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A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.

The Rambling Runner Podcast Matt Chittim

    • Running
    • 4.8 • 385 Ratings

A podcast about dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results.

    #300 - Mario Fraioli: Transitioning to Trail/Ultramarathon From Road Racing

    #300 - Mario Fraioli: Transitioning to Trail/Ultramarathon From Road Racing

    In 2020, with road races all over being cancelled, many runners decided to transition to trail running where races were much more prevalent and easier to align with COVID restrictions. But many of these folks weren't quite sure where to start. This is exactly why I was excited to speak with elite coach and podcast host Mario Fraioli. Mario coaches some of the best trail runners in the country in addition to making this same transition when he moved to the Bay Area. In this conversation Mario covers gear, volume, intensity, strength and athleticism, hills, and so much more.

    If you want to learn more about Mario head over to https://mariofraioli.com/. 



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    #299 - Brian White

    #299 - Brian White

    While I have been chronicling my own Mastering 40 journey, I was excited to talk with Brian White who has been actively pursuing his own. Brian, who turned 40 last spring, has big goals for the marathon, 10k, and un-broken pull-ups. So far he is crushing it but don't let that fool you - he hasn't always been a runner extraordinaire. He was big into lifting for years before starting running in his late 30's. Now, Brian is on the cusp of doing amazing things and It was a pleasure to hear him talk all about it. 

    You can follow Brian at www.instagram.com/ka2lyst.



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    OS1st is a three-generation, family-owned company in North Carolina, creates the best running socks and compression bracing products specifically for people with an active lifestyle. There’s a lot of compression out there, but this is the real deal – no one else uses Compression Zone Technology with high quality materials to ease pain and help prevent runner’s knee, Plantar Fasciitis, shin splints and more. Used by ultra-runners (Catra Corbett, Sabrina Stanley) and new runners alike. Shop at your local independently owned running or at www.OS1st.com where you can use code RAMBLING for 15% off your first purchase.



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    Instagram - @rambling_runner

    Twitter - @rambling_runner

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    #298 - Mastering 40, Ep. 8

    #298 - Mastering 40, Ep. 8

    In this episode we dive into the last three weeks which were supposed to be include an elevation of mileage into the 40's but turned out to be quite the opposite. As most of us know, craziness in our lives can sometimes supersede our running goals and require an even larger chunk of time and energy. With all of that coming to fruition, fortunately my fitness has continued to improve at a rapid rate and I am excited to test myself again in the near future.



    Mastering 40:

    I just completed the worst athletic year of my life. One beset by injuries and a 25 lb. weight gain. Finally, I decided enough was enough.

    With the help of a professional coach - James McKirdy and sports psychologist - Adrienne Langelier, I am determined to have the best athletic year of my life. One that will end, hopefully, with a sub-40:00 10k. This is a huge stretch goal and I am determined to get it done. Over the course of this year I will also be turning 40 years old and become a masters runner. Hence the “Mastering 40.”

    I will be documenting the journey with a podcast every three weeks. The podcasts, like this one, will include calls with the experts I will be leaning on, and learning from, throughout the process.

    I hope you enjoy and learn from my year of reclaiming my fitness and pursuing an entirely new level of performance while trying to maximize my schedule as a dedicated amateur runner.



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    #297 - Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt

    #297 - Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt

    We are back with Ramblings on the Run with Ali Feller and what a fun conversation this was. While 2021 is officially here, Ali and I decided to indulge ourselves in several of the off-beat things we enjoyed in 2020. Here are the categories we went with:


    Favorite podcast episode we listened to (sports and a non-sports)
    Favorite running performance 
    Favorite person to follow on IG
    Favorite binge watch
    Surprising binge watch
    Favorite running shoe
    Favorite guilty pleasure
    Proudest Personal Running Accomplishment
    Proudest Professional Accomplishment
    Best Use of Creativity During a Pandemic


    As you can see, there is a lot here and we had a blast diving into all of it.



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    This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a wellness company that mixes mushrooms and adaptogens with coffee, cacao, latte, protein powder. They have a special offer for the Rambling Runner audience. Receive 10% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to www.foursigmatic.com/RAMBLINGRUNNER or enter code RAMBLINGRUNNER at checkout.



    Follow Matt:

    Instagram - @rambling_runner

    Twitter - @rambling_runner

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    #296 - Meghan Matejka

    #296 - Meghan Matejka

    Meghan Matejka has had the kind of improvement and progression as a marathoner that so many strive for. Her first race after playing soccer and lacrosse in high school and college was a marathon. A huge challenge to say the least. From there, Meghan didn't formally engage with running for another six years, or so. Once she did, Meghan was able to bring her times down and qualify for the Boston Marathon - then just kept on improving. With the help of her coach, Heather McKirdy of McKirdy Trained, she was able to reach a new level by implementing speed work sessions and dedicated work on her mental outlook when she faced difficulties in workouts and races. Meghan had a habit beating herself up for days if workouts didn't go well. Something so many of us can relate to. Once she was able to start working through that feeling she was able to bounce back and not get bogged down in her training.

    As a full-time occupational therapist in school-based and adult rehab settings, Meghan understands the delicate balance of work, family, and commitment to training. She has been able to help others reach their potential as a certified running coach for McKirdy Trained.

    In this episode we touch on all this and, as a fellow Parks and Recreation mega-fan, we also talk about Meghan's top 5 funniest Parks and Rec scenes.

    You can follow Meghan at www.instagram.com/megatronrunning.



    Follow Matt:

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    • 52 min
    #295 - Best of 2020

    #295 - Best of 2020

    As the year comes to a close I am excited to bring you seven of the best and most impactful moments of the Rambling Runner Podcast in 2020. This was an incredibly hard episode to create. We have been blessed with so many amazing guests this year. Choosing a select few was incredibly difficult. Once that happened, selecting only one part of their episodes was no picnic, either. 

    Here are the folks who are featured in the 2020 Best of...

    Mitch Ammons (ep. 207)

    Kiese Laymon (ep. 234) 

    Bart Yasso (ep. 245) 

    Sarah Bishop (ep. 261) 

    Marquis Bowden (ep. 270)

    Jay Hewitt (ep. 286)

    Leah Jantzen (ep. 290)



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    Spring will be here before you know it, and the best way to get through the winter months of running is to have your next finish line in sight! That’s why Sports Backers is excited to bring you a custom race experience with our first ‘Sports Backers Marathon,’ in Richmond, Virginia, featuring a marathon, half marathon, and 5k. From Friday, March 12th through Sunday, March 14th the experienced team at Sports Backers will take care of the rest, with onsite packet pick up, measured courses, touchless bottle refill stations, timing, and of course great swag! Register now at www.sportsbackers.org. 



    Follow Matt:

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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385 Ratings

385 Ratings

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Mastering 40!

Love Matt’s series on mastering 40...his trials, successes and challenges of real life and real goals. Appreciate the honesty and transparency!

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Recommend this podcast FOR SURE

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Great Podcast

I love this podcast! Great guests and topics to listen to during my runs. Thank you!

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