145 episodes

Exploring the why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated.

The cover photo is my Why: finishing my first 50k, which was a last minute change of plans due to TNF50 cancellation, supported and surrounded by some of the best humans in the trail running world.

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For The Long Ru‪n‬ Jonathan Levitt

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Exploring the why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated.

The cover photo is my Why: finishing my first 50k, which was a last minute change of plans due to TNF50 cancellation, supported and surrounded by some of the best humans in the trail running world.

Logo designed by Vanessa Wolfe

    145. Karis Jochen: "What's Your Passion?"

    145. Karis Jochen: "What's Your Passion?"

    Karis Jochen is a runner and grad student getting her masters in data analytics, and in “the soul” she is a lifelong learner and pursuer of all passions.  

    In this episode, we talked about: 

    -her start with running

    -“running is the ultimate teacher of life”

    -happiness not being the same thing as joy

    -fear and how it is a construct

    -her role as a data scientist

    -not running during the pandemic

    -life passions

    -what she’d do without running

    -“you are enough” 

    -and so much more!



    Follow along with Karis’ adventures at instagram.com/karisjochen





    Thanks to Beam for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. 



    beam is a CBD company that’s making waves in the running world by offering products that combine THC-free CBD with other high-quality ingredients. 



    It was founded by two ex-professional athletes with the idea that everyone should have the chance to experience what better feels like. Whether you’re sore or stressed, beam is key for recovery and self-care. 

    Visit beamtlc.com and use the code FTLR for 15% off and let me know what you think. 



    I suggest the dream powder or focus capsules!

    • 51 min
    144. Brianna Sacks: Ultra running and ultra reporting

    144. Brianna Sacks: Ultra running and ultra reporting

    Brianna Sacks is a runner and journalist for BuzzFeed living in Denver, Colorado.

    In this episode we talked about:

    -her reporting at BuzzFeed

    -some of the national events she’s covered in the last year

    -getting interested in running

    -how we met, which is my favorite part about the trail community

    -Rob Krar

    -Justin Grunewald’s birthday run in November 2019

    -donuts

    -getting comfortable being uncomfortable

    -getting over hurdles in her own body and being

    -therapy and mental health

    -her recent FKT

    -and much more!

    • 59 min
    143. Chris Chavez: Goal chasing and storytelling

    143. Chris Chavez: Goal chasing and storytelling

    Chris Chavez is a writer for Sports Illustrated, a runner, and founder of Citius Mag.



    In this episode, we talked about: 

    -podcasting

    -his journey into journalism

    -running for the Brooklyn Track Club

    -his own running goals 

    -the evolving sponsorship model in running

    -sports media 

    -how he got started with Citius Mag 

    -the Citius Mag podcast network and how he focuses on differentiation

    -racing in 2021

    -and much more!


    Follow along with Chris’ journey at twitter.com/ChrisChavez! 





    Thanks again to Beam for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. 



    beam is a CBD company that’s making waves in the running world by offering products that combine THC-free CBD with other high-quality ingredients. 



    It was founded by two ex-professional athletes with the idea that everyone should have the chance to experience what better feels like. Whether you’re sore or stressed, beam is key for recovery and self-care. 

    Visit beamtlc.com and use the code FTLR for 15% off and let me know what you think. 



    I suggest the dream powder or focus capsules!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    142. Mikel Haggadone: How running intertwines with life

    142. Mikel Haggadone: How running intertwines with life

    Mikel Haggadone is a runner, scientist (and immunologist), and one of the most positive voices out there in the running world. 



    In this episode, we talked about:

    -how running intertwines with life

    -what “you are enough?” means to him 

    -a breakdown of the piece he published in iRunFar

    -self acceptance

    -“you never feel different after you achieve something” 

    -why he runs long distances

    -mental health and having bipolar disorder

    -why he loves lifting people up

    -and so much more



    Follow along with Mikel’s journey at https://www.instagram.com/mikelhaggadone/



    This podcast is brought to you by BOCO Gear, a Boulder based custom headwear company company named after Boulder, Colorado.



    BOCO Gear was founded by kay Martin and born out of her learnings during her more than 25 year career in the outdoor industry. 



    If you’ve been running trail or ultra races for the last few years, there’s a pretty high chance you own a BOCO hat or two. 



    I have almost a dozen BOCO hats and they’re definitely my favorite headwear, and early in the pandemic they even started producing high quality face masks!



    Check them out at BOCOgear.com and take 20% off with the code FTLR 

    • 49 min
    141. Dr Kirstin Lauritzen: High performance insights for all

    141. Dr Kirstin Lauritzen: High performance insights for all

    Dr Kirstin Lauritzen is a chiropractor and human nutrition expert living in Portland, Oregon predominantly working with athletes.



    In this episode, we talked about:

    -her educational background

    -high performance and how everything is intertwined

    -looking at the body from a functional perspective

    -her experience and goals as a triathlete

    -the learnings from long training and racing/adventure days

    -a deep dive into nutrition and the most common deficiencies

    -how to use lab work to drive decision making on nutrition

    -the importance of eating enough and sleep/stress management

    -knowing your why

    -and much more!



    Follow along with Dr. Kirsten’s adventures at https://www.instagram.com/drkirstin



    This podcast is brought to you by BOCO Gear, a Boulder based custom headwear company company named after Boulder, Colorado.



    BOCO Gear was founded by kay Martin and born out of her learnings during her more than 25 year career in the outdoor industry. 



    If you’ve been running trail or ultra races for the last few years, there’s a pretty high chance you own a BOCO hat or two. 



    I have almost a dozen BOCO hats and they’re definitely my favorite headwear, and early in the pandemic they even started producing high quality face masks!



    Check them out at BOCOgear.com and take 20% off with the code FTLR 

    • 1 hr
    140. Caroline Burckle: For The Long [Swim]

    140. Caroline Burckle: For The Long [Swim]

    Caroline Burckle is an athlete who has swam at the Olympics, a mentor, and an ever changing and ever evolving human with about 1,000 interests and things she wants to embark on in her life.
    In this one, we talked about:
    -how we got connected (via Amelia Boone and taco socks)
    -rest day brags
    -the 2008 Olympics and her new journey from there
    -failure
    -RISE Athletes and mentorship
    -internal validation
    -what she considers success to be
    -her legacy
    -gratitude and her intentional practice
    -running a business vs competing in the Olympics
    -what she wishes people knew
    -and SO much more
    Follow along with Caroline’s adventures at instagram.com/caroburckle
    This podcast is brought to you by BOCO Gear, a Boulder based custom headwear company company named after Boulder, Colorado.
    BOCO Gear was founded by kay Martin and born out of her learnings during her more than 25 year career in the outdoor industry.
    If you’ve been running trail or ultra races for the last few years, there’s a pretty high chance you own a BOCO hat or two.
    I have almost a dozen of them and they’re definitely my favorite headwear. Early in the pandemic they even started producing high quality face masks!
    Check them out at BOCOgear.com. There’s a style for everyone, and grab 20% off with the code FTLR.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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118 Ratings

Lanetrain11 ,

Episode 144

I love your show but I disagree with something that you said about ultra running anyone can do it if you don’t believe me get David goggins on your show

Lindsey Hein ,

Jonathan does an awesome job!

Great show - honest and real conversations with inspiring runners!! Keep up the great work Jonathan!

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Sufficiently Motivating

While not a professional runner, I have gotten so much out of this podcast. I appreciate Jonathan’s sincerity and friendliness, and that he addresses the social issues (motherhood, especially) and mental work that goes along with running.

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