Welcome to episode 181 of the Final Surge Podcast. This week we welcome professional runner Keira D'Amato to the show. Keira has an amazing story that ended with her just recently getting a professional contract from Nike. This was the first professional contract she was offered, and she was in her mid 30's. She took the time to share her story with us which we think you are going to find fascinating.
1:00 How she got started in running?
2:42 Were you a soccer player?
3:37 Did you consider yourself more of a cross country or track runner?
4:07 What was it about American University that made you want to run there?
5:10 Did you think about running after college?
7:02 Then for the next decade you were just a hobby jogger?
7:45 Give us an idea how many miles you were running during that decade?
9:20 We have talked to athletes who have taken a year or two off, but not a decade. At what point did you decide to start again?
11:12 Was there a moment where you said ok this is for real and I am going to get serious?
12:42 Did you call Scott right after that race to start working together again?
13:50 The last year you have really put your stamp on the sport, talk about it.
15:44 You have a lot of success in longer distances, what is your focus for this year?
17:10 Are you focusing on the 10k or leaving your options open?
17:54 Talk about what a week looks like for your busy schedule?
20:02 In real estate you control your own schedule, but real estate can be demanding too on your time
20:43 Were you looking for the right deal with a contract or was there reluctance because you were late to the sport?
22:45 How did the process go?
23:28 What is coming next for you?
24:40 Contact and Oreo's!
Welcome to episode 180 of the Final Surge Podcast where today we welcome NAU national champion Tyler Day, who recently turned pro and announced he was joining former collegiate teammate Matt Baxter and Coach Ben Rosario with Northern Arizona Elite. We talked a little bit about his rise from a good Arizona high school runner to one of the best in the country in high school. We then talk about what the process was like when he announced he was turning professional. Tyler is always a fun listen and we hope you enjoy this podcast as much as we did.
1:58 How did you get started in running?
3:36 Once you started running did you keep running or was it a season thing?
4:42 Talk about your high school career
6:46 In your senior year in the 3200 you had the 7th best time in the state. That is good, but how does that project to someone who turns into a champion in college?
9:15 What was it about NAU that attracted you to there?
10:34 What were those national champion teams like with that group of guys?
14:10 You had two great college coaches back-to-back, what was that transition like to Smith?
15:47 As far as the coaching part, what did Coach Smith bring that was magic that seems to work wherever he goes?
17:20 When you were coming out of college you achieved a next level, so what type of interest was there from teams?
18:24 What lead you to Hoka NAZ Elite?
20:25 Did Matt being there help motivate you to join them?
21:15 When that decision time came was the focus always the 10k or did you have the marathon on your mind?
22:38 Is the focus the 10k for the Olympics?
23:17 Where are you now with the rehab?
24:30 What has been the thing that surprised you the most about being a professional runner?
25:47 Being the rookie do Fauble and Baxter make you carry their bags?
26:54 Any races on the books you have?
27:27 One thing the NAZ Elite team does to help their athletes is marketing and finding their niche. Talk about your products.
1:25 Since the last time we had you on you left to go to medical school, can you bring us up to date?
2:58 You got married, go to medical school, had a couple of kids, what has been the hardest part of all that while still training?
4:01 You wanted to continue the running, was there ever a worry you wouldn't have the time?
5:45 When you graduate school are you expecting to still have the time?
6:49 You have been blessed with some amazing coaches, how is it being teamed back up with Coach Fox?
7:52 Fox and Rosario are both successful, but different coaches, what is the biggest difference you have noticed?
12:30 You mentioned other guys, NAZ seems like a tight team, right now you are with a team, but training on your own. Has that been a struggle?
14:00 Your in medical school so what was your reaction when you heard about this virus?
15:16 How did it impact your running?
16:35 How long of a break did you end up taking after the Trials?
18:30 Was there anything on the schedule or not yet?
19:38 You said early Sept you were out of shape, how long did it take you to get back in shape?
20:45 When you have a 20 mile day what does that day look like for you with everything going on?
23:30 Come November did your milage stay the same at 100 miles a week?
24:32 At what point did you realize it could be a big day?
26:10 There was a group of men in the 2:09 range, was it perfect race and perfect conditions or is this the new standard?
28:14 How were those last two weeks leading up to the race?
29:25 Walk us through the race
32:31 With only 4 miles it doesn't sound like much, but those 4 miles are the longest part of the race. What was your thinking when you went to the front?
33:56 At that point did you feel like you could hold on for another 5k?
34:41 What were your thoughts as you crossed the finish line?
35:27 I know with your residency coming yp is going to change things, but did this year change your outlook?
36:45 If you were looking forward ahead to this year is there a plan you would like to see happen?
37:39 What do you see as the vision for the Rebook Group you run with?
39:17 Do you think it will be more of a 10k and marathon group?
Welcome to episode 177 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome professional distance runner Noah Droddy to the show. Droddy has a great story of a slightly better than average runner in high school who became an Olympics Trial qualifier. Droddy burst onto the scene in 2016 at the Trials and recently finished second in The Marathon Project. We catch up with Droddy about his preparation for his latest race and what is next for him in 2021.
1:15 How did you get started in running?
2:30 What was it in your senior year that started to change things for you?
3:40 How were your times in your senior year?
4:12 Those are not times that jump off the chart, at what point did you decide that you wanted to run at the next level?
5:35 Did you have success in college as a freshman?
6:49 What was your progress like in college?
8:15 When you were getting ready to graduate college did you expect to continue to run as a professional?
9:28 What do you by you couldn't completely let running go?
10:29 When did you decide you were going to get serious and see what you could do?
11:59 At that point in 2015 was there even talks of the Olympic Trials?
13:00 When did the qualifier for the 10k come?
14:27 That night on the track you kind of became an icon overnight, what was that like?
16:11 When the shutdown happened how was your mindset?
18:08 How long was the process of shutting it down?
19:22 June you started training again, the Marathon Trials were done, did you switch your focus to the 10k?
21:25 Were there any health issues when you came back?
21:55 How was your training leading up to the Marathon Project?
22:43 You ran 2.5 minutes better than your PR, was 2:09 the goal for the race or just stick with the leaders?
24:00 How did you feel in the second half of the race?
25:16 Were there any workouts leading up to the race that had you thinking this could be a big race?
26:28 Do you have any staple workouts that you use every training cycle that you can see how you progress each cycle?
27:36 You mention these breakthroughs become the new benchmark, but do you think that 2:09 is now the benchmark for the US Men's marathon?
29:28 What are your plans after your break?
30:59 What is the status of the Roots Running Group
31:57 Richie is one of the under the radar coaches that probably doesn't get the credit they deserve