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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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June 21, 2017
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Dismantling Your Fears for Empowered Running – Boston Marathon Champion Jack Fultz

It was the hottest Boston Marathon in history. Heat waves blurred the horizon as Jack and his competition toed the starting line, their uniforms already drenched in sweat. Race officials knew water stations alone weren’t going to cut it in the... 

June 14, 2017
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How to Unlock Your Best Stride and Avoid the Habits Holding You Back – Jonathan Beverly

What if someone told you there is no “correct” stride? That – just like our fingerprints – everyone’s optimal stride is unique to them? While this goes against the grain of what we runners have been taught, Jonathan Beverly has the... 

June 7, 2017
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Have Your Beer and Drink It Too: Beer Designed for Athletes by Athletes – Caitlin Landesberg

After trail runner Caitlin Landesberg discovered she was gluten intolerant, she felt left out when she could no longer partake in the ritual post-workout beer with her friends. To most runners, this ritual is a familiar one and part of what makes the... 

May 31, 2017
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It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been – Cherie Gruenfeld

Cherie Gruenfeld exemplifies the ability to remain competitive regardless of age. Much like many of our listeners, Cherie picked up endurance sports a little later in life – starting running in her early 40s and triathlons in her late 40s. Now... 

May 24, 2017
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ChiRunning: Maximum Efficiency and Minimal Impact for Pain-Free Running – Danny Dreyer

When ultramarathoner and running guru Danny Dreyer attended a tai chi class in 1999, a lightbulb went off. He believed the martial art’s principles of alignment, relaxation, and balance could allow him to finally make the next leap in training, and... 

May 17, 2017
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Why You Shouldn’t Take Time Off When Injured – Dr. Christopher Segler

Most of us have been there. You’re in the thick of training just a few weeks away from your big goal race, and then one morning you step out of bed to discover a new pain – a pain far worse than the everyday soreness you know too well. *insert... 

May 10, 2017
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The Dawn of Biohacking: Using Biomarkers to Optimize Your Unique Wiring For Peak Performance and Health – Chris Kelly

You know your body better than anyone else, so you know when things aren’t feeling “right”. Unfortunately, traditional healthcare doesn’t typically cater to runners. Reference ranges are determined without the athlete in mind, and when you express... 

May 3, 2017
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Has Our Footwear Outgrown Our Feet? The Evidence Behind Barefoot Running – Dr. Irene Davis

Since Christopher McDougall popularized the practice in his 2009 book Born to Run, more and more runners have been opting for minimalist shoes or, ditching the foam altogether, barefoot running. Followers of the barefoot movement maintain the practice... 

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...