Stephen Lee Continues to Test His Own Limits, With No End in Sight

Today on the show I’m running with one of the people who has been listening to the show basically since its inception, Mr Stephen Lee.

Stephen Lee Trying Not to Get Wet

Stephen Lee Trying Not to Get Wet

I feel like I’ve really gotten to know Stephen well in the past couple of years as he’s been an active member of the Facebook group and hosting a couple of podcasts that I’ve listened to as well.

So to say that this conversation was overdue would be an understatement. 

Focused On What is In Front of Him

To start the episode off, I asked my typical question and Stephen offered an atypical answer: his favorite race is whatever is next on his calendar.

Even if that is the 5k. 

So far, he’s run a variety of races from standard road distances to a variety of different trail distances (a hundred miler is coming!), and he simply focuses on whatever is next on the calendar and making that his priority.

And to be honest, that doesn’t sound like a bad strategy…

Tips to Transitioning to a New Race Distance

Stephen has been one of the loudest voices nagging encouraging me to dip my toes into the ultra distance waters, and he’s starting to wear me down.

As I’m coming to grips with the idea that I’m probably going to run an ultra sooner rather than later, I decided to take the opportunity to ask Stephen for some advice about trying a new distance (ultra or otherwise).

He shared the following gem with me, which another runner shared with him when he started running:

Everything you read online is absolutely true and absolutely BS at the same time. ~@heartlandrunning #running Share on X

4 Legged Running Partners

Living in a small town and running most of his miles on country roads, Stephen is no stranger to wildlife encounters on his training runs.

And sometimes, they stick with him for more than a few miles. 

Stephen Lee + Random Dog

Stephen Lee + Random Dog


Stephen has been listening to podcasts almost since the beginning of podcasts, so I’m mildly surprised that it took him so long to get into creating/hosting his own show.

He got a taste when he joined the Average Runner Podcast for a bit, but after that show went off the air he got together with Andy Cloud and launched the Heartland Running podcast.

If you’re looking for another show to add to your playlist, whether or not you live in the heartland, I’d definitely encourage you to give Stephen and Andy’s show a listen!

Connect with Stephen Lee and say hi to him on any of his social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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