Welcome to episode 82 of the Final Surge podcast with our guest this week Zach Cole. Zach has built a new website called HopDash.com which is helping connect runners to running locations and groups. It is a great way to find a group to run with when you travel, or maybe just to discover new running areas in your city.
You launched a new site called hop dash.com and I want to dig into it, but before we do that we like to introduce our listeners to our guests find out a little about who you are, if you could tell our listeners how you got started with running?
You talk about how you started running with a few groups, HopDash your new site is about running with groups, so can you give us a background on the site?
Do you find that groups are comprised of similar runners or are most groups varied in who is running with them?
When I look at your HopDash and I click on one of the cities, let’s say Boston, on the right I see interesting places to run and then on the bottom I see a calendar and each day has a different set of runs and each of those runs dots in the upper corner, one green, two yellow, three orange dots what do those mean?
How does it work, who updates the workouts?
The interesting places to run, are they user-generated too?
How do I know if the group I am looking at is more casual vs more serious?
You are relying on user feedback and people entering their information, so how do you see this growing?
Who are some of the interesting people you have met while traveling?
What is the hardest or most memorable place you ran?
We see training professional groups forming around the country, but also we see many local training groups and running communities. Why do you think these are growing?
Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite endurance/running book? - Once a Runner
Current trainers you are wearing? - Challenger 3's
Favorite race? - Santa Cruz to Capitola Wharf
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Burger and Beer
Your favorite workout - 1600 repeats
Welcome to episode 81 of the Final Surge podcast where today we welcome back Neely Spence Gracey to the podcast to talk about Boston. Boston is less than a week away and we talk to Neely about what a first-time runner should consider when heading to Boston and we take a look at some of the top names on the men's and women's race. We even get Neely to predict the winners of both races. Neely uses the Final Surge platform in her coaching, if you are interested in getting coached by Neely head over to NeelyRuns.com.
You were the top American Women at Boston in 2016, you want to explain why you are not running this year?
How will the weather affect the race?
If it is a little rainy like they are predicting, are those good conditions for a good fast race?
What should first-time runners know about the course?
Men's Elite Marathon
Is there someone you think can knock off the defending champ Geoffrey Kirui?
Last year Galen Rupp was runner-up and came back and won Chicago, what do you think the chance is of him winning and running a fast time?
Who will win the men's race? Lesisa Desisa
On the women's side, this is a really deep field. How will this play out?
One of the wild cards is Jordan Hasay, how do you see her playing a factor?
We have some veterans with experience in Deena Kastor and Kellyn Taylor, can one of these vets step up and surprise people?
Flanagan is coming off of NYC, can she repeat that at Boston?
Edna Kiplagat is the defending champ, is she going to be hard to knock off?
Who is someone we need to keep an eye on in the women's race?
Who will win the women's race? Kiplagat
What other advice do you have for runners to enjoy the weekend?