Amy Stone, Prepping for IM Boulder

For Amy Stone, Longer Races Lead to Even Sweeter Finishes

Amy Stone has gone all in on everything endurance-sports, and she’s joining me for a few easy miles today.

Amy Stone, Prepping for IM Boulder

Amy Stone, Prepping for IM Boulder

Amy likes the long events, whether that’s a marathon or an ironman.

While the half marathon is easily the most common answer to the opening question on the show because of the fact that they are easier to train for without hijacking the rest of your life, Amy went the opposite direction with her answer.

Because marathon training and/or ironman training does require so much commitment, she loves those longer distance races because of the payoff/sense of accomplishment she gets when she crosses the finish lines of those difficult events. Read more

Allie Burdick

Allie Burdick Identifies as a Runner, But She Definitely Rocks the Multi-Sport Events

Allie Burdick is a multi-sport athlete that has competed in some pretty high-prestige events: both in the duathlon and the triathlon.

Allie Burdick, Post Tri

Allie Burdick, Post Tri

The Opening Question is a Loaded One

When talking to multi-sport athletes, I’m never sure which way to go with the opening question since there are different angles to come from in terms of favorite race distances.

On the running front, Allie is like many folks that I’ve talked to (both on the show and in person) that seems to enjoy the half marathon distance.

When it comes to triathlons, she’s most comfortable with the sprint distance. She’s yet to run an Iron Man distance, and doesn’t really have any plans to go that far, but she’s open to the idea of a half iron at some point.

She did mention a disdain for the 5k, whether she’s running a stand alone race or dealing with it at the end of a sprint triathlon.

Either way, racing that distance is no fun at all. And I couldn’t agree more!

Peer Pressure Wins Again

Allie started running somewhat seriously in her 20s, in part because of the encouragement of some of her friends.

After running a 5k, she realized she was on the fast side and started to really take the sport seriously.

(I’m assuming she ran said 5k because she was still new to running and didn’t know any better…)

Once she had a taste of racing, her competitive nature took over and she was hooked.

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A Triathlete That Fears Swimming?

Allie focused primarily on running for awhile, and triathlons weren’t really on her radar because she had a legitimate fear of swimming in open water.

When she was pregnant with twins, a friend (damn peer pressure!) suggested she set a goal of participating in a local sprint triathlon a few months after the boys were born, and she accepted the challenge even though she had some trepidation when it came to jumping in a lake and swimming a quarter mile.

Saying she was ill-prepared for her first tri is a bit of an understatement, but she managed to finish the race no worse for the wear.

And as with that first 5k she ran several years before, overcoming her issues with the swim fueled her competitiveness and she was hooked on the challenge of competing in multi-sport events.

Duathlon=No Swimming? Yes Please!

After getting into the multi-sport world, Allie learned about a multi-sport event that doesn’t require her to get in the water: the duathlon!

Once again, she was hooked on a new challenge and a new way to push herself athletically.

The duathlon also provided Allie with the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to represent Team USA at the World Duathlon Championships.

The World Championships took place in Spain, and competing at that event with some of the best athletes in the world was intimidating and amazing all at the same time.

Allie talked about how cool it was to compete in the event, but the overall environment was incredible as well.

The fans, the flags, the languages–the whole thing sounds incredible and obviously is something she will remember for the rest of her life.

She ended up finishing the World Duathlon Championships Top 10 in her age group, and was the 3rd US woman. Not bad at all!

The Rock Says Allie Burdick is a Bad Ass!

The Rock Says Allie Burdick is a Bad Ass!

A Runner at Heart

We spent a lot of time talking about the different multi-sport events that she’s competed in, but when I asked Allie if she had to pick only one discipline to compete in she didn’t hesitate to say that she identifies herself as a runner first and foremost.

As we were wrapping up our chat, I asked her to share something that really stands out to her from her running career.

The first thing that came to mind for Allie was running the NYC marathon in 2015, but not because it was a great race. In fact, it was a bad day for her, but she managed to talk herself out of having a pity party mid-race and finished in a good place and was proud of her effort for that day.

Allie Burdick

Allie Burdick

If you’d like to connect further with Allie, make sure you check out her website. Also, say hi to her on Twitter and/or Instagram!

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Jesica D'Avanza

Jesica D’Avanza Isn’t Afraid to Live Life rUnladylike

Today I’m running and chatting with Jesica D’Avanza, who is a running coach and blogger that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is when it comes to running (and just about anything else).

Jesica D'Avanza

Jesica D’Avanza

In addition to running and blogging, Jesica has also completed several triathlons ranging in distance from the short sprints to a half iron man.

And she has the goal of completing a full iron man at some point in the not too distant future, which qualifiers her as being as crazy as the ultra runners among us.

Jesica D’Avanza Has Running in Her Blood

Jesica comes by running naturally. Read more

Heather Blackmon

Heather Blackmon Developed the Taste for Running While Training for Her First Marathon

On today’s episode of the show, I’m talking with runner, triathlete, and coach Heather Blackmon.

Heather Blackmon

Heather Blackmon

Heather is a very goal oriented type of individual, and soon after she started running she set the goal of running a marathon. While she didn’t particularly enjoy running in those early days, having the goal of a marathon in mind kept her going. And by the time she got to the finish line, she had developed the taste for running and hasn’t looked back.

In addition to taking up running, she also has competed in a variety of triathlons and has finished one Ironman.

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Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

And FYI, if you’re not sure about the swimming component of triathlons you can still participate in multi-sport events, aka duathlons!

Here are some of the the highlights from my chat with Heather Blackmon

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Norma Bastidas

Tell Norma Bastidas She Can’t Do Something, and She Will Prove You Wrong!

Norma Bastidas got into running the same way that many people do: to deal with the stress that was bubbling up in her life from a variety of fronts.

Once she found running, she hasn’t stopped. And in the decade that she has been running she’s done more than many of us will do in our lifetimes.

Norma Bastidas

Norma Bastidas

Norma may not have been a runner for her entire life, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a natural. During her first marathon (which she ran less than six months after she started running), she qualified for Boston. She then entered the Canadian Death Race, which is an 85 mile ultra, shortly thereafter because she wanted to run another race.

And from there, she was hooked.

Since then, she’s literally run all over the world, she set a new Guinness record for completing the worlds longest triathlon, and continues to find more races and ways to push herself.

And while she’s been at it, she’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of very worth causes.

We talked about how she got started in running, how the traits of toughness and grit have served her as a runner, what she’s planning on doing next, and a whole lot more. Read more