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The Houston Running Zone

The ultimate podcast for runners in the Houston area, featuring the everyday runners who inspire us, clubs, gear, races and runcations. Houston “We’ve got the runs!”


Running saved my life with Amy Lee Creel, Aramco Houston Half Ambassador
From a mile, to a half marathon bucket list, to becoming an with Aramco Houston Half Instagram amyleecreelAramco Houston Half Ambassador Running saved my lifeGroup runs as a groupNorthside Running and Tri Island Girl Tri The Giant Fish & Jonah: A Bible story from a unique perspective ​​What do you have to prove
36:24 1/8/24
Running clubs for community, consistency and Boston Qualifying with Louie Zuniga Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Chevron Houston Marathon AmbassadorInstagram captlourunsBoston MarathonBalancing a crazy scheduleCross training
35:15 12/29/23
From the gym, to the treadmill, to Boston qualifying with Casey Timme Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador Instagram handle caseythemotherrunner From the gym to the treadmill to marathonsFather used to run the Tenneco Houston MarathonProject repatPacing Houston at 3:30Houston Striders Houston Half Marathon Beast PacingTrail Racing Over Texas Habanero 50KBrazos Bend 50 milerGalveston Marathon The Woodlands Marathon There is good in every day
56:05 10/18/23
Supporting local with the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program
Chevron Houston Marathon Run For a Reason Raised over $35 million to local charities since 1995Sole Loved The Faris Foundation Houston Area Parkinson Society Mental Health America of Greater Houston 
46:11 9/18/23
From DNF to winning the Houston Marathon, Boston Marathon, and New York Marathon handcycling with Wendy Larsen
Runner to handcyclistBoston Marathon winnerHouston marathon winnerWebsite Instagram As a kid doctors said not to participate in sportsCar accident in 2006, 20 leg surgeries Overcoming victim mentalityStubbornness worksWork with you body not against itAchilles Houston Team Catapult Qualified for bostonHiring a dieticianHiring a coachRace Across the WestOver 900 milesOceanside, CA to Durango, COTwo person team, injured partner, did it solo10th anniversary of Athletes with Disabilities program Chevron Houston MarathonHouston
48:20 9/5/23
From health challenges to new habits to international running with Jay Perkins Aramco Houston Half Ambassador
Instagram handle j_runs__Doctor suggested him to change his lifestyleChanging habitsWent vegan and now a flexitarianGetting consistent and motivatedHealthy and convenientGiving back to the community2nd year as a Aramco Houston Half Marathon AmbassadorToughest 10K Kemah Convention Center Chevron Houston Marathon events Mexico City Half MarathonRun clubsYoga
33:39 8/17/23
Three marathons in one year with the support of the running community with Sarah Alfaro Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Chevron Houston Marathon AmbassadorInstagram handle sarahalfaro New pandemic runnerFor mental healthAramco Half Marathon defer to running the fullRunners High Houston HalfRunning three marathons in one yearChicago MarathonEffort to make time to exerciseDedication with a support systemBerlin MarathonElevate your running to elevate your life with Sarah Manderscheid Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador podcast episodeLatinas Run HoustonFreak Run Club
39:24 8/3/23
The fun chase of legacy status with Pattie Pena Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador Instagram handle run_salutation_  Coming up on her 10 year legacy statusFinding the pacer20 years of yogaSan Antonio Rock and Roll MarathonThe Woodlands MarathonMarine Corps MarathonLatinas Run Houston Ambassador Checking out run clubsChampions Running Association Runners and walkers
31:39 7/20/23
Running is the vehicle to the community with Blake Alderfer Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador Instagram alder.runFreaks run club Join a running clubTeam Catapult Scheduling running around other commitmentsMental healthFeeding your mind on a run with podcastsCrowd support at the race
52:06 7/6/23
It’s about the running experience, not just the goal with Rosa Perez Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Instagram handle roro.runs 2024 Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador 2023 marathon is about the experience, not just the goalGet to the finish line and enjoy the raceInspiring at least one person to start running and have funLatinas Run Houston Katy Area Running Club Runners High Champions Running Association Scheduling in running a week in advanceInspiration from family members20 half and 2 full marathonsSigning up for a full if shes breaks a 2:30 halfSetbacks in runningPosting on instagram for helpMaking friends on social media2021 virtual Triple Challenge Houston MarathonSetting a 2024 marathon goalHouston Half The Woodlands Half Pearland Half Vintage Park Half Katy HalfAramco Houston Half San Francisco Half What makes the Houston Marathon race weekend specialTakeover TuesdayAsk for helpYour competition is yourself2022 Aramco Half Marathon experienceBrooks Running
49:17 6/16/23
The inclusive fun of run clubs with Hazkhett Zeledon-Pena
Hazkhett on Instagram 5K to a Chevron Houston Marathon in one yearMental health, fun and swagZFT Run Club Walkers, couch to 5K, to runners, super inclusiveNo runner left behindBreaking through the walls in runningHeadphones in runningJourney to HoustonRun Houston Minute Maid Rodeo RunMaking time to runIt’s about the supportLatinas Run Houston Find yourself a running groupJust go for a run, don’t think too hard about itTrail Racing Over Texas The Cowtown Marathon and ultra 
26:00 4/19/23
It’s about the community not the finish line with Lisa Decker
Previous podcast episodeUltra running mindset with an ultra tribe with Lisa Decker 50K all the way to 100 milersDNF and not quittingStart to finishEnjoy watching finishersHere for funSnowdrop Ultra 55 hour race and relay Instagram handle ldkr5808 Tiktok account Trail Racing Over Texas Race credits from volunteeringJackalope Jam 6 hours to 100 hoursCold conditions motivate and create a good storyAccountability with friendsMemorial ParkEncouraging all pacesMeg Eckert Go out and try something newBarkley Marathons 
36:30 3/20/23
The empowering journey from 2 miles to a Marathon with Grace Salsa Runner Bayou City Classic Ambassador
grace_salsarunner instagram Bayou City Classic registration Discount code Grace $8 offBCC Instagram page Started running in 2014Fleet Feet Sugarland thursday night runs2 miles to a half marathonHalf marathon training programRan in her moms honorKia Fort Bend USA Fit Half Marathon Aramco Half MarathonLululemon 10K Pacing don’t leave anyone behindChicago Marathon Bayou City Classic powered by Lululemon Saucony Star Pizza 
30:29 2/14/23
Running in memory and the future with Adriauna Davis
Founder of the Harmonie Grace Foundation Black Men Run Walking to release stress and meeting others in the same situationStarting with one mile at a timeHarmonie Grace annual 5K Getting from 3 miles to 9 milesNo person left behindScheduling runs around a changing work scheduleLatinas Run Houston Lululemon 5K/10KRunning communityPeople of Memorial Park London Marathon 
20:44 1/27/23
Journey from runners to race directors with Jeremy and William Fermo
Previous episodesWalker to YouTube ultra runner celebrity with Jeremy Fermo Bringing big city experience to smaller cities with William Fermo 3 Bros Running Co 3 Bros Running YouTube channel Facebook page Instagram TikTok From runners to race directorsAll the lead up to race daySurprise expensesBarrides and police expensesShirts and medalsHow many runners do you need to break evenBring big city race experiences to small townsShannon Race 5K and 10KBig Pumpkin Race 5K and Kids KWorking on a Half Marathon Economic impact of a raceSalina Crossroads Marathon Race consultingAmerican Trail Association Conference Trail Racing Over Texas  The Running Event Running USA Chicago Marathon New York City Marathon Carbon plate shoesSustainabilityDiversity in racingYounger demographicFacebook, Instagram, TikTokFace behind the brandVideo vs static postsEngaging the audienceShort form to attract, long form to tell the storyBooze Dust How Filipino are youLindenXTwo Coffee 3 Bros shirts and hats for sale 
44:05 1/6/23
5 things I learned about nutrition while recovering from an Eating Disorder with Rebecca Wied Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador Blog 5 things I learned about nutrition while recovering from an eating disorder1 Your body can not run on empty2 Carbs are not to be feared3 Post run nutrition is essential4 Hydration is key5 All foods fitTipping point to make a changeWarning signsInstagram handle Silo District MarathonChevron Houston MarathonWhat makes it special70.3 Ironman WacoShalane Flanigan Boston Marathon 
26:03 12/20/22
Elevate your running to elevate your life with Sara Manderscheid Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador
First ran Aramco Half Marathon in 20202nd year as a Chevron Houston Ambassador  to promote and have funRunning communityChicago MarathonMarathon weekend funCorporate job to run coach2019 quit to find something fulfillingRunning camp to give her ideasCertified running coachLove helping people feel confidentSeeing their hard work pay offElevate Your Running podcast Instagram Sara Instagram Working on something that you loveRunning affects other parts of your lifeCoaching is for everyoneStart with run walkingBoston qualifierUltra runnersRequirementsCommittedWork hardShow upHave funDon’t set yourself up for failureMeet yourself where you’re atWhat can you make time forNone of us have timeStick with the same scheduleAustin Myers partner in podcastLooking for community and trainingElevated momentsShare a moment or win for the weekCan be something that didn’t go well but you learned from itCelebrate your winsFocus on what’s workingMomentum buildingMore confidenceCommon obstacles to overcomeWe get in our headLean in to what you knowBelieve in yourselfBenefits of easy runningSara Hall Abbott World Marathon Majors 
35:04 11/16/22
2 fun races 1 great cause with Kathi Mahon and Hunter Heidtke, Alex's 5K, Autism Speaks
Alex’s 5K and Kids KNovember 5thMcGregor park12th anniversarySaint ArnoldReal foodKids program and 1KSusan Cita super volunteer$180,000 raised Autism Speaks HoustonAvondale HouseWestview SchoolPrevious episode AwardsCash for overall winnersAge group awards hand painted tilesRegister here Autism Speaks Kids K, 5K, 8KNovember 13thSugarland Town CenterPrevious episode Kids activitiesLocal breweriesRegister here Be as inclusive as possibleBe more empatheticBe self reflective about our biasesSmall acts of kindnessBe kindReward for participating in both racesDetails coming soon
26:30 10/13/22
Social running for inclusivity with Chevron Houston Marathon Ambassador Glenda Newman
Making time to run as a momStaying motivated over the pandemicKung Fu Running Club with FFP Running Clubs New runners come on outLatinas Run Lululemon 10K tour El Tiempo meat market for authentic tacosTeam Catapult Running without a stroller for personal timeAlter Ego Running Nuun Hydration ambassador Houston Marathon Training Kick Off Party 2023 Chevron Houston Marathon takeovers, January 3rd Runner safety tipWear a light at nightFollow Glenda on Instagram Runners of Hou podcastThe Running Grind podcast
30:00 9/15/22
From 6 months of training to the 6th year running the Houston Marathon with Veronica Goebel
Chevron Houston Marathon ambassadorMaking time to run around family timeTreadmill runningStress relieverInstagram handle vgoebruns 6 month training for Chevron Houston MarathonStarts with 3 miles6th year running the marathonFirst marathon memoriesTakeover tuesday on Instagram Fun along the courseChampions Running Association Houston Harriers BurnoutHiring a coachRun in numbers for safetyPrivate on StravaAftershokz
47:59 8/24/22
How the RRCA empowers the running community with RRCA President George Rehmet
Over 1500 racesIncluding over 150 marathons and ultrasPresident of the Road Runners Clubs of America, RRCAFeatured speaker at the HARRA summer banquetDolphin South End Runners RRCA State Rep 199-2004RRCA Outstanding RRCA State Rep of the Year 2001 and 2009RRCA Western Region Director 2015RRCA VP 2018RRCA President 2020 and 2022All about the RRCA InsuranceCoaching certificationRace director certificationClub resourcesKids run the nation grantsRunner friendly community (including Houston)June Harris with HARRADeena KastorMammoth Track Club RRCA Convention March 2023 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Run the Sun 8K Swim from AlcatrazBay Area Running Club BARCSafety tipsCreating diversityStart smallInclusion with Ainsley’s Angels Marine Corps Marathon Napa Valley Marathon Boston MarathonNew York MarathonBig Sur MarathonChicago MarathonHuntsville MarathonAnchorage RunFest
54:23 7/6/22
Community of running and the Saint Arnold Art Car 5K with Eric Lindberg
On Your Left Marketing and Events Started events in Fort WorthAfter run beers 13 years agoSponsorship activation with Rahr and SonsOktoberfest 5KSaint Arnold Santo de Mayo 5K 2014Community vs running aloneSocial runs in between racesFlying Saucer and Saint ArnoldSupply chain issues Working on new formulas to make it workStarted running in 2000Qualified for Boston100 miles a monthSaint Arnold Art Car 5K April 2, 2023 Creating an awesome race experienceBand above the start lineBeer GardenParty stageFeaturing different cars each yearLaunching Art Car weekFood includedBeer includedPint GlassMedals in a series5 years and rebrandLooking to add a 10K for the 10th yearFundraised over $125,000 for the Greater Northside Management District Support the small community races in between the big racesVolunteer when possibleSupport your local running clubs
28:18 6/8/22
9 months of 5K movement with Dr Alexia McClerkin
Wanting to do a 5K every month while pregnantWhile in nursing schoolNot just about runningIt’s not just a hobby it’s a movementHosts 5K Mamas Fun Run to raise funds every Mother’s DayTurned into over 20 races, 10Ks, triathlons, half marathonsBenefits of working out during pregnancyQuarterly workshops for overall healthInstagram handle 9monthsof5K Run Live a Dive Half Marathon Aramco Half Marathon Princess Half Marathon Niagara Falls Half Marathon Shout out to Snowdrop Ultra 55 race Chevron Houston Marathon interview 
23:32 5/18/22
Bringing big city race experiences to smaller cities with William Fermo and Mike Moss 3 Bros Running Co
3 Bros Running Co YouTube Houston Marathon pacingNever say anything negativeFound a need for races in the golden triangle areaIf not who and whenFirst race Orange, Texas May 14thShannon’s Run 5K/10K Rock concert t-shirtIram Leon episode What make a great raceSupporting local businessUsing ORARC Signs, Trophies and Engraving “Helping Our Special Needs Clients Help Themselves” for overall awards Beaumont Enterprise article What to have and not have at a race
34:39 3/9/22
Oldest running 10K in Texas, Bayou City Classic (and 5K) with Joe and Hope Sellers
Bayou City Classic 10K and 5K Saturday March 5th10K and 5K distances45th running of the 10KNew - Finishers Medal for 10K and 5K Getting feedback from the runnersServed on the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA), Bayou City Road Runners (BCRR) and Houston Striders boardsAfter partySaint Arnold beerCoffee cake, tacos, Dave's Killer bread bars, chips, cookies, crackers, all prepackaged Houston Dynamo kick boothBlues Brothers bandCentipede awardsCostume awardsRouteStarts at City Hall and safely uses Allen ParkwayRaising over $610,000 to the Houston Parks DepartmentAll volunteer organizationGiving back to the communityRoad Runners Club of America RRCA 10K State ChampionshipHigh quality tech shirt at packet pickupFirst weekend of March, no spring break conflictsVolunteers needed by post race area
26:21 2/26/22
Ultra fundraising with an ultra relay team with Isaac Fox
Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race and Relay Captained top relay team for miles and fundraisingCouch to Half Marathon in 4 weeksTo help lose weightRunning friends peer pressure Charity miles 300 miles in a month25 miles Cactus Rose relay team Bandara 50K first ultra Rocky 50 miler Snowdrop Ultra 100 miles solo Focused on fundraisingIncrease donation if he ran over 100Increase donation if he ran over 150Smarter to relay to increase donationsNot just a relay team, wanting to be the first place fundraising teamCommiting relay team members to raising $1000 per personSome exceed, some wonCreative fundraising ideasPick the party dress to run at New Year’s EveKaren started, then Charlie was included to run in the dressPR half marathon incentive to increase donationOvercoming issues and still making it happenCypress Running Club Cypress Wolf PackPushing his team to help the race pass the $100,000 markTeam member JohnSnowdrop Foundation missionInspiration “Dear Chelsey”Donates his solo buckles to his top donorMatching gifts from employers
30:10 2/9/22
Walker to YouTube ultra runner celebrity with Jeremy Fermo
Started 2009 as a walkerFounded Golden Triangle StruttersWanting an all-inclusive running club of all pacesAngie’s Half Marathon2013 started the Goku Runner YouTube channel 360 camera2020 Chevron Houston Marathon video clip (24:13 cameo appearance)Marathon food TikTok video (2.6 million views)  You don’t have to be the typical runner's body or speed to be a runnerAnyone can be a runnerNow an ultra runner Trail Racing Over Texas Unique swagCo founded a new running company3 Bros Running Company Youtube channel Bringing big city races to small townsFirst race in Orange, TexasWanting everyone to have funFull race experienceMusicSwagWarm upChip timingStart lineAnnouncingCheer stations 
39:25 2/2/22
Ultra running mindset with an ultra tribe with Lisa Decker
Lisa Decker on Instagram 50K, 100K, 50 milers and 100 mile runsMaking time to trainCoaching around work schedulesTommy GulchHouston Area Trail Runners Trail Racing Over Texas Community makes the racesThe positive cult addiction of trail running with Rob Goyen podcast episodeSnowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race and Relay FireballMindset around the back of the packYou don’t have to run the entire raceJust start and walkContinue to increaseFind a long cutoff time or longer distance with a long cutoffTake your time and have funJeremy Hanson Blaze Trails Christina Labay Torchy’s Tacos Secret Menu Saint Arnold Juicy IPA Triple Crown of 200s Courtney Dauwalter 
27:47 1/26/22
Running every single street in Houston with Brandin LeBlanc
everysinglestreethouston on Instagram Running every street in HoustonHeatmap with StravaCityStrides 2800+ streets currently 21%13,216 streets in HoustonCowtown Ultra Chevron Houston MarathonTeam Catapult FFP Running Clubs CityCentre Running Club Freaks Run Club Houston Area Road Runners Association HARRA Running community and clubs are the real sponsorsBrooks Running Ghost Barbecue Inn Saint Arnold Brewing Company Goodson’s Cafe Thanks for the introduction Lillian 
36:07 1/5/22
Running stroller victory laps and surviving cancer with Iram Leon
Featured on ESPN, Runner’s World, Today Show, NBC nightly news, Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle...11 year brain cancer survivor10 year survival rate is 12%Training for his 2nd marathon, grand mal seizureDecker Challenge Half Marathon Austin Marathon qualified for BostonRunning with the stroller to spend time with his 4 year old daughterWinning The Gusher Marathon media coverage30 races with the stroller within 3 yearsESPN E:60 videoRunning all the stroller races again without the strollerFinal race La Porte Half Marathon Original blog post running La PorteHouston Chronicle article running La PorteIt’s all about healthFavorite race is always the next one
31:01 12/8/21

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