July 1, 2018

Eric Strand had been fascinated by long-distance running ever since Frank Shorter won the marathon gold medal in the 1972 Olympics.

Years passed and before he knew it, 39-year-old Strand had just finished graduate school and his kids were becoming self-sufficient....

June 16, 2018

Baseball fans who saw Eric Byrnes play recognized his exuberance for the game — chasing after line drives in the outfield, sprinting around the bases and playing with an enthusiastic abandon for the game.

“Authentic is a word that I use a lot when I talk about Eric...

June 3, 2018

Jeff Browning grew up running. He ran around the Missouri farm, doing chores. He ran to meet his friends at a creek a half-mile away. He ran to raid his grandparents’ freezer for ice cream.

“Satellite television wasn’t an option in rural America in the 1970s and 80s, an...

May 29, 2018

Around the time he turned 30, David Trow received bad news from a cardiologist. The doctor explained that Trow had neurocardiogenic syncope, a condition that affects the heart's ability to pump the correct amount of blood.  

Faced with needing a pacemaker, Trow “fe...

May 19, 2018

In the 10 days since my emergency abdominal surgery, I have (mostly) abided by doctor’s orders. Walking has replaced running. Core work and yoga have been shelved. A low-fiber diet has been swapped for my usual pescatarian lifestyle.

The physical healing is going as wel...

May 17, 2018

Dallas Smith turns 78 in June. But being a septuagenarian hasn’t slowed him down.

“I've already started thinking of myself as 78,” Smith says. “I think runners are the only people who look forward to having birthdays when they get old, hoping they get into a new age gro...

May 11, 2018

As I write this I should be strapped into an airplane seat, the first leg of my trip to my first 100K at the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) on Saturday in Virginia. Instead, I am strapped to an IV machine in a local hospital where I have been since Monday evening.


April 29, 2018

Jeremiah Lackey was hanging out with his buddies, drinking a couple of beers — the precursor to so many stories, some good, some not so good.

For Lackey, that conversation in 2012 was life-changing. He has redefined what is possible, reconnected with God and projected h...

April 24, 2018

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

That quote, purported to be from Jack Kerouac, was on my mind as I prepared for and ran the Big Turtle 50-miler in Morehead, Ky. The April...

April 16, 2018

Trail running means more to Tommy Byrne than just physical activity. It’s about more than just a run amid billowing trees and welcoming trail. It’s an escape, an outlet and a way for him to heal.

Byrne lost his father and a couple of uncles to suicide. “Personally, I ru...

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Evolving from injured runner to BQer

Marathon Training Academy podcast hosts Trevor and Angie Spencer discuss how Angie's training has helped me improve my marathon PR by 28 minutes, earn a BQ and conquer ultras.


Trails, coaching, diet  
and a whole lot more

Ryan Clayton welcomes me to his podcast where we cover topics from road and trail running to coaching to nutrition/diet to ambassadorships.


'Keep moving the goal line so you always have goals to work toward.'

Breaking the Barrier podcast host Andrew Lorenzo and I talked about goal setting and achieving.


'I am able to recover better from through an almost entirely plant-based diet.'

PlantTrainers hosts Adam and Shoshana Chaim discuss my evolving diet, endurance running and offer tips on how to become 100 percent plant-based.

My First Ultra host Scott Jones and I discuss my debut and lessons learned at the Buckeye 50K in Ohio.

'My fifth-grade teacher called me  molasses.'


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