AOF:213 The founder of Run Repeat on what you don’t know about buying running shoes.

The founder of non-biased, running shoe review site Runrepeat.com joins us to talk all things running shoes.  How to choose them? Which do best on his site? How the site stays free of bias?

We delve into his running career and how he was discovered on  a track one night.  The belief that anyone could train to a 15 minute 5k and more.

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AOF:211 The founder of JoJe Bars on cycling in southern California and entrepreneurship.

John Abate is a cyclist who partnered with, yep, another cyclist to make some of the most unique bars on the market for athletes. We had a chance to dive into his town of Encinitas, CA to get an idea of the cycling and laid back culture as well as how they came up with this product in the first place.

Diving in to the entrepreneurial aspects of starting a food based company was interesting and the process to launch a successful Kickstarter (support here) , which is underway as we release this show!
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A happy birthday gift from my dad, who passed away 10 months ago.

Athlete On Fire was founded on the idea that we can fight for something both on the field and off and still be a good person the whole time.
It was modeled after my dad and after he passed away last October I searched frantically for a file I knew I didn’t want to lose.  I wrote this after he passed if you want to check it out.  Probably the toughest writing I’ve done.
I recorded the first interview for Athlete On Fire back in December of 2013 with my dad as the guest in his bedroom at his house in Denver, Colorado.
He moved out here to be the uber grandpa for all four of his grandkids, including my two boys.  We started “Boys Tuesdays” where my boys, dad, and I would go to lunch and hang out.
Ideally, until they went off to college and found glory on the field…haha  Anyway, I didn’t publish because we both thought our energy was blah and so I just kept it.
But, I couldn’t find the dang thing.  Until the day before the first birthday I would spend without him to talk to.
So, it’s his first of what I hope are many posthumous birthday gifts to yours truly, Scott Jones, the founder of Athlete On Fire which is based on the life of my dad, Scott Jones.

A man’s dad’s voice.

It bonds fathers to sons.

Lets them know they are loved.

It’s sings them to sleep and

tells stories of kings, and brings pride to all things.

It coaches,

it praises,

and sometimes it raises (lets be honest, always raises).

And sometimes it just fades away,

and sometimes on lazy days as I age it,

just comes from above.

 

On the show:

3:00 Early days in West Virginia

9:00 Tony McKenna Story

13:00 Inspirational quotes

“If you are not where you want to be, you are nowhere.”

“Failure is not an option.”

14:30   Why he started coaching.

15:45 Mentors/Coaches that mattered to him

18:15  Failure

20:50 What in his life gave him an advantage.

“I had three months to live.”

“The chemo was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.”

“The tumors had shrunk, the spots were gone.”

“My temp shot up to 107 and they thought I was dead.”

25:20  The conversation with his dad he’ll never forget.

“Do you think I’ll make it?”

“Yeah.”

“why?”

“Because you hate to lose.”

27:30  Weird habits

28:20  Inspiring books and movies

29:30 Why do ya want to wake up tomorrow morning?

29:50 Is Legacy important to you?

30:20 For every kid he has ever coached

“Coach you don’t know what you did for all of us.”

 

NOTE: If there are people in your life you really truly love.  Record their voice.  In secret or on purpose but just do it.  Have  a real conversation with them.  When it all fades away the one thing you’ll want more than anything is their voice.  Their one, unique, voice.

 

 

 

AOF:191 Defining health, bleeding veggie burgers, branding, and healthy plant based food of course.

Matt Frazier founded No Meat Athlete as a blog to follow his own journey and since has grown it into a loyal and respected brand! He previews his newest project, a cookbook with all plant based menu items.

  • We talk about the potential controversy with plant based products that are meant to feel and taste like real meat and in some instances even bleed.
  • We talk a bit about the Keto diet fad
  • Branding his business
  • We even dive into a couple recipes you can whip up anytime!

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AOF:190 Gold medalist and founder of WheelWod.com on adapting.

Chris Stoutenburg leaned back on a railing when he was 20 years old and fell two stories, landing on his arm on a patch of grass the size of his body.  It was a lucky fall and the beginning of his story on the show. He went on to travel the world and win multiple championship for Team Canada in wheelchair basketball, co-founded a successful Cross Fit box and founded WheelWod.com.  An inspiring story that reinforces that we are not our circumstances, we are how we react to them.

 

You’ve got to try his WOD he shares on the show….Ouch.

 

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AOF:189 Adventure writer and ultrarunner Morgan Tilton.

Morgan Tilton decided to run ultra after ultra one summer after catching the “bug”. She just happens to also be a freelance writer who has written for Backpacker, Outside, and Men’s Journal to name a few.  She shares her creative process and some basic guidelines we should all follow when writing.  She shares her training regimen and her crazy year of running. Also, tons of travel.  From Italy to the Copper Canyon of Mexico.  This show is for adventurers!

 

You can find her work here at Morgan Tilton

You can follow her adventures HERE.

Photo Credit for featured image:  Dylan Brown  

Credit: Stefania Curto

 

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Credit: Will Rochfort

 

AOF:187 Great white sharks, sea lice, and big time open water swimming.

Eliza Cummings is a young athlete who is competing in some of the biggest open water swims in the world.  We learned so much from her and enjoyed the passion she brought on a sport we really haven’t covered.

On the show

  • There is repellant for sea lice, larva of jellyfish
  • Painting stripes on your legs can deter big sharks
  • People swim around Manhattan
  • How she stays mentally strong being grateful
  • How she eats and drinks on the long swims

 
Of course, there is much more to the world of open water swimming but these facts jumped out at us.  What does it take to prepare for such events?  What are the rules?  So much to learn about this unique sport on the show today!
 

 

Connect with Eliza

Website

Instagram

Facebook

 

Eliza talks about the importance of weight training for her swims.

 

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AOF:186 “Life is either completely daring or nothing at all.”

On the show.  Noah Kaufman of American Ninja Warrior fame and longtime rock climber.

 

Noah Kaufman is no stranger to pressure.

 

Competitively he has excelled as a ninja on the popular American Ninja Warrior in front of millions.

 

He has been scaling rocks as a climber for over twenty years where the risk and the reward is a very real thing.

 

Professionally, he works as an ER doctor in Fort Collins, Colorado.  #ninjadoc

 

He finds a way to mesh everything together to bring you great perspective on the show today.  You are gonna learn so much today!

 

Also on the show

  • Training tips for future ninja’s
  • How he uses the ER for perspective as an athlete
  • His favorite spots to climb in the world
  • What to expect at the inaugural Wolfpack Ninja Tour in Colorado
  • Why speed is important
  • A little info on his favorite climbing surface, quartzite
  • Considerations as a for developing your body as a climber
  • Best place to grab a brew in Ft. Collins
  • Why you should read Johnathon Livingston Seagull

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AOF:185 March Madness without my dad, unpredictable spring, and fallen innovators.

On the show:

Legend Lost

The late and great Royal Robbins passes away at age 82.  He was a pioneer in rock climbing as the sport we know it today.  Go watch Valley Uprising.  It’s an amazing and inspiring look at the roots of the sport.  Our host, Scott was born just 30 minutes away in West Virginia.

 

March Sadness

A couple years ago, six friends and the host’s dad migrated to Pittsburgh for the first round of the NCAA tourney.  Now, it’s just a memory.

 

Snow Day Workout

3 sets for it to count
4 sets for mini beast
5 sets for full on beast!

Fine, if you do 1-2 sets you still matter.

Jumping Jacks or Jump Rope: 1 minute
Mountain Climbers: 1 minute
Push-ups: To Failure
Lunges: 50 (25/leg)
Plank: 1 minute
Step Ups(18-24 inches): 1 Minute
Sit Ups:25
Flutter Kicks: 50/ leg

 

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AOF:184 An ultra runner named Jeffrey and his bus named Earl.

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