In this week’s episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, Matt Chittim of The Rambling Runner Podcast joins Andi and Zach to discuss what we can learn from other runners and we share what what we have learned from some of our guests.
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World of Running
Three things from this past week in the world of running…
WHEN: August 15th, 2021
WHERE: Cape Cod
WHAT: The Falmouth Road Race (NBC Boston News)
- Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s race in 36:52
- 41 years old
- 5:16 mile pace.
- Ben Flanagan of Canada won the men’s race in 32:16
- 4:37 mile pace.
- Molly Seidel was the official race starter and joined the field of nearly 8,000 racers and joined as its very last runner at the start.
- For every runner Seidel passed, the Falmouth Road Race pledged to donate $1 to Tommy’s Place — a vacation home in Falmouth for kids fighting cancer — Later the race announced it would double its pledge. The founder of Tommy’s Place, Tim O’Connell, also announced an additional dollar-for-dollar match.
- Molly passed 4,761 runners along the way.
- The Falmouth Road Race donated $9,522 in appreciation of Seidel’s participation in this year’s event and in celebration of her victory in Tokyo. Combined with O’Connell’s match, Seidel helped raise $19,044 for pediatric cancer patients.
- FORMER GUESTS: Parker Stinson was 8th and Clayton Young was 9th.
- Emily Durgin was runner up, you may remember us talking about how she is leading the US Road Racing Champs right now.
WHEN: August 8th, 2021
WHAT: Brooklyn Mile
- Fast road mile
- Women’s winner was Dani Aragon in 4:34
- 8th in the 1500m at the Olympic Trials
- PR of 2:00 in the 800m
- PR of 4:05 in the 1500m
- Men’s winner was Craig Engels in 4:02
- 4th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500m
- PR mile 3:51.60
Boston Announces their Elite Fields.
Monday, October 11
- Women’s Field
- Yebrgual Melese (2:19:36) ETH
- Mare Dibaba (2:19:52) ETH
- Workenesh Edesa (2:20:24) ETH
- Sutume Kebede (2:20:30) ETH
- Sutume Kebede (2:20:30) ETH
- Edna Kiplagat, the 2017 women’s race champion (2:19:50) KEN
- and Helah Kiprop (2:21:27)
- Caroline Chepkoech, a former Kenyan who now runs for Kazakhstan, is making her debut.
- The top American women are Jordan Hasay (2:20:57), Des Linden (2:22:38), and Molly Huddle (2:26:33)
- Women’s Field
- Brittany Charboneau & AnnMarie Kirkpatrick, former guests on the show, will also be in the pro women’s field!
- Dot McMahan & Gina Rouse will be in the elite field also competing in the master’s division..
- Men’s Field
- Asefa Mengstu (2:04:06)
- and Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33)
- Benson Kipruto (2:05:13) KEN
- Wilson Chebet (2:05:27) KEN
- Abdi Abdirahman will lead the American charge
- 64-day turnaround from the Olympic Marathon where he finished 41st
- American’s Scott Fauble (2:09:09), Colin Bennie (2:09:38) and Scott Smith (2:09:46) are the other top American men.
- Parker Stinson, previous guest on the show, will also be in the pro field. He’s been coming back very strong from his injury.
MAIN TOPIC: Learning from Other Runners
This week on the A to Z Running we discuss what we can learn from other runners with fellow running podcaster, Matt Chittim,
We’ve learned from every guest that we’ve had. So has Matt. The running community is a rich place for lessons and inspiration.
About our Guest: Matt Chittim
The Rambling Runner Podcast is one of the most running podcasts in the USA. It is a show for and about dedicated amateur runners.
Matt is an exceptional interviewer and draws out many great lessons for runners to learn from one another.
Matt also is the host of Road to the Olympic Trials which follows some of America’s best runners as they prepare for the US Olympic Trials.
We enjoyed a unique conversation on his podcast (completely different content) on his show, Rambling Runner, episode #354