Welcome to the Chill Track Friday podcast hosted by Ann Restak and Ali Brohi - RRCA Level I certified running coaches, sub-3:10 marathoners, training partners, and friends. This podcast is for those who have a passion for running, a drive to excel, and a willingness to push hard to realize their potential. Join us as we speak with fellow recreational runners about their training journeys and how they weave athletics into the fabric of larger life tapestry. Enjoy insights and tips from health professionals to guide you on your own running journey. With this podcast you will find a community of like-minded and driven athletes sharing their experiences and goals.
Faster As a Master: A Conversation with Jen St. Jean
Jen St. Jean has been running since she was 12 years old. She joined the middle school cross-country team with only three meets left in the season and came in third at that year’s league meet. Jen went on to achieve All-New England status by the end of high school. She subsequently ran track and cross-country at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she was Conference Champion in several events. After college Jen ran for an Olympic Development team during which she ran her PRs of 2:08 in the 800m and 4:19 in the 1500m. Jen took a long break from running to pursue a career and to raise a family. In 2013 she decided it was time to return to racing and by 2016 she had decided on a new goal: to become faster as a master. Jen is currently an elite masters runner with a master’s mile PR of 4:54 and 4:37 for 1500m. Jen’s success is due no doubt to raw talent, but it is her wisdom, experience, determination and her mental toughness that allow her to get the most from her talent. In this conversation Jen offers a plethora of information about training and racing but what shines through the most is her unique outlook on running, success, pursuing goals and making tough decisions.
Leadership in Service to Others: A Conversation with Coach Chris Forti
Chris Forti, also known as “40” is an integral member of the New York City running community. As a Team Coach for the Dashing Whippets Running Team, and in his capacity as a USATF official, Chris helps to enrich the lives of so many people in New York City, and beyond. Chris is a true leader, understanding that teamwork is about inclusivity, both in background and in pace, and that coaches have certain responsibilities to their athletes and teams. Chris discusses in great detail, and with expertise and humor, all things track, including how to deal with the current state of racing. We are in a challenging time right now and this conversation about camaraderie and finding joy in what we do is a welcome reprieve.
Massage Therapy for Maintenance: A Conversation with Claudia Chapel, BCMT, ISP
Massage therapy is a crucial ingredient for reaching peak performance. Runners are good at running. We are disciplined and dedicated. We pound miles and miles on the roads and trails hoping that our body will perform at its best on race day. When our dedicated workout time ends, however, we often rush off to jobs, families, and other responsibilities. In all the hustle and bustle, recovery and injury prevention can slip through the cracks but how can we expect our body to reach peak performance if we don’t give it the time and resources to recover from our training efforts?
Meet Claudia Chapel. Claudia is a muscular therapist and sports performance specialist who has been in practice for over 25 years. Claudia combines muscular therapy, strength and conditioning, motivational coaching, and nutrition to help her clients tap into their potential. Claudia has worked multiple times as the therapist to the US Olympic Rowing Team, the US Olympic Track and Field Team, and the US Paralympic Cycling Team. She has worked also with the US Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Teams, and has been the coordinating therapist for the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation since 1994. Claudia is also an animated story teller and one of the most nurturing people you’ll meet. A client of hers for more than seven years, we consider Claudia a dear friend as well. This is an enlightening conversation about taking a holistic approach to training, and the importance of incorporating soft tissue work into your recovery regime. Thank you for all the miles, Sparky. Love, CTF.
Growing Up Alongside Sport: A Conversation with Judy Stobbe
Judy Stobbe is a dynamic individual and a world class runner. On the track she is steady, strong, and at the top of her game, regularly producing race times of 90 percentile and above. Judy specializes in the 800m, the 1500m and the mile. In August, Judy was named the USATF Masters Track Athlete of the Month. Off the track, Judy is similarly engaged and successful. She is kind, nurturing, informed, intelligent and funny. Judy knows what she is doing and is generous in sharing her wisdom and experience. Discovering her love of running during the implementation of Title IX, Judy has been a pioneer from the beginning. This is a lively conversation about longevity, showing up, and remembering the joy in running. It is also a hopeful reminder of how far we have come and how, with interest, hard work and focus, we can continue evolving and improving.
Meet Ann Restak, Chill Track Friday co-host.
From a shy kid to a courageous risk-taker, Ann Restak’s journey is full of stories that personify the ideals of grit and hard work.Listen to Ann as she unpacks the various stages of her life with an appreciation of the journey and its teachings along the way. Whether it be on the tennis court at the age of 10, as a student of art history, or running the best race of her life, Ann is a competitor at heart. But what’s most amazing is her take on what competition means and how she uses it to improve not just herself, but also to help others on the journey with her.This is an episode full of heart and passion that will encourage listeners to say “YES” to any challenge that may seem a little too scary for now.
Live and Learn: A Conversation with Enzo Amara
A few hallmark values at Chill Track Friday are: hard work, the pursuit of excellence, enjoying the journey, and using the process of training and racing to learn about the sport, and ourselves. The running career of today’s guest perfectly exemplifies these values.
Enzo Amara is a recreational runner who began his running journey as a result of observing those of others. Ever since, Enzo chooses a race goal, commits to his project completely, learns as much as he can and then applies that newfound knowledge to the next goal. This sounds so easy, but it is not. Enzo has a humble and matter-of-fact approach to his training and racing that will keep him excelling. He is open to learning, to taking risks, and he doesn’t get stymied by unexpected or disappointing results. Enzo does not give up, however his experiences have taught him how to “bend in the wind” in order to get the best out of himself. Enzo is a really interesting person who has a great outlook on life and a self-aware sense of humor from which his running clearly benefits. This is a really enjoyable episode that is inspiring and funny.
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Great Pod with Jen St. Jean!
Great chat with Jen…superstar master’s runner gives excellent insights on keeping motivated and sharp on the track!
Amazing Running Podcast
I love listening to this podcast on my commutes to and from work! The format is fun, I like the teaser from the guest before starting. It is fun getting to know the hosts and hearing the many different running journeys.
My favorite podcast!!!
This is my absolute favorite running podcast! A perfect blend of insight, inspiration, humor, and knowledge. I look forward to each and every episode! Ali and Ann are amazing interviewers and story tellers! Love this podcast!!