Journey of the Rhode Runner

Journey of the Rhode Runner

I am Paul, a Rhode Islander who is going to run a 5k and raise money for a charity in all 50 states. Come join me on my journey. I will talk about races and charities, as well as talk about life in Rhode Island. There will also be interviews with race directors, charities, other people in the health and fitness community, as well as local Rhode Island businesses.


May 17, 2023 30 mins

You can find Adriana at:

Instagram  @SoulFriendYoga

email: adriana...

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We welcome Kerri Nelson to the podcast, fresh off her first Boston Marathon! We talk about her training and her whole Boston Marathon experience. In addition to some fun and moving marathon talk, we get into Kerri's love of Obstacle Course Racing. 

It is always fun to talk about racing, especially Boston Marathon racing. And this is no exception. This is a great conversation that flies by! Enjoy the show!


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April 18, 2023 99 mins

Crystal Bui, who Rhode Islanders may remember as a report from Channel 10 News, joins us for a powerful episode. Crystal was a reporter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, covering the George Floyd murder and the civil unrest that followed.

Crystal has just released a memoir, More to Tell. She tells the story of George Floyd's murder, as well as facing sexism and racism while covering the story.

In this episode, we talk about Crystal's expe...

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Paul has selected his next race - Washington DC on May 6, 2023  - Running for Justice.

We also talk about our awesome upcoming guest, Crystal Bui, 

Paul is doing the Climb for Air in Providence on April 22, and is sponsoring another veteran from 22 Too Many - Alexis Johnson.

This leads to discuss some social justice issues and how the hate needs to stop. 

Although we discuss some serious topics, we have some fun as well.

  • New R...
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This episode features the incomparable Kate Champion! Kate is a writer and a mental health professional who has recently published two books that you will enjoy - Never Too Late and You Are Limitless. In these books you will find real-life stories from everyday people who are beating the odds, determined to live full rich lives.

On this episode, Kate will inspire you with some of the amazing people she has featured in her books, sh...

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March 14, 2023 28 mins
  • Spring ahead nonsense
  • Do strength training first
  • Running is a natural movement
  • Start slowly
  • Difference between soreness and pain
  • What to do when you're sore
  • Exercises
  • Running shoes
  • Journaling

You can find Adriana at:

Instagram  @SoulFriendYoga

email: adriana@soulfriendyoga

YouTube: Adriana Ferns – Use the code SOUL20 for 20% off

You can find The Rhode Runner in the following places:

Twitter: @Th...

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March 7, 2023 57 mins
  • Trail running talk...and smelly feet
  • MovNat class
  • Terrain Race – May 20, 2023 – Team Total Fitness – 8am heat
  • Obstacle Course race stories
  • Fight for Air Climb - 22 flights of steps at The Omni in Providence - April 22  - Team Total Fitness
  • Travel Stories
  • Subic Bay
  • Gulf War
  • Expose yourself to different cultures
  • Travel tip's
  • Leave the world a better place
  • Alaska Daily
  • Eating different types of food from different cultures and st...
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- Finally State #11 in the books!

- Bourbon Street

- Mardi Gras parade

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  • Dr. Edwards getting  started
  • What a chiropractor does
  • Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Patient-Centered Approach by Dr. Craig Liebenson
  • Positive experience with movement
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Common running issues
  • Problems from sitting all day
  • Does chiropractic work help with TMJ
  • Connection between TMJ and mental health

Dr. Edwards can be found at

Bristol Chiropractic

685 Metacom Avenue

Bristol, RI 02809


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January 31, 2023 29 mins

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  • Disney racing - Looking forward to the return of Mindy the Road Runner Girl. Check out Episode 66
  • Adriana as a feisty nun
  • Paul's Seasonal Depression in high gear
  • Padma Venkatraman
  • Mercury Retrograde
  • Cat bite follow-up



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  • Adriana's new meditation practice at Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center
  • Adriana's one-word theme of the year- Peace
  • Paul's one-word theme of the year - Momentum
  • Cat Attack!
  • Greta Thunberg vs. Andrew Tate

  • Take steps and m...
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- Better to ask forgiveness than permission - Adriana signs up for elite heat for next year's Rugged Maniac
- Downtown Jingle 5k
- Crazy prices of some races
- Disney marathon weekend
- Looking for more races
- Anxiety
- Goals vs. Resolutions
- List 5 goals daily - Mel Robbins
- Schedule self care
- Don't Give Up
- Getting outside in the winter

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- Paul's injury-free Rugged Maniac experience
- Adriana's injury
- Island Wellness salt cave
- Bodhi Water Journey
- Paul Stroessner Jr., MFA - Paul graduates with a Master's degree in Creative Writing
- What Cheer Writer's Club
- Downtown Jingle 5k
- Journal of the Rhode Runner
- Episode 69, Dude!
- Never Too Late: Inspiration, Motivation, and Sage Advice from 7 Later-in-Life Athletes by Kate Champion
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Brittny Cabral is back! You may remember "Barefoot Britt" from Episode 63. Brittny, Adriana, and I have a great, inspiring conversation about mental fitness, and give tips on how to change your mindset.

Some things that we mentioned:
NOURISH Talk Walk Grow Flow
The Power is Within You



You can find Brittny on Facebook as well as Instagram (@brittnylee6) – Use the code BRITT15 to save 15% on Kinis s...

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September 9, 2022 6 mins

Special announcement - The GenX Book Club is up and running, and we will begin discussing the first selection this October!
The Book club can be found as a Facebook Group or can be found on for those of you not on Facebook.

We will select one book a month (for the time being) that members of Generation X will enjoy. It may be an autobiography/biography of a Gen X celebrity, or books that take place from the 1970s thro...

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On this episode, Adriana returns and we talk about Paul's birthday weekend in New Hampshire, as well as the 14th Annual Finish for a Guinness 5k. This is the race that was part of the inspiration behind the Journey of the Rhode Runner. We also talk about awesome book stores in Warren, RI. And we ponder whether or not "leaf peepers" are pervy.

Enjoy the show!

Some things that were mentioned on the show:
- J.L. Sullivan's Irish Pub a...

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On this episode, The Rhode Runner meets Road Runner Girl! Mindy the Road Runner Girl, is in the midst of an incredibly impressive runs streak. She has run at least a mile straight every day since May 24, 2014! As of this recording, she is up to Day 3,019!
We talk about how Mindy began her run streak. She also has some fun stories of how she kept the streak going when it was in jeopardy.
We also talk about Disney races as Mindy will...

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On this episode of Journey of the Rhode Runner, Paul is joined by the author of All the Way Strong, Celeste Joan. As Paul heads toward a career in writing, he found Celeste's YouTube/AuthorTube channel, He discovered that Celeste was releasing her debut novel, and it centers aroun...

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