Marko Cheseto grew up in Kenya and ended up running at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. He had no idea what snow looked like or where it came from before arriving there. He was a 29 minute 10K guy who ended up losing both legs below the knee. He is back running 39 minutes for 10K and 65 seconds for 400 meters. His goal now is to get the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. He came in studio with Huddle and me to share his unbelievable story.
David Epstein is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and a former 800 meter runner at Columbia. His current book, The Sports Gene, is creating huge buzz. David was kind enough to come on with us to chat about his travels to Jamaica to get a sense of their sprinting culture and then on to Kenya to examine why the athletes there have been so successful when it comes to going long.
Ryan Hall has run a 59:43 for the half marathon and 2:04:58 for the marathon. But after qualifying for his second Olympic Marathon team in January, the rest of his 2012 season was clouded with injuries and he ended up dropping out of the Olympic Marathon about 11 miles in. Ryan is one of our favorite guests because he is never afraid to talk about his setbacks and how he is dealing with them, physically and psychologically. For 2013 he has a new coach, he’s finally healthy, and he’s about to head off to Kenya to train with the best runners in the world.