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Michael Deza with his Girlfriend

Michael Deza Ran His Biggest Goal Race, & Changed His Running Focus


On today’s show, I’m joining up for a round two with Michael Deza.

Michael Deza at the 2016 Boston Marathon

Michael Deza at the 2016 Boston Marathon

When Michael was last on the show, we talked about his path to finding his calling as a runner as well as the great year of running he had in 2015.

One of his big goals for 2015 was to qualify for both the Boston and NYC marathons, which he did. Now that he’s back on the show, I’m interested in hearing how Boston went for him earlier this year and how he sees the rest of 2016 shaking out.

The 2016 Boston Marathon

Michael’s overal Boston Marathon experience was very positive, even though it solidified for him that he wanted to focus more on becoming an elite half marathoner instead of an elite marathoner. Read more

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Continues to Grow & Learn as an Elite Ultra Runner


Emily Harrison is hands down one of the best ultra runners in the world.

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Photo Credit: Kristin Wilson

From the time she started running in middle school, she’s always tended excel at the longer distances. As a professional, she continues to excel at the longer distances. Currently, she’s most comfortable in the 50 mile range, but who knows what the future holds in terms of running even longer distances.

During my chat with Emily we talked about her running career to date, continuing to learn about what it takes to run longer distances, the atmosphere surrounded an event like the Olympic Trials, and a whole lot more.

“Consistency, in my mind, is more important than being able to hit a training cycle hard and then being injured or burnt out.” ~Emily Harrison

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode


Here are some of the highlights from my chat with Emily Harrison

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Neely Spence Gracey

Neely Spence Gracey Interview: Putting the Past in the Past and Moving Forward


Neely Spence Gracey has had running in her blood since the day she was born, and she’s definitely starting to come into her own.

Neely Spence Gracey

Neely Spence Gracey

Neely may have been born to be a runner on the big stage, but since leaving college and turning pro things haven’t always been smooth sailing. Solid training periods with good race results were too often followed by injuries and long periods of recovery, and that cycle repeated itself a few times.

But she stuck with the sport, even during the lowest of the low times, but she’s put together a good stretch of being injury free and (hopefully) she’s kicked the injury bug for good!

We really had a great chat, and I know you’re going to enjoy it. Here are some of the highlights from our run: Read more

Ryan Vail

Ryan Vail Finds Success By Keeping the End Goal in Mind


Ryan Vail is one of the best distance runners in the US, and is a very serious contender for the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team.

Ryan Vail

Ryan Vail

Ryan has an impressive resume to date, including being a multiple time NCAA All-American, leading his college cross country team to a national championship, running for the USA at several world cross country championships, and much more. As a marathoner, his times continue to improve year after year, and his goal is to continue running at a very high level for many years to come.

We had a great conversation and spent time talking about winning team silver at the world XC games, the importance of patience in reaching goals, how to avoid being a flash in the pan as an elite runner, and a whole lot more.

Here are some of the highlights of our chat: Read more

Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill Smoothly Transitioned from College Star to Elite Pro


Growing up, Ryan Hill was always best in class when it came to running the mile.

And that was just the start.

Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill

After starting to focus on running track in middle school, he steadily improved before becoming one of the top high school runners in his state (and also competing in some national events). After choosing to attend NC State, he steadily improved over his college career, culminating with making a US world team after his senior season.

As a pro, he continues to improve and has shown he belongs in the discussion on the national and international stages.

We talked about how he got his start as a runner, what his racing plans are for 2015, and he also offers some tips for us “regular” runners that I know I can benefit from (and hopefully you can too!). Here are some of the highlights from our chat: Read more