Inspired Soles

Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey

Inspired Soles co-hosts Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey bring the communities of trail and road running together as they explore the parallels between running and life. Guests share the wisdom and experience they have gained through running and how it has inspired them to live deeper and more meaningful lives.

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Kevin Barata | On Cocodona 250 & Going Long
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Kevin Barata | On Cocodona 250 & Going Long
Kevin Barata is a 46 year old trail ultrarunner who lives in Abbotsford, BC with his wife and three daughters. He has been a police officer with the RCMP for 21 years and currently works with the Emergency Response Team in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. Kevin has been running ultra marathons since 2014 in various distances from 50km to 250 mile races. In fact he recently completed the Coccodona 250 and has run well over 150 miles in multiple backyard ultras. You have also heard us talk about Kevin on the show as the person who provided navigation and a police escort for Dave Proctor as he neared the completion of his record breaking run across Canada.In this episode we talk about how Kevin started running trails and what it takes to train for and complete a 250 mile race.  We discuss how he absolutely loves the challenge that running long distances brings and how he always embraces the journey along the way. Running for Kevin is therapeutic and a way for him to stay grounded and feel accomplished while striving to seek new challenges and surprise himself with what's possible!Connect with Kevin:Instagram: @kbar_runsConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Ben Flanagan & Rory Linkletter | Rivals & Friends: Breaking Down the Canadian 10k Championships in Ottawa
11-06-2024
Ben Flanagan & Rory Linkletter | Rivals & Friends: Breaking Down the Canadian 10k Championships in Ottawa
Rory Linkletter and Ben Flanagan are elite Canadian distance runners and friends who have both been on the show twice. Although they have different primary disciplines, they occasionally compete against one another and that is always a great day for fans of the sport. On May 25th, 2024 they lined up at the Canadian 10k Championships in Ottawa and they’re here to break it all down with us. As a 5k runner, Ben was treating this race as strength work and as a marathoner, Rory was looking at it like speed work on his road to the summer Olympics in Paris. In this conversation they held nothing back when describing their pre-race preparation and in-race tactics to try and win. In the end Ben came out on top in 28:09 and Rory finished second in 28:40. Both had small personal bests and Ben’s was also good for a new Canadian record. We think it’s safe to say that they put on an exceptional show for the thousands of fans lining the streets of our nation’s capital.Both in their late 20s, Rory & Ben seem wise beyond their years and have an undeniable mutual respect for each other. Ben has achieved the 5000m Olympic Standard and will be racing the Canadian track trials on June 27th in hopes of another win. Either way, it is looking very likely that he’ll also be named to the summer Olympic team, and he and Rory have requested to room together in Paris. It’s not every day that you get to hear two competitors break down a race together like this, including what was going on in their heads every step of the way.Ben’s Past AppearancesEpisode 151 - Deep Dive on World ChampionshipsEpisode 95 - Canadian 10k ChampionRory’s Past AppearancesEpisode 180 - On Running Olympic Standard at the Seville MarathonEpisode 153 - Top Canadian Men’s Marathoner at 2023 World ChampionshipsConnect with Ben:Instagram: @ben_flanaganConnect with Rory:YouTube: @LinkletterRoryInstagram: @rory_linkletterConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Melvin Yumang | Solving the Marathon Puzzle as a Shift Worker & New Parent
04-06-2024
Melvin Yumang | Solving the Marathon Puzzle as a Shift Worker & New Parent
Melvin Yumang is a 40-year old flight nurse & runner from St. Agathe, Manitoba who was one half of a recent Couple of the Quarter episode with his wife, Jonelle. Melvin & Jonelle are proud parents to 8-month old baby Jameson and in that episode they opened up about their fertility & health struggles. Today we’re shining a spotlight on Melvin’s running. Inspired to do something meaningful to mark the one year anniversary of his father’s passing in May of 2018, Melvin decided to take up running. It started with a 10k at Ottawa race weekend but by 2019 it had escalated to a marathon. He finished the Manitoba  Marathon in a very respectable time of 3:45 and has been able to shave off another 7-10 minutes every year since. He now boasts a personal best of 3:19 and wants to keep chipping away until he qualifies for Boston. Although Melvin dabbles in many distances on the roads as well as the track, his favourite distance is the marathon because of its difficulty to master. You’ll hear about changes he’s made to his fueling strategy as he’s gone along, and how he’s gotten creative with training because of his role as a shift worker and new parent.Melvin gives back to the running community as a pace bunny,  ambassador, and regular local run club attendee.Connect with Melvin:Instagram: @emjaywhyCouple of the Quarter with Melvin & JonelleConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Dave Stevens | Mastering 100-Milers as a Masters Runner
28-05-2024
Dave Stevens | Mastering 100-Milers as a Masters Runner
Dave Stevens, hailing from Nelson, BC, is an accomplished Elite Ultra Runner, Coach, and Father. By day, Dave serves as a Spatial Analyst for the province while blending a sustainable training regimen into his busy lifestyle. With an impressive track record spanning more than a decade, Dave has secured victories at the Run Rabbit Run 100 miler twice, UTMB Mexico 100 miler, and has made the podium at the flatter Javelina 100. He has consistently placed in the top 10 at major races ranging from 50 to 100 kilometers. Dave proudly represented Canada at the mountain running world championships and excels in challenging mountain traverses. As he approaches 42, Dave shows no signs of slowing down, maintaining a relaxed approach to sustainable training that he eagerly shares with the athletes he coaches. Coming from a non-athletic background himself, Dave is passionate about helping others navigate this transition without making all the mistakes he once made.  Connect with Dave:Instagram: @davestevens_outrunya Coachinghttps://outrunya.comhttps://coolsaetgo.runConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Natasha Wodak | On Missing the Olympic Marathon Standard
21-05-2024
Natasha Wodak | On Missing the Olympic Marathon Standard
Today we are catching up with 42 year old Canadian marathon record holder Natasha Wodak. Natasha was last on our show in February 2023 and we spent a big portion of that conversation talking about one of the many highlights of her illustrious career where she ran the Canadian marathon record of 2:23:12 in Berlin back in September of 2022. Since then she has done four marathon buildups and three marathons trying to hit the Olympic standard of 2:26:50 and she was unable to get it done for reasons she talks about in this interview. With the 18-month qualifying window now officially closed (Nov 2022 to May 2023), Natasha is left to process the fact that she will not be on the start line of the 2024 Paris Olympics, and in many ways she was doing some of that right here with us. We love when athletes keep things real and Natasha is about as real as they come, sharing both her highs and lows with full honesty and transparency. Natasha bounces back from disappointment pretty quickly and since this recording it was announced that she’ll be toeing the line at the Canadian 10k championships this weekend in Ottawa and it will be fun to cheer her on once again. Connect with Natasha:Instagram: @tashawodakOur last interview with NatashaConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Gina Tranquada | 50km Trail & Road Team Canada Athlete
14-05-2024
Gina Tranquada | 50km Trail & Road Team Canada Athlete
Gina Tranquada is a 38 year old occupational therapist, runner, wife and mother-of-two from Winnipeg, MB, who has been tearing it up on the track, road, and trails since we last spoke two years ago. Under the guidance of Olympic marathoner Krista Duchene – who currently holds the Canadian 50km record – Gina has begun making national teams. In Sept 2023, she proudly represented Canada at the Beaver Flat 50 in Swift Current, SK, which served as the first ever NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association) 50km Mountain & Trail championships. She also qualified for the World 50km Road Championships two months later in India, but you’ll have to listen to the end to hear why she wasn’t able to attend that event and how she dealt with her disappointment.Gina just completed the Mad City Ultra 50k in Madison, WI, where she finished 4th female and 1st Canadian in 3:38, which was a personal best by 5 minutes! This performance also landed her a Top 5 North American 50km ranking from Ultra Running! Connect with Gina:Instagram: @gt_racer.mbGina's last Inspired Soles interview: Teamwork Makes the Dream WorkConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Jessica Drakul | From Booze to Boston
07-05-2024
Jessica Drakul | From Booze to Boston
Jessica Drakul is a 45-year old adult-onset runner who ran the 2024 Boston Marathon, set a personal best time of 3:40:11, AND re-qualified for next year’s race. Despite it being a warm day that proved challenging for many runners, Jessica maintains that it was only the second hardest thing she’s ever done. The hardest thing? Getting sober 18 years ago. After a 7-year struggle with alcohol addiction from the ages of 19-26, Jessica had her first day of sobriety on January 11th, 2006 – about 5 weeks before her 27th birthday. In this episode she recounts the ways in which alcohol impacted her health and relationships, and brought her face-to-face with her own mortality. Running didn’t seriously enter the picture for Jessica until the pandemic when she found herself with more time to get fit. Since then she has run dozens of races including the 2023 Manitoba Marathon, which she completed in 3:41:49 … close to one hour faster than her first one in 2021! This qualified her for the 2024 Boston Marathon and we think it’s safe to say that nobody had a more complete Boston experience than Jessica did! She toured the city, met the influencers & Olympians, bought the merch, did the shakeout runs, watched the Red Sox in Fenway Park, ate the carbs, and even brushed up on her CPR! Jessica gives back to the Winnipeg running community in numerous ways. She serves on the board of the Manitoba Runners’ Association, is an ambassador for WFPS Run, and participates in many local run clubs. Connect with Jessica:Instagram: @drakul_runnings Email: jessica.drakul@gmail.comConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Adam Neiles | Football Player Trains for First Marathon
30-04-2024
Adam Neiles | Football Player Trains for First Marathon
Adam Neiles is a 27-year-old Strength & Conditioning Specialist at Testify Performance in Winnipeg. Over the past 7 years, he has trained everyday athletes, pro athletes, and everybody in between to reach their performance potential in their chosen sport(s) while reducing injuries along the way. A graduate of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba where he was also a linebacker on the football team, Adam is currently working his way through a Masters in Exercise Science while training for his first marathon.Adam’s foray into long distance running began less than a year ago when he decided to train for the 2023 Manitoba Half Marathon. Although he felt like dying and wanted to die, he pressed on and finished in a very respectable 1:47. A few months later he crushed a 44-minute 10k at WFPS and figured the only thing left was a marathon.In this conversation we delve into:Why he wanted to run the 2024 Manitoba MarathonHow he has trainedWhether or not his approach to strength training has changed, andWhat his goals are for race day.Even though the training for football and distance running might be very different and perhaps a shock to Adam’s system, we think he’ll feel right at home this Father’s Day as he completes his final 100 yards on the same turf that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play on in Princess Auto Stadium! Connect with Adam & Testify Performance:Adam's Instagram: @adamneilesTestify Performance: https://www.rinktestifyperformance.ca/lifestyle-training/Testify's Instagram: @testifyperformance Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Stuart Chutter | The Parallels Between Running & Farming
23-04-2024
Stuart Chutter | The Parallels Between Running & Farming
Stuart Chutter is the first trail ultrarunner we’ve had on the show who is also a regenerative farmer from Melville, Saskatchewan.  We were super curious about how a person finds the time for both farming and ultrarunning, activities that each require significant commitment, time and energy for success.  So we invited Stuart to come on the show to talk about both his passions.In this episode, Stuart tells us about how he started running and ended up in Melville as a farmer.  We discuss the “Five Principles of Soil Health” and the “Bag of C’s” that he mentally carries on a run, as well as the dual application of each to both farming and ultra running.  As we talk about his running philosophy, we move into a conversation around Stuart’s recent experience pacing his friend and recent guest Evan Birch during the 300 mile Speed Project from Santa Monica, CA to Las Vegas, NV which could be a whole podcast in and of itself.We cover a lot of ground in this episode (how's that for a dual pun ?!) and we hope you enjoy this refreshing chat with Stuart Chutter!Connect with Stuart:Instagram: @stuartchutter Article written by Stuart about running/farming parallelsConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Priscilla Forgie | Finding My Fire
16-04-2024
Priscilla Forgie | Finding My Fire
**TRIGGER WARNING - This episode has references to sexual abuse. In this episode, Edmontonian elite ultra runner Priscilla Forgie returns to the show to discuss her contribution to the new book Run for Your Life. This book is an incredible collaboration of short stories written by 13 different runners made possible by several sponsors from Alberta, Canada including Run Calgary, Servus Edmonton Marathon and 5 Peaks. It was within the pages of this book that Priscilla chose to share parts of her personal story that had remained completely repressed for most of her life, unrevealed even to her. In a chapter that reads more like poetry, she elegantly describes her thoughts and feelings as she moves along the trail and how her relationship with running has evolved and relates to healing the trauma of her past. Her writing elicits several emotions, and although she describes moments of darkness, the reader is left feeling uplifted as she speaks about moving into the light.Priscilla’s goal is to start more open and honest conversations about the topic of childhood sexual abuse and that is the simple goal of this episode. Over the next hour we catch up on all the awesomeness that has been happening in Priscilla’s race calendar over the last year, and move into a very thoughtful conversation on her trauma and healing experience and how one can provide a safe place on the receiver side of the conversation should someone entrust you with their trauma story.  We thank Priscilla for her bravery and her strength as she shares her story with us.Connect with Priscilla & buy the book:Instagram: @prissyforgieRun For Your Life: Lessons Learned From Going the DistanceOur previous interview with Priscilla Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Omena Babalola | “They Call it a Finish Line For a Reason”
09-04-2024
Omena Babalola | “They Call it a Finish Line For a Reason”
Omena Babalola is an accomplished 55-year old masters sprinter from Winnipeg MB and an absolute force to be reckoned with. Born in Nigeria to two high achieving parents, Omena came to Canada in her early 20s and spent time on Prince Edward Island before completing her MBA at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and following her man to Winnipeg. Omena currently works as a Professional Auditor at Manitoba Hydro and is the Vice President of Athletics Manitoba.As for her start in athletics, Omena describes what it was like to “be so slow when her mom was so fast.” Despite coming dead last in her first foot race, Omena stuck with sprinting and chose to focus most of her energy on things that would give her the biggest return on investment. It turns out this is a valuable life skill off the track as well. After taking some time off while having her twins in 1997, Omena was re-inspired in her late 30’s by Saskatchewan-based sprinting legend Carol LaFayette-Boyd, who is over 25 years her senior. Carol gave Omena some positive words of encouragement about her potential, she decided to re-engage with competition and, as they say, the rest is history.Omena still holds numerous university and provincial sprinting records and has medaled on national and international stages in the 200m as well as the 4x100m relay. In 2023, Omena was awarded female masters Athlete of the Year by Athletics Manitoba.Connect with Omena:Instagram: @omenab7828Facebook: @omena.babsConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Jean Fortier | Québec Mega Trail Founder
02-04-2024
Jean Fortier | Québec Mega Trail Founder
Jean Fortier is the general director and founder of Québec Mega Trail. He joins us to talk about his running origins and dive deep into the past, present and future of this amazing event.QMT is a legendary ultra-trail race, renowned as one of the most beautiful but also as one of the hardest in Canada. Crossing one of the most beautiful places in Québec, it takes runners all the way to Mont-Sainte-Anne, and more than 3,000 racers meet there every year. A place where high-level athletes come to compete, the organization also offers challenges for beginners with ten events ranging in distance from 1-160 km over four days. Founded in 2012 and now in its 12th year, the Québec Mega Trail actively promotes trail running while being a flagship race in terms of safety, sustainable development and constant innovations.Since 2023, Québec Mega Trail has been part of the World Trail Majors and has been selected to host the 50 km and 80 km events of the 2025 and 2026 Canadian Mountain & Trail Running Championships.In this episode we talk about:Jean’s own running experiencesHow QMT came to beThe values that guide Jean’s decisions as a race directorThe highlights and the challenges the race has seen in the last 12 yearsHow QMT has chosen to remain independent in the international racing landscape in becoming a founding member of the World Trail Majors, an international group which includes some of the most iconic trail running events in Asia, Europe, Africa and North AmericaConnect with QMT:Website: https://ultratrailcanada.com/en/Instagram: @qcmegatrailFacebook: quebecmegatrailConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Nick Kershaw | Impact Marathon Founder
26-03-2024
Nick Kershaw | Impact Marathon Founder
Nick Kershaw is a man with a mission.  A runner with a background in finance and a passion for international development, Nick joins us from the UK to tell us all about how the Impact Marathon Series came to be and why it is so special.  The Impact Marathon Series was born in 2015 from a dream that we could use the simple power of running to uplift communities and empower runners all over the world.Throughout the Impact process, from the organizations they choose to support, to the way they engage and interact with the projects and the communities, their goal is to take the impalpable and make it real.  Nick and his crew have a goal to take their runners on a journey where they can find out what impact really means - the direct impact one can create, as well as how our lives indirectly have an impact that creates ripples across the world.Over the last eight years, Impact Marathon has raised $1.5 million for grassroots organizations and has built a reputation for creating entirely unique events in some incredible countries.Connect with Nick & Impact Marathon:Website: https://www.impactmarathon.com/Instagram: @impactmarathonConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Jen Shapka | On Embracing Her Run Community
19-03-2024
Jen Shapka | On Embracing Her Run Community
Jen Shapka is a woman with a mission who seemingly can’t say no…and there are many runners who are grateful she says yes most of the time! Jen has moved a lot in her adult life, and it was the frequent moving that made this now 45-year old force herself to find a community wherever she landed. With two small kids at home, a husband away for work, and no family around, it was tough to get to the gym or join a team (both of which she’d have promptly quit anyway). One day 9 years ago she put on her shoes and went for a run. Or rather, mostly walking with a little bit of running. That eventually led to longer distances, a few races, and the most supportive and fun community. Currently living in Winnipeg - for the longest time ever in one place as an adult - she’s had time to really appreciate all that the running community, and now the triathlon community, have to offer.In this episode we learn about Jen’s personal running journey that I’m sure many of you can relate to. Her personal journey is inextricably intertwined with her experiences race directing and volunteering for numerous events around the city. Jen talks about who has inspired her and what she has learned along the way. It is an absolute pleasure to share this conversation with you.Sponsor: GoodPhyte Phytase is known to substantially increase absorption of micronutrients, protein and amino acids. This super-powered digestive enzyme unlocks micronutrients in your food, helping you absorb more so you feel better, sleep better, and perform better.Use code Jointhegoodphyte10 to receive 10% off all orders.Website: https://goodphyte.com/Instagram: @jointhegoodphyteOur previous episodes with GoodPhyte Founder, Amy GolumbiaFighting the GoodPhyteAccessing Your IntuitionResources we discussed in the episode:Find a Manitoba Road Race: https://mraweb.caConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Rory Linkletter | On Running Olympic Standard at the Seville Marathon
12-03-2024
Rory Linkletter | On Running Olympic Standard at the Seville Marathon
Rory Linkletter is a professional Canadian athlete who lives and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, is sponsored by Puma, and is coached by US half marathon record holder, Ryan Hall. He is also now the 2nd fastest Canadian marathoner in history!We first had Rory on the show six months ago (Ep 153) after finishing 19th at the World Championships marathon in Budapest. Since then he’s been training up a storm with one goal in mind…making the Paris Olympic team this summer. Ideally that meant running the Olympic Standard of 2:08:10, which was no small feat considering he’d have to shave over 2-minutes off his personal best. But on February 18th 2024, Rory got the job done in Seville Spain with nine seconds to spare, running the race of his life in a new personal best of 2:08:01!In this conversation, we discuss:How he got fired up watching the US Olympic Marathon trialsWhat Pumas he wore on race dayWhat it meant to have his family’s support in Spain, andWhat it feels like to run a 1-second negative split. Even though Rory is at the very top of the sport, so much of what he talked about was relatable to the average runner. Just like you and me, he experiences taper crazies in the weeks before a big race, he ceases to be able to do math in the final stretches of a marathon, and he sometimes hesitates to put his big goals out into the world in case he fails to reach them. You’ll have to listen to the end to hear about his Olympic Marathon dreams this summer in Paris should he be named to our Canadian Marathon team, which we’ll know by May 5th.Resources we discussed in the episode:Rory's first interview on Inspired Soles: Top Canadian Men's Marathon at 2023 World ChampionshipsUS Olympic Marathon Trials RecapBen Flanagan | Deep Dive on World ChampionshipsConnect with Rory:YouTube: @LinkletterRoryInstagram: @rory_linkletterConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Sasha Gollish, Dr. Georgia Lefas & Jamie Donaldson | The Run Retreat Speakers
05-03-2024
Sasha Gollish, Dr. Georgia Lefas & Jamie Donaldson | The Run Retreat Speakers
Today’s episode features three incredible ladies who all have speaking roles at The Run Retreat, an inaugural women’s event that will be taking place in beautiful Hecla Provincial Park, 2 hours north of Winnipeg, MB, from June 7-9, 2024. Three-time Inspired Soles guest Sasha Gollish is our keynote speaker and in addition to being an elite Canadian runner, she is also the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Toronto’s Mental Health & Physical Activities Research Centre. A lover of moving her body in nature, Sasha brings the fun to everything she does and welcomes every level of runner – including the run-curious folks! – to show up as their authentic selves.Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Georgia Lefas joins as our women’s health expert and invites us to lean into our intuition and see it as somewhat of a superpower. A marathon runner with a passion for giving back to her community, Georgia hopes to provide women with more language and a safe space to advocate for themselves.Jamie Donaldson is a pelvic floor physiotherapist practicing in Winnipeg, MB. She is a huge proponent of empowering women to safely move their bodies, and she’s currently taking her own advice as she gets back into running herself.Each of these women got a full body hell yes when they were asked by The Run Retreat’s founder, Robyn Penner, to be involved. Robyn was on our show back in the spring of 2023 if you want to learn more about her and hear what inspired her to create this awesome event for women and those who identify as women. Learn more about The Run Retreat:Website: https://therunretreat.ca/Instagram: @therunretreatFounder, Robyn Penner on Inspired Soles Social Media Giveaway contest for a free hat from The Run RetreatFollow @therunretreatFollow @inspiredsolescastTag your friends in the commentsContest closes Tuesday, March 12th, 2024Connect with Sasha Gollish:Instagram: @sgollishrunsPrevious Inspired Soles episodesDec 6, 2023: Perimenopause & the Competitive AthleteOct 25, 2022: 3rd at Canadian Marathon ChampionshipsConnect with Dr. Georgia Lefas:Website: vulvarhealth.com  (it has links to curated resources)Connect with Jamie Donaldson:Instagram: @PelvisPhysio and @protaclinic and #pelvicfloorphysiotherapyWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Couple of the Quarter | Jonelle Koop-Yumang & Melvin Yumang
27-02-2024
Couple of the Quarter | Jonelle Koop-Yumang & Melvin Yumang
Our COTQ series is meant to highlight the different aspects of what it means to be in a partnership when one or both people are runners and do we ever have a power couple to feature today in Jonelle Koop-Yumang and Melvin Yumang.Melvin is the runner of their duo but as you’re about to hear, his 6-year running journey has aligned very closely with the couple’s fertility journey…and what a wild ride it has been for them! Their story is filled with love, loss, grief, hope, setbacks, serendipity, more hope, more setbacks, and eventually an 8-lb 2-oz miracle in the form of baby Jameson, who at 4.5 months can be heard cooing in the background for most of this interview. Fertility can understandably be a sensitive topic and we want to put that disclaimer on this episode. For many years Jonelle & Melvin kept their struggles private, but baby Jameson is a direct result of letting their guards down and in that sense they’ve found unexpected beauty in opening up and being vulnerable. Resources we discussed in the episode:Arli Cruikshank | Running Through SurrogacyCouple of the Quarter | Bo Huang & Mingdi ZhouJonelle's tumor: Myxopapillary EpendymomaEmbryo adoption (US)Embryo donation (Canada)Connect with Melvin & Jonelle:Instagram: @emjaywhyConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Evan Birch | Running Into the Storm
20-02-2024
Evan Birch | Running Into the Storm
Evan Birch is a partner, father, friend, colleague and ultra runner who has been running his entire life, in more ways than one. While his accomplishments range from competing in the Sinister 7 100, the Canadian Death Race and the Divide 200, Evan’s foray into ultra running began in 2017, born out of running away from a two-decade career in emergency services. He assisted thousands of people, saved countless lives and comforted many more on their worst days…until it broke him.  In January 2022, Evan finally asked for help and slowly developed a new relationship with running through hours of intensive therapy. He forged a path towards healing from a diagnosis of PTSD, anxiety, and depression and eventually found he was no longer running away. He was facing his trauma head-on, leaning into the storm and the fear. His goal is to show others that there is a path forward and that you are not alone. He believes that you are more capable than you perceive yourself to be and that stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way to grow. It is through shared experiences that we can make a difference for ourselves and others.Connect with Evan:Instagram: @ultrabirch Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Kevin Beatty | US Olympic Marathon Trials Recap
08-02-2024
Kevin Beatty | US Olympic Marathon Trials Recap
On February 3rd, 2024, the United States held their Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando, FL to determine the team they will be sending to the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, France. Once every four years the best in the country  race head-to-head where the top three men and top three women are chosen to represent the country at the Olympics. Not many countries select their team this way and it’s got to be an absolute pressure cooker of an environment for athletes, but for fans of the sport it promises some of the highest quality athletics entertainment. Carolyn considers herself a fan of the sport but nowhere near the level of her older brother, Kevin Beatty, who accepted our third invitation to the show to break it all down with us. This topic of the US Olympic Marathon Trials is admittedly quite nerdy and likely only interesting to diehard fans. Luckily we had Kim asking excellent clarifying questions, preventing us from going too deep in the weeds, and even coming up with some very insightful takes of her own!In this episode we discussed:How to qualify for this raceWhy it’s such a big dealWho the favourites were on both the men’s and women’s sidesHow each race played outNotable DNFsSurprise underdog performancesShakespearean tragedies that were tough to watch. We realized afterwards that beyond discussing the qualifying standards, there was virtually no mention of the athletes’ finishing times, which speaks to the thrilling nature of championship style racing.Kevin’s previous episodes on the podcast:Ep 3 | Treating Running Like a Sport Ep 78 | Pacer for Carolyn’s Las Vegas 10k Win Resources discussed in the episode:Ep 104 | The Anatomy of a DNF Connect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Andrew Swan | Clydesdale Running, Politics & Beer Miles
06-02-2024
Andrew Swan | Clydesdale Running, Politics & Beer Miles
Andrew Swan is a 55 year old lawyer, former politician and runner who is a staple in the Winnipeg community…some might even say “Winnipeg famous.” He practiced family law for 14 years before being elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 2004. He served as the Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade as well as the Minister for Liquor and Lotteries before settling into his role as Manitoba’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from 2009-2014. Andrew left politics in 2019 and is now General Counsel for Doctors Manitoba, and for the past three years he’s been a director for the Manitoba Runners’ Association.At 6-foot 6-inches, Andrew self-identifies as a Clydesdale runner who has taken part in roughly 60 half marathons, including every single running of the Winnipeg Police Service half marathon since its inception 20 years ago. Every Father’s Day after completing his half marathon, you can find Andrew at the finish line of the Manitoba Marathon greeting exhausted marathon runners.In this conversation you’ll hear about: The backhanded compliment Andrew received from Running Room founder, John StantonHow running brought him closer to some of his political opponents, including Stockwell DayHis one racing victory at the Winnipeg Beach Fun Run, and His prowess at the beer mile.Sponsor: GoodPhyte Phytase is known to substantially increase absorption of micronutrients, protein and amino acids. This super-powered digestive enzyme unlocks micronutrients in your food, helping you absorb more so you feel better, sleep better, and perform better.Use code Jointhegoodphyte10 to receive 10% off all orders.Website: https://goodphyte.com/Instagram: @jointhegoodphyteOur previous episodes with GoodPhyte Founder, Amy GolumbiaFighting the GoodPhyteAccessing Your IntuitionConnect with Andrew:Instagram: @andrew.swanFacebook: andrew.swanResources discussed in this episode:Winnipeg Police Service Half MarathonNancy Gajdosik | Manitoba Marathon Volunteer x 41 YearsBeer MileConnect with Carolyn & Kim:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookWe love hearing from you! Connect with us on Instagram @inspiredsolescast or email guest ideas to inspiredsolescast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, subscribe or leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.