Chill Track Friday

Ann Restak and Ali Brohi

This podcast is for those who have a passion for running, a drive to excel, and a willingness to push hard to realize their potential. Join us as we speak with fellow recreational runners about their training journeys and how they weave athletics into the fabric of a larger life tapestry. read less
SportsSports

Episodes

Craving Community: A Conversation with Stephanie Shiau
17-12-2021
Craving Community: A Conversation with Stephanie Shiau
When Stephanie Shiau moved to South Orange, New Jersey in the autumn of 2019 she left her New York running community behind. Having trained with a group for several years, Stephanie knew the magic and transformation that comes through training with others. Not wanting to miss out on this camaraderie and growth, Stephanie immediately searched for a running community in her new neighborhood. What she found, however was an opportunity to create a running community and, thus, SOMA Fox Running Club was born. Stephanie Shiau is an epidemiologist at Rutgers School of Public Health where she teaches and mentors graduate students. It’s not a surprise that she would teach and mentor individuals in another realm about which she knows a lot: running. Stephanie is a founding member and head coach of SOMA Fox Running Club, which serves South Orange / Maplewood and the surrounding New Jersey neighborhoods. SOMA Fox Running Club is not just any running club, though. Their mission is twofold: to promote and extend the joys of running to everyone, and to give back to the community. As such, and because they believe that all people should have access to healthy food to achieve their own goals, a percentage of all funds raised by SOMA Fox Running Club goes to their charity partner, MEND - Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity. This is a story about leadership, courage in creating community during a global pandemic, inclusivity, service, compassion and the power and joy that arise when a community supports one another.
Greg McMillan: The Art of Coaching
19-11-2021
Greg McMillan: The Art of Coaching
Chill Track Friday is back with legendary coach, Greg McMillan, M.S. Greg holds a masters degree in exercise physiology with a research focus on the determining factors of distance running performance. Greg is one of the best running coaches around, using his expertise in exercise science to create scientifically-based training programs that are individualized to runners of all abilities, from new runners all the way to age group and pro runners. Greg is also an accomplished runner. His accolades include: National Trail Marathon Masters Champion (2009); 2:31:58 marathon; 1:10:28 half marathon; 30:57 10000m; 14:55 5000m; 3:57 1500m; and 1:57 800m. He has coached over 10,000 Boston Qualifiers (and counting); 14 National Champions; athletes training for the Olympic Trials; Olympic Games; World Championships; Pan American Games, to name a few. Greg is the creator of the McMillan Running Calculator and the head coach for the McMillan Run Team. He has authored five books, was a senior writer for Running Times Magazine and is a consulting expert for numerous publications such as Runner’s World Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and Men’s Health. Greg is currently creating a McMillan Coaching Certification program. This is a practical and helpful conversation with one of the best distance coaches alive. Greg shares with us his journey from runner to coach. He explains the importance of adhering to training paces, developing a racing strategy, and the power that the mind has on our performance. If you are looking for thoughtful, methodical and intelligent guidance, this is the conversation for you.
Sean Hamilton: "Running Through The Woods, The River Gentle On My Mind"
16-04-2021
Sean Hamilton: "Running Through The Woods, The River Gentle On My Mind"
In November 2020 Sean Hamilton went to secluded Dunn Lake, British Columbia looking for something. What that something was he did not know, but he followed the strong pull that was begging him to retreat into nature. Sean remained alone in the woods until the end of December. The lessons gained from his solitude may only ever be fully known to him, but while spending this time by himself, Sean ran mile after mile and produced a beautiful book of poems, or as he refers to it, “a training log and corresponding field notes.” “Running Through the Woods, The River Gentle on My Mind” is a poignant personal meditation on a particular place and time. Though the book holds the reflections of one man, the questions raised are perhaps universal questions and ones to which immediate answers may not be available. Perhaps, instead, as Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in “Letters to a Young Poet” we will “gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” This is an intimate conversation about transformation, solitude, loss, creativity, inner strength, the beauty of nature, and one man’s reflections on his relationship to all of it. _ Shoulder Season: “I am a wanderer, lingering between homebody and vagabond, unfixed to a permanent address.   I am a shoulder season, shifting without prolonged expectation, untethered from assumption or prediction. I am March 20th, hovering on the final page of the chapter, unpredictable as to what may come.   I am at a loss, lusting to be freed from the cage of specificity, unchained to title, category or subspecies.   It’s just earth and weather and water and beings. I am a part of it.”
Massage Therapy for Maintenance: A Conversation with Claudia Chapel, BCMT, ISP
10-10-2020
Massage Therapy for Maintenance: A Conversation with Claudia Chapel, BCMT, ISP
Massage therapy is a crucial ingredient for reaching peak performance. Runners are good at running. We are disciplined and dedicated. We pound miles and miles on the roads and trails hoping that our body will perform at its best on race day. When our dedicated workout time ends, however, we often rush off to jobs, families, and other responsibilities. In all the hustle and bustle, recovery and injury prevention can slip through the cracks but how can we expect our body to reach peak performance if we don’t give it the time and resources to recover from our training efforts? _ Meet Claudia Chapel. Claudia is a muscular therapist and sports performance specialist who has been in practice for over 25 years. Claudia combines muscular therapy, strength and conditioning, motivational coaching, and nutrition to help her clients tap into their potential. Claudia has worked multiple times as the therapist to the US Olympic Rowing Team, the US Olympic Track and Field Team, and the US Paralympic Cycling Team. She has worked also with the US Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Teams, and has been the coordinating therapist for the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation since 1994. Claudia is also an animated story teller and one of the most nurturing people you’ll meet. A client of hers for more than seven years, we consider Claudia a dear friend as well. This is an enlightening conversation about taking a holistic approach to training, and the importance of incorporating soft tissue work into your recovery regime. Thank you for all the miles, Sparky. Love, CTF.
The Art of Mentoring: A Conversation with Bobby Asher
14-08-2020
The Art of Mentoring: A Conversation with Bobby Asher
“Great mentors help others understand why they do what they do, and urge them on. Through the ups and downs of life, motivation can be gained from setting a good example for others. Knowing that people look to me for advice inspires me to explain why it is that I get out the door to run. Some days its simply better than sitting on the couch. Other days it may be to test the limits of my body and spirit.” _ Bobby Asher is a talented coach. He takes pride in coaching everyone - from the novice runner to the experienced marathoner.  He brings to his coaching style a deep gratitude for his own coaches and mentors. A hallmark quality of Bobby’s coaching philosophy is that he learns as much from his athletes as they learn from him. This humble approach creates an athlete-coach relationship that fosters trust, confidence, true transformation, and a willingness to take risks - all of which are hallmark ingredients for success in running. _ Bobby has 23 years of experience as a competitive runner and over ten years of experience coaching. He runs all distances from the mile to the marathon. Notable personal bests are: 4:29 indoor mile; 15:05 indoor 5K; 30:54 outdoor track 5K; 1:09.49 half marathon; 2:38.35 marathon (ING NYC Marathon 2009). Bobby was assistant coach for the 2007 SUNY Plattsburgh Women's Cross Country National Runner-Up. He has coached multiple Boston Qualifier athletes and multiple first-time marathoners.