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Ep.066: Iain Nelson - Running Your Life

Iain Nelson currently resides in Syracuse, New York. When he's not running or training for his next ultra you could find him on a golf course, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. In the early 2000's, Iain started running a few miles to stay in shape while living in Houston, TX. It wasn't until after 2008, after he moved to Detroit, MI that Iain began participating in races as a purely social endeavor and to spend time with friends. In the podcast, Iain shares his...

Duration: 00:41:48

Ep.065: Jens Jakob Andersen -

Jens Jakob Andersen hails from Denmark and describes himself as an active person who loves mountains, nature, meditation, dogs, and numbers. When he’s not wearing socks and sandals you can find him doing short steep running races up mountains while trail running. His love for numbers and analytics led him to analyze over 35 million race results, leading to some interesting findings he tells us about. We also chat with Jens about his company and website,, a large independent...

Duration: 00:39:07

Ep.064: Jenn Kistler-McCoy - Professionally Passionate Runners

Jenn Kistler-McCoy lives in Sacramento, California and stays busy with her husband, young daughter, and her growing business. Jenn became a runner in her senior year of high school via cross country 17 years ago and has been running ever since. She has since finished four marathons with a personal record of 3:18. We talk with Jenn about her current training group and friends, her goal of breaking the three-hour barrier, and the Boston Marathon. Jenn tells us about the thriving and award...

Duration: 00:34:56

Ep.063: Bernie Calcote - Connected Running

Bernie Calcote lives in Austin, Texas, is married with three kids and is a home builder. After getting married Bernie started running to keep his wife company when she was running early in the morning. Running enabled Bernie to further connect with and love his wife, but what he didn’t expect was to also fall in love with running. Bernie describes how trail running allows him to connect with himself and the creator. We talk about making running a priority and how Bernie and his wife have...

Duration: 00:39:50

Ep.062: Crystal Hadnott - Runs in Pearls

Crystal Hadnott lives in Houston, Texas. An injury in 2005 resulted in temporary paralysis on one side of her body from hip to foot. When doctors said she’ll need a cane and always walk with a limp, she told them that she wanted to run a marathon. This can-do attitude enabled Crystal to change her life, including running over 100 marathons and currently training for an ultramarathon. Crystal found pilates to be critical to her recovery and has even developed her own form of pilates and...

Duration: 00:33:49

Ep.061: The Running Road Trip - Austin, TX

Nico Ericksen-Deriso, Bailee Mulholland, Charlie Watson, Sadie Witt, and Ziv Epstein met up with Runified Podcast host Matt Sorenson while they were in Austin, TX on their Running Road Trip. The mission of The Running Road Trip is to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research. Partnering with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, their team is traversing all 48 contiguous United States, visiting and running in every state while spreading the word as they attempt to reach their...

Duration: 00:38:03

Ep.060: Roy Smalley - Never Too Late

Roy Smalley is from Wisconsin and is a personal trainer, and group exercise instructor, volunteer firefighter, hazmat response team member, husband, father, musician, volunteer, and cook. When he’s not busy with these things, you can find Roy running, but this wasn’t always the case. Roy shares how he was never active until later in life, when he realized he needed to make a change. We learn how Roy went from 250 pounds to 170 pounds through a weight loss competition, eating smarter,...

Duration: 00:30:41

Ep.059: Kristen Kirkland - Every Mother Counts Part II

This episode is Part II of our conversation with Kristen Kirkland (Part I is Episode 58). We continue talking with about her personal connection with the work that Every Mother Counts supports to help make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Kristen shares a story about participating in the Hood to Coast Relay with Every Mother Counts. We learn about a number of ways runners can get involved with the organization, including running the New York City Marathon....

Duration: 00:31:38

Ep.058: Kristen Kirkland - Every Mother Counts Part I

Kristen Kirkland lives in New York and has always been a runner. Running has always been a part of family activities and she ran her first marathon in college. Kristen has run 13 marathons, an ultra marathon, and has qualified for the Boston Marathon. Kristen tells us about an amazing non-profit called Every Mother Counts, a group with the goal of making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. We talk with Kristen about how running is integral to the efforts of Every...

Duration: 00:23:21

Ep.057: Tania Glenn - The Running Warrior Healer

Tania Glenn started running in college and trained for her first marathon at the age of 30 after going through a significant breakup. She has since run 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. As a crisis and disaster response therapist for first responders, Tania helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Tania shares how running helps her patients recover from very significant events and diagnoses. As a runner, Tania shares running advice...

Duration: 00:27:44

Ep.056: Shane Johnson - Wounded Heart Running

After suffering from a heart attack and cardiac arrest, Shane Johnson found himself with a number of side effects and taking 13 different medications. Through changing his nutrition and becoming physically active, including running, he was able to completely turn around his health. Shane has now run a number of marathons and ultramarathons, including the Twin Cities Marathon as a Medtronic Global Hero. His advice for runners is to not ever give up on yourself and to not let a medical...

Duration: 00:33:42

Ep.055: #SportsBraSquadATX - Strength Over Appearance Part II

On this episode, we continue the theme of SportsBraSquad from the previous episode with Jessie Barnes, Teresa Krammer, and Vanessa Mitchell from Austin, TX. If you haven’t listened to episode 54 yet, please listen before listening to this one. We attended the Global Sports Bra Squad Day event on June 24, 2017, in Austin and we share sound bites and thoughts from the leaders of the event as well as participants. These ladies speak about having a positive body image, and how this movement...

Duration: 00:18:37

Ep.054: #SportsBraSquadATX - Strength Over Appearance

On this episode, we have Jessie Barnes, Teresa Krammer, and Vanessa Mitchell from Austin, TX. After, learning about the growing #SportsBraSquad movement Kelly Roberts started, this group of running friends felt led to be a part of fostering a supportive place where women can shed their insecurities and step out of their comfort zone. In 2016 they hosted a Sports Bra Squad event in Austin, TX which encouraged women of all ages and body types, and they will be hosting their second event on...

Duration: 00:40:53

Ep.053: Bam Garcia - Addicted to Running

Bam Garcia is a husband, father, UPS truck driver, and all around great guy from Tyler, Texas. Bam’s competitive and addictive personality got the best of him when he was in his early twenties and he struggled with addiction for 15 years. After a friend introduced him to running in the fall of 2014 he quickly realized running is where he needed to be. Bam shares how running has helped him replace a destructive addition with a constructive one, and how he achieved his goal of going from the...

Duration: 00:25:12

Ep.052: Keighly Rector - Running for Recovery

Keighly Rector is a lawyer, proud cat mom, and former competitive Irish step dancer from New York. While Keighly started running while in law school as a form of stress relief, she also found that running helped with her long-term battle with an eating disorder. Keighly opens up and shares how running and a reframed view of fitness and nutrition has helped her develop a positive relationship with her own body. With a balanced and holistic approach to training, fitness, nutrition; she finds...

Duration: 00:29:32

Ep.051: Runified Reflections II

Runified Podcast host Matt Sorenson reflects on common themes that were present throughout the last 30 episodes of the Runified Podcast. He focuses the topics of the Boston Marathon, training, diversity, veterans, overcoming obstacles, epic adventures, and changing lives with running. This is a great chance to learn what Runified is all about! Our guests in the past 30 episodes are Audrey Springer, Victoria Phillippi, Chris Sanders, Shawanna White, Deyl Kearin, Stacy Holden, Sasha Wolff,...

Duration: 00:21:17

Ep.050: Andy Cloud - Run Grow Serve

Andy Cloud is a 39-year-old family man from Carthage, MO. When he’s not busy with his job, family, church, or other hobbies, he can be found running around southwest Missouri competing in everything from 5Ks to ultramarathons, but this wasn’t always the case. About five years ago Andy was very overweight, pre-diabetic, and had other health issues such as sleep apnea. He realized that he needed to change something. Though his faith, community, and inspiration from the 2013 Boston Marathon,...

Duration: 00:44:42

Ep.049: Adele Garcia - Upward Spiral

Adele Garcia lives in Michigan and started running in high school but never really liked it. After being injured by a roadside bomb while serving in the Army, Adele returned home with post-traumatic stress and survivor's guilt. She grew to love running as she found it to be an effective tool for channeling the negative energy and stress in a positive way. Adele has since run marathons and ultramarathons, as well as used running for more than just herself, including starting an event called...

Duration: 00:28:05

Ep.048: Zuleyma Chazari - Students Run LA

Zuleyma Chazari is a hardworking student who is currently a biology major and junior at the University of Southern California. One of the ways she learned the power of hard work and setting goals was by training for and running her first marathon at the age of 12 with help from the Students Run LA program. Zuleyma tells us how the program and becoming a runner helped her become more socially and culturally aware since she was able to interact with some many different types of people while...

Duration: 00:21:37

Ep.047: Eric Spears - Students Run LA

Eric Spears started running by tagging along with his father as he was getting back to health after a heart attack, training for a 5K. Even though while as a kid he thought he would die when having to run the mile, it was children who inspired him to become a marathoner. While as a high school teacher in Los Angeles, he and a couple other teachers wanted to find a way to help at-risk kids. They started Students Run LA, a program that uses running to help students with character building...

Duration: 00:31:09

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