Running Inside Out Podcast

Chris O'Brien talks with interesting people in the running community. The focus is on runners, community, training and races.

About the show

Sometimes we're inside the race and sometimes we're outside, but always around the Rochester, NY running scene and the community members who make it happen. If you run you, are a runner. If you are a runner, you have a story. These are the stories of our community. Hosted by Chris O'Brien. 

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  • 084: Just Turn Your Brain Off - with Jeff Beck (and surprise Guest Zach Rivers!)

    July 28th, 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Jeff Beck calls in from way out in Oklahoma City to share some stories from racing throughout Rochester back in his High School and college days and what he is up to now with coaching a new crop of runners and starting a family in Oklahoma.

    Now some of the newer runners may not know Jeff, but then again some of you may have heard the name and said, "Wait, Isn't that the guy who has the Muddy Sneaker course record with something like an hour and 19 minutes?" Or "Wait, is that the guy that used to race Zach Rivers all over the city?", you'd be correct. So we're going to go back about 10 years or so and let recount some of the tales from his Rochester youth. And maybe we'll even hear a bit about his fabled rivalry with Zach while we're at it...

  • 083: I Respect Cookies - with Brooke Smith

    July 14th, 2019  |  55 mins 31 secs

    Brooke Smith ambles into the studio to talk about all the usual stories about loving trail running, eating disorder recovery, quitting dieting, and making a decision to stop trying to change her body and instead run as far/fast as she can in the body that she has. As well as talking about her previous Twisted Branch, her upcoming Twisted Branch yoga and anything else that comes up.

  • 082: We Don't Have to Talk About Me - with Mike Welden

    July 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 43 mins

    Despite the odds, the Earth has made it around the sun again and so it is time for Mike Welden to visit the studio. I wasn't sure what Mike had in store when he called me. In the end, it turned out it wasn't anything to be afraid of; a little bit of running, a couple of laughs and good chat with a great person. Mike and I talk a little bit about Many On the Genny, Twisted Branch, and what it might look like if we all started being a bit more human to each other. As with most episodes featuring MIke, the language gets a little saucy, so keep away from sensitive ears if that isn't your thing.

  • 081: I Really Like the Speedy Stuff - with Calli Thackery

    May 19th, 2019  |  29 mins 15 secs

    Calli ran as a member of the University of New Mexico Lobos. She is from Sheffield, UK and stopped by Rochester to run a 4:59 in the 2019 Rochester Mile. She likes Breakfast Burritos. 🌯

  • 080: Barkley Marathons at Mind The Ducks - with John Fegyveresi and Tim Hardy

    May 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins
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    Recorded live in front of a studio audience ( 😃) at an event that was put on by the Greater Rochester Track Club on the eve of the 2019 Mind The Ducks 12 hour race, "The Barkley Marathons at Mind The Ducks" - John Fegyveresi and Tim Hardy share their Barkley story and their love of the human condition.

  • 079: I Love Getting Old - with Karen Howe

    April 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Karen Howe recently ran a 3:08 at Boston. A PR by 2 minutes, at the age of 42. What's the secret? Well, she takes a day out of her recovery schedule to talk about her recent run as part of Team MR8. We talk about how a combination of planning, positivity, stubborness, coaching, and consistency is helping her get faster as she gets older!

  • 078: I Get This Now - with Lisa Famiglietti

    April 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins
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    Lisa Famiglietti drops in to talk about being coerced into spontaneous racing, the joy and salvation of running groups, and how she hasn't ran a marathon (yet.) Then we explore the menus and beers of our favorite cities.

  • 077: Voices From the Trail 2019

    March 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Our yearly special episode recorded at Medved Running and Walking in sunny Pittsford, NY. This year Mort Nace assembled a panel of 4 outdoor enthusiasts, Laura Rekkerth, Daven Oskvig, Tim Kent and Laura Webber for a night of talking trails.

  • 076: 076: Run Across Haiti - with Prem Kumar and Daniel Knopp

    February 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Prem Kumar and Daniel Knopp are joining with Work, a non-profit organization, to run across Haiti. Their goal is to show that Haiti is not a place to be feared or pitied and to raise funds for our work in ending poverty in Menelas through dignified jobs.

  • 075: Now That I've Started, I'm Afraid to Stop - with Mark Valites

    February 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Mark Valites climbs into the guest chair to talk of everything outdoors. In this wide-ranging conversation we cover trails in and around Buffalo, running 100 milers throughout the country and you can hear my fascination as I interrogate Mark about ice climbing!

  • 074: Silencing the Self-Doubt - with Katie Gailey

    January 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Katie Gailey shows up out of the blue to talk about how she got herself involved in the crazy world of ultra running. For those of you that don’t know, in 2017 Katie found the trails and then started running some of the biggest ultras around... we're talking Many on the Genny, Cayuga 50 and even Twisted Branch 100k... plus some other crazy stuff...

  • 073: Sometimes I Get a Little Emotional - with Erica Mead

    January 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Erica Mead rushes in to talk about her running. We really focus in on how Erica has 'grown and matured' as she has gotten older. Erica ran a lot of hard fast miles in 2017 and while fun, resulted in her spending the first half of 2018 recovering from a major injury. and finished the year with a 50k in Canada. Now it's 2019 and her injury is behind her. So now what?

  • 072: We Don't Need Paint or Bubbles - with Mark Streb

    December 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Mark Streb sprints into the studio to quickly tell us some of his running stories. We chat about going from being a lazy kid to running in two Chase Corporate Challenge World Championships. We also talk about Road Kill Racing, Cross Country, and Snowshoe running.

  • 071: I'm Not Going Back - with Scott Parr

    November 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 32 mins

    Scott Parr joins to talk about what got him into the world of running, pushing the limits of his body and finding fun in the suffering. Scott had a pretty awesome 2018 that included three pretty big ultras in Many on the Genny, Cayuga Trails and Twisted Branch. In addition to 2018 memories, he drops some pretty big plans for the future as well.

  • 070: You're Doing Better Than Anyone Thought You Would - with Chris O'Brien

    October 27th, 2018  |  1 hr 44 mins
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    The tables are turned for the 2nd time ever on the podcast. Jamie Hobbs convinced me to be other the other side of the mic and so, ... In this episode, Chris O'Brien (me) joins to talk about Oil Creek 100k. Listen in to find out what happens when a podcast host does exactly the bare minimum training and even less planning for an ultra! (Spoiler: His friends all pitch in to bail him out!)

  • 069: I'm Crazy, I'm in - with Jen DiSalvo

    September 23rd, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Jen DiSalvo joins me in the studio to tell us her story of quitting smoking and starting running to be a healthy mom for her family. She went from couch to 5k, from 5k to half marathon and from half marathons to ultra... and this year was 3 ultras in 3 months. Jen is one of only 4 people to complete the inaugural Empire State Triad.