Robyn Benincasa is one of the greatest female endurance athletes in history and was just named a CNN Hero. It was the perfect time to chat with the adventure racer, firefighter, and the creator of Project Athena.
Colleen De Reuck made three Olympic teams for South Africa and one for the U.S. She has a marathon PR of 2:26:35 and in 2013, at the age of 49, she won a marathon overall with a time of 2:39:22 and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon trials. Colleen, now 50 and an age group triathlete, won her division at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, was the second age group woman overall, dominated her division, and her 1:25:28 half marathon was the fastest for any pro or age group woman in the race!
She was a concert pianist who played Carnegie Hall three times. On June 1st, at the age of 91, Harriette Thompson broke the world marathon record for her age group by two hours and 45 minutes while running 7:07:42 at the Suja Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon. What an amazing woman!
Joanna Zeiger knows just a bit about training. She took fourth place at the first ever Olympic Triathlon in Sydney in 2000, won the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, took tenth, sixth, sixth, and fourth at the Ironman World Championship, and is looking to make it to the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, which would be her seventh Olympic Trials appearance through swimming, triathlon, and the marathon. She came on the show to chat about her career, but also about her brand new coaching program called www.racereadycoaching.com
Martin Dugard is the co-author of the best-selling books Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus along with talk show host Bill O’Reilly. Few people know that Martin is a long-time runner who actually got his start writing for Competitor Magazine. His latest book is called The Explorers, and Martin came on to chat about the traits that make people take huge risks and venture into the unknown.
Ryan Hall was the first American runner to go under an hour for the half marathon (59:43), has gone 2:04:58 at Boston, and is a two-time Olympian. When Meb Keflezighi broke away from the field in Boston last week, Ryan became the patron of the peloton to help keep the American runners in the chase pack from helping to close the gap. Ryan, as always, was a great interview as we discussed Boston, his time training in Ethiopia, and his plans for the rest of 2014.
Monika Allen was running the 2014 LA Marathon in her Wonder Woman top and one of the tutus that she makes for her company, Glam Runner, to benefit a great charity called Girls on the Run. The editors from Self Magazine used an image of Monika and her friend, who was also wearing a tutu plus a Super Girl top, and the copy that ran with the photo called BS on what they called their “Selfy guide to what’s legit and what’s lame this month.” What the folks at Self did not know was that Monika was dealing with brain cancer and was running the marathon while she was going through chemotherapy. The public was outraged with Self. Monika came on our show to chat about the firestorm, about her health now and her plans to do more marathons plus a few triathlons this summer.