Jose Sotolongo works with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau for Miami.
Jose is a passionate Miami runner who has run the Miami Marathon or the Miami Half Marathon every year since it started in 2003. www.themiamimarathon.com
His story is similar to many people that as an adult he came to running as a way to lose weight and quit smoking. His first run of a mile ended with his neighbor thinking he was having a heart attack.
Jose has run 16 Full and 36 half marathons.
We talk about running the first edition of the Toyota Prius Tropical Marathon in 2003 and how the race has changed in 14 years.
We talk about what perks you get when you run a race every year.
We talk about what his favorite part of the Miami Marathon course is.
We talk about Miami 365 and also where he thinks the best place to run in Miami. Jose told me that Miami is the only city that has downloadable running routes www.miamiandbeaches.com . That is pretty cool.
Jose's favorite other local race is the Turkey Trot and he explains why that is.
He also gives some advice for new runners getting ready for their first marathon.
Because of Jose's position with the convention bureau he has some great information about the impact of the marathon on the city of Miami.
We also chat about how being a little bit competitive can keep you motivated from year to year.
We talk about the famous quote from Dean Karnases which might have actually been said first by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
― Dean Karnazes
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - MLK Jr.
I want to say a special thank you to Frankie Ruiz - unofficial Miami running Mayor of Miami for connecting me with Jose Sotolongo for this interview.
Thank you for listening and be sure to visit www.amysaysso.com for more fun stuff that I'm doing.
Debbie Jo DePuy just recently finished her first Ironman 70.3 at Ironman Haines City, Florida.
Debbie is a wife, a software coordinator and a mom of 2 high-school age boys.
Debbie's background is as a swimmer. She started swimming when she was 5 and swam through college. She is a 7 time all-American swimmer.
We talk about the decision to choose a race close to home in order to make it affordable.
We talk about the resources she used to prepare for the race. Jenkins house of pain triathlon group, You Tube videos, Lightfront Striders and St. Cloud Mom's Run this Town and Women for Tri on Facebook.
Her biggest challenge was time management. We talk about how she got creative to juggle her training and her life.
We chat about being nervous to make the jump to clipless pedals and aerobars.
Debbie shares that she really thought the race briefing was the most beneficial part of her pre-race check in.
We talk about the benefits of being familiar with a race course and how you can never be sure what the weather will be like on race day.
We talk about the actual race of Ironman 70.3 Haines City.
Since Debbie's background is as a swimmer she swam 1.2 miles without a wetsuit in 35 minutes. Zoom zoom!
Debbie shares what it was like to get encouragement from other triathletes on the bike course.
Debbie battled IT Band issues while training and she tells us how she managed the run with that lagging injury.
Debbie says, "No matter how your race goes always finish as hard as you can."
We talk about what she would do differently with her training now that she's completed the race.
Her goal is to complete a full Ironman before she turns 45.
The day that we recorded the interview Debbie raced St. Anthony's triathlon and won her age group! Congratulations Debbie!
Thank you for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast and I look forward to seeing what great things you do coming up.
Be sure to check out Amy's adventures at www.amysaysso.com
John Young is a high school math teacher, a husband, a teacher a runner and a triathlete. He has completed 35 triathlons including 7 half-ironman and is training for a full Ironman at Ironman Maryland.
He has run 6 marathons including 4 Boston Marathons. Most of our interview is about his recent Boston Marathon finish.
If you follow endurance sports online you may recognize John Young. John runs as part of Team Achilles because he has dwarfism. He and his son have coined the hashtag #bethehammer. During the interview we talk about where that came from and what it means. If you are curious about Team Achilles and the amazing work that they do visit www.achillesinternational.com
We talk about how not sleeping well was the first step to getting John involved in endurance sports.
We talk about being inspired by Team Hoyt. If you aren’t familiar with Team Hoyt take a minute and explore their story at www.teamhoyt.com
In 2009 John did his first Aquabike in Lowell Massachusetts. 4- weeks later he did the Witch City Tri. He said after that he was, “absolutely hooked.”
John works with a coach from Work Live Train for his running coaching. He credits his coaching with helping him make a huge marathon PR. You can find Work Live Train at www.theeverydaytriathlete.com
We chat about how the start of the Boston Marathon is different and what it feels like to be run with the elite runners even if it’s just for a few seconds.
All runners have their own long course nutrition plan and we talk about what his nutrition plan was this year and the Swedish Fish. Listen to find out what in the world I’m talking about.
John is lucky that he lives near Boston and he’s had the chance to run and train on this course. We chat about some special places of the Boston Marathon course.
Shout outs to John’s friends from Summerville Run Club, Lowellville Run Club and Breakthrough Performance.
We also talk about finding good friends on the course and how running and finishing with good friends Wes and Sarah made a very special race day memory.
John is on a journey to become the first Little Person to complete an Ironman. He’s riding a custom bike from Seven Cycles for his journey. He put the hashtag #bethehammer on his bike.
Give some love to Seven Bikes at www.sevencycles.com and John’s local bike shop Salem Cycles.
We talk about the challenge of having a smaller bike in an Ironman transition which is a frustration that John and I share.
I ask John the same question I ask every other Ironman in training, “what’s the biggest challenge in training. “
John leaves me with what might be my new favorite motivational quote, “Your will has to be stronger than your won’t.” – John Young
You can follow John Young on Twitter and Instagram at @dwarfparatri and he’s also on Facebook as athlete John Young.
Sarah Williams has just completed the 2016 Marathon des Sables.
She is a blogger, author and podcaster of her own with a passion for finding adventures and telling the stories of her adventures.
She decided to do the Marathon des Sables because it was simply the biggest and toughest challenge she could think of. The Discovery Channel calls the Marathon des Sables the toughest footrace on Earth.
Sarah and I talk about the challenges of the race including the fact that you do not have any chance to shower during the race. At all.
Sarah's journey to the Marathon des Sables wasn't a smooth one. We talk about what happened that caused her to defer her 2014 entry and how she got back to race condition for the 2016 of the race.
We talk about how she was coached for the Marathon and the importance of strength and form.
Sarah is from the UK. We talk about how and why she trained in the heat of Australia for the race.
We talk about packing and traveling for the race.
We talk about the diversity in the race. There are over 1000 people who raced this year from more than 40 countries.
Then we go through the details of each of the 6 plus bonus stages of the Marathon des Sables including the double marathon stage where Sarah ran through the night.
We talk about running through the sand dunes and how Sarah avoided getting any blisters. She tells us all about the doc trotters who take care of the runners feet during the race.
We talk about not doing laundry and how you take care of personal hygiene in the desert.
Sarah shares some of the mental tricks that she used during the Marathon des Sables race.
We also talk about the finish.
You can follow Sarah's adventures at her blog www.toughgirlchallenges.com She is also on twitter as @_TOUGH_GIRL and Instagram as @toughgirlchallenge
You can also find Amy's adventures at www.amysaysso.com
Diana is a 32 year old mom in California and on a whim shedecided to do her first triathlon which just happened to be ahalf-iron triathlon.
We talk about why she chose Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. It's a greatstory because when she registered she didn't even have a bike whenshe signed up.
We talk about how she juggled training with her 4 small kids athome. She says, where there is a will there is a way.
She trained on a borrowed bike to start and did most of hertraining on a trainer at home.
She found answers to her triathlon questions on Instagram andSnapchat. She recommends www.runtrimom.com who she actually met inperson in Oceanside before the race.
Her biggest challenges were finding time and the bike. Sheroad with Ed at Rock N Road Cycle which you can find atwww.rocknroadcyclery.net
We talk about traveling to the race. She lives close to the raceso she is brave enough to arrive the day before the race.
She traveled with one daughter to the race and she participatedin the Ironkids run.
Since Oceanside 70.3 was her first triathlon she figured out howto set up her transition on race day.
Diana has a swimming background but she had to conquer her fearof open water swimming for the race. Apparently there were sealswith the swimmers in the Oceanside swim.
Running with a bike in transition was a new experience for herin this triathlon.
The bike was her biggest challenge. Diana and I talk aboutfacing your fears and going down hill and stopping on the bikecourse to go to the bathroom.
We talk about what her nutrition was for race day.
We talk about the great feeling of finishing the 56 mile bikeride.
The13.1 mile run was two loops and we talk about the mental andphysical challenges of the run and then the great feeling of seeingher family and then the glory of the Ironman Finish line.
Diana finished her first Ironman 70.3 in 5:53 which is a greatachievement.
Congratulations to Diana on her Oceanside 70.3!
Thank you to Diana for sharing your story with us her story. Shegives advice to others who want to tackle a race like thisthemselves.
You can find more information about the host Amy at www.amysaysso.com