Inspired Soles

Inspired Soles

Inspired Soles co-hosts Carolyn Coffin and Kim Senechal bring the communities of trail and road running together as they explore the parallels between running and life. Guests share the wisdom and experience they have gained through running and how it has inspired them to live deeper and more meaningful lives.

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April 12, 2021 40 min

Dalip Shekhawat is a passionate educator, mountaineer, and ultra runner who grew up in the Himalayas and now calls Winnipeg home. Dalip has climbed over fifteen mountain peaks including Mt. Everest on May 16, 2019. He works at St. Amant school as a special education teacher and he is also a member of Royal Winnipeg Rifles, a primary reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces.

Dalip found his passion for running during his tra...

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This episode marks the end of another quarter where Kim and Carolyn reflect on their own running, what’s new in their lives, and industry news including potential trail and road races throughout Manitoba and around the world. Kim kicks things off with a pretty big announcement that is making for lots of changes in her life and her running, and Carolyn has taken on a new role in the running world that she is really excited about. On...

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Have you ever been secretly terrified that you have a stress fracture, wondered what RED-S is, or had trouble deciding whether you should run through that tendon pain or not?

Today we're speaking with Dr. Sylvia Loewen,  a Sports Medicine Physician at The Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg, Medical Advisor to the Pan Am Running & Gait Centre, and an avid runner herself.  She joins us to help unpack information not only about common ...

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Kathy Wiens is the Executive Director for the Manitoba Runners’ Association and has had an avid relationship with running for decades.  We invited her on the podcast to talk about organized running in 2020 and 2021 and the challenges faced by race directors and event organizers going forward.  We get her take on the cancellation of the Stonewall Quarry Race, and what we hope will come from the exposure the planned event provided th...

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Roslyn Smith is a 72 year old road runner from Comox, BC who holds Canadian masters records in the 8k (37:44, W70), half marathon (1:39:06, W65) and marathon (3:39:35 W65; 3:52:20 W70). In 2019 she flat-out won her 70-74 age group at the Boston Marathon, beating her running idol Jeannie Rice by over 10 minutes in a true display of the tortoise and the hare tale. Roz’s over 40 year running career began in the western arctic where sh...

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Will Barkan is an accomplished ultrarunner from San Francisco, CA who is legally blind. He was diagnosed with Stargartd’s disease at age 10 and has had progressive vision loss since then.  He has been legally blind since high school, but has not let his disability limit his lifestyle. In addition to completing the Pacific Coast Trail in four months, he has completed the Boston Marathon, Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run 100, Lake Sonom...

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We are so excited to be kicking off a brand new series called Couple of the Quarter where once every three months we go deep with a couple about how running fits into their relationship. It will be one of two scenarios -- they are either both runners or just one partner is a runner, like our first twosome today -- Andrew and Darla Forbes. 

Andrew and Darla are both health professionals in their 50s from Belleville ON who have four a...

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Shane Mascarin is a 46 year old range biologist from Wainwright, AB with an impressive endurance sport resume. He is a roadrunner, trail runner and triathlete who has completed approximately 10 marathons, over 35 ultramarathons including 14-100 milers and the Moab 240, as well as 10 full Ironman competitions. Kim met him somewhat virtually in 2016 when they were fellow Salming ambassadors, and they got to know each other better at ...

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February 16, 2021 77 min

Dr. Wayne Crowe has been practicing medicine in the Comox Valley since 1983 and transitioned to semi-retirement in 2018. He strongly believes in food and movement as medicine, and was a pioneer in his field in prescribing exercise and lifestyle modifications before medication whenever possible. Always an active person, Wayne didn’t start seriously running until age 49, which makes his 2:49:58 marathon PB that much more impressive. ...

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Heather Giffin is a 41 year old speech-language pathologist, business owner, wife and mother of two boys from Napanee, ON. Running has played different roles throughout her life, but perhaps most notably is how it helped her move through postpartum depression after giving birth to both of her children. Running shifted from being about performance to being about JOY. This conversation is raw and real. Heather shares how her entry in...

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Solana Green is at the center of the running scene on British Columbia’s west coast. A Burnaby native, she now calls Squamish home where she’s co-owned and operated their only trail and mountain running store since 2016 called Capra, which is Latin for “mountain goat.”

In 2013 she started a Facebook group called Ladies of the Trails to help demystify trail running for women who are intimidated by the sport. Over the years it has gr...

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Junel Malapad is somewhat of a Winnipeg running legend and it’s hard to not get caught up in the energy of the many running movements that he has spawned. While Junel seems most comfortable running for charity, he has done dozens of half and full marathons, several ultramarathons, and has organized countless fun runs for the members of his community. He is a leader for Winnipeg Run Club, a run ambassador for Lululemon, and the foun...

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Melanie Henning sought out Coach Carolyn to help her improve at the half and full marathon distances. She was a speedy kid throughout elementary school who routinely beat the boys in short races, but a number of moves with her military family had her gravitating to team sports for their social benefits. Running took a backseat for the next 20 years but she found it again in her early 30s, in part because of the favourable weather c...

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Scott Sugimoto is a 61 year old gentleman from Winnipeg who has an extensive running history in both road and trail running. He has completed multiple half and full marathons, as well as many trail ultramarathons including Actif Epica and Arrowhead.  Scott has an affinity for winter running and is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. 

In this episode we get into the dos and don’ts of winter running including: 

  • What to wear
  • What NOT t...
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    Vicki Romanin is a firecracker of a lady runner from Whistler, BC.  In her words, she is a grateful, silvering, 60 year old mom/wife/retiree with a growing passion for mountains who is showing no signs of slowing down.  Although she has a lifetime of running experience, over the last decade Vicki has tackled some increasingly difficult and impressive races including the Boston Marathon, Cascade Crest 100 miler, Fat Dog 120, and Tor...

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    Today marks the last Inspired Soles episode of 2020 where we *finally* share the story of how we met and take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of our life as podcasters. We cover all kinds of embarrassing bloopers, as well as reflections from our 14 guest interviews. We get into Carolyn’s marathon DNF and redemption run this fall, and Kim shares about her virtual Limitless Vertical Challenge and completing the entire Mantario Trail ...

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    Today we’re speaking with the Running Room founder, John Stanton, who back in 1981 was an out-of-shape 2-pack-a-day smoker that could barely run from one lamppost to the next. His now popular run:walk approach got him pretty darn fit, to the point that his first 19 marathons were all under 3-hrs and he even made it to the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 1984 he opened a tiny store in Edmonton to service the needs of...

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    Dave Proctor is a Canadian running legend, and is considered one of the top 10 ultramarathon runners in the world.  He is a 40 year old father of three from Okotoks AB, a massage therapist, and the Canadian record holder for the 24, 48 and 72 hour continuous run events. He has also held world records for the furthest distance run on a treadmill in 12 and 24 hours (260.4kms) as well as the fastest 100 mile time of 12:32.  In 2018 he...

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    December 8, 2020 55 min

    Today we’re talking to Carolyn's husband, Johnny Coffin, who is a LCol in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Chief Running Official for the Canadian Armed Forces. He grew up on a strawberry and raspberry farm on PEI and spent his childhood playing every sport imaginable while trying to keep up with his three older siblings. He came to running in his late 20s as a convenient way to stay fit while he was deployed all over the w...

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    Today we’re talking with Deborah Halliday-Mills, who Carolyn met earlier this year when she snagged a spot on her charity team for the Chicago Marathon. Deb is the charity and event manager for an amazing global non-profit called 261 Fearless, whose mission is to empower women through running. Affectionately known as Fearless Deb, she describes how she found running at the age of 40 while going through a challenging time in her lif...

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