The None to Run Podcast

Welcome to my fourth interview in the "Get Started Running Series".

Today I chat with Steve Boyd.


Steve is the founder and coach of the Physi-Kult running group in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Steve is an accomplished runner at many distances (2:17 for the marathon!). Many of his best times came after the age of 30. 

I think you will get a lot out of my chat with Steve. He brings running experience both from the competitive athlete side and the coaching side that not many have.

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If you want to subscribe to my free email series, that will take you from the couch to running regularly (pain free) click here.

In this podcast, you will learn about:

  • What a program for a new runners looks like.
  • How Steve screens the runners he works with before setting up their running program.
  • Whether alternating walking with running is a good place to start for new runners.
  • What matters more, time or distance.
  • What the most common mistake that runners make are.
  • Advanced training strategies that new runners can benefit form as well.
  • Are generic running programs taking from the internet good for beginners?
  • Why beginners should included strength training in their program.
  • Which strength exercises are the best for runners.
  • Specific considerations for aging runners.


Direct download: Interview_with_Steve_Boyd_Healthynomics.mp3
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This is lesson three of my “Get Started Running” series.

In this lesson I chat with Leo Babauta.

In 2005, Leo was a 60-pound overweight smoker when he first decided he was going to become a "runner". He always struggled to make exercise a habit.

Within a year, Leo finally made running a habit and even progressed to run a marathon. In 2013, Leo ran a 50-mile ultramarathon (check out Leo's post - 16 Surprising Lessons from My First 50-Mile Ultramarathon)!

Running transformed his life. Because of running he quite smoking, got healthier, fitter, slimmer and happier.

Listen in to hear how Leo did it - what worked what didn't.

His blog, Zen Habits, is one of the most popular on the internet. Leo's writing focuses on helping people find simplicity in the daily chaos of their lives. His writing has helped me in many ways so I encourage you to check it out.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • How Leo went from a 60-pound overweight smoker to running a 5K (and eventually a marathon).
  • The positive changes Leo noticed once running became a habit.
  • How Leo overcame shin splints.
  • Leo's keys to building a habit of running with the trigger habit sequence.
  • How you can build your own rule based habit system.
  • How running can positively impact your mind.




Direct download: Interview_with_Leo_Babauta.mp3
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This is lesson two of my “Get Started Running” series.

In lesson two I chat with Greg Lehman.

Greg is a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Spine and Exercise Biomechanics Expert. In the clinic, Greg focuses on running injury mechanics, sport injuries, persistent pain problems and post surgical rehabilitation. Greg completed his Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Stuart McGill.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • Why strength training is just as important for beginners as it is for elite runners.
  • The types of strength training exercises new runners should be focusing on.
  • Is stretching beneficial and if so, when is the best time to stretch?
  • What you can do to improve your running form (with some specific drills to practice).
  • How to distinguish between "good pain" and "bad pain".
  • The most common injury Greg sees in new runners and best practices to help you avoid injury.
  • Greg's general tips for new runners to help stay motivated and injury free.



Direct download: Interview_with_Greg_Lehman.mp3
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This is lesson one of my "Get Started Running" series.

In lesson one I chat with Jay Dicharry.

Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board- Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia.

Jay is the author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over a dozen professional journal articles. Jay is also a certified coach through the United States Track and Field Association.

I have a huge respect for Jay Dicharry and  would recommend his book, "Anatomy for Runners" to both beginner and experienced runners. 

In this podcast you will learn:

  • What to look for when buying running shoes.
  • How to prepare your body to start a regular running routine.
  • 3 simple test to help you determine if your body is ready to run.
  • Strategies to stay motivated with your running.
  • Considerations for running when overweight.
  • And much more.
Direct download: Podast_17_with_Jay_Dicharry.mp3
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Book giveaway and show notes:

Matt Fitzgerald is an author, certified sports nutritionist, runner and triathlete. He’s written for many publications including Bicycling, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, Shape, Stuff, and Women’s Health.

His book, The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition, provided much of the framework for my running app.

In this podcast episode, Matt and I discuss his latest book entitled “Diet Cults - The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us”.

I am giving away two copies of Matt's book. Listen to see how you can win a copy.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • Exactly what is a diet cult.
  • Matt’s biggest surprises from writing and researching the book.
  • Why diet cults (paleo, atkins, vegan, etc.) are good (for some people).
  • Why the line of thinking and approach to the paelo diet may be flawed.
  • Despite recent media propaganda, the truth on exercises as it fits into the weight-loss equation.
  • Why carbs should be the “premium fuel” choice for runners.
  • Matt’s thoughts on Dr. Timothy Noakes’ recent drastic change in approach regarding diet recommendations.
  • Matt’s recommendations for healthy eating.

If you enjoyed this episode with Matt Fitzgerald or any other Healthynomics Podcast episode, please leave a review on iTunes. Reviews go a long way in helping the podcast reach more listeners.

Thanks for listening!


Direct download: Interview_with_Matt_Fitzgerald.mp3
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If you've ever run or are considering running a marathon, this podcast is a "must-listen".

Today we chat with Dr. Trent Stellingwerff.

Trent is the Innovation and Research Lead at the Canadian Sport Institute - Pacific in my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia.

Married to Canadian Olympic 1500 meter runner, Hilary Stellingwerff, Trent is a former track and field athlete at Cornell University where he ran middle distance races.

He's worked with numerous Olympic track and field athletes and elite rowers. Before his position with the Canadian Sport Institute, Trent worked in Switzerland as an exercise physiologist with the Nestle (Powerbar) Research Centre.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • Why marathon fueling doesn't get the attention it deserves.
  • What distance do runners need to pay attention to fueling.
  • The specific ingredients runners should be looking for in their mid-race fuel to optimize their performance.
  • How hydration fits into the fueling equation.
  • How many times a runner should aim to practice his/her fueling before their target race.
  • Tips to practice your fueling like the pros.
  • The rule of 15 for marathon fueling.
  • How to train you body to better utilize fat as energy and boost your confidence during those last few miles of a marathon.
  • Different hypotheses as to why Kenyan and Ethiopian marathon runners dominate the marathon distance.

If you enjoyed this episode with Trent Stellingwerff or any other Healthynomics Podcast episode, please leave a review on iTunes. Reviews go a long way in helping the podcast reach more listeners.

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Dr._Trent_Stellingwerff_interview.mp3
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In this podcast episode, I chat with running coach and the founder of Strength Running, Jason Fitzgerald.

Not only is Jason a 2:39 marathon runner and USATF-certified running coach - he recently coached me to a PR in the half marathon.

Get the show notes for this episode at

In this podcast we talk about:

  • Why mainstream media advice is off the mark with most of its running injury advice.
  • The most common mistakes when it comes to injury prevention.
  • The #1 thing a runner can do to stay healthy and keep running.
  • Why injury prevention should be an integral part of your training program.
  • Jason’s favourite exercises when it comes to injury prevention.
  • How to tell the difference between “good” pain and “bad” pain (and when to back-off your training).
  • Running shoes  – how running shoes fit into the injury prevention equation for runners.
  • Jason’s Injury Prevention for Runners program ( - enter discount code "Mark" for 25% off until midnight, May 20, 2014.

If you enjoyed this episode with Jason Fitzgerald or any other Healthynomics Podcast episode, please leave a review on iTunes. Reviews go a long way in helping the podcast reach more listeners.


Direct download: Interview_with_Jason_Fitzgerald_HN14.mp3
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Abel James is a #1 best-selling author, top 10 App Developer, musician, radio show host, entrepreneur, and veritable health crusader.

Abel runs the extremely popular “Fat Burning Man” show – which is one of the top health podcasts on iTunes.

A few years ago, Abel James made some alarming discoveries. Almost everything that he thought he knew about health, nutrition, and fitness was completely wrong.

In this podcast we talk about:

  • How Abel became the "Fat Burning Man".
  • The most common misconceptions people have about diet and fitness.
  • How to develop healthy habits.
  • The workout plan that has helped Abel stay fit (he works out less than you think).
  • Ways for you to self-test and improve your health.
  • And much more.

If you enjoyed this episode with Abel James or any other Healthynomics Podcast episode, please leave a review on iTunes. Reviews go a long way in helping the podcast reach more listeners.

Direct download: Abel_James_-_Episode_13.mp3
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