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Olympic Marathoner Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky on Nourishment for Athletes

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In this episode we talk nutrition with U.S. Olympic Marathoner Shalane Flanagan and food writer Elyse Kopecky -authors of the new cookbook Run Fast Eat Slow.

In this interview you will hear about indulgent nourishment, why Shalane started eating real butter, the top nutrition mistakes runners make, Shalane’s training for Rio and more!

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Sneak Peak! Our interview with Shalane Flanagan

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 10.08.41 PMWe are totally stoked to speak with U.S. Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan and her friend Elyse Kopecky about their forthcoming cookbook Run Fast. Eat Slow.

The full interview will not be released until August, around the time Shalane is running the Olympic Marathon in Rio. Bt, here is a video excerpt of us asking Shalane and Elyse about pre-race meals. Continue Reading →

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Olympic Trials Hopeful Balances Family, Training and More

riley_cookRiley Cook’s running journey started at the urging of his mother. Now, he and his spouse work hard to make it all work while never forgetting to enjoy the journey.

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The parents of Riley Cook were both runners, each completing multiple marathons. In fact, his mother once ran a 2:59 marathon.

When Cook was 13, his mother saw some running talent in him and took him to his first race, a 5K. At that race, Riley finished in 20 minutes without any training.

“She saw in me some natural talent in my youth and encouraged me to run,” Cook said. “From that race day forward she was convinced I could earn a scholarship to run if I trained and ran in high school, and encouraged me to strive for that goal.” Continue Reading →

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An Inside Look into the Life of an Elite Runner – Interview with Tina Muir

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photo credit: Tina Muir

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Tina Muir is a 2:41:10 marathoner and team member of the Saucony Hurricanes. She’s also community manager and podcaster at Runner’s Connect.

Originally from England, Tina moved to the States in 2007 to pursue her running career. She capped off her collegiate career by finishing 3rd in the 10k at the 2012 Great Britain Olympic Trials.

She spent two years working as an Assistant Coach for La Salle University in Philadelphia while completing her MBA

At the time of this episode Tina lives in central Kentucky and is engaged to be married. Continue Reading →

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Q and A with Dean Karnazes

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Dean Karnazes is author of the NY Times best selling book Ultra-Marathon Man –Confessions of an all Night Runner.

He is known for pushing the limits of human endurance, like when he ran 350 continuous miles without sleep, or the time he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.

Dean is also an accomplished entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He has succeeded in convincing millions of people that they can go far beyond their perceived limitations.

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Nine Questions with Becky Wade 2:30 Marathoner

Becky Wade at California International Marathon

Becky Wade at California International Marathon

Guest blogger Jeremy Verdusco talks with Becky Wade winner of last year’s California International Marathon.

Becky Wade shows a light of promise for Americans in a marathon sport dominated by Kenyans. (Nothing against Kenyans; who doesn’t love to cheer on speedy runners, regardless of nationality?)

She put in a strong showing in her 26.2 debut, winning December’s California International Marathon and in the process logging one of the fastest U.S. women’s times for 2013.

She’s busy running upwards of 100 miles a week and working out sponsorship with Asics, but found time to talk with Marathon Training Academy. She shared her thoughts on marathon training, running role models and post-long run fueling. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Elite Runner Leah Thorvilson – 2:37 Marathoner

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Leah Thorvilson is the 4 time winner of the Little Rock Marathon, competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials and holds the 4th fastest 50 mile time ever recorded for an American woman.

She won the Tupelo Marathon this year (I saw her blazing by me on the out and back section). And she recently became the director of athletic development at her alma mater, the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

We talked with her about her runner career, training and the lessons she learned from a torn hamstring.

Here are some of the questions we asked Leah and a few tips about injury prevention Continue Reading →

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Interview with Elite Runner Camille Herron

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Camille Herron is an elite marathoner from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has taken first place at 7 marathons –most recently the Rt. 66 Marathon in Tulsa.

Her marathon PR is 2:37!

She made it to the US Olympic Marathon trials in 2008 and 2012.

She also holds the Guinness record for the fastest female runner wearing a superhero costume. Dressed from head to toe as spider woman she finished in 2:48:51.

We had the chance to talk with Camille via Skype and ask her what life is like as a professional runner.

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