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Running a marathon is an extraordinary accomplishment that more and more people are checking off of their bucket lists every year. I have completed a few, but I'm no more special than anyone. In fact, I think I'm just ordinary.

Running a marathon is an extraordinary accomplishment that more and more people are checking off of their bucket lists every year. I have completed a few, but I'm no more special than anyone. In fact, I think I'm just ordinary.
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Running a marathon is an extraordinary accomplishment that more and more people are checking off of their bucket lists every year. I have completed a few, but I'm no more special than anyone. In fact, I think I'm just ordinary.




Podcast #101 – Hartford Marathon Preview

This upcoming Saturday, I will be running the Hartford Marathon. I signed up for this a few months ago, and it is the first race since my DNF in Ironman Lake Placid. As is almost customary for me, I have absolutely no idea how I am going to do in this race. Though I have … Continue reading "Podcast #101 – Hartford Marathon Preview"


Podcast #100 – Stefany Schaefer-Riecke

What better way to celebrate podcast #100 than to have Stefany, the Ordinary Wife, co-host the podcast with me this week. We discuss recent events, include the upcoming arrival of the Ordinary Baby. We also talk about our plans for the future – our newsletter, and our Couch to 5k video series starring Stefany, as … Continue reading "Podcast #100 – Stefany Schaefer-Riecke"


Podcast #99 – Triathlon Taren (or just Taren)

He has the #1 rated Triathlon podcast on iTunes and has a pretty cool Triathlon YouTube channel as well. I found Taren’s YouTube channel a few weeks ago and have gone through video after video getting a whole lot of advice and tips about the sport I’ve been diving into the past few months. We … Continue reading "Podcast #99 – Triathlon Taren (or just Taren)"


Podcast #98 – Georgios Zavolas

Sometimes you meet the most interesting people when you’re on the registration line for an Ironman. At least, that’s how I met this week’s podcast guest, Georgios Zavolas. On race day at Lake Placid this year, Georgios got to the finish with about five minutes to spare, for his third Ironman. I talk to him … Continue reading "Podcast #98 – Georgios Zavolas"


Podcast #97 – Katy Mayo

One of the great things about having a podcast is that you meet the most amazing people. One of the more special ones for me is Katy Mayo. Katy and I have been pushing through similar training hurdles over the past few years and I finally roped her into coming on the podcast as a … Continue reading "Podcast #97 – Katy Mayo"


Podcast #96 – Back in Zone One

It’s been almost a month since my DNF at Ironman Lake Placid, and things have changed drastically. Somehow, I have found my motivation and training has gone from “Zone 2” back to “Zone 1.” I’m not skipping workouts, I’m managing my diet better… what changed for me? And will it last? This week I do … Continue reading "Podcast #96 – Back in Zone One"


Podcast #95 – Susan Haag

Here is some trivia for you: Who was the first woman to ever complete 100 Full Ironman Distance Triathlons? Answer? My podcast guest this week, Susan Haag, that’s who!!! Susan is an incredible woman who likes to stay fresh for race day… which is almost every weekend. We discuss her record and some of her … Continue reading "Podcast #95 – Susan Haag"


Podcast #94 – 2018 Ironman Lake Placid Recap

For all of you who have been listening to the podcast, you know that this was the culminating event of a tough year of training for me. But after hemming and hawing over whether I should even start, I decided not to give up and gave it a shot. It was well worth it, and … Continue reading "Podcast #94 – 2018 Ironman Lake Placid Recap"


Podcast #93 – Cari Rincker

Cari Rincker is a runner… as in she runs a lot of things. She runs her own law firm, she runs her own family cattle farm, and she runs marathons. She’s also about to run her own podcast in a few weeks. Cari has been listening to this podcast for the better part of a … Continue reading "Podcast #93 – Cari Rincker"


Podcast #92 – Laura Stebbins

Laura Stebbins and I have one thing in common… we are both participating in Ironman Lake Placid this upcoming Sunday. That’s about all we have in common though. Laura is prepared… I am less so. Laura is excited… I am cautious. Laura is confident… I am nervous (or maybe even a bit scared). But we’re … Continue reading "Podcast #92 – Laura Stebbins"


Podcast #91 – An Ironman DNS?

A year ago around this time, I crossed the finish line in Lake Placid to complete my first Ironman. My “A-Goal” this year was to improve upon that performance, which was a goal I have not chased enthusiastically. Facing weight gain and inadequate training, I must ask myself… do I even give it a try … Continue reading "Podcast #91 – An Ironman DNS?"


Podcast #90 – Michael Waterhouse

Michael Waterhouse is a good friend of mine who for a long time kept a secret from me that I never was able to figure out… he has diabetes. Mike is a fit guy who is always active. Though he constantly has to manage his diabetes by monitoring his blood sugar and injecting himself with … Continue reading "Podcast #90 – Michael Waterhouse"


Podcast #89 – Greg Leitch

My first podcast guest from overseas! Isn’t technology incredible? From Melbourne, Australia, this week’s guest is Greg Leitch! (Apparently Ordinary Marathoner is huge in Australia). I didn’t know much about Greg coming into this podcast, other than he runs a pretty cool Facebook group called Real Bodies Runners. But it turns out that him and … Continue reading "Podcast #89 – Greg Leitch"


Podcast #88 – Tracy Kachur

Tracy Kachur suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is an autoimmune disease that can cause severe pain. For Tracy, it almost ended not only her running career, but her professional career as well. After a move from Buffalo to North Carolina and some improvement in her medications, she started running again… 5k’s, 10k’s, and just a … Continue reading "Podcast #88 – Tracy Kachur"


Podcast #87 – April Tedrow

April Tedrow is one amazing lady. After losing over a hundred pounds, she made an express journey from “never ran a race before” to “marathoner.” Only, she didn’t stop there. 50k’s, 50-milers, and just a few weeks ago she tried her hand at her first 100-miler! Though the last 40 miles or so included a … Continue reading "Podcast #87 – April Tedrow"


Podcast #86 – What is an Ordinary Marathoner

Happy Memorial Day. I know, I know… I said I’d have a podcast out every Sunday and this one didn’t come out until Monday. Cut me a break – I was away last week and hey… it’s a long weekend so I think one day late is acceptable. Besides… this week’s episode is a bit … Continue reading "Podcast #86 – What is an Ordinary Marathoner"


Podcast #85 – Kate “The Great” Reed

Kate “The Great” Reed certainly lives up to her name if you ask me! I met Kate in Phoenix for the Phoenix Half Marathon and knew I had to have her as a guest on the podcast. I think many people out there (including me) can relate to some of the fears that Kate talks … Continue reading "Podcast #85 – Kate “The Great” Reed"


Podcast #84 – Stefany Lyn Schaefer Riecke

A very happy announcement on this week’s podcast with my guest (and wife), Stefany Schaefer-Riecke. If you hadn’t seen it on our social media posts or didn’t get the hint from the picture on the podcast blogpost, we’re expecting! We don’t yet if it’s a boy or girl, but we’ll be finding out soon enough. … Continue reading "Podcast #84 – Stefany Lyn Schaefer Riecke"


Podcast #83 – Dr. Scott Frasard

I wanted to thank everyone who registered and participated in the Ordinary Marathon. Our guest this week is Scott Frasard, our race director from Furever Home Running. Scott did an amazing job putting together our race and we were glad to have him as our guest this week to talk about the business of virtual … Continue reading "Podcast #83 – Dr. Scott Frasard"


Podcast #82 – Joe Bartlett and Jim Simko

At last year’s Ironman Lake Placid, a good friend of mine introduced me to two of his friends, who were also Ironman competitors. I had known Joe Bartlett a bit beforehand having had him on the podcast to talk about his prior experience having done the race. This was my first time meeting Jim Simko. … Continue reading "Podcast #82 – Joe Bartlett and Jim Simko"