Episodes

  • Back to the Basics: Why You Should Ditch Your Gadgets - With Duncan Larkin

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Okay, well at least occasionally :) That’s what marathoner and writer Duncan Larkin argues in his book Run Simple: A Minimalist Approach to Fitness and Well-Being. Duncan, who also writes for Outside Magazine, Competitor Magazine, Runner's World, ESPN, and Running Times, believes the best way to maximize running’s mental and physical benefits is to get back to the basics. While the book is full of training regiments and advice for increasing quality over quantity, it starts off with one resounding message: ditch your gadgets. According to Duncan, runners have become slaves to their electronic devices, and, believe it or not, this reliance can be detrimental to both performance and the very value of a training program. In this interview, Duncan shares with us the principles of his simplistic training philosophy, a little about the coaches and runners who swear by it, as well as a sneak peek at his upcoming book, The 30-Minute Runner: Smart Training for Busy Beginners.

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  • Why Strength is About How You Feel, Not About How You Look - With Kelly Roberts of Run, Selfie, Repeat

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    In 2009, Kelly Roberts was thrown into the deep end when she suddenly lost her younger brother, Scott. Struggling to cope during this emotionally draining time, Kelly gained over 70 pounds by the end of the year, by which point she decided it was time for her to find a healthy way to work out her grief. That’s when she found running. 8 years later, the sport has become invaluable to Kelly, and she now uses it to uplift thousands of others through her hilarious yet incredibly authentic blog Run, Selfie, Repeat. Kelly continually strives to break the societal norms that insist what “strong” ought to look like, and she loves inspiring thousands of runners to pursue the best versions of themselves. In this episode, Kelly shares with us what she’s learned through her own ongoing journey to self-acceptance as well as her tips to conquering the inhibitions that tie us down. All, of course, with a healthy dose of hysterical laughter.   Questions Kelly is asked: 3:48 What prompted you to start running and what has that journey been like? 8:29 How has running impacted other aspects of your life? 10:24 What prompted you to start your ‘Hottie-Hunting’ selfies and how did that ignite your blog and fame on social media? 14:15 How has your blog evolved and where do you see it going in the next few years? 18:48 How quickly did #SportsBraSquad take off? 23:36 How has it been working with Oiselle and when did you start working with them? 28:39 Where do you think Oiselle is going to be in the next few years? 31:32 What challenges have you encountered with your running and how did you stay motivated? 35:18 What are you most proud of since you started this journey? 37:48 What would you tell a new runner who’s trying to break out of their comfort zone? 40:59 What would you say are some of the more common inhibitions that new runners may have? 43:11 Where do you see yourself as a runner in the next few years? 46:42 What can you tell us about the rebranding of your blog? 48:28 When will it launch?   Quotes by Kelly: “Just because something is hard or just because something feels impossible doesn’t mean that you shouldn't try.” “Being on a team makes you a stronger woman.” “Running is about bringing people together and empowering them.” “I think I can name on one hand the amount of people who actually know how to eat a healthy, balanced diet.” “I really just want to run for life.” “Running is something I DO, it’s not who I AM.” “Whatever I can do to bring people together, I’m gonna try.”   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Run Selfie Repeat homepage National Sports Bra Squad Day girlsontherun.org Oiselle homepage   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you!

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  • DC Rainmaker: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Sports Tech with Ray Maker

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    One of the biggest advantages of running is that you don’t need a whole lot of equipment to do it.   But because we rely so heavily on the little equipment we do need, most of us would rather go for another run than try to choose between the wide array of activity trackers, GPS watches, and power meters available to us within the ever-growing sport tech market.   That’s where Ray Maker’s tech review blog, DC Rainmaker, can save you the time and energy not only picking the best product for you but also getting the absolute most out of that product.   A longtime runner and triathlete, Ray is arguably the most respected sport tech guru out there, and his climb to the top isn’t what you’d probably imagine.   During his spare time in high school, Ray started a one-man software company developing “programs” we now call apps - programs that garnered quite a lot of interest in Ray’s skills.   Long story short, Ray went directly from his high school graduation to a full-time career in technology consulting just 36 hours later.   Yeah. You might say he found his calling.   After 15 years working in the Fortune 500 world, Ray left his job at Microsoft to devote his time to a new passion: helping runners like himself optimize their performance by getting the most out of their gadgets.   From its honest product reviews to its exhaustive how-to guides, DC Rainmaker is an invaluable resource for runners everywhere, and Ray gives us an inside look in today’s episode. Questions Ray is asked: 4:09 What prompted you to start running? 5:12 What difficulties did you experience on your way to your sub-3:00:00 marathon? 7:50 Are you training for anything right now? 9:21 What did you do before you began tech reviews and your blog? 10:35 How has your blog grown and evolved? 12:26 How does your local Parisian running community engage with you? 14:00 Are you recognized and stopped when you’re back home? 16:41 What does “DC Rainmaker” mean? 18:01 How much time do you devote to reviewing a product? 19:14 How can fitness trackers be used for running and which ones are the best? 21:28 Do you think there are discrepancies between different software platforms and, if so, why? 23:43 Why is there so much variability with accuracy, even with devices from the same manufacturer and what environmental conditions may pose challenges for accurate data capture? 26:38 Which Garmin do you believe has the highest Bang-For-Buck ratio? 28:43 How does Optical Heart Rate monitoring differ from traditional methods and is it more accurate? 31:01 How much weight do you assign to using heart rate for pace-setting? 33:06 What are some of the pros and cons of the Apple Sport Watch, Garmin and GPS Watches and what would you recommend overall? 37:04 What other tips can you share to get more accurate data from our devices? 38:51 How can we prolong the lives of our running watches? 40:04 What is your opinion on power meters and how do they differ from GPS watches? 43:24 Do you think running by power units will ultimately replace running by heart rate? 45:29 Are power and heart rate best used in conjunction with each other? 45:37 What is the most common question runners ask you on your website? 46:45 What’s next for DC Rainmaker?   Quotes by Ray: “If you’ve got all your friends on Fitbit, then get a Fitbit device. If you’ve got all your friends on Garmin, then get a Garmin device - for activity tracking anyway.” “For runners, you may want to use an activity tracker actually differently, which is to focus on recovery….because [fitness trackers] can hold you to kind of a limit, so say instead of trying to walk 10,000 steps today, I’m going to try to keep it below two or three thousand steps today.” “How different watches have their antennas designed usually around the face of the watch or the base of the watch is without the question the biggest thing that will impact accuracy on that watch.” “I’d say the biggest bang for your buck right now is probably the vivoactive HR or the new vivoactive 3 that was just announced.” “I think like anything else, you want to keep doing new and innovative things. And so as different areas of the market place stagnate or kind of become the same, I’m going to find other areas to dig into - whether that be running power or running efficiency metrics or whatever it may be - I’m going to dig deeper into those areas and see what pops out of them.”   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: DCRainmaker.com Follow Ray on Twitter Follow Ray on Instagram MapMyRun Garmin Connect Strava Stryd Fitbit Apple Watch Collection Garmin Watch and Wearable Collection La Parisienne Women’s Race   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top! The best way you can show your support for the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends on social media and leave a rating/review on iTunes. This not only helps us reach more runners like yourself, but it also allows us to bring on more of the sport’s leading minds to make the podcast as helpful and entertaining as possible. If you have a couple minutes to do this we truly appreciate it!   -- Thank you to RunnersConnect for supporting Run to the Top  

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  • Run Fast AND Get the Body You Want with Metabolic Efficiency Training – Bob Seebohar

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Contrary to popular belief, losing or even maintaining weight while training for a marathon can be incredibly difficult. Many marathoners either find they can’t quite achieve the weight loss they want, or, on the flipside, they’re able to lose weight, but at the cost of performance. It’s a hard balance to strike, but with the latest research it’s becoming much easier. The research in question revolves around the two concepts of Nutrition Periodization and Metabolic Efficiency Training. Together they increase the body's ability to use fat as fuel during exercise and thus optimize both body composition and performance.  Joining us in this episode is Bob Seebohar, the creator of these two concepts. Bob is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Triathlon Level III Elite Coach. He also traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Team and the personal sport dietitian/exercise physiologist for the Olympic Triathlon Team. In this episode, Bob walks us through his findings on dietary efficiency and sheds some light on how best to achieve both the body composition and race day results you’re after. Oh and for those wondering, here’s a breakdown of the “alphabet soup” behind Bob’s name:   M.S. - Bob has three college degrees. His undergraduate is in Exercise and Sport Science. His two graduate/Master's degrees are in Health and Exercise Science, and Food Science and Human Nutrition. He successfully defended two theses during his graduate studies and knows his way around interpreting research and aligning it with real-life applications.   R.D. - Registered Dietitian. A college degree studying food science and human nutrition is required to be able to sit for this national examination. Of course, this is after successfully completing a 9 - 12-month nutrition internship after graduation.   C.S.S.D. - Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. A certification only given to Registered Dietitians who have years of experience working with athletes. A rigorous national examination must be passed and frequent continuing education credits upheld to acquire and maintain this certification.   C.S.C.S. - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bob has worked as a trainer/strength coach since the mid 1990's and specializes in creating strength programs for endurance athletes.   M.E.T.S - Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist. Bob explains this in his interview. :)   Questions Bob is asked: 5:06 Can you tell us about who you are and what you do? 7:45 What is Metabolic Efficiency Training and how does it relate to your concept of Nutrition Periodization? 11:50 How does Nutrition Periodization come into play with all the training variability runners experience? 14:34 How does Metabolic Efficiency Training work with runners who are trying to lose weight while increasing performance? 21:43 Why does eating become less intuitive to us over time? 24:40 How difficult is it for your athletes to change their nutrition philosophy? 27:45 How can runners adjust their macronutrient intake ratios to use fat as fuel more efficiently? 32:40 What is your opinion of Low-Fat, High-Carb and other ‘extreme’ diets? 39:01 Have you been able to get significant research yet into the role genetics plays with this? 40:39 Is the long-term goal to see where trends are and individualize athletes’ diets based on gender, genetics, etc.? 45:14 Has there been any research on Nutrition Periodization and how it relates to menstrual cycles and menopause? 47:06 What do you mean by the ‘Metabolic Efficiency Point’? 53:28 How would someone go about manipulating this efficiency point via nutrition? 56:54 Is it hard to do Metabolic Efficiency Training with Vegan, Vegetarian and Paleo diets? 1:00:50 Do you offer personal consultations?   Quotes by Bob: “Even for the leanest of the lean marathon runner, these elites that are almost breaking the 2-hour barrier, they still have about 30,000 calories of fat in their body but we’re very limited in our carbohydrate stores.”   “Metabolic Efficiency Training is really looking at the opportunity to use the fat that we have stored already, preserve our very limited carbohydrate stores and do that by altering the daily nutrition plan.”   “Nutrition Periodization is simply combining the right type and amount of nutrition to support physical training. So when you’re going through the ebbs and flows of physical training (running), you go through ebbs and flows of nutritional support.”   “The best thing about Metabolic Efficiency Training is that it’s not a diet. The worst thing about it is that it’s not a diet.”   “When we’re young kids, we have this intuitive eating; we eat when we’re hungry, we stop when we’re not hungry. …The environment shapes us… into becoming less intuitive eaters and more either habitual eaters… or (more) emotional eaters.”    Take a Listen on Your Next Run   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Book: Nutrition Periodization for Athletes: Taking Traditional Sports Nutrition to the Next Level Bob's Author page on Amazon.com eNRG performance homepage Bob's eNRG performance Coaching Page Email Sinead

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  • Run Angel: The Wearable Alarm System “as Loud as a Rock Concert” That’s Keeping Runners Safe with David Caren

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    If you’ve ever been out running by yourself and felt a little unsafe, you’ve likely either had to change your route or cut the run short to head to a more secure environment.   This fear is one many runners know well, and that’s why runners David and Ellen Caren decided it was time to invent something that could offer peace of mind and keep runners safe.   Run Angel is the first personal safety wrist wearable that not only sends SMS messages and emails to loved ones in the event of an emergency, but it also emits a 120 decibel, high-pitched siren when activated to shock unsuspecting attackers and notify passersby of your whereabouts.   In this episode, David shares how the idea, company, and product were developed, as well as some additional safety tips all runners should keep in mind.   To get a Run Angel for you or a loved one, go to runangel.com and use coupon code RUNCON20 for 20% off your purchase. Questions David is asked: 4:28 Can you tell us a little about your background? How did you first get into running? 6:05 How are the running venues in County Cork, Ireland? 8:45 What prompted you and your wife, Ellen, to launch Run Angel? 12:44 What’s it been like to start your own company and were there any hiccups along the way? 16:10 What was the prototype phase like for such a unique device? 20:20 How loud is 120 decibels? 22:11 What was / is the testing process like? 23:41 How does the silent alarm / Guardian Alert system work? 26:07 What sets Run Angel apart from other wearables on the market? 29:13 How is the device powered? 32:59 What other advice do you have for staying safe while running? 37:09 Is it not enough to simply be aware of your surroundings if you wear earphones when running? 39:19 How did you expand your market to the US through the Ignite Start-Up Program? 42:24 Is Run Angel available globally and how can people buy it? 45:21What is Run Angel working on now? Quotes by David: “No matter where you run, you still have that sense of vulnerability that something could happen or you could fall down or trip over something.” “I was knocked to the ground by someone who wasn’t obviously out running, and instead of exchanging apologies and helping each other up, this guy just ran back in the direction he came from.” “I remember having aspirations of bringing Run Angel out in 12 months and we were quickly told that you’d want to add 2-3 years onto that and we kind of snickered at that. But it did take that long.” “When you’re dealing with a safety wearable, you’re dealing with a life element.” “(Other wearable safety tech) isn’t notifying your attacker that you’ve just activated anything other than you’ve let nearest and dearest know that you’ve been attacked or had a fall.” “Once we reached the threshold of 120 decibels, we went back and said, ‘OK, can we tune this frequency so that it will resonate in the human hearing zone?’” “120 decibels is DISTRACTINGLY loud and that’s the goal. It is LOUD.” “Each Run Angel is put into an acoustic chamber and it’s sound tested, so before it goes into a box we make a record of what the sound is.” “There’s a few clever things you can do with Run Angel with or without the sound and a few remote activities you can do as well.” “In the event of an attack, you have to know where your safety wearable is and the wrist is the first place you will invariably go to.” Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Run Angel website Cork, Ireland Safety Tips For Runners Best Buy - Ignite Homepage Best Buy  - Ignite for Vendors Follow Run Angel on Twitter Follow Run Angel on Facebook Follow Run Angel on Instagram Email Run Angel   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support for the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can bring on more and more top running influencers, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to RunnersConnect for supporting Run to the Top Go to runnersconnect.net/train to start your FREE two week trial today  

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  • Why Are Americans Getting Slower? A Look Into Running’s Largest Study with Jens Jakob Andersen

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    We know that’s a sensational title, but hear us out. A study published by RunRepeat.com, an independent review aggregator for running shoes, analyzed 34,680,750 race results over the course of 21 years to conclude that American runners are steadily getting slower across distances from the 5K up to the marathon. We know what you’re probably thinking: with Olympians like Galen Rupp and Molly Huddle continually setting national records, how can that be? While it’s clear US elites are steadily advancing, the study found that the remainder of the field is, on the whole, slower than it was in the 90s. Now this could be due to a variety of reasons, and some argue one of those reasons might just be that the sport has gained a lot of popularity in the last couple decades. More runners of varying age and gender? We like the sound of that. While this is certainly plausible, others argue there’s another, less favorable culprit behind the trend: the rising rate of obesity in America. This is the hypothesis behind the study in question led by Danish statistician, runner, and founder of RunRepeat.com Jens Jakob Andersen. While Jens believes the correlation between slowing race times and the deteriorating health in America is too close to deny, he’s quick to remind us that correlation is not causation. When it comes to statistics, Jens says it’s always easier to debunk something that’s not true rather than prove something that is, and that’s exactly what he aims to do in this episode. Listen in and decide for yourself. Whichever way you end up leaning, you’re bound to learn something interesting about yourself and your fellow runner along the way. Questions Jens is asked: 2:28 Tell us about yourself and how did you become passionate about running?   4:30 What prompted you to start RunRepeat and what does your day-to-day entail?   7:02 How is RunRepeat’s Run Score calculated?   11:23 How should runners go about choosing a shoe that’s really right for them?   12:32 What did you find in your study of American runners becoming slower and what do you think the implications are?   21:43 Could it be that there just aren’t as many Americans in the top 1% to compensate for the greater number of people towards the back of the pack?   23:38 What would it take for Americans to reverse this trend?   27:02 Where are some of these Blue Zones located?   27:41 In your study on marathon results, what were some of the key takeaways you saw and what did the study entail?   31:58 Why do you think there has been such an increase in female runners over 50 taking up running within the last decade ?   33:38 Why do you think men tend to go out faster than they probably should when racing?   35:38 Why do you think runners ages 35-45 make the best pacers?   37:02 Based on the studies you’ve done, what advice would you give us on tackling our next marathon?   39:42 What’s next with you at RunRepeat? Quotes by Jens: “It bothered me how 90 percent of people bought the same five pairs of running shoes, and I thought, ‘Why is this happening?’ It’s happening because these brands...promote specific models, and so there becomes a hype around specific models.” “We looked at the finisher number (number 100, number 1,000, number 2,000, number 5,000) for each race distance, and what we found was that across this all were getting slower.” “It’s always hard with statistics to come up with a clear cut conclusion. It’s always easier to debunk something that’s not the case.” “Americans (as well as most other nations) are getting more and more obese, and their finish times are getting slower. But this is a correlation: two parameters that follow each other. It’s not necessarily a causation….So this is our hypothesis, but we cannot conclude it for sure with 100 percent certainty.” Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel Mentioned in this podcast: RunRepeat.com RunRepeat Article: American Runners Have Never Been Slower (Mega Study) RunRepeat Marathon Study RunnersConnect Race Pace Calculator NPR Article: Longevity Diet Tips From the Blue Zones Follow Jens on Twitter Send Jens an email We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • The Most Common Mental Blocks for Runners and How to Hurdle Them with Adrienne Langelier

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    When it comes to running, some days are great, some are mediocre, and some are, well, horrendous. The same is true for runners of all skill level, and this volatility is not only what makes running one of the most mentally challenging sports out there but also one of the most rewarding. If you know how to leap the mental barriers. That’s why in this episode we’re speaking with runner, counselor, and sports psychology consultant Adrienne Langelier.  A Woodlands, TX native, Adrienne combines her own athletic experience with a background in applied sports psychology to help runners hurdle the mental roadblocks so common in running. Listen in as Adrienne shares her advice on how to strengthen your mind and overcome the mental blocks that might be holding you back. Questions Adrienne is asked: 2:02 How did you first get into running and how did you decide to become a sports psychology consultant?   10:05 What do runners of all skill levels have in common when it comes to mental barriers?   13:57 How would advise runners set short, intermediate and long-term goals for themselves?   18:19 What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and what do they mean in terms of running?   19:51 How can extrinsically motivated runners stay driven once they achieve goals such as weight loss or set a PR?   22:37 How would you advise someone who is having negative thoughts going into a big race?   29:37 Do you use visualization with your clients and, if so, how?   32:33 How would you advise a runner who is experiencing difficulties or setbacks within a race?   36:28 How can runners not get swept up in a comparison trap to other runners?   43:03 How can runner’s improve their mental capacity?   Quotes by Adrienne: “Yes we have limits - whether that’s genetics, environment, whatever it is - but a lot of runners tend to impose greater limits than that actually already exist.” “One of the biggest obstacles that I see runners fall into is rigid goals.” “Pick something that scares you, but it’s scary to where you want to run towards it. You want it to be challenging but not threatening to you.” “Negative thinking has been shown in studies to increase muscle tension, which in turn affects our breathing negatively and affects our blood flow....If our body’s tight, our mind’s tight.” “If there’s something like inputs in the environment or there are triggers that are driving the negative thinking, do your best to eliminate them if you have control over them.”   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Adrienne's Psychology Today Profile Adrienne's Blog Follow Adrienne on Twitter Interview with Nick Symmonds Book - A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey by Chrissie Wellington   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top    Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • Running Shoe Myths Debunked with Tony Pallotta

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Our very own community manager at RunnersConnect, Tony Pallotta, recently joined the RunnersConnect team after owning and operating a specialty running store in Boston for twelve years. Leaving one running mecca for another, Tony now lives in Denver, CO where he continues working as a personal coach as well as training for his next big ultramarathon. He has raced everything from the 400 on the track all the way up to Ironman’s and has accumulated enough miles to circle the globe twice, including a double Grand Canyon crossing. Tony has dedicated so much of his life to helping other runners meet their potential, and not only is he our community manager at RunnersConnect but he’s also a longtime member. Listen in as Tony shares his insight, knowledge, and experience to break down some of the most pervasive misconceptions about injuries, shoes, and more. Questions Tony is asked: 2:22 Tony’s background 3:38 What was it like transitioning from a RunnersConnect member to a RunnersConnect staff member? 4:28 What are you doing for RunnersConnect? 8:16 How can people send you there questions or interview requests? 9:50 Has the Chump been stumped? 13:04 What was your experience with runners looking for specific shoes based on marketing or word of mouth? 19:41 How can people self-assess their foot type? 27:23 What was it like owning a running store in Boston? 28:57 How often would a runner come into your store looking for a shoe that would fix their issues on it's own? 34:51 When are orthotics helpful to runners? 37:19 What are your thoughts on minimalist vs. maximalist shoes? 41:17 What’s ahead for you? Quotes by Tony: “It’s that sense of community that makes running an incredibly healthy sport, more than just by the definition of health.” “I think when people think about their own ‘story,’, that it has to be some amazing, powerful story, but I tell people the details are different, among everyone’s stories, but the underlying theme is not.” “Fixing injuries really comes down to the runner being able to answer questions.” “You can have a best friend and wear Asics and they wear Nike, and your friendship will not be jeopardized. I promise. It’ll actually be stronger because you’ll both be able to run together.” “Running does not define me as a person but makes my life whole. It keeps me focused, healthy and inspired to constantly challenge myself and explore the unknown.” “Specialty run shops are still the heart and the soul of the running community in so many ways. If you’re struggling, you HAVE to go to your specialty run shop; they have a vested interest in fitting you properly.” “If I tell people I’m going to run 50 miles… I don’t even tell them because they’re like, ‘What? I can’t even DRIVE 50 miles.’” “When it comes to running advice: question everything.” Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: RunnersConnect on Facebook Send Tony an e-mail Runner's World - What Foot Type Am I? (Self Test) Interview with Dr. Irene Davis USATF New England   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • In It for the Long Run: Keys to Success for Masters Runners with Bennett Cohen

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    President of the International Association of Women Runners, Bennett Cohen is a renowned coach for women over 40 and has helped women into their late 70s reach new personal bests. Plagued by his own nagging injuries, Bennett conducted research on how to train smarter and use strength training. As a result, he was able to get back into full training incredibly quickly, as you’ll hear, and he has been able to remain virtually injury free since. He explains in detail the reasons why older runners in general, and women specifically, have different injury risks and training needs than younger runners and he also discusses strategies to help master runners of any experience level. He’s been an avid runner for almost 40 years and a coach for 16 years, and in this episode he shares his valuable insight on how to tailor our training depending on our age and gender. And don’t worry - if you’re a man or woman under the age of 40 - there’s plenty for you in this interview as well.   Questions Bennett is asked: 2:07 How did you first get into running? 7:27 How did you transition from becoming a runner to being a coach? 9:57 What prompted you to co-found the International Association of Women Runners and what is its mission? 12:10 What sets women over 40 apart from younger women, or even men, regarding their training needs? 15:29 Do male master runners also have different needs than when they were younger? 17:17 How should older runners structure a week of training and entire race build ups for sufficient recovery? 22:13 Do you think older runners should be doing two full marathons per year? 24:46 Are there any particular injuries that older runners, especially women, are prone to? 26:01 What can runners do to prevent  these injuries? 27:20 Why do you think there has been so little research on post-menopausal female runners and do you anticipate an increase in research in the future? 31:15 How can women make changes to their training, diet and lifestyle to mitigate the symptoms of menopause on their running? 33:51 How can women structure their training to be in sync with their symptoms or cycles? 35:34 How can insomnia sufferers get the rest the need for training and recovery? 39:26 How about for avoiding weight gain during, or post, menopause? 42:17 Is it true that running economy or one’s ability to use oxygen at a given pace decreases with age? 47:19 Do you have any tips for longevity in the sport? Anything younger female and male runners can do to set themselves up for success later on? 50:35 Do you have any advice for those over 40 just getting into running? 52:42 What’s on tap for you next?   Quotes by Bennett: “I’m not an elite runner now and I never was an elite runner.” “Gradually my coaching practice migrated to primarily women runners and they began enjoying success regardless of age, experience, or natural talents.” “My experience is that women runners over 40 are poorly served by generic running programs that neither age, nor gender, into account.” “A marathon is twice the distance of a half-marathon in distance only. It’s not twice the effort, it’s not twice the focus; it’s more like 3-4 times the effort, the focus, the commitment and the sacrifice.” “In North America the running movement is driven by women. There are far more women distance runners than male distance runners and there are more women masters runners still looking to improve and race their best.” “If the symptoms associated with menopause are affecting your training, they’re also affecting your daily life, your overall well-being, your relationships, your job performance; it’s kind of like everything that you do.”     Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: International Association of Women Runners homepage Run To The Top interview with Jenny Hadfield Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD - Sports Nutritionist Strategy Session with Bennett   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsor for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth   Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • Choosing Your Next Race? BibRave Takes out the Guesswork - With Tim Murphy

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Have you ever trained hard for a race, paid the entry and travel fees, only to have a bad experience because the race wasn’t what you expected? Enter BibRave. Tim Murphy and his wife Jessica are both avid runners who founded BibRave back in 2011 with the desire to separate the good races from the bad so runners wouldn’t have to take chances. BibRave is an online running community that allows runners to research, recommend, and leave feedback on races. This of course makes the website important to not only runners but to race coordinators and directors as well, and that’s why Tim and Jessica also help races improve and better promote themselves. Whether you’re trying to figure out where to race next or maybe you’re thinking of conducting an event of your own, this episode’s for you. And if you’re in the US (or you’ve raced in the US), be sure to nominate your favorite race for the BibRave 100 - a definitive list of the best races in America. Voting ends August 20, 2017.   Questions Tim is asked: 3:11 How did you first get into running? 5:45 How did you like Chicago as your first marathon? 6:39 What led you and Jessica to start the company back in 2011 and what was your mission? 9:42 What does your day-to-day work look like at BibRave? 12:51 When will the BibRave 100 results be published? 14:59 How does the BibRave community function - can runners simply leave reviews and tell other runners a little about their own race day experience? 17:00 What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve seen people make when organizing an event? 19:28 What are some social media trends and how can people in the running industry take advantage of these trends? 22:07 What does BibRave offer for smaller events with limited resources? 25:57 Is a new brand featured on each BibChat? 27:02 Can you share any tips you have on how people can use social media to build themselves a brand? 31:22 How can race directors start educating themselves about social media and engagement with runners? 35:00 What tips do you have for how people can choose an event that is conducive to their goals? 37:25 What’s next for you and BibRave?   Quotes by Tim: “The mission was to create a better place to learn about races, to further enable runners to talk to one another about what races are doing well and to create a more informed running community.” “We have some power users that it’s just incredible how many races people do on a monthly and even sometimes on a weekly basis, and then are super diligent about contributing those reviews to help other runners decide what races to run.” “I’m really sympathetic to the things races can and can’t control.” “It’s so important for races to be overly communicative with their runners. It’s almost as important as where the cones go and where everybody lines up.” “I always like to start when I’m talking with event directors or event producers by distinguishing the difference between digital marketing and social media, or social media marketing and social media engagement.” “In any brand exercise, the most important thing is clarity of vision and mission. So knowing who you want to be and what you want to be right from the get-go.” “If you’re a race director and you have really enthusiastic people who are signing up for your race every year, talk to them.” Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: BibRave Website The BibRave 100 Nomination Form - Vote Thru August 20, 2017 BibRave Pros BibRave for Races BibRave for Brands The BibRave Podcast BibChat on Twitter Follow Tim on Twitter Follow BibRave on Twitter   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsor for supporting Run to the Top     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!  

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  • Running with Power: How Heart Rate Zones Will Become a Thing of the Past

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Sleep, stress, and dehydration can all raise or lower heart rate on any given day, which makes heart rate training less accurate than we’d like.   That’s why co-founder and lead engineer of Stryd Jamie Williamson decided it was time for a change.   With his business partner Li Shang and a team of like-minded “sports nuts”, Jamie set out to create the world’s first wearable power meter for running.   Stryd understands how fast you can run and how long you can run by measuring energy output three dimensionally.   Its unique environmental sensors measure your movements - including forward and back, side to side, and up and down - to determine how fast, how far, and how efficiently you can run across any terrain.   And that’s not even the best part.   It collects this data at lab grade power to give you real-time, actionable target numbers that let you know how efficiently you’re running and make reaching your goals a whole lot simpler.   Listen in as Jamie discusses how Stryd works and why power is quickly replacing heart rate training. Questions Jamie is asked: 2:57 What prompted you to start Stryd and how has the process been so far? 7:39 How did you become interested in producing technology for runners and cyclists to train more efficiently? 9:49 How does Stryd differ from other devices like GPS watches? 13:52 What is ‘power’ as a unit of measurement? 21:07 What are the inherent issues with training by heart rate and how is Stryd more accurate? 26:37 What exactly is ‘critical power’ and how does it relate to lactate threshold and/or VO2 max? 27:49 Can someone simply determine their critical power from a 10k race? 29:25 Are other tests for critical power available on your website? 30:31 How does Stryd help runners with running efficiency, form and injury prevention? 34:19 When you're testing for inefficiencies with Stryd, do you get real-time feedback? 36:25 How compatible is Stryd with other technology? 39:37 Will Stryd ever be able to measure environmental factors such as wind? 41:50 What else is Stryd focusing on right now? Quotes by GUEST: “We have report after report after report of personal bests that people were getting where they were up against the wall and this technology allowed them to identify weaknesses that they could work on.” “Computing real-time pace is extremely difficult...When you’re in a car and you use your GPS, you can actually use it as a speedometer, but that’s just because the signal is so huge. You’re changing large amounts of position over short amounts of time because you’re going fast in a car, and it’s the opposite when running.” “Power is useful because it’s the only independent, objective measure of running performance,. It’s not impacted by any other things.” “You start the race with a full battery - that’s how much energy you have to spend in that race. Given the duration of the race, at the very end you want the battery to be empty. You don’t want it to be negative, you don’t want to leave some stuff on the course where you still have some energy to spare….You want to have nothing left at the end, and power is the way to do that.” “I will say a lot of people do use heart rate as kind of a safety measure. They’ll look at ‘What is my max heart rate that I want to stick to today and I don’t want to go above?’, and they’ll use it in that way to make sure they’re not overdoing it.”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Stryd website Stryd Facebook community Follow Stryd on Twitter We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • Your Optimal Running Recipe: Why You Should Tailor Training to You, Not the Other Way Around - With Jenny Hadfield

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Ultrarunner, coach, and best-selling author Jenny Hadfield began running to lose weight, but, as many people do, she quickly fell in love with it.   However, one thing about the running world Jenny didn’t love was the formulaic, one-size-fits-all training plans that didn’t accommodate for busy lives.   She began working with runners to create training that fit their unique makeup as well as their schedules outside running. She works to make running more accessible, and she’s a large part of the reason the sport has seen such a boom over the last 20 years.   In this episode, Jenny shares her experiences and philosophies to show us that there is a more practical approach to training - not only with our busy schedules but also with our bodies. Questions Jenny is asked: 3:30 How did you first get into running? 6:14 When you first started did you see yourself doing all these extreme distance races? 8:10 What have been some races that you feel were defining moments in your career? 10:02 What were some of the difficulties you encountered along the way and how did you overcome them? 12:30 How do you use your experiences to help the athletes that you currently coach? 15:14 How exactly did you get into coaching? 17:57 What is the F.L.O.W.-based training system? 27:48 How do you coach your female athletes to train in sync with their menstrual cycles? 31:59 Do you think there will be more research on post-menopausal athletic performance? 33:41 At what point would you advise a woman to consult a physician for irregularities? 39:36 What is your nutritional philosophy that you use with your athletes? 43:19 Which calorie trackers would you recommend? 46:09 Are athletes hurt more by the quality or quantity of their fueling choices? 47:24 What’s a good in-race Marathon refueling strategy? 49:43 What advice do you have for beginning runners? 51:24 Can you tell us more about the color-coding system for tracking training? 53:36 What’s next for your own running and for your company? 55:36 Are your running vacations open to just anyone? Quotes by Jenny: “Running was always delivered in a form of punishment in team sports, so my association with running was painful and I didn’t like it.” “Every race that we train for and finish can be a pivotal moment; there’s always a learning lesson that’s involved.” “I learned early on that a template program is not going to work for everyone.” “I believe injuries are an opportunity for growth.” “I really needed to use my education in terms of fitness and exercise science and apply all those principles to a runner’s life, and really it was a mortal’s life and they wanted to run.” “But what I saw (when GPS watches came out) were runners going from tuning into their bodies, listening to your breath to looking at a number and defining whether it was a good run or a bad run or a fantastic race or a failure based on what they saw on that watch.” “There’s such a negative stigma about menstrual cycles and it’s one of the most powerful tools we have as women and once we embrace it and understand it and work with it, you will feel better because you’re now giving your body what it’s asking for.” Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel Mentioned in this podcast: Jenny's Coaching Website   Jenny's Running Vacations   Jenny's Podcast - The Coach Jenny Show   Book: Running For Mortals by Jenny Hadfield   Book: Marathoning For Mortals by Jenny Hadfield   RunnersConnect Extra Kick Podcast - Ep. 116 - Running After Menopause   My Fitness Pal   Training Peaks   Sufferfest Beer Company   Run To The Top Interview with Caitlin Landesberg of Sufferfest Beer Co. We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth   Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • 2-Time Olympian Nick Symmonds Leaves the Track to Take on the Marathon

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    “Nick Symmonds” has long been a household name in the running world. He is a two-time Olympian, six-time U.S. champion, the 2013 World Championship silver medalist, and the fourth-fastest American of all time in the 800 with a time of 1:42.95. He’s one of America’s best track athletes ever, and, at the age of 33, he’s retiring. Well, at least from the track. Nick’s passion for running and his relentless desire to do more has him turning his sights to a new, slightly different challenge: the marathon. Nick will toe the line at the Honolulu Marathon this December 10th, 2017, and he admits that he’s going to have quite a few barriers to overcome in the months ahead (barriers many of our listeners know too well). Listen in as Nick reflects back on his incredible career, discusses his objectives for both the Honolulu Marathon and his company Run Gum, and shares his insight on the art of setting goals and working towards them.   P.S. Make sure you enter the RunAloha Sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-inclusive, 4-day trip to run with Nick Symmonds at the Honolulu Marathon! Questions Nick is asked: 3:48 What would you say have been a couple of career defining moments for you in retrospect?   4:52 When you started running in High School, did you ever envision the career you had?   5:37 What about a low point and how did you get past that?   6:56 What led you to start Run Gum?   8:35 Had you been thinking about this type of product for a while before you started your own company?   10:15 How long does it take for Run Gum to deliver a caffeine peak?   11:28 What led you to decide to retire and has that decision been bittersweet?   12:48 Having retired from the track, but not from running, what made you choose to run a marathon?   14:45 What difficulties do you anticipate as you train for the marathon?   16:57 How have you used visualization in the past?   18:44 Can you tell us about the RunAloha Sweepstakes?   19:40 Can you tell us a little more about Run Gum? 23:18 How smoothly has the Run Gum company launched?   24:29 How has starting your own business impacted your decision to retire?   26:22 Why did you choose to sit out the 2015 World Championships?   28:51 Do you have any regrets about it?   30:06 Will you continue fighting for athlete’s rights in the years to come?   31:44 Do you anticipate Run Gum’s antitrust lawsuit against USATF and the USOC will be resolved in time for the next qualification trials?   35:50 How can listeners help facilitate improvement of athlete’s rights?   37:06 What has been your opinion of doping and cheating in the running world?   39:13 How did you continue to compete knowing you were running against runners who were likely doping?   42:31 What is your favorite flavor of Run Gum?   Quotes by GUEST: “I didn’t love running; I actually hated it at the time, but I enjoyed practice, I enjoyed the team.”   “I wouldn’t necessarily advise athletes to start a brand or company while their still competing.”   “I’m going out on my terms. I’m not being forced out for financial reasons or due to injury, my body just doesn’t do what it used to do and that’s OK.”   “If you take the time to visualize every single scenario unfolding, then when you’re in the race and you only have a ¼ second to make a decision, you’ve already made it. You’ve already played that out in your mind.”   “I’m not saying that Run Gum is for everybody, but if you’re in need of energy and focus in a lightweight, affordable, easily consumed package this is for you.”   “As an athlete, you NEED to have an exit plan.”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: The RunAloha Sweepstakes Rungum.com The Honolulu Marathon Nick's YouTube Vlog NickSymmonds.com Follow Nick on Twitter Follow Nick on Instagram Follow Run Gum on Twitter Follow Run Gum on Instagram We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • Closing the Gap Between Who We Are and Who We Can Be - With Adam Goucher & Tim Catalano

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Closing the Gap Between Who We Are and Who We Can Be - With Adam Goucher & Tim Catalano Adam Goucher & Tim Catalano met at the University of Colorado where they ran together under esteemed coach Mark Wetmore. It was there that a lasting friendship was born, and Tim and Adam later went on to pen a book on their combined experiences and studies. The book is called Running the Edge, and it is as much about life as it is about running. Running the Edge served as a philosophical foundation for their business, Run The Edge, a community of fitness and fun based in Boulder, Colorado. The ultimate goal of Run The Edge is to help people around the world improve their fitness and overall well-being, and to encourage all levels of transformation and growth through community support. Adam and Tim are big believers in the power of reflection and self-awareness, and as they strive to help others better themselves in running and beyond, they’re continually working to do the same. Take a listen and learn how the power of positive psychology can help us close the gap between who we are and who we can be.   Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:   Adam and Tim’s running background Key principles in their book, Running the Edge How successful running and successful living are intertwined The importance of self awareness Why having multiple sources of passion is important How the challenge of running changes as we age   Questions Adam & Tim are asked: 3:56 How did you start running and what sparked your interest in it? 8:01 What inspired you to write your book Running the Edge? 10:53 What are some of the principles from the book? 12:47 How do these principles relate to your company and how did you come up with the name Run The Edge? 15:02 What are “The Six Mirrors”? 16:27 Did you have any learning or self-discovery moments as you wrote the book? 20:59 What is the dynamic like of being longtime friends and working together? 24:27 Did this dynamic exist between you back in college? 27:04 How do you advise people to find other passions without sacrificing their running? 31:30 What advice do you give to older runners, especially older beginners, who may be past their peak conditioning? 35:20 In your book, what do you mean by the Distance Maven and how did you come by that term? 40:29 What is your Amerithon Challenge? 44:55 Is there a time frame requirement for completing the challenge? 46:40 Can people join in any time after the launch? 47:34 Are most of your clients in America or overseas? 48:15 What’s in the future for Run The Edge?   Quotes by Adam & Tim: “It’s weird how (running) can make you happy and miserable all at the same time.” “We didn’t want to write a normal running book.” “Am I applying myself to the point where I’m working as hard as I can and doing things the right way? Because if I am, then I will be successful.” “Here’s what I really am. And here’s my ideal self, which is where I could be and try to look at the gap between those two things.” “Awareness is the key. Once you are aware of your shortcomings, you have the ability to fix them.” “You’ve gotta be more than a runner.” “I’ll never be as fast as I once was, but that doesn’t mean I can’t challenge myself to do new and different things.”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Interview with Caitlin Landesberg of Sufferfest Beer Company Book: Running the Edge runtheedge.com Book: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell Amerithon Challenge (use promo code: runnersconnect to save $5 off your purchase) We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • Playing to Your Strengths With Esther Atkins

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Playing to Your Strengths with Esther Atkins When Skechers Performance athlete Esther Atkins realized she didn’t quite possess the genetics to become an 800 meter specialist, she set her sights on something different - and it’s lucky she did. One of America’s best marathoners today, Esther was the 2014 US Marathon champion and earned a spot on the World Championships Marathon team in 2015. With a blazing personal best of 2:33:15 and many more achievements to her name, it’s clear Esther found her calling. But just as with most runners, Esther’s career has not been without its setbacks. From severe performance anxiety to plain old bad races, Esther has persevered through a lot to become the accomplished competitor she is today, and she credits a large part of her success to avoiding comparisons and focusing on her strengths. Listen in as Esther shares her inspiring story and her tips for capitalizing on the strengths unique to you and your body. Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:   Esther’s running background Esther’s worst race ever and what she learned from it How to bounce back from bad days Mental toughness The pitfalls of comparison Determining and maximizing your strengths Tricks for setting goals   Questions Esther is asked:   3:37 How did you first get into running?   8:40 How did your collegiate running turn into becoming a career marathoner?   17:19 What were some of the strategies you used to manage your pre-race anxieties?   21:29 What sparked your passion for the marathon?   27:54 Would you consider that 3rd marathon a defining race that changed the course of your career?   28:23 What did you credit that great pace to?   30:26 Why do you consider your 2nd marathon one of your worst races and what were your takeaways from it?   41:20 How do you bounce back after a bad race?   44:13 What is one of your proudest accomplishments to date?   47:01 What are your tips for enjoying every day and the process that is being a runner?   51:27 What advice do you have regarding setting goals?   53:54 How do you advise people to avoid the comparison rrap?   58:26 What's next for you and Skechers?       Quotes by Esther:  “Pick a point in the race where the people around me at this point are the people I’m racing - that’s my race. And if I beat all the people around me or that person in front of me….that’s me winning the race.” “At 30k….I stepped off the course and sat down and I had a little pity fest….and then I started walking and then I started jogging because I was like ‘this is going to take forever’. Then I heard this voice over the PA….say in German, ‘Come on, ladies. Four of the top sixteen have already dropped out. Come on - just have fun like the rest of us!’ And I was like ‘you are so right’.” “As I got so much better at the marathon, I was like ‘oh all my other times are going to get so much faster’, and it just didn’t happen that way.” “A coach that I worked with at Rider, Bob Hamer - he’s the head coach there - he had his own version of it from yoga class where it’s just focus on your own mat and your own practice, and that’s so important to happiness. The key to happiness is not comparing yourself.”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run    Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel    Mentioned in this podcast: ZAP Fitness Esther’s Blog Skechers Follow Esther on Instagram Follow Esther on Twitter    We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!  

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  • The Evolution of Sports Medicine and Truth Behind Injury Treatments with Dr. David Geier

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    Orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. David Geier has an enormous passion for helping athletes reach their maximum potential, and he believes a big part of that is simply learning from others’ mistakes. We runners often ride that line between just right and too much in training, and injury occurs when we go too far. This is the basis of David’s book That’s Gotta Hurt, which chronicles the injuries that have served as turning points in sports medicine, including Joan Benoit’s legendary win in the 1984 US Olympic Marathon Trials just 17 days after arthroscopic knee surgery. In this episode, David will discuss the ways in which sports medicine has evolved and share the truth behind treatments like cortisone injections, stem cell therapy, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help you navigate through injuries for long term health and success. Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today: Common causes of running injuries and how to minimize them The importance of sleep and how to know if you’re getting enough How to determine if shoes or orthotics will help or hurt you The importance of strength training and cross training What’s on the horizon for sports medicine Inflammation and anti-inflammatories: When are they good and when are they not? Questions Dr. Geier is asked: 4:03 What sparked your interest in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery?5:28 What has been the most common cause of injury among your clients and runners in general?   6:49 What advice do you have for runners regarding not crossing that line into you overuse?   8:13 Is it just a matter of not exceeding your stress threshold and do stress thresholds increase as you get fitter?   9:35 What are some stresses and lifestyle habits that make a runner more susceptible to injury?   11:13 How much sleep should runners be trying to get at night?   13:33 What monitor are you using to monitor your sleep?   16:21 In your opinion, how do you shoes play a role in injury?   22:13 What is your opinion on whether or not orthotics cause more injuries than they prevent and if so, why is this?   25:05 How can runners determine for themselves if orthotics are necessary?   24:58 Is it better for runners to strength train weak spots on their bodies then to use orthotics?   26:34 How did Joan Benoit’s rapid recovery from knee surgery resulting in her win at the Olympic marathon trials serve as a turning point for sports medicine?   29:42 What is your opinion on taking time off when recovering from injury?   32:24 What are a few common weaknesses for runners that contribute to injury?   37:31 What's happening in sports medicine today with treatments that can help reverse damage from prior injuries?   39:51 What is platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment?   42:24 How effective is it and how quickly do people see the effects of it?   43:32 Why aren't you a fan of Cortisone shots?   45:27 Should runners take anti-inflammatories or let the inflammation run its course?   47:12 How should people best implement Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and are any more important than the other?   49:05 What's your opinion on cryotherapy?   52:58 What kinds of things can runners do now to ensure long-term health and performance success?   Quotes by Dr. Geier: “I’m all for pushing yourself to a new goal, but you’ve got to work up to that slowly.” “If you start paying attention to your sleep, that naturally is going to make you want to get more sleep.” “There was a study that just came out in the last 3 or 4 months that showed that the lowest injury rates were people who wore the shoes that were most comfortable for them.” “It’s just really a great feeling to be able to tell somebody after they suffered an injury or they had surgery, ‘Hey, you can go back to running or you can go back to football or soccer or whatever it is’ and see the excitement on their face.” “If something really hurts, just take a day or two off and see if that’s just enough to get it better, but you don’t have to just stop running altogether.” “We may be at the point where we’re about to make another big, big shift in (sports medicine). I think what’s coming are these treatments based on YOUR body.” “We want people being active forever, throughout their lives. The key is to encourage people to do it, but to do it in a way so that their bodies hold up so they can be active later, so that they can play with their kids and run in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and just be physically active with daily activities.” Take a Listen on Your Next Run   Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast:   Dr. David Geier's website Book -  That's Gotta Hurt: Dr. David Geier Whoop sleep monitoring system Joan Benoit - 1984 Marathon Gold Medal Performance Dr. Chris Segler Run To The Top interview Dr. Irene Davis Run To The Top interview Jonathan Beverly Run To The Top interview Follow Dr. Geier on Twitter Follow Dr. Geier on Facebook Dr. Geier's Podcast page We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth   Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • Dismantling Your Fears for Empowered Running with Boston Marathon Champion Jack Fultz

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    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. It was over 100 degrees, and spectators lined the course with sprinklers and garden hoses at the ready to cool off passing runners.   40 percent of the field dropped out that year, but, through smart racing and pure grit, Jack gradually worked his way into the lead and then into history as he crossed the line the champion of the 1976 Boston Marathon with a finishing time of 2:20:19.   The race was nicknamed - appropriately enough - the “Run for the Hoses”, and it was one of the biggest defining moments of Jack’s life.   “One” being the operative word.   Jack went on to record a personal best of 2:11:17 at Boston in 1978 and qualified for 3 consecutive Olympic Trials in the marathon in 1972, 1976, and 1980.   Jack also taught sports psychology at Tufts for 26 years and now works as a training consultant to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge through which he has raised over $30 million for breast cancer research.   Jack has no shortage of insight when it comes to mental game, and he loves sharing that insight to help other runners.   Listen in as Jack discusses his tips and tricks for setting goals, bouncing back after bad races, and finding happiness in the process.     Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:   How Jack started running Jack’s progression from underdog to Boston Marathon winner The 1976 Boston Marathon Jack’s background in sports psychology Why it’s important to differentiate “victory” and “success” Jack’s advice on setting goals How to bounce back from a bad race   Questions Jack is asked:   3:55 How was your experience at ZAP Fitness? 6:15 How did you first get into running and what really sparked your passion for the sport? 19:45 What were the conditions for 1976 Boston Marathon? 21:13 Did your strategy change going into that race? 26:17 What were the last 8 miles of that race like for you? 31:58 How did it feel having the crowd cheering for you as you won the Boston Marathon? 37:03 What do you advise runners to do in regards to setting goals or multiple goals per race? 46:02 Why should we differentiate “Victory” from “Success”? 49:20 How do you advise runners bounce back from a ‘bad’ race? 57:13 How much time did you give yourself to ‘grieve’ over a disappointing race? 1:00:31 What’s next for you?   Quotes by Jack:   “I just almost had to keep pinching myself. ‘Is this really happening? I’m really winning the Boston Marathon!’” “Too much focus on the outcome will contaminate your performance….The process by which - if we attend to that, then the outcome becomes a byproduct of that process, and we have much more control over the process as opposed to the actual outcome.” “Part of the human condition is that we tend to confirm our greatest fears to ourselves, and if our greatest fear is to lose a race, we increase the likelihood of that happening by whatever means.” “Having a secondary goal to fall back on when we know the first one is gone - that can help keep your feet in the fire. If somebody goes to the starting line of...a marathon...wanting to qualify for Boston, and now their splits are telling them that’s not going to happen. You don’t want to just throw the whole thing out and find yourself giving up, and now you take nothing away from the race other than beating up on yourself….Have a secondary goal going in that you can fall back on.” “Victory is purely defined by the results, and success can be defined by an internal measure of what you did against what you felt you had to give.” “It’s running smart first, and tough second, and taking your last effective steps at the finish line and crossing the finish line knowing that no matter how else you may have executed the race, you probably could not have run any faster.”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run     Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Once a Runner Boston Marathon Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Follow Jack on Twitter     We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!    

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  • How to Unlock Your Best Stride and Avoid the Lifestyle Habits Holding You Back - Jonathan Beverly

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    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 proof to back it up. The author of a new book called Your Best Stride, Jonathan is a coach, lifetime runner, and expert in running shoes and the running industry. He writes for Runner’s World and Outside Magazine just to name a few, and he also served as editor of Running Times from 2000-2016. Today Jonathan’s going to share with us some shocking information on the myths surrounding running shoes and what constitutes a perfect stride, how to counter those lifestyle habits detrimental to your stride, and how to master the best stride for you and your performance. Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:   Jonathan’s new book Your Best Stride Why there is no “correct” stride Stride signature and preferred movement path Why foot strike is overrated The perils of sitting down and other lifestyle habits How to counter the effects of these habits How to avoid “ruts” Universal form cues all runners should know   Questions Jonathan is asked: 3:48 What is your background and how did you become passionate about running? 6:32 What prompted you to start a writing career centered around running? 9:26 Can you tell us about Your Best Stride and what inspired you to write it? 16:03 Why is foot strike overrated and what should runners focus on instead? 19:30 You argue there is no “correct” stride. Why? 22:37 How does sitting down a lot affect stride? What are some other bad lifestyle habits for stride efficiency? 25:42 How does driving, typing, and scrolling through your phone affect posture and arm carriage? 27:27 How can people counter the effects of these lifestyle habits on their strides? 31:07 What areas of the body should runners focus on strengthening most? 38:01 How does switching up terrain and race distance help improve stride and overall performance? 41:53 Should runners switch the types of shoes they run in regularly? 44:05 What are the myths surrounding running shoes? 47:47 What are some universal form cues all runners should follow? 50:37 Is it more important to strengthen our weak spots than it is to try and consciously change our form? 52:01 How should runners determine which shoes are right for them and their bodies? 54:42 What’s next for you? Quotes by Jonathan:   “The kinetic chain starts at the hips, and if your hips are off, then everything else is going to be off. So the focus needs to move up, and [foot strike] is the consequence of an effective stride - it’s not the cause of it. If you try to correct the consequence without addressing the cause, you end up with a mess.” “You can think of your stride like your voice. I’m hearing you talk now and it’s the first time we’ve talked, but the next time I hear you I’ll recognize you. And you shouldn’t sound like me - you should sound like you. You vocal chords are different, the length of your neck is different, the size of your lungs is different - all of those things go into creating your voice. And it’s the same thing with your stride.” “Because we’ve been sitting so long, a lot of us can’t actually [extend our hips] anymore….If we try, it’s sort of like opening a screen door that only has a hinge one way. If you’re pushing it the other way, you’re going to break the door frame.” “[Running drills] aren’t cueing a certain type of stride - they’re just changing the motion, changing the muscle recruitment so that your body starts noticing that ‘oh, if I use the glute instead of the hamstring, we can go easier and faster’.”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run    Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Book: Your Best Stride by Jonathan Beverly Road Runners Club of America Article: 5 Common Myths About Running Shoes by Jonathan Beverly Run to the Top Interview with Irene Davis Run to the Top Interview with Danny Dreyer Book: The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman Jonathan’s website Follow Jonathan on Twitter   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth    Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!    

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  • Have Your Beer and Drink It Too: Beer Designed for Athletes by Athletes - Caitlin Landesberg

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    After LA native and 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 sport so gratifying. Kicking back with friends after a workout or a race and having a well-earned beer (or, ya know, maybe a few) is an important facet of running and one that goes way back. The celebration (and often commiseration) following a race is a key component to our camaraderie as runners, and beer plays a big role in that.   To Caitlin, running just wasn’t the same without this component, and so she began looking for a satisfying gluten-free beer that would quench her thirst for the rich, full taste to which she was accustomed.   Coming up empty, Caitlin decided to just make her own, and, after a lot of trial and error, Sufferfest Beer Company was born.   Specializing in gluten-removed beer, Sufferfest’s mission is to build community in the running world and provide hardworking athletes with the reward they deserve.   Caitlin is continually working to create not only a great tasting beer but a beer also enriched with vitamins and minerals to help you replenish what you’ve lost and bounce back faster. Listen in as Caitlin shares how she is working to change the worlds of craft beer and running alike. Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today: Caitlin’s athletic background Symptoms of gluten intolerance Challenges Caitlin faced when going gluten-free How Sufferfest Beer Co. got started How to make gluten-removed beer Caitlin’s mission to change the worlds of beer and running   Questions Caitlin is asked: 3:12 What is your background as a competitive trail runner? 6:25 How did you find out your had a gluten allergy? 9:43 What challenges did you face when you began adjusting your diet? 11:58 How did you begin brewing your own beer? 15:55 How do you remove the gluten from your beer? 19:17 Could your friends tell the difference between your initial homebrew and commercial beer? 22:47 Were you doing this on the side or did you leave your job to do this? 25:50 Was it difficult finding distributors for your beer? 29:35 How did you come up with the name Sufferfest? 32:07 Where can people buy Sufferfest beer? 38:42 How do you wish to impact both the worlds of craft beer and athletics? 43:17 What makes conservation and sustainability so important to you and your team? 46:14 What’s next for you and Sufferfest? 48:09 If you could pick the worst/most gratifying race you’ve ever run, the best Sufferfest, what would it be?    Quotes by Caitlin:   “Now I run mostly for fun, I run with friends, I run to….gosh, to just sort of feel alive.” “You would look at me and say this person’s in shape - she eats pretty well and of course runs quite a bit and treats her body pretty well, but I was all sorts of wrong at the time.” “It was just kind of the trial and error of seeing how far I could take something and see how good I could make something taste for myself for very selfish purposes is what sort of led me down this road.” “That was the big aha moment for me was being able to pass my beer around that was made in this gluten-removed methodology, and people just drank it and loved it. And I didn’t even have to say anything about it, and that’s the beauty of it….just enjoying the basic ritual of having a beer with friends.” “After a hard day out there whether you’ve been hiking or swimming or what have you - whatever you do to kind of feel like you’ve earned it….I want something satisfying and premium and not low-calorie.” “I think when we’re all drinking together, we have that camaraderie that we’ve just really writhed and ailed, and that’s sort of the best feeling at times: to finish together and talk about what you’ve just endured.” “We’re celebrating of course, and that’s part of training: to take days off or take time to celebrate achievements. But how can beer also aid in bouncing back and recovery?”   Take a Listen on Your Next Run Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: Sufferfest Beer Company Brewers Clarex Ragnar Follow Caitlin on Twitter    We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!

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  • It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been - Cherie Gruenfeld

    · Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

    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 at the age of 73, she is one of the most heavily decorated Masters triathletes in the world and still competes in half Ironmans to this day.   In this episode, Cherie walks us through her late entry into competitive running and triathlons, her philosophy for finding continued success in the sport, and a little about her nonprofit organization through which she works to help underprivileged kids achieve more than they ever thought possible.   Between her advice on longevity in the sport and her outlook on self betterment (even when that may no longer mean setting PR’s), Cherie’s story has something for everyone. Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today: What motivated Cherie to start running and competing in triathlons How she has maintained her competitive streak, both physically and mentally What makes the Ironman World Championship at Kona so special to Cherie How Cherie is giving back through sport and opportunity Questions Cherie is asked: 3:25 What is your athletic background? 5:14 What inspired you to start running? 8:36 Did you have any setbacks or struggles when you first started? 10:12 When did you realize you had the potential to be a competitive triathlete? 10:55 How did you get interested in triathlons? 19:04 Did you know at your first Kona event that you could become one of the most decorated Masters triathletes in the world? 19:45 What did becoming the first woman over age 55 to complete an Ironman in less than 12 hours mean to you? 23:14 Why did you select Kona as the event you wanted to break the 12-hour barrier? 24:18 What makes Kona so special to you? 26:21 What makes Kona something you look forward to year after year? 28:22 Is Kona the Boston Marathon of triathlons? 28:44 Which part of the triathlon is your strongest and which is your weakest? 30:25 Is trying to set new goals within each component of the triathlon part of what keeps you going? 36:47 How has BodyHealth helped you compete at such a high level for so long while remaining healthy? 39:21 Do you attribute much of your success to these supplements and how did you feel prior to and after using them regularly? 41:39 Besides the supplements, what other tips do you have for maintaining competitive longevity? 43:32 What is your organization, Exceeding Expectations, and what is its mission? 49:12 What’s next for you?   Quotes by Cherie: “I would never have guessed that I would have had the opportunities that I did.” “If you have to ask (about Kona), you haven’t been there.” “There’s a bonding among all Ironmen; you meet another Ironman on a plane and you don’t even have to ask questions, you just automatically know certain things about the character of the person.” “My swim and my bike are within 10 or 15 minutes of what they used to be, but the run? There’s no way that I am going to run a 4-hour marathon in an Ironman any longer. But I’m still one of the top runners in the age group.” “You cannot race the way you used to; you simply are NOT going to, and you have to accept that.” “Sleeping is critical to being ready for the next day.” “Don’t wait till you’re a Masters athlete to start thinking about maintaining health and longevity, because if you intend to stay in this for the long haul, you gotta start when you’re younger. You have to develop these good, healthy habits, you have to understand that you’re not invincible, that you can be taken down and it’s up to you to take care of yourself so that some of that doesn’t happen.” “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Take a Listen on Your Next Run    Want more awesome interviews and advice? Subscribe to our iTunes channel   Mentioned in this podcast: IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BodyHealth supplements homepage Exceeding Expectations Foundation Challenged Athletes Foundation   We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top. The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use. If more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, it means I can reach out to and get through to the top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you! -- Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Run to the Top Enter to win a FREE 6-Pack of Perfect Amino from BodyHealth     Send an email to info@pacifichealthlabs.com with the subject line "Run to the Top" and ask for your FREE Accel Gel samples. Don't forget to include your address!  

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