WHY I RUN | Chasing Cloud259
Why I Run
by Gregg Lemos-Stein, London, U.K.
Running is where I find happiness and great friendships. It's amazing that no matter how much I put in to running, I get back much more. My obsession to go from a 4 hour and 29 minute debut marathoner to a sub-3 hour marathoner has led to a podcast called Cloud259, Running on Air (www.cloud259.com).
Since we started the show five years ago, I've met and been inspired by dozens of elite professionals chasing Olympic dreams and fast times, and everyday runners chasing more modest but no less important goals.
I love hearing the stories because they get me out the door every day, and they prove that running brings people together in a positive way. By the way, one of the best stories came from your race director - Brent grabbed a sweet cloud 2:59:57 at Sugarloaf Marathon early this year! Good luck everyone!
Back in mid May, I was in the grip of some serious "taper tantrums" in the lead up to a spring marathon in Maine. Looking for a distraction, I started listening to a running podcast titled "Cloud259, Running on Air," a series dedicated to the co-hosts obsession with breaking a 3:00 marathon, and the euphoria that follows. Coincidentally, this same odyssey was the source of my stress.
For the next 10 days, the Cloud259 archives got me through my taper, and helped get me to the start line feeling good between my ears. What stood out in every episode was the genuine bond that Gregg and his co-cost shared, and the real connections they were making with every guest.
Every episode is chalked with valuable tips, laugh out loud jokes, and will have you pining for the chance to go for a run. Currently, Gregg is in the final training stages before taking another crack at breaking 3 hours in Berlin. Follow him on Strava, and wish him luck.
Now that you've read Gregg's story, do yourself a favor and listen to an episode of Cloud259. Regardless of whether you're chasing a marathon time or looking to finish your first 5k, it's worth the listen. This is hands down, the best running podcast out there.