The Flourishing Experiment

Melanie Curtis, Runar Gundersen, Serena Marie, RD, and I share our experiences of running the NYC Marathon. Jeff Galloway came on and coached me and let’s just say, I did a better job of following his coaching this time. :-) Serena discusses whether or not hot lemon water is good for you and what the research shows.

Melanie Curtis

  • Why she can’t put into words her experience of running the last two miles of the NYC Marathon
  • Why Melanie and I are sisters are from another mister and how we do this in our “work” (which doesn’t seem like work because we both love what we are doing)
  • How Landmark Education has helped each of us
  • What the “baked beans” situation is
  • How to have a plan for fear when you encounter it
  • When the marathon got really tough for Melanie
  • What "T cubed" is
  • Where she had her first runner’s high (and it’s surprising)
  • What served her well in the beginning of the marathon
  • Why I hugged a stranger
  • How Melanie’s and my experiences of NYC were so different
  • What song Melanie listened to over and over the last few miles of the race - it's now her theme song
  • What is my theme song
  • Melanie’s words of advice when it comes to running a marathon
  • Melanie is our Runner of the Week and will receive Sport Suds Detergent for free. If you want your clothes to come out smelling neutral, and not scented from harsh chemicals, then you'll want to give Sport Suds a try. Head over to and at checkout use code RUNLIFE to receive a 25% discount off of your entire order.

Runar Gundersen, the unofficial mayor of the New York City Marathon, who is from Norway (which we like to call on the show, No Way Norway), comes back and talks about his 37th straight New York City Marathon.

  • How much training he did before the marathon
  • How we disagree on the “hilliness” of the course
  • What was different at the NYC Marathon this year compared to last year
  • Why there was chaos at the ferry terminal this year
  • A rumor about the NYC Marathon that Runar “squashes”

Serena Marie, RD answers a listener’s question about putting lemon in hot water and whether it's something people should focus on drinking.  Serena points out that if you are going to have lemon in your hot water, wait until the water has cooled off a little bit as this allows you to absorb more Vitamin C.

Mike Clarke of the Inaugural Big Beach Marathon to be held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, runs by to share what type of weather you can expect on January 31st, 2016 there. Get this!!!!  The average high is 62 degrees and at race start time it is 44 degrees!!!!! Doesn’t that sound awesome? If you’d like to run the Big Beach Marathon or Half Marathon, head over to and at check out put in the code “RUNLIFE” to receive a 15% discount.


  • Challenges getting to the starting line and her new bestie, Amadeus from Spain
  • How Serena “got in trouble” waiting in line for the buses at the starting area
  • The difference in the starting lines for Serena in Chicago vs. New York City
  • What borough was really special for Serena
  • What Resting Up Like a Champ Means
  • What’s #DID

Jeff Galloway

  • Why NYC is the toughest course compared to the Marine Corps, Philadelphia, and Chicago marathons
  • How Piedmont Park in Atlanta is similar to Central Park in NYC
  • The challenges of running the NYC Marathon
  • How I was teaching while I was running in Chicago
  • Why I strongly recommend attending Jeff Galloway’s Running Schools
  • How Jeff Galloway can’t help himself from helping people
  • Why I was able to run in the last 0.7 miles of the marathon and why Jeff doesn’t recommend it
  • What percentage of people who run NYC are not from the US
  • The excitement of the starting line at the NYC Marathon
  • Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot will be at Jeff’s JG 13.1 Weekend in Atlanta
  • How the ElliptiGo is so similar to running
  • How the marathon was a road trip on my feet
  • Anterior muscle, irritated by downhill running, your stride length gets too long toward the end
  • Go out at the pace I did in NYC and take it easy - pick up the pace at 20 mile mark
  • Try 15 seconds run 20 seconds walk
  • At Mile 20 lengthening out the run
  • At 15-18 if all is good reset timer for 15 15 or 20 20
  • If feeling good at 20 miles - run two segments then walk one
  • What I should do at the end
  • If you want to run a marathon why seeing Achilles Runners will remove any of your previous excuses  for not just doing it
  • We all inspire one another

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If you have ever wanted to run a marathon, then now is the time.  It's one of those things that you can't put into words unless you do it. And I hope you have the opportunity to run a marathon.  There is nothing like the NYC Marathon. It's difficult to express but trust me, it's worth it!

Jeff Galloway:
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Twitter: @JeffGalloway

Melanie Curtis:
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Facebook: /melaniecurtis11
Twitter: @11melaniecurtis

Runar B. Gundersen:

Serena Marie, RD:
Facebook: /SerenaMarieRD
Twitter: @SerenaMarieRD
Instagram: SerenaMarieRD

Direct download: nycgalloway-11-12-2015.mp3
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