Runners Podcast

Unique perspectives from endurance athletes and runners.

About the show

The Without Limits Runners Podcast takes an in-depth look into the lives, stories, and unique perspectives of endurance sport athletes who have embraced their challenges and celebrated success.

A highly motivational podcast produced for the running community and athletes of all fitness levels, the Without Limits™ Runners show covers all things endurance sports including running, triathlons, race events, nutrition, and the passion it takes to set and achieve your life’s goals.

Hosted by Without Limits™ founder and elite personal coach, Tom Clifford, episodes feature notable guests from amateur runners to U.S. Olympians and are sure to inspire you to live a life without limits.

Latest Episode

Episode 13: Overcoming Injuries and Setbacks – Strategies to Return Safely to Training

With Chris Bailey and Tom Clifford

Without Limits hosts Coach Chris Bailey in a forum environment to discuss injuries and returning to training.  We also discuss other alternatives that assist running fitness and chat about how to stay fit without pounding your body too hard.

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Episode 12: Ultra Marathon Q and A with 25 Ultra Athletes

With Matt Hammersmith and Tom Clifford

A little different podcast episode in that we had 25 people chime in on a zoom chat with Coach Matthew Hammersmith and Coach Tom Clifford. Athletes asked questions to Coach Matt and Coach Tom. Both coaches weigh in on some of the subjects on Ultra Marathoners’ minds: How to get into Ultras, nutrition, heart rate, blisters on your feet and more! Learn about Matt Hammersmith and some of his experiences getting into the sport and coaching it.

Episode 11: Aaron Kolk’s Solo 140.6 Effort in 8:42

With Tom Clifford and Aaron Kolk

Professional Triathlete and Coach Aaron Kolk discusses his solo 140.6 effort to raise nearly $7,000 for charity. Aaron talks about all aspects of the event from it being his first 140.6 race to his mindset, nutrition and coaching philosophy. While Aaron may not be one of the known elite’s, “YET” he gives great advice and not many can say they did 8:42 all alone for their first IRON-DISTANCE triathlon.

Episode 10: The Aging Runner

With Brenda Estlack and Eddie Buchanan

60-year-old Brenda Estlack and 70-year-old Eddie Buchanan join us for the conversation on aging as a runner. Brenda and Eddie are not just any old runners though, they are state record holders, national ranked and very motivated to continue. How do they stay motivated? What do they do differently? What keeps them out there?

Along with this podcast is a great blog written by Eddie that goes along with aging as a runner.  Find that blog here: https://www.iamwithoutlimits.com/the-impact-of-aging-on-the-human-body-and-the-importance-of-staying-in-motion-for-a-lifetime/

Episode 9: Paul McMullen Olympian on his Journey from High School to College to Professional

With Paul McMullen

Tom Clifford interviews U.S. Olympian Paul McMullen about his running experiences. Paul talks about his career in High School, his Collegiate experience at Eastern Michigan, his professional career, and what drove him to greatness. Paul gives great advice to young athletes who are striving for greatness to adult athletes who are looking for the edge.

Episode 8: Connecting Faith and Endurance—The Race of Life

With Father Richard Sutte

Tom Clifford talks to Father Richard Sutter of St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, NC. Father Sutter and Tom connected after the 2017 Ironman NC 70.3 Triathlon at Sunday Mass. Father Sutter, himself, is a triathlete and marathon runner. He has competed in the 70.3 world championships and run 2:58 at the Boston Marathon. Father Sutter talks about the connection between endurance sports and faith, how to pray better when in your sport, who to pray for, how suffering in life and endurance sports are related, and more. If you want to grow in your faith and use your sport as an outlet, this is a great listen.

Episode 7: Running Chat—May 2020

With Colin Hackman

Tom Clifford and Colin Hackman talk about racing the mile and why it is good for everyone to do and try. Then they transition to ultra-marathon crazy distance running, Colin talks about Avery Collins a guy who used to run 8Ks and 10Ks; now is a known Ultramarathon runner, “Running High.” The talk then transitions to the importance of sleep, then to Colin discussing mental health, addiction, his own personal experiences, and how it ties together into his love for running. We finish up with some quirks and funny stories.

Episode 6: Swim-Run—The Sport, What It’s All About

With Kristen Jeno

Tom Clifford interviews Kristen Jeno a coach, event director, and swim-run guru. Kristen has a long list of accolades for swim-run as an athlete, but she is also a swim-run race director for Swim/Run Lake James and Swim the Loop, 3.5 mile swim. She has also participated and placed in:

  • The Otillo World Championships
  • 2019 Rockman SwimRun
  • 2018 SwimRun Hanging Rock – 1st place female team
  • 2017 SwimRun Casco Bay – 2nd place female team
  • 2017 SwimRun Hanging Rock – 1st place female team
  • 2016 Swim-Run Georgia
  • 2016 Swim-Run Casco Bay – 4th place female team
  • 2016 Swim-Run Hanging Rock – 3rd place female team

In this episode, Kristen and Tom sit down to discuss how to get into the sport, what it entails, training tips, what it’s like to train with a partner, and the equipment needed to perform at your best. Learn about Swim/Run and add it to your bucket list for the journey and experience or really race it and make it your new sport!

Episode 5: The Journey to the Olympic Trials for 3 Amateur Runners

With Brittany Perkins, Erin Hogston, & Peyton Thomas feat. Bridget Phillips

In today’s episode, coach Tom Clifford joined by special guest and training partner Bridget Phillips, interviews Brittany Perkins, Erin Hogston, and Peyton Thomas—three amateur runners—on their journey to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. The podcast focuses on the journey of how qualifying for the trials unfolded for each of them, their advice to runners trying to qualify for specific events, and how Bridget at age 44, began as a 4:03 marathoner and overcame numerous mental hurdles to get under 3 hours, including stepping outside of her comfort zone to train with the girls. If you want to get inspired and meet four amazing women who are goal-oriented and relentlessly driven by the sport, then this is a great listen!

Episode 4: Running Chat—April 2020

With Colin Hackman

On today’s show, Tom Clifford has a special guest runner, race director, timer, and meteorologist Colin Hackman. Colin and Tom have been friends and work partners for over 10 years. The conversation begins with current events with COVID-19. We start out by discussing Colin’s solo 26.2 B.Q. on a 10 x 2.6-mile course, then dive into COVID-19, and its effects on smaller race events set for the fall race season. Tom talks about his background, what motivates him, how he still competes, runs 3 businesses, and raises his two daughters. Colin then interviews Tom on his background, mistakes, and a little fun Q&A. If you want to get to know us better at Without Limits™, then this episode is for you.

Episode 3: Running Event Impacts from COVID-19 for Race Directors and Runners

With Dave McGillivray

This week Tom interviews Dave McGillivray, an avid runner, and owner of DMSE Sports and Race Director of the Boston Marathon. They discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the race event industry, tips for race directors, how runners can assist in understanding what is happening, and how they can help to make races successful when they return. Dave is a runner himself and has a list of accomplishments personally and professionally.

Episode 2: Nutrition During COVID-19 and Immune Boosting Runners Supplementation

With Diana Davis

In this week’s episode, Tom Clifford interviews registered dietitian nutritionist, Diana Davis, RDN on nutrition pitfalls during COVID-19 lockdown, weight gain, and how to boost your immune system to fight off infection and recover better. We also discuss the effects of alcohol on endurance athletes, the best way to supplement for runners, iron, and some tips on periodizing eating when training increases and decreases. Diana has been a registered dietitian nutritionist since 1983 and has been a Without Limits™ athlete since 2010. She started running to keep up with her husband, Phillip, and their two children. Diana began as a walker at age 50 and qualified for the Boston Marathon for the first time in 2019. She is an inspiration on how to start from ground zero and breakthrough limits!

Episode 1: How Running Endurance Relates to Life Success

With Kyle Phillips & Keith Parrella

Without Limits™, owner Tom Clifford hosts the podcast on running and endurance sports relating to life, overcoming obstacles, resilience, and failure combined with personal experience. In this episode, Tom speaks with guests Kyle Phillips and Keith Parrella who are both endurance athletes and have served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Kyle has done over 10 marathons, Ironman finishes, Swim-Run races, and lives the sport every day. Keith has done several 100-mile races, over 25 ultra marathons, and the JFK 50 x 3. This motivational podcast provides advice and guidance on race preparation, readiness, and overcoming your fear of failure.

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