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Scott Smith

Scott Smith Talks About Life as a Professional Runner


On today’s show, Scott Smith joins me and talks about his life as a professional runner and a member of Northern Arizona Elite.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott opens up about some of the aspects of professional running that aren’t as glamourous. From the dollars and cents of running, the need/desire of having a job besides running, not wearing a GPS all of the time (don’t tell his coach), and a whole lot more.

I definitely had a great chat with Scott, and here are some of the highlights of our conversation:

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Lij Shaw

Lij Shaw Has a Unique Motto for a Runner: “I Eschew the Shoe”


Lij Shaw is like most runners that I can relate to, but with one major difference:

He runs without shoes.

Lij Shaw

Lij Shaw

The thought of running a road race without shoes on literally gives me the heebie jeebies. My feet are very sensitive, and sometimes I hesitate to  walk through the grass in my bare feet for fear of a random twig or pebble and stepping on it.

Run a marathon without some type of shoe to protect my feet? No chance.

But Lij Shaw has no such issues. He loves barefoot running, and is ready to go on roads, in snow, or under any other conditions that present themselves. And who would have thought that it all started on a trip to store to get some Vibrams to run in.

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation: Read more

My Apology to All Running Newbies

Quick Tip–We Were All Running Newbies Once….

I’d like to dedicate today’s quick tip episode/post to all of the running newbies out there, and apologize for those of us (myself ABSOLUTELY included) that have been running/racing for awhile and have forgotten what it’s like to be doing something for the first time.

My Apology to All Running Newbies

Can We Still Be Friends?

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that I get upset and/or frustrated when you do something that you have absolutely no idea that you’re doing.

I’m sorry that I don’t have a more tactful way of broaching the subject than to just leer at you and mumble under my breath.

I’m sorry that I’ve been an ass on more than one occasion.

And I’m sorry that I’m not the only one that has done all of these things to you running newbies, and potentially done some things that are even worse than those that I mentioned.

The fact is, that running newbies tend to do some things that irk some of us more seasoned runners, but we need to remember that they are not doing it out of spite or out of ignorance, they just simply don’t know better. (And yes, in some cases not knowing can be considered ignorance, but that doesn’t apply in this case.)

There are hundreds of “rules of the road” or pieces of “running etiquette” that we should all strive to follow, yet if we are honest, none of us know all of them and all of us break the rules from time to time.

But seriously, no one out there running their first few races is purposely trying to screw up your race. I promise.

So when someone commits a running faux pas, instead of being a dick when they apologize (and even if they don’t apologize, since remember they probably didn’t realize it was a faux pas in the first place) just go with the flow and get back to running your own race.

What are some of the faux pas that I’m talking about? Press play below to find out!


Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor: Elite Runner, College Coach, Forward Thinker


Steve Taylor has been a prominent member of the running scene in America for a number of years, and in his time he’s seen quite a bit.

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor

During his professional running days, he ran for the USA at a number of international events, competed in the Olympic Trials for the marathon 3 times, and has some pretty fast PRs in a variety of distances.

Steve has also been a successful college coach, working with a number of athletes that have gone on to successfully run after college.

And just recently, he founded the Collegiate Running Association and has big plans for it’s growth in the coming years.

Steve Taylor Founded the Collegiate Running Association

We covered all of these topics and more during our conversation today. Here are some of the highlights of our chat. Read more

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I’m Excited to be Partnering with Bombas

If you listened to Monday’s podcast episode with Greg Unger already you’re in the loop, but for those that haven’t I’m excited to announce that I have recently agreed to a sponsorship deal with Bombas!

Bombas

In case you’ve never heard of Bombas, allow me to shine a little light on the company and why I’m so stoked to be partnering with them.


I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that when I got into running one of the last things I was concerned with was getting “running socks”. I just kept using the same old cotton socks I’d been wearing for year, meanwhile I upgraded my shorts, shoes, and just about everything else I had that was running related.

Then one day, I decided to “try” some “wicking” socks, so I bought the cheapest 3 pack I could find at Target, because I couldn’t figure out why I should spend more than a few bucks for socks to run in.

Oh sweet ignorance…

To be honest, I definitely noticed the difference between the wicking socks and the old cotton stand bys, but I pretty much just assumed that any “running” sock would be as good as the next.

And I now know that I was incredibly wrong.

As soon as I put my first pair of Bombas on, I could immediately tell the difference. Not only were these socks super comfortable (seriously y’all, it’s like clouds have swallowed your feet when you put these babies on), but I don’t even notice my feet getting even a little bit sweaty when I’m running.

And I’m running in Florida, remember, where swamp foot is a constant struggle.

So what makes Bombas feel so comfortable?

A few things.

They put some serious research into creating the best socks imaginable for people leading an active lifestyle, from the type of cotton they use, to the y-stiched heel, to the built in arch support, and the invisitoe “seam”.

In short, they made sure they were making the most comfortable sock on the market, and I’m here to tell you Bombas hit it out of the park.

Bombas Socks

And while these socks are worth every penny (promise!), the reason that I’m most excited about working with Bombas is because they are a company that cares as much about giving back as they do about creating the best socks on the market.

In fact, the company was founded BECAUSE of a desire to give back.

Did you know that socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in homeless shelters around the country?

Neither did I.

But when the founders of Bombas heard this little piece of information, they literally decided to start a company with the goal of solving the problem.

And, in my opinion at least, they go WAY above and beyond when it comes to giving back.

For every pair of Bombas socks that are sold, the company donates a pair of socks to a shelter in need.

To date, over 300,000 pairs of socks have been donated to shelters across the USA. Like I said, this company is all about giving back.

A quality socks for runners created by a quality company with the spirit of giving back. This is exactly why I’m so happy to have joined forces with Bombas.


So if you want to upgrade to the best running socks you’ve ever used, and make a serious difference in the lives of people in need at the same time, what are you waiting for?

Go order some socks!

Oh, and one more thing.

Bombas wants to give you 20% off of your first purchase, all you need to do is click any of the links in this post and you’ll go to a special page where you can put in your email address and they will send you a 20% off coupon code.

My advice, take advantage of the deal and buy some great socks!

 

*FTC Disclaimer-In addition to the monetary agreement I made with Bombas, they also provided me with 2 free pairs of socks so that I could try them out. That said, the opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone, and in no way are they influenced by anyone associated with Bombas. Seriously y’all, the socks are bad ass. Get some!