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RUNNING THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 5: DANA GIORDANO
On this fifth episode of the podcast we got the chance to talk to Dana Giordano. We talk about her early battle with cancer and how that strengthened her as a runner and a person, the success she had in high school at Bernards and in college at Dartmouth, and her experience now as a pro. We hit a lot on social media within the sport and talk about her own podcast, More Than Running. Dana was a great guest with an incredible story and we hope everyone enjoys.
RUNNING THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 4: LEXI WESTLEY
On this episode of Running Through The Garden we sat down with three time meet of champions winner Lexi Westley of Warren Hills. Lexi was an absolute stud in high school before starting at the University of Wisconsin alongside greats like Alicia Monson and Amy Davis. We talk to Lexi about her incredible high school career, her college recruiting process, and her college career thus far. She gives us some great insight on the powerful group of women at Wisconsin and their new leader Coach Mack. Lexi takes us through her experience during covid and how her team found creative ways to stay connected and motivated. We finally touch on her incredible 10k race where she notched almost a minute PR and the support of her family throughout the whole journey. Be on the lookout for Lexi and the Wisconsin squad in the years to come!
RUNNING THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 3: JACK SHEA AND BLAISE FERRO
On this episode of Running Through The Garden we catch up with Jack Shea and Blaise Ferro of NAU. Jack ran for Cherokee high school while Blaise ran for CBA and both competed at an extremely high level within the state. They tell us how they got into the sport, some of their favorite races against each other, and how their respective recruiting processes went. The two are hilarious together and Blaise in particular shares some very interesting and unique stories. Whether or not they're true, we may never know. They give us some insight into the team culture at NAU and they walk us through the evolution of their mindsets before their many national championship victories. This was a lot of fun and we hope you enjoy listening!
RUNNING THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 2: TIM AND SEAN DOLAN
On this episode of Running Through The Garden we talk to the Dolan brothers, Tim and Sean. They take us through how their father, a legendary coach in the state of New Jersey, let them try multiple sports and follow their passions rather than forcing them into running. Luckily their passion eventually guided them both into the sport and they have flourished ever since. They hold the DMR record at the historic Penn Relays and finished as high up as third place at the XC meet of champions. Tim and Sean walk us through their college decisions and shed some light on how they ended up at UPenn and Villanova respectively. We hear about the ways in which they used the quarantine to grow as runners and we hear about how that time paid off big for them. After being paced in the 800 by Tim, Sean managed to qualify for the US Olympic Trials and went on to race some huge names there. He gives us insight into that experience and much more. We can't wait to see what the future holds for this duo and we hope you enjoy this episode.
RUNNING THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 1: NICHOLAS RAEFSKI
Welcome to the first episode of the Running Through The Garden podcast! On this episode we catch up with Nicholas Raefski and walk through his running career from the early days of dropping his dad to a conference victory in the 5k. We get into topics such as mental health within the sport and the importance of being consistent all while enjoying some hilarious stories. Nick also gives us some insight into his clothing design career, the start of his own namesake brand, and the interplay in his mind between running and art. Big shoutout to Nick for being our first guest and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking with him!
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Nick's website: https://nicholasraefski.com/