On Episode 14, Sandy and Pat recap Week 2 of Pop Up Cross Country, preview the Week 3 relays, and discuss Week 4 aka the Raleigh City Cross Country Championship. Then Pat interviews Andie Cozzarelli and Sarah Rapp of the newly-formed Raleigh Distance Project. They talk about their goals for the team, who’s on the team, their favorite runs, and places to eat in Raleigh!
On Episode 13, Sandy and Pat recap week 1 of Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, and then interview Scott Payne, who is the Assistant Director of the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. They discuss the championship-style “Course of Payne” for Week 2 of #PopUpXC, and the future of Cross Country at Dix Park.
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Sandy and Pat return to chat about the upcoming Pop Up Cross Country series on Tuesday nights in October at Dix Park, and Sandy offers up some tips about running a successful Cross Country race. All bluegrass bumper music as well, as we celebrate Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh this weekend. Please check out our Amazon Wish List here! (and sign up here to volunteer at Pop Up XC!)
On the final episode of the 2017 Sir Walter Miler season, Sandy and Pat take a look back at the weekend, and run through some of the highlights, as well as thank the Sir Walter Running team, and all the sponsors that helped make SWMIV a reality. They also interview first time sub 4:00 milers, Drew Piazza and Andrew Dusing, about their experience of joining that special list of Americans to accomplish the feat!
On Episode 10, Sandy and Pat start with some history on the Sir Walter Miler; from the Sandman Mile to where we are in year four. Next, Sandy interviews Meredith College Head Track and Cross Country Coach Leslie Payne. Finally, the guys go through everything you will need to know for the 2017 Sir Walter Miler Weekend.
On Episode 9, Pat interviews Furman Elite and New Balance athlete (and 2015 Sir Walter Miler Champ), Steph Garcia, about her rise from walk on to scholarship athlete at the University of Virginia; about racing, and staying focused, in Europe; as well as fighting through adversity and bouncing back with several PB’s after the dissapointment of not making the 2017 World team. We also discuss early morning knocks on the door from USADA, and brunch.
In Episode 8, Sandy and Pat interview the Ari Gold of Track & Field; Ray Flynn. Well… maybe not that, but one of the pre-eminent athletics agents, and the Irish Mile Recold Holder (3:49.77). Ray shares stories of his record run at the Dream Mile in Oslo, his thoughts about running professionally, what the best contract he tries to negotiate is, as well as the emergence of the East Coast mile series, and specifically, the Sir Walter Miler.
In Episode 7, Sandy interviews NC State Wolfpack alum, Andrew Colley, about his exemplary collegiate career, his journey to Zap Fitness/Reebok to embark on his pro career, his battle with injuries in a mini segment called “Summer of Denials,” bouncing back, and of course his connection to Raleigh and the Sir Walter Miler!
In Episode 6, Pat interviews 2017 Sir Walter Miler competitor, Stephanie Brown, to chat about her start in running back in small town Illinois, her collegiate career at Arkansas and training with Christin Wurth-Thomas, her sub 4:30 mile run at the 2016 Sir Walter Miler, and her interests in cooking and photography.
Episode 5 is the #BlueJeansMile episode! Sandy interviews Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim to discuss the startup of the iconic Raleigh brand, as well as their involvement with the Citius Mag presents the Raleigh Denim Mile. After that, Pat interviews Chris Chavez of Citus Mag and Sports Illustrated about the rise of the Blue Jeans Mile, his experience at the 2015 Sir Walter Miler, and what he’s looking forward to this year.