Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Episode 2 (post-post): Boston Marathon Special with Mark Bauman and Trish Trout

Episode 2: The Boston Marathon Special
Mark finishing his 50th Boston, with support from friends

With Bauman Fam after his 50th, generations to look up to!
Featuring Mark Bauman of Flint, MI just after running his 50th Boston Marathon, and Trish Trout of Tampa, Florida on charity running and preparing for the Boston marathon. We also discuss Bauman's Running and Walking Shop, and how running has changed since he opened one of the first running-dedicated stores in the country. Trish Trout also helps us understand some of the culture & impact of the Boston Marathon, on herself and many others!
Charity Runners: Team Freedom in Tampa, FL

Hope for Justice team training with Team Freedom!
#Gasparilla Gasparilla Distance Classic
#crim Crim Races and Events of Flint, MI
#freepmarathon Detroit (Free Press)-Windsor International Marathon

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Episode 8: Bart Yasso, Running Stories from his time at Runner's World

Episode 8: Featuring Bart Yasso, sharing favorite Running Stories from his time at Runner's World
Bart (second from left) with "Runner's World Cover" Crew
Link to Bart's highlighted stories written for Runner's World
Recently retired as "Chief Running Officer" of Runner's World for many years, Bart Yasso shares about his time supporting races, and covering running stories on scene across the globe.  He encourages us to "never limit where running can take you... spiritually, geographically and physically, emotionally".  He takes us along for a few of his favorites and shares about individuals that have inspired him, through their dedication and joy of running.  Immersed in the running community, he reflects on why people continue to like something that is sometimes punishing and difficult, as well as how to "un-intimidate" new runners, and encourage "non-runners" who want to get started.
He also discusses the "power of running" to bring cities back to life and heal those places that have underwent catastrophes, such as the case of Oklahoma city, New York after 9/11 and Boston.
Jorge Garcia and Bart in NY
We also discuss his view of how lucky we are culturally to live in a place and time we do, in which running is accepted and both sexes are a thriving part of it, and our responsibility to share that with the world and empower/enable others that are marginalized or unsafe to be able to run. Running can also be seen "as a universal equalizer", as we line up with East Africans- thinking about the age old running cultures that are on display at major marathons... and how many of these elite African runners he knows also give so much back to their local communities and culture of their country.
Lastly, we discuss what still surprises him after over 30 years of being called "The Mayor of Running" and how individuals overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles!  Among those, the opportunity to build a race and running support of the Amish community in his home state of Pennsylvania.
Link to Bart's Book, My Life on the Run
Link to Bart's article on Running with the Amish...and the             Bird-in-Hand Half & 5K through Amish Country

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Episode 7: Peace Corps Running Stories:

Episode 7: Peace Corps Running Stories: Listen to Podcast Episode
Join us in this week's episode as we journey across the globe with four unique 10-15 minute vignettes of exploration, new beginnings and service; running stories from rural villages to urban running clubs, each Peace Corps volunteer takes us on a journey of what it's like to be immersed in another culture, as both a PC volunteer and a runner.  These inspiring stories showcase both what running brought to their community, as well as what they brought back with them from these experiences abroad, in "making us who we are today, we discover we received far more than we could ever give".- Mark Lane-Holbert

Running the 13.1 !
Kelli Maddock- Fijiian Islands (Fiji mainland)- Women's and Youth development, TEFL Education volunteer in a secondary school. Using music therapy to work with teens in her village, she approached difficult topics such as reproductive health and developing empathy, crossing gender boundaries. She explains how "island time and bamboo hut living" led her to open up and find the opportunity to run, and share running/foster self confidence building with young people from her Fijian village while training for a half marathon. Click to read more on her service at Kelli's blog.

Daily Work in Fiji: Nasikwaw Vision College secondary school

Running through Guatemalan Highlands, Dog in Tow
Cristian Cedacero (Guatemala) reflects on his running in the western Guatemalan highlands, to neighboring villages and cities. He served with a federal "healthy schools" program, helping 17 schools in the Guatemalan municipality to make sure kids have access to clean water, proper nutrition and safe hygiene. He also walked to smaller communities to conduct reading groups and play sports on the weekend, and created summer leadership camps for youth. Through a Service-Learning grant, he also helped bring US student service groups to serve in Guatemalan communities. He lastly gives his impressions about what causes Guatemalan and other central Americans to leave their homes. He shares with us useful phrases: "Fijese que" (pay attention now) and "Refraccion" (snack time)!
Handwashing, Hygiene Education with Rural Youth
What my Saturday reading group looked like (Pre-sports)
Cristian's ACLI Race Link from the Podcast:

Sarah Bruyee (Central Africa, Gabon) served in french speaking west coast African country of Gabon.  Her assignment was TEFL (English teaching) in a true crossroads city of Labarene, in contact with people of 52 different languages and ethnic groups.  Her running journey began in New York City on the Hudson, which paralleled running along the Ogooue river in Gabon.  She tells of how she became both a running and a animal welfare/friendship ambassador, spreading the joy of running through humor.  She is currently a freelance editor and has served many years with the African journal of writing: Transition Magazine (left).
 Sarah's Classe de Cinquième in Gabon

S. Twing Logsdon was in stationed in the Dominican Republic (D.R.), but worked with primarily with Haitian migrants in a rural sugar cane plantation area. She served in "youth, family, community development" and was assigned to do environmental education in a community without electricity, developing solar-powered resources, to provide consistent energy for library and after school programs. She learned culture and cooking, but shared so much as well; chief among those being the joy of running. She actually started distance running during the Peace Corps as the most consistent part of her life was running during service, providing so much to reflect upon; combining an attitude of perseverance with the spirit of "para adelante" (keep going forward)!
Medical Missions with "Volunteer Health Program"

Link to Twing's yearly Medical Mission organization in D.R.-

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Episode 6: Deb Voiles on "The Human Race", Coaching and Training with Run Tampa

Episode 6: Debbie Voiles shares about her new Running Documentary "The Human Race" produced this Spring of 2019, which highlights research on aging and the resilience created by running. It follows four incredible older runners (and one group in Tampa), focusing on studies in exercise science which show us why and how to truly keep healthy (hint: keep running and strength training), and the results are incredible! Not only does running "keep us young" (16 years younger cardio-vascular health on average than non-runners), but actually reduces our joint, heart and other health concerns- if done properly. Of course, Run Tampa runners and their stories are highlighted, but also running ambassador Katherine Switzer (first woman to run the Boston marathon and NY marathon women's champion), on her aged 70 phenomenal running, as well as documenting how others continue running and stay motivated for future challenges.

2019 Release Running Documentary, features Run Tampa runners and Deb

Dave & Deb at one of many "Destination Races"
This episode also highlights Run Tampa and the importance of having a running community, a family to support us and keep us both motivated and injury free (along with sound coaching from a certified coach). We also hear Deb's happenstance story of creating a running club in Tampa, FL, and some of the work it takes to maintain. Her giving back to countless others through coaching and simple approach to telling the truth in the counter-cultural message of "don't run tired and don't run injured" (opposite of "no pain, no gain", along with setting reasonable goals and a slow build of mileage) has allowed others to join in running with astounding ease and success! 
Group Run ready, learning from Trainers/Coaches
The Mojo for Running podcast and Beginner Runner's Village Podcast also serve thousands of individuals in over 150 countries; we highlight them both and talk about her approach to podcasting with a few episode topics, such as "Half Magic", on why the half marathon is just as important to the running community and should be seen as magical in and of itself.
If you have a unique running story, cultural run or just know someone spreading the joy of running in unique with others in a unique way, like Deb, please send us a message! We'd love to hear from you and pass it on...
 #thehumanrace #runtampa #mojorunning

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Episode 5: "Giving Back" with Jorge Garcia

Episode 5: "Giving Back" with Jorge Garcia, on reaching his 50 state/100 marathon goal, on being part of a "running family" in his community and across the globe; from Antarctica to South Africa, and giving back to that family by hosting others and being a "race pacer"!  He discusses his motivation and highlights from his 50 state journey, as well as the 7 marathons on 7 continents challenge. We also explore what being a marine brought to his running and why it motivates him to be a part of building community. This episode is truly inspirational, as Jorge provides us with an invitation to use negative experiences as motivation and find ways to transform them into something positive...
Links to St. Louis area runs mentioned in the podcast:

2016 Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa:

2019 White Continent Marathon in King George Island, 7 Continent Challenge:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Episode 4: May the 4th Be With You!  Join us on a journey with Michael Wardian as he attempts to set distance running records across the globe, and share in the joy of running community...

Israel 24 News Video and Article- Featuring Michael setting the Israeli National Trail Record

Trying to break records for the 100k distance with Hoka's Project Carbon X video: "Incredible opportunity, let’s do this." Time to Fly:

Facebook page has the latest updates on Michael, including recent Record Attempts and news on "Team Hoka One One":
or website:

Among Runner's World Cover Finalists, "Real Runners" making a difference & building up the running community:
Left to Right:Michael Wardian, Bart Yasso, Samantha Gardner, David Willey, Jorge Garcia (Center) , Michel Scott, Kimberly Heinz, Micheal Cares, Bobby Gill and Desiree Rincon
***Join us next week with Jorge Garcia (pictured above) for Episode 5: On completing his "100 Marathons in 50 States" mission, on keeping family, friendship and service at the center of running; what it's like serving others as a pacer in marathons and half marathons, as well as his 7 marathon on 7 continent reflections from South Africa to Antarctica to the Marine Corps Marathon, and much more!
Articles below from Runner's World Magazine:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Episode 3: Poet and musical therapist Bob Shea shares "Running as Pilgrimage and Poetry"...

Bob Shea reads a few of his writings and reflects on Walking and Running on the "Camino de Santiago" as a Pilgrim (from France to Spain and Portugal to Spain)  AND  Running on the southern Atlantic coast of Iceland!

Bob and his favorite running mate for the day.

South Coast of Iceland

Looking Downhill on Volcanic Rock. (Iceland)

Where the shoe hits the rock. (Iceland)

American Pilgrims of the Camino Link:

Poems and time of reading in the Podcast:
10:30 GOODBYE CHURCH ON THE HILL Goodbye church on the hill. So much like every other church on my own hills back home. Like all the other churches, so distinct in the details. Yes, made of stone and wood inspiration and sweat, you rest on the earth that carries your burden. And to her someday, you will also surrender. You travel in space under the same stars that I gaze up at from my little church at home. And like the breath of the transient traveler, your whispers will linger into eternity from which they came. Passing them on like good deeds travel from person to person.
Camino de Santiago, somewhere in Spain

I turned from the dark future to look at my past and there you stand still on the hill. Dim lights give a soft golden glow to your yellow stone. Your skin. And the edge of the hill cuts into and put shadows on your foundation building the mystique even further. Like a ship on the sea viewed from shore. Except you are the Stone and terra-cotta lighthouse for the lost souls, or the steady to keep the keel true and straight. I will forever be grateful for your warmth and shelter during this cool autumn’s night sleep. Your scent will linger and belong to only me,as a painting once viewed and then abandoned. Designed to be reflected upon as an old-schoolmate with both fondness and loss. Ciao, my refuge.

13:15 DOG IN A BOX Hello, dog in a box. With your ferociously happy bark. I am glad that your bark has lost its edge. It’s now hidden behind your kind eyes. You bust out with another set of yelps. This time out the corner of your mouth With your head slightly turned to the owners of the house. I took that as a gesture that you’re performing your duty.
Galicia, Spain
Autumn is here and your coat is thick and shaggy, and it carries the dirt from as far as your chain goes. I like your house, dog in a box. It’s simple. One room. No need to be cleaned. It’s just swept several times a day. By your fur. But, I think I like your landscape better. It’s a country setting. It’s a barnyard courtyard. By the side of the road where you see thousands of pilgrims walking bye with backpacks and their sticks clicking. Still you throw your barks at us. Where I come from dogs sit on peoples laps. They have no collar or chain, and their courtyard is a Mercedes-Benz where they sit on the driver’s laps. And they get their nails done in special boutiques. And humans follow them with plastic bags to pick up their droppings. Are you unaware of these things? Maybe you are, but you look quite content not knowing. Perhaps you’re like the poor child who doesn’t know their poor until someone says they are. Sometimes nice old dogs just bark. Kinda like the cowardly lion Wizard of Oz. “Put ‘em up! Put ‘em up!” Thank you dog in a box for educating me today. That I can be content wherever I am too. And carry kind eyes and a soft bark.

Atlantic Coast Morning, Iceland

26:30 "Out of the Log" from Iceland:
It was a cold day in Iceland, the kind of clean cold air that a runner can't refuse her calling. I could sit comfortably in this geothermically warmed home content in my jet-lagged state of mind, or I could do what runners do: Breach the threshold of the door and explore. My run took me along the Atlantic coast on where the mist of turbulent waves mingled with the land. I launched out in the field careful not to twist an ankle on the hidden volcanic rocks. I transist to the road whose components are made up of... yeah, more black rock.

The road climbs and my breathing labors, I pass a field and a short, stout horse draws near to me. We meet, in mutual fearless love. Nothing like Icelandic Horses, ancient beauties. The hills in the distance are rounded and blackened by the clear, blue and white skyscape. I follow the fenceline and turn up into the hills. There was a beauty in this dark martian landscape. It drew me further and further into my run. The openness of the sky and landscaping gave me the power to not think about the level of difficulty. The demands upon my muscles and lungs. Then the road descended, as I hit the apex of my run. The road winds and the sea gets closer. I now feel the mist and am thankful that the air is so cool and clean. Back at the Air B&B I take out my phone, and see it's time to jump into the jacuzzi. And the hot water is replenished, by the earth's hot water.

33:00 Final Poem, 'Unnamed stream of Consciousness'
I approached her opening from a half mile away. The road was straight and I wore the wide-open Florida sky like a domed crown. The Rhythmic sound of The raindrops hitting the rim of my baseball cap and the crunch of the seashell path disappeared as I entered her welcoming portal. There was a slight and cool drizzle during my run in the forest today. I knew what my life was going to be like in the waterlogged Forest today. Yes, it was beautiful and it made the running soft and muffled. One of my favorite places to run, I approached her with such enthusiasm. I thought to myself how she smells different today than my run through her yesterday: dry and cushioned tinder created from timeworn seasonal droppings.
Finesterre, Spain ("end of the earth")
Waterlogged trees, shrubs and undergrowth instantly infused and suffused clean and organic compounds into my sinuses, lungs, skin and organs. My body was changing instantly with these chemicals as was my soul.
While running I scared a rabbit. It sprinted straight for 5 yards, darted radically right and left in succession. It was hard to follow so I concentrate on his big white tail.
Instantly it ran into the bushes to my left and all I could see then was its white tail. Suddenly, it hopped 3 feet in the air And another radical right turn but 3 feet high in the air. I was confused. And kind of sent into another consciousness. It was radical and logical it was like this. And then it went to the left again and up 6 inches and then to the right: and then down and then out into the trail where I found out that it was a white moth. The rabbit must’ve scared it and serendipitously the moth picked up the path and drew my attention away from the cottontail. Happy Easter, I thought.

Back on the trail. The light rain softens the Pine needles and Oak leaves and bike run is silent. And in my own slow run I am lean into the small trees that the path goes around. Looking ahead of me like a downhill skier preparing for the next turn, right turn left turn. Slow run but still cutting corners. And then the straightaway where the squirrels clamor and chatter as if annoyed. And as I get closer they stop and hide behind the base of the tree. Kind of looking at me with one eye visible to me. Kind of like a child playing peekaboo.