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The Terminal Mile
36 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Playing Olympic 5000m 4D Chess With Ben Flanagan
You want action? Drama? Well, you’ve got it. Pre-Olympic team selection storylines are running at a fever pitch right now, with multiple events currently boasting more qualified athletes than spots. One of my favorites right now is the men’s 5,000...and keep in mind, by the time you listen to this, everything could have changed, but right now you have 3 athletes with the qualifying time standard in Moh Ahmed and his 12:58 leading the charge of Justyn Knight and Matt Hughes. Now Hughes is likely to focus on the steeple, meaning there is still a spot open, and right now you have the next fastest runner with quota, Ben Flanagan, as well as the slightly slower, but higher ranked Keiran Lumb...now to make things extra spicy, between the two of them time wise, there the currently out of rankings Luc Bruchet, and still a bit of time before a team is announced, with fast European, domestic and American races on the table, as well as a huge points opportunity at the national championships. What we’re about to watch is strategy, guesswork and a lot of pure guts racing, and as an athletics fan, I’m here for it. In that vein, we’re joined by one of those runners in contention, Ben FLanagan, Boston Reebok TC, 2018 NCAA 10,000m CHamp joins us to chat learning the secrets of the 5k, a look to a longer future, alternate universes where he isn’t the NCAA champion, and a sneak peak at the inner workings of teammate Justyn Knights season.
30 minutes | May 21, 2021
Matt Hughes Finds The Fire For Running And World Domination
Matt Hughes, you probably know the accolades by now, National Record Holder in the steeple with an 8:11, multiple time world championship finalist, Pan Am gold medalist, Olympic finalist, 2x NCAA Champion. In 2019 he made a bold move, he left the biggest track and field group in the world of his own accord. Citing the reason that he had fallen out of love with the sport, he picked up, moved to Toronto and started training with Dave Reid, and a mix of blue collar runners, like Kyle Wyatt and Paddy Birch. Things appear to be working for him, as he’s since run PBs in the 5, an indoor 13:13, and the 15. Matt’s picking up and getting ready to make a big splash at the Tokyo games this year with a run of races and a stint at altitude in Europe, and we caught him just hours before he took off.
55 minutes | May 8, 2021
Loney And Rochus Review: Nike's Big Bet: Alberto Salazar And The Fine Line Of Sport
Director Paul Kemp’s film Nike’s Big Bet: Alberto Salazar and the Fine Line of Sport premiered at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival and has been catching the eyes of running fans. In the Film, Kemp takes a look at the good and the bad of Alberto Salzar’s work with the Nike Oregon Project, with focus on Salzar’s Doping violation suspension, Mary Cain’s New York Times piece on her time with the Project, and oddly enough, super shoes. Joined by the silver medalist at the 1997 ITU World Duathlon Championships, and a CCAA Cross Country Coach of the year who saw the Fanshawe Falcons Cross Country teams to a great amount of perennial success, John Loney, we review the film and discuss the good and the bad, as well as how it stacks up against the gold standard of running films, Without Limits.
30 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
(10,000m Champ)Sergio Raez Villanueva Is Back Baby!
Sergio Ráez Villanueva, or simply Sergio as he’s known by many, really came into the consciousness of the running nation when as a student at McMaster he won the 2018 10,000m Canadian Championship in an all out sprint finish, qualifying him for the NACAC games. But shortly after the Peruvian-born Canadian ran at those NACAC games, he all but disappeared, with only a few out of character races sprinkled in. Flash forward to last month though, and out of nowhere, word came that Sergio had run an unofficial 63:57 debut half marathon time trial, with next to no taper or specific training. Of course, we had to follow up, and that’s what we do on this week’s episode
24 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Julie-Anne Staehli Risks It All
So let’s say you have this dream of making it to the Olympic Games, but it's been months since you’ve raced, and with the world shut down, there's not a whole lot going on in your neighborhood. So what do you do? Well, if you’re Julie-Anne Staehli, you hop the border, relocate to New Mexico with fellow hopeful Charlotte Prouse, toe the line with an absolute legend of the sport, get a national record, a couple new PBs, and find yourself in a better place than when you left in the hunt for a ticket to Tokyo 2021. This week Julie-Anne tells us that story.
27 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
The Comeback Of Robert Heppenstall
You don’t get to be a 7x All American in the 800 without a ton of consistency; years and years of injury free training and properly executed racing strategy. What happens when that consistency gets interrupted though? Robert Heppenstall found out when he tackled his first real injury as an athlete, keeping him on the sidelines for nearly 2 years. Robert is back though, soloing a 2:24 1,000m a couple weeks ago, and he’s recently moved stateside from his hometown Hamilton to join the District Track Club as an Under Armour athlete. This is a pivotal time for Robert, not only coming back from an injury but making the transition from collegiate to pro athlete, and this week, we talk about all those things.
37 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Who Makes The Canadian Marathoner's Mt. Rushmore? Pt.2 Ft. Emily Setlack
With Eric Gillis and Jerome Drayton selected in Pt. 1, it's time to pick the second half of our Canadian Marathoner's Rushmore. For this task we brought in 10th fastest Canadian marathoner and runner up at the 2019 Olympic Trials, Emily Setlack. Who fills out Rushmore? Is it Marchant? Ruegger? Elmore? Youtube channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4RfDsxVKIZA1_UsZ233Img
27 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Natasha Wodak Vs. The Marathon
For years Natasha has been seen as someone who found their stride in the 10,000; making 3 World Championship teams, winning Pan Am gold in 2019 and owning the national event record since 2015. That's why it came as a bit of a surprise that when the start list for last December’s Marathon Project came out, Wodak’s name was on that list. Nevertheless, when December rolled around, Wodak showed up in Arizona and knocked nearly 9 minutes off her only other attempt at the event, running 2:26:19; good enough for 5th and the second fastest Canadian Marathon of all time,far surpassing the Olympic qualifying time. We caught up with Natasha earlier this week and it was all on the table, including growth as an athlete and a human being and what the future for Natasha might hold.
49 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Who Make's The Canadian Marathoner's Mt. Rushmore? Pt.1 Ft. Reid Coolsaet
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4RfDsxVKIZA1_UsZ233Img Who deserves a spot on the Canadian Marathoner's Mt. Rushmore? Is it the dominant Jerome Drayton? The legendary Tom Longboat? The fastest man at the distance, Cam Levins? Or the consistent, and clutch performer, Eric Gillis? On this week's show the boys narrow a short list of 6 of the greatest of all time down to 2 men with the help of 2x Olympic Marathoner, @reidcoolsaet , in this first part of 2 episodes to determine who makes the Canadian Marathoner's Mt. Rushmore. Did the boys get it right?
32 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Episode 155-The Future Classic, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot
13:22. The time of the 10th fastest 5,000m all-time by a Canadian, and 2nd fastest by a Quebecois. Even with 2020 being a dessert for track racing, Charles Philibert, coached by his collegiate coach Felix Lapointe and sponsored by Asics, ran an impressive 5,000m that sets him up nicely for a fast 2021, and we caught up with him on this week's show!
27 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Episode 154-The Comeback Kid, Kinsey Middleton
Last time Kinsey Middleton was on the show, she had just made one of the biggest introductions you could make in this sport. In her debut marathon, she became the 2018 Canadian Marathon Champion at the Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon, with a notable 2:32:09. With a monster debut like that, people noticed, and expectations were high, not just from the fans of the sport, but from Kinsey herself. Now what happened next is what happens in all of our lives: highs and lows. Kinsey returned to Toronto in 2019, and things didn’t go as well, and while she did PB earlier this year in the half marathon with a time of 71:48, she was laid up for a time, recovering from an overdue shoulder surgery. Kinsey is back now, running big miles, taking out huge workouts, and she now has her eyes on the start line of the stacked Marathon Project, running with ambitious time goals next month, December 20th, in Arizona.
34 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Episode 153-Justin Kent: From Mile To Marathon
Canadian 10km champ, member of the held back Canadian World Championship Half Marathon team, and now looking to make his debut in the marathon in one of the remaining races of the year at the Marathon Project this December; 2020 has been weird for us all, and Justin Kent is no exception. The Mile2Marathon coach joins us on this week's show to talk about this and a whole lot more!
31 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
Episode 152-Tristan Woodfine: Olympic Qualifier
Listen to other episodes here: https://sites.google.com/view/termina... Running an Olympic qualifying marathon time and personal best in front of no live crowds, while being paced by 4 time Olympic Champion Mo Farah is not an experience many will ever have. Tristan Woodfine did just that at the 2020 London Marathon on their 2.1km loop this past weekend, running a 2:10:51 to become the second Canadian to run the men's qualifying standard for the 2021 Olympic Games. We caught up with him earlier this week, back home in the Ottawa Valley and early into his quarantine.
25 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Episode 151- Cam Levins V. The Greatest Marathon Of All Time
Listen to other episodes here: https://sites.google.com/view/terminal-mile-link-tree/home What can’t be said about Cam Levins at this point??? Canadian marathon record holder, Olympian, NCAA Champion...even his training is a part of our sports folklore as rumours of monster mileage dominated early conversations during his time at Southern Utah. Recently Cam, a Hoka One One and Polar athlete coached by 2 time Canadian Marathon champion Jim Finlayson, has captured our attention once again, posting larger than life workouts on his Strava account, including a solo 62:12 half marathon time trial. What both we, and he didn’t know when he ran that was he would then get a spot onto the line of what is being billed as the greatest marathon of all time, the London Marathon happening October 4th with a select small field including the much talked about battle of the best, Bekele vs. Kipchoge. Yes, Cam will be able to qualify for an Olympic spot in this race, but with his training, experience and goals, that becomes a smaller sub plot, as we’ll watch to see just what Cam is truly capable of on that day.
48 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Episode 150-Farah Abdulkarim
When I started this podcast years ago, it was to talk with runners and quench a curiosity for information from the best in the country.As a running fan I had questions that weren’t being answered, and I knew I wasn’t alone. After taking an extended break this year, I found myself with questions again. Friend of the show Farah Abdulkarim absolutely killed it at the Music City Distance Carnival 5,000, setting a meet record, kicking down Ben Flanagan for a PB of 13:37, and the Ole Miss, Ottawa Lion was repping a new group on his singlet, Wesfly athletics, with some truly unique, revealing and entertaining Youtube content to boot. So, I dusted off the old microphone, and had an insightful conversation with Farah, one where he talks about the ups and downs, his future in the sport, Tokyo 2021, being a student of the sport, and who he watches and looks up to. Truthfully, this one is for everyone training hard, looking for results in this great sport. Farah’s got the cool confidence of someone who is destined to do great things, and this is just the beginning, but for now, here he is in September of 2020, just after watching the Brussels Diamond League world records .
29 minutes | Jan 18, 2020
Epi. 149-Who Are The Backroads Bandits?
This week we chat with the National Cross Country Men's title holders, London's Backroads Bandits.
21 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Epi. 148-Half Miles, Metric Miles And Marathons With Becky Pieterson
For fans of the sport, the name Becky Pieterson has probably been on your radar for a while. Starting out as Fanshawe Falcon in the CCAA, the team was at the height of their dominance, and she was a huge reason for that, finishing top 5 at 2 CCAA cross country championships. From there she went to the Mustangs where she was a consistent cross country team member, and turned out some great performances during the indoor season as well. Since graduating you can find Becky running twilights across South Western Ontario, and you can often catch her making an appearance at nationals. While primarily known as a miler, it was a bit of a surprise to see her on the elite list for this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, especially after setting a PB in the 800, so this week we caught up with Becky to talk marathon training, why she’s running, and balancing the shift work of being a nurse, with continuing to chase running goals.
23 minutes | Sep 28, 2019
Epi. 147- The Twilight Journeyman, Kyle Grieve
You may know Kyle Grieve as being a member of that killer Gueloh Gryphon cross country team a couple years back...a team by my estimation that may be the greatest ever to ever run in the Canadian league, dominating podiums for years. Hendrix, Proudfoot, Nixon, Woodfine, Sikubwabu, anyways, if you followed that, then you probably also noticed that for a little while after graduation, Kyles results disappeared, he wasn’t running any races. From that point, to clawing his way back into fitness, to running a 14:10 5,000 this summer, Kyle’s story is a good one, and exemplifies the struggle of an athlete continuing to strive for greatness outside of the collegiate setting. This week, Kyle joins us to talk about that and more.
30 minutes | Sep 21, 2019
Epi.146-The Strange Case Of Paddy Birch
Paddy Birch is an unusual case when it comes to distance running.Not too many 4 hour plus debut marathoners go on to later run 2:25s...even fewer run that within the first year they first cross the 100km a week threshold. Paddy, with roots in football, or soccer, if you will, has had quite a bit of success in quite a short amount of time, with the latest mark coming at last weeks Rock and Roll Philly Half, where the Irish born, and Toronto residing runner laid down a new PB of 68:37 on a very humid day. As he moves toward the Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon in a few weeks, we chat with Paddy about taking advice from the best, getting good, fast, and a whole lot more.
24 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
Epi. 145-The Steeple Time Smasher, Marie Bernard-Galea
This past week, the Candian contingent of athletes heading to Doha for the World Championships was announced, and among those selected, there were quite a few familiar names. One of those athletes, Maria Bernard Galea, will be representing Canada for a second time at a World Track and Field Championships, and has an Olympic appearance to her name at just age 26. Maria is a steepler, by far one of the deepest events right now in Canada, and has had a stand out year so far, putting down a big PB of 9:36 earlier in the summer, and you can bet that peak fitness in combination with big games experience make Maria an athlete to watch. The UCAC and Saucony athlete joins us this week to chat about big races, the little things and a whole lot more.
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