Podcast: Episode 15 with Aliphine Tuliamuk

By Mario Fraioli

When I’m dealing with pressure from racing and stuff, I just tell myself, “This is an opportunity of a lifetime.” When I was growing up, or I started running, I never thought that I would be the person that I am today. I never thought that I would be living in America, that I would be an independent woman doing my own thing. I have an opportunity that not a lot of people have—like not even my role models when I was in Kenya, they don’t have the opportunities that I have here. And so when I have that pressure, I just tell myself that I am in a better place and I don’t want to complain because this is not going to last forever and so I try to just enjoy the process.

All she does is win, win, win, no matter what. Super excited to welcome nine-time U.S. national champion Aliphine Tuliamuk to the podcast. Tuliamuk went wire-to-wire to win the U.S. half-marathon championship in Pittsburgh on May 6 and followed that up less than a week later with her third-straight U.S. 25K title in Grand Rapids on May 12.

The 29-year-old Tuliamuk, a native of Kenya who became a U.S. citizen in 2016, lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and trains with coach Ben Rosario’s HOKA Northern Arizona Elite squad. She’s a graduate of Wichita State University, where she was 14-time All-American and earned a degree in public health.

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What I’ve Been Thinking About: The 2018 Boston Marathon

By Mario Fraioli
Lead women’s pack at Boston just past 10K. Eventual winner Des Linden is to the far right. Photo: Christine Gould

For a number of reasons, the event is still at the forefront of a lot of peoples’ minds, including my own, a whole month after the fact. Here’s why: (more…)

Asbel Kiprop Keeping It Weird

By Mario Fraioli
Kiprop is one of the most dominating middle-distance runners of all-time. Photo: Erik van Leeuwen

As with many doping stories, this is a weird one, and due to the stature of the accused party, is getting a lot of attention.

Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic 1500m champion (he was elevated from silver after Rashid Ramzi failed a drug test), three-time world champion, and fifth fastest 1500m runner of all-time, not only claims he’s innocent, but said in a statement that Kenyan anti-doping officers tipped him off to the test (this is a huge no-no) while also extorting money from him (also not allowed, obviously). Oh yeah, and the IAAF—the sport’s governing body—allegedly offered him an ambassadorial role if he admitted to doping (which the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit denies). I’m interested to see how all of this plays out but I suspect we might be waiting a while. The cover-up stories/explanations from guilty/accused parties in these cases are almost always outrageous, inconsistent, and unbelievable, but this one seems especially so given that the last few details I shared only further muddy what is already a big mess.

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Podcast: Episode 14 with Dylan Bowman

By Mario Fraioli
Photo: Justin Sund/Red Bull Content Pool

For a lot of these races, at least for me, the key limiting factor to success is oftentimes how excited I am to bury myself. And I’ve just found that when I emphasize the rest, and lean on my experience, that I can get as fit as I’m gonna get in six, eight weeks of training and there’s really no need for me to continue to bang my head against the wall for 12 or 16 weeks, even for the most important races. And I think that’s something a lot of people have to learn for themselves and I’m really happy that I have, because yeah, it is very easy to jump at all these cool opportunities that we have in the sport now.

Pumped to welcome professional ultrarunner Dylan Bowman to the podcast. I caught up with the “perpetuator of stoke” just a few days after his most recent victory at the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji. The 32-year-old Bowman, who passed leader Pau Capell of Spain with a little over 3 miles to go in the 105-mile race, takes us through his win and explains why it was the best race he’s ever run.

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Disorder(ed): Between the Sacred Silence and Sleep

By Mario Fraioli

Hopefully by sharing my story you’ll get to know me a little bit more and find out that athletes are a bit more vulnerable than you’d expect. And also, hopefully, commiserate with any sort of issues you may be having and start a dialogue here.

As someone who has struggled with disordered eating in the past, and has encouraged other men to share their stories, I commend ultrarunner Chris Mocko for opening up about his battle with binge eating on a recent episode of The Mocko Show. I know firsthand how challenging it can be to share something like this with a wide audience but I’ve also seen how impactful it can be on others who are struggling in silence. Respect, Mocko.

Show Her The Money?

By Mario Fraioli
Elite women’s lead pack near the halfway point of Boston Marathon. It is decidedly less crowded than further back in the main field. Photo: Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Jessica Chichester ran the fifth fastest time amongst females at this year’s Boston Marathon, 2:45:23. She won exactly zero dollars in prize money for her efforts. Was this sexism, given that the fifth fastest male took home $15,000? Nationally featured political commentator, millennial expert (whatever the hell that is), and author of GOP GPS, Evan Siegfried, seems to think so and shared this ill-informed and inflammatory Buzzfeed article (more on that in a bit) to back up his case. But Siegfried, like many others who are ready to incite a riot over this, is way off base here. Let me attempt to explain. (more…)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mario Fraioli
Mario Fraioli is a writer and running coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area.