Inspire to Run Podcast

Richard Conner

Inspire to Run (formerly Inspire Virtual Runs) is a running community to inspire you to run and take control of your health and fitness. Inspire to Run Podcast brings running tips, personal stories, and fitness information. You will hear interviews with fitness and wellness experts, personal trainers, and everyday runners. Please rate, review, and subscribe! read less

Finding joy in running through grief and loss with Dominique Cofield
1w ago
Finding joy in running through grief and loss with Dominique Cofield
#056 - Active duty military member, mom, and runner Dominique Cofield shares her running journey and how she regained her joy through running after the loss of her sister. We also discuss ways to enter a marathon and Dominique’s fundraising efforts with the American Cancer Society for her first marathon.Topics Covered:How running can help you during a time of griefTaking the next step and increasing your race distanceDifferent ways to sign-up and run a marathonBenefits of being part of a running groupDominique CofieldDominique grew up all over the world being in a military family and is the youngest of three children. She considers Chicago home and attended Kenwood Academy High School on the Southside of Chicago and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Dominique’s family is made up of service members, with her older siblings who served in the United States Air Force and her father who retired from the Army many years ago. Dominique spent the last 15 years in the Army as a patient administration specialist. Dominique currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 13 years, Deon, and two children, Lauryn (10) and Elliott (7). She will soon receive her second Bachelor of Arts degree, this time in Organizational Development. As Dominique prepares for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2023, she is raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Follow Dominique Cofield:Instagram (Dominique) - @the_one_that_smiles_often Join the Inspire to Run community:Website - Inspire to Run Facebook - @InspiretoRunInstagram - @InspiretoRunPodcastStrava - @InspiretoRunFor more information, visit Inspire to Run.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
How to Reach Your Goals Today by Finding the Right Coach with Richard Conner and Kevin Gregory
Nov 24 2022
How to Reach Your Goals Today by Finding the Right Coach with Richard Conner and Kevin Gregory
#055 - Marketer, runner, and podcast host Richard Conner shares his story about how he was inspired to run again and faced his fears by running obstacle course races. His Spartan Coach, Kevin Gregory, takes the host chair as they walk through why Richard signed up with a coach and what led him to take on one of the biggest challenges of his life - The Spartan Trifecta.Topics Covered:Facing fears and taking on big challengesImportance of not setting “a number” as your primary goalFinding the right coach to help you reach your goalsBuilding daily habits and letting go of the guiltRichard ConnerRichard is a strategic marketing professional with experience in B2B marketing. Richard is the founder of Inspire to Run and is passionate about helping others reach their goals. He is a Connecticut native and is a husband, dad, writer, Star Wars fan, and of course - runner! Richard recently discovered obstacle course racing and has fully embraced this new obsession. Kevin GregoryKevin has been a fitness trainer since 2013 and runs Underdog Fitness Inc - a personal training and small group training gym specializing in functional fitness and Obstacle Course and Hybrid Racing. Found Obstacle Racing in 2011 with Warrior Dash. Since has multiple Elite Level Podiums at Spartan Race including a 7th Place finish at Ultra World Championships in Iceland, Achieved a Silver Bib (75 Miles) at World’s Toughest Mudder and most recently seeded 3rd at the upcoming DEKA Strong World Championships with a time just 5 seconds off the current world record. Kevin also broke the DEKA Fit Co-ed Relay Record earlier this year with partner Cassandra Carroll. He holds a Master's Degree in Fitness and Wellness Leadership from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Has a Master Level Training Certification with the International Sports Science Association, Nutrition Certification from Precision Nutrition, and an SGX (Spartan Group Exercise) Certification through Spartan Race. Also have certifications in Corrective Exercise, Exercise Therapy, Sports Nutrition, and Strength and Conditioning. Follow Kevin Gregory:Instagram (Kevin Gregory) - @bubblestheclowneInstagram (Underdog Fitness) - @underdog_fitnessct Join the Inspire to Run community:Website - Inspire to Run Facebook - @InspiretoRunInstagram - @InspiretoRunPodcastStrava - @InspiretoRunFor more information, visit Inspire to Run.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
You Can Take the First Step in your Transformation with Micky Ely
Nov 17 2022
You Can Take the First Step in your Transformation with Micky Ely
#054 - Active duty military member and obstacle course racer Micky Ely shares his story about how running has helped him lose 50 pounds. Through obstacle course racing, Micky regained his fitness after losing motivation during a challenging time in his life. He shares tips on how to get started on your journey and ways to stay motivated. Topics Covered:How to take your first step toward your transformationFinding time for fitness while maintaining a busy lifeThe benefits and challenges of runningStaying motivated on those difficult daysMicky ElyMicky grew up in the southern part of Maryland spending most of his life dedicated to focusing on a career in baseball. Micky got into OCR racing back in 2018 where he joined and raced in Bonefrog, Maryland to spend time with his brother; having no idea what to expect or what training was required. Over the next two years, he began to build his obstacle proficiency and dedication to running finishing the run the year challenge of 2020 miles during the year.2021 was a breakout season for Micky setting personal records in all three Spartan distances while finishing two trifectas. During the season, he ran perfect races (NO BURPEES) in all but two events setting his focus on reaching his first podium in 2022 and showing everyone that the big guys can win races!!!Follow Micky Ely:Instagram - @m_ely84 Join the Inspire to Run community:Website - Inspire to Run Facebook - @InspiretoRunInstagram - @InspiretoRunPodcastStrava - @InspiretoRunFor more information, visit Inspire to Run.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
How to Win on Daily Basis with Arthritis with Jennifer Castro and Lauren Amendola!
Nov 10 2022
How to Win on Daily Basis with Arthritis with Jennifer Castro and Lauren Amendola!
#053 - Relationship Banker, Health Coach, and Arthritis Warrior, Jennifer Castro shares her story about experiencing joint pain and fatigue and eventually being diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. She shares her story about her journey to improving her nutrition, losing weight, and running. Lauren Amendola also joins us to share how Arthritis Foundation is helping people Live Yes! through educational resources and programs.Topics Covered:Listening to your body and seeking the right diagnosisRunning journey and benefits while having arthritisImportance of having a coach and support system Arthritis Foundation Resources & Jingle Bell Run 5KJennifer CastroJennifer is known to be a People-Person who enjoys helping others. She currently works as a Relationship Banker with People’s United, a Division of M&T Bank. In her spare time, she enjoys being out in Nature, Bowling, Traveling, being a Health Coach, Kayaking and spending time with her family and animals- especially her Pug Zion.Lauren AmendolaLauren Amendola, Senior Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation in Connecticut and Upstate New York, has spent her almost 20 year agree in the health non-profit industry. Building her skills and resume at the United Way, MDA and Autism Speaks, Lauren found a deeper passion at the Foundation as an arthritis warrior herself. She enjoys her friends and family, the beach and time at home with her husband and 6 year old daughter, Gianna, in North Branford, CT.Follow Jennifer:Facebook - @jenncastroHelp Fight Against Arthritis:Join the Inspire to Run team for Jingle Bell Run 5KYou can run in person or virtually!Follow the CT Arthritis Foundation Facebook pageFollow the CT Arthritis Foundation Instagram pageVisit the Arthritis Foundation website for more information Join the Inspire to Run community:Website - Inspire to Run Facebook - @InspiretoRunInstagram - @InspiretoRunPodcastStrava - @InspiretoRunFor more information, visit Inspire to Run.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
How elite running can benefit your kids and enhance your relationship - Gail Williams
Apr 29 2022
How elite running can benefit your kids and enhance your relationship - Gail Williams
#050 - Elite running can provide many benefits for kids and for you as parents. Learn how Gail Hill Williams founded an elite running program and brought accountability, drive, and a winning spirit to youth over the years. Topics Covered:Overview of an elite running programBenefits of youth running for children and parentsHow to know if an elite running program is right for your childToday's GuestGail Hill WilliamsGail is a head coach and sprinter coach at the Danbury FLYERS Elite. Gail has over 10 years of being involved in Youth Track and Field she co-founded two successful Fairfield County Connecticut Middle School Track and Field Programs. As Head Coach, Williams has developed over 500 athletes that have gone on to be Conference, State, National, and International Champions.  Some of which are current record holders in their respective events and some of which have gone on to compete at Nationals as freshmen in High School.  Coach Williams is an AAU certified Coach in the areas of Positive Coaching Alliance and SafeSport.  She is also a seasoned USATF Certified Official-that specializes in officiating High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and Shot Put and has served as Assistant Meet Director for the prestigious CT Nutmeg Games for several years. As a current athlete, Gail is a USATF Masters medalist in the 55m, 200m and Shot Put.  Follow the Danbury FLYERS Elite:Website - the Inspire Virtual Runs community:Website - Inspire Virtual Runs Facebook - @InspirevrsInstagram - @InspireVirtualRunsStrava - @IVRSFor more information, visit Inspire Virtual Runs.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
How to get active again by Finding your Yes with Arthritis Foundation
Apr 21 2022
How to get active again by Finding your Yes with Arthritis Foundation
#049 - Are you living with arthritis? Lauren Amendola, Arthritis Foundation, and Joanna Green, mom of an arthritis patient, share their stories about how arthritis has impacted their lives and the resources available to help patients and their loved ones.  Topics Covered:How the Arthritis Foundation helps arthritis patientsPatient stories about diagnosis and treatmentImportance to keep moving when you have arthritisToday's GuestsLauren AmendolaLauren Amendola is the Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation in Connecticut, has spent her almost 20 year career in the health non-profit industry. Building her skills and resume at the United Way, MDA and Autism Speaks, Lauren found a deeper passion at the Foundation as an arthritis warrior herself. She enjoys her friends and family, the beach and time at home with her husband and 6 year old daughter, Gianna. They reside in North Branford, CT and are settling in with a new rescue cat!Joanna GreenJoanna Green is from Southington, CT where she lives with her husband Kyle Green and two children, Karly and Ashton. Her daughter Karly is an arthritis warrior and is the Youth Honoree for the 2022 CT Walk to Cure Arthritis.Help Fight Against Arthritis:Support the Inspire Virtual Runs team for Walk to Cure Arthritis 2022Don't live in Connecticut, check out the event outside of CTFollow the CT Arthritis Foundation Facebook pageFollow the CT Arthritis Foundation Instagram pageVisit the Arthritis Foundation website for more informationJoin the Inspire Virtual Runs community:Website - Inspire Virtual Runs Facebook - @InspirevrsInstagram - @InspireVirtualRunsStrava - @IVRSFor more information, visit Inspire Virtual Runs.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
Explore the world while combining fitness and fun with Two Fit Travelers
Apr 7 2022
Explore the world while combining fitness and fun with Two Fit Travelers
#047 - Staying fit while traveling doesn't mean hours in a gym or denying yourself delicious local cuisine. Mike and Maryssa, the Two Fit Travelers and hosts of The Fit Travel Show, share tips and simple things you can do to enjoy your travel while staying fit.Topics Covered:Setting the right expectations about fitness and travelThings to consider when planning and preparing for a tripHealthy tips to maximize your time while on your tripBonus: Some cool places that you should visit!Today's GuestTwo Fit TravelersMikeMike has worked in the fitness industry for 12 years either owning, managing or consulting companies until he earned his first Master’s degree in Exercise Science: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Science. He holds several fitness industry-recognized certifications from organizations like the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Precision Nutrition. Mike has trained 1000s of clients, including collegiate athletes, during his career. Now, he consults small businesses and elevates other entrepreneurs to practice business in the modern world.MaryssaMaryssa is a companion animal Veterinarian. She has a wealth of fitness experience, a former Division 1 scholarship competitive swimmer, 8-time triathlete (Sprint and Olympic distance), and former AFAA certified fitness instructor. She also participates in obstacle course racing with Spartan and Tough Mudder for fun.Follow Two Fit Travelers:Website - Two Fit TravelersInstagram - @twofittravelersFacebook - @twofittravelersPinterest - @twofittravelersYouTube - Two Fit TravelersAdditional Resources:The Fit Travel Show: Episode 2.9 - Pandemic Success Story: Richard Conner @InspireVirtualRuns For more information, visit Inspire Virtual Runs.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: PurpleStride with Richard Pante and Kim Levesque
Feb 17 2022
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: PurpleStride with Richard Pante and Kim Levesque
#046 - Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States after lung and colon. Hear from Richard Pante and Kim Levesque about why they joined the fight against pancreatic cancer and how the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network supports patients and their loved ones.Topics Covered:Learn how Pancan supports patients and their loved onesHear about PurpleStride run/walk and PurpleLight memorial eventsFind out how you can give back and support this causeToday's GuestsRichard PanteRichard Pante is a Community Relationship Manager for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. His role is to support all those fighting back against pancreatic cancer in New England. Richard lives in Frederick, Maryland, with his wife, Autumn, and son, Donovan. He has also joined the world of running over the pandemic and is addicted!Kim LevesqueKim Levesque is the Connecticut Affiliate Chair for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Her role is to lead, support, and raise awareness for participants in Connecticut. Kim's husband and two kids actively join her fight to end pancreatic cancer and help others in their purple family community.Help Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer:Support the Inspire Virtual Runs team for PurpleStride CT 2022Follow the CT Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Affiliate Facebook pageVisit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network website for more informationJoin the Inspire Virtual Runs community:Website - Inspire Virtual Runs Facebook - @InspirevrsInstagram - @InspireVirtualRunsStrava - @IVRSFor more information, visit Inspire Virtual Runs.Join the community and click the subscribe button!
Taking Back Control and Integrating Fitness into your Life as a new Mom with Breanna Maurer
Dec 23 2021
Taking Back Control and Integrating Fitness into your Life as a new Mom with Breanna Maurer
#039 - Breanna Maurer is a mom, personal trainer, and nutrition coach that struggled with her own fitness after her second pregnancy. Breanna shares what inspired her to regain control of her health and fitness and the simple ways she integrated it back into her life.Topics Covered:Taking care of yourself as a momSimple ways to ease back into being fitDoing what is enjoyable and works for youIntegrating fitness into your family lifeToday's GuestBreanna MaurerBreanna Maurer is a mom of two toddlers who currently resides with her husband, south of Cleveland, OH. After owning her own dance studio for many years, she recently stepped away from dance to pursue a full-time career as a Fitness trainer & Nutrition coach. She has 10 years of running experience where she began by competing in triathlons but ultimately ended up focusing on trail running. Breanna has stood on the podium a handful of times and hopes to continue to improve within the sport, especially with her favorite distance - ultramarathons!   After her second pregnancy, she really struggled and ended up becoming obese. She used running as a way to gain back her health and has set out to help motivate and encourage others to keep moving forward, one step at a time. Follow Breanna:Instagram - @breannarunningmomAdditional Resources:How Running Changed Me - By Breanna Maurer (Runners World)"Time on your feet" - Inspire Virtual Runs Podcast - Episode 2: Kickstart Your Running with Kevin GregoryFor more information, visit Inspire Virtual Runs.Join the community and click the subscribe button!