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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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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... 

June 29, 2016
Running through tiredness and pain is expected as a runner, but what about if you feel absolutely exhausted on every run and have no motivation to even train (but as a stubborn runner you do it anyway). Chris Kelly may have the answer for you, and it will change your life forever, and make you feel fit, healthy, and happy.

Chris Kelly: How Exhaustion is Slowly Killing Your Performance

Do you ever struggle with exhaustion? Whether you’re running or just going through the activities of daily life, there might be some issues that you’re dealing with that can make you feel “not quite right”. This can be particularly troubling... 

June 22, 2016
Dr Jason Karp believes running brings so much more to our lives than just staying in shape. We can all be better than we currently are. Running gives us the chance to narrow the gap between where we are and where we want to be. If you love to run, you will love this episode.

Failure is Part of the Process. Are You Going to Let it Stop You?- Dr. Jason Karp

You already know the physical benefits of running, and if you run, you also know that there are countless emotional and mental benefits. From boosting creativity and productivity, to fostering a sense of organization, taking up running, particularly distance... 

June 15, 2016
Why do people say running is an individual sport? We love to support and motivate other runners, and it allows us to build great friendships. Strava has changed the lives of millions of runners all over the world and by joining the Strava team, you can make running even better.

Run for Life, Not Just for Today- Strava Founder Michael Horvath

Although running is an individual sport, do you sometimes wish you had the camaraderie of a team? Michael Horvath, today’s guest, founded Strava, an online community for runners and other athletes. Through tracking, Strava is able to help you connect... 

June 8, 2016
Born to Run Author Chris McDougall with his humor, fun loving attitude, and candor makes it easy to listen to this special edition of Run to the Top. Chris talks about parkour, using fat for fuel, and racing with donkeys. Plus the latest updates on the Born to Run Movie!

Chris McDougall: Why Should Runners Care About Parkour?

One of our previous guests, Chris McDougall, is back to talk about his new book, parkour, diet, and how it all relates to master runners, as well as to runners in general. After a career in international journalism, Chris, who is fascinated by the human... 

June 1, 2016
Ted Jaleta is one of the best masters runners in the world. His story is incredibly inspiring as he fled Ethiopia during the Civil War. This WILL change your perspective on your running (and life!)

When Opportunity Knocks, Will You be Ready?- Ted Jaleta

On today’s episode, we are talking to Ted Jaleta, a world-class master runner and former Ethiopian refugee who is now a citizen of Canada. He is now a motivational speaker, a Hall of Fame athlete, and a former winner of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.... 

May 25, 2016
Strength training is no longer just for weightlifters. It will mean runners stay safe from injuries, run faster, and get stronger (without getting big). Elite runner strength coach Drew Watts explains how to do it right.

Are You a Strength Training Baby?- Drew Watts

Today I’m speaking with my own trainer, Drew Watts. I sometimes hesitate to talk too much about myself, but Drew has been so helpful to me in the course of my journey, and he has some great insight on topics such as running form and strength training. Drew... 

May 18, 2016
Nerd Fitness founder Steve Kamb talks about how important it is for us to cultivate discipline to stay committed to our training and running rather than relying on motivation from others. This podcast will change your perspective and attitude towards your fitness, and show you how you can improve yourself and make life more enjoyable in the process.

How to Level Up in the Game of Life- Nerd Fitness

On today’s podcast, I’m speaking with Steve Kamb, founder of Nerd Fitness and author of Level Up Your Life. Steve helps people change their lifestyles by making and sticking to small changes over a period of time. Steve is one of the most brilliant...