Chris Ward Has Found Adventure and Himself In Multi-Day Stage Races


Chris Ward was first on the show a couple of years ago and is joining me today for round two.

In the time since our first chat, he and his wife have had another baby, his podcast is still going strong, and he’s fresh off of winning a 6 day, 143-mile stage race.

I am looking forward to catching up with Chris Ward over a few easy miles.

Chris Ward

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QT: A Little Change Can Be a Good Thing


How do you feel about changing things up?

As you might be aware, I’m a fan of a good routine and sticking with the status quo.

We Fear Change

I’m not sure that I necessarily fear change, but I am sure that I don’t very often like change.

Yet, sometimes change is a necessary thing… Read more

Mary Johnson Does What Needs to Be Done on Race Day (Best Of)


Today we are revisiting my conversation with Mary Johnson.

Mary Johnson started running when she was in “the worst shape of her life”, and it didn’t take her long to find her stride as a runner.

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

The more times she’s run the marathon, the more respect Mary has developed for the distance and the challenge that is inherent in running 26.2 miles.

It’s never easy, and there are times when things don’t go well, but Mary loves the feeling she gets when the finish line comes into view for the first time and the race is drawing to an end.

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Gene Mid Tri

Revisiting Maybe the Most Powerful Episode of the Show with Gene (Best Of)


Today I’m one of the most powerful episodes in the show’s history with a man named Gene, who has overcome much bigger challenges than 26.2 miles.

Gene Mid Tri
In his own words, Gene came into running later in life, and he definitely enjoys it.

Like many folks that have been on the show, Gene’s favorite distance to race is 13.1. One of his goals is to always be half marathon fit, which is a good place to be. Read more

QT: Raise Your Floor to Raise Your Ceiling (Best Of-ish)


This post/episode was originally published in November of 2017. The post/show notes are simply copy/pasted from the original post, but the podcast audio is a new take on the same subject.


What are your biggest, most outlandish, running goals?

You probably know my two big running goals, since I talk about them often.

But in case you need a reminder or are new to my corner of the internet, my two big running goals are to run a marathon in each state and to qualify for Boston.

My two goals have different requirements for success. One is all about longevity while the other is centered around performance.

Provided I keep running for the next 30-50 years, which is the plan, in theory running a marathon in every state shouldn’t be that difficult.

But qualifying for Boston? That is a goal that is going to require me to get substantially faster than I am right now of the marathon distance.

And the only way for that to happen is to raise the ceiling of my fitness.

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