69: Running 205 miles to Fight Childhood Cancer. Talking with Amanda Knerr and Greg Yaghmai


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MR69: In this week’s episode, I talked with Amanda Knerr and Greg Yaghmai. Amanda is the co-founder of Hope for Autumn Foundation – a 501c non-for-profit foundation which provides year round assistance to families, funding childhood cancer research, and raising awareness of childhood cancer. Greg is running Tahoe 200 Endurance Run Ultra (which actually is 205 miles) to fundraise for the foundation.

In this episode, Amanda Knerr, Greg Yaghmai and I talked about
– Hope for Autumn Foundation
– Amanda’s daughter Emily’s childhood cancer and journey to be a runner
– Greg’s running journey
– Running 200 milers
– Greg’s different types of training
– More

Enjoy the episode!

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Hope for Autumn Foundation Website: hopeforautumnfoundation.org
Greg’s fundraising page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10210859733921219/
Tahoe 200 Endurance Run Ultra: http://www.tahoe200.com

Background on Hope for Autumn Foundation:
In 2008, Travis and Anne Diggs held a small backyard crawfish boil to raise funds for a family friend whose child, Autumn, was battling cancer. The event was a success, and was held again in 2009. In 2010, the Diggs decided to benefit another family and were introduced to the Knerrs, whose daughter, Emily was battling cancer. The Knerrs were so grateful that they asked to be a part of the event each year, which continues to grow. In 2012, Hope for Autumn Foundation was founded by Travis Diggs and Amanda Knerr. The foundation has evolved from benefiting 1-3 families per year at the annual crawfish boil, which currently has grown to the size of 2500 attendees, to providing year round assistance to families who apply through the website, funding childhood cancer research, and raising awareness of childhood cancer.

68: Summer Running & Training – Stay cool. Hydrate. Recovery. Talking with Coach Al DiMicco


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MR68: In this week’s episode, I talked with Coach Al DiMicco. If you want to learn more about Coach Al and his running, listen to MRuns’ Podcast Episode # 7 (soundcloud.com/marathonruns/mr7). In this episode, we talked about different aspects of Summer training, running, and racing. Coach Al brings years of running experience who is still logging miles during these hot days of summer. It is always fun to catch up with Coach Al and learn more about our sports of running through him.

In this episode, Coach Al and I talked about
– Coach Al’ training/running
– Summer training – hill, hot, speed work, & long runs
– How to Stay cool and log miles during Summer heat
– Birmingham Stage Race
– More

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Previous podcast episode: MRuns.com/podcast/mr7/

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67: Training for Western States  100 Mile to finishing 7th overall Female: Talking with Jackie Merritt

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MR67: In this week’s episode, I talked with Jackie Merritt. In 2017 Western States 100, Jackie was the 7th overall female finisher. During this interview, Jackie talks about training for WS100, differnt parts of WS100 course, racing the WS100, finishing 7th overall, and more. It was fun catching up with Jackie. If you want to learn more about Jackie’s running history, please listen to MRuns’ podcast episode #37. As I am training for Pinhoti 100, it is great to listen Jackie’s training and racing method for the WS100.

Fun interview!

In this episode, Jackie and I talked about

  • Racing and training for The Georgia Death Race
  •  Wester States Golden ticket
  •  Western States training – hill/heat/more
  • Western States course
  •  Running through Ice/mud/hills/heat/more
  • Racing Western States fast
  • Finishing WS100 7th overall female
  • More

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Previous podcast episode: MRuns.com/podcast/mr37/

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Photo by: Paul Nelson

66: From Stay at Home Mom To Ultra Marathoner: Talking with Donna Arrington


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MR66: In this week’s episode, I talked with Donna Arrington. Donna was a stay at home mom before she started taking on distance running. She did not start as a trail runner. Once Donna was introduced into trail running, she fell in love with it. Since she started to run trails, Donna has completed multiple ultra marathons including Pinhoti 100. Donna loves everything about trail running/racing/friends/challenges.

Fun interview!

In this episode, Donna and I talked about
– Donna’s running journey
– Women on trail running
– Family & ultra running/racing/training balance
– Training/racing/running ultra marathoner
– Donna’s latest nutrition experiment
– Ultra Running distance races
– BUTS – Birmingham Ultra Trail Society
– Southeastern Trail Series (http://www.southeasterntrailruns.com)
-More

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65: From Dreaming to Winning the Comrades Marathon: Talking with Camille Herron

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MR65: In this week’s episode, I talked with Camille Herron who is the female overall winner of the 2017 Comrades Marathon. Camille learned about the Comrades Marathon during her junior high school. It was the only ultramarathon she knew most of her running career. In 2014, she had to pull out of the Comrades due to a medical condition. Camille has a great story about training/running/racing as well after race diet. Fun interview!

In this episode, Camille and I talked about
– Camille’s Running Journey
– Training/Racing Comrades Marathon
– Running distance races
Running road ultras
More

Website: http://comrades.com

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64: Be a “Yeti Trail Runners” cult member: Talking with Jason Green

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MR64: In this week’s episode, I talked with Jason Green who is the founder and the cult leader of Yeti Trail Runners. After running in his young age, Jason gave up running for 30 years until he rediscovered ultra running. Jason’s love for trails and passion for trail running brought him back to the ultra running world. Over the years, he successfully built a different type of running community/cult around ultra/trail running. Over the years, Jason not only ran races around the country but also built trails and directed many Yeti Trail Races. Fun interview!

In this episode, Jason and I talked about:
– Jason’s Running Journey
– Founding of the “Yeti Trail Runners” community/cult
– Running distance races
– Training
– More

Yeti Trail Runners Mission statement: “The Yeti Trail Runners were formed in 2011 with a mission statement to move the trail ultra running community forward by developing strong relationships in our community parks and forests. We maintain existing and new trails in Georgia. We put on races that foster a fun atmosphere that brings new and old friends together. The yetis support Because of You, Inc – a nonprofit group providing a measure of comfort for homeless children in the Atlanta area. We hope you can join us for one of our free events or races and discover a group of individuals who love to eat, drink craft beer and be awesome !!!”

Website : http://www.yetitrailrunners.com

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63: Breaking Stereotypical of Running: Talking with Mirna Valerio

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MR63: In this week’s episode, I talked with Mirna Valerio. Mirna has broken stereotypical of running. Even with her big size body, Mirna runs distance races, including ultra marathons, with a great success. Her love for running started early in her life, but she became distance runner later part of her life. In this episode, we talk about her running journey and beyond. It is a fun interview to listen.

Mirna Valerio’s Bio: Marina, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a Spanish teacher, diversity educator, cross-country coach, marathoner, ultrarunner, and blogger. Valerio’s blogs about all things running appear at Fat Girl Running and in Women’s Running Magazine. Her story was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. Valerio is a global ambassador for Merrell, an ambassador for Skirt Sports, and an athlete for Swiftkick. She is married to Cito Nikiema, and together they have a basketball-loving teenage son, Rashid. She loves being in nature and frequently runs trails in the North Georgia mountains.

In this episode, Mirna and I talked about:
– Mirna’s Running Journey
– Founding of Fat Girl Running blog site
-Running distance races
-Training
– More

More About: about.me/themirnavator/
Website: fatgirlrunning-fatrunner.blogspot.com
photo by: Jenny Nichols

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62: Founding of M.U.T.S. Mississippi Ultra & Trail Society: Talking with Matt Clem

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MR62: In this week’s episode, I talked with Matt Clem. Matt is one of the founder and current board president of M.U.T.S. Mississippi Ultra & Trail Society! Matt started as walker and eventually became an ultra marathoner. He has a great story about start of MUTS.

MUTS is an ultra and trail society from Mississippi. MUTS’ mission is to promote, support, and grow trail and ultra-running in and around the state of Mississippi.

In this episode, Matt and I talked about:

  • Matt’s Running Journey
  • Founding of MUTS
  • What is MUTS?
  • Trail Systems in Mississippi
  • How to connect to MUTS?
  • MUTS races
  • More

MUTS website: www.mutsrunning.org

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61: Running a Fast BigSur Marathon: Talking with Adam Roach

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MR61: In this week’s episode, I talked with Adam Roach who is the 4 times winner of BigSur Marathon. He was the second overall winner for the 2017 BigSur Marathon as well as Boston2BigSur Marathon challenge. Adam competed in track, cross country, football and basketball at Port Huron High School with best times of 4:19 in the 1600m run. In college, he ran track and cross country at Saginaw Valley State University from 2002-2006. He Qualified for the NCAA Division II championships as an individual 4 times in 3 different events including the 1-mile run, 5000m, and the 3000m steeplechase; he finished his career with personal bests of 14:26 in the 5000m and a SVSU school record of 4:09 in the indoor mile. After college, Adam moved up in distance to focus on Half Marathon and Marathon distances posting personal bests of 1:08 and 2:24 respectfully.

Adam’s marathon success includes winning the Big Sur Marathon in 4 times including second overall in 2017, as well as a 10th place finish at the 2014 L.A. Marathon. He set his personal best time in the marathon at the California International Marathon in December of 2013 with a time of 2:24.29 .

It was fun talking with Adam about different topics:

In this episode, we talked about:
*Adam’s running journey
*Training, running, & racing fast
*In’s and Out’s of BigSur Marathon
*West coast running
*more

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60: Running The Abbott World Marathon Majors: Talking with David Kahn


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MR60: In this episode, I talked with David Kahn. David is a successful businessman who took on running late in his life. Since he started to take on running, he completed the abbot World Marathon Majors which includes following marathons: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. When he completed the Marathon Majors, he was the 50th from the USA and the first one from the state of Alabama to complete the World Marathon Majors. David has a great story to tell about his journey from being non-running to the world marathon majors finisher.

In this podcast we talk about:
*David’s running journey
*Talking about each Marathon Major events from Chicago to Tokyo
*Running last Boston Marathon mile with Meb Keflezighi in 2012
* More

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