Runners PodcastUnique 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.
Episode 27: Swim/Run NC – Listen to Tom Clifford and Cam Holman discuss their Record Breaking Race
Listen in on Tom Clifford and Cam Holman’s record breaking race at Swim/Run NC (Hanging Rock). Tom and Cam finished by just a hair in a 3:05 making 5 lead exchanges with the 2nd place team. It was an amazing experience! Learn more about the race and swim/run the sport.
Swim/Run NC Recap on Slowtwitch: https://www.slowtwitch.com/News/Fast_Action_at_SwimRun_NC_8528.html
Upcoming races: https://www.iamwithoutlimits.com/events/
Episode 26: A Record Free Dive by a Runner!
Alex Llinas @saltyfreediver dove 70m (230’) without fins or the aid of any propulsion or pulling…it is basically a modified breast stroke all the way there and back. It was a Continental record for South America and his 5th National record. I did it because just like with running, I wanted to explore the results of dedicating a year to freediving training would have and to see where my limits are or as you would say without limits. I also want to hopefully inspire some people to chase their goals and dreams despite adversity and what life throws your way. If a at 44 years a person that has had cancer and other health issues can successfully start their competitive freediving career, so can many others start to pursue their dreams and passions. It is early in the year and my 1st competition, but have a few other goals and comps coming up and I am hopeful Incan overcome some of the issues I am having with my equalization. This is a journey and nothing is guaranteed, but i’m sure gonna try like hell!
Episode 25: Continued Discussion on Running, Weight Loss, Eating Issues with Diana Davis
We follow up with registered Dietitian Diana Davis on eating issues. One of our previous podcasts with Terra Jackson discussed her eating disorder and how she overcame that. Now we get into some more healthy conversation on how to deal with it from a dietetics standpoint. Listen to Tom and Diana on this topic that many athletes struggle with.
Episode 24: Body Image with Top Hyrox and Dekafit Athlete Terra Jackson
Tom Clifford talks with one of the top Hyrox and Dekafit athletes in the world Terra Jackson. Terra began her athletic career in running and had major eating and body issues. Her image was her nemesis and she found a way out and is now faster than she has ever been. Listen in on what Terra has to say and hopefully she will inspire you! You can follow Terra at: @terranovatrainer on instagram and on Facebook
Episode 23: Athlete Communication at Races with our Athlete Services Coordinator Tracy Meyerson
Tom Clifford and Tracy Meyerson discuss race rules, athlete communication, advice for athletes from a race directors point of view and an athlete’s point of view. Tracy Meyerson is 58 year young and has done 34 out of 50 states for the marathon. She has done over 50 marathons (or greater distance) is the USATF 2015 Marathon Trail Champion age 50-54 an a Barkley Fall Classic Finisher. She has been the president of the Wilmington Road Runners and a board member for 15 years. She started her own company Good Habits in 2019 and calls herself a lifestyle modification specialist. Her favorite quote is “YOU MUST BE THE CEO OF YOUR OWN HEALTH” Tony Robbins. https://goodhabits.guru/
Episode 22: What it means to be a VIP Runner? Why go VIP at your next race
Let’s Talk VIP status at your next race with Destination Marathon! Tom Clifford and Mark Janik, two Eastern Michigan grads talk VIP packages. Destination marathon is a great option for your next marathon experience and they come to the Novant Health Wilmington Marathon along with other large races around the world. Listen in if you are thinking “I might want to go VIP”
Episode 21: Breathing – Wim Hof for Endurance athletes and more techniques for meditation and performance.
Tom Clifford talks with certified breathing instructor and Without Limits Coach Angela Midget on breathing, Wim Hof Method and how breathing can help you overcome many things in life and may enhance performance in endurance sports!
Episode 20: Ice Baths, Breathing and Intermittent Fasting. What I have learned and explored
Tom Clifford talks about exploring the benefits of Ice Baths, Wim Hof Breathing and Intermittent fasting during a period of low training load time. Does all of this work? We will get into more details about each of these on separate podcasts but for now, chime in and take a listen to how this has affected Tom.
Episode 19: Overcoming Depression, Eating Disorder and Weight Loss Through Endurance | 14 Year Anniversary in Business
Hosted by Tom Clifford and Kim Baldwin
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available.
Without Limits turned 14 this summer of 2021. Tom Clifford talks a little bit about the past and the future. Read the WOL 14 Year Story here
Tom then interviews athlete Kim Baldwin gets into a deep Podcast on her past fight with depression, an eating disorder, weight loss and a near death experience. How did she do it? What was her journey like? This is a must listen because we all know someone going through it, but what are they feeling. This is a great listen.
Episode 18: Mental Fatigue
Hosted by Tom Clifford and Tracy Hilsman
Tom Clifford interviews psychologist and clinical social worker Tracy Hilsman (email@example.com)
Mental fatigue is real for all of us and all athletes. So what happens when you are mentally fatigued and how do you overcome it? Do you have physical symptoms? Can you perform when you are mentally fatigued? How does your brain affect your performance. Take a listen on what ALL OF US go through when life hits, a pandemic hits and we are extra busy while trying to race and train. – Music by O.A.R. Taking on the World Today
Episode 17: Breaking Color Barriers
Hosted by Tom Clifford and Angela P. Midgett
Our guest is Angela Midgett AKA Love Uplifted Lady. Angela is an black female who has made it her life’s purpose to guide others into living their own Love Uplifted Lifestyle. She believes whole heartily that in order to conquer a life, you must first conquer the self.
We ask and answer questions such as: How to get more black people into the road race world, what does it feel like to be black at a race and fight against any stigmas, how can all sides show up and help pursue change! Enjoy the podcast!
Episode 16: Accountability
Hosted by Tom Clifford and Marine Kyle Phillips
This podcast is with Kyle Phillips, a 23 year veteran in the US Marine Corps. We discuss accountability which is defined as being ANSWERABLE TO YOUR ACTIONS. There is pressure to hold yourself accountable, and pressure is a privilege, especially in endurance sports!
Episode 15: The Magic of Southern Tour Ultra and the Ultra Marathon Scene
Hosted by the Ultra Running Guys Podcast interviewing Tom Clifford
We talk about ultra running, the magic of Southern Tour, and dig into the newest event this year, Last Man Standing.
It was AWESOME! Tom Clifford was interviewed by The Ultra Running Guys Podcast
You can search “The Ultra Running Guys” wherever you get your podcasts. This is one you don’t want to miss!
LINK TO: @theultrarunningGuys
LINK TO: Without Limits Events
Episode 14: Are You In A Slump Mentally or through Injury?
With Tom Clifford and Alecia Williams
Coach and athlete Tom Clifford discusses his own set back and also has guest athlete Alecia Williams on who overcame a broken femur in the Boston Marathon and 3 surgeries to fix it. Alecia is now a grand master and is running 7:30 miles on the track. You will get inspired and learn how to mentally overcome the hurdles you experience when you are deeply injured or in an athletic slump.
BLOG ABOUT ALECIA: https://www.iamwithoutlimits.com/being-without-limits-by-alecia-williams/
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.
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.