About this episode

This episode is with Ken Rideout, one of the fastest masters marathoners in the World, father of 4, financier, and much more. His accomplishments have not come easy, and Ken is the first to point out his losses along the way, including struggles with mental health and addiction, suffering in silence as a functioning junkie 24/7 for 10 years. Ken came to running to overcome his drug addiction and cope with difficult feelings, and his path to elite running is nothing short of remarkable! 

In this episode we talk about:

  • how running helped Ken get sober 
  • handling negativity with self-belief and resiliency
  • leveraging publicity and your platform for good 
  • defining success by effort over outcome 
  • understanding failure 
  • building community with how you show up 

Follow Ken on Instagram @ken_rideout and For The Long Run @forthelrpod 

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Past guests on For The Long Run include: 177. Molly Seidel; 226. Mike “Kofuzi”; 228. Kara Goucher; 59. Shalane Flanagan; 234. Camille Herron; 198. Courtney Frerichs; 229. Jes Woods; 207. Tyler Andrews; 197. Dean Karnazes; 206. Katie Arnold; 220. CJ Albertson; 153. Joe Holder; 199. Kelly Roberts; 188. Gwen Jorgensen; 205. Emily Abbate; 209. Sara Vaughn; 174. Nick Bare; 97 Amelia Boone; 101. Courtney Dauwalter, 219. Dylan Bowman; 191. Matt Chittim; 200. David Roche; and more!


This podcast episode is supported by Oiselle, one of my favorite brands in the running space, a running apparel company run by women for women. And this year, the Year of the Underbird, Oiselle is supporting a small group of women leading up to the Olympic Marathon Trials, as well as a series here on the podcast, helping to amplify and share the stories of these resilient athletes.

So, if you want to support Oiselle in their mission to help people feel like they belong here, you can check out more about the Year of the Underbird here.

And if you’re in the market for some great running gear, head on over to their website and use code FTLR10 for 10% off your first order.

Microcosm Coaching

This episode is sponsored by the good people over at Microcosm Coaching, our friends TJ David and Zoe Rom.

It’s that time of year again, time to jumpstart your 2024 running goals. We love partnering with Microcosm because they truly align on our beliefs for this show - they support their clients through breakthroughs, setbacks and plateaus, and are in it for the long run.

Whether you’re running your first 5K, or your tenth 100-miler, the coaches at Microcosm have a personalized training plan designed to fit your life and your goals. Not only will you have a strong relationship with your coach, but you’ll also be part of a community of other people like you to help encourage you, strengthen your commitment and support accountability. Head on over to Microcosm Coaching and let them know that the team at For The Long Run sent you. 

Emich VW

We’re so excited to be partnering with Emich VW, a family-owned and operated auto group based in the Denver/Boulder area. When we think about partnering up with companies for the podcast, we want to make sure the company cares about our community, our planet, and has products we actually believe in. With Emich VW, it hits all the categories and then some.

Stop by the Emich VW dealer and say that we sent you. Their team is wonderful. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider electric, and consider the VW ID.4. Thank you so much to the Emich VW team for supporting this community!

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