Episode 006: Sandy Stiner - Long Distance Runner

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I interview Sandy Stiner, a long distance runner.  In December 2017, she completed running all 300 miles of Rochester Hills road, every road in the city.  (See article in the Rochester Hills Gazette)

Types of races you compete have completed: I’ve run 74 races of marathon distance or longer, 1/3 of them were ultra marathons (distances from 50K to 100 miles)  I’ve done my fair share of the shorter stuff, but I like the long distance stuff better. 

I’m working on running a marathon or longer in every state.  I will have 40 states done as of January 2018.  

Favorite races: 

  • Vermont 50K- it was a beautiful, hilly and challenging course.

  • Marquette Marathon- it’s my hometown and the scenery is beautiful and the course is slightly downhill.

How did you get into running:  I ran a little track in high school, but started getting into distance running after high school when I enlisted in the Army.  We had a two mile physical fitness test and I ran so I could get a higher score on it.  I started getting into longer distances when we did our long (double digit) road marches (in Army boots and full uniform.)

What is your favorite quote:  Relentless Forward Progress.”  It is the title of a book that is commonly known as the ultra runner bible.  (Written by Bryon Powell).  I love the quote so much I had it tattooed on my calf.  It reminds me that every step forward is progress and gets you closer to the goal.

Fun Fact:  I’m not really fast but I once won a marathon.  It was the Great Allegheny Passage Marathon in Maryland.  Not sure how it happened but I guess all the fast people stayed home.  I finished first place for the women and fifth place overall.

Episode 005: Todd Buckingham - Triathlon

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Interview with Todd Buckingham, an endurance athlete specializing in the Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Title/Current Job:  Ph.D. Candidate in Kinesiology at Michigan State University.

What sport(s) do you compete in:  Primarily focused on Olympic Distance triathlon.  Also compete in other distance triathlons including sprint and half-iron, duathlon, and running events from the 5k to marathon distance.

What are some notable races that you have competed in? 

  • 2015-2017 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship
  • 2016 and 2017 Boston Marathon
  • 2016 ITU World Championship

Major challenge or race you are looking to conquer? 3-peat the USAT Age Group National Championship for the 25-29 AG

What is one piece of advice you would give people training for their first race? One workout won't make or break your race. A good workout, bad workout, missing a workout; one time doesn't really matter. It's the consistency that's important. If you consistently put in the work, it will pay off come race day.

Favorite Quote: Go the distance

Fun fact about you: I received a full tuition scholarship to SVSU (in part) because I can do the "water drop" noise. Ask me about it. It's a fun story :)

Episode 001: Ian Philbrick - Cross Country

I interview former track athlete, Ian Philbrick. He ran cross country and track at the University at Minnesota at Morris.

Events: 8k in Cross Country and 5k in track

Memorable Times:15.53 (15 minutes and 53 seconds) 5k time in April of 2010 at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. This was my fastest 5k time and this came in my junior year of track. I really hoped to break 15.30 my senior year, but I got injured before the season started and never really had a chance.

27.18 (27 minutes, 18 seconds) 8k time in November of 2010 at the NCAA Regionals at Wartburg College in Iowa. This race was memorable because it was my last cross country race of my college career and it was also my fastest. (One of my goals was to be continually improving, so going out with my fastest race was pretty fun.)

Fun Fact: I never ran Cross Country until my sophomore year in college.

Last Race I Ran: The Great Lakes Bay Half-Marathon on May 19th, 2013.

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