Episodes
Dana Giordano is a professional runner for the B.A.A. and Adidas. She's a 4:08 1500m and 15:18 5K runner who ran track and cross-country at Dartmouth College and hopes to compete at the 2021 Olympic Track & Field Trials. In April, Dana added another line to her impressive resume: host of the More Than Running podcast. Five years ago Dana finished one spot away from the qualifying from the 2016 Olympic Trials and she is eager to make it happen this year. As we discuss in this episode, Dana...
Published 02/23/21
In 2020, Keira D’Amato had arguably the best year of any American distance runner. She set PR’s at nearly every distance including an American record in the 10 mile. She then transitioned from the country’s best amateur runner/real estate broker to a Nike pro runner. An amazing transformation for any runner in their mid-30’s and an inspiration to runners all over. Keira is now considered among a core group of talented favorites in the 10k for the Olympic Trials. Learn all about her...
Published 02/18/21
The Road to the Trials have returned for season two and we are fired up! We will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at the training and racing of some of America's best track athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Track Trials in June. Specifically, we will be following Keira D'Amato, Dana Giordano, Olivia Baker, Frank Lara, Tyler Day, and Abe Alvarado. In this episode we are joined by Lindsey Hein and Mario Fraioli, hosts of the highly rated I'll Have Another  and Morning Shakeout...
Published 02/17/21
Diljeet Taylor is the women’s cross country and distance coach BYU and one of the best running coaches in the country at any level. Last fall her Cougars finished second in the NCAA Championships after improving year after year since she took over. How did that same team do during the Indoor Championships? Cancelled. How about the Track Championships? Cancelled. In this episode Diljeet dives into how COVID-19 has affected her athletes, her team, their training, her coaching, and her potential...
Published 03/19/20
Published 03/19/20
In the lead-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials, Jared Ward was considered to be the safest bet to make the Olympic team on the men's side. While no means a guarantee, he was perceived to be in a very good position to represent the U.S.A in Japan. His years of success, and consistency were at the heart of this belief. Yet, when race-day came, Jared did not have the race he envisioned earning a 27th place finish. In this episode, Jared displays extraordinary candor and introspection in detailing...
Published 03/17/20
In our Olympic Trials wrap-up with Lou Serafini we hear from an amazingly self-aware runner who has started to channel his inner drive and goals. Lou did not run the time that he anticipated but he still achieved his over-arching goal. In addition, Lou talks about all of the work that he and colleagues at Tracksmith have done over the past year to help OTQ runners make their dreams come true. What Lou has done for the running community exceeds even his most amazing athletic...
Published 03/12/20
What an amazing year 2019 turned out to be for Roberta Groner. The World Championships then six weeks later NYC Marathon was a marathon double of epic proportions. Unfortunately, the Olympic Trials did not go her way. Roberta did not finish the race and was forced to leave the course around mile 17. In this episode, Roberta shares the details about that experience, the amazing successes she has experienced, and the wonderful advice she has for other runners who are hoping to achieve their...
Published 03/09/20
In the most emotional episode we have published, Sarah Bishop details the overwhelming response she had to bringing her children to the Olympic Trials to watch her compete. Sarah is one of the most competitive, no-nonsense, people we have had on this show, which makes this interview all the more special. In the past year she has rebuilt her body from a severe injury, adopted a new sport (triathlon), turned pro in that sport, competed at the World Championships, won a marathon with a shiny new...
Published 03/05/20
In our first Olympic Marathon Trials recap we catch-up with Kellyn Taylor after she finished 8th in a time of 2:29:55. We talk about the complexity of falling short of her goal while being elated for her teammates, the shin/calf issue affected her training and race, her thoughts on going into a big race with a “Plan B,” and what the short term future holds.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Published 03/03/20
What an amazing event the Olympic Marathon Trials turned out to be. The men’s and women’s races were absolutely spectacular. In this episode I am joined by Jason Fitzgerald, from the Strength Runner Podcast, immediately after the finish and we take a deep dive into both races, the course, and all things Olympic Trials.  Sponsor: In an era where there are more diet plans than people getting personalized nutrition can make all the difference. InsideTracker analyzes 43 different biomarkers...
Published 03/01/20
In our final episode before the Olympic Marathon Trials we reconnect with Kellyn Taylor. Kellyn details her recovery post-NYC Marathon, the challenges of starting a new marathon cycle, how her coach Ben Rosario changed this up time around, and her outlook for the Trials. Kellyn also details her family's experience with foster care and how that impacted her life over the last few months. Sponsors: VDOT O2 is a coaching platform for runners of all levels. Coaches are using VDOT O2 to more...
Published 02/26/20
In this two-part episode with Parker Stinson he details the specifics around his decision not to run in the Olympic Trials and we do a preview of the event. The first part of the conversation is dedicated to his health  This decision for Parker was excruciating and I thank him for his candor in telling the story. In the second half of the conversation, in classic Parker fashion, he provides insight into the race and racers heading into what could be a classic American...
Published 02/24/20
We are now one week away from the Olympic Trials. It’s time to start analyzing the field and make predictions about what could happen on race day. In this Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials preview I am joined by two of the most knowledgeable peoplep in the industry - Erin Strout, senior writer at Women‘s Running, and Alison Wade, creator of the Fast Women newsletter.  In this episode we discuss the following questions: Compare your excitement level for the trials to another sporting event...
Published 02/21/20
Lou Serafini is officially ready to roll. After the TCS NYC Marathon he took a short break in November before embarking on a series of shorter races through the winter. It wasn't a typical build-up but Lou states clearly in this episode that he fully believes that he is ready to have the race of his life. In fact, he even called his shot. While we were recording he said he is ready to set a 5k PR, and he did just that with a 13:48 the night before we published this episode. Lou also give his...
Published 02/17/20
Our pre-Olympic Trials prep continues with Sarah Bishop. This episode is the full Sarah Bishop experience. We talk about her training after the China IRONMAN 70.3, how she increased her running after the triathlon season, her decision to run the Mesa-Phoenix Marathon (which she won with a 2:39 PR) last weekend before heading to New Zealand for another triathlon before she goes to Atlanta the week after. Her full and energetic life is on full dIsplay is this wide-ranging conservation. In an...
Published 02/13/20
With the Olympic Marathon Trials approaching quickly, we will reconnect with all of our entrants that we have followed since June. First up is Roberta Groner. We talk about her rest period in November, her struggle to find the fire to train hard in December, and how everything is coming together in January and February. She also discusses the Atlanta course in detail and provides us with a clear picture of her fitness and race plan. In an era where there are more diet plans than people...
Published 02/10/20
Kate Landau comes to the show with one of the best marathon resumes in America. She finished top-15 at both Boston and the NYC marathons in 2019 and has improved year-after-year. She is also a masters runner and a single mother! In this episode, Kate talks about her plans for the Trials, why she will also be racing Boston this year,  how battling disored eating for 20 years (including 10 when she left running altogether) affected her, and how she views the current movement in the sport to...
Published 02/06/20
What a year and a half it’s been for John Raneri. A PR in every distance from the mile to the marathon that he recently topped-off with one of the best half marathons in U.S. history. John arrived at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a plan to compete and break 62 minutes - and he did just that. The results of the race were incredible. 29 men overall, and 14 American men, dipped under 62 minutes. John clocked a 1:01:51 to finish as the 11th American. Not only that, his performance as good...
Published 02/03/20
Neely Spence Gracey is back! Neely ran 2:44:03 at the Houston Marathon to qualify for her third Olympic Trials. This was her first race since she gave birth to her son Athens over a year ago. It’s been a long way back for Neely, who was one of the best runners in the U.S. from 2015-17. In this episode, Neely displays her typical candor in discussing the injuries and hurdles she overcame to get to Houston, how her mentality changed after breaking her leg last summer, and how she approached...
Published 01/28/20
On Saturday morning at the Houston Marathon expo I was an fortunate to record a live show with Jared Ward. He was his typical energetic and expansive self, making this conversation an immediate hit with everyone in attendance. Out topic was “Preparing for a Goal Race” and Jared discussed the physical, mental, and emotional sides of his prep. He was generous with his wide-ranging examples, and deep insight, that runners of all abilities can learn from. --- This episode is sponsored by ·...
Published 01/22/20
Jennifer Hughes is on a mission. A mission to OTQ. At the 2019 Houston Marathon her journey began as she ran a disappointing 2:51. Her quest them took her to the Chicago Marathon then the California International Marathon, where she ran a heart-breaking 2:45:28. Just 28 seconds off her goal! This 41 year old mother of four has one final chance, and it’s back where it all started, at the Houston Marathon this Sunday. Learn all about this amazing woman and her never-say-die spirit.  ---...
Published 01/14/20
What a year 2019 was for Katrina Spratford. Katrina, who had specialized in cross-country after college, battled injuries throughout, and preceding, the build-up to her marathon debut at the California International Marathon. She fought through them all to make it to the starting line only to face a new set of challenges. Ultimately, she reached her goal of an OTQ with a hard-fought 2:44:16.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. ...
Published 01/07/20
Ann Mazur just capped a decade of non-traditional training by qualifying for the Olympic Trials at the California International Marathon with a time of 2:44:45. Ann had a successful college running career at Notre Dame where she teamed up with Molly Huddle. That is also when she started to dabble in yoga. Ann started to become a devoted yoga practitioner while in grad school at the University of Virginia and her athletic and professional life was changed forever. She has adopted a “run...
Published 12/30/19
From collegiate runner, to non-runner, to the podium at the California International Marathon as a masters runner. Meriah Earle ran a 2:34:35 am to finish third at CIM and she is just getting started. She went into the race hoping to get an OTQ. It turns out, she was ready for much, much more. Meriah‘s resurgence isn’t nearly amazing in her own right, but shows what so many people are capable of doing even if they haven’t followed a linear path to their goals.  --- This episode is...
Published 12/23/19