HR Pod: Deena Kastor on Career Highlights, “Let Your Mind Run” and Favorite Foods

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Deena Kastor’s “Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory” released in April.


Deena Kastor joins James Rogers in conversation in downtown Chicago. Deena is a three-time Olympian and the American women’s record-holder in the marathon (2:19:36). At the 2004 Athens Olympics, she captured a bronze medalist in the marathon for the USA. Deena wrote a fantastic book! “Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory” released in April. This talk covers her writing and editing process, plus much more on her career and penchant for food.

Deena resides in Mammoth Lakes, California, and serves as president of the Mammoth Track Club. Her husband, Andrew, is the track club’s head coach, and two MTC members (Alexi Pappas and Sarah Attar) are competing in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. Deena will be at the finish line handing out medals and congratulating finishers of the 26.2-mile race. Deena encourages you to get your copy of “Let Your Mind Run” at a local bookstore, but—believe it or not—you can also purchase it on Amazon.

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HR Pod: Amanda Loudin on UTMB Experience, Latest Writings, Kipchoge’s World Record

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2018 UTMB winner Xavier Thevenard (France) about to cross the finish line.


Freelance writer Amanda Loudin joins Hooray Run Podcast for a third time, with this episode focusing on her trip to UTMB. The Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc covers 171 kilometers and runs through France, Italy and Switzerland. This brutal race attracts top ultrarunning names and showcases Europe’s penchant for long-distance competitions. Amanda shares stories from her time at UTMB, and the conversation also covers her latest writings and Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:01:39 marathon world record.

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HR Pod: Josh Kammeraad on 100-Mile Weeks, Memorable Meals, Boots 5K

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Josh Kammeraad consumes Jimmy John’s after a run on Sept. 12.


Josh Kammeraad will run with you, no matter how many miles are on the schedule. Josh K was a teammate of mine at Hope College, and he was no stranger to high mileage and hefty meals. He also had unwavering support for his teammates. I pick the brain of Josh K in this episode and have him elaborate on his infamous 1,300-mile summer of 2013. He also gives his take on the Boots 5K (see: EP15). We ran just over four miles after recording and then crushed some Jimmy John’s.

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HR Pod: David Gillaspie on Why He Started Running, Chicago Marathon Prep, Pokemon Go, Audiobooks

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David Gillaspie started running in 2016; less than three years later, he has his sights on the Oct. 7 Chicago Marathon.


My last in-person interaction with David Gillaspie before today was in 2010. He’s a high school connection who now runs a lot. I started seeing David post about his runs in 2016, and I wanted to know his story. Never known as a runner in high school and having never run with him before, I could tell via social media that he caught the running bug.

We met in Evanston, Illinois, to catch up and chat about his running. He has his sights on the Oct. 7 Chicago Marathon. He’s with the Lurie Children’s Hospital Marathon Team for the race. Read about his fundraising for the hospital at this link: foundation.luriechildrens.org/site/TR/Ev…1509389590. Please donate if you feel inclined!

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HR Pod: Boston Marathon Recap with Amanda Loudin

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Photo of Desiree Linden by Erika Hildegard Johnson, from September 2011 issue of Running Times.


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Desiree Linden, 34, en route to her first Boston Marathon victory on April 16, 2018.

Boston 2018 was historic. Cruddy weather didn’t stop 34-year-old American Des Linden from gutting out a victory on the women’s side. Linden became the first American woman to win Boston since 1985. On the men’s side, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi took top honors. It was the 31-year-old’s fourth marathon of 2018 and his first major victory. James Rogers does a quick solo recap, then health and fitness freelance writer Amanda Loudin (aka Miss Zippy) joins James to give her reactions to this wild day. James and Amanda also discuss the depth of American distance running.

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HR Pod: Noah Droddy, Professional Runner for Saucony

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Noah Droddy signed with Saucony in May 2017.


Noah Droddy ran 2:16:26 on Oct. 8 at the Chicago Marathon—his first-ever attempt at 26.2 miles. He finished 19th overall (eighth-fastest American) amid a strong elite field. You’ll want to hear how the 27-year-old got to this point of his career. An NCAA Division III runner at DePauw University, Noah had no sponsorship offers upon graduation and questioned both his work and running futures. So…how did he become a 61:48 half-marathoner and 28:22 10Ker now fully sponsored by Saucony and training with the Roots Running Project out of Boulder, Colorado?

Noah joins James Rogers in conversation. They discuss Noah’s marathon debut, his progression from DePauw to Roots, his move to Boulder, the All-D3 Professional Running Team, racing in hats and sunglasses, air mattresses, signing with Saucony, life outside of running, much more. Plus: Hooray Run Podcast introduces “Complete the Tweet”—a fun game toward the end of the chat.

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HR Pod: Joel H. Cohen, Author of “How to Lose a Marathon” + Writer/Producer for The Simpsons

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L-R: Cohen racing the 2013 New York City Marathon; “How to Lose a Marathon” cover.


Joel H. Cohen—writer/producer for The Simpsons, winner of two Emmy Awards and three Writers Guild Awards, author of “How to Lose a Marathon”—joins James Rogers on Hooray Run Podcast. “How to Lose a Marathon” is Cohen’s first book, and it reveals his transformation from an out-of-shape slob to a slightly out-of-shape slob who finished the 2013 New York City Marathon. Self-deprecating humor and museum-worthy stick drawings fill this page-turner, and Cohen calls it a running book he wishes he could have read as a person who knew absolutely nothing about this ambitious pursuit.

Cohen’s writing holds inspiration. He makes it clear that if he can tackle 26.2 miles, then you can. James and Joel cover many topics, including what made the “lazy lump with more chins than trophies” even consider running a marathon, the learning curves involved with training/racing, how Oprah inspired his debut marathon, writing for The Simpsons and if he reads his online book reviews.

“How to Lose a Marathon” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1419724916

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HR Pod: Erin Herrmann, NCAA D3 Women’s Steeplechase Champion

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Erin Herrmann (No. 10) races in the NCAA Division III women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final on May 27 in Geneva, Ohio. Erin won the national title with a time of 10:21.08.


Erin Herrmann joins James Rogers in conversation. On May 27, Erin captured the national title in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio. She finished runner-up at nationals in 2016—her junior year. Erin wrapped up her Hope College running career with a personal best of 10:13.39 in the steeple on June 10 at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville. She has Hope school records in the steeplechase, outdoor 5K, indoor 3K and as the mile leg of the Distance Medley Relay. She is a four-time All-American and now owns the fourth-fastest steeplechase in women’s D3 history.

Erin shares her journey to a national title, including balancing academic responsibilities and battling eating disorders while maintaining full-time training. The conversation also includes racing anecdotes and the love/appreciation for teammates and coaches. She talks about the role of faith in her daily life and where the Lord is leading her post-Hope. Erin has Colorado on her radar for the fall—she plans to student-teach at a school for refugee children in Denver.

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HR Pod: USATF Distance Classic Preview

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Matthew Centrowitz—1500-meter Olympic gold medalist—headlines a deep 1500-meter field for the 2017 USATF Distance Classic at Occidental College in Los Angeles.


James Rogers delivers a preview for the USATF Distance Classic, which is set for May 18 at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles. THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK! The meet kicks off at 6:05 p.m. PT/9:05 p.m. ET with the women’s 800 meters. You may know the event by its former names of Oxy High Performance Meet or HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic. James offers his favorites for each race and shares his thoughts on the NBC Sports Gold Track and Field Pass.

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HR Pod: Breaking2 Recap with T-Dot and J-Mo

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An upbeat Eliud Kipchoge post-Breaking2 in Monza, Italy.


James Rogers welcomes Tyler Brinks (T-Dot) and Julian Morrison (J-Mo) for a recap of Nike’s Breaking2 project. The conversation includes: Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 and his mental fortitude; the future of marathoning; Kipchoge’s 5K splits; Kevin Hart’s role in Breaking2; ideas for Breaking2 Pt. 2; the pacers’ reactions to 2:00:25.

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HR Pod: Breaking2 Preview, Marathon Talk with Zach Zandbergen

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Eliud Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles in 2:00:25 on Saturday morning in Monza, Italy.


Zach Zandbergen joins James Rogers to talk Nike’s audacious Breaking2 project, which showcases three elite runners on a quest to break two hours in the marathon. Breaking2—the race—starts at 10:45 p.m. CT/11:45 p.m. ET on May 5 (5:45 a.m. on May 6 in Monza, Italy—the site of the race). Zach and James discuss Breaking2’s hype, the three runners going for it, the money involved, the intricate pacing/hydration plans and more.

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