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March 19, 2020
Diljeet Taylor is the women’s cross country and distance coach BYU and one of the best running coaches in the country at any level. Last fall her Cougars finished second in the NCAA Championships after improving year after year since she took over. How did that same team do during the Indoor Championships? Cancelled. How about the Track Championships? Cancelled. In this episode Diljeet dives into how COVID-19 has affected her athletes, her team, their training, her coaching, and her potential recruits. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Rambling Runner Run Club on Strava Newsletter Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 17, 2020
In the lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials, Jared Ward was considered to be the safest bet to make the Olympic team on the men's side. While no means a guarantee, he was perceived to be in a very good position to represent the U.S.A in Japan. His years of success, and consistency were at the heart of this belief. Yet, when race-day came, Jared did not have the race he envisioned earning a 27th place finish. In this episode, Jared displays extraordinary candor and introspection in detailing exactly what happened in Atlanta physically, mentally, and emotionally as well as what the future holds. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Rambling Runner Run Club on Strava Newsletter Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 12, 2020
In our Olympic Trials wrap-up with Lou Serafini we hear from an amazingly self-aware runner who has started to channel his inner drive and goals. Lou did not run the time that he anticipated but he still achieved his over-arching goal. In addition, Lou talks about all of the work that he and colleagues at Tracksmith have done over the past year to help OTQ runners make their dreams come true. What Lou has done for the running community exceeds even his most amazing athletic accomplishments. Follow the Rambling Runner:  Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Newsletter Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 9, 2020
What an amazing year 2019 turned out to be for Roberta Groner. The World Championships then six weeks later NYC Marathon was a marathon double of epic proportions. Unfortunately, the Olympic Trials did not go her way. Roberta did not finish the race and was forced to leave the course around mile 17. In this episode, Roberta shares the details about that experience, the amazing successes she has experienced, and the wonderful advice she has for other runners who are hoping to achieve their wildest dreams. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Newsletter Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 5, 2020
In the most emotional episode we have published, Sarah Bishop details the overwhelming response she had to bringing her children to the Olympic Trials to watch her compete. Sarah is one of the most competitive, no-nonsense, people we have had on this show, which makes this interview all the more special. In the past year she has rebuilt her body from a severe injury, adopted a new sport (triathlon), turned pro in that sport, competed at the World Championships, won a marathon with a shiny new PR three weeks before the Olympic Trials, then finished top-5 in a 70.3 in New Zealand a week later. Good luck finding a more inspiring athlete than Sarah Bishop. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Newsletter Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 3, 2020
In our first Olympic Marathon Trials recap we catch-up with Kellyn Taylor after she finished 8th in a time of 2:29:55. We talk about the complexity of falling short of her goal while being elated for her teammates, the shin/calf issue affected her training and race, her thoughts on going into a big race with a “Plan B,” and what the short term future holds. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 1, 2020
What an amazing event the Olympic Marathon Trials turned out to be. The men’s and women’s races were absolutely spectacular. In this episode I am joined by Jason Fitzgerald, from the Strength Runner Podcast, immediately after the finish and we take a deep dive into both races, the course, and all things Olympic Trials. Sponsor: In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Newsletter Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 26, 2020
In our final episode before the Olympic Marathon Trials we reconnect with Kellyn Taylor. Kellyn details her recovery post-NYC Marathon, the challenges of starting a new marathon cycle, how her coach Ben Rosario changed this up time around, and her outlook for the Trials. Kellyn also details her family's experience with foster care and how that impacted her life over the last few months. Sponsors: VDOT O2 is a coaching platform for runners of all levels. Coaches are using VDOT O2 to more effectively individualize their athlete's training pinpointing the paces you need to train at to improve effectively. All coaches can take advantage of a 30-day free trial at www.vdoto2.com, Athletes not working with a coach can use the code RAMBLING to get 15% off a custom training plan for your next goal race. Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Newsletter
February 24, 2020
In this two-part episode with Parker Stinson he details the specifics around his decision not to run in the Olympic Trials and we do a preview of the event. The first part of the conversation is dedicated to his health This decision for Parker was excruciating and I thank him for his candor in telling the story. In the second half of the conversation, in classic Parker fashion, he provides insight into the race and racers heading into what could be a classic American Marathon. Sponsors: VDOT O2 is a coaching platform for runners of all levels. Coaches are using VDOT O2 to more effectively individualize their athlete's training pinpointing the paces you need to train at to improve effectively. All coaches can take advantage of a 30-day free trial at www.vdoto2.com, Athletes not working with a coach can use the code RAMBLING to get 15% off a custom training plan for your next goal race. Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Newsletter
February 21, 2020
We are now one week away from the Olympic Trials. It’s time to start analyzing the field and make predictions about what could happen on race day. In this Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials preview I am joined by two of the most knowledgeable peoplep in the industry - Erin Strout, senior writer at Women‘s Running, and Alison Wade, creator of the Fast Women newsletter. In this episode we discuss the following questions: Compare your excitement level for the trials to another sporting event (or life event?) Favorite part(s) of the build-up to the race? Favorite athlete(s) to follow and why? Favorite story line coming into the race? Factors that could influence the outcome of the race that aren't related to the fitness level of the athletes? List of people you'd include in a group of runners that wouldn't surprise if they qualified? Characteristics that you considered when trying to come up with your top 3? Top 3 prediction? Winning time prediction? Why exactly you chose them? Hardest people to leave out? Athlete most likely to set the pace (either fast or slow)? How do you think the race will pay out strategically? Favorite darkhorse candidate? Sponsors: In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. VDOT O2 is a coaching platform for runners of all levels. Coaches are using VDOT O2 to more effectively individualize their athlete's training pinpointing the paces you need to train at to improve effectively. All coaches can take advantage of a 30-day free trial at www.vdoto2.com, Athletes not working with a coach can use the code RAMBLING to get 15% off a custom training plan for your next goal race. Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Patreon
February 17, 2020
Lou Serafini is officially ready to roll. After the TCS NYC Marathon he took a short break in November before embarking on a series of shorter races through the winter. It wasn't a typical build-up but Lou states clearly in this episode that he fully believes that he is ready to have the race of his life. In fact, he even called his shot. While we were recording he said he is ready to set a 5k PR, and he did just that with a 13:48 the night before we published this episode. Lou also give his thoughts on the trials, his current fitness, and his plans for the weekend. Sponsors: In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. VDOT O2 is a coaching platform for runners of all levels. Coaches are using VDOT O2 to more effectively individualize their athlete's training pinpointing the paces you need to train at to improve effectively. All coaches can take advantage of a 30-day free trial at www.vdoto2.com, Athletes not working with a coach can use the code RAMBLING to get 15% off a custom training plan for your next goal race. Follow Matt: Instagram - @rambling_runner Twitter - @rambling_runner Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 13, 2020
Our pre-Olympic Trials prep continues with Sarah Bishop. This episode is the full Sarah Bishop experience. We talk about her training after the China IRONMAN 70.3, how she increased her running after the triathlon season, her decision to run the Mesa-Phoenix Marathon (which she won with a 2:39 PR) last weekend before heading to New Zealand for another triathlon before she goes to Atlanta the week after. Her full and energetic life is on full dIsplay is this wide-ranging conservation. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. 
 Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. VDOT O2 is a coaching platform for runners of all levels. Coaches are using VDOT O2 to more effectively individualize their athlete's training pinpointing the paces you need to train at to improve effectively. All coaches can take advantage of a 30-day free trial at www.vdoto2.com, Athletes not working with a coach can use the code RAMBLING to get 15% off a custom training plan for your next goal race.
February 11, 2020
With the Olympic Marathon Trials approaching quickly, we will reconnect with all of our entrants that we have followed since June. First up is Roberta Groner. We talk about her rest period in November, her struggle to find the fire to train hard in December, and how everything is coming together in January and February. She also discusses the Atlanta course in detail and provides us with a clear picture of her fitness and race plan. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 10, 2020
With the Olympic Marathon Trials approaching quickly, we will reconnect with all of our entrants that we have followed since June. First up is Roberta Groner. We talk about her rest period in November, her struggle to find the fire to train hard in December, and how everything is coming together in January and February. She also discusses the Atlanta course in detail and provides us with a clear picture of her fitness and race plan. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 6, 2020
Kate Landau comes to the show with one of the best marathon resumes in America. She finished top-15 at both Boston and the NYC marathons in 2019 and has improved year-after-year. She is also a masters runner and a single mother! In this episode, Kate talks about her plans for the Trials, why she will also be racing Boston this year, how battling disored eating for 20 years (including 10 when she left running altogether) affected her, and how she views the current movement in the sport to bring these issues to light. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. Founded in 2014, COROS was born from the desire to make products that are more accurate, reliable, durable and easier to use than what was previously on the market. COROS features the longest battery life on the market, with 25 hours in full GPS mode on the entry level PACE and an astonishing 60 hours on its top level VERTIX. Visit www.coros.com for more information. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 3, 2020
What a year and a half it’s been for John Raneri. A PR in every distance from the mile to the marathon that he recently topped-off with one of the best half marathons in U.S. history. John arrived at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a plan to compete and break 62 minutes - and he did just that. The results of the race were incredible. 29 men overall, and 14 American men, dipped under 62 minutes. John clocked a 1:01:51 to finish as the 11th American. Not only that, his performance as good for 34th all-time. John also makes a big, and surprise, announcement about his spring plans. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 28, 2020
Neely Spence Gracey is back! Neely ran 2:44:03 at the Houston Marathon to qualify for her third Olympic Trials. This was her first race since she gave birth to her son Athens over a year ago. It’s been a long way back for Neely, who was one of the best runners in the U.S. from 2015-17. In this episode, Neely displays her typical candor in discussing the injuries and hurdles she overcame to get to Houston, how her mentality changed after breaking her leg last summer, and how she approached Houston with an atypical build-up. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 22, 2020
On Saturday morning at the Houston Marathon expo I was an fortunate to record a live show with Jared Ward. He was his typical energetic and expansive self, making this conversation an immediate hit with everyone in attendance. Out topic was “Preparing for a Goal Race” and Jared discussed the physical, mental, and emotional sides of his prep. He was generous with his wide-ranging examples, and deep insight, that runners of all abilities can learn from. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 14, 2020
Jennifer Hughes is on a mission. A mission to OTQ. At the 2019 Houston Marathon her journey began as she ran a disappointing 2:51. Her quest them took her to the Chicago Marathon then the California International Marathon, where she ran a heart-breaking 2:45:28. Just 28 seconds off her goal! This 41 year old mother of four has one final chance, and it’s back where it all started, at the Houston Marathon this Sunday. Learn all about this amazing woman and her never-say-die spirit. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 7, 2020
What a year 2019 was for Katrina Spratford. Katrina, who had specialized in cross-country after college, battled injuries throughout, and preceding, the build-up to her marathon debut at the California International Marathon. She fought through them all to make it to the starting line only to face a new set of challenges. Ultimately, she reached her goal of an OTQ with a hard-fought 2:44:16. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 30, 2019
Ann Mazur just capped a decade of non-traditional training by qualifying for the Olympic Trials at the California International Marathon with a time of 2:44:45. Ann had a successful college running career at Notre Dame where she teamed up with Molly Huddle. That is also when she started to dabble in yoga. Ann started to become a devoted yoga practitioner while in grad school at the University of Virginia and her athletic and professional life was changed forever. She has adopted a “run less, yoga more” approach and she has never been faster. You can learn more about that approach by watching her Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/YZ7tx1YB35o. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 23, 2019
From collegiate runner, to non-runner, to the podium at the California International Marathon as a masters runner. Meriah Earle ran a 2:34:35 am to finish third at CIM and she is just getting started. She went into the race hoping to get an OTQ. It turns out, she was ready for much, much more. Meriah‘s resurgence isn’t nearly amazing in her own right, but shows what so many people are capable of doing even if they haven’t followed a linear path to their goals.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 16, 2019
Last weekend C.J. Albertson finished in a close second place at the California International Marathon with a personal best 2:13:40 - a mere four seconds behind Elisha Barno. C.J. has had a remarkable year including setting the world record in the indoor marathon and a mammoth training sessions (including a 30 mile training run three weeks before CIM where he averaged 5:15 per mile) all at a relatively young age for a marathoner. In a very short period of time, Albertson has elevated himself to the near top of the U.S. marathon field and has done so in an untraditional manner. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 13, 2019
I’ve recorded nearly 300 podcasts in my life and this episode with Peter Bromka was the most emotional and insightful one that I’ve ever done. Peter just ran 2:19:02 at the California International Marathon to nearly miss the Olympic Trials qualifying standard. That heartbreaking fact does not come close to telling the whole story. Peter is not only an excellent runner but also a fantastic writer who has put out wonderful pieces on the sport. Over the last couple years he has accrued a following of people who appreciate his work and see themselves in his attempt to achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying effort. In this episode, Peter shares his journey, his feelings before, during, and after the race, and how he views the process of dedicating yourself to a goal while managing a business and family life. You can learn more about Peter and read his work at https://www.peterbromka.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 12, 2019
Who doesn’t love a comeback story? Amazingly, Laura Thweatt has two of them. After four years at Colorado University that didn’t progress the way she hoped, Laura seriously considered stopping her running career. Luckily she did not. She quickly rose to the top of the sport with wonderful performances in cross country and on the roads. After a fabulous marathon debut and second performance, Laura was beset by injuries. After two years she finally regained her health and toed the line at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. In that race she regained her status as one of the elite marathoners in the country and a key figure heading into the Olympic Trials. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 9, 2019
Jared Ward once again proved himself worthy on the highest stage. At the TCS NYC Marathon, Jared Ward clocked a 2:10:45 on his way to a sixth place finish. This fantastic time on a challenging course showed, once again, showed that Jared will be a favorite to finish in the top three at the Olympic Trials in February. In this episode Jared details his training, how he executed on race day, plans for winter training, and his BYU Cougars winning the NCAA men’s cross country championship. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 2, 2019
It was great to catch-up with Kellyn Taylor after her recent performance at the TCS NYC Marathon. Kellyn finished finished just behind fellow U.S. elite marathoner Desiree Linden for seventh place , crossing the line in 2:26:52. This was the fifth fastest time by an American in NYC Marathon history. In this episode, we talk about her great race, how it didn’t quite match her pre-race expectations, and her epic training block leading into the race. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 25, 2019
At the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Dr. Stefanie Flippin was ready to put it down and earn her Olympic Trials Qualifying time. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and she was unable to reach this amazing goal. Stefanie was so effected by the cold weather and brutal winds that she could barely remember what transpired over the final six miles. Despite the conditions, she achieved a huge PR and an even better perspective on her effort and how far she’s come. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 19, 2019
What’s better than seeing someone reach a goal they have spent years trying to accomplish? That’s exactly what Lou Serafini did at the TCS NYC Marathon. In his seventh marathon he battled cramps and a grueling 23rd mile to a stellar 2:16 finish. In this episode, Lou details his mental, physical, and emotional push to the finish. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 14, 2019
In this episode we welcome former professional runner, and a member of the New York City and Chicago Marathon broadcast teams, Carrie Tollefson. She breaks down both major marathons and provides her early insight into some of the top contenders for the Olympic Trials. It’s always a blast speaking with Carrie whose expertise for the sport is matched only by her great relationships with so many of the competitors. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 11, 2019
It’s been a long road for John Raneri to realize his potential in the marathon. At the TCS NYC Marathon John did just that. 2:14:13, 15th Place overall, and 5th American. This huge performance was matched only by his excitement to finally get the marathon monkey off of his back. In this episode, we take a look at how his training evolved this year, busting through mid-race negative thoughts, and how he worked with other runners to make this his best race. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 8, 2019
She did it! With her stellar performance at the TVS NYC Marathon last Sunday, Roberta successfully completed the marathon double that many thought was too much, too soon. Five weeks before NYC she ran the marathon at the World Championships in Doha. After a quick recovery period she stepped to the line in New York and dropped a 2:30:12 to finish as the fourth American in the stacked field. In this episode she details how she recovered so quickly from her midnight marathon in the desert and what motivated her when things got tough in NYC. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 6, 2019
This coming weekend is the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Dr. Stefanie Flippin Is ready to roll. She is on a mission to earn her Olympic Trials qualifying time of sub-2:45 In this episode she talks about how she is feeling in all areas heading into the race. We also hear from her coach, Heather McKirdy, who analyzes how far Stefanie has come over the past year and her expectations for Monumental.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 30, 2019
TCS New York City Marathon week is upon us and it is sure to be an amazing race. In this episode we hear from Kellyn Taylor, Roberta Groner, Jared Ward, John Raneri, and Lou Serafini. Each of them discuss their current fitness level, injury status, mental and emotional frame of mind, mantras and motivations, and goals for the race. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 28, 2019
Five years ago Sarah Horbol was running 25 miles a week in preparation for her first marathon. Today she has won several marathons and half-marathons. In this episode we talk about this amazing progression and how she is preparing for the Olympic Trials. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 22, 2019
He did it! Parker Stinson has been open and honest about his goal of breaking 2:11 in the marathon for two years. Last weekend at the Chicago marathon he turned that vision into a reality. He was one of 10 American men to break 2:12 in a phenomenal group performance. In this episode, we talk about all that, how it feels to get the monkey off his back, finally pacing the full 26.2 the way he dreamed, and more, in Parker’s typical and wonderful frankness. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 21, 2019
He did it! Parker Stinson has been open and honest about his goal of breaking 2:11 in the marathon for two years. Last weekend at the Chicago marathon he turned that vision into a reality. He was one of 10 American men to break 2:12 in a phenomenal group performance. In this episode, we talk about all that, how it feels to get the monkey off his back, finally pacing the full 26.2 the way he dreamed, and more, in Parker’s typical and wonderful frankness. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 14, 2019
Matt Llano came away from the Berlin Marathon with a lifetime personal best of 2:11:14. A time that shows the promise he's been waiting to demonstrate since he ran his precious PR, again in Berlin, four years ago.  The past three years have included serious struggles. Coming back from injury and major surgery (labrum and pelvis) and working through two coaching changes can trigger doubts that can be difficult to paper over.  Ultimately, Matt decided his goals were worth the fight. Matt's journey to 2:11:14 (a 74 second PR) isn't a fairytale. We cover all of it in this wide-ranging interview.  This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 10, 2019
The only thing better than seeing someone achieve a dream is having an opportunity to speak with them afterwards. Carly Gill ran the race of her life at the Berlin Marathon with an Olympic Trials Qualifying time 2:42. Carly is the personification of energy and enthusiasm and it was wonderful to hear about her training, approaching running with joy, and becoming a sub-elite runner despite starting later than most of her peers.  This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 7, 2019
In this episode we welcome back John Raneri after two stellar performances. He recently competed in the Crim and Surf City 10 milers. While both races are quite different, John performed well in both. After we talk about each race, and the preparations that went into both, we take a deep dive into his racing mentality and how he fights through pain on race day. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 3, 2019
Roberta Groner’s amazing world championship marathon performance in Doha, Qatar by the stats: - 90 degrees and 73% humidity  - 6th place finish  - First American  - 2:38:34  - One of only 40 finishers of the 68 entrants  - Six laps of a 7k course  - One core temperature measurement pill  Roberta had an unbelievable race in the most grueling event that she’s ever experienced. In this episode, we dive into all of it and touch up on what she’s doing to prepare for the New York City Marathon in five weeks.   This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 30, 2019
Lindsay Crouse is an editor, producer, and writer at the New York Times. A native Rhode Islander, she ran cross country and track at Harvard before landing at The Times. This spring her work was the talk of the sports world. She helped she’d light on how Nike was not guaranteeing female athletes a salary during their pregnancies or immediately after giving birth. This powerful piece, and follow up work, featured Olympians Kara Goucher and Alysia Montano speaking out about the policy. In addition to all of that, Lindsay is an experienced marathoner and is chasing an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.   This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 24, 2019
When we last spoke to Sarah Bishop she was starting her journey into triathlon after a short build up that followed a string of injuries. She quickly evolved from an athlete who purchased her first road bike in February to one of the top amateur triathletes in the world. That’s right, in the world. In this episode, we talk about her finishes listed below As well as how she was able to put together so many quality performances. - Chattanooga 70.3 2nd Amateur - Steelhead 70.3 2nd Amateur - Muncie 70.3 2nd Amateur - Ohio 70.3 1st Overall - Age Group Nationals 1st Place 35-39 Olympic and Sprint Distances - Chicago (Duathlon) 2nd Place - 70.3 World Championships 2nd Place 35-39 Age Group She is now ranked #1 35-39 Age Group in USA Triathlon and 35-39 in 70.3 Ironman. This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 9, 2019
What a difference a week makes. In consecutive weeks Parker Stinson ran the Crim 10 Miler in the USATF 20K Championship. The beginning of this doubleheader did not go well. In this episode, Parker details, with brutal honesty, exactly what went wrong in the first race and how he corrected it in the second.  This episode is sponsored by InsideTracker. In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers so you can optimize your health and performance. Use code RAMBLINGRUNNER to save 15% at www.insidetracker.com.
September 2, 2019
The last time we checked in Dr. Stefanie Flippin she was feeling good and ready to embark on a summer filled with speed-work. Quickly thereafter she was slowed by an unidentified feeling. She just wasn’t herself and couldn’t hit her normal paces in workouts. In this episode we talk about what she was dealing with, how she worked through it, and exactly what her training has looked like. We also had some beer talk at the end the episode with plenty of craft beer drop-ins.
August 26, 2019
In this episode we reconnect with Lou Serafini. We spoke about how he has recovered from Grandma’s Marathon and how that recovery compared to previous races. We then dive into the the beginning of his marathon build-up for the NYC Marathon and his Falmouth Road Race. Falmouth is always stacked with an elite field filled with athletes finishing up a season or starting a new one. Lou finished well with a 34:07 the week after a strong five mile race win. Finally, we dive into some some beer-related Q & A.
August 19, 2019
In a new twist for the show we are speaking with a coach of one of the athletes we are following. James McKirdy has been coaching John Raneri for two years but has known him for far longer than that. In this episode, we discuss how he has helped John get to the next level as a runner and how they are preparing for the Crim 10 Miler next weekend and the TCS NYC Marathon. James runs the McKirdy Trained coaching service and you can learn more at www.mckirdytrained.com.
August 12, 2019
What an exciting summer for Kellyn Taylor. At the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships Kellyn competed in the 5k and 10k against the nations best. In this episode we take a deep dive into both races where she placed third and tenth respectively. We also talk about her inclusion in the recent announcement of the TCS New York City Marathon elite field which is stacked with elites.
August 8, 2019
Earlier this week the TCS New York Marathon announced their elite field. It is stacked with high-level runners, including Roberta Groner. This exciting news was made even more interesting when coupled with the fact that 37 days before New York Roberta will be representing the USA in the marathon at the World Championships in Doha. In this episode, Roberta talks about why she chose to run two fall marathons, the timing of those decisions. how exactly she is training for the World Championships (including her first ever 100 mike week), and her initial thoughts on the training/recovery between the marathons.
August 5, 2019
Jared Ward is one of the best marathoners in the United States and he is poised to compete for another spot in Olympic marathon. In this episode, Jared discusses his training for, and recovery from, the 2016 Olympics, how he learned to proactively work on his body after struggling with injuries for two years, and his mindset for 2019/20. Several career highlights: - Marathon PR - 2:09:25 (2019 Boston) - Placed 6th in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in 2:11:30 - 2015 USA Marathon Champion This episode is sponsored by Mighty. Mighty is the first ever Spotify music player that works without a phone, screen, or Internet connection. Enjoy your workouts, runs, hikes, and commutes without the distractions of your smartphone. Mighty is smaller than a box of matches, works with Bluetooth and wired headphones, has more than five hours of playback, and holds 1,000 songs. Available globally from www.bemighty.com for just $79.99 and you can save 10% by using code RAMBLING. 
August 1, 2019
Our latest installment is with Dr. Stefanie Flippin. Stefanie is the lone member of the Road to the Olympic Trials roster who is striving to achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon. She began running as an adult in medical school and is quite new to competitive road racing. An experienced ultra and trail runner, she is a four time 100 miler finisher, twelve time 50-100k finisher. Even more impressive is that Dr. Flippin is a foot and ankle surgeon & co-owner of private practice with her husband in Lakewood, Colorado.   Stefanie had a recent breakthrough at the Birmingham Wine 10k, with a 36:32 in a downpour - placing 7th in a competitive elite field. She also had a win at the Canyonlands Half Marathon, posting the 3rd fastest female time in the race's 46 year history. You can follow Stefanie at https://instagram.com/stefanieannflippin?igshid=q7tcnqd38wkx. 
July 29, 2019
As a wife and mother of four young children, Sarah Bishop understands how overwhelming daily responsibilites can be, and the importance of having an outlet to channel her incredible energy. For her, training goals not only improved her life in many ways but also led to her to winning marathons, half-marathons, 70.3 IRONMAN, and qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. When runners get injured we often hear that we should cross train to maintain fitness. Sarah Bishop, an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon, took it to the extreme. After racing nearly every weekend in the fall she was sidelined with leg injuries. True to her personality, she dove into cross training with both feet. Not long after, she signed up for her first triathlon - IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3. Sarah proceeded to finish second overall and earn her pro card. In this episode we talk about how somebody with little to no biking and swimming experience achieved such a remarkable result and how that will impact her training for the Trials. Recent highlights: - 2019 IRONMAN Ohio 70.3 – 1st - 2019 IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3 – 2nd Amateur - 2018 Air Force Marathon – 1st - 2017 Marine Corps Marathon – 1st This episode is sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout.
July 25, 2019
Big news was announced on Tuesday by the IAAF and we are here with a comprehensive reaction with Mario Fraioli, Parker Stinson, and Ben Rosario. Here is an excerpt from the USATF release: ”The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), granted its request to extend the conditions for granting a Gold Label for 2020 Olympic Trials – Marathon men’s and women’s qualification - on an exceptional basis... In a Gold Label Marathon race, athletes who finish in the top 5 of the event are considered to have achieved the qualifying standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. As such, in Atlanta, the top three men and women place finishers over the 26.2 mile course will be nominated to the Team USATF Olympic roster.” This episode is sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout.
July 22, 2019
John Raneri is a runner who has come into his own over the last two years. After a solid career at the the University of North Carolina it look him a while to tap into his enormous talent. Once he re-dedicated himself, and began working with his longtime friend James McKirdy, John established himself as one of the top runners in the country when he finished 9th at the 2019 NYC Half in a time of 62:51. In this episode we discuss that breakout performance, his disappointing 2019 Boston Marathon, and the recent Boilermaker 15k in which he finished as the 4th American. Recent highlights:  - 2019 NYC Half – 9th (62:51) - 2019 Birmingham Wine 10k – 2nd - 2018 Columbus Half Marathon- 2nd - 2018 NYRR Abbott to the Dash- 1st This episode is sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout.
July 18, 2019
Kellyn Taylor has established herself as one of the top American marathoners since she debuted at the distance running a 2:28:40 at the Chevron Houston Marathon. Ever since she has been one of the top runners in the country a various distances. In this episode we discuss her recent training, the Peachtree road race, and her preview of the Olympic marathon trials course. In 2019, she followed up a top-15 finish at the USATF Cross Country Championships and a win at the Pacific Pursuit 10k with an eighth-place finish at the United Airlines NYC Half. In May, she was fourth at the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in 2:26:27. At the Peachtree Road Race 10k she finished ninth in 32:37, three seconds off her road PR. More recent highlights: - 4th Fastest Marathon Qualifying Time for the 2020 Trials - Achieved the Olympic Marathon Standard - 2018 Grandma’s Marathon – 1st and Course Record (2:24:29) - 2016 USA Olympic Trials 10,000m – 4th - 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon – 6th This episode is sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout.
July 15, 2019
Lou Serafini has become a staple of the Boston running scene through his blockbuster performances and community leadership. Lou has succeeded at many distances, including breaking four minutes in the mile last year. In addition to running  over 100 miles a week in his pursuit of excelling at the marathon, Lou works full-time as the community manager for Tracksmith.   In this episode, you talk about Lou’s running background, his experience in his first Olympic Trials, and his recent performance at Grandma’s Marathon.  Recent highlights: -Sub-4:00 Miler (2018) -2019 USATF Half Marathon Championships – 6th -2019 Brooklyn Half – 1st (PR – 1:03:14) -2016 Olympic Marathon Qualifier -2015 New England Runner of the Year This episode was sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout. 
July 12, 2019
For Roberta Groner, 2019 has already been a year of unparalleled success and she is striving for more. Roberta is one of only nine U.S. women who currently have the 2020 Olympic standard. She achieved this in April at the Rotterdam Marathon, finishing in a personal best time of 2:29:09. In doing so she joined Deena Kastor and Colleen De Reuck as the third American woman over the age of 40 to break 2:30. In May she was selected to the represent the U.S. in the marathon at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on September 27. In this episode we discuss these achievements, her goal to break Kastor’s American master’s marathon record, her 10 year running hiatus after college, and her plans for the summer and fall. Roberta is a life-long runner who runs for the New York Athletic Club. She completed her RN and is now a nurse at Summit Medical Group in NJ. After a hiatus of 10 years, she took up running again focusing on longer distances. She is also a mother to three boys who are currently 15, 13, and 12 years old. Recent highlights: -2019 USATF National Masters 8K Championships - 1st place (26:48 ) PR -2019 Rotterdam Marathon: 5th place (2:29:06) PR -Achieved the Olympic Marathon Standard -2018 USATF Master’s Runner of the Year for age group 40-44  This episode was sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout.
July 11, 2019
Welcome to the first episode of the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast. This episode features Parker Stinson. Parker is a nine time All-American from the University of Oregon and has been a fixture in the American running scene for some time. In this episode we dive into his challenging marathon experiences, overcoming past and current injuries, his recent coaching change to longtime friend Dathan Ritzenheim, his outlook on the Olympic marathon standard, and his vision for the upcoming eight months. Parker is sponsored by Saucony and Gatorade Endurance. Recent highlights: -2019 USATF 25K Championships - 1st American Record – 1:13:48 -2018 USATF Half Marathon Championships - 2nd -Half Marathon PR – 62:02 -Marathon PR – 2:14:29  Learn more:  www.parkerstinson.com  Twitter - www.twitter.com/parkerstinson  Instagram - www.instagram.com/_parker_stinson_ This episode was sponsored by AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand, best known for its open-ear listening experience. Powered by patented, best-in-class bone conduction technology, AfterShokz headphones sit outside your ear so you can hear your music and your surroundings. AfterShokz is a must-have headphone for runners providing the ultimate level of safety and comfort without compromising sound quality. To learn more and save $50 on AfterShokz Endurance Bundles visit https://olympictrials.aftershokz.com. Use code RTTOT at checkout. 
June 27, 2019
The Road to the Olympics Trials podcast features eight elite runners, four men and four women, who are excited about pulling back the curtain and being open and honest about their training, racing, and goals in their lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in February, 2020. The athletes who will be sharing their journey are Jared Ward, Kellyn Taylor, Roberta Groner, Parker Stinson, Lou Serafini, Sarah Bishop, John Raneri, and Dr. Stefanie Flippin. This is a Rambling Runner Podcast. See more at: www.theramblingrunner.com www.instagram.com/rambling_runner www.twitter.com/rambling_runner www.facebook.com/theramblingrunner
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