“Finding little things to celebrate I think makes the process a lot easier. Whether it’s, ‘I felt great on my run today’ or ‘That was the fastest long run I’ve ever done’— just little things to get excited about. It breaks it up a little bit and gives you little milestones along the way and then, when you do get the really big things, you just appreciate it because you’ve appreciated it the whole time.” * In this episode, Kyle Merber, professional runner for Hoka One One and New Jersey New York Track Club, writer, and race director, explores celebrating the milestones in running as a metaphor for celebrating life. He reflects on his passion for literature, including what book he is reading now and how he chooses what to read. Kyle explains how he cultivates a positive internal experience during racing, calling upon his recent win at Furman University, where he ran the World/Olympic ‘A’ Standard in the 1500-meter. He recounts his early love of running and his childhood dreams of becoming a professional runner. Kyle then explains how a positive outlook kept him mentally strong throughout his collegiate career, marked by the high of setting the American collegiate 1500-meter record and the low of a year-ending injury. He describes his life as a professional runner now, from the importance of his Hoka One One sponsorship to his world-record, distance medley relay race at the 2015 World Relays. Kyle then invites his teammate Ford Palmer, ROO podcast Interviewee #119, to share the mic with him to discuss Kyle’s self-proclaimed “accidental veganism.” As a race director, Kyle shares his vision and plans for the upcoming Hoka One One Long Island Mile. Lastly, Kyle reflects on his goals and dreams in the sport of running.
“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.
“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.
“Wow, this guy just went from 4:25 to 4:08 in one year and its because of his diet. And they all changed their diets. And I’ll tell you what, most of them did a lot better.” – Ford Palmer *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please share the podcast by tweeting @gofordpalmer & @runningonom and let us know what you think about the episode!* In this episode, Ford Palmer, professional runner, vegan, and sub 4-minute miler, shares the story of how a series of concussions from high school football lead him to devote himself to track and gain a track scholarship at Monmouth University. He reflects on his junior year of college when he transitioned to a vegan diet and the positive impact it had on his performance and training. Ford reflects on the challenges of balancing a full-time job as a bartender with his training last year and the difference in his training now as a professional runner for New Jersey New York Track Club (NJNY). He recounts his first time breaking 4-minutes in the mile after numerous attempts and how he navigates pre-race pressure. Ford discusses how his vegan diet has impacted his NJNY teammates and what he eats on a daily basis. Lastly, Ford previews races on his calendar for 2015.
“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.