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Will Turner - The Quest for 60 Ironman Triathlons in One Year - Episode 70

What you'll hear on this episode. 

Will Turner decided he wanted to do something big the year he turned 60 years old. That big turned into a quest to run 60 Ironman Triathlons in one year. That's one every 6 days. Will takes time to share his adventure with us as he closes in on completing this goal. He talks about his hope this will encourage other people to live their bold - check out Will's website here: Live Your Bold

Will talked to me about remaining active and chasing big dreams even as we age. 
He talked about the importance of recovery in these endurance races.
The mental game - how did he shift from a mindset of pre-race nerves to focus on the day and race at hand?
Will talks about how he's using this journey to inspire others - including a group of New York 4th graders. 

 

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

 

A special thank you to Sid Busch for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

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An Interview with Kylie Husman - Running Doesn’t Have to Define Who We Are - Episode 69

What you'll hear on this episode. 

Kylie Husman was a young woman, a runner, at a lake having fun with friends. Then she dives into the lake, and in a minute life changes. She's faced with the possibility of losing a leg - of never running again. 

In this interview Kylie takes us on a journey of discovery. She teaches us how setbacks can shape our character, help mold us into something much stronger and more meaningful than how we defined ourselves before those setbacks. 

She also helps us see the best circles in life are the ones that bring us around to the opportunity to help others. 

 

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

 

A special thank you to Kristie Allen 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 Donna Shagena - The Journey to a First Marathon - Episode 68

What you'll hear on this episode. 

My friend Donna Shagena joined me on this TwoTim47.com journey when it began. So today I'm happy to share her journey. Her journey to a first marathon. 

On this episode we'll trace the beginning of her running journey from a young girl thinking she weighed too much and wanted to run to lose weight - to the woman she is today, chasing down a goal that was inspired by so many others. 

Donna talks about her falling in love with running after running the Victory Junction Run to Victory 5k, where she got to shake Kyle Petty's hand at the finish line. She talks about the impact the Megsmiles Supporters Facebook family has had on her life. She talks about how running has changed who she is. And oh - there may be some talk about a cartwheel at the finish line of her upcoming first marathon - the finish line of the Richmond Marathon on November 10, 2018.  

 

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

 

A special thank you to Doug Bohn 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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My Georgia Jewel 2018 Race Recap - First Ultra, First Ultra DNF - Episode 67

Did I Accomplish What I Set Out To Do?

I set out to run my first ultra marathon. I didn't. So the answer is no. But over the years I've learned that's usually the wrong question. The right question is did I learn what God wanted me to learn, did I accomplish what HE wanted me to accomplish. 

I'll go back to what I said I was setting out to do:

"That is my journey today. To feel small. To discover that my faith is bigger than myself, it's bigger than the words I cling to in the bible. Me and those words - we are mere reflections of the larger than life God who loves me. The God who will see me through this day, and triumphantly through this race."
 
​Sometimes we measure triumph by our own standards - our own sense of victory. But God doesn't promise us the victory we're looking for, he promises us the victory he's pointing us toward. The Georgia Jewel reminded me our greatest victory is rooted in placing others before ourselves. I'll find victory in trusting God has a better plan for finishing what I couldn't. 

Will I go back to the Georgia Jewel and try to finish what I couldn't? I don't know. I know this. Two years ago I couldn't finish the Patrick Henry Half Marathon. Last month I ran my fastest half marathon ever at that race. This past January I couldn't finish the Houston Marathon; In response, I immediately registered to run that race again in 2019. Defeat never sits well with me. But make no mistake, even in defeat, even if I never go back to the Jewel, I am grateful for a God who saw me through the day. Oh how triumphantly he saw me through my race.

For that, I am grateful.  

 

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

 

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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.

 

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 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

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 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

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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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