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Hannah Wierzbinski - From First Marathon to First Ironman (woman) In A Year - Episode 66

 

 

What you'll hear on this episode. 

Last year my lifelong friend Karen Rush (Wierzbinski) informed me her daughter Hannah had caught the running bug and was signed up for her first half marathon. Shortly after, Karen let me know Hannah had gone on a training run and ran 26 miles - and quickly changed her first half marathon to a full marathon. 

Following Hannah's journey to the Ironman Wisconsin has been inspirational. In this interview, it became clear to me how a young college student can go from signing up for a half marathon, changing to a full marathon, then tackling a full ironman in the course of a year. Hannah is goal oriented, she's clear about her priorities, willing to sacrifice to honor them, she gives tons of credit to her family for instilling good values and a work ethic in her, and she has a solid vision of her future. 

This interview with a 21 year old athlete gives me tons of hope for the future. Listen to our conversation; you'll walk away with hope yourself. And maybe some inspiration. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Kimberly Caldwell for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

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An Interview with Douglas Paroff - Co-Race Director of the Friends of Melana 5K - Episode 66

What you'll hear on this episode:

When Douglas learned his young daughter's friend Melana had a brain tumor, one that took her life shortly after, his running journey was born. 
 
The never say quit in Douglas led him from a 5K that left him in pain for days, to dreaming of longer distances. 
 
Running doesn't always sound like fun, but that means it can be a way of saying to the people around you - this is important.
 
Running has made Douglas a completely different person. Nothing is too scary anymore. He looks forward to each day. Everything is different now. 
 
Running changes us mentally because it gives us the time to sort through in a rational way the things that are troubling us. 
 
Running and purpose go 100% completely hand in hand.
 
Eyes on a 100 miler
 
Is scary a reason to back away, or the perfect reason to do something
 
In running I've learned a lot about myself and I've been taught a lot about myself
 
More information on Friends of Melana 5K - contact Douglass Paroff at:
 
dparoff@icloud.com or 330-351-3507

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Solomon Whitfield for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

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An Interview With Solomon Morris Whitfield before tackling the Pine Creek 100K - Episode 65

What you'll hear on this episode:

Solomon Morris Whitfield (MO) has been on a journey to see how far he can run. At times he's put himself out there, drawing attention to himself, and he's struggled to deal with the self made pressure. It was holding him back, so he changed his approach. He just focused on the running and quit worrying about what others saw or thought. Running became about him and his race and no one else. He developed a plan and stuck with it. He says consistency is the key to his journey. Last weekend that journey led him to completing his longest run ever, the Pine Creek 100K. 

In this interview you'll hear Mo talk about running in the heat, his thoughts on running for "speed" and what he sees in his running future. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Marsha Cartwright for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

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An Interview with Eddie Brown and Giving Words - The Purpose Behind the Georgia Jewel - Episode 64

What you'll hear on this episode:

When I first reached out to Kate Fletcher, it was because she'd run 100 miles. Since signing up for the Georgia Jewel I'd become more fascinated by longer running distances. I'd begun imagining just how far I really could run. But after interviewing Kate (listen here) I was much more captivated by her heart than by her running. 

My friend Eddie Brown was captivated by both. He reached out to me shortly after my interview with Kate and said he'd taken up running. It had been years since he hit the road, but he was back at it. He also told me about his non-profit, Giving Words. Giving words supports single moms in central Virginia. He went on to tell me that Kate is a single mom and he'd discovered she could use some help. 

I've since learned more about Eddie and Giving Words and Kate's needs. It's struck me how in my interview with Kate all you heard was a heart for giving others. Nowhere in her did you hear a need for others to give to her. But Eddie said he wanted Giving Words to not only help Kate, but to honor her heart for giving to others. Eddie said he wanted to give back. 

Why does that sound familiar? Give back? Isn't that what Jenny Baker, Georgia Jewel race director, said the Georgia Jewel is all about - giving back? She did. So that's what I intend to do with this race. I want to help Eddie give back to Kate. 

I also want to honor Jenny's vision for the Georgia Jewel. When I cross the finish line, when I run my longest distance ever, when I check "ultra marathon" off my bucket list, I don't want that to be the end of this Georgia Jewel running story. I want that story to live one. What better way to make that happen than helping Eddie and Giving Words help Kate, and help breathe life into the lives of some single moms just looking for a break. Looking for their own finish line in life. 

I encourage you to listen to my conversation with Eddie. Since I'm running the 35 mile Georgia Jewel, I'm looking for as many people as possible to help me give back with a $35 contribution to Giving Words. A contribution that will go directly to helping them help Kate. 

Contribute to Giving Words here: Donation

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Robyn Larkin for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

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You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

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An Interview With Garth Harris - From 400 Pounds to Ultra Marathoner - Episode 62

 

I recently came across a story about a man, who at 400 pounds, decided he wanted to run a marathon. Sure, Garth Harris' journey is a weight loss journey, it's a journey to better health, but listen to his story and you'll hear about a man who used running to give new life to his entire family. When we make a new year's resolution, and then we follow through on our thoughts and words, we never know how much our decisions will impact those around us. 

One more time, I've interviewed a runner who reveals running is much more than a physical journey. It's a journey to deeper and more meaningful relationships. Running opens doors within us to reveal strength we never knew we had. This is the story of Garth Harris. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Nicole Williams for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

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An Interview with Gregory Byerline - From Couch to Road to Trail - Episode 61

What you'll hear on this episode:

 

In preparing to run my first ultra marathon, the September 22nd 35 mile Georgia Jewel, I met Gregory Byerline. He had interviewed Georgia Jewel race directors Jenny and Franklin Baker on his podcast - The Collected Clan

As I got to know Gregory I realized we have a lot in common. We are both older dads - I'm actually and older older dad than Gregory, so I won't drag him completely into my company - but we both started this dad gig late. It's driven us to have a mutual desire to stay fit and healthy and be there for our kids. We also share a belief we can use our running journeys to shape the character of our kids.

Gregory talks about falling in love with the trails. He told me sometimes it's nice to escape the masses of humanity that often overwhelm our ability to think and hear and imagine. Gregory is a photographer, so the trails often spark his creative side. 

We spend time talking about the trail community - full of free thinkers and creatives - and why the trails appeal to this group. 

We talk about the vast distances between trail running and road racing, and how the training is different. 

We even talk about old church hymns - and how they connect to running. Yes, we were able to make that connection. 

One of my favorite parts of the conversation was exploring Gregory's love for running under the full moon once each month. It's a love that inspired him to found The Moonshine Runner's Society. He actually has me interested in tackling my own moonlight miles. 

I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend Gregory Byerline. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Kelly Anderson for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

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Jenny Baker Interviews Me - Faith and Running and The Georgia Jewel - Episode 61

What you'll hear on this episode:

 

Jenny Baker returns to the program for the 3rd time. Only this time she takes over the microphone and interviews me. We take a deep dive into how we both connect our running to our faith. Jenny asks point blank: do you think God cares about your running? And what about when you come up short in running, when you fail, how does God shine through running then? We talk about balancing family in a sport that can be time consuming. And oh, we talk about pooping - that's right, when Jenny takes the microphone you never know where things are going to go. 

Jenny is the race director of The Georgia Jewel. She's the sole reason I'll be headed to Georgia in less than 8 weeks to run my first trail race - my first ultra marathon. Her faith and spirit are contagious. She draws you in. You'll get to hear plenty about my faith and running journeys here, but I'm grateful so much of Jenny pours out in this conversation as well. 

Jenny is the co-author of War on Normal.

She helps run an exciting outdoor adventure camp for women - SheVentures

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Kimberly Yenser for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

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An Interview with Liz Ferro, Founder and CEO of Girls With Sole - Episode 60

What you'll hear on this episode:

In June, 2018, Liz Ferro participated in the Escape From Alcatraz triathalon. Why? In her words, "because it's known as "The Rock," and the girls we serve everyday are truly rockstars! No matter what obstacle they need to overcome, they use the tools for resilience that Girls With Sole provides."

Liz went to the Rock to show her girls that anything is possible when you embrace your inner champion! Resilience, Optimism, Courage, and Killing stereotypes are the rock-solid foundation our programs are built upon.

Last year I read Liz's book The Finish Line Feeling (order here) - it was a heartbreaking yet inspirational account of the abuse Liz faced as a young girl, and how she found strength and resiliency through running and exercise. Today her life is devoted to giving back. Giving hope and strength to girls who've walked in her shoes, girls who are one break away from living out their dreams like Liz does. 

Through Girls With Sole, Liz has become that hope. 

In this episode, listen to Liz talk about overcoming her own fears at Alcatraz, and how she hopes her experience will help her girls face their own fears. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Donna Shagena for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

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An Interview With Jodi Stoner - The Run To Jodi’s House Half Marathon - Episode 59

What you'll hear on this episode:

 

Just over a year ago, I had the chance to meet Jodi Stoner at the Facebook Communities Summit in Chicago. I was there representing Meg's Miles Supporters, the running group that honors the life of Meg Cross Menzies. Jodi was there representing the running group I Run 4. After meeting Jodi and learning more about her mission to run for a young boy named River, who has spina bifada, I interviewed her for this podcast. Then, after Jodi ran the Boston Marathon for River, I invited her back for another fascinating discussion. 

And now we're pulling our efforts together. Jodi approached me recently about donating the proceeds from her annual Run to Jodi's House Half Marathon to TwoTim47. From that, I hatched an idea to run 7 marathons in 7 days to support my friend Laura Baumgardner and her annual Run for Respect 5K. This episode will tell you how those three separate stories are going to be weaved together into one big and shared act of love and respect. 

And, for this episode, I turn the microphone over to Jodi Stoner to do the interviewing. 

I hope you'll listen in to a story that highlights just how connected we all are. When we open our hearts and our ears and listen, we'll be pointed in a direction that can turn those connections into love for one another.

 

 

 

To Register for the Run to Jodi's House Half Marathon

Send your name and address and $25 to:

Jodi Stoner
8800 Mill Creek Lane
Hudson, FL 34667

 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Rachel Wood for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

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An Interview With Melanie Owen About Her Upcoming Badwater 135 - Episode 57

What you'll hear on this episode:

 

Melanie Owen had a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Frustrated by continually coming up just short, she wondered if she could run longer distances. She not only discovered she could run over a 100 miles at a time, she discovered she was pretty good at it. Now, she's one of only 33 women who will be lining up to run this year's prestigious ultra marathon, The Badwater 135. Melanie talks about her friend and coach Harvey Lewis, a previous Badwater champion, and how Harvey has helped her get ready for her own Badwater experience. 

Melanie talks about the inspiration her dad has been in her life. She talks about one day conquering that Boston Marathon goal. And much more in our conversation. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

 A special thank you to Missy Blacker for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

You can financially support this mission at my Patreon Page - TwoTim47

 
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