Deena Kastor has a bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon, a 2:19:36 American Record for the distance, marathon wins in both Chicago and London, and a love of the sport that began when she was 11 years old and running the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. On March 17th America’s most decorated female runner will be running a marathon for the first time ever in Southern California when she toes the line at Dodger Stadium for the LA Marathon.
Renee Metivier Baillie (Ma-tee-vee-aaa Bailey) spent the better part of the past seven years dealing with a serious Achilles tendon issue. After heading to Sweden and having surgery, Renee is now finally healthy. In September she won the 20K national championship on the road before heading off to Chicago in October and running 2:27 in her first ever marathon. Besides being a great runner with huge potential, you can tell from the interview how excited she is just to be able to run pain free again.
Dean Karnazes is one of our all time favorite guests. He came on to chat about his plans to run a marathon in all of the countries of the world in 2013 and how much he loves creating his running adventures.
Mark Plaatjes has a marathon personal best of 2:08:58 and he won the marathon at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. But statistics do little to tell the real story behind an amazing man. As a black South African, Plaatjes was forced to deal with apartheid at home and discrimination abroad.
Top American marathoner Ryan Hall has come down from altitude to San Diego to work on his speed. During our interview he put out a cool idea. He wants to team up with Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong for charity to see how fast the three of them can get through an Ironman, relay style. How sweet would it be to see that happen?
Asker Jeukendrup (pronounced You-Can-Drop) is a 17 time Ironman finisher who works with two of the world’s greatest endurance athletes, Chrissie Wellington and Haile Gebrselassie. What is the best fuel on race day? How does someone going as fast as Haile actually get any type of nutrition into his body while running a sub 2:04 marathon? What makes the Ethiopians so amazing? Asker was a wealth of information and a great interview.
Dean Karnazes, the UltraMarathon Man, came on to discuss his 500 mile ElliptiGO trip from Northern Cal to the Honda LA Marathon and his next goal: To run a marathon in all 207 of the world’s countries all in one year.