Anonymous

Over the course of her running career Jessica Tondre cameback from many physical setbacks that have also challenged her mentally and emotionally. From serious leg injuries …

#52 Laura Pierce

April 12th, 2018


"If laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely dissolve your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them." – Dr. Madan …

#51 Rachel Davis

April 10th, 2018


At this time last year Rachel Davis ran her dream race at the 2017 Boston Marathon. She exceeded her goal by seven minutes and ran a six minute and negative split despite in unusually high temperatures. In this episode …

#50 Audrey Springer

April 8th, 2018


Sometimes you need to fight through discomfort to achieve your goals. Then, other times, you need to change course and find a new challenge. Audrey Springer has taken both roads and found success at the end of each. In …

#49 Jeff Haden

April 5th, 2018


Jeff Haden is a LinkedIn Influencer, ghostwriter, speaker, and Inc. magazine contributing editor. In 2017, his online articles for Inc. attracted more than 20 million readers. Not only that, he is also a dedicated …

#48 McCall Lee

April 2nd, 2018


"One of the nice things about being busy is it makes you focus on what's important to you and how you use your time." - Lorne Michaels.

Who decides to pick-up running after giving birth to triplets? McCall Lee, that's …

#47 Jen - FueledbyFrosting

March 29th, 2018


Have you ever worked for years to achieve a goal and found yourself wondering if it was ever going to happen? Well, Jen is proof that if you keep working hard, and team up with the right people, you can breakthrough. It …

#46 Sara Turner

March 26th, 2018


In this episode, it was a privilege to speak with with Sara Turner. Sara steadily worked her way from a 4:40 marathoner to a Boston Marathon qualifier. There were plenty of hurdles along the way including injuries, …

#45 Ryan Vail

March 22nd, 2018


Fresh off is sixth place finish at the U.S. 15k Championships, in a scorching time of 44:11, Ryan Vail brings his professional wisdom to the Rambling Runner Podcast. In this episode, Ryan talks about how he has juggled …

#44 Funny Running Stories

March 19th, 2018


We asked and you delivered! After our call-to-action for funny running stories the listeners provided many great ones. In this episode, co-hosted by …

#43 Brooke Adams

March 15th, 2018


By the age of 29, Brooke Adams achieved an almost unbelievable feet. She completed all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors! Not only that, she did it with an average time of 2:59. This incredible runner did not come …

#42 Heather Szuba

March 12th, 2018


Heather Szuba is living the amateur running lifestyle to a “T.” She has whittled down her marathon time from 4:00 hours to 3:12 while working as an engineer and starting a coaching practice. At the age of 24 she came to …

#41 Ralph Peterson

March 8th, 2018


All Ralph Peterson had to do was change everything. Severely overweight, struggling with addiction, and unhappy in almost every area of his life, Ralph knew he was capable of much more. His conversion into a dedicated …

#40 Jessica Hadley

March 5th, 2018


“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity,” - Albert Schweitzer. Jessica Hadley’s …

#39 Elizabeth Jansen

March 1st, 2018


"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." — Helen Keller. A common saying in the running community is "run …

#37 Bethany Davis

February 22nd, 2018


In this episode, I am joined by the amazing Bethany Davis. Bethany is an accomplished marathoner, coach, mother of four, and former CrossFit athlete. We talk at length about her varied experiences running and lifting …

#36 Mark Bottenhorn

February 19th, 2018


“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb

At first glance it looks like Mark Bottenhorn has it …

#35 Rhandi Orme

February 15th, 2018


“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” - Norman Vincent Peale

When I grow-up I want to be Rhandi Orme. Ultra marathon winner, OCR racer, 3:13 marathoner, …

#34 Tyler Underwood

February 12th, 2018


Tyler Underwood is a beast! How else can you describe someone who went from a 4:12 marathon to a 2:18 - which is an Olympic Trials qualifier? His journey to that elite status included a lot of help from friends and …

#33 Lindsey Welter

February 8th, 2018


“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their …

#32 Toni DiRenzo

February 5th, 2018


Toni DiRenzo is a former college soccer player turned dedicated amateur runner and coach. In this episode, we dive into her conversion to running and …

#31 Melissa Becker

February 1st, 2018


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” - C.S. Lewis

Melissa Becker (@motherrunnermel) is one of the toughest and most inspirational people I know. She dedicated herself to running five …

#30 Molly Friel: Olympic Trials at Age 50

January 29th, 2018


On December 3, 2017 Molly Friel did something that many would call impossible: she qualified for the Olympic Trrials in the marathon at age 50. At …

#25 Kaitlin Gregg Goodman: A Pro's Perspective for Amateur Runners

January 27th, 2018


In this episode of The Rambling Runner Podcast, I speak with professional runner Kaitlin Gregg Goodman. Kaitlin set her 10K, half marathon, and marathon personal records in 2017. We dive into those experiences as well …

#29 Tiffany James: Running for Carbs (and PR's)

January 25th, 2018


“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” - Paulo Coelho

Tiffany James progressed from a 4:29 …

#28 Nick Symmonds: On a Mission for sub-3:00

January 22nd, 2018


In 2017, Nick Symmonds chose to transform from one of running's most recognizable professionals (with two Olympic appearances and a silver medal at the World Championships in the 800m) to an amatuer attempting his first …

#27 Patrick Cutter: Breaking the Mold

January 18th, 2018


“Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.” - Suzy Kassem

Patrick Cutter may be the most unique dedicated amateur runner I have interviewed on the show. Last week at the Chevron Houston Marathon he …

#26 Christina Wood: Strength to Run

January 15th, 2018


“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” - Napoleon Hill
As the owner the Strength2Run and the Athlete Factory, …

#24 Natalie Hopkins: Bouncing Back and Achieving More

January 4th, 2018


In 2013 Natalie Hopkins was hit by a car while riding her bike. This accident left her with numerous screws, and a couple of plates, in her leg as well as a significant brain injury. Yet, exactly one year later she was …

#23 Matt Fitzgerald: "How Bad Do You Want It" and Training Like a Pro

January 1st, 2018


In this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast I am privileged to be joined by the best endurance sport author of this generation - Matt Fitzgerald. Matt has written dozens of influential books including two of my …

#22 Liz Ferro: Overcoming and Defeating Adversity

December 26th, 2017


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which [s]he has overcome.” - Booker T. …

#21 Scott Littleton: Unbreakable

December 19th, 2017


“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” according to Roman philosopher Seneca. If you want to know the meaning of bad luck ask Scott Littleton ( Scott took up running …

#20 Amanda Cruise: A Dream Realized

December 14th, 2017


“If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!“ Those words are the foundation on which Amanda Cruise ( has built her running career. After giving birth to her twin boys a little over …

#19 Lori Mitchener: Simply Incredible...

December 11th, 2017


I’ve never met anyone with as many captivating running stories as Lori Mitchener ( Her stories range from the incredible to the irreverent to the tragic. In this episode, Lori details a …

#18 Esther Park: Running Across Haiti, Again

December 8th, 2017


Have you ever run across a country? Esther Park has, and she's about to do it again! ( After losing her mom to cancer when she was in her early 20s, Esther turned to running. Since then she …

#17 Alissa Coffman: From 4:04 to 3:04

December 5th, 2017


In this episode, I am joined by marathoner Alissa Coffman ( Alissa set a 15 minute PR by running 3:04 at the California International Marathon on December 3! She accomplished this amazing …

#16 Kim Chanelle Clark Underwood: Learning and Sharing for Running Success

November 28th, 2017


Kim Chanelle Clark Underwood (www. has had remarkable ups-and-downs in her 15 year running career - including a 10 year hiatus. In this episode, we talk about her PR breaking build-up to the …

#15 Maria Betancourth: Preparing to Compete with Pro's

November 16th, 2017


We all marvel at the amateur runners who compete with some of the best in the sport. How do these runners who start competing in their twenties reach that level so quickly? In this episode, Maria Betancourth (

#14 Kristen D'Almeida: The Transformative Power of Running

November 13th, 2017


It is easy to get swept up in the exploits of Shalane Flanagan, Ben True, and other elite runners, but the triumphs and struggles of everyday runners can be just as inspirational. In thiIt is easy to get swept up in the …

#13 Mike Sheehy: Grit Personified

November 8th, 2017


Mike Sheehy makes the extraordinary sound so simple. He has set the world record for most miles run in a week (408 miles), run 500 miles from San Diego to Phoenix, completed all six Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2017, …

#12 Maurice the Marathon Panda

October 18th, 2017


Maurice Lowman,, channeled his alcohol and drug addiction into running with amazing results. 20 marathons and …

#11 Alana Kopelson: From Non-Runner to 2:59

October 13th, 2017


In three years Alana Kopelson (IG: @alanaruns26.2) went from occasional runner to a sub-3:00 marathoner. In this episode, we talk about her path from a 3:35 marathon at age 20 to her 2:59 at Chicago.

#10 Brian Lock: World Record Marathoner

September 26th, 2017


Brian set the World Record for fastest marathon while dribbling a soccer ball on October 8, 2017! We talk about his prep, race day logistics, and why …

#9 David Principe: Elite Masters Runner

September 7th, 2017


David is an elite amateur runner (2:42 marathon, 1:16 half-marathon, 17:02 5k) and the father of one of the best H.S. runners in the class of 2017. We discussed his training and parenting styles.

#8 Jen Rhines: 3x U.S. Olympian

August 29th, 2017


Jen Rhines discusses how she went from reluctant HS miler to 2x NY State Champ, how fast elite runners do mile repeats/tempo runs/easy runs, low-carb dieting, and her burgeoning coaching career.

#7 Amber Schriner

August 22nd, 2017


Amber Schriner is a woman of many talents. Endurance athlete (despite starting only nine years ago), high school principal, wife, and mother of two …

# 6 Dave Schaad: 1,000 Races

August 15th, 2017


Dave Schaad is a Rhode Island road running legend. I first heard about Dave while in middle school! Hear about his incredible quest to run in 1,000 …

#5 Jeff Fairbanks: 21 Days of 70.3

August 8th, 2017


In five years Jeff Fairbanks ( went from first-time triathlete to completing 21 half Ironman triathlons, in 21 days, in 21 different cities.

#4 Cruz Figueroa

July 31st, 2017


Cruz Figueroa ( started racing in 2012 at the request of her sister. Since then, she has qualified for the Boston …

#3 Matt Kelso

July 25th, 2017


Matt Kelso ( picked up running, on a whim, after college. Now he is working towards his goal of being a Boston …

#2 Shawanna White

July 20th, 2017


In this episode, we are joined by marathoner, and aspiring Olympic trials qualifier, Shawanna White.

Running in the Rain

July 11th, 2017


We've all had those days, or workouts, when unexpected weather conditions throw a wrench into our plans. In this episode I talk about how an early morning rain storm affected my workout and mindset

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