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If you were learning to play golf, would you want to learn from Tiger Woods or some guy who played in high school? Running isn’t any different from golf – you deserve to learn from the best.

And that’s our mission with our podcast and these in-depth interviews:

We want to introduce you to the doers and thinkers in the running world, whose training concepts, depth of knowledge, and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change the way you approach your running and training.

We want to give you an alternative to the “know-it-all gurus” and marketing hype. Heck, no single person knows it all. The best way to grow is to learn from a mix of smart, energetic and talented people who are willing to share their expertise and experiences.

Even better, if you want to ask your own questions to our future guests, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We will post opportunities for questions as soon as we schedule the interview. This is your chance to get real answers from running experts.

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January 18, 2017
Ever considered that runners have a HUGE advantage when it comes to triathlons. Rather than being passed on the run, we are the ones passing! It builds confidence, and is a great step if looking for a new challenge. Coach Rob Wilby has great advice for runners on how to make the transition to a triathlon.

You Need to Build Your Ability to Train Before You Can Train- Rob Wilby

What if triathlons (or 70.3’s) weren’t as intimidating as they may appear? What if, as a successful long distance runner, you already possessed a unique advantage over athletes in the other disciplines? And what if, you could become a successful triathlete,... 

January 11, 2017
Lanni Marchant is a pro runner who is not afraid to speak the truth about women's running, Canadian selection policies, and body image. A must listen for men and women.

Lanni Marchant-Your Body is Your Equipment: You Need to Fuel Your Engine

What makes elite runners so good at running? Are they superhuman, and just have the talent to be able to leave us all in their dust? Actually, no! Even though most elite runners struggle with revealing their weaknesses in fear of losing sponsors or upsetting... 

January 4, 2017
If you have ever used food as a form of self medication for the struggles of life, this is the episode for you. Josh Trent has fantastic advice on how to choose a running or fitness goal that is bigger than you are, that will inspire you during the hard times, and help you get through the weight loss struggles.

There is No Finish Line: Commit to Continuous Growth-Josh Trent

The journey of losing weight is not easy. Anyone who has tried to lose weight in the past knows that all too well, but our guest today not only shares his struggles with using food as comfort to process his emotions, but how he finally broke free of using... 

December 28, 2016
Jared Ward is known as the king of pacing, but that is something most of us struggle with, especially in a marathon. Learn how to time it just right so you run your best race from one of the best in the running world.

Jared Ward- We Are All Just Trying to Be the Best We Can Be

My guest today is statistics professor and humble Olympian Jared Ward. He’s one of the best pacers in the world, and on today’s podcast we’re going to find out how we can start training to pace our races as perfectly as he does. Jared wrote his... 

December 25, 2016
Run to the Top Christmas Special- Interview with Tina Muir

Run to the Top Christmas Special- Interview with Tina Muir

Happy Holidays! Today’s episode is a special treat – consider it a Christmas present because I’m my very own guest today! I’ve brought on my good friend and fellow marathoner Sarah Crouch to play hostess with the mostess and ask me the hard questions... 

December 21, 2016
Dr Jordan Santos gives some shocking findings from his research about biomechanics and gait, and shares what he can conclude about strength training for runners from his research with Kenyan athletes.

Dr. Jordan Santos-Concejero- The Research is Clear: Strength Training is the Best Way to Improve Running Economy

If you love the science behind running, this is the episode for you! I’ve brought Jordan Santos-Concejero on the podcast today to discuss a little bit of his research on the physiology and the biomechanics behind the art of running. Dr. Santos started... 

December 14, 2016
Alicia Shay shares the real story behind the passing of her husband, elite runner Ryan Shay during the New York Marathon. Alicia tried to run from the grief, but it caught up to her, and took years to get back to running.

Alicia Shay- Emotional Stress is Powerfully Destructive in Your Body

As runners, we know we’re passionate about our sport and our community. We offer great support for one another, but sometimes it can be hard to accept that support ourselves. How many of us ignore pain because we don’t want to be seen as weak? I know... 

December 7, 2016
Running is a metaphor for life. Taking one step at a time, and planning out milestones, you can achieve in life and running. Back on My Feet is giving individuals in homeless shelters the opportunity to turn their life around, and this is a powerful episode to change your perspective on just what running can do.

Back on My Feet- The Power of Running to Overcome Homelessness

I’m excited to have a fellow Brit on the show today! Katy Sherratt is the CEO of Back On My Feet, a non-profit organization that helps homeless and those down on their luck get – you guessed it! – back on their feet. But they do it with running! Members... 

November 30, 2016
David Minkoff has competed in 41 ironman competitions, but has trained for these while working 60-80 hours a week. If you are busy, and struggle to fit your training in, David inspires us all to see that is will be worth it, but you can achieve any goals you want to. We also discuss long term health and how to look after your body better than ever before.

Dr. David Minkoff- You Can Overcome and Outlast Your Setbacks

My guest today participated in over 40 Iron Man competitions, which is admirable on its own. But when you hear about what he’s been doing for the health and wellness for the runners he has met, you are really going to be impressed. David Minkoff got... 

November 23, 2016
You take your car in for a checkup 1-2 times a year, so why not take your body for a checkup when it does just as many miles. The Gait Guys are the best in the business when it comes to biomechanics and running form.

The Gait Guys- Runners Need Risk Management, Not Crisis Management

Today’s episode is going to completely change the way you look at running form. I’m sure we’re all guilty of saying we have “bad form” while running. I know my own peroneal arthritis effects my form and the way I think about it, and that’s... 

November 16, 2016
Running does not make us sweaty or gross, but it shows us at our best. Become part of a wedding gift for two people brought together by running.

Find What You Love and Work for it- Chiara Gandolfi

Will you help me give a wedding present today? My guest didn’t start out as a runner, in fact, she did not start running until one year ago. Chiara was a springboard diver who was inspired to run by the most powerful force of all: love! As new runners,... 

November 9, 2016
Running may be a solitary sport, but our strength is in our numbers, and there is something so special about running with others that bonds us forever. Every single runner can teach us something new, and through running we learn about work ethic and setting goals. Chris Heuisler (Run Westin) discusses the beauty of our sport, and why running really is the best type of training out there.

How Running Shapes us into the People we Want to Be- Chris Heuisler

If you’ve ever run a marathon, you know how hectic race day can be. You’re out of your element, you’re in a new area, and everything about your routine is falling apart. This is where Chris Heuisler comes in! I brought Chris on the podcast today... 

November 2, 2016
Molly Huddle is not just one of the best runners in the US, but in the World. This week Molly will run her debut Marathon in New York, and the world will be watching. Listen to her share how training has gone, how she sets her goals, and her proudest moment so far. Molly is an inspiration, and this is a must listen episode for runners everywhere.

Molly Huddle: Why New York Was the Marathon for Molly

My guest today is one of the best distance runners in the country. Molly Huddle finished 6th in the 10k at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is about to try her legs out on her first marathon in New York. Molly is already a superstar – and has been since... 

October 26, 2016
Olympian Nick Symmonds is not afraid to speak his mind. We talk to him about the doping scandal, how to chose a team that is a fit for you, and how he turned his darkest moment into one of his greatest accomplishments. Nick is unlike any other professional runner that you will ever hear from, but it is a refreshing change, and one you will want to hear.

Nick Symmonds- Our Filthy, Dirty Sport: It’s Time to Make a Change

I’ve been wanting to talk to our guest today for a long time! He’s got a lot of experience, a lot of opinions, and he’s not afraid to share them. Nick Symmonds is an elite runner is a two time Olympian and competed in his fair share of world track... 

October 19, 2016
Ethan Newberry has never been a fast runner, never been on the podium, but the fulfillment that running in fun experiences brings will have you convinced that having fun is the way to go. Ethan shares how he took back ownership from bullying words, and how body image issues can be overcome, but you CAN control your self doubt, and here is how.

Ginger Runner- You May Never Win a Race, But You Can Have a Blast Doing it

Everyone has a body image issues, and overcoming them is a huge challenge. My guest today is no stranger to that. Ethan is from Los Angeles, so he knows better than anyone how detrimental body image issues can be to our confidence and our health. That’s... 

October 12, 2016
Running helped Perry Newburn overcome a 16 year battle with heroin, and he realized the positive effect running has on mental wellness. To give back to the runner community, Perry has completed ultra challenges all over the world, most recently, for his 60th birthday, running across the US, covering the 3000miles in 51 days. Hear his inspiring and motivational story, and learn how you can challenge yourself too.

How to Distract Your Mind When it Tells You to Quit- Perry Newburn

If you think it’s impossible to run 50+ miles day for weeks on end, our guest today is here to prove you wrong! After overcoming a 16 year battle with heroin addiction, Perry Newburn is lucky to be alive. He realizes what running brings to our lives,... 

October 5, 2016
Nancy Clark is one of the best known dietitians in the running industry. Her knowledge about nutrition for runners is helpful no matter what level you run or train at. Listen to Nancy give her best advice on how to fuel correctly for your training and racing, and ask yourself, do you make the biggest mistake runners make that sabotages their running?

Are You Guilty of the Biggest Mistake Runners Make?- Nancy Clark

If you have some burning questions about your running diet, tune in now and listen to this interview with legendary nutritionist Nancy Clark. She’s a registered dietician with years of experience in the field of Sports Nutrition. She knows how important... 

September 28, 2016
Running isn't just about the medals or the rewards. It is about the camaraderie, the trial, the endurance, the lack of sleep, the scenery, and of course, the socializing with friends with a glass of beer (or bourbon) after the race. These unique events are fun and will change your perspective on just what you can overcome. No matter what level or speed you are, these races are about a diverse group of people tackling one goal. If you love a challenge, you will love this episode!

How to Overcome the Obstacles You Didn’t Think You Could Do- Matt Davis, Terry McMahon, John Sheryak

Have you run a Warrior Dash? The Warrior Dash is a part of this fantastic trend of obstacle races, a running race that combines all sorts of physical feats to spice up your run. They will show you that no matter what you look like or how fast you are,... 

September 21, 2016
Pete Magill, author of Born Again Runner has advice for runners of every level and speed. He shares his story of being told he will die before his sons graduation, to using running to turn his life around, and eventually becoming one of the best masters runners in the world. Pete has advice on how to become the best runner you can be using drills, smart training, and of course, the running community. We can't run away from our problems, but we can use running to help us stay positive even in the worst of times.

How to Become the Runner You Were Meant to Be- Pete Magill

If you’ve ever given up on running once, or twice, or maybe twenty times, then this is the episode for you. Pete Magill is my guest today and we’re talking about why it’s so easy to quit running, and how it’s just as easy to start back up again.... 

September 14, 2016
Professional Runner and host of the Run to the Top Podcast, Tina Muir's coach and husband is on the show this week to share his training advice. He gives exact workouts to do for every distance from 800m- marathon! Very helpful for runners of every level.

Why You Need to Do The Workouts You Hate- Steve Picucci

Not many runners are able to have their spouses act as their coaches, but as you may know, my husband and I are an exception to that rule. Today we’re talking to Steve Picucci, who is the head cross-country and track and field coach at Moorehead State... 

September 7, 2016
Safety while running is the most important thing we could ever have to think about. Todd Williams, Olympian, and founder of Run Safer, explains how to avoid putting your life in danger while you are out on a run, and what to do if you do find your life at risk. The most important episode you will ever listen to.

Do You Know What to Do if Your Life is in Danger When You are on a Run? with Todd Williams

Running has been in the spotlight a lot in the past few weeks, and not for a positive reason. Because there have been some recent physical attacks on runners, it’s important to understand how to stay safe while running. Do you know what to do if your... 

August 31, 2016
Power meters are revolutionizing the running world for good. They could help runners of every level and pace unlock the mystery of why they break down in racing and training. This will help you learn how to see injuries coming before they stop you, and know when you are recovered enough to do another hard workout. Jim Vance even believes every world record will fall because of this new technology. Listen in to see what you think.

How to Use Power Meters to Improve Your Performance- Jim Vance

We all know about power meters for cycling, but now there are power meters for running too. Today, Jim Vance the author of “Run with Power,” will explain what power meters are and how they can be used in training. Or, if you are new to running and... 

August 24, 2016
85 year-old Ed Whitlock has shattered the "too old to run" theory by breaking over 40 world records, including running a 2:54 marathon at age 73, and 1:50 half marathon at 85. Hear his story and what motivates him to keep chasing those world records.

85 Years-Young Ed Whitlock: You Are Never Too Old To Run a Record (or 40!)

Today we are talking to Ed Whitlock, who is 85 and still breaking running records. Ed began his running career when he was 14. He continued running when he went to University, but took a break from running after he injured his achilles. Ed started running... 

August 17, 2016
Training Peaks founder Dirk Friel makes it very easy for all runners and coaches to plan out a season to peak when it matters; on your goal race day. Whether you are racing the marathon or a 5k, this is a very insightful running podcast episode from a very knowledgeable, yet relatable expert.

What Can You Do Today, To Achieve Your Goals Tomorrow- Dirk Friel

Hiring a coach to help train can get expensive, but today we are going to hear from Dirk Friel, the Founder and President of TrainingPeaks about why it’s a good idea to consider a coach. Or, If you are an experienced runner and thinking about becoming... 

August 10, 2016
Steph and Ben Bruce are the perfect role models for runners. This power couple juggle marriage, parenthood, and their own professional running careers, but there is a difference; this couple don't mind sharing their struggles, and are real in a way most elites are not. Great interview, and inspiration for all.

Steph and Ben Bruce- How to Accept Who You Are and Where You Are, Right Now

Today we are talking to a couple who have grown up together in their running careers. They met in college, dated long-distance, got married, and are now the parents of two young children. This is in addition to having thriving running careers and keeping... 

August 3, 2016
Matt Long's story is one of hope, courage, and determination. He was sucked under a bus, told he would never walk again, but against all odds, never let go of his goal of running the New York Marathon, which he did. Very inspiring, and a must listen for every runner.

Matt Long: Surviving When There is Have No Hope to Becoming a Marathon Runner

Today we are talking to a very inspirational guest. Matt Long is the author of The Long Run. Some of you may already know his story: In short, he was hit by a bus, spent six weeks in a medically induced coma in the ICU, and was told that he would be... 

July 27, 2016
Running is 90 percent mental, but why do we not spend more time working on how to prepare mentally for a race. If you want to build mental toughness for running, Scott Welle has the experience and tips to help with the mental aspect of running.

How to Make Sure You Condition Your Mind the Way You Condition Your Body- Scott Welle

Do you ever feel like you are holding yourself back by the mental aspect of running letting you down in a race? If so, you’re not alone! No matter how good a runner you are, it’s likely that you spend a lot of time convincing yourself that you’re... 

July 20, 2016
We know eating after running is important, that without refueling within that optimal window we are risking injury and preventing recovery, but how do you do it if you don't want processed foods? Matt Kadey talks about how to make easy, homemade snacks for before, during and after your run. This makes it so simple, I can't wait to try them out!

Finding the Best Fuel to Power Your Fitness- Matt Kadey

Do you know what to eat before you run, during a long run, and after a workout? Should you eat before you run? How about what to eat after a short run or jog? As a runner, you are probably aware of the importance of eating well, but do you know what... 

July 13, 2016
Running while pregnant was always a definite no, but in recent years, doctors have told us running during pregnancy is okay. Not only can you run while pregnant, but you can run faster after you give birth. Sarah Brown trained for the Olympic Trials during and after her pregnancy, and competed in the Olympic trials when her daughter was just a few months old! Inspiring story, and relatable advice for recreational runners from Meredith Mikell, author of Faster After Baby.

Running While Pregnant: How Sarah Brown Trained for the Olympics During Pregnancy

In the past, running while pregnant was always a definite no as it was not considered safe to run while pregnant, but in recent years, doctors have told us it is ok to run during pregnancy. Not only can you continue running during first trimester... 

July 6, 2016
Think elite runners have it all? They improve in their running every season with a sponsor like Nike behind them? Actually no, and Phoebe Wright does not mind sharing her struggles, and thoughts on eating disorders, doping, and the contemplation of giving up professional running. This girl is honest, real, and easy to relate to. A must listen for every runner!

From Mediocre to Magnificent with Professional Runner Phoebe Wright

On the Run to the Top podcast, I try to vary the types of guests that we have. Today, I’m excited to be interviewing a professional runner. Phoebe Wright has a lot of accolades, but first and foremost, she’s down to earth and simply wonderful to talk...