43: “Question what you are capable of.” - My Interview with Author, Athlete, Ultra Ambassador for The Herren Project Runs, and Recovering Addict David Clark

February 8, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview author, athlete, ultra ambassador for The Herren Project Runs initiative, and recovering addict, David Clark.

If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.

“Question what you are capable of.” That is how David Clark ultimately found himself on the road to recovery and saved his own life. In his 20s, it seemed that David had it all. He swiftly climbed the corporate ladder and became an impressively successful businessman. However, beneath these successes David hid a dark secret: an addiction to alcohol, drugs, and food. At his lowest point, David weighed 320 pounds, he had a heart condition, 2 herniated discs, was pre-diabetic, and even eventually lost his 8 million dollar per year company.

David knew that it was time for a change, so he turned himself around and found refuge in the sport of running. In 2006, he ran his first marathon and has now competed in a number of endurance competitions around the world. In the pursuit of restoring his own life David aims to help others do the same as the Ultra Endurance Ambassador for The Herren Project Runs initiative, created to help raise funds for and awareness about addiction. To raise money in another way for The Herren Project, David is even competing in an UFC match later this year.

The only way David was able to come out of his addiction on the other side was because he constantly tested the limits of his own body. He found that if he was determined and driven enough, he truly could accomplish anything that he set his mind to. David continues to question what he is capable of on a daily basis and encourages others to do the same. His insight on life will leave you inspired to tackle any obstacles in your path and will make you see that you truly are capable of so much more than you ever imagined possible. I hope that you all enjoy my discussion with David Clark.

For more information on The Herren Project, visit http://www.theherrenproject.org/ and follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @Herren Project and follow @THPRuns on Instagram. To get in touch with David, head to http://www.wearesuperman.com/ and follow him on Facebook @DavidClark and on Twitter and Instagram @WeAreSuperman. In addition, don’t forget to read his book “Out There: A Story of Ultra-Recovery” to learn more about the story of this incredible man.

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Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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42: “I don’t have to run, I get to run.” - My Interview with Recovering Addict, Ultra-Marathoner, and Director of The Herren Project Runs Initiative, Pam Rickard

February 1, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview recovering addict, ultra-marathoner, and director of The Herren Project (THP) Runs initiative, Pam Rickard.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“I don’t have to run, I get to run.” If you were to ask her, Pam Rickard would say that this is her life’s motto. After having running nearly stripped away from her at the pinnacle of her alcohol addiction, Pam discovered what it really meant to appreciate the sport upon which she based her wellness. As an alcoholic and an athlete for most of her life, Pam knew exactly how she could justify her daily addiction: so long as she could run at least 3 miles a day, she determined that she was okay. Attempting to ignore her problems, no matter how severe they became, Pam continued with her regular training. She even completed 7 marathons while still an active alcoholic.
 
After struggling for years with this heavy burden Pam decided to take control of her life. On April 17, 2006, she entered rehab at the Farley Center in Virginia and set her life in the right direction. In 2007, Pam ran the New York City Marathon as a fully sober athlete, and in 2009, she ran her first Boston Marathon, a long time goal of hers, solidifying the fact that she was successfully leading a clean life.
 
In leading a life as a newly sober runner, Pam found herself presented with the opportunity to work for an organization called The Herren Project, aimed at helping individuals just like herself. Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player and addict, whose story can be seen on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Unguarded”, founded The Herren Project in 2011 to answer the calls of those in desperate need of help with their addiction and to increase education and public awareness on the issue of substance abuse. Pam was asked to head up a new side of this organization called THP Runs, aimed at raising awareness and raising funds for The Herren Project through the running of road races, marathons, ultra-marathons, and Spartan Races. Today, she is the director of this program and takes her role to heart, considering it to be a blessing in her life.
 
Pam’s energy is contagious and her positive outlook is sure to leave you inspired and ready to take on any challenge that comes your way. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Pam Rickard.
 
If you would like to see more of Pam, you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @PamRickard. To learn more about The Herren Project, head to http://www.theherrenproject.org/ and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @HerrenProject. For even more information about this organization, you can also follow @THPRuns on Instagram.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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41: “Find a way.” - My Interview with CEO of RunGum, and USA Track and Field 800-meter Olympian, Nick Symmonds

January 25, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview the CEO of the Run Gum Company, and USA Track and Field 800-meter Olympian, Nick Symmonds.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“Find a way.” The mantra of any person who ever wanted to accomplish something greater than himself. No matter the insurmountable odds, the treacherous landscape, the uncertain road ahead, if the desire and passion is great enough, you will find a way. These are words to live by. But how do you go about achieving that courage to push forward no matter what? How do you know that you’ve truly given it your all in pursuit of finding a way to accomplish your dreams? For the answer, we can turn to Nick Symmonds.
 
Coming out of a NCAA Division III school, Nick found himself on both the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic teams, a feat that is rarely heard of, as your top tier athletes generally come from institutions with Division I athletic programs. However, Nick overcame those odds that seemed to be stacked against him and went on to win 7 NCAA DIII titles, 6 USATF Outdoor National titles, and came in 5th place in the finals of the 800-meter run in the 2012 London Games; clocking in a personal best time of 1:42.95.
 
While still pursuing his athletic career, Nick became victorious in yet another area of life that peaked his interest. Utilizing his knowledge and experience cultivated as a track and field athlete, Nick co-founded his own company, Run Gum. Nick saw a need in the energy drink market and wanted to offer a substitute for products that might weigh a person down. Having an option like gum, rather than the conventional energy drink or bar, would allow a person to better maximize their workout.
 
With his background in biochemistry, Nick created this very piece of gum and branded it on the market as Run Gum, finding a way to turn himself into a successful entrepreneur.
 
He is a person who seems to always find a way to succeed and bring his best self to the track and to the office. I want to thank him for taking time out of his day to speak with me about his journey, and I hope that you enjoy my interview with Nick Symmonds.
 
If you would like to learn more about this professional athlete turned entrepreneur, visit http://www.nicksymmonds.com/nick-symmonds/ and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NickSymmonds. For more information about Nick’s company, Run Gum, check out https://rungum.com/ and follow on Facebook, Istagram, and Twitter @RunGum.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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40: “Genuinely strive to do something you enjoy.” - My Interview with Disney-preneur and Founder of Inside the Magic, Ricky Brigante

January 18, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Disney entrepreneur and founder of Inside the Magic, Ricky Brigante.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“Genuinely strive to do something you enjoy.” Ricky Brigante lives by these words every single day. In pursuing what he loves, he created a successful multi-media driven experience in his one-of-a-kind company, Inside the Magic (ITM). Driven by his passion for all things Disney, Ricky began ITM back in 2005 as a website and a podcast, with the goal of transporting his audience into the parks without having to physically be there. Ricky started with the building of this Disney community, but then expanded into other realms of entertainment and theme park experiences. With the growth of his team and the expansion of his company, ITM brings its audience only the most interesting and  impactful daily entertainment news and information.
 
Ricky is in constant pursuit of what’s next so that he can most effectively educate his audience. He has learned that nothing is possible without people, and aims to always provide the best he can for his followers.
 
I want to thank him for taking the time to speak with me today about his journey to becoming a Disney entrepreneur, and I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Ricky Brigante.
 
Thanks for listening to today’s episode, I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to learn more about Ricky and ITM, head on over to http://www.insidethemagic.net/, follow ITM on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all @InsideTheMagic, subscribe to the ITM YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/InsideTheMagic, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
 
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Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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39: “I exist even when no one is looking at me.” - My Interview with Christian Author and Vlogger, Esther Emery

January 11, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Christian author and vlogger Esther Emery.
 
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“I exist even when no one is looking at me.” This is one of the many enlightening conclusions Esther Emery came to in her year living without the internet. Determined to find rest in her tumultuous world, Esther decided the way to begin would be to detach from her online self. No internet, no social media, no credit cards. She would live in a world without the readily available GPS, without a cell phone, without any of the online contact that our generation seems unable to live without. Esther believed that the only chance she might have at discovering true rest, something she didn’t even think was really possible to attain, was to go to the opposite extreme of the world she resided within to find the balance. So, she cut herself off from a world dependent upon technology for one full year, not knowing exactly what she would find or truly what she was looking for. With this lack of understanding at the start, though, by the end, she ultimately found everything she needed.
 
How did she do it you might be asking? Or even why did she do it? Well, I guess you will just have to listen to find out. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Esther Emery.
 
If you would like to learn more about Esther, you can visit http://estheremery.com/, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all @EstherEmery, and you can subscribe to her YouTube channel @EstherEmery. Furthermore, you can read her new book, recounting her entire journey, called What Falls from the Sky. Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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38: Run for Hope - My Interview with Collegiate Runner, Multiple Sclerosis Battler, and Motivational Speaker, Kayla Montgomery

January 4, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview collegiate runner, Multiple Sclerosis battler, and motivational speaker, Kayla Montgomery.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
Run with a purpose. That is what Kayla Montgomery does. She uses negative forces in her life to fuel her into making positive progress. This positive shift began with running but now permeates every facet of Kayla’s life. Kayla was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 15. An avid soccer player and all around athlete throughout her childhood, Kayla did not know what to do when MS sidelined her for 8 months due to a loss of feeling in her legs. However, when she regained her mobility, she knew that she had to re-engage with the world of athletics, a world she knew better than anything else. This time, however, she would not be pursuing soccer, as the potential threat of contact was too risky. So, she turned to a new sport: running. Though Kayla did not initially show much aptitude for long distance running, she forged ahead and worked relentlessly to manufacture herself into an unstoppable running machine. While Kayla runs and exerts large amounts of energy, she gradually loses the feeling in her lower extremities, a side effect of her MS. So, by the time she reaches the finish line of her distance races, she collapses, unable to control her legs. But, of course, this does not stop her.
 
When Kayla was a senior in high school, she grew to be more than just an average runner. She was the top runner in the state of North Carolina, winning the state cross country championships and becoming the state champion in both indoor and outdoor track in the 3200 meters. Her running career did not begin and end in high school, though, as she now represents Lipscomb University as a varsity cross country and track and field runner at the NCAA Division I level of athletics.
 
Kayla has inspired so many with her incredible story, including myself. She is a reminder that there are no bad situations, just bad attitudes. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Kayla Montgomery.
 
If you would like to learn more about Kayla, you can watch the ESPN documentary E:60 “Catching Kayla”, and you can follow her on Facebook @KaylaMontgomery, and on Instagram @k8yrae. In addition, you can learn more about Multiple Sclerosis at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/. Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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37: “The athlete that never gives up” - My Interview with 3x USA Track and Field Olympian, Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, and 6x World Champion in the Long Jump, Brittney Reese

December 28, 2016
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview 3x USA track and field Olympian, Olympic gold and silver medalist, and 6x world champion in the long jump, Brittney Reese.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“Trust the process and have faith.” It is easy to get sidetracked from your goals when things get tough. When your journey is plagued with hardship, strife, and struggle. So where does the strength come from to continue on and to, you guessed it, keep moving forward? Brittney Reese knows that this resilience comes from within. Her mental toughness is far more important than this Olympic long jumpers’ physical endurance. As a professional athlete, of course Brittney must constantly be in her best shape, however, the state of her physical being does not end with the power she exhibits when she jumps. The real fortitude she exhibits comes from within the confines of her own mind.
 
3 Olympic Games, one gold medal, one silver medal, and 6 World Championship titles as a long jumper for Team USA prove that Brittney certainly knows the importance of mental strength. For her resolve is how she made it through years of grueling training, competitions, sacrifices, and injury. She knows full well that a person must trust the process and have faith in the path that she is on, for success is imminent, so long as she works hard enough.
 
It truly was an honor to speak to this USA Track and Field legend, and I can’t thank her enough for the opportunity. I hope that you all enjoy my interview with a woman who truly refuses to give up, Brittney Reese.
 
If you would like to learn more about Brittney, you can visit http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com/breese.html and follow her on Facebook @BrittneyReese, and on Instagram @DALJBeast. Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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36: Serving Those Who Serve - My Interview with Entrepreneur, Public Servant, and Former Police Officer, Eric Basek

December 21, 2016
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview the founder of Blue Titan Fitness & Self-Defense, Executive Director of Companions for Heroes, and former police officer and SWAT operator, Eric Basek.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“Our legacy is all that we are.” Being the entrepreneur that he is, Eric Basek knows the importance of legacy. Not in the simple sense of being remembered, but in being remembered for having a lasting impact on those around him. From a young age, Eric knew that he wanted to enter the realm of public service. He served as an EMT, saw first hand the devastation of the 9/11 attacks as he worked bucket lines at Ground Zero for several days after the Twin Towers fell, he was a police office for 8 years, and he served on a full-time SWAT team as a patrol supervisor. From the experience cultivated over his years in these different areas of service, Eric developed a knowledge of self-defense and the importance of fitness in not only those who protect us, but in the average person.
 
With this in mind, Eric set out to establish Blue Titan Fitness & Self-Defense in Rockaway, NJ, focusing on the art of Krav Maga. His practice is aimed at arming a person with the right level of fitness and self-defense to be ready for any situation that might arise. Eric holds many fitness, self-defense, and law enforcement certifications, and continues to further his education in these areas and others daily.
 
His primary focus to date is imparting the information that he has gathered upon other law enforcement officers in order to assist in their continual training. In fact, Eric even began his own nonprofit called “Stay Safe” aimed at assisting those in public service to help them gain the proper training to continue to safely serve. In addition to all that Eric has done in the public service sector, he is also the Executive Director for Companions for Heroes. C4H is a nonprofit organization that has a vision to help every American hero and save every shelter or rescue animal from euthanasia. Eric Basek serves this country on so many levels, so to say that it was an honor to speak with him would truly be an understatement. I can’t thank him enough for this opportunity, and I hope that you all enjoy our discussion.
 
If you would like to learn more about Eric, you can follow him on his Facebook page @EBasek. Furthermore, you can keep up with all things Blue Titan Fitness at http://bluetitanfitness.com/ and follow Blue Titan on Facebook and Twitter both @NJBlueTitanFitness. In addition, don’t forget to check out Companions for Heroes at http://companionsforheroes.org/, on Facebook and Instagram @CompanionsForHeroes, and on Twitter @C4Heroes.
 
To conclude, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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35: Unstoppable - My Interview with Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, and 2011 NCAA Wrestling Champion, Anthony Robles

December 14, 2016
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview 3x All-American wrestler, 2011 NCAA wrestling champion, member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, recipient of the 2011 Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, author, and motivational speaker, Anthony Robles.
 
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“Focus on what you have, not what you don’t.” This is the mantra through which the unstoppable Anthony Robles lives his life. Even though he was born with only one leg, Anthony did not comprehend the idea of being limited. His family never let on that there was anything he could not do, so Anthony truly knew he was capable of absolutely anything that he set his mind to. At the age of 14, Anthony found that anything in wrestling. This sport opened up a number of doors for him, including one that landed him at Arizona State University where he brought home an NCAA title in 2011 for the Sun Devils. From there, Anthony saw the power in sharing his story with others so that they might benefit from the tale of his journey. With this in mind, he released his biography “Unstoppable” and set out to make a career in public speaking. Anthony has touched the lives of so many and continues to do so on a daily basis. In fact, the story of his life will even be coming to the big screen in the not too distant future so that his journey can impact that many more people. Anthony desires to change the lives of those who are touched by his story in a positive way, and it is clear that he will continue to do this for the rest of his life and after.
 
I had so much fun speaking with this incredibly motivating athlete and entrepreneur, and I hope that you are inspired by my discussion with the unstoppable Anthony Robles.
 
If you would like to learn more about Anthony, you can read his biography “Unstoppable”, you can visit http://anthonyrobles.com/, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter @ARobles125. Also, be on the lookout for the “Unstoppable” movie coming to a theatre near you in the not too distance future! Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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34: “Every moment matters.” - My Interview with the Most Decorated American Gymnast of All Time, Shannon Miller

December 7, 2016

In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview 2x US Olympic gymnast, member of 1996 Magnificent 7 US Gymnastics Team, entrepreneur, and conqueror of ovarian cancer, Shannon Miller.

 

If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of Keep Moving Forward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to support the future success of my podcast, you can become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Thank you so much for your support and for tuning in to the 34th episode of the Keep Moving Forward podcast. I’m your host, Katy Galli.

 

From being an olympic gymnast, to becoming the most decorated American gymnast in history, to creating her own lifestyle brand, to conquering cancer, Shannon Miller has done it all. From the discipline and mental strength instilled within her through her years as an athlete, Shannon knew she had what it took to harness those teachings into becoming an entrepreneur. She created Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women in July 2010 utilizing her knowledge as an athlete and as a wife and mother to guide women through their own healthy journeys. In January 2011, Shannon had to bring together everything she’d learned as a gymnast and through the mantra of her own company to save her own life, as she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. As she had her entire life, Shannon pushed through and kept moving forward, never letting her situation get the best of her. Today, she has successfully defeated cancer and continues to help other women stay aware of how to best take care of themselves and live a healthy lifestyle.

 

In conjunction with her lifestyle brand and in being an advocate for health and wellness in women and children, Shannon recently opened the online store for her brand new women’s fitness clothing line: Salto. I can’t thank her enough for the opportunity to speak with her about her journey. Having been a gymnast throughout my adolescent years, I grew up idolizing this woman not just because of her success as a US Olympian, but because of the driven, hardworking, and genuine person that she is. I hope that you enjoy my interview with the unbeatable Shannon Miller.

 

If you would like to learn more about Shannon, you can read her memoir “It’s Not About Perfect”, you can visit  http://shannonmiller.com/, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all @ShannonMiller96. You will definitely want to check out her fitness apparel line Salto. Like everything else she does, her athletic-ware is a “perfect 10.” Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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