Ep. 34 The San Francisco Short Stories Continued

When we gathered in San Francisco to tell short stories, we told the story tellers that the theme is "fear." To have such a vague topic is hilarious because you can always place your story in the category with a certain level of justification. In this episode of WI Notes, we have Billy and Nicholas. Billy starts us off with his story about how an unusual grocery item saved his bike ride (and his under parts) from ruin. Then Nicolas closes it out with a completely different tone and direction, speaking of the fear of the future and the trajectory of life. As always, thank you to the guests for sharing their stories.

Ep. 33 Claire Wood and Keith Kelly

Claire Wood and Keith Kelly both wear a lot of hats. Claire is the SBU Manager at New Balance, overseeing the product creation for global running footwear, is a talented runner, and hilarious storyteller. Keith is also an employee of New Balance in Boston, was an incredible runner back in the day winning the 2000 NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championship, and has since moved on to Cat 1 cycling, which is no small feat. These two have been friends for more than a decade and have a unique, insider perspective of the running industry. Today's chat covers running shoe poetry, Elaine Kennedy's flannel pajamas, and Claire's dog Violet. All of it random, all of it entertaining.

Ep. 32 Bojan And The Fishbone

A couple weeks ago a large group of November Project leaders gathered in San Francisco for the endurance challenge series put on by the north face. Unfortunately, due to the Camp Fire and poor air quality, all of the races were cancelled. So here we were in San Francisco, staying in a large victorian rental home unable to venture outside with nothing to do. We played a lot of hide and seek, chugged a bunch of beers, and then recorded a series of short stories for this little podcast here. Up in the attic a dozen people sat on the floor with the story teller sitting at the mic facing the crowd. There was no theme or direction for these stories, just good ole story telling. To start this series off, here is November Project co founder and Serbian supreme, Bojan Mandaric

Ep. 31 Jon Levitt And The Donner Party 50k

On November 8th, the Camp Fire in northern California grew rapidly and burned through 10,000 acres in under 90 minutes. The rate at which the fire spread was unprecedented which is tragically why the death toll is the highest in history. It destroyed more structures than the previously worst 6 wildfires combined. That's more than 17,000 structures with over 12,000 of those being people’s homes. Those who survived the evacuation in the town of Paradise and beyond lost everything and are now starting the unimaginable process of rebuilding. But in the darkness of the tragedy has risen a call to action from the nearby communities and around the world. Countless donations have been made for the victims, and the volunteer efforts to sort through these donations has been unbelievable. For people who cannot help in person, monetary funds have been established, including one called the Donner Party 50k which was set up by my guest today, Jon Levitt, along with friends. When the 50k he trained for was cancelled due to the poor air quality in San Francisco, a group gathered at Donner Lake, near Lake Tahoe, to use their training and running community to raise money for the victims of the Camp Fire. So without further adieu, here is Jon with how that all came together.

Ep. 30 Clare Gallagher

Last year we sat around a table in Park City, Utah and got to know professional trail runner Clare Gallagher a little bit better. We took the topic of ultra running off the table and asked her about her upbringing in Colorado, her time in Thailand, coral reefs, and the fact that we all have cell phones. It’s an insane roller coaster of an interview and one I feel compelled to go back to because she will forever be one of my favorite trail runners to follow along with.

Ep. 29 Laura Green Is A Mom

Soooooo, I had a baby. A real life human. His name is Jack and he's the man. While having a newborn at home is incredible, joyous, and amazing, the labor and delivery was something completely different. On this episode of Wisconsin Notes, Brogan Graham hosts and we get real. Very real. I hope you enjoy the banter, ridiculous conversation, and learn a thing or two about the terrors of childbirth!

Ep. 28 George Woodward

George Woodward is a father, husband, marathoner, and a vital part of the November Project Boston tribe. This self-proclaimed cranky, old man embodies so much of the Boston road running scene with the perfect balance of a welcoming nature mixed with wit and sarcasm. Today we hear George's story with my co-host, Emily Saul.

Ep. 27 Kissed By Lightning

We love to say, "You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning." Well here are two men who have been struck (or kissed) by lightning and lived to tell the tale. Maybe this phenomenon is more likely than people claim? Or maybe we just have to stop hanging out by large bodies of water during storms. Either way, enjoy today's short story episode of WI Notes!

Ep. 26 Emily Saul

Emily Saul is the booming voice you hear on the steps of Harvard Stadium every Wednesday morning. She's strong, intimidating, and powerful. Now strip her of November Project, put her in front of a mic, and where does the conversation lead? Today's episode is a raw look inside where she came from, how she became the woman she is today, and what is next. From family to American Gladiator, nothing is off limits.

Ep. 25 Mary Arnold- Ultraqueen

Today we have one of my favorite people to catch up with, Mary Arnold, with us, who is always so hard to pin down because she’s never not on the move. Mary is an ultra runner out of Harlem, NY who has completed 75 races of marathon distance or longer. She is also a fixture in the NYC running scene, with her curly red hair and fiery cheering voice, she’s easy to spot and so approachable at any NY running event around the city. After working for a national running chain for 14 years she recently broke off to start her own company called Active Brand Consulting, which has led her around the globe and open to new opportunities such as joining the efforts of Run 4 All Women. From trail racing to voter registration, we cover it all and hope you enjoy this talk with our badass friend, Mary. 

Ep. 24 Erin Briskie- Amazon Purchase Warrior

We all have a history; an Amazon shopping history, to be precise. The things we search for (and often buy) on the internet paints a picture of who we are, what our hobbies are, and how we choose to spend our hard earned money. If someone were to look at your purchase history what would they learn about you? Well, Erin Briskie is with me today to tell us a little more about who she is based solely on what she has bought on Amazon this past year.  Trust me, these are not your normal purchases. Get ready to laugh. 

Ep. 23 Yoga Love- Steve Procknal

Back for a second (and much more in depth) round is our friend Steve Procknal. Steve has been a Baptiste Certified yoga instructor for over 5 years, is an avid community leader via yoga instruction in the countless arenas, and is a co-leader of November Project Buffalo. Through personal experiences and world travel, Steve's journey to where he is today is both humbling and inspiring. If you are a dedicated yogi or haven't even touched a mat, you will leave this episode ready to get into the yoga flow. 

Ep. 22 Holistic Nutritionist- Wild and Well

A couple weeks ago I called my sister, a certified holistic nutritionist, with a list of questions I fielded from a collection of runners, weight lifters, and avid Netflix watchers. While the scope of her practice may focus on endurance athletes, the truth is that anyone and everyone could benefit from re-evaluating what they are putting in their bodies. Today is part 1 of what I foresee as a multi-episode series, because even after an hour of talking we barely scratched the surface. Ready to learn a thing or 8? Take a listen!

Ep. 21 Hillary Allen, Professional Trail Runner On A Mission

Hillary Allen is a professional sky runner who tackles some of the steepest trail races around the world. But what makes her even more incredible, is her ability to bring the conversation down to a human level and relate to every person she talks to. Last year, Hillary fell 150 feet from a ridge line while racing in Norway, breaking dozens of bones which required multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. This year, she’s back running. This story is both miraculous and inspiring and we are so honored to be able to tell it. 

Ep. 20 Brogan Graham Is A Dad

Brogan Graham is my not-so-silent creative partner on Wisconsin Notes and so it only felt right to start this chunk of episodes off with a catch up on life with a new baby. Personally, I thought this conversation was going to be all jokes, but turns out this guy has turned soft in his fathering age. Check it out on iTunes, stitcher, and soundcloud or click the link below! 

Ep. 19 Back For Round Two

After a short break, we are back for more. More interviews with professional endurance athletes, more short stories, more episodes for us all to shake our heads at or laugh along with. Everyone has a story, people. So email us if you want to tell us yours!

Ep. 18 Weston And The Two Wizards

You're on a 50 mile bike ride and your stomach begins to rumble. With each mile it gets worse, and worse, and worse. Finally, you come across a restroom, but the only stall is in use. And just when it becomes available...you realize you already released it all into your biking spandex. What do you do next? Most likely go home. Well, Weston kept riding and the story just keeps getting more and more entertaining/painful to listen to. A must listen for a hearty laugh and nice little perspective shift for those having a "shitty" day.

Ep. 17 Matt Schaar

So you're 13 years old and your doctor just told you that you have cancer. Well, shit. How does that blow up your world? How do your committed parents take the news? And how do these experiences affect your adult life after you survive? Today on Wisconsin Notes we have Matt Schaar to tell us his story and to answer all my nosey questions.

Ep. 16 Valentine's Day Special Part Two- Andrew And Carly

You know the milk mustache athletes? The ones that are celebrated in Sports Illustrated as “Athletes to watch” and they all end up being either CEO’s of major companies or olympics athletes? Well our guests today, Carly and Andrew, were two of those athletes. The story is short and sweet, but even after 3 and a half years of being together you can hear the endearing corny love in their voices as they recount how they first got together.

Ep. 15 Valentine's Day Special Part 1 - Iain and Katie

"Let's make a pact. If we are still single at the end of the month, we will meet up in the middle of England for a run and brunch." A simple plan turned into an adventurous romance. A weekend away on the first date. Meeting the family on the third date. Moving in together-halfway around the world- after only seeing each other in the flesh a half dozen times. The story of Iain and Katie is both hilarious and inspiring. Part 1 of our love fest podcast starts right now.