“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.
In the episode, Gillian Gebree, yoga teacher, professional ocean sports athlete, and owner of Paddle into Fitness, describes where her love of the ocean began from her childhood on Cape Cod. She explains what is stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga and the actual logistics of practicing yoga on the water. Gillian reflects on her most memorable teaching moment of 2014. She explores how she navigates the challenges of being self-employed and balancing her teaching with competing. Gillian reviews the different styles of water racing she participates in, and which discipline she likes the most. She shares on how she stays motivated in her training. Gillian offers insight on the practice of presence in water sports and yoga. Lastly, Gillian reveals whats on her yoga teaching and racing calendars in 2015.
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 this episode, Carly Wilson, surfer and yogi, shares the story of how her mother first taught her to surf. She discusses all things surfing– how to navigate fear of waves, what kind of board she uses, and the variability of a surfing session. Carly reflects on her experience as a woman in the sport and her female inspirations in the surfing world. Carly reveals what she thinks about when riding a wave. She explores the intersection between yoga and surfing. Carly explains the role of nutrition in her life– both as fueling her sport and her sponsors. Lastly, Carly expresses her excitement to go back to school to study sustainable food systems of Hawaii.