Inspired Soles

Inspired Soles

Inspired Soles co-hosts Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey (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.


May 23, 2023 61 mins

Meet our Couple of the Quarter, Bo Huang & Mingdi Zhao, who recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary at the 2023 Boston Marathon where they both finished with personal bests. Bo crossed the line in 3:13 and Mingdi ran 3:34, which requalifies them by over 21 and 30 minutes, respectively, for their upcoming 55 age category should they wish to return.

Mingdi excelled at running straight out of the gates and eventually ins...

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Jen Segger is a FORCE. She has spent the last 20+ years travelling the globe competing as a world class adventure racing athlete and ultra runner. For decades she has pushed her body and mind to the extremes, exploring her true potential and going beyond what she thought was previously possible. Jen shares her experiences and knowledge with those that she works with. As a full time endurance coach to athletes of all levels from aro...

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Arli Cruikshank is a 40 year old runner from Manitoba and a mother of two preteens. She is also currently halfway through her second pregnancy as a surrogate mother. 

Her first journey with surrogacy began in 2016 and after three long years of emotional highs and lows, she gave birth to surrobabe Noah in October of 2019 for a woman named Aleah. Getting pregnant the second time around was much more seamless, and at the time of this r...

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In this episode we welcome Sarah Seads back to the show.  She is one of Kim’s closest friends and was one of our first guests in episode 4. In that 2020 episode she talked about tackling her “Year of Fears” and in this one she shares the experiences and wisdom she has gained from her “Year of Following My Heart.”

Sarah has completely redefined herself over the last few years and it is hard to put a label on her.  Once a tree planter...

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Paula Wiltse is an elite 55-year old masters runner from Carolyn’s hometown of Brockville, ON. She has personal bests of 17:02 for the 5k all the way up to 2:48:50 for the marathon, and has even held some Canadian masters age group records throughout the years. At the age of 50 in 2017, Paula became part of a rare group of women to break 3 hours for the marathon, running an impressive 2:58:52 in Chicago. Carolyn interviewed  Paula ...

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Chris Fenlon-MacDonald is an adventure racer and father, living in Calgary AB. He is the owner and founder of Rocky Mountain Adventure Racing and also played a huge role in the creation of the Swamp Donkey events in Manitoba. Recently he completed the Expedition Canada Adventure Race in the Okanagan in 2022 and is currently training for 2023!

After serving as a full-time reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces in Winnipeg and Edmon...

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In honour of the 10 year anniversary of the Boston bombings, we’ve decided to re-air our conversation with Cassandra Bonn, who ran the marathon on that fateful day back in 2013.

Cassandra is 47 year old Account and Sales Executive with Quinte Broadcasting in Belleville ON. She took up running in her early 30s and even though her two children were young at the time, she went all in on training to the point that she qualified for the ...

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Today we welcome Hollie Lawder to the show to discuss Lauren Fleshman’s new book, Good for a Girl

A mother-of-three including two girls, Hollie is not only the genius behind the “Reading on the Run” Instagram and blog, she also works at a library, and is an accomplished road and trail runner. Unfortunately, Hollie also has firsthand experience with many of the difficult subjects presented in Lauren’s book. 

Good For a Girl is both ...

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Recently named “Canada’s Greatest Female Distance Runner” by Canadian Running magazine, Lynn Kanuka won medals on numerous international stages and set almost every Canadian middle distance record during the height of her storied career in the 1980s. 

Born and raised in Regina, SK, Lynn now lives just outside of Vancouver where, until 2021, she coached our current Canadian record holder in the marathon, Natasha Wodak (episode 124). ...

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André Belibi Eloumou is a mindset coach, personal trainer and extreme athlete from Switzerland who was in Calgary recently to train in the cold. While he was there, he ran shirtless and barefoot and performed some ice plunges in the river. His goal is to break the world record for ice immersion, currently set at 3 hours and 28 seconds. He has completed a run across the US and from France to Morocco, but while in Calgary his goal is...

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Noel Kendle is a 22 year old track athlete at the University of Manitoba where he’s pursuing a degree in Recreation Management and Community Development. A soccer and hockey player growing up, he didn’t dive seriously into track until 2015, but has grown to love it more with each passing year. Noel cites the 800m as his favourite distance of all time and tells us why he currently has a love/hate relationship with the 600m. We even ...

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March 7, 2023 56 mins

Erik Bird is a west coast trail ultrarunner and race director from Mission, BC.  He started running in 2015 after realizing he was not in the shape that he wanted to be in.  He started with 10K and progressed to 50K before falling in love with the trails that are part of the Fat Dog course and completing 120 miles in one of the most scenic places in Canada.  Erik now finds himself the race director for the Fat Dog 120, Trail Run fo...

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February 28, 2023 58 mins

Matt Shepard, better known as “Shep,” is a trail and ultrarunner originally from Washington State who currently lives in Cochrane, AB.  Shep is a true jack-of-all-trades - he can just as easily rebuild a carburetor as he can mend a pair of torn pants. A former medic in the US Armed Forces, volunteer firefighter, woodworker and builder of things, Shep loves to work with his hands. An entrepreneur at heart, he operates two small busi...

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February 21, 2023 52 mins

Amy Puzey is a holistic nutritionist, mother, and long time competitive trail runner who lives in Invermere, BC.  She is also the founder and CEO of Goodphyte, a company dedicated to making the enzyme phytase easily available worldwide.  We first heard from Amy in episode 99 where she introduced us to herself and explained how curiosity led her to research this super-powered digestive enzyme.  We were so intrigued by what Amy share...

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We’re honoured and excited to be catching up with Canada’s fastest female marathoner, Natasha Wodak, after her brilliant run in the Berlin Marathon on September 25th, 2022. We dug into all the details of that magical day, including some of the challenges she faced in the days leading up to – as well as in the early miles of – the race. We discussed what it feels like to run a 1:28 negative split to smash the Canadian record previou...

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February 7, 2023 44 mins

There’s no guest interview today. Instead, we chose to get vulnerable and show our human sides a little bit more. Inspired by a recent episode of the Running Rogue podcast with Chris McClung, we each open up about our top 3 running insecurities, how they show up for us, and most importantly, what we do to navigate them. 

We believe all of us face insecurities in one way or another, so our primary goal with this one was to help you f...

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January 31, 2023 52 mins

Aldo Furlan is a 58-year old kindergarten teacher, avid runner, and all-around awesome human who gives back tirelessly to his running community in Winnipeg. In addition to coaching middle school track and cross country, he is heavily involved with the Manitoba Runners’ Association, Teds Run for Literacy, the Winnipeg 10&10 and the Manitoba Marathon.

In this episode Aldo tells us about being “crippled by a 4-year old” many years ...

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January 24, 2023 60 mins

Nicki Rehn is an Australian-Canadian who loves the beach, but is hopelessly addicted to the mountains so has spent most of her adult life in Calgary, AB, Canada. She came to adventure and endurance sports by way of competitive triathlon and road marathon. It's been over a decade since she raced on pavement, preferring instead adventure racing, mountain biking, ultramarathon running, fast-packing, skiing, orienteering, and moun...

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Meet our Couple of the Quarter, Dana and Shaun Mayberry, who own and operate Mayberry Fine Art in Winnipeg, MB.  

Dana is one of Carolyn’s clients who had been working tirelessly for a year to lower her 4:29 marathon best set back in 2019. Through a series of unfortunate events, not one of Dana’s goal races came to fruition until December 4, 2022 when she ran her way to a 28-minute personal best at the California International Marat...

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Dan Klco identifies foremost as a husband and father to his three amazing children. He is an advanced psychotherapist who’s trained with some of the foremost leaders in the psychology field in Canada. His practice as a clinical counselor includes somatic focus work (ISTDP) on mental health experiences including severe depression and anxiety, pain management, addictions, sexual health, and complex medically unexplained conditions. D...

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