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Personal Best

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Personal Best is a show for everyone interested in fitness, health, and wellness. It features interviews with people from across the athletic spectrum from runners, cyclists, and triathletes to climbers, yogis, and masters athletes, to visionaries upending the status quo in their sport and those who’ve devoted their lives to improving the health of others. We get the latest from the experts on nutrition, injury prevention, training, and mental strategies for success no matter what your next goal is. In short, we’re a show for the health conscious. For the active, fit person who is trying to live his or her best life.

Personal Best is a show for everyone interested in fitness, health, and wellness. It features interviews with people from across the athletic spectrum from runners, cyclists, and triathletes to climbers, yogis, and masters athletes, to visionaries upending the status quo in their sport and those who’ve devoted their lives to improving the health of others. We get the latest from the experts on nutrition, injury prevention, training, and mental strategies for success no matter what your next goal is. In short, we’re a show for the health conscious. For the active, fit person who is trying to live his or her best life.
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United States

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Panoply

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Personal Best is a show for everyone interested in fitness, health, and wellness. It features interviews with people from across the athletic spectrum from runners, cyclists, and triathletes to climbers, yogis, and masters athletes, to visionaries upending the status quo in their sport and those who’ve devoted their lives to improving the health of others. We get the latest from the experts on nutrition, injury prevention, training, and mental strategies for success no matter what your next goal is. In short, we’re a show for the health conscious. For the active, fit person who is trying to live his or her best life.

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English


Episodes

Episode 4: The Track Star

11/23/2017
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Florence Meiler defies what it means to grow old. The 83-year-old track and field athlete runs, jumps, and throws with record-breaking consistency. Flo, as she’s known, didn’t start competing in track and field until she was 60 years old, but she’s more than made up for that late start. She’s set numerous national and international masters world records—some of which still stand—won 739 medals, and been inducted into the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame in 2010. Prevention...

Duration:00:24:33

Episode 3: The Fitness Guru

11/16/2017
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Keoni Hudoba used to hide who he was with food. Now, the renowned fitness trainer is all over social media, sharing his life and inspiring thousands to become who they most want to be. Men’s Health brand editor Dean Stattmann talks with Keoni about his journey from a morbidly obese aspiring opera singer to one of the most sought after trainers in New York City. Episode Credits: Host: Brian Dalek Producers: Sylvia Ryerson and Christine Fennessy Personal Best is a proud part of Panoply....

Duration:00:44:41

Episode 2: The Trailblazer

11/9/2017
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Ayesha McGowan wants to become the first female African American professional road cyclist. As a beginner getting into the sport she fell for racing hard, but it didn’t take long for her to realize that very few bike racers looked like her. She decided to change that. When she announced—after racing just eight months—her ambitious target, she experienced a mix of reactions. Bicycling magazine’s senior editor Gloria Liu talks to Ayesha about her rise as an athlete, her commitment to...

Duration:00:43:57

Episode 1: The Mayor of Running

11/2/2017
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Welcome to the first episode of Personal Best, the podcast that entertains, inspires, and informs you about all things fitness, health, and wellness. We’re kicking off this mini-season of the show with Bart Yasso, the Mayor of Running for Runner’s World magazine. After 30 years at the mag, Bart Yasso is retiring. Host Brian Dalek talks to Bart about the running legend’s new book, his favorite memories, best advice, and why he’s leaving the best job in the world. Episode Credits: Host:...

Duration:00:35:07

Welcome to Personal Best!

11/1/2017
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Personal Best is a podcast for everyone interested in fitness, health, and wellness. The show is hosted by Brian Dalek, senior web editor for runnersworld.com, and it will feature influential voices from across the athletic spectrum, and explore the issues that active people care about. A quick head's up for listeners coming to us from The Runner's World Show. This feed used to host The Runner’s World Show, which is why, if you scroll down, you’ll find 70 super fun, super informative...

Duration:00:01:32

Episode 70: A Crazy Run

9/7/2017
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What it takes to be a pro beer miler. We interview Lewis Kent to learn the secrets to running and chugging at such an impressive clip. (3:38) A few Runner’s World staffers attempt to run an unofficial, totally-unsanctioned, underground beer mile of their own. The results were not pretty. (21:33) In the Kick, an impressive new Appalachian Trail thru-hike record, why you get those muddy spots on your calves, and the best running dog story we’ve seen in a long time. (44:43) This episode of...

Duration:00:54:57

Episode 69: Run Forever

8/31/2017
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An inside look at what it takes to keep a race green. Digital Editor Chris Michel joins in on a ritual in which our colleague Warren Greene laces up his shoes, pulls on plastic gloves, and runs his own version of our half marathon course. One that requires hundreds of stops—to pick up trash tossed by runners. (01:55) An interview with Bill Pierce and Scott Murr of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training in Greenville, South Carolina. They are the authors of the new book,...

Duration:00:49:10

Episode 68: Jeff Galloway

8/24/2017
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First, we go deep on a topic that’s close to all runners—how to make yourself poop before a big race. That’s right, we chat with an expert to finally learn the best ways to reconcile your gut with race day. (01:32) An interview with Jeff Galloway, one of the most famous names in running. The Olympian, author, columnist, businessman, and creator of the uber-popular run-walk-run method shares his keys for starting to run and going strong for your entire life. (17:15) In the Kick, running...

Duration:00:59:32

Episode 67: Desiree Linden

8/17/2017
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An interview with Olympic marathoner Desiree Linden. While recovering from a recent half marathon and in a bit of training lull, Desi shared some lesser-known facts about her life—like her newfound love of bourbon and the puppy she recently adopted. (1:53) In the Kick, a recap of the 2017 World Championships in London, mourning a mullet, and a look at the celebrities running 26.2 miles this fall. (30:48) This episode of the Runner's World Show is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the...

Duration:00:56:26

Episode 66: Air Force Tested

8/11/2017
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Staffers Robert Reese and Christine Fennessy head to the Pentagon to take the Air Force Physical Fitness Test. The unusual opportunity provides them some surprising insight into their individual fitness regimes (plus an update since we first aired this segment). (1:37) Conversations with two members of the Air Force—a female B52 Bomber pilot and a pararescueman, a member of the military’s elite special operations community—about how running helps them better do their jobs. (34:32) The...

Duration:00:54:26

Episode 65: Run Your Best Fall Race

8/10/2017
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This week it’s all about you with our fourth training roundtable. We bring our experts into the studio to answer all of your training and gear questions as you get ready for your fall half or full marathons. (:45) This episode of the Runner's World Show is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw. Episode Credits: Host: Brian Dalek Producers: Sylvia Ryerson, Christine Fennessy and Brian Dalek. The...

Duration:00:46:10

Episode 64: Running Through Grief

7/20/2017
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An interview with Jordan Hasay, who this year at the Boston Marathon took third place in her marathon debut in 2:23:00. The race was an emotional one for the 25-year-old, as it came just months after the sudden passing of her mother. Jordan spoke to contributing editor Sarah Lorge Butler about Boston, her prodigy-like talents on the track, and how running has been instrumental in helping her process her grief. (2:03) In the Kick, we recap some of the most intriguing stories in the world...

Duration:00:57:46

Episode 63: The Runner’s Heart

7/13/2017
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This week, we have a very special show: a roundtable on the topic of heart health and running. With help from our experts, we try to address how good/bad running is for your heart and try to make sense of the headlines that say, “Too much running will kill you!” (:40) This episode of the Runner's World Show is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw. Further Reading: The Runner's Heart Episode...

Duration:00:53:57

Episode 62: Beers, Burgers, and Running

7/6/2017
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Noah Droddy discusses his breakthrough year of running in an interview—at a bar—with Runner’s World editor Kit Fox. They chat about everything from mustaches to the motivational mantra that pushed him to a half marathon PR earlier this year. (1:50) A hands-on lesson for grilling the perfect burger this summer, and why it’s okay to indulge every now and then. (24:55) This episode of The Runner's World Show is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a...

Duration:00:42:14

Episode 61: Common Running Terms

6/29/2017
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The staff at Runner’s World is supposed to be experts on running terminology. But to test this theory, we rounded up a few of our colleagues and turned our job into a game to see who really knows all the running jargon out there. (1:49) An interview with elite marathoner Diego Estrada, who had a brutal 2016 but is regrouping and preparing for strong end to 2017. (19:10) In the Kick, we recap the 2017 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento and discuss this year’s Western...

Duration:01:05:27

Episode 60: The Secrets for Peak Performance

6/22/2017
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We tag along with one of our colleagues as he makes a final—desperate attempt—to heal his pain with the help of sports massage. (2:10) Steve Magness, coauthor of the new book Peak Performance, gives a surprising, provocative look at the new science of success. (23:06) In the Kick, how to deal with those hot, muggy runs, and why running is therapeutic for blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. (1:04:01) This episode of The Runner's World Show is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks...

Duration:01:12:08

Episode 59: Deena, Dogs, and Shoes

6/16/2017
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Elite marathoner and three-time Olympian Deena Kastor shares what may be the most critical element to her success: her mental game. (1:19) Producer Christine Fennessy runs with the Dog Trotters program in Media, Pennsylvania, which pairs high-energy canines with runners to help them get adopted. Along the way, she gets some tips on running with our best buddies. (18:35) Shoe and gear editor Jeff Dengate finds a staff member with nearly zero shoe sense and takes him for his first proper...

Duration:00:44:01

Episode 58: Kara Goucher

6/15/2017
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Kara Goucher joins the show to talk about dealing with the worst injury she’s ever suffered, the highs and the still-very-emotional lows of her career, learning how to focus on what’s really important, and what it’s like to be in love with running. (2:14) Shoes and gear editor Jeff Dengate answers and decodes our listeners most pressing running shoe questions. (36:05) In the Kick, the most notable running mullet in the NCAAs, a new twist on the running-wedding connection, and more animals...

Duration:01:07:02

Episode 57: Nick Symmonds

6/8/2017
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Nick Symmonds, a two-time Olympian, announced in January that he’ll retire at the end of 2017. But stepping off the track doesn’t mean he’ll be scaling back his athletic endeavors. Nick spoke with RW earlier this year and made it pretty clear he’s got some truly big goals on the horizon. (2:00) Two brothers—ages 12 and 15—talk about the running streak they’ve been on...for years. (37:16) In the Kick, how one editor ran her fastest 5K ever, the oldest woman to ever run a half marathon, and...

Duration:00:55:55

Episode 56: Boston Bound?

6/1/2017
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It's been a rocky journey, but David Willey has finally reached the starting line of the biggest race of his life. (:26) This episode is brought to you by Harrys. Get the close, comfortable shave you deserve. Sign up at Harrys.com/run, and you’ll receive their most popular Trial Set—a $13 value—for FREE, you just cover the shipping. Episode Credits: Host: Kit Fox Producers: Sylvia Ryerson, Christine Fennessy and Cindy Kuzma. The Runner's World Show is a proud part of Panoply. Check...

Duration:00:57:13