Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds is Retiring from the Track After 20 Years & Aiming Higher

Today I’m running a few easy miles with friend of the show Nick Symmonds.

Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds

Nick was on the show nearly 150 episodes ago, and now he’s back to talk about some new things in his life as well as some topics we didn’t cover the first time.

Nick is a two time Olympian and has represented the USA in a number of international competitions. Nick is also the Founder and CEO of Run Gum.

Obviously, Nick is a busy guy and I am excited that he has found some time for us to be able to talk again. 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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Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson Has Found a Balance Between Road & Trail Running (Best Of)

Dana Anderson has only been running for a handful of years, but in that time she has accomplished quite a lot.

She’s run several marathons, though she says she’s still trying to figure out how to really race the distance, and now she’s starting to test the waters of trail running and ultra distance races. And transitioning to trail running has been a good choice for a couple of reasons.

Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson loves to run Corner Canyon in Draper, Utah.

We covered a lot of ground in today’s chat, from getting into trail running (which I would really like to do more of), continuing to push herself in road races, family dynamics, and something that many runners overlook that can dramatically improve running performance. Read more

Courtney Schwartz

Courtney Schwartz Talks About a Summer of Running in Leadville

On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joining Courtney Schwartz for a few easy miles.

Courtney Schwartz

Courtney Schwartz

Courtney was just getting into running before moving to Colorado a handful of years ago, and after a rough first trail run decided to stick to running on the roads for a while.

But for a runner living in Colorado, you can only ignore the lure of the mountains and the trails for so long. After giving trail running another shot, Courtney now feels at home on the trails.

In addition to talking about running trails and being a part of the trail running community, we also talked about some of the highs and lows of her 2015 summer. Here are some of the highlights from our chat. Read more

It’s Almost Race Time

Three days from now, I’ll be finished running America’s Toughest Road Marathon.


How’s that for self confidence?

The Blue Ridge Marathon is happening on Saturday, and I can’t wait! I’ve been looking forward to this race for awhile now, though if I’m honest, I’ve been a little nervous about this race as well.

You see, as a naturalized Floridian, we don’t really have many hills to train on. In fact, the (only half-way joking) legitimate hills we have are actually road/highway overpasses.

No offense, but overpasses don’t quite measure up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is an advertised 7,500 feet of elevation change over the course of those 26.2 miles.

You could say that I’m slightly unprepared for this race, but I’m not sure that would accurately portray how this race is going to go. I know I’m capable of handling the miles, but the hills are going to kill me. If I can make it in less than 5 hours, it’ll be a win for me.

Just Having Fun

No matter how the race goes, the goal for this weekend is to just have fun. I’ll be flying up to VA on Friday morning, running the race Saturday morning, and flying home Saturday night. The travel itinerary isn’t ideal, but it is what it is.

And this way I can blame the lack of a PR on the condensed travel schedule! Hehe.

If any of y’all are running Blue Ridge this weekend, I’d love to meet you guys! Let me know, or give me a shout on twitter, and we can meet up at the expo.

And if you see me curled up along the side of the road on Saturday in the fetal positions, just keep going.

I’ll be ok.