The Rambling Runner Podcast
The Rambling Runner Podcast
Matt Chittim
A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.
#601 - Sofie Schunk: Leading by Example and Racing with Type 1 Diabetes
Sophie Shunk, an athlete with type 1 diabetes, shares her journey and challenges in managing her condition while pursuing her athletic goals. She discusses the support she received at the Olympic Trials - some of the loudest on the course! In fact, while Sofie was the final finisher in Orlando, few athletes were called out by name more than Sofie. While watching the race I was amazed how many people knew exactly who she was and were touched by the example she was setting. Sophie talks about her transition from elite college soccer player, to triathlon, and finally to running and the importance of setting strategic goals. She shares her experiences with injuries and the lessons she learned from races. Sophie also highlights the role of her support team, including a nutritionist, endocrinologist, and coaches, in managing her diabetes and optimizing her performance. In this conversation, Sofie also shares her recovery and training process leading up to the California International Marathon (CIM) after the McKirdy Micro Marathon and how she overcame challenges during the race. She emphasizes the importance of resilience and pushing through failures. Finally, Sofie talks about the Diabetes Sports Project, a nonprofit organization she co-founded to support people with diabetes in sports. You can follow Sofie at www.instagram.com/runswithinsulin. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23
52 min
#600 - Roberta Groner: Road to Redemption
At the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Roberta Groner was ready. She has just had completed the best running of her life, including a marathon PR and first American at the World Championships. Gone were the days of running conservatively while hoping for a negative split. In Atlanta Roberta planned on running at the front with her peers - the other top women in the field. Roberta was eager and anxious to shoot her shot. Then she stepped off the course at mile 17. It took a year and a half for Roberta to shrug off the heaviness of that day. All the expectations. All the effort. All of the sacrifices. And for what... her first DNF? In 2022, Roberta turned it all around when she joined the Central Park Track club as an athlete and coach. From that day forward she started to recapture the spontaneous joy that can come from training, racing, and communing with running friends. Over the next two years she not only embraced the love she had for the sport, she also raced with abandon. Roberta set four American masters records (8k, 10k, 10 mile, and half-marathon) and showed herself, and everyone paying attention, that she was far from done. Roberta arrived in Orlando for the 2024 Trials with redemption on her mind and in her heart. That drive was counterbalanced with joy, love, and a calm confidence. She left Orlando with a 24th place finish and the freedom that comes when a journey of redemption ends in success. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16
50 min
#599 - Dr. Duriel Hardy: America's Smartest Men's Marathoner
Today on the podcast we have America's smartest men's marathoner, Dr. Duriel Hardy (that is me calling him that, Duriel is way to humble to even think that sort of thing!). Not only is Duriel brilliant, he has also qualified for the last two Olympic Marathon Trials and done so in his 30's while working an incredibly demanding job. He is also the husband of Christine Ramsey Hardy who has qualified for three Olympic Marathon Trials and helped Duriel jumpstart his marathon journey in 2019. Dr. Duriel Hardy is a pediatric neuroimmunologist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s and an adult neurologist in UT Health Austin’s Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center within the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. He specializes in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology and related inflammatory disorders. Additionally, Dr. Hardy is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology. Dr. Hardy earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brown University and his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, followed by a second fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology disorders at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. You can follow Duriel at www.instagram.com/doctorduriel_runs. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12
50 min
#598 - Nathan Martin: 7th at the Trials and the Most Underrated U.S. Distance Runner
Nathan Martin, arguably the most underrated American distance runner, just finished 7th at the Olympic Marathon Trials in an impressive 2:11:00. This was the third marathon trials that Nathan has run in and it was his best yet. His career has flown under the radar for nearly a decade. He set an NAIA record with a 2:19 marathon at the college national championships, finished on the podium at several USATF national championships, and even been top-10 at that NYC Marathon. Not only that, Nathan is the fastest US born African-American man to ever run the marathon! Follow Nathan at www.instagram.com/nim_i_am. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 9
1 hr 7 min
#597 - Josh Kalapos: From Last Man In to 17th at the Olympic Trials
The Olympic Marathon Trials are complete and what a day it was! W are kicking off the next 2-3 weeks of Trials coverage with an amazing person and story. Josh Kalapos was the last seed at the Trials with a quallifying time of 2:18:00. He qualified for the race without a second to space. Then Josh did the improbable - he finished 17th (only one spot behind returning champ Galen Rupp). Not only that, this former DIII runner called his shot, telling the D3 Glory Days podcast two weeks before the race that he'd being going out with the leaders in an effort to make the podium. In this episode we hear Josh detail this amazing story and hear his views on elevating unheralded college runners and being one of the few Asian-American runners in the field. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 7
1 hr 2 min
#596 - Unlocking the Third Men's Olympic Marathon Spot with James McKirdy and Peter Bromka
This conversation with James McKirdy and Peter Bromka explores the top three/top two conundrum in the men's Olympic Trials marathon. The discussion delves into the rules and regulations set by World Athletics, the governing body for the sport, and the impact on American athletes. The concept of unlocking spots for the Olympics is explained, along with the role of rankings and time standards. The conversation also highlights the disparity between American men and women in marathon performance and the need to focus on time rather than just racing. Overall, the conversation provides clarity on the complex qualification process for the Olympics. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial For the Long Run - Listen to this amazing running podcast that explores the Why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31
32 min
#595 - Carrie Bradshaw: 40 Year Old 3:09 Marathoner Returns from Double Hip Replacement
Today on show we feature someone who has a story that we've never touched on before. At the age of 40, and after years of minor to medium hip and back pain, Carrie Bradshaw was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia. That meant that this 3:09 marathoner and mother of two young kids would need two hip replacement surgeries. Wow! This was an incredible gut punch to a dedicated amateur athlete who craved activity of all kinds. In this episode, Carrie details her athletic journey before and after the surgery, the rehab process, her ongoing return to racing, and words of encouragement for runners facing medical issues that they never saw coming. You can follow Carrie at www.instagram.com/bionicrunnerbabe. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial For the Long Run - Listen to this amazing running podcast that explores the Why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26
50 min
#594 - Nico Montañez: Olympic Marathon Trials Preview
The Olympic Marathon Trials are right around the corner and Nico Montañez is ready for action! Nico details his experience at the 2023 World Championships Marathon in Budapest last August and the wide array of things he took from that experience (travel, prep time, etc.) that are helping him prepare for the trials. He also talks about how his training has changed this cycle, how he is approaching the race from a strategic perspective, the time he thinks he needs to get on the podium, and much more. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial For the Long Run - Listen to this amazing running podcast that explores the Why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23
45 min
#593 - Sara Vaughn: Olympic Marathon Trials Preview
The Olympic Marathon Trials are two weeks away and we are officially getting into Trials-mode here on the show! Our first Trials preview is with Sara Vaughn. Sara details her 2:23 finish at Chicago, her quick turnaround back into training, getting knocked down by the flu over Christmas, and her thoughts on race-day. Sara also details her daughter Kiki's commitment to perennial power Northern Arizona University. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial For the Long Run - Listen to this amazing running podcast that explores the Why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20
29 min
#592 - Pain & Performance: The Revolutionary New Way to Use Training as Treatment for Pain and Injury with Matt Fitzgerald and Ryan Whited
Pain is universal. Athletes in pursuit of performance are not strangers to pain—in fact they embrace it. But nothing derails training faster than nagging athletic pain and injury, which all too often land athletes in an endless cycle of physical therapy or leave them sidelined from sport altogether, awaiting surgery. "Pain & Performance" is a tour de force that explores compelling advances in pain science to reveal the shocking lack of evidence to support modern medicine’s approach to injury management. Co-author Ryan Whited shares how his own journey, as both an elite climber and a professional trainer, inspired his revolutionary Training as Treatment method for helping athletes bounce back from broken to achieve breakthrough performances. Ryan worked with argueably the most prolific author in the running world, Matt Fitzgerald, to craft this impactful book. This powerful new approach to musculoskeletal health will empower athletes to move through pain with confidence and control as they continue to chase big goals. Sponsors ASICS - Check out my favorite footwear brand, and the NEW Novablast 4, at www.asics.com. V.02 - Become a faster runner and/or better coach in 2024 with V.O2. Download V.O2 in the app stores or visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠vdoto2.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to learn more about leveraging the world-renowned VDOT training paces in your running. Use code "rambling" to get 20% off the product of your choice and get a free trial For the Long Run - Listen to this amazing running podcast that explores the Why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12
47 min
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