A little Chat with Scott from Ordinary Marathoner

I can't lie, heifers. He's one of my favorites. He's the big brother I never wanted.  (Actually I think I'm older than him, so yeah...)  Scott had a very last minute cancellation, and had nobody else available on his A,B,C--->XYZ list... so he called me and of course, yanno, I had nothing else going on... so I was happy to chat with him for a bit.  Here's our podcast, below - as we chatted about #yellowshirtguy, racing (he asked me "DO YOU EVEN TRAIN?") and a few other fun topics:


Podcast #42 – Melissa Kahn

Her Heiferness, the Head Heifer herself, Melissa Kahn, is back for an encore guest appearance on the podcast.

Since we last spoke in Episode #25, “The Herd” at Run, Heifer, Run has grown exponentially and Facebook is all abuzz.  Melissa is getting the word out and people are responding.  She will even be a featured speaker at the Buffalo Marathon in late May.  We wish her the best of luck.  

Thanks for coming on the podcast with such short notice, Melissa!

My Podcast with 300 Pounds and Running - Martinus

When my friend Martinus of 300 Pounds and Running called me, and asked me to be a guest on his podcast, how could I say no? This guy is the PICTURE of inspiration.  




300PAR 018: “Run, Heifer, Run!” How Melissa Kahn lost 110 pounds!

Alright, goal crushers in this episode we talk with Melissa Kahn. Melissa is the founder of Run, Heifer, Run Blog.  The blog covers all things that involve Melissa’s weight and health journey. Run, Heifer, Run is a community that connects and shares tips but most importantly it is about laughter. Melissa believes that if we can’t laugh at ourselves and cut the bull, we can’t become better versions of who we are and who we’re destined to be. In this podcast, Melissa talks to us about who she is, her relationship with running, and lastly, she gives new runners advice to help them crush their goals.

You just can’t give up! Not every day is stellar but if you are consistent and persistent you can do anything! -Melissa Kahn

Show Notes

  • 0:58 – Who is Melissa Kahn? – “We all have the magic within ourselves.”

  • 1:45 – Learn about Melissa weight loss/gain story.

  • 3:32 – Call to Action: Learn when Melissa decided it was time to get on track and take her life back!
  • 4:58 – Discover how Melissa discovered running. “ On my first run, I died 16 times in the first 20 seconds.”
  • 7:36 – Melissa talks about the obstacles she ran into early in her running journey. – “When I ran my first race I felt like an imposter”.
  • 11:14 – Learn how Melissa got involved with Jenny Craig. “The biggest gift I received from participating in Jenny Craig was my health.”
  • 15:23 – Learn how running has impacted other aspects of Melissa’s life. – “Running is a metaphor for life…one foot in front of the next!”
  • 20:23 – Melissa talks about her most challenging race and what she learned from it.
  • 22:41 – Melissa’s favorite product!
  • 24:20 – Melissa gives advice to her younger/past self. – “You matter”
  • 26:14 – Melissa gives advice to those that are new to running. – “ You have nothing to lose.”
  • 30:19 – Melissa gives her favorite weight loss and running resources.
  • 32:02 – Melissa talks about her blog –  run, heifer, run
  • 35:06 – Learn what new projects Melissa is working on…hint..hint…A book is coming!
  • 37:10 – Melissa’s fitness goals
  • 39:41 – Words of wisdom from Melissa and how to contact her. –  “Don’t be afraid to start!”

Resources Mentioned during the Podcast


Talkin' Shop With THE Mark Purnell

Hello, heifers!

Did you ever meet someone and you just clicked? You just KNEW you had so many things to talk about, laugh about, discuss, experiences to share etc.... ? That's how the conversation always goes when I spend time with Mark.

Have a listen below to our latest "cawfee tawk" ...  We'll be back at it again soon and I'll share the link for you when it goes up!

Mark is a force of positivity, and energy!  Look for him if you're out running races - he's the world's best Race Announcer (I just dubbed him that, now if someone would Knight him we'd be good to go!)



Interview With Mark Purnell, Announcer for Rock 'n Roll Series Marathon

Oh Heifers! What a fun few weeks I've been having over here in the HeiferHood!

After my article Thank You For Calling Me Fatso went live, I've received so many emails and phone calls from SO many people, saying how it touched them in some way or another, and how, after reading it, they felt more empowered to tell THEIR own story.  What power in being vulnerable.

I was asked to be on Mark Purnell's broadcast - something which was just so much fun! Mark is the announcer for the Rock n Roll race series, as well as numerous other races - and he's kind of a badass athlete himself - I'm embedding the link below, to our interview, for those of you who want to take a listen.   Most runners know his energizing voice. 

Mark is an inspiration himself - and it was an HONOR to be interviewed!  I'll be spending more time with Mark in the upcoming weeks and months, so be sure to check back for updated podcast/webcast links!

Please have a listen!

Interview with the One and ONLY Bruce Van Horn

Oh Heifers! Did you ever meet someone and you just KNOW they're good people? That's how it was when I met Bruce.  If you haven't heard of him, check him out HERE.  He's just one of the most positive forces I've ever come in contact with.  Have a listen here.  


LIAM 322 – Thank You For Calling Me Fatso with Melissa Kahn

by Bruce Van Horn on February 27, 2017 in podcast

By the time I finished reading an article titled Thank You for Calling Me “Fatso” by Melissa Kahn, I was simultaneously in tears of sadness for the pain she endured and exuberantly proud to be a human being living on the same planet with her. I also knew, immediately, that I would have Melissa be a guest on this podcast to talk about her experience of being bullied because of her weight and, most importantly, how and why she turned her life around to support and encourage others. Listen to our inspiring conversation:

Bruce Van Horn - Life is a Marathon

Bruce Van Horn - Life is a Marathon

Buffalo Marathon

JUST ANNOUNCED --I'll  be speaking at the Buffalo Marathon this year!

If you're in or near Buffalo and plan on running, stop by to give me a big heifer-high-hoof! Below are the speakers for this year.  Quite an impressive lineup, one which I'm humbled to be a part of.


2017 Speakers

Jeff Galloway

Jeff will be at the Expo on Saturday, May 27 and will be a featured speaker at the Pasta Party. He will also offer his 3-hour Running School and will be at the finish of the race as well. Known as the "most recognized personality in running" by USA Running, we are honored to have Jeff take part in this great weekend and wanted to get the news to our fans first.

Bart Yasso

Bart Yasso has been the chief running officer for Rodale’s Runner’s World magazine since 1987. He has coached thousands of marathon runners through the Runner’s World Challenge, and he is also known as the “Mayor of Running”– the man who seemingly cheers on every runner across every finish line of every marathon.  

Bart travels nonstop to bring the joy of running to millions of people around the world.  Join him here in Buffalo as he shares lessons, wisdom, and the insights he’s learned from running in more than 1,500 races. Experience firsthand not only how Bart’s training tips and practical advice make us all better runners, but also how his infectious spirit and love of life make us all better people.

Awards and Achievements:

  • Inducted in to the Running USA Hall of Champions

  • Creator of the Yasso 800s, a marathon training technique that predicts marathon race pace by running 800 meters 10 times

  • Author of My Life on the Run
  • Runs marathons worldwide – from Boston and New York to Antarctica and Mount Kilimanjaro, and at least one on all seven continents
  • One of the relatively few ultra-endurance runners to complete the Badwater 146 through Death Valley
  • Completed two solo, unsupported bicycle rides across the U.S. in 20 days, averaging 155 miles per day.

Steve Gonser

We are pleased to welcome back physical therapist, founder of RunSmartOnline.com, and endurance athlete Steve Gonser to our Health & Fitness Expo as a speaker.

This year, Steve will be sharing his course specific race strategy tips on how to best race the Buffalo half and full marathon. Whether you would like to set a new PR, race the distance for the first time, or simply finish strong this will be a talk that you won’t want to miss!

Steve is a two-time Ironman finisher, ultra-marathoner, and frequent sub 3-hour marathoner who has earned his second trip to the Boston Marathon in 2016.  He’s analyzed the run form of thousands of athletes across the United States, and he helps many local runners with both injury prevention and treatment.


Melissa Kahn

Melissa Kahna Jenny Craig brand ambassador, half-marathon runner and mother of four, founded the online community called Run, Heifer, Run! as a way to connect with and encourage others who are on the journey to healthier and happier lives, one step or mile at a time. Five years ago, Melissa cut the bull and got serious about her health. Starting with a few steps, she lost over 110 pounds, worked her way up to running races and even completed a triathlon. She cleaned up her diet, shed weight and ultimately found a fitness enthusiast underneath her extra baggage. 


Melissa does all of this from her heiferhood in sunny Phoenix, where her husband, teenagers and two crazy puppies remind her that we're all a little happier in a herd. 

The race awaits.


Interview with Scott Riecke

Heifers,  I had the honor of being interviewed once again, this time by Scott Riecke (@OrdMarathoner on twitter)  who had a few questions for me on my weight loss, running, and the whole idea of Run, Heifer, Run! It's a 39-ish minute interview have a listen:  Click on the "Podcast #25" below to play it!

When your podcast hits the quarter-century mark, you have have to bring in a special guest to help you celebrate.  For us, that guest is Melissa Kahn, founder of the Run Heifer Run community.  After losing 110 pounds, Melissa became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and has kept the weight off.  In part, she has accomplished this through running.  Her friend challenged her to run her very first race a few years ago – but not a 5k or even a 10k.  Melissa jumped in with both feet, starting her running career with a half-marathon!  She’s crazy!

She began developing her web-based community the past couple of years – and has gathered quite the Herd of Heifers!  (She assures me this is not an insult.)  This community of runners spans the entire spectrum of experience in the sport, from novice to expert.  If you have questions about running, someone there will have the answer or know how to get it.  Definitely check it out, and thank you so much Melissa for coming on the podcast.


Interview with Denny Krahe

A few weeks ago I had the honor to be interviewed by Denny Krahe, one of the best running coaches in...well ... the western hemisphere. :-)  You can find him here on Twitter or here, on his website.

Today, the podcast is live. Have a listen by clicking HERE.  I'm copying/pasting from his website, below, but by clicking the link you can listen to the audio interview, which takes about 50'ish minutes.  We talk about running, inspiration, weight loss, the amazing running community, etc.

Featured in an interview with Lew Everling

I am SO honored to have been featured in a 30 minute radio interview with Lew Everling (fitness guru)...   Here is the link below - disregard the interruption in the beginning - a lady was trying to speak to me through my (closed) car window as I was interviewing, live, for this.  Um... thanks random lady.  

Click HERE to listen to 30 minutes of what I hope you will find to be an inspiration, backstory, and just some good natured discussion on Run, Heifer, Run, etc.

Or you can listen by clicking below: