Inspired Soles

Inspired Soles

Inspired Soles co-hosts Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey 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 23, 2024 58 mins

Stuart Chutter is the first trail ultrarunner we’ve had on the show who is also a regenerative farmer from Melville, Saskatchewan.  We were super curious about how a person finds the time for both farming and ultrarunning, activities that each require significant commitment, time and energy for success.  So we invited Stuart to come on the show to talk about both his passions.

In this episode, Stuart tells us about how he started ru...

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**TRIGGER WARNING - This episode has references to sexual abuse. 

In this episode, Edmontonian elite ultra runner Priscilla Forgie returns to the show to discuss her contribution to the new book Run for Your Life. This book is an incredible collaboration of short stories written by 13 different runners made possible by several sponsors from Alberta, Canada including Run Calgary, Servus Edmonton Marathon and 5 Peaks. It was within th...

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Omena Babalola is an accomplished 55-year old masters sprinter from Winnipeg MB and an absolute force to be reckoned with. Born in Nigeria to two high achieving parents, Omena came to Canada in her early 20s and spent time on Prince Edward Island before completing her MBA at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and following her man to Winnipeg. Omena currently works as a Professional Auditor at Manitoba Hydro and is the Vice President...

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Jean Fortier is the general director and founder of Québec Mega Trail. He joins us to talk about his running origins and dive deep into the past, present and future of this amazing event.

QMT is a legendary ultra-trail race, renowned as one of the most beautiful but also as one of the hardest in Canada. Crossing one of the most beautiful places in Québec, it takes runners all the way to Mont-Sainte-Anne, and more than 3,000 racers m...

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March 26, 2024 56 mins

Nick Kershaw is a man with a mission.  A runner with a background in finance and a passion for international development, Nick joins us from the UK to tell us all about how the Impact Marathon Series came to be and why it is so special.  The Impact Marathon Series was born in 2015 from a dream that we could use the simple power of running to uplift communities and empower runners all over the world.

Throughout the Impact process, fr...

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Jen Shapka is a woman with a mission who seemingly can’t say no…and there are many runners who are grateful she says yes most of the time! Jen has moved a lot in her adult life, and it was the frequent moving that made this now 45-year old force herself to find a community wherever she landed. With two small kids at home, a husband away for work, and no family around, it was tough to get to the gym or join a team (both of which she...

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Rory Linkletter is a professional Canadian athlete who lives and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, is sponsored by Puma, and is coached by US half marathon record holder, Ryan Hall. He is also now the 2nd fastest Canadian marathoner in history!

We first had Rory on the show six months ago (Ep 153) after finishing 19th at the World Championships marathon in Budapest. Since then he’s been training up a storm with one goal in mind…making t...

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Today’s episode features three incredible ladies who all have speaking roles at The Run Retreat, an inaugural women’s event that will be taking place in beautiful Hecla Provincial Park, 2 hours north of Winnipeg, MB, from June 7-9, 2024. 

Three-time Inspired Soles guest Sasha Gollish is our keynote speaker and in addition to being an elite Canadian runner, she is also the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Toronto...

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Our COTQ series is meant to highlight the different aspects of what it means to be in a partnership when one or both people are runners and do we ever have a power couple to feature today in Jonelle Koop-Yumang and Melvin Yumang.

Melvin is the runner of their duo but as you’re about to hear, his 6-year running journey has aligned very closely with the couple’s fertility journey…and what a wild ride it has been for them! Their story ...

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February 20, 2024 65 mins

Evan Birch is a partner, father, friend, colleague and ultra runner who has been running his entire life, in more ways than one. While his accomplishments range from competing in the Sinister 7 100, the Canadian Death Race and the Divide 200, Evan’s foray into ultra running began in 2017, born out of running away from a two-decade career in emergency services. He assisted thousands of people, saved countless lives and comforted man...

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On February 3rd, 2024, the United States held their Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando, FL to determine the team they will be sending to the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, France. Once every four years the best in the country  race head-to-head where the top three men and top three women are chosen to represent the country at the Olympics. Not many countries select their team this way and it’s got to be an absolute pressure cooker of ...

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Andrew Swan is a 55 year old lawyer, former politician and runner who is a staple in the Winnipeg community…some might even say “Winnipeg famous.” He practiced family law for 14 years before being elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 2004. He served as the Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade as well as the Minister for Liquor and Lotteries before settling into his role as Manitoba’s Attorney-General and Minister of Ju...

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Waldo Cheung is a physiotherapist originally from BC currently living in Calgary, AB. His current interests lie in the promotion of healthy running and rock climbing as well as the preservation of strength and function in the middle age and elderly. He has worked and taught in a variety of different rehabilitation settings from critical care to sports medicine. Waldo is an instructor for The Running Clinic, a company that offers re...

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Dave Proctor is back on the show for the third time. Since we last spoke in the spring of 2022, he’s become the fastest person to run across Canada AND a published author!

On May 15th, 2022, the ultrarunning legend from Okotoks, AB started running west from St. John’s, NL, followed in the footsteps of his hero Terry Fox, traversed over 7100 kilometers, and arrived in Victoria, BC 67 days, 10 hrs and 27 minutes later, breaking Al How...

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Val Schonberg is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Minnesota. She is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Certified Menopause Practitioner with The Menopause Society (previously known as the North American Menopause Society) and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Val owns a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she specializ...

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Dr. Duane Scotti is a Connecticut-based running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner.  He has become a kindred podcast spirit of ours and with this episode has the honor of becoming the first guest we’ve had on the show 3 times!  A leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years, Duane is constantly learning, growing and sharing not only his professional know...

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Amanda Thebe is a Fitness and Women’s Health Expert from Toronto, ON and an affiliated member of the Canadian and  North American Menopause Society. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too and has nearly 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. As a highly-regarded expert on women’s fitness and health, Amanda joins us as part of this serie...

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Marina Striker is a 52 year old Education Assistant and ultra trail runner from Agassiz, British Columbia.  Although a lifelong runner, she took up trail running 6 years ago and uses running as an outlet to channel her high energy.  You first heard Marina on our podcast when we interviewed her with Ihor Verys after Bigs Backyard Ultra in October where she crewed him to a 107 hour assist.  After that chat we knew we had to talk with...

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Dr. Nese Yuksel is a full Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Alberta. She also holds a cross-appointment with Alberta Health Services and has been practicing in the areas of menopause and osteoporosis for nearly 25 years. She is passionate about bringing her clinical experience to inform her research and teaching. Dr. Yuksel is a Menopause Societ...

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December 12, 2023 53 mins

Today Carolyn interviews co-host Kim Sankey about her most recent six day fastpacking trip to Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonian region of Chile with RunBC - organized by past guest and amazing athlete and human, Jen Segger.  It was the trip of a lifetime and Kim has received so many questions about it that she's here to tell us all about it on the podcast!

There are two ways to travel and explore. You can sample ...

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