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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.

    #313 - Erica Sara

    #313 - Erica Sara

    Erica Sara discovered her passion for jewelry design at just 10 years old, using scraps of leather to craft fabulous leather pins, earrings, and hair pieces for her family and friends.

    Two decades later, all grown up and armed with a degree in business and years of fashion experience from Barneys NY and Coach, Erica set out to design a jewelry line for today’s modern, driven, fashion savvy, and influential woman.

    Erica Sara Designs was born out of a dream to help others wear their dreams. The line offers chic, luxurious, and classic pieces, semi-precious gemstones and metals, and personal engravings. All at realistic prices.

    Since launching, ESD has graced the pages of Shape, Women’s Health, Better Homes & Gardens, and US Weekly, just to name a few. Unique, universal and timeless, Erica’s pieces are sought out by everyone from bridal parties to marathoners, new moms, old friends, and some of the best runners in the world.

    When she’s not creating jewelry, Erica spends her time running, cooking, and hanging with her husband Robert and their two kids.

    Follow Erica Sara on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for behind the scenes glimpses, new design announcements, and giveaways.



    Sponsors:

    Have you guys heard of beam? beam is a CBD company founded by two ex-professional athletes and they just launched their first ever non-CBD product line called elevate hydration. Elevate hydration powders give your body the electrolytes it craves and more. They have powders for digestive balance, enhanced energy, and supportive recovery. Try elevate hydration from beam for 15% off with code RAMBLINGRUNNER www.beamtlc.com.

    OS1st, a three-generation, family-owned company in North Carolina, creates the best running socks and compression bracing products specifically for people with an active lifestyle. OS1st uses Compression Zone Technology with high quality materials to ease pain and help prevent runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and more. Used by ultra-runners (Catra Corbett, Sabrina Stanley) and new runners alike. Shop at your local independently owned running or at www.OS1st.com where you can use code RAMBLING for 15% off your first purchase.

    Paper Trails Greeting Co. is a small business was created by a dedicated amateur runner with a passion for snail mail and the running community, and a frustration with lack of options for greeting cards appropriate for runners. Their online shop of 35+ greeting cards, all with messages specifically for runners. There’s never been a better time to connect with your people via handwritten note. Visit www.papertrailsgreetingco.com and use code RAMBLING will get you 15% off any order (besides the monthly subscription).



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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #312 - Kim Urmaza

    #312 - Kim Urmaza

    Several years ago Kim had two lives. One during the day where she helped athletes reach their full potential. Another that consisted of living the kind of life that was the polar opposite of the one she preached. Then she decided enough was enough. Today she is an accomplished multisport athlete, marathoner, lifter, and all-around badass.

    Kim is certified physical trainers with masters degree in kinesiology. She currently the Head Athletic Trainer for a high school in Hollywood, FL and the owner of Uplift Performance Training. Her vision is to bridge the gap between performance and rehabilitative systems to provide both athletes and the general population an integrated approach to training. 

    In this episode we dive into her all of the areas of her transformation. We also discuss her recent marathon that she was primed to crush but that didn't quite go her way - a feeling that so many of us have experienced.

    You can follow Kim at www.instagram.com/kimurmaza.



    Sponsors:

    This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 10% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout.

    OS1st, a three-generation, family-owned company in North Carolina, creates the best running socks and compression bracing products specifically for people with an active lifestyle. OS1st uses Compression Zone Technology with high quality materials to ease pain and help prevent runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and more. Used by ultra-runners (Catra Corbett, Sabrina Stanley) and new runners alike. Shop at your local independently owned running or at www.OS1st.com where you can use code RAMBLING for 15% off your first purchase.

    Paper Trails Greeting Co. is a small business was created by a dedicated amateur runner with a passion for snail mail and the running community, and a frustration with lack of options for greeting cards appropriate for runners. Their online shop of 35+ greeting cards, all with messages specifically for runners. There’s never been a better time to connect with your people via handwritten note. Visit www.papertrailsgreetingco.com and use code RAMBLING will get you 15% off any order (besides the monthly subscription). 



    Follow Matt:

    Instagram - @rambling_runner

    Twitter - @rambling_runner

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #311 - Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

    #311 - Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

    We are back with Ramblings on the Run with Ali Feller and what a fun conversation this was. Per our usual conversation Ali, host of the amazing Ali on the Run podcast, and I start the show by discussing our current life on the run, what we are loving, and what we are excited about. In the second half of the show we try something new that we both were super excited about sharing. We each chose three TV shows that love and created a scenario for each if the cast were a running team instead of there actual fictional setting. We had a blast doing this and we'd love to hear your own creations! You can email them to me at ramblingrunnerpodcast@gmail.com and we will share some of our favorites.



    Also, here are some links that we promised we'd share.

    - The Well+Good article that Ali mentions: www.wellandgood.com/adults-living-at-home

    - Subscribe to Trail Mix by Emily Halnon: www.emilyhalnon.substack.com/



    Sponsors:

    OS1st, a three-generation, family-owned company in North Carolina, creates the best running socks and compression bracing products specifically for people with an active lifestyle. OS1st uses Compression Zone Technology with high quality materials to ease pain and help prevent runner’s knee, Plantar Fasciitis, shin splints and more. Shop at your local independently owned running or at www.OS1st.com where you can use code RAMBLING for 15% off your first purchase.

    Sports Backers is excited to bring you a custom race experience with our first ‘Sports Backers Marathon,’ in Richmond, Virginia, featuring a marathon, half marathon, and 5k. From Friday, March 12th through Sunday, March 14th the experienced team at Sports Backers will take care of the rest, with onsite packet pick up, measured courses, touchless bottle refill stations, timing, and of course great swag! Register now at www.sportsbackers.org and save $10 by using code RAMBLINGRUNNER.

    Have you guys heard of beam? beam is a CBD company founded by two ex-professional athletes and they just launched their first ever non-CBD product line called elevate hydration. Elevate hydration powders give your body the electrolytes it craves and more. They have powders for digestive balance, enhanced energy, and supportive recovery. Try elevate hydration from beam for 15% off with code RAMBLINGRUNNER www.beamtlc.com.



    Follow Matt:

    Instagram - @rambling_runner

    Twitter - @rambling_runner

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #310 - Mastering 40, Ep. 10

    #310 - Mastering 40, Ep. 10

    Man, lot's of stuff going on this edition of Mastering 40. The last three weeks have seen some strong workouts, a few skipped miles, and a minor knee injury. 

    In this episode, run coach James McKirdy and I have a blunt conversation on my need to step up the miles from the mid to high 30's well into the 40's. In his words, "if you aren't able to do this then you will not reach your goals." Then I speak with sport psychologist Adrienne Langelier about how I have been doing the "classic Matt Chittim." By this I mean skipping cooldowns and a mile here and there. We talk discuss how to take my training up a notch and get out of the groove that has been my happy normal in previous training cycles. 

    To paraphrase, if I want to accomplish something I never have, I need to work harder than before to reach that new level. 



    Mastering 40:

    I had just completed the worst athletic year of my life. One beset by injuries and a 25 lb. weight gain. Finally, I decided enough was enough.

    With the help of a professional coach - James McKirdy and sport psychologist - Adrienne Langelier, I am determined to have the best athletic year of my life. One that will end, hopefully, with a sub-40:00 10k. This is a huge stretch goal and I am determined to get it done. Over the course of this year I will also be turning 40 years old and become a masters runner. Hence the “Mastering 40.”

    We will be documenting the journey with a podcast every three weeks. The podcasts, like this one, will include calls with the experts I will be leaning on, and learning from, throughout the process.

    Hopefully you enjoy and learn from my year of reclaiming my fitness and pursuing an entirely new level of performance while trying to maximize my schedule as a dedicated amateur runner.



    Thank you to the Mastering 40 partners:

    - Supplements/Protein: Previnex - code: RUNNER15 for 15% off

    - Health Analysis: InsideTracker - Go to www.insidetracker.com/qr/onboarding/SUPERRECIPES/ to save $200 on their Ultimate Package by using code GIFTFROMRAMBLINGRUN

    - Attire: Tracksmith - code RAMBLINGRUNNER for 15% off first purchase over $75



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    Twitter - @rambling_runner

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #309 - Lindsey Hein & Mario Fraioli: Road to the Trials Returns

    #309 - Lindsey Hein & Mario Fraioli: Road to the Trials Returns

    The Road to the Trials has 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 podcasts, and we set the stage for the lead-up to the trials. We discuss the year long gap between now and the Olympic Marathon Trials, whether we thought the Olympics would even happen, our favorite Olympic track & field memories, the events and athletes we are most excited to follow this spring, and we discuss where the six athletes we will be following this season compare to their peers in the lead-up to what will be an extremely entertaining track season.



    Sponsors:

    OS1st, a three-generation, family-owned company in North Carolina, creates the best running socks and compression bracing products specifically for people with an active lifestyle. OS1st uses Compression Zone Technology with high quality materials to ease pain and help prevent runner’s knee, Plantar Fasciitis, shin splints and more. Shop at your local independently owned running or at www.OS1st.com where you can use code RAMBLING for 15% off your first purchase.

    Spring will be here before you know it, and the best way to get through the winter months of running is to have your next finish line in sight! That’s why Sports Backers is excited to bring you a custom race experience with our first ‘Sports Backers Marathon,’ in Richmond, Virginia, featuring a marathon, half marathon, and 5k. From Friday, March 12th through Sunday, March 14th the experienced team at Sports Backers will take care of the rest, with onsite packet pick up, measured courses, touchless bottle refill stations, timing, and of course great swag! Register now at www.sportsbackers.org and save $10 by using code RAMBLINGRUNNER.



    Follow Matt:

    Instagram - @rambling_runner

    Twitter - @rambling_runner




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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #308 - Melissa Danehey: Run to Overcome

    #308 - Melissa Danehey: Run to Overcome

    There are certain people who choose to be a bright shining light and their impact on others becomes exponential because of that decision. That is exactly who Melissa Danehey has become.

    Melissa is a champion-level trail and ultra runner who started running in college and quickly grew to love the sport. Her evolution into a high-level runner took a turn when she was sexually assaulted over ten years ago. Running became an outlet for her and a way to help her deal with her pain and PTSD. Melissa continued to run, and run, and run until she was running at a near elite level. She proceeded to win the Angeles Crest 100 and place well at many other west coast trail and ultra races. While running helped Melissa deal with her trauma, she was able to fully come to terms with her assault when she embraced therapy in recent years in conjunction with running.

    Today, Melissa is now on the Board of Directors at Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) and helping others who have experienced a similar trauma that she endured years ago. She is also on the Rabbit Elite trail team and sponsored by Fluid Nutrition. 



    Sponsors: 

    OS1st, a three-generation, family-owned company in North Carolina, creates the best running socks and compression bracing products specifically for people with an active lifestyle. OS1st uses Compression Zone Technology with high quality materials to ease pain and help prevent runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and more. Shop at your local independently owned running or at www.OS1st.com where you can use code RAMBLING for 15% off your first purchase.

    Have you guys heard of beam? beam is a CBD company founded by two ex-professional athletes and they just launched their first ever non-CBD product line called elevate hydration. Elevate hydration powders give your body the electrolytes it craves and more. They have powders for digestive balance, enhanced energy, and supportive recovery. Try elevate hydration from beam for 15% off with code RAMBLINGRUNNER www.beamtlc.com.



    Follow Matt:

    Instagram - @rambling_runner

    Twitter - @rambling_runner




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    • 1 hr 3 min

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