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A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.

The Rambling Runner Podcast Matt Chittim

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A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.

    #448 - Hebah Hefzy, MD: From Struggling with Stairs to 26 Marathons, 6 BQ's and a 100 Miler

    #448 - Hebah Hefzy, MD: From Struggling with Stairs to 26 Marathons, 6 BQ's and a 100 Miler

    10 years ago, at the age of 30, Hebah Hefzy realized she needed to make a change.
    Hebah graduated from high school at 16 years old and medical school at 22. Her drive and talent were elite . Her academics and career were a priority for Hebah but her physical fitness had taken a backseat. She was alarmed when she felt out of shape climbing a flight of stairs. As a doctor, Hefzy talked to patients about the importance of exercise but she was failing to walk-the-walk.
    Hefzy couldn’t run a mile, but decided running was something she could fit into her schedule. At the time she was married with three children and working as a vascular neurologist in Detroit, Michigan. During her lunch breaks she would change in a Starbucks bathroom, run for 10 minutes, then go bac to work. It wasn't ideal but it was a start.
    In the following 10 years Hebah attacked her running goals with energy and optimism, even when some of the people closest to her insisted that she stop.
    Now Hebah is a six time Boston Marathon qualifier, has run 26 marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a 100 mile race finisher. When you hear Hebah you will agree that there is nothing that this incredible woman can't do.
    Also, we have a new segment in the intro: Coaching Shout-out. In this episode we feature Hillary Geipel.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #447 - Matt Choi: College Football to Endurance Athlete Extraordinaire

    #447 - Matt Choi: College Football to Endurance Athlete Extraordinaire

    At first glance Matt Choi's evolution from college athlete to 3:05 marathoner and ultramarathoner doesn't seem remarkable. However, the more you dig into his athletic history the more remarkable it is. Matt Choi is an absolute beast and an amazingly energetic person.
    Matt played football at Monmouth University and worked his tail off to get to that level. As an Asian-American, Matt didn't have anybody to model his game after. He learned to set his own path and made the most of his opportunities.
    After college Matt was unsure what to do next but he knew that sport would play a major role. Then COVID hit. Matt made a decision that would change his life. He decided to pursue endurance events with 100% effort and document the journey. Three years later Matt has completed a 100 miler and is knocking on the door of breaking 3:00 in the marathon. All while continuing to lift hard and be a well-rounded athlete. Following him on Instagram and TikTok at mattchoi_6 is always entertaining, informative, and complete with tons of inspiration.

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    • 58 min
    #446 - Mind, Body, and Sole with Tommie Runz: Most Underrated/Overrated Shoes and Metaspeed Sky+ First Look

    #446 - Mind, Body, and Sole with Tommie Runz: Most Underrated/Overrated Shoes and Metaspeed Sky+ First Look

    Our new monthly running shoe episodes with Tommie Runz are back and it now has a name - Mind, Body, and Sole.
    In this episode we bring you two segments. In the first Tommie and I detail our two favorite underrated shoes and our most overrated shoe. Once we finish that breakdown we take a first-look at the new Asics Metaspeed Sky+. Tommie got the shoe a couple weeks ago and has taken it out for runs at several different paces. We compare it to the original Sky, the Metaspeed Edge and Edge+, and other highly productive carbon plated racers.

    About Tommie:
    Tommie Runz is making big moves within the broader running community. Several years back Tommie was the picture of ill-health. He had an alcohol problem, was eating poorly, and was doing little exercise. They one-by-one he addressed all of these issues until he became the man and runner he is today - fast, fit, vegan, host of the Run Eat Sleep Show, and owner of Chip Time Running. A truly magnificent transformation for a man who's an even better person than he is a runner.
    Follow Tommie - www.instagram.com/tommie_runz
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    #445 - Coach's Corner with Alison Staples and Corrine Malcom: All Things Heat/Summer Training

    #445 - Coach's Corner with Alison Staples and Corrine Malcom: All Things Heat/Summer Training

    Now that it's starting to heat up we are brining you a timely and important Coach's Corner episode. Alison Staples and Corrine Malcolm bring their varied experiences to provide a boat load of expertise that will be helpful to runners of all abilities and distances.
    Alison is a coach at Run to the Finish and the &Running Studio. She is also a physical therapist assistant and a crew leader for Riot Squad Running. Corrine is an elite trail and ultra runner for adidas Terrex and coaches at CTS Train Right. She is also one of the hosts of the fantastic Trail Society podcast.
    In this episode we discuss:

    Heat adaptation

    What the heat/dew point does to a runner's body

    How summer conditions affect performance

    Nutrition and hydration adjustments

    Scheduling workouts for harsh conditions

    Tips and tricks for summer running


    You can follow Alison at www.instagram.com/alioop_0_o_runs and Corrine at www.instagram.com/corrinemalcolm.

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    • 49 min
    #444 - 360 Degree Analysis: Ari Hendrix & Sydney Devore

    #444 - 360 Degree Analysis: Ari Hendrix & Sydney Devore

    Today on podcast the we are continuing a new format that has been a huge hit - a 360 degree review of an athlete's improvement. First we speak with Ari Hendrix, and then her coach Sydney Devore, about her remarkable improvement over the last three years.
    Ari Hendrix ran a 3:57 in her first marathon ten years ago. Prior to starting her running journey Ari was a college basketball player and basketball coach. As soon as she crossed that finish line she fell in love with a new sport.
    Since that day she has improved nearly every year and in enormous fashion. In fact, Ari just ran 2:42 in the Bayshore Marathon. That amazing performance boosted her to the 5th fastest U.S. born African American woman in history!
    In April of 2019 she ran 3:05 and it was then when she hired Sydney Devore, a coach at McKirdy Trained and one of the best marathoners in the country.
    Since 2019 Ari has worked through some significant difficulties. Three serious injuries, panic attacks, and mental health challenges. Through it all, Ari and Sydney formed an important bond that lead to tremendous success and much more.
    You can follow Ari at www.instagram.com/ari_hendrixroach.
    You can learn more about the coaches and services at McKirdy Trained at www.mckirdytrained.com.


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    #443 - For the Love of the Run with Carolyn Su

    #443 - For the Love of the Run with Carolyn Su

    The second episode of our new monthly feature on the Rambling Runner Podcast, For the Love of The Run with Carolyn Su, is out and we couldn't be more excited.
    An awful lot has transpired since our episode last month and, as usual, our lives seem to parallel each others in various ways.
    Here is what we discuss:

    Carolyn's not so excellent marathon adventure

    Dealing with/working through a goal deferred

    Planning for summer running when the kids are out of school and you're trying to fit in summer family fun.

    DiverseWeRun Spotlight - Erica Moore

    Simu Liu's autobiography, We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story




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    • 1 hr

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