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We Run This

68 EpisodesProduced by Chris IlluminatiWebsite

A podcast for serious runners - hosted by a guy who isn't serious about anything. We Run This is a podcast about fitness and the good, the bad, and the awesome parts involved with the running life. New episodes drop every Wednesday! Support this podcast:

68 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Episode #67: Allie Kieffer on conquering expectations & inclusivity in running

October 28th, 2021


My guest this week is Allie Kieffer. Allie is a distance runner, running coach, and advocate for inclusivity in the sport of running. She came out of nowhere to place 5th in the 2017 New York City marathon and placed …

Episode #66: Jonathan Levitt on stress & poor sleep killing your runs

October 20th, 2021


My guest this week is Jonathan Levitt. Jonathan is a runner, cyclist and hosts his own podcast for runners called "For The Long Run." 

He’s also the Sales and Endurance Team Manager for InsideTracker, a personalized …

Episode #65: Andrea Kooiman on ultras, coaching kids & the emotions of running

October 13th, 2021


My guest this week is Andrea Kooiman. She's a wife, mother, coach, and ultra runner. 

She's run Badwater135 three times, Western States two times, …

RUN IT BACK: Weird Rules For Marathon Runners

October 7th, 2021


Scheduling issues and guests going into labor means no new episode this week but enjoy this replay of one of our earliest shows - episode #8 - all …

Episode #64: Trevor Fuchs on being a plant-based ultra-runner and running in unexplored places

September 30th, 2021


In his 20s, Trevor Fuchs was out of shape and smoked cigarettes daily. 

Now 38, Trevor is an accomplished plant-based ultrarunner, having won the …

Episode #63: How to find the right running shoes with the ‘Sneaker Geek,' Hollie Sick

September 22nd, 2021


This week, I’m joined by my first TWO TIME guest on the show, Hollie Sick. 

The last time Hollie came on the show, I dubbed her the “Sneaker Geek” …

Episode #62: Dr. Anna Tanner on eating disorders and athletes

September 15th, 2021


My guest on the show this week is Dr. Anna Tanner.

Dr. Tanner is Vice President of Medical Services for Veritas Collaborative and a Board Certified …

Episode #61: Nick Thompson on running himself into the record books at age 45

September 8th, 2021


I'm back! My guest this week is Nick Thompson. 

Like many of us, Nick is an extremely busy guy. The 45-year-old dad is the former editor in chief of …

Episode #60: Kevin Owens on being "overseas famous" and transitioning to a life after sports

August 25th, 2021


My guest this week is author, podcaster, and former NBA G-league star Kevin Owens.  

Kevin is a former Division I basketball player and the author of …

Episode #59: Israeli National Champion Beatie Deutsch on training, family & faith

August 18th, 2021


My guest on the show this week is Beatie Deutsch.

Beatie is the Israeli national champion in the marathon and half marathon.

Beatie took up running just four years ago and recently went pro with the goal of qualifying …

Episode #58: Bernd Heinrich on 'Racing The Clock' & his running life

August 11th, 2021


Running is often thought of as a young person’s sport, but at the age of 39 Bernd Heinrich won his first marathon, as a complete unknown.  

It was only the third marathon he had ever run and his first in five years. 

Episode #57: Rachel Belmont on taking big risks & training to run the Volcano Ultramarathon

August 5th, 2021


Our guest this week is ultrarunner, skydiver, and nurse, Rachel Belmont.

Rachel never stops moving. She's run the NYC marathon four times, the Boston …

Episode #56: Natosha Rogers on injuries, harmful self-talk, and manifesting results

July 29th, 2021


This week, we're talking to professional long-distance runner and the 2020 USATF Athlete of the Year, Natosha Rogers. 

She was a 2020 Cross Country National Champion, 2012 Olympic Trials Silver Medalist, and former Half …

Episode #55: Dan LaMorte on making people laugh and running off 171 pounds

July 22nd, 2021


At 23 years old, comedian Dan LaMorte found himself in a hospital bed suffering from a fatty liver and tipping the scales at over 354 pounds. 

Episode #54: Dean Karnazes on his life in motion

July 14th, 2021


This week, we’re joined by “The Ultramarathon Man” himself, Dean Karnazes.

Stop during any moment of the day today and think to yourself “I wonder if Dean Karnazes is running right now.” The answer is probably yes. …

Episode #53: Latoya Shauntay Snell, ‘The Running Fat Chef’, on body-shamers and breaking barriers

July 7th, 2021


It’s impossible to cover every part of Latoya Shauntay Snell’s life in an hour-long discussion but damn if we didn’t try. 

She’s a chef, podcaster, writer, and a self-proclaimed “accidental activist”, pushing back …

Episode #52: Triathlete Eric Esposito on focusing and training with a traumatic brain injury

June 30th, 2021


Some athletes would give up after suffering a major health setback. Eric Esposito isn't one of those athletes.

Eric is a triathlete an Iron Man …

Episode #51: Amanda Brooks on imposter syndrome, being a 'middle-of-the-pack' runner & training around menstrual cycles

June 23rd, 2021


Amanda Brooks wants people to be content with being a “middle-of-the-pack” runner. 

She created her website - Run To The Finish - back in 2007 as a place to support those middle-of-the-pack runners and help them enjoy …

Episode #50: The Weird Things Runners Do

June 16th, 2021


Taping nipples. Knowing where to find all the best public bathrooms. Wearing medals. 

Runners do have some quirks but can any of this behavior be classified as “weird”? 

In this special episode, Chris and Gina review a …

Episode #49: Christie Aschwanden and the strange science of recovery

June 9th, 2021


Recovery is important for athletes of all skill levels and abilities but in recent years the actual science behind how our body recovers has gotten a little confusing. 

People are bombarded with ads for “cutting edge” …

Episode #48: Peloton instructor Christine D’Ercole on body types & the power of self-talk

June 2nd, 2021


Christine D’Ercole has lived many lives. After her original dream of becoming a ballerina was crushed because her legs and thighs were labeled “too …

Episode #47: James Breakwell on finding the humor in running and life

May 26th, 2021


If the name James Breakwell sounds familiar, you probably follow one of his popular social media accounts. 

Best known for his family humor Twitter @

Episode #46: Michelle Baxter on running in extreme elements & following training plans

May 19th, 2021


Michelle Baxter started training to run a mile at the age of 10 and her love of running has never wavered. 

Born in Moorhead, Minnesota, fate and family moved her to Anchorage, Alaska to run through some of the most …

Episode #45: Brendan Carpenter ran off 160 pounds & went viral for farting

May 12th, 2021


Every fitness journey starts with a life-changing moment. For Brendan Carpenter, his life-changing moment happened at an unexpected place - an …

Episode #44: Bethany Davis on marathon training, motherhood, & living a humble but confident life

May 5th, 2021


Bethany Davis is a busy mom of five, a business owner, competitive marathon runner, and online fitness coach. 

As a kid, she pursued a career in …

Episode #43: Ultrarunning power couple Sabrina Stanley + Avery Collins on training to be #1, overcoming injury & the benefits of cannabis

April 28th, 2021


Avery Collins and Sabrina Stanley are the power couple of ultra running for a reason - and not just because the name is catchy and helpful when …

Episode #42: Alex Jade on being a two-sport athlete, female empowerment, + everyone having a bikini body

April 21st, 2021


Alex Jade is a classic example of what happens when you judge a book by its cover. A quick scroll through her popular Instagram feed - @bikinifitclub …

Episode #41: Justin True completed a marathon with a truck strapped to his back

April 14th, 2021


Justin True is just wired differently than the rest of us. 

He's an extreme athlete - though we think the term savage is much more appropriate - who feeds off people telling him he can't do something. 

Back in 2019, the …

Episode #40: Wilkerson Given & James Perez on running culture, fueling the body, and playing mad scientists

April 7th, 2021


Our guests on the show this week, we sit down with Wilkerson Given and James Perez, creators of Stoke Performance.  

During their collegiate running …

Episode #39: Lindsey Bomgren on mobility exercises for runners, stretching, & working out to be a better human

March 31st, 2021


Our guest this week is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and mom, Lindsey Bomgren. Lindsey is the creator of the popular …

Episode #38: Shelby LeDuff on mental focus, healthy eating alternatives + spin for runners

March 24th, 2021


Our guest on the show this week is Shelby LeDuff.

A former Division I volleyball player, LeDuff tore her ACL, MCL, and meniscus three different times …

Episode #37: Jamaal Sanderson on exercise, escape, and dirty playlists

March 18th, 2021


My guest on the show today is fitness trainer, father, and husband, Jamaal Sanderson.

Jamaal likes to call himself “Fit Mr. Mom,” in fact, that’s even his Instagram handle. 

Jamaal's fitness journey started as a track …

Episode #36: CJ Albertson on breaking 50K record and running being easy

March 10th, 2021


CJ Albertson loves to just wake up and give himself wild challenges. In the middle of the pandemic last year, with all races shut down, the …

Episode #35: Alex Hutchinson on the power of the mind and pushing running limits

March 3rd, 2021


Welcome back to another episode of We Run This. My guest this week is author and runner, Alex Hutchinson.

As the longtime “Sweat Science” columnist …

Episode #34: Nick Willis tells us how he's run a sub-4 every year FOR THE LAST 19 YEARS

February 24th, 2021


Our guest on the show this week is New Zealand middle-distance runner, Nick Willis. 

Willis is the only two-time Olympic medalist for New Zealand in the 1500 meters. Willis won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in …

Episode #33: Kaleigh Gilchrist talks 'Mamba Mentality' & the strange place she keeps her Olympic gold

February 16th, 2021


Our guest on the show this week is Olympic gold medal winner, Kaleigh Gilchrist.

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Kaleigh was drawn to …

Episode #32: Brian Gross found himself running a half-marathon in an incredibly unlikely place - North Korea

February 9th, 2021


Brian Gross's career in media and PR has taken him to some incredibly odd places - the offices of Def Jam Records, the AVN awards, on the set of several reality shows, and even riding in limos with people like Gene …

Episode #31: Craig Engels is the 'Redneck Prefontaine,' serial entrepreneur, and a damn good runner

February 1st, 2021


This week on the show, we're joined by middle-distance runner, Nike Oregon Project member, and all-around character, Craig Engels.

Engels' natural running ability might not even be in the top ten most interesting things …

Episode #30: Jason Hardrath talks adventure running, almost dying, and chasing 'Fastest Known Times'

January 25th, 2021


On this week's episode of "We Run This," we're talking to adventure runner and climber, Jason Hardrath. 

In 2015, while in the best shape of his life and the middle of training for an Ironman, Hardrath had his …

Episode #29: 2x Olympic Runner Nick Symmonds shares his insane workout goal for 2021

January 18th, 2021


This week on the show, we're joined by two-time Olympian, Nick Symmonds.

Nick competed for the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Though his focus has been on the 800 meters for the majority of his …

Episode #28: Gabrielle Bolin on pushing a partner and how sweat can change your life

January 11th, 2021


Our guest on the show this week is Gabrielle Bolin. 

In 2015, Gabrielle left a competitive career in show business in order to use her love of health …

Episode #27: Natalie Johnston on recovery, the benefits of walking, and how running saved her life

December 28th, 2020


Natalie Johnston fell in love with running at a young age and her competitive nature as an athlete began at the age of 3. 

Natalie competed in a wide array of sports as a kid including horseback riding, competitive …

Episode #26: Jeffrey Stern got lost during his first ultra race and found his love for the sport

December 21st, 2020


Jeffrey Stern is a jack-of-all-trades in the world of endurance sports. He's a runner, biker, coach, consultant, and writer, with over a decade of …

Episode #25: Cory McGee discusses her road to running for Team USA while battling chronic migraines

December 14th, 2020


Our guest on “We Run This” this week is Team USA star, Cory McGee.

Cory McGee began running competitively at the age of 9 and her love of the sport …

Episode #24: Ultrarunner Dylan Bowman on regaining his love for running

December 7th, 2020


Our guest today is ultrarunner, Dylan Bowman. 

With no running background, Bowman stunned the field and finished in third place at the Leadville 100 …

Episode #23: Makenna Myler discusses running a 5:25 mile while 9 months pregnant

November 23rd, 2020


In this episode of "We Run This," we talk to Mike and Makenna Myler, the couple who went viral after Mike bet his 9-month pregnant wife she couldn't …

Episode #22: Meet the dad who ran a marathon around the Children's Hospital caring for his son with cancer

November 16th, 2020


Kolt Codner’s son, Andrew, has been a patient at Akron Children’s Hospital for the last five months. The 4-year-old boy is battling B-cell acute …

Episode #21: Murph world record holder Brandon Westover on pushing through the uncomfortable

November 5th, 2020


Our guest on the show today is Brandon Westover. Brandon is a fitness coach, endurance athlete, and 41-year-old father of two from Orlando who …

Episode #20: Trainer Gerren Liles talks HIIT training for runners

October 30th, 2020


On this special bonus episode of “We Run This,” we talk to founding Mirror trainer and HIIT workout guru, Gerren Liles.

Liles transitioned from a …

Episode #19: Aaron Schwartz and his journey from fat to fit

October 26th, 2020


In this episode of We Run This, we’re talking to actor and athlete, Aaron Schwartz. 

Aaron Schwartz probably looks familiar to people of a certain age because, at one point in the 1990s, Aaron made a career out of …

Episode #18: Michael Chernow On Learning To Love "The Hard And The Hurt"

October 19th, 2020


Our guest on the show this week is chef, entrepreneur, and fitness influencer, Michael Chernow.

After struggling with alcohol addiction and drug …

Episode #17: Spencer Brown's Amazing Journey From Social Media Runner to Brooks Beasts Member

October 12th, 2020


Today we’re talking to Spencer Brown. 

Spencer is currently a member of the Brooks Beasts running team but he joined the group of Olympic hopefuls in …

Episode #16: Devon Lévesque Is Going To Bear Crawl A Marathon And Our First Question Is 'Why?!?'

October 6th, 2020


Entrepreneur, trainer, and fitness expert Devon's Lévesque had a plan was to bear crawl the New York City Marathon. COVID-19 put an end to those plans. The canceled event isn't stopping him on his quest. 

In this …

Episode #15: How Does A Runner Know They're Ready For An Ultra? with Ryan Knapp

September 28th, 2020


Today, we’re talking to runner and coach, Ryan Knapp. 

Ryan has over 20 years of coaching experience with a focus on mountain, ultra, and trail …

Episode #14: 'Sneaker Geek' Hollie Sick Talks Running Shoe Mistakes

September 21st, 2020


In this episode, we’re talking to runner, writer, and self-proclaimed running sneaker freak, Hollie Sick. Hollie is the creator of Fueled By LOLz, a …

Episode #13: Conquering New Challenges with USA Women's Rugby Star Naya Tapper

September 14th, 2020


This week, we’re joined by Naya Tapper. 

After earning All-American track and field honors in high school, Naya started her rugby career at UNC …

Episode #12: How To Mentally Prepare For Anything with Will Gadd

September 8th, 2020


Red Bull launching an all-new adventure documentary titled “The Last Ascent” which follows legendary ice climber Will Gadd’s return to Kilimanjaro, …

Episode #11: Is Running Every Day A Bad Idea?

August 27th, 2020


After reading an article about Robert "Raven" Kraft, the runner who has run 8 miles every day for THE LAST 45 YEARS, Nick and Chris discuss the habit of running every day and if it's a good idea.

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Episode #10: Dietitian Explains The Dumb Eating Habits That Might Be Sabotaging Runners

August 17th, 2020


Nick and Chris have different approaches to eating. Nick runs to specifically eat whatever the hell he wants. Chirs is a little more strict with his diet because he feels like crap when he's running if he eats like crap …

Episode #9: How To Fight Runners Fatigue

August 10th, 2020


Runner's fatigue can hit at any time, on any day, and sometimes right in the middle of a run.

The mind wants to keep going and put in the miles but the body will have none of it. Runner's fatigue typically subsides …

Episode #8: Weird Marathon Rules That Runners Have To Follow

August 3rd, 2020


No cursing. No costumes. No alcohol. No doping. No fireworks?

Every marathon has its own set of rules runners have to follow, but while some rules …

Episode #7: Running In A Strange Town

July 27th, 2020


No, this episode isn't about leaving your family at home, going out for milk, and never coming back.

Do you remember places? Remember when we'd all travel, go on a vacation, and visit strange cities for fun.

Ah, the …

Episode #6: Finding Motivation When You Feel Like Crap

July 20th, 2020


In this episode of We Run This, Nick and Chris discuss motivation and how to kick yourself in the ass to run when you just don't feel like putting in the miles. We talk about the different tricks we use to get ourselves …

Episode #5: Ridiculous Running World Records

July 13th, 2020


This week on the podcast, Nick and Chris discuss running world records.  We're not talking about the world's fastest mile or the quickest marathon run ever. Those are impressive and no joke.  

This episode is dedicated …

Episode #4: Should Runners Wear A Mask?

July 9th, 2020


In this episode of We Run This, Nick and Chris discuss running in the time of Covid-19.

With a few states now requiring masks in all public places - Chris's home state is one - the guys talk about all of the positives …

Episode #3: The Unwritten Rules For Runners

June 26th, 2020


In this episode of We Run This, Nick and Chris discuss the rules runners should follow on the road and on trails and the beliefs that are a bunch of …

Episode #2: Should I Do A Virtual Race?

June 19th, 2020


In this episode of We Run This, Nick and Chris discuss the newest fad in running - virtual races.

Honestly, it's only a fad because real, in-person races aren't allowed and might be canceled for the rest of 2020.

Nick …

Episode #1: How Did We Start Running So Much?

June 12th, 2020


In the first episode of We Run This, hosts Nick Dimengo and Chris Illuminati discuss the paths that lead them to run, Nick's mishap with carb-loading before his first marathon, Chris outrunning a panic attack, and the …

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