Ep. 33 – Grandma’s: with Project OTQ

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This week we have our biggest episode yet – literally in that we have 7 guests on mic to talk about Grandma’s Marathon. Grandma’s is one of the fastest marathons in the US, held in Minneapolis in June, and we put together a big team of Tracksmith runners in an attempt to get Olympic trials qualifiers.

About the runners:

Jeff Seelaus (2:17:08): An Amherst College grad and Philadelphia native, Jeff qualified for his first Olympic Trials at Grandma’s with a big 4-minute PR.

Louis Serafini (2:21:34): Louis is the coach of all the women in this episode and an accomplished runner in his own right. He qualified for the 2020 trials with a half marathon this spring.

Gabi Drummond (2:49:15): In her first “official” marathon, Gabi was on qualifying pace through 20 miles before hitting a rough last 10k. Gabi is also a Johns Hopkins grad and PhD student at MIT, so she’s the brains of the operation.

Jess Petersen (2:51:26): A Reebook employee and Syracuse University grad, Jess ran her second ever marathon and PRed after a three-year break.

Alexandra Conway (2:54:13): Alexandra is a Brown University grad and recent Tracksmith convert who notched her personal best at Grandma’s.

Kate Raphael (2:53:28): The youngest and most recent graduate, Kate is a Yale grad who tackled her first marathon only a year out of college and logged an impressive (if challenging at points) debut.

Ravenna Neville (DNF): A Wesleyan University grad, homeowner, and lawyer, Rav is an accomplished badass in many fields. Rav is the most experienced marathoner of the group, but a hamstring tweak sidelined her on the day of Grandma’s.

One word of advice about this episode – it may be a little hard to tell who is talking and when if you’re not familiar with everyone’s voices. Just roll with it – the stories themselves are what make the episode so funny, interesting, and even inspiring.

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Ep. 32 – Blue Collar Bulldogs: with Brogan Austin and Reed Fischer

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This week’s episode was recorded the day before the 2019 U.S. Half Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh, PA, where our guests Brogan Austin and Reed Fischer finished 4th and 7th, respectively, continuing to announce themselves on the national stage of American distance running.

Both graduates of Drake University and runners for Tom “Tinman” Schwartz, Brogan and Reed came from relatively modest origins to compete among the best runners in the country- Brogan winning the U.S. Marathon Championships in a time of 2:12:38 in 2018 and Reed finishing 4th in the 10k at the 2018 USATF championships in Des Moines. We talk a lot about their experience with Tom and the rest of the Tinman Elite team, the challenges of working a full-time job while running competitively, and the role they see themselves playing in the changing American distance running scene. We also play our version of the “Newlyweds” game where we find out how well Brogan and Reed really know each other after all.

Big thanks to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon team and P3Revents for setting us up with recording space and for hosting an awesome championship weekend. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow and enjoy the episode!

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Ep. 31 – The Mission: with Nikki Hiltz (CITIUS crossover)

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Enjoy the second annual Citius Mag Boston Marathon Crossover Special!

This week’s guest is Nikki Hiltz of adidas and The Mission AC. Nikki is an accomplished miler who hails from Northern California, a high school stud who went on to run at the University of Oregon and the University of Arkansas where she twice finished 2nd in the 1500 at NCAA. She’s had a successful first year as a professional, running 4:09 in the 1500 and most recently winning the BAA Invitational Mile this past Boston Marathon weekend.

Nikki came on along with co-host and Citius guru Chris Chavez to talk about library cards and The Bachelor, along with some more serious topics like choosing to transfer, coming out of the closet, and dating a teammate. Nikki is an absolutely lovely person with a unique and important voice in the running community, and it was a delight to have her on.

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Ep. 30 – Facts Only: with Brian Shrader

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Our guest for this week’s episode is Brian Shrader of Saucony’s Freedom Track Club. Brian, a Boston transplant and Arizona native who ran for Oregon and NAU, is a super accomplished distance runner (13:29 5k) and steeplechaser (8:29) who also recently announced himself as one of the country’s top marathoners by running 2:13 in his debut last year at CIM. He’s running the Boston Marathon next Monday and will definitely be one of the elites to watch, and he came on the podcast this past weekend to run his mouth after his last long run of the buildup.

Brian came on the podcast alongside his teammates and returning guests, James Randon and Helen Schlachtenhaufen. Although we do talk a bit about his Boston prep, we also covered the time he got pulled over by the police while riding his bike, why all his teammates thought he hated Boston, and why he stays off social media. You’ll definitely enjoy this episode you should definitely be cheering for Brian on Monday.

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Ep. 29 – Inside A Podcast: with Scott Fauble and Ben Rosario

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We have a very special episode this week! A returning friend of the pod, Scott Fauble of Northern Arizona Elite brought his coach Ben Rosario along to unpack their new book, Inside a Marathon, and the buildup that culminated in Scott finishing 7th at the 2018 NYC Marathon.

Scott and Ben came on to talk about their training relationship, their aspirations for this year’s Boston Marathon, and most importantly, their takes on the best romantic comedies and 80s teen movies.

Scott is a 2:12 marathoner who was an accomplished distance runner at the University of Portland before joining NAZ Elite, and Ben is an accomplished runner-turned-coach who guides the Hoka NAZ Elite team to national titles, World Marathon Major success, and Olympic dreams. These guys know their stuff and you’ll love what they have to say.

Inside a Marathon can be found and bought at https://insideamarathon.com. Pick up your signed(!) copy today!

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Ep. 28 – Unicorn on the Uniform: with Jacob Thomson

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This week’s guest is Jacob Thomson of the Boston Athletic Association, a University of Kentucky grad and Kentucky native who’s run 3:57 in the mile, 13:34 in the 5k, and is competing this weekend at the USATF Indoor Championships in the 2 mile. Our cohost was Jacob’s roommate and childhood friend, an accomplished runner in his own right, Patrick Gregory, a graduate of Dartmouth College. We got right down to it with bold predictions, hot takes, and some great self-inflicted wound stories.

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Ep. 27 – The Sauce Boss: with Charlie Marquardt

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Happy 2019 all!

We’re back with a brand-new episode. This week’s guest is Charlie Marquardt, a Haverford grad and former DIII star who burst onto the national scene last year with some memorable performances in the mile, most notably shattering the sub-4 barrier with a 3:55 at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler. Charlie is still unsponsored, working full time and running for Bryn Mawr Running Company, and we really get into the ins and outs of that blue collar training lifestyle, from everything from morning runs to overnight bus trips. We also covered some of our best trail runs, “gimmick” track meets, and an epic Twitter exchange where we sorted every food you can imagine into its proper category of sauce, dip, or condiment. The day after recording, Charlie opened up his indoor season with a 3:59 at BU’s Terrier Invitational.

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