Lisa Braden is Educating Athletes on the Importance of Optimal Fueling

Registered Dietician and runner Lisa Braden will be joining me on the show today.

Lisa Braden

In most running circles a large number of questions are centered around diet.

We will attempt to answer questions regarding race day nutrition and many more as I go a few easy miles with Lisa.

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Burcu Mirza is an Everyday Hero Saving Lives and Raising Awareness

My guest today is a woman that goes above and beyond for others in need.

Burcu Mirza

In a few short weeks, she will be running the NYC marathon as a charity runner for DKMS.

Burcu Mirza and I will go a few easy miles as we talk about how she first got introduced to DKMS and how it motivated her to train and soon complete her first 26.2.

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Jessica Skarzynski + The Medals

Jessica Skarzynski has Lost Over 100 Pounds as a Runner; She has Gained Much More!

Today I’m going a few easy miles with Jessica Skarzynski, who has lost a lot of weight and become a dedicated runner over the past 10+ years.

Jess Skarzynski Running in the Rain

Jess is a fan of the moderately long distance races such as the 10k, but she will be making her debut in the marathon later this year. Read more

Michele Brodtman Running NYC

Michele Brodtman Continues to Fight the Fight After Beating Cancer

Michele Brodtman is so thankful to have running in her life.

After being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2008, this mom and kindergarten teacher says, “I feel like running gave me my life back more than anything. I feel so alive. I feel so clean.”

Michele Brodtman Running NYC

Michele Brodtman Running NYC

I feel like #running gave me my life back more than anything. I feel so alive. I feel so clean. ~@brodtmom Share on X

Although Michele is not entirely new to running, she ran cross country in high school and college and ran a few 5k’s after becoming a mother, it wasn’t until after her throat cancer diagnosis that she became serious about running.

Team DetermiNation

Michele remembers thinking she was going to make it her goal to get healthy and stay healthy by running while she was going through throat cancer treatment.

How? During this episode, Michele talks about how she memorized Team DeterminNation’s phone number while running a 5k and making that phone call after the race.

And the rest has been history.

Michele absolutely loves running for Team DetermiNation. She feels so much support and commitment from Team Determination.

The night before a race Michele says of Team DetermiNation, “We are all in a room together before a race celebrating life. And every person in that room is there for the same reason, to knock down this horrible disease.”

Michele Brodtman Photobombing Her Team DetermiNation Coach

Michele Brodtman Photobombing Her Team DetermiNation Coach in Chicago

Michele and the Marathon

Although the marathon isn’t her favorite distance to race (the half marathon is because she feels it is doable for so many people), Michele has run five of them with Team Determination: Philadelphia, Marine Corp., Chicago, and New york twice.

When asked which one she would go back to, she had an extremely difficult time deciding and settled on Marine Corp, Chicago, AND New York all for different reasons.

All of the marathons that Michele has run would be considered big ones by anyone’s definition, so I asked her how she runs her own race in such a large crowd of people.

The key for Michele is to stay focused.

Michele says, “It is easier when you are new at it to start to compare yourself to other people and be worried and mindful of where they are but that’s when it could really mess you up and then you can be so defeated that you just give up…as you mature in running, I feel it is easier to just know what you want to do.”

Running for a Cause

Michele is also very involved in raising money via Charity Miles.

(Not familiar with Charity Miles? Check out my interview with Charity Miles founder Gene Gurkoff to learn all about this awesome organization.)

While raising money isn’t exactly easy, Michele is committed to giving back.

She says that without the help the American Cancer Society gave her and her family, she would not have known what to do when she was battling her cancer.

And the drug she takes daily to manage her cancer, and will most likely have to take the rest of her life, was the result of research made possible because of people raising money for the American Cancer Society in the past.

Michele feels so lucky and she is just so grateful for all she has been given that she is determined to help others going through what she went through.

If you’d like to connect with Michele, the best places to do so are on Twitter and/or Instagram.

After beating her own cancer, @brodtmom continues to fight the good fight. #runchat #teamdetermiNation Share on X

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Scott Riecke

Scott Riecke is Anything but Ordinary, I Promise You That

Today I’m going a few easy miles with fellow runner and running podcaster, Scott Riecke.

Scott Riecke

Scott Riecke

Scott gave a fairly unique answer to the standard question of favorite distance to race and why. Scott’s favorite distance is whatever is farther than what he’s already successfully run.

When he started running, he was gunning for a mile. After a mile, he was looking at the 5k.

And now that he’s run a few marathons, he’s looking for something bigger and badder: an Ironman Triathlon. Read more