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The internet's most exciting health & fitness audio event! Showing people how to perform better in running, cycling and triathlon as they age. Master some of your health, some of your fitness, your career and even some of your life. It's all the same. And we do it all through fun, informative and interesting podcast stories and conversations. Hosted by Daren Lake (and sometimes Phil Cross)
 
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If you want to run a faster 10k as you get older listen to this episode! Download the free full transcription pdf here Episode Highlights (aka Why You Should Listen aka TLDR) Matt Chittim aka The Rambling Runner is documenting his journey to get a personal record in the 10k before turning 40 His journey might be similar to a lot of people out there…
 
We are back with Ramblings on the Run with Ali Feller and what a fun conversation this was. Per our usual conversation Ali, host of the amazing Ali on the Run podcast, and I start the show by discussing our current life on the run, what we are loving, and what we are excited about. In the second half of the show we try something new that we both we…
 
Tyler Day is a professional runner for HOKA Northern Arizona (NAZ) Elite. Day was planning on focusing on this year’s U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 10k. As a Northern Arizona University sophomore, Day finished ninth at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships at 10,000 meters. In 2018, he was ninth again–this time at 3,000 …
 
Frank Lara is a professional runner for the Roots Running Project based in Boulder, Colorado. He also works part-time for Strava as a community management representative. The past two years have proven to be big for Frank. In 2020, he won the U.S. 15K champion then set a massive personal best of 27:44 in the 10,000m in 2021. In December Frank parti…
 
Dana Giordano is a professional runner for the B.A.A. and Adidas. She's a 4:08 1500m and 15:18 5K runner who ran track and cross-country at Dartmouth College and hopes to compete at the 2021 Olympic Track & Field Trials. In April, Dana added another line to her impressive resume: host of the More Than Running podcast. Five years ago Dana finished o…
 
Man, lot's of stuff going on this edition of Mastering 40. The last three weeks have seen some strong workouts, a few skipped miles, and a minor knee injury. In this episode, run coach James McKirdy and I have a blunt conversation on my need to step up the miles from the mid to high 30's well into the 40's. In his words, "if you aren't able to do t…
 
The Road to the Trials has returned for season two and we are fired up! We will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at the training and racing of some of America's best track athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Track Trials in June. Specifically, we will be following Keira D'Amato, Dana Giordano, Olivia Baker, Frank Lara, Tyler Day, and A…
 
In 2020, Keira D’Amato had arguably the best year of any American distance runner. She set PR’s at nearly every distance including an American record in the 10 mile. She then transitioned from the country’s best amateur runner/real estate broker to a Nike pro runner. An amazing transformation for any runner in their mid-30’s and an inspiration to r…
 
Part 1 - Racial Stereotypes and Size Inadequacies Welcome to the internet’s most exciting endurance sport and self-improvement podcast, Master of some! Download PDF Transcription Here We all love getting new personal records in our endurance sport of choice. With this episode, I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight an underrepresented categ…
 
Part 2 & 3 - Society’s Perceptions & Vulnerability Welcome to the internet’s most exciting endurance sport and self-improvement podcast, Master of some! Download PDF Transcription Here (tbd) This episode is an opportunity to highlight an underrepresented category —- mental health and mental physical fitness. This is as important as how fast you can…
 
The Road to the Trials have returned for season two and we are fired up! We will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at the training and racing of some of America's best track athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Track Trials in June. Specifically, we will be following Keira D'Amato, Dana Giordano, Olivia Baker, Frank Lara, Tyler Day, and …
 
There are certain people who choose to be a bright shining light and their impact on others becomes exponential because of that decision. That is exactly who Melissa Danehey has become. Melissa is a champion-level trail and ultra runner who started running in college and quickly grew to love the sport. Her evolution into a high-level runner took a …
 
Matt Fitzgerald is back for his third appearance on the Rambling Runner Podcast and this time he discusses his new book. A good comeback makes a great story. In The Comeback Quotient, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald shares the stories of top athletic comebacks, to give you inspiration and tools for your own comeback in sport or life. Every sports…
 
It is a widely held belief that runners get slower with age. Ingrid Walters, an actress and elite masters runner, has turned that belief on its head. At the age of 47 Ingrid won the female open division of the Los Angeles Marathon in a scorching fast 2:48 - 22 minutes faster than her first marathon nearly a decade earlier. Shortly after that race, …
 
Wow, things are getting real. In this episode we dive into the last three weeks which in which the workouts have been altered significantly. The mileage will stay in the 40-45 mile range for the next couple months but the workouts have were switched to longer segments and it has thrown me for a loop. In addition, day-after longer easy runs have bee…
 
Kara Hepp is a mother of three, working full-time, taking an active role in her community, and training for a marathon in the freezing weather of a Minnesota winter. For these reasons, and several more, I've looked up to Kara for some time. In this episode, first dive into how she prepares herself to train during sub-zero temps at 5:00 a.m. and how…
 
Sabrina Little is a renaissance woman nearly every way. She runs at an elite level and has been selected to represent the United States on five national teams. She is also a full-time instructor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Morehead State University where she lives with her husband David and daughter Lucy. In 2020, she completed her PhD in P…
 
For Mariana Maldonado, 2020 was a year of amazing improvements in fitness with no races to test them. Several of her marathons were postponed and cancelled throughout the yeas as she continually altered her training and remained optimistic. It was a learning experience that she is hoping to capitalize on in 2021. As Mari continued to improve, she s…
 
So many runners are passionate about their running while also working hard to advocate for a cause/mission they believe in. When we combine these two passions to help raise awareness and philanthropic support it can be a remarkable experience. It can also change how we connect to our running. No one knows this better than Jordan Marie Daniel. Jorda…
 
In 2020, with road races all over being cancelled, many runners decided to transition to trail running where races were much more prevalent and easier to align with COVID restrictions. But many of these folks weren't quite sure where to start. This is exactly why I was excited to speak with elite coach and podcast host Mario Fraioli. Mario coaches …
 
While I have been chronicling my own Mastering 40 journey, I was excited to talk with Brian White who has been actively pursuing his own. Brian, who turned 40 last spring, has big goals for the marathon, 10k, and un-broken pull-ups. So far he is crushing it but don't let that fool you - he hasn't always been a runner extraordinaire. He was big into…
 
In this episode we dive into the last three weeks which were supposed to be include an elevation of mileage into the 40's but turned out to be quite the opposite. As most of us know, craziness in our lives can sometimes supersede our running goals and require an even larger chunk of time and energy. With all of that coming to fruition, fortunately …
 
We are back with Ramblings on the Run with Ali Feller and what a fun conversation this was. While 2021 is officially here, Ali and I decided to indulge ourselves in several of the off-beat things we enjoyed in 2020. Here are the categories we went with: Favorite podcast episode we listened to (sports and a non-sports) Favorite running performance F…
 
Meghan Matejka has had the kind of improvement and progression as a marathoner that so many strive for. Her first race after playing soccer and lacrosse in high school and college was a marathon. A huge challenge to say the least. From there, Meghan didn't formally engage with running for another six years, or so. Once she did, Meghan was able to b…
 
As the year comes to a close I am excited to bring you seven of the best and most impactful moments of the Rambling Runner Podcast in 2020. This was an incredibly hard episode to create. We have been blessed with so many amazing guests this year. Choosing a select few was incredibly difficult. Once that happened, selecting only one part of their ep…
 
When you meet someone who goes after what they want with passion, energy, grace, and optimism is it beyond infectious. It is awe inspiring. There is no other way to describe Kristen Doornbos. This force of nature is an athlete, artist, entrepreneur, and defeater of challenges. After having little to no experience in athletics growing up, Kristen st…
 
I’m am so excited to talk all things running shoes with the amazing Emily Heller of the Run Like Heller running show review channel on YouTube. We went deep into the running shoe game and it was a blast: • First favorite running shoe? • Favorite shoe that most people weren’t a fan of? • Shoe that people love that you just couldn’t get into? • Perso…
 
From the amazing Corey Joyner: The only thing separating you from the goals you set is the work in between. I do not know who said that, but I know it rings true. The time frame of how long it takes to achieve the goal will vary, but the work has to be done. I started out as a 5 hour marathoner. You learn quickly to respect the 26.2mi distance! I w…
 
The new Mastering 40 episode is out and we break down the first four months and what the next season of the journey has in store. First, coach James McKirdy explains how he was framing the fall season, the primary focus of that time, how my relative fitness level matters (and doesn't), and TONS of treadmill tips. In the second half of the episode, …
 
Leah Jantzen is a self-help author, speaker, triathlete and performance coach living on Long Island. Leah is a firm believer in the infinite potential residing in every one of us, and has dedicated her life to helping others realize it. The creator of Train Your Brain—a system for boosting mental fitness—Leah instructs her clients to clearly see an…
 
It was an honor to speak with the wonderous Lisa Mueller for this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast. A year ago she listened to Mary Johnson and Lauren Floris detail their "Project: Breaking 3" women's program in episode 199. It inspired her to chase her own sub-3 goal. But, she was a bit unsure as the women in that program had already run clo…
 
In 2013, Stefanie Flippin ran her first ultra. She didn't make the last cut-off and was pulled from the course with 6 miles to go. She cried herself to sleep that night and vowed to never be so unprepared for anything again. In 2015, she whined her way through my first 100 miler, begging her husband and parents to just let her drop. She came in DFL…
 
Elysha Omoomy is back, she was also featured in episode 126, after yet another paradigm shifting performance. I was going to write-up shownotes, per usual, for this show but decided to simply copy and past Elysha's Instagram post from November 16 because it hits her positivity, relentlessness, and dedication on the head: "From 5:21 12:17/mi to 3:04…
 
Jay is one of the most remarkable people I have spoken with and I am sure you'll agree once you hear this episode. Jay is a pastor at Friends Church in southern California, husband, and father to a little girl, multiple brain tumor survivor. this was a trying moment for Jay and everyone who knew him. Jay and I spoke about his amazing athletic, heal…
 
The new Mastering 40 episode is here and it details my wildest week yet. Last weekend I was able make up for my 10k DNF six weeks ago with a strong effort. In fact, the final 5k was faster than the 5k I ran three weeks ago. Yes! Then, mere hours later I was hobbled by an ankle injury. First coach James McKirdy breaks down 10k, the differences betwe…
 
Molly Gutt has one of the most unique athletic backgrounds that we've ever had on the show. Cheerleading and gymnastics as a teenager gave way to aerobic kickboxing in her 20's. From there, she was eager to test herself against other fighters and moved to Muay Thai - a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques…
 
Unlike so many of us, Amanda Asaro just completed a fall race season as an elite amateur runner for Central Park Track Club. That's right, you read that correctly - a fall race season. Amanda is a New York City based personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Barry’s, and a decorated college runner. Barry's is an internationally-known HIIT worko…
 
Peter Bromka is back on the show to talk about something that has effected so many people over - running during a stressful/emotionally draining period of time. This is something that has effected runners since time immemorial and especially over the last week given the uncertainty of the Presidential election. In the second half of the episode we …
 
In this episode of the Rambling Runner Podcast we are joined by the wonderful Danielle Turk-Bly. It was an honor to have Danielle on the show as she is a 2:47 marathoner, accomplished yoga instructor and owner of Lunar Lotus Yoga, home-schooling mother of three boys, and high-level junior alpine skier. She also just successfully finished Des Linden…
 
Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt is back and we are so excited. Ali Feller, host of the Ali on the Run Show, and I dive into what we are loving right now, looking forward to, our current running situations (spoiler: Ali is killing it!) We also answer a series of fun questions from the listeners. We had a wonderful time discussing all of these t…
 
The Runners Alliance is a solutions-based initiative from the editors of Runner's World and Women's Health in partnership with HOKA ONE ONE aimed at altering perceptions about what it means to run as a member of a community that experiences high levels of harassment, including women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and more. It's aim is to provide all runners and…
 
The new Mastering 40 episode is here and it details some major variances in performance and mindset. First, Adrienne Langelier, my sport psychologist, and I talk through a recent poor performance in a 10k workout that was a complete mental failure. From there we discuss how I should mentally plan out to my 5k race effort (a model that worked exceed…
 
Lindsay Nelson's journey from elite college runner to elite marathoner has taken some wild and dangerous turns. From the highs and lows of a turbulent time at Arizona State University, two extremely difficult pregnancies, a miscarriage that almost threatened her life, to running in the Olympic Marathon Trials. Lindsay's story is vastly different th…
 
Jereny Rivera is a classic example of ignoring limits and just running for running's sake. Five years ago Jereny had never gone for a proper run. In fact, she had been fairly inactive from an athletic standpoint. Then, in an effort to expand her social circle, she joined the Track Shack running group. At that moment her future changed forever. Five…
 
I'm excited to have my good friend Lindsey Hein on the show to do discuss her amazing new show Why is Everyone Yelling? A parenting podcast that features some of the most creative and innovative people in the development, education, and spaces. A mother of four rambunctious boys, Lindsey often shares the coming and goings of her spirited family. Fo…
 
And here we go! My quest to break 40:00 in the 10k next summer at the age of 40 took a big step forward in recent weeks. My mileage is now approaching 30 miles a week and legit workouts have begun. The running hasn't been perfect but steps are being made. Most importantly: I'm still 100% healthy. Thank goodness. Coach James McKirdy, founder of McKi…
 
For so many of us, this fall running season has taken the wind out of our sails. Cancellations one-after-another during a time when we hoped racing would return. While that feeling is real and pervasive, I'm happy to report that we are starting to see some real in-person options and creativity. Jon Lubgill joins me in this episode to talk about wha…
 
What do Buddy Perdue, myths, and wine all have in common? They all get better with age. Buddy began running at age 44. After few brief challenges he took to it quickly. After years as a cyclist he was able to transition his fitness and aerobic capacity to his new endeavor. Over the next five years he kept improving before reaching a plateau. Undete…
 
Felicia Chen's ability to combine a holistic view of competition and sport with desire to achieve at a high level is nearly unparalleled. For that, and for so many other reasons, I was elated to have Felicia on the show. In this episode, Felicia talks about running not one but two virtual Boston Marathons on each side of 3:00, giving up running for…
 
Marquis Bowden is making some serious moves. The former college basketball player bounced around west coast colleges looking for the right fit. It never came. Little did he know that the journey would lead him to the perfect place to begin his running career. In 2017, Marquis began running and he was hooked. Not only did he pick up the sport quickl…
 
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