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The Runners Roundtable, where runners from around the world share tips, tell stories, and keep each other motivated. Pull up a chair and join us, at the table.

Updated: 2018-03-01T16:07:51.110-05:00


RRT 133: Boston Marathon 2014


Chris Russell led a great Runners Roundtable discussion with his fellow Boston Marathon 2014 runners as they recounted their incredible experiences and memories. 

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Joining Chris were:
Boston Strong!


RRT 132: Running Clubs


Listen in as relatively new runner James P. joins host Chris R., Joe G., and Mark U. for a good Runners Roundtable discussion about the benefits of running clubs and training groups.


Referenced Links during this RRT:


RRT 131: Hokas and Minimalist Running


For the last few years minimalist running has been a hot topic and recently many runners have discovered Hokas, this show is going to be a round table discussion on how the two concepts work together. If you aren't familiar with Hokas as a brand and concept this show will tell you what you need to know.

(image) I am sure the Hoka wearers that will be on the show will tell you why Hokas are the best shoes ever made. A few of the panelists may feel that they are just another fad and the Hoka concept will fade away or is that what folks think of minimalist running. During the show we will not solve anything related to minimalist running nor what brand or which shoe is the best minimalist shoe, nor what is a minimalist shoe but we will have a lively discussion on the topics.

(image) Hosting the show will be Mike Westermeier (Westy's Running), a convert to minimalist running but not to Hokas and joining him will be some other minimalist's and Hoka wearers.

Peter Larson, (author of "Tread Lightly" and RunBlogger)
Chris Russell (Run Run Live)

Click here to listen to RRT-131

RRT 130 : Tips and Tricks of Dealing with Injuries (July 3rd, 8 PM EST / 7 PM CST)


(image) As endurance athletes we all get injured.  Click on this link to join the RunnersRoundTable's virtual chat room on Wednesday at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST/5:00 PM Pacific.  This version of the Runners Round Table will be hosted by Chris Russell (RunRunLive2.0 Podcast).  Join us for an hour of hands-on advice from the experienced fellow runners who know how you feel when you're injured.  Our distinguished panel will discuss how to avoid injury, how to speed recovery, how to stay fit and most importantly how to stay sane.

Currently planned panelists, all of whom have in the past suffered running-related injuries and are eager to share their experiences and recommendations, include:
Click here to listen to RRT-130

    Episode 129 - Vegan Running with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Jasmin Singer


    Join five runners who are also vegan as they discuss all things relating to the topic!  

    Along with your chemical engineer host, Amanda, we are joined by the inspirational Colleen Patrick-Goudreau from, the Executive Director of OurHenHouse -  Jasmin Singer, professor of history and endurance athlete extraordinaire - Gordon and 15-time marathoner and triathlete Megan.

    We delve into topics including how running and veganism relate, plant based nutrition, vegan running shoe and protein powder options, pre and post run fuel and staying regular on the run!  An inspiring discussion about how compassion for ourselves (running) connects to compassion for other beings (veganism), we end with some thoughts about resources that many may find useful if they are pondering a plant based lifestyle.

    RRT 126: July 11 at 8: Training For The Marathon


    Listen to Episode 126

    Joe Garland was joined by Craig MacFarlane and Pete Larson for an edition that eventually spoke about training for a marathon. But the conversation was more broad then that, and included some general training ideas as well as marathon-training thoughts. One thing all agreed on: training plans have so much in them that it may be a good idea to miss one or two week-ends. For recovering from a slight injury or just for a mental break. don't sweat that. A good training-plan mixes mileage -- we agreed that you need to get to 50/week -- with some speed work. But how one does it is individual. Run with a group with you can, run on a track if you want. For more, listen to the show. It's a little long and some technical trouble has a bit of nothing towards the end. But check it out.

    We promised some plans. We'll post them shortly.

    In the meantime, here's the RunWorks calculator (based on Daniels' Running Formula). And here's McMillan's similar one. And if there's one training-book to get, it's Daniels' Running Formula, even if you disagree with some of his thoughts.

    The best way to map mileage: Gmaps-pedometer. Plug in your zip-code and go. Without the clutter of some similar sites.

    Finally, Pete has a new book on running form: "Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running". We spoke a bit about that. Check it out.

    RRT125: Extreme Marathon Maniacs and 50 States Club


    Extreme Marathon Maniacs and 50 States ClubJoin the fun on Tuesday, June 12th  at 9:00 PM Eastern, 8:00 Central, 6:00 Pacific as we have a great discussion!Last November for Runners Round Table #120 we met some members of “The Marathon Maniacs.” The Marathon Maniacs are a club of like minded extreme athletes looking to run as many marathons as their schedules, finances, personal commitments and legs will allow. And on this show, we meet some of the most extreme of the extreme. All of the panelists tonight have recently earned the highest status in the Marathon Maniacs running club. This is known as the “Titanium” or “10-Star” level, which requires either running 52 marathons in a year or running a marathon in 30 different states in one year. Fewer than 2% of the members of reached this status. Several of members of the panel are also actively trying to run a marathon in every state in the USA to qualify as a “finisher” member of the 50 States Marathon Club.The Panel:Elysa Barron, Marathon Maniac #4054, known by some as 'Pyxie, began training for her first marathon in 2006. A few years later, with 5 marathons under her belt, she took on a bigger project: Completing a marathon (or longer) in every state & DC within one year to raise money & awareness for a non-profit called First Descents ( She succeeded with 52 marathons in 342 days, finishing January, 7th 2012 ( Elysa became a 10 star maniac in Washington in July 2011. This year her goals are smaller. She is training to run one fast marathon (preceded by one 1/2 marathon). And, again, she's raising money for a worthwhile cause - Washington Fire Relief ( In addition, she is working on the 2nd year of putting on a marathon in DE ( Her current blog is more everyday life with running thrown into the mix - Garrison, Marathon Maniac #1381, has completed over 90 marathons and 15 ultras in 21 states. He earned his 10th marathon maniac star - completing 52 marathons or ultras in 52 weeks - at the Columbia Marathon in South Carolina this past March (2012) setting a PR at the same time. The most fun he has had of late was running 9 marathons in 9 days during the 2011 Christmas and New Year's holidays with other extreme Maniacs such as our co-host, Daniel Lieb, Wayne Sherman a/k/a "Manimal," and Angela Tortorice. Galen is followed numerically by Maniac #1382, Hideki "Kino" Kinoshita, but listens intently to Kino's sage advice on increasing speed and completing ultra distances. Galen lives in St. Petersburg, FL and when he is not running maintains, a web site with pictures of finisher's medals from runners around the world.Hideki Kinoshita, more commonly known as "Kino" in the running community, who discovered the joys of marathon running just three and a half years ago. Since then, he's combined his love of the sport with philanthropic efforts to raise roughly $60,000 in funding and awareness for causes ranging from cancer research to combating homelessness to taking care of the health of 9/11 First Responder veterans. He achieved the Marathon Maniacs 10-star Titanium level in 9/2011 by running 104.79 miles at the USA Track & Field 24 Hour National Championships at North Coast 24 in Cleveland, OH, after completing a marathon or ultra in 30 states and countries within a calendar year. On June 3rd, Kino finished his 100th marathon/ultra by completing the famed Comrades Marathon, a 56-mile ultramarathon in South Africa dubbed, "The Ultimate Human Race". Kino is also 9 states away from completing a marathon or ultra in the 50 States, 3 continents away from finishing the 7 Continents, and a little more than halfway through his 50sub4 goal of finishing a marathon in under 4 hours in all 50 states. You can follow his progress at R[...]

    RRT 124: Health and Running Headlines


    Join Dr. Dave ( and @nevernotrunning) and friends for a discussion of recent media coverage of health and running related topics. Some of the items up for discussion include:
    • Do statins (cholesterol drugs) degrade muscle performance? (NYTimes)
    • Sudden deaths during races, should I be worried? (NY Daily News)
    • Do you need to take a multivitamin if you eat a healthy diet? (NYTimes, SweatScience)
    • Five tests that can save your life (?) (Men's Health)
    Planned call time: Thursday April 26th at 6P Eastern.

    Joining Dr. Dave will be:

    Sarb Johal (@sarb), who blogs at and is Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health at Massey University, in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Leslie Lam (@runninglam), who blogs at and is assistant professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine who specializes in the field of pediatric endocrinology and the study of obesity and diabetes in kids and adolescents.

    John Mandrola (@drjohnm) who blogs at and and is an electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Click here to listen to RRT 124

    RRT 123: Races Gone Wrong


    Join us in RRT's chat room on Monday, March 19th at 9:00 PM Eastern as the panel discusses races that had problems. What were our experiences, and what lessons have we learned as participants, volunteers and race directors? Participants include:

    RRT 122: Racin' Kids


    More and more major events are featuring activities for the entire family instead of the "main event" that often focused the lion's share of attention on the star athlete of the family.

    Additionally, a recent piece in "The New York Times" suggests that many young runners aren't using events solely as a training venue or to gain experience; some are blasting out of the starting gates and setting an event's overall tempo and pace.

    Listen in as a panel of runners, event participants, and parents discuss the impact that younger and teen athletes bring to the table in today's event landscape.

    Scheduled panelists, include:

    Click here to listen to RRT 122

    RRT 121: Danny "Champion of the World" Bent


    Danny Bent definitely has a life less usual!

    Trekking to the South Pole, bog snorkening, stair climbing racing in skyscrapers all seem tame after Danny's 9000 mile cycle ride from London to Southern India to help his students understand geography.

    Now he’s trying to inspire more people in a UK-based international fundraising initiative - Oneoneoneone, that will raise over £1million for people living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS around the globe, through the established charity Keep a Child Alive.

    (image) Danny's also written a book, ‘You’ve gone too far this time Sir’? [Buy from ActionAid - half profit goes to charity @ or on for £9.99 however the special Kindle verson looks to be on offer at just 72p!] about his decision to raise money for charity and his adventures along his journey.

    Steve Chopper, host of Run World Radio, was joined by @Drusy (Toni), @Devoniain (Iain), @clewsy (Colin), @solshadow (Phil of and Roberto from Madrid, Spain as we chatted with Danny about his antics and charity goals. In the chatroom we had @Allterrain, Krister from Running the Narrow Path podcast and @Alcoupon

    Click here to listen to RRT 121

    RRT 120: Marathon Maniacs


    Listen in as Mike, Mark, Dan, Tim and Brian have a lively discussion about Marathon Maniacs. We discuss what is a Marathon Maniac, what you need to do to qualify, what our levels are, what our maniac numbers are, why you should want to join and many other aspects of the group. Dan is a 10 star maniac, Mike is a 3 star, Mark is a 1 star, Brian is a 1 star maniac and he is also a half fanatic and Tim has done 2 marathons in a month which isn't enough to get into the Maniacs but he was close.Click here to listen to RRT 120Are you a Maniac, answer these questions to find out: Are you addicted to running marathons?Do your thoughts switch to the next scheduled race immediately after finishing a marathon?Are you signed up for more than one race right now?Do you know specifics about many of the marathons? Dates, courses, years run, etc.?Do you know the story of how the marathon got started? Also why the course is 26.2 miles?Do you read books on marathons like Marathon and Beyond?Is book marked on your computer? Do you look at the race schedule more than once a week?Do you start to feel down when you haven't run a marathon in a while?Are your closets and dressers filled with marathon t-shirts?Do you have so many marathon medals that you've run out of room on the hook they hang from?When asked about your racing from none running people, do you find yourself talking with great passion to the point that the person that asked the question regrets ever asking?Have you run marathons on back to back weekends? Or better yet back to back days?Have you run a marathon as a training run? Or just to pace a friend?When asked by loved ones what your plans are for the weekend, you feel guilty telling them your running another marathon so you tell them "it's only a half this weekend"?Do you plan all your vacations around a marathon race?Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, you just may be a Marathon Maniac!!! Pasted from [...]

    RRT 119: Fall 2011 Running Race Experiences & Lessons Learned


    Join a diverse group of runners who will share their Fall 2011 race experiences and lessons learned via the Runners Round Table on Wednesday evening, November 2nd at 8:30 PM (Eastern) / 5:30 PM (Pacific) Connect via (ID# 34812) to both listen-in and to pose your questions/comments. The panel will consist of:
    • Mark Ulrich (, who will discuss his Chicago Marathon;
    • Amanda (, who will discuss her See Jane Run Half Marathon;
    • Mike Westermeier (, who will talk about his latest 50k trail run, Surf the Murph;
    • Brian Adkins (http://marathonbrian), who will share his recent Chicago Marathon experience;
    • Craig Macfarlane (Twitter: @craigmacfarlane), who will discuss the Hartford Marathon;
    • Monica Rondon, who will share her first marathon experience memories from Portland;
    • and Gregory Milbourne, who will discuss his Marine Corps Marathon.
    Unfortunately, Ted Beveridge (, will be unable to connect with the group owing to a conflict, but we will share his recent Alaska Marathon memories and his outcome from the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon.

    Click here to listen to RRT 119

      RRT 118: Running Injuries - Racing, Training and Recovering


      We are back with a show to discuss Running Injuries. Take a listen and plan to join us for a future show. My apologies for the few technical issues, it's been a while :-).


      So join Mark Ulrich, Joe Garland, Tim Kirchner, Craig MacFarlane and Mike Westermeier for a discussion that will cover a lot of different tangents of running injuries.

      We discussed continuing to run after an injury, when to see a Doctor, what happens if you try to run through an injury and various ways to recover from an injury. You will hear about torn ligaments and cartilage, stress fractures, muscle pulls and tears, sprains, strains as well as the normal overuse injuries like ITB syndrome, plantar fasciitis and probably a few more.

      Have you ever had an injury? Have you ever tried to run through it? Were you successful? Has part of your decision been based on that you signed up for a race and had to do it? Could it be that you have a streak going so you just have to run the event?
      If you want some additional information check out Mark's recent post: Running Injuries - Treatment and Prevention.

      RRT 117: Extreme Marathons (and Beyond!)


      According to most standards running a road marathon is pretty extreme, yet some people need a different sort of challenge. A whole host of extreme races has sprung up to meet to this need, from ultramarathons to marathons held in challenging locations. Join us on April 20th, as several runners who have tackled one (or more!) of these extreme events discuss the rise in popularity of these events, what drives them personally, and what future holds. How extreme will the sport get?

      The discussion will be led by Kiersten Pfeifer ( and feature Dan McKenna who just completed the Atacama Crossing, a seven-day, six-stage, 150-mile endurance footrace across the Atacama Desert of Chile ( Conquer Atacama St. Baldrick’s Page and Conquer Atacama Facebook Page.), Phil Moneypenny who ran the first solo Marathon at the Halley base on the Brunt Ice Shelf, and Paul Both who completed a Transcontinental run from Huntington Beach, CA to the Statue of Liberty in New York (

      Click here to listen to RRT 117 

      RRT 116: New Boston Qualifying Standards, March 2nd, 7pm EST


      (image) This past October, registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon filled in 8 hours, shutting out many qualified runners. A few weeks ago, the Boston Athletic Association (which manages the world's oldest continuous marathon), announced a new registration policy for the 2012 race and new standards starting in 2013. The reaction from the running community has been big! Some are pleased with the changes, while others point out the major flaws in the policies. Join us on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm EST to discuss these changes and how they impact the entire running community. The discussion will be lead by Amanda, Mark Ulrich (, Joe Garland (, & Craig Macfarlane but more are always welcome. Let us know what you think about these new standards!

      [Click here to listen to RRT-116]

      RRT 115: Running Form, Wed., Feb. 23 @ 8 EST


      It wasn't so long ago that we had a show on Running Form. We thought we'd revisit the issue because it continues to get almost daily attention in the blogosphere. We'll have Pete Larson and Steve Magness (recently hired by the Oregon Track Club) on again and talk about developments since our last appearance. Joining us too will be Ian Adamson, Newton Running's Director of Research and Education. Pete interviewed Ian in December 2009.

      Pete just posted about Stride Cadence -- you may recall from our initial show that the consensus was that this is an important aspect of form -- and he discusses a number of recent pieces, including one by Steve, on this very topic. Pete also attended a conference in West Virginia last month and posted a series of pieces:

      In that last one, Pete sends you to a nice post by Jay Dicharry on the topic. It's a complex yet simple process, this running. With a discussion of a bit more of the science, we hope to provide a bit of clarity.

      Now for those discouraged by reading that Pete's shuffling-along rate is 186, one of our hosts (Joe Garland) can't break 170 and Steve's is 168 (getting north of 192 at his tempo pace).

      Mark UlrichCraig Macfarlane, and Joe Garland will share hosting duties.

      RRT Congratulates Steve Magness on his New Job as Assistant Coach to Alberto Salazar


      The Runners Roundtable would like to extend a big congratulations to Steve Magness, who has provided a consistent source of excellent information both in his Science of Running blog and here at the Runners Roundtable within two excellent recent episodes (i.e. RRT-98 on Running Form and RRT-106 on Training Basics). Steve has accepted his new job as assistant coach to Alberto Salazar at the Nike Facility in Beaverton, Oregon. With the Oregon Track Club Steve will be helping to train Adam and Kara Goucher, Galen Rupp, Alan Webb and other world-class athletes!

      Found below is a video from Flotrack featuring an interview with Steve about his new gig:

      RRT 114 - Cross Training Can Be Fun!


      Tired of yet another boring workout on the bike trainer or elliptical machine? Ever wondered what Cross Fit is, what is a TRX, what goes on in those hot yoga classes, and is Pole Dancing a legitimate workout? You'll get some answers to these questions and more when you listen in to our chat from Wednesday, February 9, 2011 with several runners who supplement their running with a variety of fun activities. We discussed what cross training and supplemental training are, why you should consider it it, and what activities you can add to your running. Hosted by Margaret Suddeth (Flutter-Bys), with Ann Brennan (Ann's Running Commentary), Tim Doiron (ICannotSitStill), and Nik Wong (4 Feet Running). Joining them will be Joe Garland (RunWestchester), who purports not to cross-train.

      RRT 113: Mid-Winter Motivation


      We're at the midpoint of this winter season, and for some, it's been a long season already, especially if you live in the northern US. The groundhog didn't see his shadow today, so maybe spring is on its way......

      For some runners, this is the time when their motivation falters, when their enthusiasm for our sport succumbs to the darkness and cold of this season, and the winter is only half over.

      For others though, this is a great time to be on the roads, with crisp fresh air in the North, and tolerable temperatures in the South. For these runners, motivation is just kicking in, Spring is coming, and winter is already half over.

      Listen in to this discussion of getting started on those winter days (and nights), the right gear to help you succeed in less-than-perfect conditions, and how to beat those winter blues.

      Mike W's Running blog:
      Russ Porter's Running blog:
      Tim Doiron's (outdated) blog:

      Click here to listen to the episode on TalkShoe!

      RRT 111: Eating Disorders and Exercise Addictions


      As runners, we're always looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage. Whether it's shedding those last few pounds of extra body fat or hitting triple digits on a regular basis, we tend to be a driven, determined lot.But how do runners know when they've tipped over the edge and moved from healthy training- and eating-patterns to unhealthy ones? What causes these disorders? How are they typically treated and what's the outlook for those who are recovering from these issues? What can be done to prevent them from developing in the first place?We discussed these topics with three runners who have been there:Lize Brittin is hostess of the recently revived blog Training on Empty (and author of an as-yet-unpublished memoir of the same title). Lize was a top high school and national-class mountain runner in Colorado in the 1980s, having set the Pike's Peak Marathon ascent record at just 16 -- despite battling severe eating and exercise disorder issues at the time.Dave Dunham currently competes for the Central Massachusetts Striders. Something of a Renaissance Man, in addition to road running Dave also competes in ultras, trail/mountain runs and on snowshoes. Among other distinctions, Dave is a two-time qualifier for US Olympic Marathon Trials and seven-time member of the US Mountain Running team. While in his thirties, Dave struggled with anorexia, reaching 110 lbs on a 5'7" frame. He blogs at DDMountainRunrDiane Israel, 1984 Colorado mountain-running champion, was a successful professional triathlete and runner for 15 years. She is also a recovering anorexic. Her film, Beauty Mark: Body Image and the Race for Perfection, examines how images from popular culture, familial influence and the drive for athletic perfection can all collide, resulting in dangerously disordered thinking and behavior.Hosted by Julie Threlkeld -- RacesLikeAGirl and Running Times contributor -- for this show.Listen to Episode 111[...]

      We need your help!


      If you haven't already done so please sign-up with the Runners Round Table Google Group, which you can easily do by signing-up on the right side of this blog.  After you've done so, you'll be included in periodic RRT-related conversations (which you can limit to once per day to limit the number of RRT e-mail).  This facility allows you to easily share your ideas with other runners regarding future running related episodes, to supply your feedback to others, and if you've got a real interest in the topic to sign-up as a co-host. After you've got a bit of experience under your belt we truly hope you'll sign-up as a host/timekeeper, since it's in that area where we have the greatest need.

      Don't think that the Runners Round Table is limited to "experienced" runners - it's not!  We truly want to encourage runners of all experience and backgrounds to contribute.  We're also proud of the internationally diverse community of runners and additionally hope to further grow participation outside of North America.

      RRT 110: 1/5, 8pm EST: To Sleep, Perchance To Dream


      On Wednesday, January 5 we spoke about the importance of recovery in any training plan. Training is all about (1) Stress, (2) Recovery, (3) Repeat. The importance of giving the body a chance to adapt to the stresses under which it is placed. And about how necessary it is for each of us to learn what our body needs on this front, and to listen to our bodies.

      On board were Brenn, Craig, Mark, Mike, and TK, with Joe Garland as the host.

      Our friend Flo put up a timely post on the taking-time-off issue, which is worth a read.

      RRT 109: Vegan Running


      This evening, we had a Runner's Roundtable discussion on vegan running. Show hosts included well known podcasters Megan (Run Vegan Run), Gordon (This Running Life) and Jake (Run Like Health) as well as bloggers Margaret (Flutter-bys) and Amanda (ChemE Runner).

      Have you ever wondered what veganism is? Why people decide to become vegan? How it influences health, fitness and running? If so, this is the show for you! Come along with us as we discuss the ins and outs of being vegan and an endurance athlete. We will discuss what veganism is, how it applies to health and the advantages and disadvantages of this lifestyle.

      RRT 108a: Karaoke, Joe Garland and the Imeldas


      After a bit of trouble with the original Open Mike show, we reconvened and did a second one, episode 108a. We talk about recent episodes about the heart and form and nutrition. We ended up peaking into one anothers' closets and discovered lots and lots of shoes. We had Westy's Running in the chatroom and Mark U, Craig J., and Paul on the line with host Joe Garland.

      Mark U adds: During the show, there was a brief discussion of the down-side to taking anti-oxidants while training. Lo and behold today's post in the excellent Sweat Science blog addresses exactly that point. Recommended read: Antioxidants block gains from endurance training.