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RaceMob - Running Together Podcast
53 minutes | a day ago
17 Tips Every Runner Should Know
#024 - In honor of our running fundamentals course, we wanted to make sure that we could cover every tip our community had for new runners. So we asked our Facebook communities: "What tips do you have for a beginner runner?"We got over 800 different comments from people how wanting to share their favorite tips for beginners. So I tallied them all together, and bucketed them into different categories. And here we have those tips from 17 all the way to one. If you're looking for help in any of these categories - reach out to us, and we'll be sure to help you in your running journey.
55 minutes | 22 days ago
Run Further, Faster, and Injury Free - Running form tips from biomechanics expert Jay Ridgeway
Hello, everybody. We are so fortunate to have a legend. Coach Jay Ridgeway, 20 years helping athletes be happier, healthier versions of themselves through PacWest Endurance. He's also an accomplished athlete in his own right. Oregon Duck graduate, triathlete, ironman finisher, Boston marathon participant, and biomechanics expert.Jay also has an accomplished daughter, Emily, who is an ironwoman, and finished the Kona world championships. She has followed in her father's footsteps and now leads PacWest endurance.Check out this great episode where we talk about proper running form - which will help you run longer, more efficiently, faster, and injury free.Check out the Running Form Video: https://youtu.be/zivDKAeKkN0Links talked about during this episode:PacWest Endurance
55 minutes | a month ago
He Lost 180 pounds, Ran Every Street in San Jose, and Completed 100+ Mile Treks to Raise Money for Foster Kids - The Incredible True Story of Jake McCluskey
#020 - Our guest today is James McCluskey. Jake has such an inspiring story. He once weighed in at over 380 pounds and was leading a sedentary lifestyle. In fact, he would go six to nine months at a time living within a tiny bubble between his house and the corner store. Just next door. One day, he was inspired by Marshawn Lynch's quote. And since then, it's been all about that action boss. In this discussion, we talk about the moment that changed Jake's life. How he went from a couch to marathon in a little over a year. Jake gives us a detailed account of his solo 50-mile trek from San Francisco to San Jose. And then his hundred-mile Trek from Petaluma all to raise money for foster kids. Plus we go into some of the details on how Jake became the first person to run every street in San Jose. And why was way tougher than anyone imagined. There's a little bit of audio distortion during this discussion, but we try to take care of it as best we could. We really hope that you enjoy it.
51 minutes | a month ago
Running to Overcome Addiction - The inspiring story of a Latin Rock Star with Leo Rosales
#018 - When Bertrand met Leo over 20 years ago, he had no idea that this unassuming handyman was dealing with a crippling back condition and a debilitating drug addiction. Nor could he imagine Leo's backstory a former Latin rock star and the percussionist for the group Malo at the age of 18, Leo was being whisked away via limo and private jet to famous venues like Carnegie hall, American Bandstands, Rolling on the River, and much more. Leo's life is so fascinating that it was even documented in an ESPN Deportes feature. From the highest of highs to being so broken, he could barely function. It got so bad. His family staged an intervention and forced Leo into rehab. But it was here and shortly after at Skyline College, where Leo began to rekindle his passion for running. A passion. He almost completely threw away due to his addiction. But was now ready to embrace. Leo and his wife, Virginia joined the Dolphins South End Running Club. And today have logged over 17,000 miles, attended hundreds of races, become Brazen Streakers, qualified for Boston and have been sober for over 16 years. But most importantly, Leo and Virginia have now become pillars of the running community. Spreading their love and positive message to everyone they meet, especially those who are struggling with addiction. And they've even become running coaches, inspiring the next generation of runners. Best of all, Leo never lost his passion for music and is performing with his new band Momo Tombo, and they are killing it. You're going to love this story from the heartache, the perseverance and the triumphs. So here we go.
70 minutes | 2 months ago
100+ IronMan Triathlons in 2 Years - How a "Normal Athlete" Smashed a World Record with Will Turner
#017 - Will Turner - is a Legend! I should just drop the mic there! Will loves to set Big Hairy Audacious goals. When he turned 50, he completed his first IronMan. When he turned 60 - he completed 60… in One year!!! Smashing the previous record of 44 - he averaged an IronMan every 6 days. He continued that journey and ended up completing 105 IronMan distance triathlons over the course of two years. And it was only slightly derailed when his partner and Uber Sherpa was diagnosed with kidney cancer - and they took a few months for surgery and recovery!This is a long way from his first race - a half-marathon where he ended up in the hospital from dehydration.So what’s an ultra endurance athlete of this caliber like? Humble, warm, welcoming, awe-inspiring… A motivational speaker who talks to at school assemblies expounding the virtues of “Live Your Bold”. And a National Park lover who promotes conservation of the environment. This was an amazing all-encompassing conversation, and I really hope that you enjoy it.
68 minutes | 2 months ago
Breaking Barriers and Celebrating Black Excellence - Tes Marshall
#015 - Tes Sobomehin Marshall is an incredible human being who would be successful in any industry that you’d put her in. She has this innate ability to connect, and the hard work and determination to see things through. Luckily for us - she found a passion for running, and has inspired tens of thousands to get active.From starting the Atlanta Chapter of Black Girls Run, to creating The Running Nerds, and even her own race series Run Social.More recently - she’s spearheaded The Race - a half-marathon, 5K, and bike ride that’s focused on supporting minority owned businesses. The course normally goes through predominately black neighborhoods - although this year it is entirely virtual. It also includes a series of panel discussions to talk about social justice and change. And Tes was gracious enough to invite Coach B and me to speak during one of those discussions - which was incredible. Especially in this time of social unrest, in a city at the heart of so much tension - what Tes is doing to open the dialogue and help bring change awe-inspiring.It’s so cool to see the evolution of Tes - from basketball coach, to runner, run club coordinator, race director, and now community leader -- and soon to be brew master. All of the shownotes can be found online at https://racemob.com/podcast - and without further ado, here’s our conversation
55 minutes | 2 months ago
YouTube's Running Guru: Seth James DeMoor - The Shoedio, 100k Subscribers, and Winning Pikes Peak Marathon
#014- We are extremely excited to welcome Seth James DeMoor to the Podcast. Bertrand and I are true fans of Seth’s, and especially his YouTube Channel - where he’s been vlogging daily since 2015. His channel really took off after he started focusing the content around running, and he’s built an incredible community - the DGR community.Seth just surpassed 100,000 subscribers on YouTube - a feat usually reserved for celebrities - and to see a running expert hit that mark is really exciting. If you’ve checked out Seth’s channel at all, then you’re going to love this conversation.Seth’s known for some bumper sticker phrases such as “Butter My Bread”. A reference to the cinnamon butter at Texas Roadhouse, life being good, and hard work paying off. During races, he often writes phrases in permanent marker on his wrist to remind him to dig deep during the hard times. He repeats technical mantras like "head up, pump the arms, and quick feet."Not only is Seth a dynamic personality, and caring individual - he’s an incredible athlete. He’s a 2:23 marathoner - even though he ran his first marathon last year, and has only competed in two of them. He holds the FKT (fastest known time) on several trails throughout Colorado. He’s represented the U.S. in the Mountain World Running Championships. And he was fresh off winning the Pike’s Peak Marathon - a grueling ascent and descent marathon that climbs and descends 7,000 feet. A marathon that his dad has competed in, and which holds a special meaning to him.Seth’s an extremely busy guy, and we’re so thankful to spend some time with him. Plus - it’s always great meeting up with a fellow University of Colorado Buffalo! I really hope that you enjoy this conversation.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
RaceMob's founder shares his struggles with weight, fitness transformation, and community vision - Kevin Chang
#013 - This is the episode where we flip the microphone back on me.We dive into my background and why my parents and sister have provided constant motivation, and are a driving force behind my successes. We talk about how my dog Kiah (short for Macchiato), helped me discover running - and literally changed my life. From overweight and self-conscious to living a healthier and happier life. And the many, many lessons learned along the way.It was this transformation that inspired me to create RaceMob - because to accomplish great things it takes support - luckily I have the support of my wife - but the support of a community can be so powerful, it helps to have guidance from experienced athletes, and what good are these amazing accomplishments unless you can share the stories - and inspire the next generation. Because all it takes is one step, one little change - something small - in my case - taking the dog on a walk - to begin the fitness journey.
68 minutes | 3 months ago
Boston Qualified! 3 Avalos siblings share training tips and stories from the event
#012 - Avalos SiblingsIntroductionWe’re excited to welcome the Avalos siblings to the podcast. Ray, Anthony, and Bre are some of the fastest and most accomplished runners you will find. Ray and Anthony have marathon times in the 2:40s and Bre has a marathon PR of 3:01.For these siblings, long distance running was something that they found after becoming adults, but it was their athletic background, hard work, and determination that allowed them to really excel at the sport.The three siblings not only qualified for Boston, but they were able to run Boston together - and they share stories from the event as well as all the training leading up to qualifying and competing against each other. If you’re looking to decrease your marathon times, and possibly qualify for Boston - stick around to the end of the conversation. All three siblings give great tips for runners from beginners to advanced. We had so much fun, so I really hope that you enjoy the conversation. During this discussion, we talk about:- 3:27 - What childhood was like for the Avalos Siblings, growing up a soccer family, athletes as relatives, and youth sports- 14:29 - Specific training that Ray had to help Bre in Track workouts- 16:36 - Anthony's soccer journey which led him to Norway- 19:58 - How the siblings got into running, and the first races- 24:16 - How Ray was able to knock off big chunks of time in his training, and how the siblings motivated each other- 28:18 - Why Bre's training was much different than her brothers- 34:55 - How Ray qualified and was the first to go to Boston. Plus his Boston experience which included help from a stranger- 38:52 - How Antony started to train for Boston, and how his soccer career helped him into a BQ time- 42:13 - How Bre trained and qualified in the months after graduating college- 46:12 - The Boston Experience, and what it was like to have the whole family together- 52:24 - Other running goals for the Avalos Siblings, including races that they love, and those that they're looking forward to- 1:02:50 - The tips that each would give to runners who are looking to one day qualify for BostonLinks Talked About During this Show- RaceMob Show Notes- Bre's Instagram- Anthony's Instagram- Ray's Instagram
59 minutes | 3 months ago
Mermaid Series - Welcoming and Encouraging Women's Endurance Events with Carlo Facchino
We’re excited to welcome Carlo Facchino of the Mermaid Series. The Mermaid Series features women’s running, duathlon, and triathlon events. And now spans three states - California, Washington, and my home state of Colorado. The Mermaid series is known for their welcoming atmosphere, and providing a safe zone for many beginners to complete their first event.During the interview you’ll hear about Carlo’s passion for helping beginner athletes in running and those dipping their toes into a triathlon, the secret sauce - and what’s kept Mermaid thriving for over 16 years, his most memorable and inspirational stories from the course, the expansion of the Mermaid brand into other states, and how Mermaid’s response to the pandemic.This recording took place a short time after Carlo’s mom passed away, and he was gracious enough to still do the recording - and even shared some fond memories of his mom’s involvement with their latest virtual challenge.Carlo was also generous enough to supply us entries for a Mermaid Giveaway! The winner will be able to select between a virtual run, duathlon, triathlon, or challenge.Enter the Giveaway!https://racemob.com/mermaid Subscribe to our podcast - to make sure that you don’t miss our giveaways. If we get enough entries - we’ll make this a regular thing. So tell your friends as well!
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Beep Beep! Elite Level Speed with Running Champ Verity Breen
#010 - It's an honor to welcome Verity Breen to the podcast. Verity has been racing competitively for over 30 years - and has won many prestigious races. We’re talking about big events like the being Australian Marathon Champ, Australian 50k road race champ, being selected to the Australian Prime Ministers 5, and events like the Nike Women’s marathon, Maui Marathon, and US Half Marathon.After transitioning from triathlons to running - Verity has won events at nearly every distance from cross country to 50ks. And she continues to set the bar by winning races in her 50s. We’re not talking about age group champ - she’s outright crushing competitors 30 years her junior.On top of that, she’s fun and spunky - and will give you her trademark “beep beep” - if she’s about to zoom by you on the trail. This is just a fun - all-encompassing conversation - and honestly, we could have just kept going. In fact - we have some bonus conversation and material that we'll likely include in the future. If you want exclusive access to it - just sign up for our email list
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Big Sur Marathon - Pianos, Strawberries, Sunrises, and Scenery! Plus the Big Surreal Virtual Challenge
#009 - The Big Sur International Marathon has been named to nearly every “Top Marathon” list in existense, and is a famous bucket list race for most runners. Today we dive behind the scenes at this historic event with Race Director Doug Thurston and Marketing/Communications Manager Hilary Fujii.While you might not clock your best time - due to the steep nature of the course - you will have the best time because of the scenic view of Highway 1 on this one way course. I’ve run 3 marathons in my life - and I’m proud to say that Big Sur was one of them.In today’s episode, we get to talk about the history of the Big Sur International Marathon. We peel back the curtain on some of the stories runners aren’t usually privy to, including life on the back of a media truck, how the piano gets to Bigsby Bridge, and the origins of the famous strawberry aid station.Plus we dive into the extreme challenges they’re facing with the pandemic. Especially as a 501(c)3 organization - how they’ve stayed true to their charter. We also dive into the decision to pay the runners a generous restitution - where many other organizations would have simply kept the money.We’re also excited to help them promote The Big Surreal Challenge! This is a really fun virtual event that is 5 challenges in one. You’ll be able to run the majority of the distances offered during the Big Sur weekend from a 5k, 12k, 11 mile, 21 mile, and marathon - throughout the month of September. The more races you complete, the better the swag that you can take home. And Big Sur has some of the coolest swag around. Plus there will be all sorts of Virtual Encouragement along the way. Coach B and I are both entered - so we hope to see you online.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Knee Pain? Foot Cramps? Shin Splints? New Runners Start Here! Finding Your Shoes with Legendary Store Owner Chris Schenone
#008 - In this episode, Running Revolution store owner Chris Schenone joins the podcast. We chat about his running background, favorite races, and most cherished memories.We also get deep into shoes including:How 95% of customers coming into his stores are in the wrong size, and how to fix thatWhy going to a store is so beneficial, especially for new runnersThe different foot strikes for a pronator and supinator, and what that means for your shoesWhy you might want to get your foot measured every time you're ready for new shoesHow Nike Vaporflys have changed the game, and what it feels like to run in $250+ shoesThe rise of Hoka One One from one of the first stores to carry the brand, and interesting anecdotesHow the pandemic has impacted Running Revolution, and what they're focused on right now.Check out all of the show notes online at https://racemob.com/podcast/running-revolution
56 minutes | 4 months ago
Open Course Racing - PCTR's Answer to Virtual Events with Greg Lanctot
#007 - During the pandemic, many race organizers have had to deal with finding a new format. While many have followed a cookie cutter approach, Greg and team are pioneering a new concept.Open Course RacingA concept that has the legs to survive well past COVID-19 regulations. The course is mapped out using GPS coordinates, and runners run the actual race - on their own schedule, in their own time.The concept truly speaks to the trail running community. Trail runners can spend hours finding and mapping the perfect route, before hitting the trail. Now, Greg's team has done all of that work for you.To launch the Open Course Racing concept, Greg and his team have mapped out 70 segments spanning 370+ miles throughout the Bay Area. And it all seamlessly syncs with your GPS watch or phone app using a PWR Lab account.It a great concept, supported by an amazing community - and Greg believes that it will be around for years to come. He will offer it as a complement to his live events - for those that want to run the same course, but simply can't make it on race day weekend.In this episode, we also dive into:Greg's history as a runner and race directorChat about some funny stories about his Western States 100 miler experienceTalk about Greg's single proudest achievement in running (and it's not about himself)Go into Greg's involvement with youth sportsTalk about Pacific Coast Trail RunsDeep dive into the TOGETHERelay, and Kevin's experience during the soft launch
88 minutes | 4 months ago
Conquering 40 Spartan Races in a Year in his 50s - Chris Smith
#006 -Chris has always been fit. Growing up, Chris was a highly regarded track and field athlete and a college football player. After college, he became an accomplished PE instructor and personal trainer. But, it wasn’t until his forties when a run changed his identity forever. In this episode, we talk about Chris’s physical gifts, what drives him during 30-mile Spartan Ultra obstacle course events, how a marathon changed his life forever, and of the 40 Spartan races he ran last year, which one he recommends the most. We also talk about his work teaching PE to special education students, and the special program that ties his races with his students.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Running the Dream Author Matt Fitzgerald - Learning from Elite Athletes
#005 -Our guest today is Matt Fitzgerald. Matt is an accomplished runner and author. He has written over 25 books - dealing with almost every aspect of running. Some of his most notable titles include: How bad do you want itIron War80/20 RunningLife is a MarathonToday we dive into his latest book - Running the Dream - one summer living, training, and racing with a team of world class runners half my age. We get to hear some of his insights from training with the HOKA NAZ Elite team. There are so many nuggets that even us mid-pack/back-of-the-pack athletes can take away. From stories about:Teamwork and camaraderieCoaching and training regimentsInjury prevention and treatmentEnvironment and altitude trainingNutritionAnd morePlus - we get to hear about the fun times coach Bertrand had with Matt in Atlanta during the olympic trials (which included plates a fried chicken before a marathon).
56 minutes | 5 months ago
How Run Local Uses Story Telling to Inspire Fitness During a Pandemic with JT and David from Soul Focus Sports
#004 - JT Service and David Monico join our podcast. JT’s companies Soul Focus Sports and Silverback Pacific are responsible for the production of some of the most iconic races here in the Bay Area including:The San Francisco MarathonBay to BreakersThe Giant’s Race Seriesthe Stanford Summer Scamper - which benefits the Lucile Packard FoundationIn addition, they have worked on some exciting activations with some of the biggest brands in the industry including Hoka One OneAdidasUnder Armour. Even more near and dear to our hearts - is Soul Focus’ flagship series - the Run Local Event Series - which includes:The 408k Race to the RowSan Jose Shamrock RunSilicon Valley Half MarathonAcross the Bay 12k and 415kThe East Bay 510k.And the newly minted California Coast 500!
72 minutes | 5 months ago
How Becky Used Fitness to Triumph Over Insecurity, Obesity, Divorce, and Injury
#003 - Becky Hernandez is a true inspiration - and a co-captain for Too Legit Fitness. She has run over 100 races in her life, including over 60 half marathons, 30 full marathons, and 5 Ultras. She is a certified Les Mills exercise instructor and a 3-time Boston Marathon qualifier. In this episode you'll learn more about:How Becky found a fitness class at the YMCA and began her fitness journeyHow she lost 65 lbs through exercise and diet changesWhen signing up for a race helped her get over insecurity (and off the treadmill) to discover the "team sport" of runningHow she used running to help her get over a divorce, and found the time to stay fit as a single mother of 2Dancing to the finish line, especially when your body isn't feeling itA hilarious story about her Chicago Marathon experience - and why Deep Dish pizza might not be your first choice of pre-race mealsAll that and much more!
77 minutes | 5 months ago
Bertrand "Coach B" Newson! Family, Human Connection, and Inspiring Stories from his 250+ Races
#002 - Today we have a deep conversation into how family has been the driving force behind Bertrand running over 250 races, which include over 50 marathons and ultras, in 9 years, why the hated Dodgers Stadium became the site of one of his greatest triumphs, how he’s inspired hundreds in their fitness journey, why ‘walk’ is not a dirty word, plus we talk about how he’s still breaking personal records and even winning races in his 50’s.We have all of the show notes online at https://racemob.com/podcast. And, if you’re interested in training with Coach Bertrand - we are looking for applicants to help pilot our initial training program. You’ll get some 1-on-1 coaching from this legendary coach yourself. To join our waitlist, just go to https://racemob.com/training.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
RaceMob Podcast Kickoff and Giveaway
#001 - Kevin and Bertrand kickoff the RaceMob Podcast together. We're so excited to be launching this podcast episode. It's our very first one, and - even though we had some audio issues - it was clear that we're going to have a blast making these episodes. We really hope that you enjoy the discussion - and I promise that we're going to get much better at this!During this Discussion, We Talk About1:21 - How we first met in 20132:34 - Bertrands amazing backstory, and how he ended up in San Jose and found racing8:45 - We dive into the Too Legit Fitness Community11:33 - We talk about RaceMob16:28 - Bertrand's 30 mile morning run and how he's using running to deal with these tumultuous times22:22 - The 4 Reasons we're really excited about this podcast29:21 - Some of the guests we'd like to have on the showWe're also excited to be giving away a RaceMob Package in coordination with the launch of this podcast. The giveaway includes RaceMob gear, a RaceMob training package, and Registration to the California Coast 500. Drawing will be held on July 16th. To enter, visit https://racemob.com/podcast
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