Move. Together. A Twin Cities In Motion Podcast

Move Together is Twin Cities In Motion's podcast about running and community in Minneapolis-St. Paul and beyond. Host Charlie Mahler welcomes an array of guests with interesting stories, information, and insights about running, health, and fitness.


Move. Together. A Twin Cities In Motion Podcast

Women's Heart Health, with Dr. Retu Saxena and Natasha Karn

More women die of heart disease annually than men. Few women, however, perceive heart disease as their greatest health threat, even though the disease claims more lives than the next four leading causes of death combined. In this episode, Dr. Retu Saxena of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® -- sponsors of February's Valentine's Day TC 5K -- discusses women's heart health issues. She's joined by Natasha Karn, a Twin Cities attorney who suffered a heart attack 36 weeks into her third pregnancy and shares the story of her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Listen to a comprehensive conversation about women's heart health -- the seriousness of the disease, the state of research, important risk factors, and preventative lifestyle choices - on this episode of Move. Together. Information on women's heart health from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation®: Learn more about the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation®: Twin Cities In Motion's Valentine's Day TC 5K page: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 1/15/2019

Past Episodes

Are you in shape to run? Or, are you just in shape from running? We examine that question with Dr. Edward Laskowski, Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, and a proponent of runners - and all athletes - being in shape to play their sports. Whether for injury prevention or to reach optimal levels of performance, getting in shape to run is a commonly overlooked aspect for runners who may love logging miles but are less dedicated about taking care of the little things than could make those miles more enjoyable, more productive and faster. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Strength Training Videos: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Stretching Slide Show: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Core Strengthening Slide Show: Learn more about Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 12/10/2018
Gabe Grunewald - Minnesota native, former Golden Gopher star, professional runner, cancer survivor, and Brave Like Gabe foundation founder -- is someone we can all learn from. She became an NCAA All-American, a USATF national champion, and an Olympic contender, all after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She's bravely endured multiple bouts of two distinct forms of the disease over the ensuing decade. On the episode, Grunewald talks about her running, her life and discusses the series of training tip articles she wrote in partnership with Brooks Running that Twin Cities In Motion is publishing on its website. Gabe's Training Tips: Brave Like Gabe Foundation: Brooks Running's Brave Like Gabe page Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 11/13/2018
On September 26, 1972, Steve Gathje went for a run. Nixon was president and a gallon of gas cost 36 cents. Gathje ran every day afterward for 45 years and 10 month. Every. Single. Day. On his wedding day. On each of the days his four children were born. On the day he got stranded in Newark Airport and knocked out a run in the parking lot. Through blizzards and polar vortexes. Through it all. Gathje's streak ended on July 28, 2018, when, after weeks of severe pain in his hip, he learned he had osteoarthritis and would need surgery and an artificial hip. What motivates someone to run 16,742 days in row? Find out on this episode of Move. Together. Rochester Post Bulletin: Runner's World Article: Streak Runners International:
00:00:00 10/3/2018
This week's Move. Together. is an encore presentation of last fall's "Race Week Tips from the Experts" episode featuring Chris Lundstrom, coach of Team USA Minnesota, and Luke Corey, performance nutritionist for Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. Whether you're running 5K, 26.2 miles or something in between on Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, their timeless advice on tapering, pacing, fueling, and hydrating will help you to make your race a great one. Are your kids running the TC Family Events? They've got kids tips, too! Learn more about Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend and Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 9/23/2018
Park Brook Elementary School principal Scott Taylor visits the podcast to talk about how his Brooklyn Park school's innovative "Focus on Fitness" curriculum helps students achieve. Park Brook students start their day with a Morning Move, take seats on stability balls and wobble stools, break up classwork with active Brain Boosts, and participate in afterschool Boot Camps to focus their fitness for specific events, including next month's TC 5K, presented Fredrikson & Byron, part of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. Learn more about Park Brook's Focus on Fitness: See Scott Taylor's Park Brook Page: Watch Scott Taylor Play "Chariots of Fire" for the School's Mile Run Fitness Resources Mentioned on the Show: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 9/4/2018
Mile in My Shoes co-founders Mishka Vertin and Mike Jurasits and program member Geno Benshoof visit the podcast to talk about how the nonprofit uses running to empower members of the homeless, immigrant, refugee and incarcerated community. More than 100 Mile in My Shoes members have completed a 5K race since the program's inception in 2014. Benshoof, who gained his released from prison just last month, is competing in this year's Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Learn more about Mile in My Shoes: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 8/22/2018
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Medtronic TC 10 Mile this year, Move. Together. invited former Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. president Mary Anderson and former executive director John Carnahan to describe the decisions and planning that led to the inception, in 1999, of what is now Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon's largest race. Learn what happened behind the scenes to create "The Shortcut to the Capitol" Learn more about Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 7/11/2018
Move. Together. welcomes Team USA Minnesota coach Chris Lundstrom back to the podcast to discuss the key elements of a successful fall marathon training plan and to offer tips for the final weeks of preparation for Grandma's Marathoners. Along with being a coach of Olympic aspirants at Team USA Minnesota, Lundstrom, himself a top-5 finisher at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, has developed a marathon training class at the U of M which has successfully led 700 novice marathoners across the finish line. Daniels Running Formula, by Jack Daniels: Advanced Marathon, by Pete Pfitzinger: Listen to Chris Lundstrom's previous appearance on Move. Together: Learn more about Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 7: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 5/30/2018
In this month's episode of Move. Together., we talk with long-time runner Dorothy Marden. At 81 years-old, Dorothy is the oldest entrant in the 10 mile race at next month's Twin Cities Orthopedics' Women Run the Cities, presented by PNC Bank. Dorothy, who has been a runner since 1984, has the unique perspective of watching running evolve over the decades she's been involved the activity. Dorothy shares stories about how she came to running, found friendships, ran marathons, continues to compete regularly as an octogenarian and is the matriarch of a three-generation runner family. Learn more about Twin Cities Orthopedics' Women Run the Cities, presented by PNC Bank: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 4/23/2018
Move. Together. talks to bestselling author Rip Esselstyn - The Engine 2 Rescue Diet, the New York Times #1 bestseller Plant-Strong, and the recently released Engine 2 Cookbook co-written with his sister Jane -- about the health benefits of a meat-free diet. The Austin, Texas -based Esselstyn visited Minnesota recently sharing his ideas at metro area Whole Foods Market stores. On the podcast, the former All-American swimmer and pro triathlete shares his health and nutrition tips and recounts his own personal food and fitness journey. Learn more about Rip Esselstyn and his books and programs at: Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 3/27/2018

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend runners raised more than a million dollars for charity in 2017 - by running on charity teams, undertaking individual fundraising efforts, or supporting Twin Cities In Motion's charity partners. 

In this episode, you'll meet two members of the Twin Cities charity running community: Dave Boese, a Plymouth resident who has singlehandedly raised more than $21,000 for a Mexican youth charity, and Brady Gervais, who leads Children's Minnesota's charity running program, Team Superstars.

Fundraising runners are vital members of the running community - they're people who make the greater community and the world a better place. Raising money for a cause close to one's heart isn't difficult, is deeply fulfilling, and makes what can seem like a selfish activity radiate good across the community and provide additional satisfaction.

Learn more about running for a cause at Twin Cities In Motion events at: 


Learn more about Children's Minnesota's Team Superstars at: 


Watch the charming good luck video the kids at Mazahua Valley Ministries made for Dave Boese: 

00:00:00 2/15/2018
Move. Together. discusses heart health with experts from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Despite a healthy, more active population, heart disease is still the #1 killer in the United States, and being a runner doesn't guarantee immunity.

We talk to Dr. Paul Sorajja, researcher at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Dr. Kris Fortman, CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, and Dr. Bill Kotonias, Twin Cities-area dentist who is enjoying a healthy, active life again, thanks to a bioprosthetic heart valve treating his heart ailment.

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Valentine's Day TC 5K on February 10 at Lake Nokomis. Find out more about the run here:

Learn more about the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation here:
00:00:00 1/9/2018
In 2008, Dan Morse began a running program for clients at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, a Minneapolis-based drug and alcohol treatment center. In the years since, more than 700 men have participated in Morse's volunteer effort, meeting twice a week at 5 a.m. to run. Regular attendance is rewarded with opportunities to compete, and Teen Challenge runners regularly compete in and volunteer at Twin Cities In Motion events.

On this episode, Teen Challenge legal liaison and former client Kevin Joyce and Jeff Drexler, a current MnTC client, join Morse to talk about how running and Morse's program have helped them in their recovery from addiction.

Runner's World Story about Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge first marathoner:

MinnPost story on MnTC run club:

Learn more about MnTC:

Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 12/7/2017
Move. Together. goes back in time to talk about the 1977 U.S. Women's Marathon Championships held in St. Paul 40 years ago this fall. Race director Alex Boies, fifth-place finisher and top Minnesotan Jill Hanson, and freelance writer Sarah Barker talk about the historic race and describe the challenges faced by women and runners in general in the days when distance running was beginning to gain popularity in the culture.

Read Sarah Barker's Star Tribune story about the race:

Learn more about Twin Cities In Motion:
00:00:00 11/7/2017

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