Andy Farina on the Trail

Andy Farina Realized a Dream a Few Months After Suffering His First DNF

Today I am welcoming Andy Farina back to the show, almost a year to the date after we first spoke.

Andy Farina on the Trail

Andy Farina on the Trail

In case you missed our first chat, Andy was told at birth that he may never be able to walk.

Needless to say, he continues to do much more than the doctors ever thought would be possible. Read more

Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is Checking Back In and Still Running Epic

Hey guys today I’m running a few easy miles with a familiar voice here on Diz Runs

Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler, Loving the Mountains

If you look back to episode 215 at about a year and a half ago, we met Gary Stotler!

Just to bring you back to pace Gary was previously over 400 pounds and looking for a way to lose weight and improve his health, he began walking and eventually got into running.

Fast forward to today and Gary has completed numerous races up to, and including, several ultra distance events! Read more

Kyle Pietari

Kyle Pietari Finds the Time to Train and Be Among the Best of the Best

Today I’m running a few easy miles with an athlete that knows how to balance competing at the highest level and a very busy life.

Kyle Pietari

Kyle Pietari

Kyle Pietari is an ultra runner that is no stranger to the podium.

He is also a lawyer, husband, and father of three young kids, so saying he is busy in all areas of life may be a bit of an understatement! Read more

Steph Whitmore has Turned a Hobby into an Unbelievable Lifestyle.

Today I am excited to be logging a few easy miles with a runner that has definitely been bitten hard by the endurance sports bug.

Steph Whitmore

Steph Whitmore has definitely turned the hobby of ultra running into a lifestyle.

”I’m Addicted Now”

Steph was an athlete throughout her early life but always had a negative opinion of running.

It wasn’t until she won the first 5k she had ever entered that Steph’s idea of the sport started to change.

Moving from long distance to even longer distance, Steph became hooked on racing.

She completed her first Ironman in less than 12 hours, and she felt like she could have done another one that day. It was at that moment when Steph became intrigued with the potential of the human body.

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Getting Her Fix

Living in Iowa presents a unique challenge to a runner that loves running hills and steep inclines.

In order to get her fix of inclines and mountains, Steph regularly travels to locales with a substantial change in elevation. When she can’t get out of Iowa, she just hits the treadmill and cranks up the incline.

Seeing the sights, however, is not the driving factor for Steph’s fascination with the mountains. She loves the strategy and difficulty that comes with running at elevation.

That same love for a challenge has pushed Steph to constantly test her limits by progressing her distance at an almost ridiculous pace.

Steph Whitmore, Good to Go!

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Thinking Outside of Your Box

Steph attributes her success to her ability to continuously adapt and become a student of life.

“The geek” in Steph has led her to research more into self-exploration, which includes reading books by Tesla, Hawking, and Einstein.

The questions they ask force you to question and consider your potential. And that leads to unlocking yourself because of your introspection.

Nutrition is Key

Nutrition is very important when it comes to running your best race.

Running is a lifestyle, and that includes your daily diet. Only eating healthy on race day is not going to help you as much as regularly eating healthy foods.

Steph believes that you should “look at food as fuel and not as entertainment”. Once you grasp this concept, your outlook on food completely changes.

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QT: Is It Worth It? Wegrynd Tech Shirts and Altra Running Shorts

One of the perks of my job is that, from time to time, companies will send me goodies to use/try/have in hopes that I’ll give a glowing review of their products either here, on the podcast, or on the social medias.

I appreciate getting to try some stuff, but one thing that I’m 100% firm about is that I will only speak honestly about the products that I receive.

You Can't Handle the Truth

If a company wants me to talk about their product favorably? Make a good product.

Send me something that sucks? And I’ll tell my audience it sucks.

Y’all remember the Soleus watch review, right?

So today, I’m going to deliver the good, the bad, and the ugly about a couple of pieces of running apparel that I’ve been able to use/test/evaluate in the past few months.

Get ready, because I’m about to unleash some truth today y’all.

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