Inspire to Run Podcast

Inspire to Run Podcast

Inspire to Run (formerly Inspire Virtual Runs) is a running community to inspire you to run and take control of your health and fitness. Inspire to Run Podcast brings running tips, personal stories, and fitness information. You will hear interviews with fitness and wellness experts, personal trainers, and everyday runners. Please rate, review, and subscribe!


February 15, 2024 42 mins

#110 - Are you struggling to train and compete in multiple sports; or nervous about starting a second sport? Listen to my conversation with Melissa Linden, competitive hybrid athlete, as she shares her story from her first 5K that she ran with reluctance, to conquering  endurance sports and strength training.

Melissa's story is nothing short of inspirational and she lays out her secrets on how to set realistic goals, prioritize...

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#109 - After hitting pause for a few weeks through the holidays, I'm back in full stride, eager to share with you the latest from the running world and my own personal journey. You will hear about my running goals for 2024 and how I am thinking about preparing for them (mentally and physically). We also have incredible guest interviews that are on the way!

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  • Get the latest on Inspire to Run Podcast
  • Hear abo...
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#108 - Are you looking for personal growth and renewed motivation in your running journey? Look no further! Listen to my conversation with Shawn Buttner, Certified High Performance Coach, as he shares the solution to help you unleash your full potential and achieve remarkable transformation in running and life. 

Together, we will unlock the power of personal growth, fuel your motivation, and pave the way for unparalleled success on ...

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#107 - Ready to break free from your comfort zone and embark on a transformative health and fitness journey? You're in luck! In our latest episode, we sit down with Zack Selleck, a plant-based endurance runner from Michigan who has run the gamut from 5Ks to ultramarathons. Zack's story is one of determination and resilience, peppered with life-changing decisions that ultimately led him to the healthier, more fulfilling li...

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#106 - Founder of Project Purple and runner, Dino Verrelli, talks about how running positively impacted his life, how he developed fundraisers that incorporate running to help pancreatic cancer patients worldwide, and how you can benefit by supporting a good cause.

Topics Covered:

  • How does Project Purple help families of those battling pancreatic cancer and fund research
  • How can running be a positive outlet and therapeutic ex...
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#105 - Ever felt stuck in a rut, struggling to find your stride? We had a riveting conversation with Brad Ritter - an expert on performance, author of the best-selling book, School of Grit, and a walking testament to the power of transformation. 

Brad shared his journey of overcoming mediocrity and how an intense experience at a camp modeled after Navy SEAL training ignited a life-altering change in him. What ensued was the concepti...

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#104 - Imagine transforming your life through running, and the spark of that transformation leading to an innovation in the running world. That's exactly what happened to our guest, Anthony Pong, CEO of Caterpy, and his business partner, Kaji. 

Their partnership, born out of Kaji's quest to quit smoking through the discipline of running, led to the creation of a unique shoelace that's taking the running world by storm...

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#103 - Bruce Davis is here to inspire us with his transformative journey through running and obstacle course races that gave him a renewed sense of purpose after a devastating personal tragedy. 

Bruce opens up about how endurance events offered him a sanctuary of peace and introspection, and the adrenaline rush of his first Spartan stadium run, which he candidly admits changed his life trajectory and got him hooked on racing.


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#102 - What would you do if you could identify the one thing holding you back from success in your life? Justin Belt, life coach, author, and teacher, shares his unique approach towards overcoming limiting beliefs and harnessing the power of the mind to help you reach your goals. Justin candidly shares his personal journey of transformation.

Justin is the author of 'Slaying the Lion Hunt: What is Hunting You and is the host of ...

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#101 - Looking to boost your running performance with the power of breath? Let's venture on a conversational journey with Mike Bennet, the Scientific and Partnership Manager at Airofit, a man whose unique background in semi-professional rugby sparked a passion for running. 

Mike enlightens us on the game-changing role of respiratory muscle training for runners, revealing how this training aids in increasing physiological potent...

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#100 - Five years ago, I laced up my running shoes and embarked on a journey that has taken me beyond the physical realm of running into the mental battlefield of resilience and determination. Join me as I celebrate this adventure and milestone—our 100th episode! I'll be sharing the story of my re-entry into running, the personal growth from Spartan obstacle course races, and the creation of this very podcast inspired by pushi...

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#099 - What does it take to be a high performance athlete? What lessons can we learn from a lifetime dedicated to sports and military service? We delve into these questions and more with our special guest, Dan Browne, United States Army National Guard Retired Lieutenant Colonel, former Olympian, and Sales Manager, Government Division at Polar.

Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey, ge...

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#098 - Prepare to be inspired by the remarkable story of Barry Karch, host of Running for Your Life Podcast, a passionate runner who, after a two-decade hiatus, reignited his love for the sport. Having once raced in up to 20 races per year, burnout set in and Barry stepped off the “track” for 20 long years.

Upon reaching his 60s, Barry realized that it was time for a change. This was a pivotal moment that sparked his journey back to...

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#097 - We can't ignore the pivotal role of recovery in endurance training. Ryan Hurley, founder of Lagoon Sleep, gives us a peek into his recovery routine, which includes stretching, strength training, and yes, sleep. Ryan is an elite athlete who switched from swimming to endurance sports like Ironman, marathons, and Ultra Marathons.

The insights from Ryan Hurley in this podcast episode underscore the importance of sleep and re...

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#096 - How do you come back from a diagnosis or injury that prevents you from being active? Get ready to be moved by the exhilarating journey of our guest Deanna Blegg, Australia's leading female adventure racer and the creative mind behind Bleggmit. 

We promise you a front-row seat to her indomitable spirit, from her humble beginnings as a swimmer, scaling the heights of her first triathlon win in 1984, to representing Austral...

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#095 - How do you stay motivated in running or other areas of your life when things get difficult. Bob Bickel, founder of RunSignUp, shares advice on how to stay motivated along with his story of resilience throughout his entrepreneurial career. 

Bob walks us through his journey as a runner at Bucknell University, professional career in the software industry, and most recently founder of RunSignUp. Don’t miss this insightful and ins...

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#094 - Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut, exhausted with your fitness routine and finding no pleasure from the same tedious workouts? Well, today's episode is going to change all that. We're talking about how to avoid burnout, stay injury-free, and actually enjoy the activity you once loved with our guest, Fitz Kohler, Fitzness

Fitz is no stranger to challenges; she's a cancer survivor who bounced back str...

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#093 - Jodi Fisher, founder and CEO of Go Guarded, shares her empowering journey of creating self-defense tools that enable runners to feel safe during their outdoor workouts. We delve into her personal experiences that led to the birth of Go Guarded, a brand that focuses on empowerment and readiness. 

This episode is not just a must-listen for runners and outdoor enthusiasts but for anyone who values personal safety. Prepare to fee...

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#092 - Get ready to be inspired as we have a fireside chat with the dynamic Chris Ratterman, founder and CEO of Shady Rays. We take a deep dive into Chris's entrepreneurial journey, exploring the highs, lows, and everything in-between. We talk about the parallel between business and fitness with starting on a new journey and tips on finding success without getting discouraged or burned out.

Chris's candid revelations about...

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#091 - Picture yourself surrounded by a vibrant crowd, each step you take echoing the power within you. You're not just running a race, you're reclaiming control over your life. Welcome to our chat with Julie Felton, a mother, a runner, and an embodiment of empowerment. 

Julie shares her exhilarating journey of running marathons, sharing how she has enhanced her life physically and mentally, and even emotionally. She expos...

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