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November 12, 2020  

#36 - Not Being Defined By Your Lowest Moments with Matt Dekoeyer

My guest today is Matt Dekoeyer. Matt is a 2012 graduate of Xavier High School where he played the offensive/defensive line and won two Connecticut state championships. Following high school, Matt attended Providence College. He joined the rugby team in his sophomore year and fell in love with the sport. He ultimately became an assistant coach immediately following graduation and spent one season as the head coach of the team. Matt ultimately moved on from the head coaching role and ended up moving to Boston to be in the hotbed of tech startups. He has lived in Boston since 2018. After one year of living in Boston, he made a massive change in his life. Last fall, he joined UFC Gym Boston, started focusing on his diet, and has now lost 60 pounds. Matt is currently in the process of training for his first sanctioned Golden Gloves Boxing match which he hopes will take place in the spring pending the state of the pandemic. In the episode, we discuss Matt's journey, we dive deep into the topic of weight loss and his experience with UFC Gym Boston, we talk about not being defined by low moments in your life and so much more! If you'd like to connect with Matt here's his social media handles: To learn more about myself and the show please visit

November 11, 2020  

#35 - How to Break the Chains and Find Your Flame with Steve Opalenik

My guest today is Steve Opalenik. Steve is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Co-Founder of The Promethean Project. Steve received his undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst and his masters from Springfield College. In 2017 he started The Promethean Project. The Promethean Project is a non-profit wellness center, whose mission is to create a one stop shop for peoples’ physical, mental, and holistic health needs and goals. In the episode we discuss Steve's background, why he started The Promethean Project, what his goals are for the people that the project supports and future plans for the non-profit. We end with some hard hitting questions surrounding Steve's favorite movies, foods, and exercises. If you'd like to learn more about the Promethean Project visit Their social handles are and To learn more about myself and the show please visit  

November 5, 2020  

#34 - The Fundamentals of Leadership with Dan Jaskot

My guest today is Dan Jaskot. Dan is the President of Empower Leadership and host of the Lead with Empower Podcast. Empower Leadership is a collection of leadership experts who share a passion for adventure and helping others. Dan attended Xavier High School where he played football & baseball. He continued his education at Springfield College as a Physical Education major and a member of the football team. Following graduation, Dan initially went into teaching before joining the Empower Leadership team. He has been with the company since 2009 helping people of all ages build their leadership, teamwork, and relationship skills. In the episode I pick Dan's brain about the philosophy of leadership. We also discuss his journey to where he is today, Empower Leadership, and his podcast. I was recently a guest on Dan's Lead with Empower Podcast! Check out the show and his podcast here: If you'd like to connect with Dan here's his twitter: If you'd like to learn more about Empower Leadership visit: and To learn more about myself and the show please visit

October 31, 2020  

#33 - Dedicated to Consistency with Jamie O’Hare

My guest today is Jamie O'Hare. Jamie is a former Division I basketball player at Lafayette College where she was a 3-time All-Patriot League selection at Guard for the Leopards. She is also 2nd in assists and the all time 3 Point leader in Lafayette history. In her journey to D1 basketball, Jamie was introduced to the weight room by her father and found a love for lifting weights. This propelled her to an amazing collegiate basketball career and she is now running a fitness account on social media to inspire and inform others about exercise and nutrition. In the episode we talk about her basketball career, her weightlifting journey, @jamieohfit and so much more! Check out Jamie on social media here: & To learn more about myself and the show please visit

October 28, 2020  

#32 - Miles For MAMA with Darius and Charlie McDonald

My guest today is Darius McDonald. Darius owns his own business 100percentfitness where he is a personal trainer and sports massage therapist. He resides in England with his wife and two children. This is Darius' second time coming on the show. In the episode we discuss many topics including the running challenges that Darius and his son Charlie have embarked on during the COVID pandemic. Darius is attempting to complete the LEJOG Virtual Challenge in 6 months. This is an 874 mile run which is the distance from Lands End to John O'Groats in England. He is doing this for MAMA Academy which is a UK charity that helps mothers and midwives prevent stillbirths. His 7-year-old son Charlie is also doing a big run for charity. Charlie is trying to run 100 miles in a year for three different UK charities: A children's hospital, an Alzheimer's foundation, and a homeless shelter. Here's the links to find Darius on social media and Strava as well as his MAMA Academy fundraising link: Here's the links to donate to Charlie's Run: Alzheimer's Foundation is Homeless Shelter is Children's Hospital is To learn more about myself and the show please visit 

September 23, 2020  

#31 - Enjoying the Journey with Matt Wallace

My guest today is Matt Wallace. Matt is a great dude as well as an extremely versatile runner. His first ever running race was a 100 mile DNF, but this fueled him to conquer the distance and keep pushing his body to new limits. He has completed four 100 milers including the Georgia Jewel this past weekend and is a Tahoe 200 mile finisher. Despite this, Matt doesn't just excel on the trail. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon twice and also is a multiple time full Ironman finisher. In the episode we discuss how Matt got into endurance sports, his favorite parts of different types of races, his fond memories from the Tahoe 200, and his latest 100 miler! It was a blast getting to talk to Matt and I hope you all enjoy. If you'd like to connect with Matt his IG is If you'd like to learn more about myself and the show please visit

September 19, 2020  

#30 - Running For Life with Hector Rodriguez

My guest today is ultra runner Hector Rodriguez. Hector Rodriguez is a husband, father, and challenge seeker that resides in San Diego, CA. Hector’s journey started after coming across David Goggin’s Can’t Hurt Me book. He was an endurance athlete before he read the book, but his life was completely transformed as he lost 50 pounds and began intentionally throwing major challenges in his path. Hector began running, walking, and hiking 10 miles a day and this paid dividends in his daily life as well as his ultra career. In 2020, Hector started to see his consistent training payoff in his challenges. He finished top 5 finish in the Pirate Cove 24-hour race, 3rd in the Aravaipa Strong 100 miler, and 2nd in the Aravaipa Lone Mountain race where he covered 146 miles. He is currently preparing to take on Moab 240 in a month which is a 240 mile race through Moab, UT that has 29,000 ft. of climbing...the same elevation that you would get from climbing Mt. Everest. If you'd like to connect with Hector his IG is To learn more about myself and the show please visit and check out the show IG

August 23, 2020  

#29 - Running Across America with Shan Riggs

My guest today is ultra runner Shan Riggs. Shan's running resume includes close to 50 ultra marathons including the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run which is the oldest 100 miler in the country. Shan is about to embark on a run across the United States for Foodshare which is Greater Hartford Connecticut's regional food bank. The people at Foodshare connected Shan and I because that was the non profit that I ran from Canada to Connecticut to support. In less than a week, Shan will be running from San Francisco, CA all the way back to Connecticut to raise money for Foodshare in these difficult times that the world is currently experiencing. He is trying to finish the run in three to four months and raise a lot of awareness for food insecurity along the journey. If you'd like to find out more about the run or support Shan please visit

If you would like to connect with Shan on social media his IG is If you would like to learn more about myself and the show please visit

August 20, 2020  

#28 - What’s Your Why with AMPed Up Coaching Founder Amy Puchini

My guest today is AMPed Up Coaching founder Amy Puchini. Amy received her undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences and is currently pursuing her masters in holistic nutrition. She started AMPed Up Coaching as a way to help others achieve their goals by utilizing fitness, nutrition, and mindset together in harmony. She preaches that making small changes is the way to creating lasting change in one's life. In the episode we talk about how Amy found a passion for fitness and nutrition, starting AMPed Up Coaching, what helping others means to her and so much more on this episode of TKP. Amy has a great IG where she shares a ton of content and it also includes everything about her business. Go check it out If you're interested in learning more about myself and the show please visit  

August 14, 2020  

#27 - For the Love of Running with Anthony Garcia

My guest today is Anthony Garcia. Anthony is a former collegiate offensive lineman turned ultra endurance athlete. If you know anything about football, offensive linemen are the biggest people on the field who typically hate running. I know this was the case for Anthony and I at least! Anthony's playing career ended in 2003, but it wasn't until two years ago that he found trail running and fell in love with sport. Since his football career ended, he has lost 140 pounds and completed numerous ultra running races including the Aravaipa Black Canyon 100K and most recently the Cool Moon 100 Miler. In the episode we discuss Anthony's football background, weight loss, why he got into ultra trail running, his recent 100 miler, and so much more! If you'd like to get in touch with Anthony his IG is To learn more about myself and the show please visit

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