Runners of the Corn

Jen Heller

Podcast about running in the Midwest. Races happening in and around Illinois and interviews with local runners I want to learn more about. read less
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Episodes

Dino Trails : Unveiling the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Event with Libby Jones
Dec 7 2023
Dino Trails : Unveiling the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Event with Libby Jones
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another exciting episode of Runners of the Corn! In this episode, hosts Jen and Lyn are joined by the incredible Libby Jones from Active Joe Racing to delve into the thrilling world of the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Event. Jen, a seasoned runner who has conquered the 100-mile race not once but twice, shares her firsthand experiences and insights.The focus of the discussion revolves around providing valuable tips and ideas for prospective participants interested in taking on the challenge of the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Event, located in the picturesque Glen Rose, Texas. As one of only 18 100K races in the United States designated as a Western States Qualifier, the race holds a special place in ultra-runners' hearts.Libby Jones, an authority in the field, sheds light on the journey to becoming a Western States Qualifier, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the dedication and perseverance required. Whether you're a seasoned ultra-runner or contemplating your first 100K or 100 Miler, this episode is packed with insights and inspiration to fuel your passion for running. Tune in and join the conversation as they explore the challenges, triumphs, and unique aspects of the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Event. Lace-up your shoes and get ready for an engaging discussion that will leave you motivated to hit the trails!https://www.theactivejoe.com/https://www.facebook.com/dinosaurvalley100https://www.instagram.com/theactivejoe/Be sure to follow us at facebook.com/RunnersOfTheCorn or instagram.com/runnersofthecorn
Randy Knight: Tales from Hennepin Hundred to Cocodona and Beyond
Oct 25 2023
Randy Knight: Tales from Hennepin Hundred to Cocodona and Beyond
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another exciting episode of "Runners of the Corn," where we dive deep into the world of ultrarunning and bring you inspiring stories from the trail. In this episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the seasoned ultrarunner, Randy Knight, as he takes us on a journey through his years of incredible experiences.Randy has conquered numerous 100-mile races and embarked on multiple destination runs that have left a mark on his life. He shares his insights, wisdom, and thrilling tales from some of the most challenging ultrarunning events, including Tunnel Hill and the daunting Cocodona.Our host, Jen, asks the 200 questions with Randy as they delve into the nitty-gritty details of what it truly takes to tackle an event like Cocodona. From assembling the perfect crew to intense training regimens, Randy provides a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience that any aspiring ultrarunner will find invaluable.So, lace up your running shoes and prepare for an engaging conversation with Randy Knight, where we explore the world of ultrarunning like never before. Whether you're a seasoned ultrarunner or someone looking to take their first steps into this challenging yet rewarding world, this episode is sure to inspire and inform. Don't miss out on this exciting installment of "Runners of the Corn"!Be sure to follow us at facebook.com/RunnersOfTheCorn or instagram.com/runnersofthecorn
The Long Run Chronicles: From Chicago to Hennepin - Stories of Running Resilience and Beyond
Oct 12 2023
The Long Run Chronicles: From Chicago to Hennepin - Stories of Running Resilience and Beyond
Send us a Text Message.In this episode of "The Long Run Chronicles," we dive into the exhilarating world of distance running, sharing stories that span the spectrum from marathons to ultra races. Our hosts, Jen, Lyn, and Lauren, kick things off by recounting the electrifying atmosphere of the Chicago Marathon, where dedicated athletes from around the world come to test their limits.Lyn shares a compelling narrative of how Alan's dream of running the Boston Marathon was derailed but then takes us on a remarkable journey as he rekindles his passion and embarks on the path to requalification.As we delve into the quest for personal records in the Windy City, we gain insights into the secrets of success in the Chicago Marathon. The hosts also recount their experiences at the Hennepin 100 weekend, where they played roles in managing the 50-mile finish line.The awe-inspiring finishes at Hennepin showcase the extraordinary efforts runners make to cross the line, even in the face of setbacks. We also discuss the challenging topic of DNFs (Did Not Finish) and explore the mental and emotional resilience required to face race-day adversity.The hosts delve into the delicate balance of maintaining relationships with both running and non-running partners while juggling ultra training. They share personal anecdotes about the challenges and joys that come with the territory.In a lighter moment, they discuss the not-so-pretty side of distance running: gross feet and missing toenails. This candid conversation provides some comic relief while highlighting the sacrifices dedicated runners make in pursuit of their passion.To cap things off, we take a fascinating detour to the Mines of Spain and Dino 100 training in a setting that's anything but ordinary. This episode of "The Long Run Chronicles" is a thrilling and insightful journey through the highs and lows of the distance running world, showcasing the unwavering spirit of athletes who push their boundaries and defy the odds.Be sure to follow us at facebook.com/RunnersOfTheCorn or instagram.com/runnersofthecorn
The Tiger 10 Miler Race, Ultra Adventures, and Western States: A Conversation with Chris Remhof
Jul 5 2023
The Tiger 10 Miler Race, Ultra Adventures, and Western States: A Conversation with Chris Remhof
Send us a Text Message.First, race sign up:  https://runsignup.com/race/il/byron/tiger10milertrailrace?fbclid=IwAR2POo8c1iCM8QqcrBRdxnTk2jq9BQ8FbMWuMH9vsLTJlvKLBiGTSVYJFBMIn this podcast episode, our guest Chris Remhof takes us on an exhilarating journey through his running experiences and involvement in the Tiger 10 Miler race in Byron, Illinois. Chris shares his inspiring story of how he started running and discovered his passion for endurance events like Spartan races, marathons, and ultra-distance running.Interestingly, Chris admits that he never desired to run 100 miles until he found himself at the Western States 100 race. He recounts his experiences at this iconic event and how fate led him to become a crew member for his friend. However, with unexpected twists and turns, Chris ended up pacing Oscar from Norway, which was a serendipitous and rewarding experience.During the podcast, our host Jen can't contain her excitement as Chris shares his encounters with renowned runners such as Sally McRae, while our co-host Matthias becomes captivated by the allure of the Western States race.As the episode draws to a close, Chris encourages listeners to seize the opportunity to sign up for the Tiger 10 Miler race in Byron, Illinois. He emphasizes taking advantage of the current registration price before the next increase, inviting all running enthusiasts to participate in this exciting event.Tune in to this podcast episode to be inspired by Chris Remhof's incredible running journey, his unexpected adventures at the Western States race, and to learn more about the thrilling Tiger 10 Miler race in Byron, Illinois.Be sure to follow us at facebook.com/RunnersOfTheCorn or instagram.com/runnersofthecorn