In this episode, Chris Raymond, founder of City Rider and experienced cyclist, explores the mental dialogue of cycling, from the fears riding in the city to the challenges of cyclocross racing. Chris recently founded City Rider, a Boston-based company that promotes urban bicycle safety, enjoyment, and awareness through interactive on-road lessons and classroom lectures. He shares his own story as a lifelong cyclist from falling in love with the freedom of the road at age 10 to the mental state he seeks in competition.
“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.
“I realized that 100,000 is almost, not entirely, almost halfway to the moon, so I’ve decided, why not run for another 35 years and see if I can run from earth to the moon.” *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please leave a review of the Running On Om Podcast on iTunes!* In this episode, Wayne Levy, accomplished runner, guide at RunBoston, and father, shares the story of his running background from running as a child in Jamaica to winning the Connecticut State 5k Championship his senior year of high school. His discusses his experience working at the Boston Celtics for nineteen years. Wayne explains how he has already ran 10,000 miles in his lifetime and his plan to run this distance again. He recounts racing the Boston Marathon numerous times, including the mental and physical challenges he has faced. Wayne reflects on his involvement in the Boston running community, from being a guide with RunBoston Running Tours to establishing the Masters running team for the Boston Athletic Association. He offers insight from his journey balancing fatherhood, full-time work, and running. Lastly, Wayne reveals his running goals for 2015 and beyond.
“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.
In the episode, Eric Ahern, accomplished long-distance runner, discusses how he started running in high school and then how he returned to running in his adulthood after many years of exploring the outdoors in other mediums. He tells the unique story of how surfing inspired him to try running again. Eric reflects on the power of a running community in inspiring you to train. He demonstrates the similarities between tapping into the flow state in surfing and running. Eric offers a recap of his recent North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile race and the highs and lows you can experience in a race that long. He looks back at his successful year of racing in 2014 and reveals whats ahead for 2015. Eric explains how the middle school students he teaches react to his running ultras and his secret to balancing training and work: run to work! Lastly, Eric provides insight on cultivating a sense of acceptance in one’s running journey.
In the episode, Sarah Bard, accomplished runner from the Boston area, shares the story behind why started running in middle school. She describes the influence of her coaches in her running development from the tough workouts of her high school coach to the wisdom of her college coach. Sara recalls her most memorable race in college: running the Boston Marathon in her senior year and the challenges she faced during it. She advocates the importance of mental and physical breaks from competitive running. Sarah provides insight from her experience balancing her social life and training. She discusses finding the inspiration to explore new distances with her first ultra-distance race this Fall. Sara recounts her recent win at the JFK 50-miler, which was her first ultra marathon! Lastly, Sarah reveals her favorite local running routes and previews races for 2015.