Without Limits Runners Podcast

As runners and in life, we set ever-increasing goals and peaks to achieve. We face ever-widening obstacles and gaps to overcome. Embracing our challenges and celebrating our successes. Tune in and listen to discussions on running, endurance sports, triathlons, events, nutrition and ways to prove your life physically, mentally, and spiritually all from the perspective of the endurance athlete.


Where to Listen


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

This Without Limits podcast is a little different in that we had 25 people chime into 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 that are on Ultra Marathoners mind. How to get into Ultra’s, nutrition, heart rate, blisters on your feet, and more! Learn about Matt Hammersmith and some of the experiences he has with getting into the sport and coaching it!

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

Professional Triathlete and Coach Aaron Kolk discussed his solo 140.6 effort that he did himself to raise nearly $7,000 for charity. Aaron talks about all aspects of the event from it being his first 140.6 “race” to 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

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 runners and very motivated to continue. How do they stay motivated? What do they do different? What keeps them out there? Find out by listening.

Along with this podcast is a great blog written by Eddie that goes along with aging as a runner. Find that blog here: https://withoutlimits.sageislanddev.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

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

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

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

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 race director of Swim the Loop 3.5 mile swim. Kristen has done the Otillo world championships, the 2016 SwimRun Georgia, 2016 SwimRun Casco Bay – 4th place female team, 2016 SwimRun Hanging Rock – 3rd place female team, 2017 SwimRun Casco Bay – 2nd place female team, 2017 SwimRun Hanging Rock – 1st place female team, 2018 SwimRun Hanging Rock – 1st place female team, 2019 Rockman SwimRun.

Kristen and Tom discuss how to get into the sport, what it all entails, some tips on training, what its like to train with a partner, and equipment needed. Learn about Swim/Run and maybe add it to your bucket list for the journey and experience or to really race it and take it on as your new sport. You never know! EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE #IAMWITHOUTLIMITS

Episode 5 – Journey to the Olympic Trials for 3 Amateur Runners

Coach Tom Clifford interviews Brittany Perkins, Erin Hogston, and Peyton Thomas on their journey to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. Also including special guest and training partner Bridget Phillips. Bridget decided to train with these girls so she could try to break 3 hours at age 44. The podcast is more about the journey of how qualifying for the trials unfolded for each of them, their advice to you, how Bridget began as a 4:03 marathoner and overcame many mental hurdles to get under 3 including stepping way out of her comfort zone to train with Brittany, Erin and Peyton. If you want to be inspired, and meet 4 amazing women who are driven, set goals, and never gave up, this is a great listen!

Episode 4 – Running Chat April 2020

Tom Clifford has guest runner, race director, timer, and meteorologist Colin Hackman on the program. 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 go into COVID-19 discussion on smaller race events this fall. Tom’s 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 and A. If you want to get to know us better, this is one to listen to:)

Episode 3 – Running Event Impacts from COVID19 for Race Directors and Runners

Tom Clifford interviews Dave McGillivray, owner of DMSE Sports and Race Director of the Boston Marathon. Tom and Dave discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the race event industry, tips for race directors, how runners themselves 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

Tom Clifford interviews Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Diana Davis, RDN on nutrition pitfalls during COVID-19 lockdown, weight gain, and how to boost the immune system to fight off infection and recover better. We also discuss the effects of alcohol, 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. She began as a walker at age 50 and qualified for Boston for the first time in 2019. She is an amazing inspiration on how to start from ground zero and break through limits!

Episode 1 – How Running Endurance Relates to Life Success

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.  Guests are 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,  and Keith has done several 100 mile races, over 25 ultra marathons and JFK 50 x 3.  This is a motivational podcast that will give you advice and guidance of preparation, readiness and overcoming fear of failure.

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