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A podcast about running, sports, and whatever else is on our minds. Mostly running. Join Andrew Hettinger and Adam Wheeler as they discuss running and stuff that's mostly connected to running.

On the pod, we bring guests from around the running community, local race directors, and much more!

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A podcast about running, sports, and whatever else is on our minds. Mostly running. Join Andrew Hettinger and Adam Wheeler as they discuss running and stuff that's mostly connected to running.

On the pod, we bring guests from around the running community, local race directors, and much more!

Thank you for listening. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rust-belt-running/support

    Episode 198 - Knowing When to Push and When to Take it Easy The Joy of Coaching and Supporting Other Runners

    Episode 198 - Knowing When to Push and When to Take it Easy The Joy of Coaching and Supporting Other Runners

    Summary

    Erica shares her experiences running the Boston Marathon and how her mindset and approach to the race differed from previous years. She discusses the challenges of the hot weather and how she adjusted her race strategy. Erica also shares a unique and serendipitous encounter with a fellow runner from Alaska. Despite the tough conditions, Erica maintained a positive attitude, cheered on fellow runners, and enjoyed the race. The conversation covers Erica's experience running the Boston Marathon and reflects on the race. They discuss the excitement of running through Wellesley and high-fiving spectators, the challenges of managing the large crowd and not getting too caught up in the energy, and the support and encouragement from the crowd. They also share stories of other runners they know who had inspiring experiences at the race. They talk about the post-race recovery and the physical and emotional toll of the marathon. They express their gratitude for the experience and look forward to future races.KeywordsBoston Marathon, race strategy, hot weather, positive attitude, cheering, serendipitous encounter, Boston Marathon, running, crowd support, high-fiving, race experience, post-race recovery, gratitude

    Takeaways


    Taking time to reflect on previous races can lead to better training in the future
    Knowing when to push and when to take it easy is key to longevity in running
    Running a consistent or negative split pace can be a strength on a flat course
    Having a positive mindset and enjoying the race can make a difference in performance
    Serendipitous encounters and connections can happen even in a race with thousands of participants The Boston Marathon offers a unique and memorable race experience with enthusiastic crowd support and opportunities to interact with spectators.
    Managing the large crowd and balancing engagement with staying focused on the race can be a challenge for runners.
    The support and encouragement from the crowd can be a source of motivation and inspiration during the race.
    Even when facing challenges or not achieving desired race goals, the overall experience of running the Boston Marathon can still be meaningful and enjoyable.
    Post-race recovery and taking time to reflect on the race can help process the experience and appreciate the journey.
    The Boston Marathon is not just a race, but also an opportunity to explore and enjoy the city of Boston.
    The weather can greatly impact the race experience, and runners must adapt and adjust their strategies accordingly.
    Sharing race experiences and connecting with other runners can provide support and validation in the face of disappointment or challenges.
    Running evolves over time, and it's important to adapt training and racing strategies to fit changing circumstances and priorities.
    Coaching and supporting other runners can be a rewarding experience and contribute to a sense of community and shared accomplishment.


    Running Consistent Splits on a Flat Course
    Knowing When to Push and When to Take it Easy The Joy of Coaching and Supporting Other Runners
    Reflecting on the Post-Race Recovery and Gratitude


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    Episode 197 - Uninterrupted - Dealing with Bad Days

    Episode 197 - Uninterrupted - Dealing with Bad Days

    This week the boys talk alone for a little bit to discuss how to deal with disappointment on race day. There are so many factors that can disrupt our goals, but dealing with them appropriately and celebrating the victories that still exist is key to moving forward.


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    Episode 196 - Review of the Myrtle Beach Marathon with Marissa Ward and Austin Miller

    Episode 196 - Review of the Myrtle Beach Marathon with Marissa Ward and Austin Miller

    Summary

    Marissa and Austin discuss their experience running the Myrtle Beach Marathon. They chose this race as a weekend getaway and to use their flight credit and hotel points. Marissa started planning the race in November and gradually increased her training. The race had a small expo and packet pickup was quick and easy. The race course was primarily on roads and had a few turns. The water stops were frequent, but the water tasted soapy. The crowd support was minimal, but the volunteers at the water stations were enthusiastic. After the race, there were post-race activities and a party at the baseball stadium. Marissa enjoyed the quietness of the weekend and the opportunity to take a nap. They also discussed their upcoming races and their fandom for the Cleveland Guardians and Boston Red Sox.

    Takeaways


    Plan your race in advance and gradually increase your training.
    Check the quality of the water at the water stops before drinking.
    Enjoy the quietness and relaxation of a weekend race getaway.
    Take advantage of post-race activities and parties to celebrate your accomplishment.
    Support your favorite sports teams and incorporate them into your race experiences.


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    Episode 195 - Boston Marathon Review

    Episode 195 - Boston Marathon Review

    Summary

    In this conversation, Adam Wheeler shares his experience running the Boston Marathon. He discusses his desire to qualify for Boston and the challenge it presented. He talks about his accommodations in Somerville and recommends restaurants like Highland Kitchen. Adam also shares his expo experience and the logistics of transportation to the start line. He describes the race day atmosphere, the congestion at the start, and the incredible crowd support throughout the course. He highlights a moment of solitude around mile 8 where runners can take a deep breath and assess their performance. In this conversation, Adam and Andrew discuss Adam's experience running the Boston Marathon. They cover topics such as the internal check and the Wellesley section of the course, the Newton Hills and how they compare to the Pittsburgh Marathon, the significance of Heartbreak Hill and the net downhill section of the course, the iconic Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston turn, post-race logistics and the challenges of getting back to the hotel, and plans for post-race celebrations. Overall, Adam emphasizes the importance of enjoying the race and taking in the special moments.

    Takeaways


    Take the time to do an internal check during the race and remove distractions to get into your own rhythm.


    The Newton Hills in the Boston Marathon provide opportunities for recovery with flat stretches and downhill sections.


    Heartbreak Hill is a significant point in the race, but once you pass it, the course becomes mostly downhill.


    The Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston turn is a memorable and emotional moment for runners.


    Consider making changes to post-race logistics to avoid long walks and crowded transportation.


    Take the time to celebrate and enjoy the post-race experience, whether it's attending parties or spending time with friends and family.



    Sound Bites

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Desire to Run Boston

    06:40 Accommodations and Restaurants

    09:08 Pre-Race and Post-Race Activities

    10:57 Expo Experience

    14:02 Transportation to the Start Line

    19:05 Race Day Logistics

    31:10 Crowd Support and Moments of Solitude

    33:07 Internal Check and Wellesley

    35:17 Newton Hills and Pittsburgh Comparison

    36:13 Heartbreak Hill and Net Downhill

    39:36 Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston

    45:00 Post-Race Logistics

    49:06 Changes for This Year

    52:46 Post-Race Celebrations


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    Episode 194 -Like Old Times

    Episode 194 -Like Old Times

    Summary

    In this episode, Adam and Andrew catch up and discuss various topics related to running. They talk about Adam's training for the Boston Marathon and how it feels different this time around. They also discuss the controversy surrounding Shohei Ohtani and gambling. The conversation shifts to the need for lower mileage in training and the potential risks of pushing too hard. They also reflect on the untimely death of Kelvin Kiptum and discuss Andrew's current running journey. In this conversation, Adam and Andrew discuss the importance of taking care of oneself, reevaluating goals, dealing with injuries, finding balance, and prioritizing mental health. They reflect on work-life balance, the need for a break, and the decision to seek therapy. They also discuss setting personal goals, embracing aging, and enjoying simple pleasures. The conversation concludes with a discussion about the sitcom Modern Family and looking ahead to future episodes.Takeaways


    Training for a marathon can feel different each time, even if it's the same race.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on sports, including the Olympics.
    There is a need for runners, both elite and recreational, to consider the risk-reward factor of high mileage training.
    The untimely death of Calvin Kiptema highlights the importance of appreciating and celebrating athletes' accomplishments.
    Each runner's journey is unique, and it's important to listen to your body and adjust training accordingly.

    00:00 Introduction and Catching Up

    02:06 Training for the Boston Marathon

    03:33 Reflecting on the Past Year

    06:02 Discussion on Shohei Ohtani and Gambling in Sports

    09:25 The Future of Eliud Kipchoge's Career

    11:10 The Need for Lower Mileage in Training

    22:39Andrew's Running Journey

    23:12Taking Care of Yourself

    24:00Reevaluating Goals

    25:17Dealing with Injuries

    26:06Finding Balance

    27:02Prioritizing Mental Health

    28:14Reflecting on Work-Life Balance

    30:18Seeking Therapy

    31:16Setting Personal Goals

    32:02Embracing Aging

    33:25Enjoying Simple Pleasures

    35:15Prioritizing Self-Care

    36:31Feeling Old

    40:41Getting Older

    43:38Appreciating Modern Family

    45:33Looking Ahead


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    • 46 min
    Episode 193 - Review of the Austin Marathon with Athlete Brennon Panovich

    Episode 193 - Review of the Austin Marathon with Athlete Brennon Panovich

    If you have a race you'd like to review with us or want to find more information on a race, email us (rustbeltrunning@gmail.com) or visit our website. Thank you for listening and your support!



    Summary

    Brennon shares his experience running the Austin Marathon, including his motivation to run in Austin, his arrival and food choices, the expo experience, transportation and start line logistics, water stops and aid stations, congestion and corrals, course markings and hills, crowd support, the finish line, post-race experience, and his overall experience working with Rest Belt Running.

    Takeaways


    The city of Austin and its running community create a unique and supportive environment for runners.


    The Austin Marathon course is known for its challenging hills and deceptive elevation.


    Working with a coach like Matt from Rest Belt Running can provide personalized training and support to help achieve running goals.


    Despite setbacks, completing a marathon is an accomplishment to be proud of and can provide valuable learning experiences.



    Chapters

    04:35 Introduction and Background

    05:34 Motivation to Run the Austin Marathon

    07:51 Expo Experience

    10:07 Transportation and Start Line

    10:43 Water Stops and Aid Stations

    12:36 Congestion and Corrals

    13:38 Course Markings and Hills

    28:22 Post-Race Experience

    33:00 Working with Rest Belt Running

    36:32 Conclusion and Plugs


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

MattM128 ,

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Great podcast! Andrew and Adam are the perfect combo!

Fletch LaRue ,

Thunderstruck

Adam & Andrew get it! They are genuine and honest about all things running … and more. 2 year listener and still my favorite pod.

peatmoss83 ,

A great casual running podcast

Listening to the guys at Rust Belt Running is like hanging out with two friends! They’re knowledgeable runners that are down to earth and cover a lot of relatable content.

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