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Talking to New Mexico runners about New Mexico running


January 24, 2021

Episode 49 - Clancy Devery

This week I had the honor to speak with Clancy Devery. His short career at UNM led to some life long friends, including my dad. He is a runner I've known for my whole life and have heard so many stories about, so it was great to finally hear them from his mouth.

He talks about his first race as a kid, getting into running in middle school, and eventually becoming the high school record holder in the marathon with a 2:23:05.

We get into some of his time at UNM, leaving and training again in Oregon. He crossed paths with many of the elite runners of his time and talks about the workouts that helped him improve. He also talks about his career ending knee injury and having to reinvent himself after. It was great to hear his story and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

We have a long way to go, but things are looking hopeful. Stay safe, be kind, and as always, keep running, New Mexico.

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January 17, 2021

Episode 48 - Dinée Dorame

This week I had the pleasure to speak with Dinée Dorame. She is a Navajo runner and podcaster based in Albuquerque, with her new podcast, Grounded Podcast releasing at the end of the month. I am so excited to share her story and greet another local podcaster sharing stories and offering a unique perspective.

Dinée was chosen as one of the Tracksmith fellowship recipients and we talk about that process, applying, and the idea behind the podcast. We discuss the process around podcasting, editing, and listening to other podcasts.

She shares her story as a high runner and basketball player for Albuquerque High and what is was like having her dad, Doug Dorame, as a coach. She is also the Associate Director of College Horizons, which is a program she also was a part of when she was in high school. We discussed so much more in our conversation and really had a lot of fun.

You can follow her @dinee_pink22 and @groundedpod on Instagram, or @dinee_pink22 and @groundedpod on Twitter. And checkout the website groundedpod.com.

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did and be on the lookout for her first interviews coming out soon.

There is hope, but now is not the time to get lazy. Be kind, wear a mask, and keep running, New Mexico.

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This week I had the privilege to speak with Sara Del Campo De Gonzalez. She is a pediatrician, wife, mom, and runner. We had a great discussion about what it means to take time for yourself, making time for your kids, and guilt. We also talk about missed races and new goals.

We spend some time talking about the Young Children's Health Center, where she works and the amazing balance of medical and social work practice they accomplish to meet the needs of the people in the community where they are. It really sounds like an amazing place to work and I think we could do with more places like it in New Mexico and across the country in general.

We also spend some time talking Covid-19, how it's effected the community she serves, and the vaccines. It was an informative talk and worth a listen.

We also talk about her run streak, which I think is a great accomplishment that can easily fits the needs of anyone interested in trying it for themselves. I hope you gain something from this episode.

I know things can feel bleak now, but try and focus on the things you can control, like going for a run, taking care of yourself and your family, and making time to smile. We will get through this together, so wear a mask, be someone's joy, and as always, keep running, New Mexico.

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January 3, 2021

Episode 46 - Aja Marsh

This week I speak with Aja Marsh, momentum coach and runner. We talk about her running journey, which includes starting a still active running group in New York, being a RRCA running coach, moving across the country, doing the TransRockies Run, and qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

She explains what a momentum coach is and how she works with people around financial wellness, goal setting, and coaching. We talk about the connectivity of it all and she gives tips about goal setting to start the year. You can check out her website (https://www.ajamarsh.com/) to find out more information about what events she is offering to start the year, such as productivity, goal setting, and planning.

It was a great conversation and I hope you enjoy it as well. Stay positive, be kind, and keep running, New Mexico. 

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December 27, 2020

Episode 45 - Troy Allen

This week I had the pleasure to speak with Troy Allen. He's an Ohio transplant living his best life in New Mexico. Recently he got the unsupported Sandia Double Crossing in a time of 12:58:27. We talk about that and his journey into running.

We also talk about running for 24 hours, small loop courses, and through hiking. He has a lot of energy and it was a blast talking to him. He talks about bonking and being excited about exploring the places that were inaccessible being in the Midwest and how he and his partner spent the summer trying to explore as many places as they could.

I hope you enjoy our conversation and consider spreading the word. We have passed the Winter Solstice and the days will begin to get longer, so enjoy the cooler weather and dark morning while we have them.

Stay safe, be kind, and keep Running, New Mexico.

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December 20, 2020

Episode 44 - Likhaya Dayile

This week I had the honor to speak with Likhaya Dayile of Bosque Running and Sports Systems running department. We talk about his journey into running, not feeling like he was a runner, and not letting moments become too big.

Talking with Likhaya was fun and insightful. he never took for granted what he was able to do. He talked about chasing times, training with some of the best runners in the state, and motivating himself and others. We also talk about the state of running in New Mexico.

I really enjoyed this conversation, which you can hear in the interview with lots of laughter. I hope you find the same joy in this conversation.

Stay safe this holiday season, be kind, and keep running, New Mexico.

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This week I speak with Dr. Anthony Fleg from Running Medicine and NHI as well as Jordan Lesansee, former Albuquerque Academy standout, about motivation during this time and the importance of getting out. We discuss making time for yourself, and enjoying yourself in your runs.

We touch on ways Running Medicine is trying to keep members connected, the importance of mindfulness, and running with mind, body, and spirit. We also talk about having fun with your running and finding that joy. It was a fun conversation and I hope you find some value in it as well as we move into colder weather and shorter days, as well as managing safety in this new time.

Take time to be a kid on a run today, find joy, stay safe, and as always, keep running, New Mexico.


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This week I had the pleasure to speak with Magdalena Sandoval Donahue. She is a former Los Alamos Hilltopper and Oregon Duck. She excelled at all levels of running, from high school to professional, but as you'll learn, that is only a fraction of who she is and what she is about.

Magdalena talks about her busy life, balancing everything, and of course running. She talks about her father's influence, her love of running, and some of her side projects, including Bun on the Run and Rough it Outdoors. This is only the tip of the iceberg, but I hope you enjoy her thoughts on running and life in general. There is some extra noise in the background, but that's expected when getting to interview someone with three young kids in the house.

Remember to be kind, find your why, and keep running, New Mexico.

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November 29, 2020

Episode 41 - Diane Datz

This week I had the pleasure to speak with Diane Datz owner of The Recovery Lab NM. As a physical therapist for the past 6 years, Diane has a great insight into injuries runners go through as well as specific things you can do to stay healthy heading into the colder months. She also offers several body weight exercises you can do at home while on lockdown, or if you just can't make it out to the gym.

We also spend time talking about how she got into running in beautiful Corpus Cristi, how she got into PT, and how running influences her practice. She is also a USATF certified Triathlete coach and has raced distances from the 10k to 50k. She is no stranger to disappointment as she has overcome a torn ACL and had a recent triathlon canceled.

I hope you enjoy her story. Instagram and website are linked above. Stay safe, be kind, and keep running, New Mexico.

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November 22, 2020

Episode 40 - Joe Whiteman

This week I speak with Joe Whiteman, retired radiologist, runner, bicyclist, hiker, swimmer, triathlete, and more. At 80 years old he didn't start running until he was 40 and has since completed several marathons, half marathons, and ran the Grand Canyon for his birthday 15 times. 

He has experience in the senior olympics and just keeps going. Even though he broke his hip 3 months ago, he is back running a couple of miles and is hoping to ski this winter as well as run the Grand Canyon for his 81st birthday, if the pandemic doesn't get in the way again.

Mr. Whiteman is someone I knew growing up and it was great to talk with him. Although there was some audio issues in this episode, I hope you enjoy his story. I surely did.

I hope you are all staying safe. Make sure to protect yourself and others, wear your mask, and keep running, New Mexico

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