In Episode 60 we celebrate Shalane Flanagan‘s victory at the historic 2017 NYC Marathon and catch up with two runners who had breakthroughs of their own. Allie Kieffer was fifth overall and the second American woman to finish, running an otherworldly 2:29, while Angela Ortiz, the eighth American, became the first NBR athlete (North Brooklyn Runners) to hit the Olympic standard. After hearing from the elites, Gregg recounts his latest sub-3 attempt, and Brenn wonders whether it’s gotta be the shoes.
In Episode 59, Beverly Ramos discusses living and training in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as she prepares for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. The two-time Olympian and Puerto Rican record holder shows no signs of slowing down as she sets her sights on the race and on helping her country. Elsewhere in the episode we take a quick look at the NYC Marathon fields, and Polly recounts her Chicago Marathon.
With the dog days of summer behind us, marathon season is kicking into high gear. Speaking of kicking, after kicking a dog on a training run, Gregg tried to deflect blame. Was he barking up the wrong tree? Dog enthusiast Polly Jones joins the booth to tell Gregg what’s what. In running matters, cloud359 and cloud259 are in play as Polly and Gregg seek PRs at the upcoming Chicago and Budapest marathons. Brenn probes their pre-race mindsets.
Wanna learn how to run a great marathon? Listen to Jared Ward. In Episode 57, we’re joined by the sixth fastest finisher at the 2016 Rio Olympics (2:11:30). With professorial ease, the Utah-based gent addresses our Qs on his pivotal races, the sub-2 attempt, Saucony’s answer to the Nike Zoom Fly, and the recently completed Track & Field World Championships. After the interview Gregg seeks feedback on his longrunophobia, and Brenn reacts to an accusation of laziness.
In Episode 56 we speak with Alison Désir, founder of Harlem Run. In a wide-ranging interview, Alison describes the recent Harlem 1 Miler, the inspired Run4AllWomen journey from Harlem to Washington, D.C., plans to spread the movement nationally and internationally, and broadly speaking, anxiety, leadership, and politics. Got that? Good, because she also offers a killer tip for running a PR in the marathon. Elsewhere in the episode, Gregg eyes the upcoming track World Championships in London.
Gregg and Brenn look at clouds from both sides in Episode 54: the figurative clouds of doping in the sport, and the literal clouds forecast for Sunday’s London Marathon. We collaborate on Gregg’s A to F goals for London and offer shout-outs to listeners and teammates who are primed to break three.
Among the Americans to cheer at the Boston Marathon on April 17 is 2008 Olympian Blake Russell. The 41-year-old mother of two is fit and hopes to add an outstanding result to a career that includes wins at the 2003 and 2015 U.S. marathon championships. After Gregg grills Blake, Brenn grills Gregg on his preparation for the London Marathon, which takes place the following week. Elsewhere in the episode, Gregg speculated on what will happen at the Nike-sponsored attempt to break 2 hours at the marathon, and whether (or not) Jordan Hasay will beat Desi Linden at Boston.