Ep. 45 – Antelope Children: with Zack Beavin

This week’s guest is Zack Beavin, a marathoner and blossoming ultra runner from Lexington, Kentucky who last weekend set the U.S. #4 all-time mark at 50 miles at the Tunnel Hill 50 miler in Illinois, running 5:03:06 to shatter the course record and run the fastest off-road 50 miler on North American soil.

Zack is an accomplished runner at all distances having run 2:18 in the marathon and competed at the 2020 Olympic Trials as well as running collegiately for the University of Kentucky. He came on the podcast with cohost and crew member Sam Day to talk about his race, how he found ultras, and more. He also happens to be dating host David Melly, so they talked a bit about that toward the end of the episode as well.

On the toughest part of the Tunnel Hill 50:

“Fun fact: things get a lot harder after 30ish miles. I was insanely confident at 30, but once I was going up the hill [at mile 33] I started going about 20 seconds a mile slower. I had 4 more miles uphill to the next aid station and all I had was the little water bottle with 1 gel with me and I was like, ‘this is scary.’ At the aid station at 37 I was losing vision… but it got better from there.”

On being drawn to long distances:

“Coming out of college, I was just so excited to have the yoke of college training thrown off. I felt like a free man. That summer, my family was out in Eugene to watch the Trials and we took a trip to Crater Lake and I realized it was 31 miles around and I just decided to run it. I did it, and I super-duper hurt myself doing it… but I had such a fun time doing it and it was honestly like a borderline spiritual experience, being out there for 3 hours, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is awesome. This is what I want to do.’”

On moving permanently to ultras – or not:

“Even if I do continue full-on into the ultra stuff, part of my training cycle for this was training the least specific physiology for the event first, which for me was VO2 Max stuff [….] I think that just kick-started my confidence leading into the 50-mile training – if I was almost in mile PR shape and just rolled into 50-mile shape, it made 5:40s and 6:00 pace feel like a walk. So I don’t anticipate leaving that stuff behind any time soon, especially while I’m still young enough to have it.”

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Ep. 44 – Buckeye Boys: with District TC

This week we’re joined by three members of District Track Club, the professional group based in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia. Willy Fink is a 13:17 5k runner and graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Jacob Dumford is a 3:59 miler and graduate of Notre Dame, and they brought along their coach, Tom Brumlik, as well. The idea for this podcast came about when Willy recently pointed out on social media that there is an impressive crop of elite milers from the state of Ohio, with 10 active runners who’ve run under 4 minutes in the mile. All three of these guys have deep Ohio roots and strong Ohio pride, so of course we got right into discussing why Ohio may or may not be “the Mile State.”

After a healthy debate on the state’s mile prowess, we also covered which Midwest stereotypes are right and which are wrong and a whole list of other things including training during COVID, the ups and downs of steeplechase, and Jacob running 4:00.00. We recorded this episode remotely from four different locations, so the audio is a little fuzzy at parts, but overall it turned out fine. Hope you enjoy the episode and please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!

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Ep. 43 – London Calling: with Jon Green

Exciting news! RYM is now a part of the Citius Mag podcast network!

This week’s guest is Jonathan Green, a Massachusetts native, Georgetown alum, former Saucony runner, and current coach of 2021 Olympian Molly Seidel, who is one of the few Americans toeing the line at the London Marathon this weekend. Jon is an accomplished runner in his own right, a two-time cross-country All-American with a 13:48 5000m personal best.

Recorded 2 days before the London Marathon with cohost Jeff Seelaus, we shared our London hot takes, walked through Molly’s buildup, compared our favorite cross-country courses, and added to the age-old debate of “is candy corn good?” Hope you enjoy this lively episode and this weekend’s racing.

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Ep. 42 – Nap Queen: with Molly Seidel and Izzy Seidel

SnapseedOur guests this week are Molly and Izzy Seidel, sisters, runners, and roommates who came on the podcast remotely to talk about training together, napping separately, and how to run your slowest mile. Molly is a Saucony runner and graduate of Notre Dame who most recently made headlines by qualifying for the 2021 Olympics in her first-ever marathon. Izzy is a teammate of mine on Tracksmith Hare AC and a graduate of Northwestern University, and both women are Wisconsin natives who now live and train in Boston.

This week’s episode was actually recorded a couple months ago, but we chose not to release it as initially scheduled out of respect for the work being done by the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests over George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s deaths. We’re releasing it now in advance of this weekend’s MVMNT race series, where Molly will be racing for the first time since the Trials.

The race is raising money for Good Sports, a nonprofit in Massachusetts that expands access to sports and outdoor activities for children in low-income communities. You can stream the race live on the Citius Mag Instagram tomorrow evening, streamed and announced by yours truly, and learn more below:

citiusmag.com/mvmt-race-series-b…tails-start-lists/

www.gofundme.com/f/mvmnt-race-series

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Ep. 41 – Pride Pals: with Nikki Hiltz and Dana Giordano

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This week we have two longtime friends of the podcast, Nikki Hiltz and Dana Giordano, calling in from their training camp in Park City, Utah. We talked about Pride Month and current events, what it means to be a gay runner in 2020, and the balance between public image and personal lives for pro athletes.

Nikki and her teammates are putting on a virtual Pride 5k this coming weekend, which has raised over $20,000 for The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org/), a charity organization that provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. It was a great and wide ranging conversation and I think you’ll really enjoy it!

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Ep. 40 – On Race and Running: with Russell Dinkins

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This week’s episode is different in a few ways- it’s a crossover episode with the Citius Mag Podcast, we recorded it remotely via Zoom, and it’s a bit more serious in tone than most episodes of RYM.

Our guest this week is Russell Dinkins, a member of Princeton Class of 2013 and a professional runner for the New York Athletic Club. Russell is a 1:46 800 meter runner and multiple-time Heps champion, and he’s also been a vocal advocate on issues of race and racism, most recently as they pertain to the recent decision by Brown University to cut its men’s cross-country and track teams.

You can read the university’s announcement here: www.brown.edu/news/2020-05-28/athletics-excellence

Russell’s piece here: medium.com/@dancingdinks/brown…ng-the-d9e698b707e1

And David’s piece here: citiusmag.com/open-letter-to-bro…-christina-paxson/

Hope you enjoy this episode and that it makes you think.

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Ep. 39 – Hot Takes: with Cole Rockhold

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Welcome to Run Your Mouth, and I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy at home during these crazy times. Our guest this week is Cole Rockhold, a 13:35 5k runner, graduate of Colorado State University and newly-signed runner to the BAA. This week’s episode was actually recorded quite a while ago in January, but for various reasons we weren’t able to get it out until now. It should be noted that the podcast was recorded long before coronavirus came to the U.S., hence why you won’t hear us talking about that, and also before Cole had gotten surgery for compartment syndrome, so if you’re following his journey you’ll notice that we talk about his injury but not about the work he’s had done since then.

Cole and cohost Pat Gregory got personal and deep on with our takes on Twitter discourse and the “hot take culture” we live in, but we also covered a lot of fun topics like eggnog miles and the Newlywed game. Enjoy the episode, like, follow, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and be well out there.

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Ep. 38 – ‘Bok Boys, Bieber, and the Bachelor: with Justyn Knight and Ben Flanaganagan

This week we have a fun and wide-ranging episode with Justyn Knight and Ben Flanagan of the Reebok Boston Track Club, two Canadian runners who became NCAA champions at Syracuse University and the University of Michigan who now train in Charlottesville, Virginia with the newly-formed Reebok pro group.

They came on after running the BU Last Chance meet and a notching a couple of shiny new personal bests (and a new national record for Justyn) and we talked about how they met, their teammates’ performances at the Olympic Marathon Trials, how Ben knows Justin Bieber, and more.

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Ep. 37 – This is the Way: with Bijan Mazaheri

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Happy New Year! This week’s guest is Bijan Mazaheri, a runner for Cal Coast Track Club, graduate of Williams College, and Massachusetts native who qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials by running 2:15:26 at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

Bijan was an 8-time DIII All-American while at Williams and is currently pursuing his PhD at Caltech. We talked about his buildup, how he balances training with his studies, and his love for the Mandalorian. (speaking of – we spent about 5 minutes on the show near the top of the pod – don’t worry; there are no spoilers!). He was joined by cohosts Jeff Seelaus and Cole Townsend for a spirited episode full of great long-run talk!

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Ep. 36 – I Love New York: with Louis Serafini

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A very special episode to finish 2019 on a high note!

Longtime friend of the pod Louis Serafini came on to talk about his buildup and racing experience at the 2019 New York City Marathon, where he ran a personal best of 2:16:34 in his 7th marathon. Lou spoke about the loves and hates of the marathon, the changes he made to his diet and how it affected his training, and how he prepares for race week.

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