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Dean Johnson is a runner, race director and coach from Lethbridge, Alberta.  After spending many years playing hockey, slowpitch and coaching youth football, he decided to start running at age 45.  It didn’t take very long before he found himself at Boston, running his first Lost Soul 50K that fall and on the board of the race as a race director.  He is now one of five race directors for the Lost Soul Ultra.  In this episode, we talk about Dean’s personal running experiences, his role as a race director, some of the changes he has seen in trail racing and volunteering over the years, and what he plans to do in the future to nurture the running community. Finally we discuss his coaching approach and philosophy of guiding his athletes towards independence. Connect with Dean:Email: rundean@gmail.comTwitter/Instagram: @rundeanWebsite: https://rundeanrun.ca/Lost Soul Ultra: https://lostsoulultra.com/Resources we discuss in this episode:The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the OccasionHow they make the Lost Soul Ultra rocksConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Today we discuss a subject that’s not talked about nearly enough….the DNF (did not finish). We start by sharing about our most recent DNFs which happened for entirely different reasons. Then we explore:Other reasons why a DNF might happenHow much dwelling on it is productiveWhy processing your feelings is importantHow to mine for any hidden lessonsWhat we mean by “little quits” and what to do if they become a patternHow to move on from a DNF and even help others in the processWhy forgiving yourself is key We hope this episode is informative & instructive, and for anyone who has experienced a DNF or disappointing race in their running career, we also hope it makes you feel less alone. Resources we discuss in this episode:Kim’s blog on her Fat Dog 120 DNFEpisode 83 with Dave Proctor  about “little quits” Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Marianne Hogan may be a relatively new name for many in the running and trail ultra community but she has been on an absolute streak this year, with podium finishes at both Western States where she placed 3rd female (in her first 100 mile race) and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, where she just ran the race of her life crossing the line as the second female despite experiencing a significant injury in her hip mid race. She is only the 3rd woman in history to podium finish at both races in the same year. The previous two were Nikki Kimball in 2007 and Krissy Moehl in 2009. Marianne is 32 years old and currently calls Montreal home.Born and raised in a small town in Quebec, Marianne grew up with a passion to swim, bike and run – and race triathlons. She has had a colourful athletic career as a triathlete and after participating in three World Championships on Triathlon Canada’s Junior National Team, she joined Triathlon Canada’s Para program in 2019 to guide Jessica Tuomela. The pair enjoyed great success, culminating in participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Marianne started trail running in 2015 in Boulder, CO in college, and after her commitment to Jessica was fulfilled, as a member of the Salomon team she launched back into trail and ultrarunning and has been burning up the circuit ever since.In this episode we talk about Marianne’s challenges with injuries, the things she has experienced and learned as a triathlon guide for someone with vision loss, her Western States and of course her UTMB experiences. This is one episode that you will not want to pause once you start, so gear up for a long run and tap play!Connect with Marianne:Instagram: @mariannehogan_Strava & Facebook: MarianneHoganResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Just keep movingFavourite Place to Run: Anywhere along the coast where mountains and sea collideBucket List Race: Tarawera or Ultra AustraliaFavourite Running Movie: ConfineFavourite Post Run Indulgence: A “fun” salad and a beerConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Jason Hubick is a 56 year old runner from Regina Saskatchewan where he and his wife own and manage a small construction company.  Jason was inspired by his daughter to start running in 2004, and quickly progressed to doing his first marathon 2 years later.  After completing  2 full Ironman Triathlons and the Boston Marathon, Jason lost motivation for running because he felt he had checked all the boxes he had ever thought he would.  It was finding his true passion in trail running that pulled him out of his funk, and he now enjoys running 50K trail races and pacing friends in their races.During this episode, Jason repeats over and over how often he just somehow found himself training for races or taking on challenges that usually involved helping others and meeting a need.  He has co-race directed 3 triathlons, taken over existing races to keep them alive, and developed races of his own.  His races always have a fun theme and donate all proceeds to charity.  One of his well known races is the Big Foot 50, held in June near Regina.Jason is a highly respected runner in the Saskatchewan running community and after listening to this podcast you will see why.  He is as real as they get, with a genuine love for running and his trail running community. Resources we discussed in the episode:Our interview with Heidi SchmaltzOur interview with Jon ParadowskiOur interview with the Warren & Jeff Dudar Favourite Mantra: Someday I may not be able to do this but today is not that dayFavourite Place to Run: Trail system near his houseBucket List Race: Antelope Canyon Run in Grand CanyonFavourite Running Book: Born to Run ; Broken OpenFavourite Post Run Indulgence: Elk Burger at the Grizzly Paw Brewery (Canmore)Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Amy Ballon became inspired to run long distances in the 1990’s after watching her mother run the New York City marathon. She got hooked and they went on to run several marathons together, but after her Mom received a terminal cancer diagnosis and passed away in 2001, running became too painful for Amy. She hung up her shoes for the better part of the next decade until a friend encouraged her to join a track club. Although Amy had never stepped foot on a track, she reluctantly agreed and continued showing up despite the steep learning curve she faced for much of the first year. Over time, she became faster in her 40s than she was in her 20s while at the same time forging lifelong friendships. Ten years later at age 51, Amy still continues to excel at middle-to-long distance events on the track and roads, has participated in track meets all over the world, and serves on the board of directors for Canadian Masters Athletics.Born and raised in Toronto, Amy still lives in the same neighbourhood she grew up in with her husband and three teenage girls. In her day job as a small business coach, Amy is the co-owner of Spark Consulting and author of the book, Mom Inc., and as you’ll hear in this episode her career journey is also intimately tied to her mother. It was fascinating to explore the many parallels between entrepreneurship, motherhood, and running. Connect with Amy:Website: sparkconsulting.caInstagram: @sparkbusinesscoachingResources we discussed in the episode:Canadian Masters AthleticsFavourite Mantra: Wherever you go, there you are (Jon Kabat-Zinn)Favourite Place to Run: Beltline Trail (Toronto)Bucket List Race: New York City MarathonFavourite Running Book: Born to Run Favourite Post Run Indulgence: GatoradeConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Since the early 2000s, Reid Coolsaet has been representing Canada at the highest level on the track and roads, and over the past year he’s been making a name for himself in the trail and ultra world as well.At the end of June Reid completed the prestigious Western States Endurance Run as his first 100-miler. We dig into all the details including:How he was able to bypass the lotteryWhat his preparation looked likeHow his pacers were able to help him go 45 kms longer than he ever had before Areas he’s identified for improvement, andWhat ultras he plans to tackle next This conversation wouldn’t have been complete without touching on Reid’s incredible road running career, which included running 2:10 in the marathon three times and representing Canada at two Olympic Games and numerous World Championships from the 5K to cross country to the marathon.We had a fascinating discussion on talent, since Reid wasn’t necessarily someone you would have described as naturally gifted in high school, or even the early part of his years at the University of Guelph. We think this showcases how there is more than one way to the top, and provides hope to the average runner who is willing to put their head down and work hard for years. There is no doubt in our minds that Reid’s private coaching clients benefit tremendously from his example.We think it’s safe to say that Reid can also take some of the credit for the unbelievable depth we’re seeing today in Canadian men’s marathoning and it will be exciting to follow along with his next adventures on the trails.Connect with Reid:Instagram: @reidcoolsaetResources we discussed in the episode:Shakeout Podcast episode on the role of talent in running (with Alex Hutchinson & Steve Magness)Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Amy Puzey is a holistic nutritionist, wife and mother of six, and a long time competitive trail runner who lives in Invermere, BC.  She was the Canadian Mountain Running Champion in 2009 and has represented Canada twice at the World Mountain Running Trophy.  Amy has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and has a history of directing 5Peaks and the Trans Selkirks Run. Although she trained as a nurse originally, after a few years she realized she would rather work on the preventative side of health and switched into nutrition.  She became passionate about researching the enzyme phytase and through her company Access Nutrients, hopes that some day phytase be used as part of a preventative, and possibly even a treatment regimen, in impoverished populations suffering from infectious diseases.  We talk about how important it is that the nutrition we eat actually be absorbed in the gut, and how the absence of this impacts overall health. We also talk about her desire to show her children the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle through both nutrition and exercise.Amy is a passionate, committed, gutsy lady who has defended her need to stay true to herself and the projects she has felt called to pursue.  There was so much to talk about with Amy, that we have already decided this will be Part 1 of 2.Connect with Amy:Amy's Instagram:  @Amy.PuzeyAccess Nutrients Instagram: @AccessNutrientsAccess Nutrients website: www.access nutrients.orgResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Place to Run: Alpine trails (when the larches are out)Bucket List Race: A race in FranceFavourite Running Movie: Chariots of FireFavourite Post Run Indulgence: BeerConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Joanna Ford is a 37 year old trail ultrarunner from Calgary, AB. On July 15th she finished 6th female at Hardrock 100 Endurance Run. She was second Canadian female behind Stephanie Case, and ran in a women’s field that also included Courtenay Dauwalter, Darcy Piceu, Megan Hicks, and Maggie Guterl. We couldn’t wait to talk to Joanna about her race, as well as learn more about her personal running story.  In this episode, we discuss how Joanna prepared for Hardrock, including the 9 years it took her to gain entrance in the lottery.  Hardrock is a bucket list race for many runners, and requires that one qualify and enter a lottery for the chance to toe the line each year. Hardrock is a 102.5-mile run with 33,197 feet of ascent and descent for a total elevation change of 66,394 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet. The run starts and ends in Silverton, Colorado and travels through the towns of Telluride, Ouray, and the ghost town of Sherman, crossing thirteen major passes in the 12,000' to 13,000' range. Entrants must travel above 12,000 feet (3,700 m) of elevation a total of 13 times, with the highest point on the course being the 14,048' summit of Handies Peak. We talk about all the things that make Hardrock the iconic race that it is - the elevation, the unpredictable weather, the punishing terrain, and the inevitable stomach issues that come with running so high.  We also talk about Joanna’s crew, her pacers and her favourite experiences during the race.  Joanna has a love for mountain peaks, big climbs and fast downhill running.  She even managed to secure the Strava crown for the descent down Grant Pass during the race! We know you will be inspired by her endless energy and her stories.Connect with Joanna:Instagram: @jford.welsh  Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Her own made up rhyme on repeat: I am tough, I am strong, this is where I belong, running an ultramarathon, singing a song, moving along. Thank you (to practice gratitude)Favourite Place to Run: Banff National Park around Noseeum PeakBucket List Race: Tor des GéantsFavourite Running Book: Once a Runner Favourite Post Run Indulgence: Lays Wavy Original chipsConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
On July 10, Michael Bergeron ran 25 laps of the UPEI track in a world record time of 34 minutes and 47 seconds while simultaneously juggling three balls. The previous record was held by Toronto’s Michal Kapral in a time of 36:27 and while Michael technically broke this record back in 2018 (35:36), it was not ratified by Guinness World Records because it was done on an uncertified course. This time he made sure to dot all his i’s and cross all his t’s so there would be no issues landing in the record books. In addition to hearing all about Michael’s world record run,  we discuss: How he first became interested in the obscure sport of joggling,His impressive times in the 5K and half marathon distancesHow he slows down surprisingly little joggling as compared to straight runningWhat other things you can find him juggling (knives, fire!), and Why he had to turn down an invitation to Italy’s Got Talent.When Michael isn't setting records, you can find him inspiring the next generation of jogglers, often while twisting balloons in a clown outfit. And if that weren’t enough, this fall Michael will represent the Canadian Military at the world cross country championship in Portugal (not juggling!). Connect with Michael:Instagram: @nsjoggler Facebook: thejogglersbuskerResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: It’s hammer time baby. Drop the hammer.Favourite Place to Run: Beside the ocean Bucket List Race: Tilley 10 miler in NewfoundlandFavourite Running Movie: PrefontaineFavourite Post Run Indulgence: ChipsConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Tomasz Drybala is a 44 year old flow and mindful running teacher who’s planning to run the circumference of the earth (25,000M / 40,000K) before 2025 while raising money for Unicef. Although Tomasz has been running recreationally for 20 years, his foray into the extreme distances came more recently after hitting his own rock bottom and subsequently struggling with mental health. A chance encounter with a snake helped him discover active meditation and flow, which he now teaches to others through his workshops and book Flow Up, due out in January 2023. The book’s tagline – Get Rid of Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm and Unlock Focus, Creativity and Joy – was a great jumping off point for this conversation. We covered how one enters a state of flow, the benefits of being in flow, and some common flow blockers. Tomasz believes that most of us have experienced some trauma in our childhood that, if left unchecked or unhealed, can block us from accessing everything we want in life. He credits his two sons, ages 10 and 17, as motivation for writing the book so as to not pass on any unresolved issues to the next generation. We also discussed using pain as a trigger for practicing acceptance and gratitude, and how that can help to rewire the brain. This is one fascinating conversation with Tomasz Drybala, and we hope you enjoy it too!Connect with Tomasz:Instagram: @tomasz_drybalaWebsite: tomaszdrybala.comConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Ben Flanagan is a 27 year old Canadian track and road runner who has been setting records and winning races seemingly every time he toes a start line lately. He grew up in Kitchener ON with big dreams of becoming a hockey player, but when his growth spurt never materialized he switched focus to running and has never looked back. Always drawn to the NCAA, he decided to attend the University of Michigan and serendipitously wound up being coached by Canadian middle distance legend Kevin Sullivan, who he credits with developing him into the athlete and competitor he is today. Ben capped off his university years in 2018 with an NCAA title in the 10,000m in a race that, on paper, he wasn’t a favourite to win. This put him on the map and he’s had pro contracts ever since, first with the Reebok Boston Track Club and more recently with On Running. In the past year alone, Ben has won the prestigious and historic Falmouth and Manchester road races, became the Canadian 10K Champion twice (Toronto 2021, Ottawa 2022), ran a half marathon PB of 61:38 in Houston, and set a new Canadian 10K record on the roads of Boston in a time of 28:11, six seconds faster than the previous record which had stood for 35 years.It hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine for Ben, though. Five months prior to winning NCAAs in 2018 when he was on the verge of a breakthrough, he was so plagued with injuries that he thought about hanging it all up. We talk about several serious and important topics such as stress fractures, underfueling and RED-S, as well as why bringing his competitive mindset to cross training may have backfired on him.Although Ben is at the very top of his sport, he’s as down-to-earth and funny as can be. He recently proposed to his girlfriend Hannah and you’ll have to keep listening for the incredible story about how the two of them first met. So without further delay, please enjoy this jam packed episode with Ben Flanagan.Connect with Ben:Instagram: @ben_flanaganResources we discussed in the episode:Video: Ben's NCAA 10,000m winFavourite Mantra: Don’t take the lead until you know you’re going to win;  Running means everything and it means nothing.Favourite Place to Run: Ann Arbor track; Kitchener, ONBucket List Race: Toronto Waterfront Marathon; Boston Marathon; Paris 2024 Olympics (marathon)Favourite Running Book/Movie: Once a Runner; Without LimitsFavourite Post Run Indulgence: Pizza & beerConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Today we welcome Ailsa MacDonald back to the podcast to talk about her recent performance at Western States Endurance Run, where she finished an impressive second female and 15th overall. Her previous performance at Western States in 2018 earned her a 45th overall finish and provided her with some wisdom and unfinished business. She returned this year stronger and wiser than ever and took everyone (except us!) by surprise as she worked her way up the field to finish very very strongly.In this episode we talk about some of the keys to her success including:Going into the race very rested which included not running at all for a week when all her competitors were peakingGoing in well nourished and not underweightHaving a race plan that involved a 90 mile warm up and a 10 mile effortRunning completely within herself in zone 1-2 the entire raceTrekking all the hillsPracticing patience and humilityAilsa is one strong and grounded elite ultrarunner who at age 41 still has many great performances left in her. Her top 3 finish at Western States earns her an automatic entry to both Western States and UTMB next year. Keep listening to find out what her plans are for 2023!Connect with Ailsa :Instagram: @ailsamacdonaldrunnerFacebook Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Today we are honoured to host Jason Schlarb as a guest on the show. He is a champion professional trail ultrarunner, coach, military veteran, and proud father. Jason’s most notable achievements include winning the Hardrock 100 and Run Rabbit Run as well as finishing as the top American in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (4th place, 2014). Jason has had a long and colourful professional running career, filled with adventures all over the globe where he seeks out big mountains in remote regions. In February of 2021, Jason tore his ACL and meniscus while alpine skiing, an event that presented a very different kind of challenge. In this episode we talk about how his relationship with running has changed, and also what has remained consistent over the years. We discuss his recovery and return to running post-surgery, and what the experience taught him. Finally, we discuss Jason’s plans to return to UTMB in August with the goal of becoming the first American to win the event. This is one power packed episode and we hope you enjoy it!Connect with Jason:Instagram: @jasonschlarbCoaching: https://jasonschlarb.wixsite.com/moment-coaching-by-jConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Today we welcome Dalip Shekhawat back to the show to tell us all about his most recent adventure, The Jungle Ultra, a 230K 5 stage multi-day event in Manu National Park, deep in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. You first met Dalip in Episode 30 when we talked about his summit of Mount Everest.  This time we talk about:What it’s like traveling on foot through the untamed rainforestThe wildlife he saw along the way including snakes, monkeys and spidersThe self supported nature of the raceThe multiple river crossings, mud and constant wet conditionsHow he had to dig deeper than ever to complete stage 4, reportedly the hardest stage of any race in the world.This is one event that almost sounds like too much, but it wasn’t for Dalip!  His stories reveal the strength of his spirit and love for the earth he travels.Connect with Dalip:Instagram: @dlsshekFacebook: Shek DlsStrava: Rising Runner groupConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Jane Quinton is a 56 year old runner from Winnipeg, MB who, despite not taking up running until her late 40s, has already qualified for Boston four times and ran the iconic race twice. In this episode we dive deep into the weeds of how Jane has become even smarter about her race execution as she’s continued to gain experience in the sport. A few weeks ago at the Fargo Marathon, Jane pulled something off that we’ve only ever seen at the elite level; she ran perfectly even splits of 1:56:52 for the first and second halves of the race, finishing in a time of 3:53:44 and qualifying for Boston with an 11:16 buffer! Being successful in the marathon requires more than just superb aerobic fitness - it requires discipline and patience early on in order to have something left to fight with over the final 10K. And we couldn’t think of anyone better to talk about this with than the marathon pacing queen herself, Jane Quinton. Connect with Jane: Instagram: @janieqFacebook: @jane.quinton.9Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Settle in, relax, smile. One mile at time Janie, you’ve got this!Favourite Place to Run: Trails at Victoria BeachBucket List Race: London MarathonFavourite Running Book: Let Your Mind Run by Deena KastorFavourite Post Run Indulgence: Cold beerConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
We are excited to welcome another Couple of the Quarter - Jennifer & Matt Hoadley!  Jenn & Matt met in college in Maine and now live just south of Boston, MA with their two children.  While Jenn ran track as a child and into college, Matt didn’t discover his love for running until shortly after he got sober and became a recovering alcoholic in 2013.  Kim met both Matt and Jenn at Gorge Waterfalls in April of this year, and in one short evening discovered they both have an incredible story to share. In this episode, we discuss:Matt’s realization he needed to make a big change after he hit bottomHis decision to get sober cold turkeyHow Matt started and Jenn returned to running later in lifeHow running has become a big part of their lives as they now run 100 milers together!How they keep their running passion in check and work together to stay in balance in a sport that doesn’t lend itself well to moderationWe also discuss the paradox of how ultrarunning attracts many in recovery, and how the sport also ironically has a strong beer culture.Jenn and Matt have been through a lot together and they have come out of life’s challenges stronger than ever, both as a couple and as runners. Connect with Jenn: Donate to The Longest Day run for the Alzheimer's AssociationFacebook: @Jennifer.carrollhoadleyInstagram: @jennifahojenny Connect with Matt: Register for his race, Womp Romp 10-mile and 50KFacebook: @matthew.hoadley.1Instagram: @seasiderunnerConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
For all you aspiring Boston Marathon runners, this episode is for you! Chris Lemke is a 50 year old runner from Winnipeg who started chasing after his Boston dream in 2017. Over the past 5+ years there have been incredible highs but also excruciating lows, which Chris details beautifully in this conversation. Three weeks ago on May 21, 2022, on his seventh attempt, he crossed the finish line of the Fargo Marathon in a time of 3:19:01, which we’re confident will put him amongst the 30,000 runners to toe next year’s start line in Hopkinton. As Chris’ coach for this training cycle, Carolyn can vouch for his dedication and commitment to the entire process beyond just the running, but she also learned some new things that leave her even more impressed by his accomplishment. If there’s one takeaway from Chris’ story that we can all stand to hear on repeat, it’s to never, ever give up. Your day will eventually come if you simply put your head down and do the work. Connect with Chris: Instagram: @ywg_runnerResources we discussed in the episode:Episode 64 with Jonathan TorchiaEpisode 28 with Dr. Sylvia LoewenEpisode 52 with Brandy AdolpheConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Trena Chellino is a married mother of 3 from Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in eastern Washington state, in the Columbia Valley and  started running 10 years ago at the age of 48 when a hiking friend wanted to run a marathon and invited her along. After completing a few road marathons, she found trail running and never looked back. Now at the age of 58, Trena states her favourite distance is the 100 miler, and she has become a sought after ultra running coach.  Kim met Trena and shared some miles with her at the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run 100 mile race in 2019.  They kept in touch and recently reconnected at the Gorge Waterfalls 100K in April. It was there, in their PJs as they laid out their race gear in the hotel room, that she discovered Trena was a devoted fan of the show and also had her own very powerful story to share.In this episode, we talk about: Trena’s favourite races and moments on courseThe things to consider in choosing your next big raceThe UESCA Ultrarunning Coaching Certification and why she completed itHow life stress plays an integral part in how we train and raceTrena’s personal cumulative trauma experienceFinally, we talk about how running has been her companion as she ran away and then back towards on a figurative out and back course of healing and life. Trena opens up and shares her intimate story in a way that only one who has gone to a very dark place and been saved by grace and forgiveness can do.  Her courage and faith have brought her tremendous insight and we know there is someone out there who needs to hear her story.  Episodes like this are why the Inspired Soles podcast exists. Connect with Trena: https://www.embracingyourjourney.nethttps://trailrunning100.comFacebook: @trena.chellinoInstagram: @trenachellinoResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Stop listening to yourself and start speaking to yourselfFavourite Place to Run: Kennesaw Mountain Bucket List Race: Western States; Lavaredo (Italy)Favourite Running Movie: McFarland, USAFavourite Post Run Indulgence: Ice creamConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Nate Riech is one of the biggest names to emerge in Canadian Para athletics in the past few years. He burst onto the international scene in 2018 with world record performances in the 800m and 1500m and since then has continued to lower his own records in the men’s T38 category. Last summer in his Paralympic debut in Tokyo, Nate earned a gold medal for Canada in dominant fashion in the 1500m (3:58.92), letting out a victorious roar at the finish line that made Canadians proud. A freak accident on the golf course at the age of 10 resulted in a brain injury which affected the right side of Nate’s body and changed the course of his life. Doctors said he may never walk without a limp, but this only fueled Nate’s desire to work hard and make it to the top of sport like he’d witnessed so many others do in his unusually athletic family. Shortly after recording this conversation, Nate was awarded the Para Ambulatory Athlete of the Year (Arnold Boldt Award) by Athletics Canada. We think it’s safe to say that at just 27 years old, Nate has a very promising career ahead and it will be exciting to follow along with him on the track, as well as with everything he’s doing to further the Para Sport movement.Connect with Nate: Instagram: @nategraywolfNate's YouTube ChannelPodcast: Strides With GraywolfResources we discussed in the episode:Nate's gold medal performance in TokyoFavourite Mantra: Tucker Strong; I’m tougher than anyone; Relax & smoothFavourite track to Run on: NAU's track in FlagstaffBucket List Race/Event: New York, Hayward FieldFavourite Running Movies: Prefontaine, Running Brave (the story of Billy Mills)Favourite Post Run Indulgence: Butterfinger Blizzard from Dairy Queen , glass of wineConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
Sophia Nehlich-Arobba is a Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer whose mission is to help people find meaning not just during the highs of their lives, but in the lows as well. She loves sharing her own health, wellness, and self-development journey on her podcast, Flow With the Grow, in hopes that others might relate and take aligned actions on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Sophia fell in love with running right out of the gates in middle school, but during high school and college it gradually became a form of punishment and a way to drop weight. In this episode we discuss many sensitive topics including disordered eating, food restriction, over-exercising, amenorrhea, and body dysmorphia. Sophia shares how finding a good therapist and engaging in personal development were integral in shifting her mindset, rediscovering her love of movement and being grateful for her body. It’s truly incredible what a transformation she has gone through … all before the age of 30.Connect with Sophia:Podcast: Flow With the GrowInstagram: @sophia_dawn41Resources we discussed in the episode:Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South DakotaOur interview with Brandy Adolphe (episode 52)Favourite Mantra: Find the joy in your journeyFavourite Place to Run: Anywhere in nature with mountains, trees, waterfallBucket List Race: Hawaii or another countryFavourite Running Movie: PrefontaineFavourite Post Run Indulgence: Chocolate milk, cheeseburger, friesConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
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