“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.
“There is something noble about just going out and starting and putting yourself out there in races even when your not in your top shape.” – Kate Grace *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please share the podcast by posting a picture on Instagram of your listening experience and tag @runningon0m and @fastkate!* In this episode, Kate Grace, professional runner for the Oiselle Team, shares the story of how she began running in high school in preparation for soccer season. She discusses the importance of taking ownership over her running as professional. Kate recounts one of her most memorable races of her collegiate career at Yale University. She reflects on the power of the Oiselle community and her Little Wing teammates. Kate provides insight on strength training for runners and reveals her own strength program. She offers advice on overcoming and dealing with injury. Lastly, Kate shares her perspective on discovering her legacy as a runner and whats ahead for 2015.
In this episode Carrie Tollefson, elite middle distance runner, Olympian, and host of C Tolle Run, shares her running background: she ran her first race at the age of five, was a 13-time Minnesota State Champion (eight in track and five in cross country), and was the first person in NCAA history to win both the 3K and 5K titles. Carrie recounts her most challenging race, the 1500 Olympic qualifying trails that won her a spot representing the US in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She discusses marathons, from her experience watching the 2014 Boston Marathon on TV to her upcoming training for a half marathon. Lastly, Carrie highlights the importance of family: she offers advice for mothers on how to fit in training while balancing children, reveals her grandfather as her inspiration, and shares how she unplugs with her family.