60 episodes

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.

Chill Track Friday Ann Restak and Ali Brohi

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

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.

    The Doctor Is In: A Conversation with Dr. James Kinderknecht, MD

    The Doctor Is In: A Conversation with Dr. James Kinderknecht, MD

    Dr. James Kinderknecht, MD is a physician of Primary Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. Dr. Kinderknecht has 30 years of experience caring for athletes of all ages and levels. He is a team physician for the New York Giants; the current medical director for the HSS outreach program for high schools participating in the Public School Athletic League in New York City; the medical co-director of the HSS Sports Safety Program and he is the program director of the Primary Sports Medicine Fellowship at HSS. With all of these appointments and accolades, you could say that youth athletics, education, and helping to support and facilitate active lifestyles for the New York City community are all important to Dr. Kinderknecht.

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    This is a fascinating and intriguing conversation about health, athletics and injury. It is also a delightful conversation about coaching, the importance of mentorship in creating opportunities for diversity in sports, the value of fun over achievement, as well as the importance of the human element in medicine.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Special Episode: Ask A Coach

    Special Episode: Ask A Coach

    You asked, we answer. Join us for a special episode in which Ann and Ali answer all of your training questions. We cover topics such as stretching and tapering, the benefits of caffeine, as well as offering a few mental tricks for race day performance. This episode is filled with experience and suggestions, a few gaffes and even some unedited bloopers. We hope you enjoy this special edition show.

    • 52 min
    Grit and Grace: A Conversation with Megan Foster

    Grit and Grace: A Conversation with Megan Foster

    Artist, teacher, Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, and now mother, Megan Foster returns to the podcast. A lot has happened since we first interviewed Meg in October 2019 (see Episode 29: "The Artist at Work"): two knee surgeries, one c-section, and a pandemic. Meg has resumed toeing the line, however, getting to that line has not been easy. We talk about it all in this beautiful episode. This is a conversation about grace, resiliency, competition, adapting, and coming to terms with the very real possibility that a passion could have become out of reach.
     
    Meg was also one of four women featured in our live panel discussion at Custom Performance in New York City on February 9, 2020. To listen to the recording see Episode 37: "Women Run The World."

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Craving Community: A Conversation with Stephanie Shiau

    Craving Community: A Conversation with Stephanie Shiau

    When Stephanie Shiau moved to South Orange, New Jersey in the autumn of 2019 she left her New York running community behind. Having trained with a group for several years, Stephanie knew the magic and transformation that comes through training with others. Not wanting to miss out on this camaraderie and growth, Stephanie immediately searched for a running community in her new neighborhood. What she found, however was an opportunity to create a running community and, thus, SOMA Fox Running Club was born.

    Stephanie Shiau is an epidemiologist at Rutgers School of Public Health where she teaches and mentors graduate students. It’s not a surprise that she would teach and mentor individuals in another realm about which she knows a lot: running. Stephanie is a founding member and head coach of SOMA Fox Running Club, which serves South Orange / Maplewood and the surrounding New Jersey neighborhoods. SOMA Fox Running Club is not just any running club, though. Their mission is twofold: to promote and extend the joys of running to everyone, and to give back to the community. As such, and because they believe that all people should have access to healthy food to achieve their own goals, a percentage of all funds raised by SOMA Fox Running Club goes to their charity partner, MEND - Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity.

    This is a story about leadership, courage in creating community during a global pandemic, inclusivity, service, compassion and the power and joy that arise when a community supports one another.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    ”Runnin‘ Down A Dream”: A Conversation with Ana Johnson

    ”Runnin‘ Down A Dream”: A Conversation with Ana Johnson

    Part of the elite field at the 2021 New York City Marathon, Ana Johnson has been a talented runner from her very first race. At this year’s marathon, which was not only the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Marathon, but also a five-borough celebration of the city itself, Ana ran 2:44:11 - thirty seconds faster than her time on the same course in 2019.

    Ana moved to New York from Torreon, Mexico at the age of 18 to learn English. She is now an oncology nurse at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center. Raised by marathoners, Ana's running achievements are impressive and inspiring. So is her determination and will in the rest of her life. This is a story about chasing dreams, falling in love, falling in love with running, being open, being positive and how one woman used running to cope with a terrifying year as a healthcare worker during the pandemic in New York City.

    • 48 min
    Greg McMillan: The Art of Coaching

    Greg McMillan: The Art of Coaching

    Chill Track Friday is back with legendary coach, Greg McMillan, M.S. Greg holds a masters degree in exercise physiology with a research focus on the determining factors of distance running performance. Greg is one of the best running coaches around, using his expertise in exercise science to create scientifically-based training programs that are individualized to runners of all abilities, from new runners all the way to age group and pro runners.

    Greg is also an accomplished runner. His accolades include: National Trail Marathon Masters Champion (2009); 2:31:58 marathon; 1:10:28 half marathon; 30:57 10000m; 14:55 5000m; 3:57 1500m; and 1:57 800m. He has coached over 10,000 Boston Qualifiers (and counting); 14 National Champions; athletes training for the Olympic Trials; Olympic Games; World Championships; Pan American Games, to name a few. Greg is the creator of the McMillan Running Calculator and the head coach for the McMillan Run Team. He has authored five books, was a senior writer for Running Times Magazine and is a consulting expert for numerous publications such as Runner’s World Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and Men’s Health. Greg is currently creating a McMillan Coaching Certification program.

    This is a practical and helpful conversation with one of the best distance coaches alive. Greg shares with us his journey from runner to coach. He explains the importance of adhering to training paces, developing a racing strategy, and the power that the mind has on our performance. If you are looking for thoughtful, methodical and intelligent guidance, this is the conversation for you.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Judyxfit ,

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!

Blair Spitzer ,

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.

szaglifa ,

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!!