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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)
Today we are pleased to welcome Kirsten Fleming and Rachel Munday to the show. Kirsten is the Executive Director of Run Calgary and Rachel is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Marathon and as you’re about to hear, they view themselves as collaborators rather than competitors in their work to put on some of Canada’s top notch race experiences. Both events are returning to their usual spring dates (Calgary May 29th; Manitoba June 19th) for the first time since 2019 and there is definite excitement in the air. Going strong since 1963, the Calgary Marathon is Canada’s oldest marathon and has been pleased to offer a 50K distance that has served as the Canadian National Championships since the event’s 50th anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1979, the Manitoba Marathon will once again host the Canadian Half Marathon Championships, and Winnipeggers are extra excited to showcase their beautiful city to some of the nation’s fastest elite athletes who may be visiting for the first time.Calgary Marathon (5K to 50K) May 29, 2022:Register: CalgaryMarathon.comCheck out Kirsten's other events at RunCalgary.comInstagram: @runcalgaryManitoba Marathon (5K to 50K) June 19, 2022:Register: ManitobaMarathon.mb.caInstagram: @manitobamarathonResources we discussed in the episode:Our interview with Jacob PuzeyConnect 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)
Rebecca Doring is a 33 year old married runner who lives in northwest Connecticut about a mile away from the Appalachian Trail. She started her mindfulness practice in 2012 and since then has become a Certified Yoga Instructor, a Certified Meditation Teacher and a Personal Development Coach. She is also a podcaster, producing the Deep Rooted Bliss Podcast.  Rebecca describes herself as someone who has always been drawn to running, but also as someone who felt she was terrible at it and didn’t believe she was a runner for a very long time. Rebecca rediscovered running during the pandemic and just when she finally began to identify as a runner, she got COVID. In this episode we talk about what it was that shifted her belief system and identity as a runner, how she mindfully returned to running post-COVID, and some meditation tools that she suggests all runners use to enhance their running experience.  Rebecca even gives us the special treat of a short guided meditation for runners towards the end of the show (starting at the 44:37 mark). Listeners will appreciate how clearly articulate and focused Rebecca is, as well as all the practical tips she offers runners to improve their running through meditation. We encourage you to slow down and enjoy this one!Connect with Rebecca:Instagram: @rebeccadoringmeditationPodcast: Deep Rooted Bliss Guided Meditation: www.deeprootedbliss.com/meditateConnect 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 Dave Proctor back to the show. Dave is a Canadian ultrarunning machine from Okotoks, AB. He will be starting his second attempt at breaking the Trans-Canadian speed record on May 15, 2022 with the goal of travelling from one end of the country to the other in 66 days by running an average of 105km/day. We first had Dave on the show in episode 13, where we talked about the Outrun Rare campaign, and his first attempt at breaking the record that ended halfway across the country in Winnipeg, MB in 2018. In this episode, we discuss what Dave learned the first time around, what will be different about this run, how he prepared for it, and what he is most excited to experience. We are super excited to follow along as Dave progresses along his epic adventure and we hope this episode will excite you too!Resources we discuss in the episode:Episode 13 with Dave: The Power of Asking "Why Not?"Episode 6 with Jeremy Welwood: Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra Team Canada CompetitorConnect with Dave:IG: @runproctorFollow along with Dave's Trans-Canada speed record attempt starting May 15, 2022: https://www.performancetea.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)
Today we welcome Caroline Wiebe back to the show. Caroline is a 51 year old ultrarunner from Winnipeg, MB who just returned home after completing the Marathon des Sables (MDS), a 250km 6-stage/7-day race in the deserts of Morocco. She was one of 15 Canadians among 1000 racers representing 54 countries. Since the race began in 1986, only 20 percent of the racers have been women. We couldn’t wait to hear about this fascinating race and her experience in Morocco.  In this episode we talk about:Why this race intrigued herWhat her training and preparation was likeThe logistics of arriving at the start lineThe self-supported nature of the raceThe high and lows on the way to the finish lineWhat she learned about herself and her own mental strengthWe have always found multi-day stage races very intriguing and think you will find this conversation both interesting and inspiring.Resources we discuss in the episode:Episode 34 with Caroline: Goodbye Smoking, Hello RunningEpisode 71 with Mike Mueller & Kristine Self: Multi-Day UltramarathonersConnect with CarolineIG: @caro4runningConnect 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)
Ailsa MacDonald is a 41 year old ultrarunner who was born in Great Britain and raised in Nova Scotia.  She currently resides in Cochrane, AB and splits her time between Cochrane and Phoenix, AZ when she is not working two week shift rotations in northern Alberta as an Imperial Oil Plant Operator.  You first heard about Ailsa on this podcast when we interviewed her mother Morag in episode 72.  Ailsa has been an athlete all her life, competing at a high level in marathons, Ironman triathlons, and ultramarathon trail races.  As a relatively unknown ultrarunner at the time, she outright won her first 100 mile race at Sinister 7 in 2017.  Since then she placed 13th at Western States in 2018 and 6th at CCC at UTMB in 2019.  In this episode we discuss how working two week shift rotations and training in three very different geographic locations has worked to Ailsa’s advantage, the influence her mother has had on her running success, the things she learned from her challenges at UTMB last summer, as well as her goals for 2022 which include a return to Western States! Ailsa runs for Saucony and we are super happy to welcome her on the show.Connect with Ailsa :Instagram: @ailsamacdonaldrunnerFacebook Resources we discussed in the episode:Our interview with Ailsa's mother, Morag McDonah: It's Never Too Late to Begin Favourite Mantra: Never stop moving forwardFavourite Place to Run: The mountains (The Rockies) and the desert (Arizona)Bucket List Race: To finish UTMBFavourite Running Book: Endure by Alex Hutchinson Favourite Post Run Indulgence: Beer and burgersConnect 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)
Jacob Puzey is a 39 year old husband, father, coach, race director and runner from Invermere, BC. He is the Director of Peak Run Performance, a company that offers a variety of coaching experiences to assist you along your running journey. He has also been a race director for two decades, and is currently directing the 5 Peaks Trail Race Series and the Tran Selkirks Run.  As a runner he has won the Calgary 50K four times, and set the 50 mile treadmill record in 2016.  Jacob cites his best running performances as occurring in the Pacific Northwest at the Mount Hood 50 and the Hagg Lake 50. When asked why he now runs, this dedicated husband and father of six states that his runs are now not preferential, but existential. Please excuse the background noise as we were recording from various locations around the globe during a mild earthquake! We hope you'll appreciate Jacob’s deep relationship with running and the running community.  Connect with Jacob :Instagram: @jacobpuzey5peaks.compeakrunperformance.catranselkirks.comResources we discussed in the episode:Jacob's wife's (Amy Puzey) company, Access NutrientsJacob's brother, Tommy Rivers Puzey (@tommy_rivs) Sinister 7 - www.sinistersports.caKim's 50-mile recap episodeOur interview with race director, Brian GallantConnect 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)
Gina Tranquada is a 37 year old occupational therapist, runner, wife and mother of 2 children from Winnipeg, MB. After playing many sports while a teenager, Gina found herself getting more into running while in college. Despite having a young family and a busy career, Gina has continued to foster the fire that started to burn during that time and has excelled in a variety of distances and races. She has won the Manitoba Marathon twice and the half marathon once. Last year, she competed in 4 ultras in 2 months, completing the Sinister Triple “Mini” which included breaking the Canadian Near Death Race Marathon course record. In this episode, we talk about:How she fits it all inGina’s training and racing philosophyHow one trains for mountain ultras in Winnipeg during a pandemicThe importance and power of the team behind the runnerThis #motherrunner is not slowing down and seems to have energy to spare.  We hope you feel as energized as we did after listening to this conversation with Gina!Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: "Keep it simple stupid." (Claude Berube) "To give anything less than your best is sacrifice the gift." (Steve Prefontaine)Favourite Place to Run: Her cottage at Brereton Lake in the summerBucket List Race: Western States 100MFavourite Running Book: Let Your Mind Run by Deena KastorFavourite Post Run Indulgence: Watermelon and a root beer float from Skinner's.Connect with Kim & Carolyn:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookKim's website Carolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)
On February 27th Carolyn completely surprised herself by winning the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll 10K in a time of 42:04. She recapped the race extensively on social media so check out her Instagram for all the details (@coach_carolyn), but today we wanted to hear the story from her pacer’s perspective. Not only is Kevin Beatty Carolyn’s big brother, he’s also a coach, an accomplished runner and our very first Inspired Soles guest from way back in Episode 3 (Treating Running Like a Sport). For this race she enrolled him to help her overcome a familiar pattern of giving up in the second half a race and then regretting it later. Even though she wasn’t quite sure where her fitness was at, her primary goal was to finish knowing she’d left it all out there on Las Vegas Boulevard. As you’re about to hear, not only did Kevin nail his pace bunny duties, he also capitalized on the party atmosphere and had a total blast along the way.Resources we discussed in the episode:Kevin's episode (3): Treating Running Like a SportBrandy Adolphe's episode (52): Running By Feel With 3:19 MarathonerConnect 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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