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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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April 26, 2017
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Fuel for What You’re Doing: Rethinking Fueling and Hydration with Dr. Stacy Sims

There are a lot of options for fueling and hydration products on the market, but beyond taste and marketing lies efficacy: is the product doing the job you need it to do when you need it to do it? There are also some misconceptions and myths that, while... 

April 19, 2017
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Peace Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Changing the World Through Sport With Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh

As a little boy growing up in Jordan, Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh aka “Mo” was a bit of a troublemaker. He fought constantly with both his classmates and teachers and, by consequence, was moved from class to class and then from school to school to no avail. Then... 

April 12, 2017
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The Superfood of Champions: How Beets Can Improve Performance in Just Days – Dr. Andrew Jones

Beet juice has become all the rage in the running world over the last few years, and for that we can thank Dr. Andrew Jones (aka @AndyBeetroot on Twitter). With the help of his team at the University of Exeter, Andrew discovered beetroot’s natural... 

April 5, 2017
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Why Your Best Accomplishment Should Be Your Next One – Director of the Boston Marathon Dave McGillivray

Race director, philanthropist, motivational speaker, accomplished athlete – Dave McGillivray is a professional with a purpose. From his extraordinary run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1978 to serving... 

March 29, 2017
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How to Protect Your Heart for the Miles Ahead with Dr. John Mandrola, Lennard Zinn and Chris Case

It’s been said that if a little does a good job, then a lot is even better and too much is probably just right. However, evidence indicates that too much exercise, like that experienced by years of endurance sports, can lead to what is known as “athlete’s... 

March 22, 2017
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Passing the Baton – Tina Muir and Sinead Haughey

This is a bittersweet episode to be sure, as today we bid the fondest of farewells to our host for the last 2 years, Tina Muir, and introduce the new host for Run To The Top, Sinead Haughey. Most recently, Sinead was the Director of Premium for RunnersConnect... 

March 15, 2017
Jeff Galloway- Go Slow To Go Fast

Jeff Galloway- Go Slow To Go Fast

Wait… What?? That’s correct. 1972 Olympian, Jeff Galloway, who was self-coached and absorbed as much as he could from other runners has proven that to go fast, you should go slow. Hundreds of thousands of runners have trained with his method and... 

March 8, 2017
Mary Wittenberg & Virgin Sport -The Next Social Movement?

Mary Wittenberg & Virgin Sport: The Next Social Movement?

As CEO of the New York Road Runners from 2005 to 2015, and having been involved with them since 1998, Mary Wittenberg helped the NY Marathon grow to include 400,000 participants, including 120,000 school children across multiple events and helped found... 

March 1, 2017
Now is the Time to Set Your Own Narrative- Michael Hammond

Now is the Time to Set Your Own Narrative- Michael Hammond

Collegiate, post-collegiate & non-collegiate running with Michael Hammond Michael Hammond is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he competed in cross country and track, earning two ACC titles and four NCAA All-American honors. His individual efforts... 

February 22, 2017
Train Your Brain for Success- Evie Serventi

Train Your Brain for Success- Evie Serventi

Running can be tough, not just on our bodies, but on our emotions and psyche. This is especially true whenever we experience any perceived setback; injuries, a rough workout or a less than desired performance in a race. We all talk to ourselves, whether... 

February 15, 2017
Decoding Sleep: How to Clean up Your Sleep Hygiene- Luke Gupta

Decoding Sleep: How to Clean up Your Sleep Hygiene- Luke Gupta

Sleep Illiteracy? Sleep Education? Sleep Management? Is it really a big deal? We’ve all been sleeping our entire lives, but do we even think about sleep correctly? Luke Gupta graduated from the University of Bath with a B.Sc in Sport and Exercise Science... 

February 8, 2017
Jay Dicharry- If You are Serious About Your Running, Time to Get in the Weight Room

Jay Dicharry- If You are Serious About Your Running, Time to Get in the Weight Room

Jay Dicharry may or may not have taken Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies quiz, but it’s safe to say that he’s probably a Questioner. Jay is not afraid to question beliefs that many of us have blindly accepted for years and study if, in fact, there... 

February 1, 2017
27 years old. Told you wouldn't even make it to Christmas. Hannah Smith defied all the odds, beat her Oesophageal cancer, and used running to get back to health...even missing 2/3 of her stomach. Inspiring story for all runners and triathletes.

You’re Stronger Than You Think-Hannah Smith

For someone in their late 20’s to feel lucky that they were diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, they would have to be a very special individual. Hannah Smith is just that: very special, indeed. Her story isn’t just one of survival; it’s an inspirational... 

January 25, 2017
Gretchen Rubin-There is No Finish Line to your Goals: You Deserve More

Gretchen Rubin-There is No Finish Line to your Goals: You Deserve More

Haven’t we all, at one time or another, struggled with getting new activities to become more permanent? Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and fellow Podcaster, shares her research with us on how to create lasting habits. And because no... 

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,...