“My goal is always to open people’s eyes to their capability as a runner, because when people have never done speed, and then they jump in, they get really excited because they get much faster, much quicker if their willing to commit, even for four weeks.” – Dan Fitzgerald * In this episode, Dan Fitzgerald, co-founder of Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company, coach, runner, and surfer, tells the story of his running background, from setting the former 800 meter record at his high school to his most memorable race at Boston College. He explains how his work with Quicksilver and his love of surfing informed the culture of South End Athletic Company (SEAC) and Heartbreak Hill Running Company (HHRC). Dan discusses the power of community at SEAC and HHRC. He reflects on his coaching philosophy, including the mentors that inspired him and important aspects of building speed. Dan recounts the story of how he met Rebecca Pacheco, his fiancée, Boston-based yoga teacher, author, and ROO interviewee #3. He explores how he incorporates yoga into his own training and coaching. Lastly, Dan provides insight on the future of distance running and the taper experience.
“Everyday has its purpose. Whether its an easy run for recovering or a workout, there is a purpose to every single run. Keeping that in mind when I go out and lace up my shoes, is definitely going to help me in this last part of training for Boston.” – Louis Serafini
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In this episode, Louis Serfaini, runner and coach at Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company, shares his running background from being raised in his parents’ running communities to committing to running seriously in high school. Lou reflects on his experience running at Boston College, from the transition to collegiate running to his most mentally challenging race of his college career. He discusses the importance of finding work you love and how his time at Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company is a testament to this. Lou provides advice from his journey being self-coached and offers insight on the race tapering experience. Lastly, Lou reveals his goals for the 2015 Boston Marathon.