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.